Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Arts of the Book Center, 2014. Number 15 of 20 copies. (20 additional copies were created and exchanged between the participants). This remarkable collaborative artists' book tells the tragic stories of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City and the 2012 Tazreen Fashions Factory fire in Bangladesh through the powerful assemblage in a "sewing box" of artifacts and mementos ostensibly collected over three generations that document the two tragedies. From the introduction: "In creating the contents of this box, we decided we would create a story to convey some of our own notions about greed and the value of a human life, about women's changing roles at home and in the workplace and about the increasing distance between consumers and producers. ... We named our primary character Rosie ... Rosie, her sister Kate, niece Rose, grandniece Rachel, and great-grandniece Katya, and other associated with them are composites of other historical and invented characters. 'Notions' is best read through the objects and the stories we've imagined that gather around them. It is framed like a quilt--an assemblage of many small pieces that stitched together tell a human story about workers here and elsewhere, now and in the past, who sew the clothes we wear. It is also an artists' book that expresses some of our own notions about how and why we make art, and how and why we use art to explore our humanity and comment on the human condition." The 23 objects in the sewing box, each by different artists, include postcards, an embroidered shirtwaist collar, a jar of buttons with modern label, reprints of historic news articles about the fire, letterpress printed cards, a paper doll, quilted lace, a vintage photo, a sewing booklet, and numberous other art objects. The sewing box itself has a pair of scissors and an empty thread spool laid in along with the art objects. It is a Kraft papier mache box painted with red acrylic, wrapped with a giclée-printed band of advertising art, and lined with sewing pattern tissue; original art on lid is letterpress printed. It also includes a small book describing the history of the tragedies and each of the items in the collection inside the box. In fine condition. Box is 12 inches in diameter and 6 inches high.Detailed list of the 23 items:Postcard from Rosie's fiancé - an antique postcard image giclée printed on Arches watercolor paper, hand-tinted with watercolors, and letterpress printed on back by Yolanda Merrill; Rosie's ruined piecework - white cotton shirtwaist collar, machine-stitched, with hand-embroidered inscription by Lotta Helleberg and Dorothy SmithRosie's charm string and button jar - buttons strung, knotted and saved in jam jar with original label art and Dickens quotation handset and letterpress printed by Janet Eden and Frank RiccioSmocking for Mrs. Vanderbilt - cotton embroidery floss on muslin) by Barbara Payne"Sewn in my own heart's blood" (letterpress printing on newsprint with hand-sewn embellishment by Dorothy SmithSmoldering fire - reprint of historic New York Times article accompanied by song lyrics typed on manual typewriter by Barbara Payne and Laura SprungRachel's yarn card - letterpress printed card with vintage yarn by Janet EdenLue's letter to Rachel - original letter reproduced on old book paper, vintage photo enclosed with letter by Rachel SingelBetsy McCall moves forward - vintage Betsy McCall paper doll enclosed in a cardstock folder imprinted with an original story and art) by Dorothy Smith and Cecilia SorochinMill migration postcards - letterpress printed duotone images on Crane's 90# Pearl White Wove and Rives Lightweight papers by Kristin Adolfson and Lotta HellebergDéjà vu: 9/11 and 1911 - reprint of a newsletter chronicling the experiences of former Peace Corps volunteers teaching in New York City public schools during 9/11 by Michael SwanbergSomething old, something new - hand-quilted pieces of lace sewn onto a card; original art and calligraphy letterpress printed by Cecilia SorochinTarzeen redirect - digital printing of designs and original artwork) by Garrett Queen and Lana LambertTazreen button card - letterpress printing with watercolor by Angie HoganMourning our loss - recreated historic newspaper articles printed on hand-stained paper with decoupage roses and black lace embellishment by Cecilia Sorochin"Plus change" mourning card - digital printing of graphic elements, including photo by Donna KnoellRosie's needle book - letterpress needle book with tea stains, hand sewing, and a hidden message by Kevin McFaddenKate's matchbox catch all - letterpress printed labels on die-cut matchboxes by Bonnie Bernstein and Yolanda MerrillConscience pin cube - letterpress-printed labels on papered boxes with ball head pins by Bonnie BernsteinRed Threads care instructions - color-printed on canvas and machine-stitched in red thread by Bonnie BernsteinOld Wavy hang tag - letterpress printed on on Crane's 100% cotton paper by Kristin AdolfsonMayn Rue Platz/My resting place - letterpress printed cabinet and card with photograph and music CD by Bonnie Bernstein, Stacey Evans, Nancy KoberLives beyond measure - a timeline charting family and labor history printed on canvas with aluminum embellishments in the form of a measuring tape) by Nancy Kober.
