Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 22 of 90 copies, numbered and signed by the binder and printer. The press describes the book: "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville follows a journey that began in 1322 and continued on for more than thirty years. This edition commences as Mandeville leaves the Holy Land and travels east to the lands beyond Egypt, which were mostly unknown to Western Europeans at that time. It is a strange journey and one that has kept his book alive and in print since it was first published in manuscript form in 1357.... His was a piece of European literature rather than a history of exploration... The book was carried aboard ship by Christopher Columbus and others on their voyages of discovery, adding to their confidence that they could safely circumnavigate the globe. Our edition is illustrated and illuminated by Peggy Gotthold following Mandeville’s observations of strange flora and fauna and the remarkable beings he encountered; and especially of the wondrous and powerful kingdoms he chanced upon, which held more gold and jewels and strange customs than his contemporaries could imagine; here are kings and emperors with power at their finger tips beyond the reach of any autocratic ruler in Medieval Europe. Our text is based mainly on the Cotton MS, a translation that was first edited in 1725 and continues to be a starting point for serious study of Sir John Mandeville. Though imperfect, it adheres very closely to the original... As no inventive travel book should be made without including a map or two, we have supplemented Mandeville’s narrative with five imaginative maps created for this edition. These are maps that would make sense to a fellow traveler of Mandeville’s time. They are not modern maps where one might expect to identify one’s place on land or the sea. There are no precise coordinates of latitude and longitude. These maps are also narrative and allow the reading traveler to follow Sir John Mandeville, whoever he was, through an unfamiliar landscape. The modern reader will also discover the bizarre and unexpected in the world and share in Mandeville’s amazement and curiosity while traveling alongside him." Bound in flexible red paper covered boards with paper title label to front cover. Includes five double-page maps printed on handmade linen paper from Papeterie St. Armand. Hand-applied illuminations appear throughout. Letterpress printed on paper handmade at the University of Iowa's Center for the Book under the direction of Timothy Barrett in Silentium text, designed by Jovica Veljovic. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell box. Size of book: 9 x 12.75 inches. 104 pages. PRI/061319. Fine.
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Leipzig und Wien: Franz Deuticke, 1911. Hardcover. Third Edition. This is Freud’s greatest work and one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. First published in 1899, the book introduced Freud’s theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation, his theories of psychoanalysis, and the subconscious. Its influence has extended far outside the field of psychiatry into culture and literature. Very good in brown cloth with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Minor fraying and wear to spine ends, joints, and edges of boards. The interior hinges have been repaired with green binder’s tape. A crack is visible to the gutter between the colophon and last page. Light foxing and previous owner’s signature in pen on the half title page. 414 pages. PSYCH/051512. Very Good.
London: Henry J. Glaisher, 1909. Paperback. Inscribed: "To R.P.K., from D.J. F. March 19, 1912." Frontispiece portrait from a drawing by Dorothy Newill. Includes a poem inspired by Max Beerbohm's caricatures. Scarce volume by a minor but interesting modernist poet. Bound in original cream wraps. Title and author in red on front cover. Some soiling, chipping and small tears along spine. Foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. 48 pages. POE/061512. Very Good in Wraps.
San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat, 2018. Number 20 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by Rhiannon Alpers, the book artist. Rhiannon has been a book artist, maker of paper, and bookbinder based in San Francisco for almost twenty years. She is fascinated by structures and boxes, and much of her work is focused on nature. This beautifully designed and executed book is emblematic of Rhiannon's artistic interests and aesthetics. She writes of her book, which was inspired by author Glynis Ridley: "When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard. This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book." The book has a removable magnetic spine binding that opens completely back-to-back, with a digitally produced specimen chart hidden within. Hahnemuhle Bugra Fawn folio maps are letterpress printed from polymer plates, adapted from French expedition maps from the published logs “Voyage Autour du Monde par la Frégate du rio la Boudeuse et la Fluté L’Etoile.". Crane’s Lettra Ecru 90lb specimen folios letterpress printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates. Plant outlines are laser cut and secured with Japanese tissue. Laser cut specimens were adapted from the original plant specimens collected by Commerson and Baret on the expedition, archived in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Interleaved vellum sheets with macro photography by the artist laser printed on Neenah UV Ultra II. Spine bound with Gmund Bier Paper [colophon]. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
Mount Vernon, NY: The Golden Eagle Press, . Hardcover. Number VI of 108 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. Includes fifteen plates. There are thirteen original watercolors by the noted artist, Kurt Roesch. The frontispiece and a second hors-text plate are lithographs. This is an overlooked livre d’artiste, published six years before the press printed Orpheus, a book recognized in The Artist and the Book 1860-1960. This work is the whimsical and mysterious story of a boy, Sprig, and his horse Turfy, and their nighttime adventure and transformation. In the colophon, Roesch writes: “This Archetype Edition of Sprig and Turfy is not only the first but unique in the history of the printed book. It is conveniently limited to one hundred and eight copies, each containing original paintings in watercolor over a key plate in black, printed by S.A. Jacobs, The Golden Eagle Press, Mount Vernon, N.Y.”. Bound in tan buckram with a gilt device on the front board, cloth ties, in a tri-fold chemise in a slipcase, both also covered in tan buckram. Book in near fine condition. Slipcase and chemise are very good with light wear. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Near Fine.
