San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1982. Hardcover. One of 650 copies but also a unique copy with a commissioned custom binding by Constance K. Wozny, a well known hand bookbinder whose studio is in Eastwood, Kentucky. She studied with several prominent hand bookbinders and is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers and the Hand Bookbinders of California. Signed and dated (2011) by her on colophon. Laid in is a holograph note in pencil: " Of all the bindings I did - this is one of my favorites thank you Connie." This beautiful binding is in full-grain Indian red goat leather, with titles stamped in black on front cover, and a wraparound flower pot design composed of decorative onlays in orange, yellow, and ochre calf. The leather covers wrap around and serve as the front and rear pastedowns. Red paper free front and rear endpapers. The top edges are speckled red and brown. Housed in an orange custom clamshell box designed by the binder with title and author blindstamped on spine. Book and box in fine condition. Juan Bautista Alvarado (1809 - 1882), a Californian, led a coup to seize Monterey and declared himself governor. He declared independence for California, but ultimately was persuaded to rejoin Mexico and served as Governor of Las Californias from 1837 - 1842. This book includes a biographical introduction to Alvarado's life; and a translation of his autobiography and his account of events in California prior to Don Luis Antonio Arguello's governorship. 38 pages plus three page bibliography. PRI/041619. Fine.
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San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 10 of 10 copies. This is a charming and beautifully produced book by Carolyn LaFrance, a San Diego architect who is affiliated with the gallery at the Bay Park Press. Maxine is Carolyn’s beloved feline friend and companion, and the book describes a day in Maxine’s life through text and illustrations. Maxine begins her story: “Sun’s up, I get to go out. Yes, yes, I know, ‘Be careful,’ the howling creatures may still be about. What, you think I don’t know that? What I need to know is, who has been in my yard? Mr. Smushy-face? Walter? Or that grey and white bruiser? ...” Each page includes a hand-colored intaglio print of Maxine at various moments in her day (11 prints altogether). The text is Bernhard Modern type on lovely Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper. Oblong folio bound in grey linen with black spine. Paw prints decorate the front cover and endpapers. Housed in a black portfolio with a grey cloth square label illustrated with paw prints affixed to front and cream ribbon closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072012. Fine.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2010. Hardcover. Number 4 of 10 copies. Book artist Sibyl Rubottom grew up on Long Island Sound where Esther Williams was her hero. She grew up watching her movies trying "to relive the fabulous water ballet sequences." As an adult her love of water continued and she began swimming in La Jolla Cove near her home and later in an olympic sized outdoor pool in Mission Valley. She dedicates this book to La Jolla Cove, one of her regular swimming spots when the water is warm enough. Illustrated with six etchings and three unique oil paintings on mylar. Printed on Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper using letterpress and intaglio prints, some with chine colle. Set in Bernhard Modern. Oblong folio. Housed in a blue clamshell box. Unpaginated. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 20 of 42 copies signed by the printer, illustrator, and the author of the introduction. The illustrator writes: "This edition in your hand is one of three interations of The Hunting of the Snark published by Cheshire Cat Press, all of them very different in concept while sharing the same aesthetic, inflecting the narrative in different ways without in the least altering Lewis Carroll's original text." The Cheshire Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. For this edition of Snark, Malcolm created new illustrations inspired by contemporary carte-de-visit photographs that were so popular in Victorian England. He has one for each character in the poem, adapting images from actual photographs. He chose images that to him bring to life the imagined crew men on the hunt for the snark. They are ideal depictions for this fantastical nonsense poem by Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. With "The Snark Map" inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Velin Rives paper. Housed in a slipcase in the same blue cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 71 pages. PRI/111519. Fine.
Rockville, MD: Erik Delfino, 2015. Number 5 of 10 copies signed by the book artist. A stunning production by book artist and photographer Erik Delfino. In his accompanying pamphlet about the 1964 fair, Delfino writes that his parents took him to the fair when he was four years old. His memories are still vivid and treasured, and he hopes that the photographs of the still remaining structures that he took for this book at the fiftieth anniversary celebration have captured the spirit of the fair. The photographs and text are digitally printed on loose sheets of 19 x 13 inch Epson Exhibition Fiber paper. The twenty-five striking and evocative color photographs are of the structures still remaining at the fair site. They are bold and often abstract and geometric. The photos are interspersed with text offering his brief impressions from viewing the site. The photos are followed by a leaf with pictures of Delfino and his parents on the day they visited the fair. There is a table of contents on the colophon page. The leaves are housed in a taupe cardboard folder that is housed in a blue cloth case, which is encased in a 19.5 x 14 inch stainless steel box with an impression of the iconic stainless steel unisphere. Includes a copy of Cotter and Young’s The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/112916.