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Cedar Falls IA: Islam Aly, 2017. Number 4 of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practice. They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections. In his artist’s statement he writes: “When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures.” Unleash is bound in a late Coptic style with laser engraved wooden boards and leather wrapping bands capped with engraved wooden pieces in the shapes of an angel and human head. The interior pages are laser cut with words about being confined, imprisoned, and restrained. All of the words fill the reader with a negative connotation suggestive of oppression, despite the lack of context. Then an angel appears. With each turn of the page, the angel makes a path through the words and breaks them apart until it is able to free itself from the book. The resulting negative space left behind forms the shape of a human face. A powerful statement about how restraint and confinement can be broken apart to restore humanity - or perhaps to force the reader to think compassionately of people who are currently held as prisoners (both literally and through societal, political, or religious decrees). Size: 3 x 6 x 2 inches.
Milan: Giovanni Pirotta, 1818. Hardcover. A beautiful version of this great Italian epic poem that first appeared in 1516. It takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, and has many fantastic and magical elements. It was a big influence on later works of literature, including Spenser's Faerie Queen and Shakespeare's Much Ado. Very good in full leather with repairs made using Japanese paper to both joints. The edges of this tissue are coming loose. A small section of modern leather has been added to the front board where there had been a chip to the original leather. The new leather has been tooled and dyed to blend with the original. Light cracking to leather with minimal board-wear. Despite the noted repairs, this is a nice, attractive copy with strong, tight spine and clean interior. Marbled end pages. Bookplate to front end page. In Italian. Folio. ITA109201. Very Good.
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1925. Hardcover. 1 of 200 copies printed on paper. There were also fifteen copies printed on vellum. Printed by C. H. St. J. Hornby on the banks of “sweet Thames” with the help of I. Jenkins, Compositor, and G. Faulkner, Pressman. Printing began in May 1924 and was finished in July 1925. This superb book is a large folio bound in the original full vellum boards with brown leather spine titled in gilt. Raised bands and six compartments to the spine. Minor bumping to the corners of front board and minor rubbing to boards and hinges. The hinges near the foot of the spine were starting and have been professionally restored. The interior is beautifully and elaborately printed in black, red, and blue in the Subiaco type created by the press. Creasing to front endpaper and occasional light smudge marks to the interior, else very clean and bright. A fine production from this monumental private press. 216 pages. PRI/011513. Very Good.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Founded by Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek in 2000, the Bay Park Press produces artists’ books, offers classes, and holds book arts exhibitions. Their books address a wide range of subjects from the universe to gardening to opera to Yiddish and more. Most are letterpress printed, many have moveable pieces, and all are illustrated.Number 3 of 10 copies. In her colophon, Sibyl Rubottom gives her love and thanks “to the father I never knew who named me Sibyl hoping I would be shrewd in business. That did not occur, but I did end up making books.” This beautiful book is about five ancient Sibyls, including how they were depicted in Western art. These Sibyls are the Cumean, Delphic, Erythraean, Persian, and the Libyan. They offered prophecies, often through the use of leaves, as being from the thoughts of the gods. There is a brief description of each, accompanied by an intaglio leaf print and a reproduction of each Sibyl from the work of Michelangelo (four plates) or Velasquez (one plate). Each Sibyl is presented within a fold-out page with the description on the facing page and the plate and illustration inside the fold. Bound in red cloth with green spine, with title and author on front cover. The book was printed on Dutch etching paper in Bodoni, Bernard Modern, Albertus, and Patatino types. There are eight intaglio prints, each signed by the book artist. Housed in a brown paper covered case lined with the same red cloth as the book covers. This splendid production captures the mystery and beauty of the Sibyls legends. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOKS/080112. Fine.