David McKay, (1929). First American trade edition in original dust jacket and box. (Publisher's name to spine; however, the title page cites the English publisher - George G. Harrap.) Fine in original grey blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt rose design to front cover. Includes twelve full color, full page illustrations and many black and white in text line drawings. Illustrated endpapers. Minor soiling to the fore-edge of the textblock, else clean and bright. In grey dust jacket with dark red title to spine and full color illustration pasted down to front panel. The jacket has a few small chips to the edges and a few creases. Housed in the original grey paper covered box with full color illustrated pastedown (that matches the jacket illustration) to front cover. The corners of the top of the box have been repaired / reinforced with archival mending tape. Rubbing and wear to the edges of the box. 232 pages. CHILD/013118.
2011. Hardcover. Hand-lettered Manuscript. Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created a unique manuscript containing Pangur B'an, a ninth century poem written by an Irish monk. The poem is a playful story, told by the monk, of the similarities between his work and that of his cat, Pangur B'an. The artist successfully captures the playful tone of the poem with her calligraphy, layout, and embellishments.Bound by Bexx Caswell at the White Sparrow Bindery (Somerville, MA) in green and black paper covered boards with hand written title label pasted down on the front cover. The paper used for the cover was handmade by Cave paper. The manuscript was hand lettered in the Uncial style, using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Soennecken pen nibs on Ingres d'Arches MBM text paper. It is decorated with raised 23 karat gold leaf and Winsor & Newton gouache. Each page contains a unique layout. The manuscript is signed and dated by the book artist and binder, and described in the colophon. Measures 10 inches by 7 inches. [16 pages.] Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
Washington DC: Kristin Gubrandsdottir, 2010. Soft cover. Number 10 of 11 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Kristin is a book artist, furniture maker, and teacher from Iceland. Her works typically address feelings, memory, and experience. She studied book arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC where she made this book. She currently resides in Brussels. Awakening is a powerful photobook done in response to the loss of friends that "left me wondering about the meaning of our existence and why some leave too prematurely." The photographs and text address these questions and the strange feelings that arose in her at night that left her waking up "knowing that one day I will die." The twelve evocative color photos are reproduced in an oblong accordion style book and juxtaposed with letter press text. Printed on Soberest paper using Minion Pro Regular and Medium Italic fonts. Bound in white stiff paper with titling on front cover. In fine condition. Unpainted. PI/022119. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2009. Hardcover. Number 28 of 100, each unique. A photographic, conceptual documentation of a journey across a rural Midwestern landscape. Winner of the award for best 3D entry in the 2010 Midwestern Biennial exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL). "Mirage beautifully represents the concepts of time and motion through a sequence of dreamlike images that whirl across the pages. The photographs, blurred as if taken from a speeding car, describe place and memory in a manner that is melancholic yet detached. The book is a diary of sorts, documenting the quickly passing and often unperceived moments that later prompt recollection. " Jeff Rathermel, Minnesota Center for Book Arts. A drum leaf binding with dark brown cloth spine and illustrated paper covered boards. Titled in brown on the spine. Pigment inkjet printed. Full edges brown. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist's contact information and edition number on the front panel. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/060111. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2010. Hardcover. Number 21 of 25 copies in the Deluxe Edition. The edition consists of 125 copies of which 25 are deluxe, 50 are standard, and 50 are printed as chapbooks. Noted book artist Karen Hanmer examines the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and compares modern events to his stories. “The physical structure, typography, and design for the paper wrapper ... are based on the first edition of Poe’s first published work, Tamerlane and Other Poems. Only twelve copies of this modest pamphlet are known to exist of the fifty printed in Boston in 1827” (Hanmer). This copy is presented in an early 19th century boarded binding based upon a technique taught by Jeff Peachey. Bound in marbled paper covered boards with beige paper spine and title label to the front board. The paper was marbled by Pamela Smith. Inkjet printed on Ruscombe Mill pale wove handmade paper. Housed in an archival folding case with a replica of the Tamerlane title page pasted to the front cover. The case has a Velcro closure. In fine condition. 