London: Essex House Press, 1899. Hardcover. Number 627 of 750 copies. This was the third book published by the Essex House Press. Founded by C.R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson “in the hope to keep living the tradition of good printing that William Morris had revived, and with the help of T. Binning and J. Tippett, compositors, and S. Mowlem, pressman, who came from the Kelmscott Press to that end” (from the printer’s note). A lovely book bound and signed by Bickers and Son in brown crushed pigskin with five bands and blind embossed title on spine, top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Front hinge repaired. Printed in black and red type on fine handmade paper. Frontispiece illustration by Reginald Savage protected by tissue guard. Very good plus condition. 426 pages. PRI/012012. Very Good +.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2018. Number 21 of 30 copies. In this small but powerful work, Karen Hanmer offers a scathing look at what has been happening in the United States since January 2017. From Access Hollywood through the Mueller investigation to white nationalist support, #Great Again #Believe Me documents contemporary American personalities, pronouncements, slogans, scandals, policies and crimes, complemented by the metaphor of a deconstructing US Capitol. The text is printed in inkjet on binders' board with polypropylene and juxtaposed with black and white photos of the US Capitol as it was constructed, but shown in reverse order to seemingly deconstruct. The book is bound in the Jacob’s Ladder artists’ book structure, which is borrowed from a folk toy traditionally made of blocks of wood held together with ribbons. The structure is held from one end and allowed to dangle vertically. When the block being held is tilted, the remaining blocks flip over in succession, producing a cascading visual effect. Housed in clamshell of archival board. In fine condition. 21.5 x 2.5 x .125 inches extended; 3.5 x 2.5 x .75 inches closed. PRI/112818.
Montgomery Village, MD: Shireen Holman, 2013. Paperback. Number 15 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the artist. This complex and beautiful artist's book explores time from the viewpoints of religion, literature, science, and philosophy. The book artist, Shireen Modak Holman, has been a printmaker for more than thirty-five years and a book artist for more than twenty. She was born in India, and her work often involves the interaction of her Indian and American cultures. She states that she is fascinated by time and spent several years reading, sketching, and selecting texts to illustrate the imagery she was creating as she tried to visually express time. She has used texts from the writings of Shakespeare, Tagore, Einstein, Thoreau, Hawking, and others. As the design of the book came together, she created a full-sized colored pencil mock-up. The finished book consists of woodcuts printed onto pulp-painted handmade paper. The text was letterpress printed on gampi paper and then pasted onto the handmade sheets. The pages are folded in such a way that one can see a little of each of the subsequent pages from the current page. Thus from the beginning to the end of the book one can see a little of the future from the present. Each page has semicircular areas cut out so that the calendar at the bottom right of the colophon page is visible at all times. Housed in a cream paper clamshell box with the title "Time" in raised letters affixed vertically to the cover. Linen spine. In fine condition. Accompanied by a softcover book titled "The Making of the Artist Book 'Time.'" Unpaginated. [16 pages]. 13.75 x 19.25 inches. ARTISTS/041916. 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.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2005. Hardcover. Number 9 of 70 signed and numbered copies. There were also 14 deluxe copies with an extra set of prints and an original block. This beautiful production from master printmaker, Abigail Rorer, is a tribute to Henry David Thoreau and his celebration of the wonders of nature. In Ms. Rorer's description of her book, she says that "woodland pools, spring-holes, and ditches are all terms used by Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders....In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. The book comprises selected entries from Thoreau's Journal for the months of March, April, and May  to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life...at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one woud see, hear, and feel when out in nature at this time of the year." The enlightening introduction is written by renowned Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean. Accompanying the text are twenty-eight marvelous wood-engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Ms. Rorer. They are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored. The book was designed and printed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press on Zerkall Book in Baskerville type. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book in quarter brown morocco leather with marbled paper by Iris Nevins for the covers. Housed in a grey-green cloth clamshell box with the same marbled paper on the edges and spine. The result of the collaboration of these book artists is this stunning edition. 92 pages. PRI/081417. Fine.
Middletown, CT: Robin Price, Publisher, 2007. Hardcover. Number 49 of 86 copies. Robin Price has designed, printed, and published books for over twenty-five years. Her works can be found in university and public library collections throughout North America and Europe. This book is particularly personal, as well as complex and mysterious. Ms. Price says that “Text excerpts from 86 books significant to me - mostly other artist’s books - were gathered using formulas based on the number 43, which was my age at the genesis of the project.” In her announcement for this book, she says that simple formulas, using modular arithmetic with the number 43, were applied to categories such as page number, paragraph, sentence, line of poetry, etc. The text is grouped by subject matter into sixteen page spreads. Titles of spreads include “Water,” “Counting,” and “Flora.” Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and also hinged together as an accordion. A Legend Card and supplemental Annotated Bibliography are included. The unusual double-layer accordion is housed in an olive green cloth covered clamshell box with a river section printed in blue, and a map-paper spine label. The book was co-designed and co-produced with Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage. The typefaces are handset ATF Garamond and Kabel. Six colors are printed letterpress. All additional printing within the structure is also letterpress, except for the laser-printed text sheets of the 32-page bibliography. 11.75 x 8 x 1.5 inches, opens to 20 feet wide; 32 pages with supplemental 32 page booklet. ARTISTSBOOKS/012011. Fine.
n.p. . A lovely lithograph printed in green ink by Charles Hazelwood Shannon. It is an image of three bending nude female figures and appeared in #2 of "The Dial." Shannon and Ricketts were artistic and personal partners for more than fifty years. They designed and illustrated books, founded "The Dial" magazine and Vale Press, and were key figures in the London cultural world. The 4 x 5.5 inch print is on a sheet of 11 x 14 inch paper. There are a few small creases and light brown spots along the paper margins, not affecting the illustration. Said to be from the collections of T. Sturge Moore and his daughter Henrietta but there is no evidence of provenance. Very good condition. ORIG/092413. Very Good.