London: Methuen, . Hardcover. Folio. A nice collection of Beerbohm’s fine caricatures. The forty-nine subjects include Henry James, G.K. Chesterton, John Singer Sargent, H.G. Wells, Bernard Shaw, and Winston Churchill. Each is protected by a tissue guard with a facsimile of Max’s handwriting describing the subject. Bound in the original red cloth backed red cloth boards, with printed paper label on front cover and gilt title and author to spine. Spine has a few splits, boards are faded and rubbed, with bumping to corners. Foxing to endpapers but plates are clean. In very good condition. ART/092111. Very Good.
London: John Lane, n.d. . Hardcover. First illustrated edition. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane, "Frances Minturn Hall with love from her publisher John Lane Nov 16, 1924. Hall was an American poet, and would have been just 19 years old when she received the book. George Sheringham was best known as a painter and theater designer, but also was a book illustrator. There is a color frontispiece and twenty three full page color illustrations protected by tissue guards. Bound in the original cream cloth, with the front cover elaborately decorated in cream, blues, and pink by Sheringham. Spine faded, corners bumped, and some chipping and marks of handling to covers. Interior pages and illustrations are clean and bright with occasional foxing. 70 pages. LIT/090411. Very Good.
London: Printed for J. Walker, 1785. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 242. First edition. Irish actress, George Anne Bellamy (1727 - 1788), frequently acted at the Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane in London. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Foxing throughout. Previous ownership signature (C. Powell) in pen to top of half title page. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Folded up playbill from 1783 for Capricious Lady and The Sultan at the Theatre-Royal is laid in to front. Chipping to edges. Auction record tipped in to rear. 204 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London: Elliott Stock, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author to his friend Margaret Muir (known as Meta). This was Birrell’s first book of essays and brought him success as a writer. Birrell was a politican who served for several years as Secretary of Ireland. There is an interesting hand written sentence on the first page of the last chapter titled “Falstaff.” It says “It ain’t mine/A.B.” In very good condition in the original green cloth with gilt title and small rectangle gilt design to front cover. Spine faded and some bumping to spine and corners. Interior pages are clean with slight pulling away of rear hinge. A nice copy of this relatively scarce book. 234 pages. LIT/032111. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Small open edition with each copy having a unique binding. According to Pat Sweet: "Treasure bindings, or jeweled bindings, were a luxury of the Middle Ages, often commissioned by rich nobles, senior clergy, or royalty, usually as presentation copies. They were encrusted with mosaics, ivory, gems, and gold or silver inlays. In most cases the book was bound and the decoration was applied as a separate panel. Very few have survived, since the value of the gems and precious metals were irresistible when times were hard at the abbey or the book was looted as a prize of war." For this book, Sweet has "taken the form and reproduced it in miniature, although the materials [she has] used are not so costly as the originals. The book is bound in [light green faux-snakeskin] and the decorations are made of brass and glass beads. The interior text is the first two books of the Old Testament from the famous bible commissioned by Borso d'Este, first Duke of Fererra (begun in 1461) in his attempt to one-up the House of Medici" (Pat Sweet). The Size: 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. 94 pages. ARTB/012418.
London: Smith, Elder,and Co, 1880. Hardcover. First Edition. AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “Mrs Proctor, with RB’s affectionate regards June 27 ‘80.” Anne Proctor’s husband, the barrister and poet Bryan W. Proctor (who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall), was the dedicatee of Browning’s poem “Columbe’s Birthday” (1844). The Proctors were among the Brownings’ closest friends. Proctor and John Forster anonymously edited the first selection from Browning’s works in the 1860s. Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to edges and corners. There is browning from a paper clip to the top edge of the first few pages, else the interior is very clean. 147 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements. POE/020309. Near Fine.
London: E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling, 1734. Hardcover. SCARCE. The Second edition, corrected. Covers abatement, affidavits, pleas, assignment, bankruptcy, bonds, courts, creditors, deeds, evidence, executors, heirs, idiots & lunaticks, limitations of suits, mortgages, titles, will, writs, etc. Quarto. Very good in original full leather binding with red leather label and raised bands on spine. The front cover is detached with slight evidence of prior repair to hinge. Heavy scuffing and wear to boards including chips to the leather and spine ends. The interior is very clean with a few light smudge marks and previous owner's name to front endpage and top of title page. Printed in Roman, Italic and Gothic typefaces. A good candidate for restoration. 417 pages + index. Law. LAW107181. Very Good.
Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press, 2017. Number 28 of 104 copies signed and numbered by the highly regarded book artist and printer Mark McMurray. This is a beautifully produced new edition of A Christmas Carol that captures the power of this timeless story through the inventive use of text, images, paper, type, and binding. McMurray writes in the prospectus: "We know the story, we know the characters, but the language of the text offers new rewards with each reading. This edition of Dickens' classic returns to the dark, sleep-deprived angst of the original complete text." The prospectus states that the text in this edition comes from the 1843 edition with minor corrections. Printed on a variety of handmade and mould-made papers including Zerkal Ingres and papers from La Papeterie-St. Armand. The text is printed entirely from metal and wood types, including monotype Bell plus many from the 19th century. There are wonderful images of the ghosts that visit Scrooge on that fateful night, and many other ornaments and designs throughout. They are done in various media including pochoir, collage, wood engraving, and relief blocks. Bound in black ribbed flexible covers with a red morocco leather spine with title in gilt on spine and inside a cutout on the front cover. Housed in a stiff black paper slipcase with a subtle chain design. Prospectus and errata slip inserted. In fine condition. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 107 pages. PRI/010419.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, . Artist's Proof IV. Signed, titled, and numbered by Robinson. According to the artist this was an unpublished print with only two ever printed. It was created by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. This striking black and white print depicts a loggerhead turtle looking down from over it as it transitions from water to sand. It appears to be emerging from the dark, moving toward light. Printed on a sheet of fine heavy paper measuring 21 x 28 inches. The image is 17.5 x 23.25 inches. In fine condition. PRINTS/080817. Fine.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, n.d. State Proof signed by the artist. A stunning original print, never published and the only copy ever printed, created by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The image depicts an owl flying in the dark of night. Most of the surface is a profound black, with the hunting owl visible by moonlight. The print is 17.5 x 23 inches and measures 22 x 27 inches with the mat. In fine condition.ORIGART/072017.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1982. Hardcover. UNIQUE COPY WITH A SET OF THE 26 ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWINGS BY ALAN JAMES ROBINSON. There were 300 copies of this book published; 200 were regular copies, 50 were deluxe copies with quarter leather binding and 50 others bound in full leather. The deluxe editions were issued with a set of proofs of the wood engravings and a set of proofs of the line-cut initials, with a large calligraphic manuscript initial beneath each image. The wood engraving proofs are lettered and signed by Robinson, and the line-cut proofs are signed both by Robinson and the calligrapher, Elizabeth Curtis. This copy shows some variation from the copies described in the prospectus. The colophon has been signed and numbered VI of L and internally seems to be a straightforward copy of the deluxe full leather edition. The binding varies somewhat from that pictured in the prospectus but uses many of the same elements. Also, the chemise is thicker that the regular chemise because it contains the 26 pencil drawings. This may have been a special copy prepared by Robinson for a particular subscriber/collector. This wonderful abecedary illustrates each letter of the alphabet with a masterful wood engraving by Robinson. Each animal is described at the bottom of its page in texts chosen primarily from the earliest first-hand accounts of the animal depicted. The descriptions are printed in red. The printed source of each text is identified, and at the end of the book there is a detailed and useful bibliography of these sources. A page with a small, different illustration of the animal precedes each animal’s page, with the calligraphic letter written in red by Curtis. The animals depicted are often wondrous and strange, and some, such as the basilisk, may never have actually existed. This is a two volume folio (including a chemise containing an additional suite of illustrations, and the group of original pencil drawings). The bound volume is in full red morocco, done by David Bourbeau of the Thistle Bindery. The covers have a large central, slightly sunken panel, with the title in red and black and with a Sea Turtle device blocked in blind (Cheloniidae is the name for a species of sea turtles). The proofs contained in the chemise are unbound as issued within the original red morocco-backed, linen cloth covered boards. Both volumes are housed in a red morocco-backed cloth covered box, with the spine lettered and dated in gilt and a small Sea Turtle device in blind. “The blocks were cut by the artist at the Cheloniidae Press & printed by Harold P. McGrath in the summer of 1982.... Mackenzie-Harris set the types in monotype with some hand-setting by Arthur Larson. The text was compiled and annotated by Laurie Block. The hand calligraphy is by Betsy Curtis. The paper is Rives lightweight” (from the colophon). The 8-page prospectus is laid in. A remarkable production from this press. In fine condition. PRI/020112. Fine.