36 pages. ARTB/011516. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Hardcover. Number 19 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Features photographs, archival documents, and text pertaining to the Wright Brothers' experimentation to develop the first manned, powered flight. Bound using the flag book structure with illustrated paper covered boards. This book was created for Turning Pages: A Collection of Artists' Books shown in The Living Room, the family installation space at the Wichita Art Museum. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 7 x 26 x 5 inches open and 7 x 5 x 3 ¾ inches closed. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/032417. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2017. Hardcover. Number 64 of 87 copies of the standard edition. The text is in German, English, and Japanese. Master book artist Hanni has long been passionately speaking out through some of his books about the devastating effects of contamination from nuclear facilities. This powerful work is about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 that occurred after a severe earthquake and its accompanying tsunami. It was the most significant nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. He writes in the text appearing on the inside of the book's stiff paper covers that claims made by nuclear scientists "that no health consequences are to be expected from contamination are unscientific, immoral, and criminal." He further states that "there is no peaceful use for nuclear energy. It is repressive, criminal and deadly. Only nuclear plants that have not been built can offer absolutely safety." Hänni writes much more to detail what happened and the dire effects. He believes that the catastrophe in Fukushima is a "disaster beyond human imagination in both time and scope." The title comes from parts of the text where Hänni writes about the many people permanently displaced in order to escape the contamination resulting from the disaster. The book itself is printed in five colors on paper towels, an innovative technique that Hänni has successfully used in a previous work. On the pages small selections of text are juxtaposed with letters, images, and symbols to communicate the event and its aftermath. The results are stunning and thought-provoking. Hand composed and hand printed letterpress. Most of the pages required several printing forms and runs. Books are handbound. The production took about 1400 hours to complete. Housed in a grey paper covered slipcase with title in the three languages on a white spine. The book is accompanied by a glossy 12-page color pamphlet with 108 photographs documenting the production process. Book has 64 unnumbered pages. 9.25 x 10.25 inches. In fine condition. PRI/101017. fine.
Basel, Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 1988 / 89. Hardcover. Number iii of vi artist proofs. There were 81 copies in the regular edition. Signs from the Stone Age features Swiss book artist Romano Hänni’s modern interpretation of the prehistoric imagery found in the caves of Lascaux in Dordogne, France. Juxtaposed with Hänni’s designs are photographic reproductions of the original cave paintings, excerpts from literature about the people of the Stone Age, and text by the book artist giving his interpretations of the imagery. Fine in off-white paper covered boards with black title to spine and front cover. Hand composed and hand printed in red and black ink with five photographs printed in offset. Text in German. Includes a one page English explanation of the book and its design. 20 pages. ARTB/011713. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2018. Hardcover. A set of three books in the Words Make the Infinite Finite series. Volume VII is limited to 290 copies, Volume VI is limited to 187 copies, and Volume V is limited to 86 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. Each of these books was hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. All are accordion structures with stiff paper illustrated wrappers, which when removed, allow the twelve pages of the contents to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small set in a slipcase measuring about 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall by 1.25 inches thick. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/112818. Fine.