Ditchling Sussex: S. Dominic's Press, 1921. Hardcover. Eric Gill (1882-1940) was a major twentieth century figure in the fields of calligraphy, typography, sculpture, and more. He lived in Ditchling, Sussex, which became an artists’ community inspired by him that was called the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The St. Dominic’s Press, founded by Hilary Pepler, was a key part of the community. Bound in grey paper covered boards with white linen spine and white paper title label to front board. The spine and edges of the boards are browned, the top corners are bumped, and there is minor wear to the edges of the boards. There are a few light smudge marks to the interior but overall it remains very clean. Bookplate of Ulbert Parsons Sachs to front end paper. 46 pages. PRI/012412. Very Good.
Arlington, VA: Turtle Light Press, 2017. Number 5 of 18 copies. This is a magnificent artist’s book that pays homage to one of the greatest Hebrew-language poets, Yehuda Amichai. The Amichai Windows is an exquisite bilingual artist’s book in Hebrew and English of Amichai’s poems that opens a window on love, war, and being Jewish today. Through his poetry Amichai sang of the everyday experiences of private individuals caught in the middle of war and historical events. He was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature and his poems have been translated into more than 30 languages. Book artist and poet, Rick Black, fell in love with the poetry of Yehuda Amichai even before working for the Associated Press and The New York Times in Jerusalem, where he resided for six years. He particularly loved Amichai’s poems that dealt with family, love and war. He spent ten years creating this limited-edition artist’s book of the poet’s work. The book offers a visual odyssey through Jewish history as filtered through 18 poems. Each poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych. When one opens each triptych, one discovers a different world within. The book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as over 100 collaged images of Jewish history and life that have been culled from archives around the world. There are also replicas of Amichai’s handwritten poems. Printed on handmade paper with deckled edges, with gold leaf highlights and blind embossments in some of the designs. The collection of triptychs and a 28 page guide are housed in a box enclosure shaped like a Jerusalem window. With a special introduction written by the eminent Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter of the University of California at Berkeley. The newsletter of the American Jewish Libraries Association called The Amichai Windows “a major contribution to American arts and letters.” (Artist’s statement and descriptions). The book recently won the Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award. In fine condition. Fine.
[Toronto]: George A. Walker, . Hardcover. Number 35 of 39 copies signed and numbered by George Walker. This book is a wordless narrative “written” with 109 wood engravings. It follows the life of Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson until his mysterious death in Algonquin Park in 1917 at the age of thirty-nine. Tom Thomson is one of the most famous nonmembers of the Canadian Group of Seven painters. He actually died before the group was formally named, but has always been included. His early death occurred in wartime when many men his age and younger were losing their lives. His death has troubled many people as much for the mystery of the circumstances as for the tragedy of his brief passionate life. In this book Walker responds to the creative life of Thomson in the language Thomson spoke most eloquently, the grammar and vocabulary of pictures. Walker builds his wordless story by breaking down the colorful paintings and life of Thomson into light and dark, the black and white of a picture text. Walker has also imagined Thomson’s happiness by the lakesides, his loves and passion for the landscape of Algonquin Park and Thomson’s life and work in Toronto, where Walker lives and works. Canadian art historian and author Tom Smart has written the introduction to this work. The beautiful black and white wood engravings are hand printed on Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper. The book is bound in cream cloth with brown title label to spine and engraving of Thomson inset on front cover. Housed in a clamshell box covered by the same beige cloth as the book, with brown spine label and engraving of Thomson inset on front cover. In fine condition. The book is 6.25 x 8 x 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [232 pages printed recto] PRI/110716. Fine.
Herefordshire, England: The Whittington Press, 2018. Hardcover. One of 660 copies. Another splendid yearbook on the book and book arts from John and Rose Randle of The Whittington Press, with 27 interesting articles by printers, artists, booksellers, scholars, and more The Randles write: "The Matrix 35 breaks our golden rule of ignoring the outpourings of the Whittington Press: there is a telling account of the collecting of our posters and ephemera; and images from some recently discovered 35mm film recording the installation of the Wharfedale Press through the end of the building in 1974. Other topics include printers’ social lives in Minneapolis in the ’80s, living and working in the Gill household at Pigotts in 1939, travels in Afghanistan, roofing in 6-point Gill Sans, and an engraver’s collage of buildings from the Iron Age to City skyscrapers." Bound in white decorated paper covered boards with a linocut of Whittington village. In tan paper dust jacket with early photograph of Rose affixed to the front cover. Photographs, illustrations, print samples throughout, many tipped in. In fine condition. 168 pages. PRI/112118. Fine.