1888. A leaf from La Monde Illustree, founded by Henri de Girardin, in 1829. Girardin employed Chevalier , who adopted the nickname Gavarny, and later Gavarni. From 1830 to 1837 Gavarni designed the most feminine and vital of fashion plates. Many of his pieces also featured charming drawings of children. La Mode Illustree was published weekly on Sundays, with illustrations and descriptions of Victorian fashions and the latest must have accessories. There was always a fashion plate. Print method is lithograph on woven, not heavy stock, hand colored, measuring 365 x 265 mm. or approximately 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Archivally matted. #44952. Fine.
Lucy Childs, 2019. A unique embroidered artist's book. This book celebrates the unforgettable words written by the poet, author, and activist Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887). She wrote the sonnet "The New Colossus" in 1883, which includes the now famous lines "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Lazarus wrote the sonnet to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty and Its lines were later inscribed on a bronze plaque on the statue's pedestal. The book is a bi-fold construction with bright turquoise wool covers with "Emma Lazarus" and "Give Me Your Poor" embroidered in cotton thread. When opened the text first appears on folded paper covers. The beautiful embroidered text and illustration beneath are then unfolded. There is a panoramic view across the embroidered sand dunes to the ocean. The words of Lazuras are stitched in multicolored threads across the dunes. The borders of the unfolded book are decorated with a series of small crosses. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her previous unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. The book is in fine condition. It measures 4 x 12 inches when closed and 4 x 25 inches when opened. ARTB/052919. Fine.
New York: powerHouse Books, 1999. Hardcover. Signed by the artist and author. First edition. The portraits of Italian painter Francesco Clemente (1952 - ) are quite striking, with references to expressionism and surrealism. This book includes over 100 portraits with subjects ranging from poets to artists to actors to friends and family. A few notable examples include Allan Ginsberg, Minnie Driver, Keith Haring, Fran Lebowitz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, and Robert Mapplethorpe. All portraits were completed from 1980 - 1997 in various media such as watercolor, oil on wood panel, pastels and more. Near fine in illustrated paper covered boards with red spine panel and yellow title to spine. Gentle bumping to corners, otherwise in fine condition. In very good plus matching jacket with short closed tear to the front panel and Rizzoli price sticker to the spine panel. 186 pages. ART/011111. Near fine in Very good plus dust jacket.
London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies in the Strand, 1795. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. First edition, scarce. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. George Colman (1732 - 1794) was an English playwright and theater owner. Includes two portraits of Colman. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Dampstaining to top and side margins of some pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. 33 pages plus blank pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London: T. Unwin Fisher, 1898. Hardcover. First English edition of Conrad's first collection of short stories, published in both America and England in 1898. Author's presentation copy, inscribed “For J. B. Pinker, Joseph Conrad.” The book marks the first stage of Conrad learning to write for popular magazines: "in that book I come nearer to the popular notion of tale-telling than in any previous work of mine" (writing to Unwin, Collected Letters, II., p.48). Pinker was one of the first literary agents in London, and became one of the most important agents of the twentieth century, with such clients as H.G. Wells, Stephen Crane, Henry James, and Ford Madox Ford. Pinker was “superbly attuned to the changing economic climate of the 1890s publishing market and served the interests of several 'difficult' writers with a skillful blend of shrewdness, tact, generosity, and long-suffering” (Knowles and Moore). This could not have been better demonstrated than with his relationship with Conrad, in which the agent was required to play many roles: friend, banker, father-figure and general factotum. Pinker could see Conrad's potential, but in many ways the author was ill-placed to survive the cutthroat market of the time, committed as he was “to a form of experimental novel, the unpredictable gestation of which involved an enormous amount of energy, time, and living costs” (op.cit.) As Conrad later gratefully acknowledged, Pinker believed in him and backed him for the long term, bankrolling him through the lean years when he had yet to be a commercial success, in