1928. Original Illustrations. An attractive original ink drawing on paper by Lloyd Hoff of the head of famous British actor, George Arliss. It is signed by both the artist and the subject. Arliss writes: “‘They flatter me’ Shylock in The Merchant of Venice / George Arliss.” Hoff signed the portrait as “Hoff / From Life 11-3-28.” Hoff was a well-known illustrator who did the art for two Beerbohm parodies privately printed by the Hart Press, founded in California by James D. Hart. In fine condition. 8 1/2 x 10 inches. ART/090611. Fine.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Iluzada, 2019. Number 5 of 5 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Benjamin Iluzada is a young and rising book artist of Philippine descent. He incorporates aspects of his heritage in his book works. This powerful book uses linocuts, screenprints, lead type, monoprints, and pulp blowouts on translucent abaca paper handmade by Ben. The imagery is inspired by Barong Tagalog embroidery, which is part of a traditional garment from the Philippines, and the monotype images of a belt were printed using an actual belt that his father used to spank him during his childhood. There are two different selections of text in the book: the first is an autobiographical narrative about the corporal punishment experienced by the artist that was hand written and then screenprinted throughout the book; the second is a short selection of text, printed from lead type and hides on the first and last page, that is taken from a published clinical study on the effects of physical punishment on children. The abaca paper covers have a white image of a belt across the front and back covers. Bound with a string binding. In fine condition. Housed in a plain blue archival enclosure. Book measures 11.25 x 14.25 inches.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2001. Hardcover. Number 16 of 250 regular copies. English illustrator Thomas Lowinsky (1892-1947) was a good friend of Charles Ricketts and frequently worked with other friends including Sacheverell, Edith Sitwell, Oliver Simon, and Francis Meynell. He was a founding member of the Double Crown Club, a dining club for printers, publishers, book designers, and illustrators. This fine book features more than ninety illustrations, including all of his surviving unpublished illustrations, an autograph poem and ink sketch made while he was in the army, two woodcuts, and all of his patterned paper designs and publishers' devices. Also included are reproductions of his Double Crown Club menus, facsimile illustrations from the eighteen books that he illustrated, a previously unpublished studio portrait of Lowinsky, a memoir written by his daughter, a biography, and bibliography. Fine in grey cloth with pattern paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Printed on Magnani paper in Monotype Fournier. Housed in grey and dark blue cloth covered slipcase with paper title label to spine panel. Pristine. A beautifully printed collection. 124 pages. PRI/051216. Fine.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2011. One of 20 copies. Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto and artist Barbara Westman as seen reflected in the space of their New York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play. Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and “games” referring to both Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections. The box contains laser-etched glass with a plan view of the apartment. Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur, Barbara and their apartment, a hand-bound codex filled with photographic illustrations and brief text, a glass block laser-etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman, two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer holds a folio of letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman, and an introduction by David Carrier. A fascinating way of documenting the lives and personalities of this interesting couple. In fine condition. Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches. PRI/041111. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, . Arthur Gaskin. Five text pages plus two of the twelve full page illustrations by Arthur Gaskin. This was one of the later books of the Kelmscott Press, and it was finished several days after Morris's death on October 3, 1896. These beautiful sample pages include the first three pages for "Januarie" and the first two for March. The Januarie pages are in near fine condition but the March leaf has a tear along the bottom margin not affecting text. Each has a striking ten line first initial. The two Gaskin illustrations are printed on the versos of a bifold leaf. There is a three inch tear along the bottom of the fold not affecting the illustrations. Accompanied by a proof of the front cover showing the lettering. Very nice examples of Kelmscott Press printing and illustration. PRI/011816. Very Good.
[Copenhagen]: C.A. Reitzels Forlag, 1859. Paperback. Very good in paper wrappers with black title to front cover and spine panel. Expertly rebacked with original spine laid down. Small tears and a few small chips to wrapper edges and light staining to edges. Very light foxing. Text in Danish. 114 pages. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908. Hardcover. The Outward Bound Edition. Volumes 1 - 32; lacks volumes 11, 17, 20, and 33 - 36. This set was issued over many years, so it's no surprise that several are missing. An attractive set bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, floral devices, and raised bands to spines. Minor wear to edges, corners, spine ends, and bands to most volumes. One volume has a detached spine (along one edge). Another volume (18) is heavily cracked along the spine with some chipping. Minor sunning to spines of some volumes. Clean interiors overall with occasional spots of soiling to margins. Includes full page illustrations with captioned tissue guards. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719. Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1902. Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane’s art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris’s influence on Crane’s ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Very Good.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Dorothy Krause, 2007. Hardcover. Number 18 of 26 copies. Numbered and signed by the book artist. This book was inspired by a Little Red Riding Hood doll that the artist had as a child. "When Little Red is turned upside down, the wolf, in grandmother's clothing, is revealed under her skirts. A long lost music box, embedded in her back, played 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.'" Includes text from the poem "Silver and Gold" by Ellen Steiber (1994). The featured wood engraving is by Gustav Dore (1869). Fine in red cloth boards with black title and illustration printed on front cover. The book is accordion bound and printed in black and red. Housed in a plain black paper envelope. Unpaginated (6 pages). ARTB/103018. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2015. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 57 of 300 copies. Signed by both artists. A charming book about a small church located in Gloucestershire, England near the renowned Whittington Press. This collaboration between American artist Abigail Rorer and English artist Miriam Macgregor is based on shared admiration for the beauty, architecture, and serenity of this thirteenth century church. The text includes personal commentary, historical facts, and anecdotes. Abigail engraved scenes from the inside of the church and Miriam engraved scenes of the exterior. Bound in cream paper covered boards with red cloth spine, which has a paper title label. Clean and bright. Housed in an orange paper covered slipcase. Printed by Patrick Randle at Nomad Letterpress in Whittington England on Zerkall paper in Van Dijck type. Includes prospectus. Oblong, measures 9 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100616. Fine.