the hope of future payments and royalties. Conrad was forced to split himself between his long serious projects like Nostromo and Under Western Eyes and more commercial journalistic material. Tensions were high between author and agent in these years between 1904 and 1910, with Pinker being asked for larger and larger advances to fund medical costs, household bills and overseas trips. The agent's requests for itemization and justification were resented by Conrad, and he sometimes resisted his agent's attempts to link payments to fixed amounts of delivered copy. In December 1909 Pinker's patience finally snapped after the author had been working on Under Western Eyes for two years and then broke off, against his agent's wishes, to write for the English Review. Pinker threatened to cut off all funds; his author retaliated by threatening to throw the manuscript into the fire. After an explosive row the two did not speak for two years. After the dramatic upturn in Conrad's popularity and finances after 1914 the author could finally begin to settle his debts, and the two men resumed their relationship, meeting weekly, spending weekends at each other's homes, and even collaborating on a screenplay. Conrad later wrote: “those books which, people say, are an asset of English Literature owe their existence to Mr. Pinker as much as to me. For 15 years of my writing life he has seen me through periods of unproductiveness[,] through illnesses[,] through all sorts of troubles...” (Collected Letters, V, p.619). Conrad was deeply affected by his agent's sudden death in 1922. Bound in original green cloth with light bumping to corners. Offsetting to free front endpaper not affecting the legibility of inscription. Text block has pulled away from front hinge but still tight although some interior gutters visible. Library stamp on rear pastedown, offsetting and piece of rear free endpaper torn away. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. With bookplate of book collector Stanley J. Seeger. Very good condition despite noted flaws. 297 pages. LIT/011116. Very Good.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
Barcelona: Elies Plana, 2018. Hardcover. One of 50 regular copies from an edition of 72. The printer Elies Plana is a Barcelona based book artist and printer who has been working in the field for the last 15 years. After studying fine arts at the art school of Olot, he joined the workshop of his father, Miquel Plana. He learned the craft and the different techniques by helping and assisting his father in the production of over 100 fine books. He not only learned the love for the books but also for the craftsmanship involved in every stage of producing them. In 2008 he started his own projects that vary from editions book, prints and special commissions. He works with different techniques, from linocuts and woodcut to etching, and uses lead and wood types to print the texts. He has worked with different writers and poets, mainly related to the Catalan culture. This striking book is the result of a collaboration between Plana and a number of other contributors. The text is an unpublished poem written by Ateri Miawatl in the Nahuatl language of the Uto-Aztecan family, which originated in Mesoamerica and is spoken by 1.4 million people in central Mexico. It was translated into Spanish by Omar Gatica. Maria Merce Padrose and Miquel Colomer did the Catalan version and D. Sam Abrams the English version. The books design and layout were done by Gabriela Comba. The handsome yellow and black linocuts are by Francisco Villa. Printed on GravArt paper. Bound in bright yellow paper covered boards, with title in black with a design of the title's letters debossed around it. Black cloth spine with title in yellow. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 13 inches. Housed in a brown cardboard slipcase. Unpaginated [17 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the sign of the Bodley Head, 1893. Hardcover. One of 120 copies. Uncommon first published edition. This book comprises the sheets of the private issue with four preliminary leaves added, containing half-title, limitation notice, Mathews and Lane title-page, preface, errata list, and a note explaining that "The play stands simply as it was roughly printed for our own and the actors' use. " At the back is a single leaf of advertisements for Michael Field titles followed by a Bodley Head catalogue dated 1893. The play was not reprinted in its original form and was heavily revised before printed in 1918. This is also a notable association copy, with the bookplate of Richard Le Gallienne. Not only was Le Gallienne well acquainted with the authors, but he was also the publisher's reader for the Bodley Head when the book was published. Bound in original green cloth with red title and author to spine and front cover. Offsetting to free front and rear endpapers. Pages unopened. Very good condition. 48 pages plus 16 page publisher's catalog. DRA/081015. Very Good.