Easthampton, MA: Abecedary Press, 1990. Hardcover. Number 8 of 10 deluxe copies signed by the artist. This Abecedary Press Production's book was written by Mark P. Carol, as a contemplation inspired by a trip to the Galapagos Islands to view Haley’s Comet. It is a humorous look at contemporary social and sexual values through the guise of rocks (occasionally referred to as the “pet rock turns 30-something.”) Alan James Robinson illustrated the book with two handsome wood engravings and seven line drawings depicting the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Tortoise and of course, the Banging Rocks. Alan is a renowned book artist who has been producing fine limited edition books since the 1980s. His work can be found in many institutions nationally and abroad. This engaging deluxe production's book is bound in quarter leather green Moroccan goat with a millimeter leather fore-edge and Japanese Chiri (bark) paper. The book and its set of two actual banging rocks of green Beryl crystals from Connemara, Ireland are “housed” in an elaborate hand crafted cherry dove-tailed jointed wooden box with expansion joints. This geo-stable enclosure was crafted by Allan Wheeler and protects the Banging Rocks, which are of a semi-precious nature. Printed in Centaur & Arrighi types set by Dan Carr at Golgonooza Type Foundry on T.H. Saunders Hotpress Watercolor paper. Printed by master printer H.P. McGrath. Bound in paper over boards by Kim O’Donnell. In fine condition. Book measures 5 x 8 inches. The box is 5.5.x.8.5 x 3 inches. Unpaginated [32 pages]. ARTISTB/071020. Fine.
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Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2019. Hardcover. An edition of 130, of which this is one of 50 copies in the regular edition. According to the printer: "Our fascination with [Wagener's] work is a response to the meticulous attention to detail which imbues all his engravings, combined with a ‘democracy of aesthetic’ which allows both realism and abstraction equal weight. In a Parenthesis review of Wagener’s early book with Peter Koch, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, Simon Brett said ‘No one else I know of is making such avant-garde grand opera in wood-engraved prints.’" Richard Wagener (1944 - ) is a Californian wood engraver known best for his depictions of nature and animals, often juxtaposed against abstract imagery. A specially commissioned frontispiece, new press device, and patterned papers have been created for this edition. Folio. Bound black and red checkered patterned paper with black cloth spine and red and white title label pasted down to spine. Includes over 100 engravings printed from the original wood plates on Zerkall White Smooth paper. Unpaginated. PRI/122719. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2015. Number 16 of 66 copies signed and numbered by the publisher, Andy Malcolm, the writer of the introduction, Edward Wakeling, and the printer, George A. Walker. The press calls this fine production their Sesquicentennial Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. Wakeling writes in his introduction: Harry Furniss was born in Wexford, Ireland on March 26, 1854. He was a prolific artist and illustrator, best remembered for his humorous illustrations published in Punch, to which he contributed over 2,600 drawings from 1880 to 1894. Furniss was eleven years old when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. He regretted not being old enough to illustrate the Alice book for himself. He was delighted when Carroll singled him out to illustrate the Sylvie and Bruno books. Carroll recognized Furniss’s ability to draw both character likenesses and grotesques; an essential ingredient for his new book. Sylvie and Bruno was nothing like Alice’s Adventures. Furniss said that this was a bitter disappointment to him. Inwardly, he nursed the ambition to do his own illustrated version of Alice. When the copyright ran out in 1907, he drew twenty illustrations for the book. But few people have seen Alice as illustrated by Harry Furniss. The illustrations first appeared in three installments of The Children’s Encyclopaedia edited by Arthur Mee in 1908. This edition offers for the first time enlarged, high resolution copies of the original Furniss art. The portfolio of loose illustration leaves is made available for sale as a hand printed folio. The polymer plates of the illustrations were made from high resolution scans; sixteen of these images are from the original drawings from the archives of the Fales Library in New York City. Printed on Arches Velin Cream French 100% rag archival paper with Janson type. The portfolio is housed in a clam shell box made from the finest quality materials, with red cloth covers and a gilt illustration of the white rabbit on the top cover and gilt title on spine. In fine condition. Paper sheets measure 11 x 15 inches. PRI/111519. Fine.
Malvern East, Victoria Australia: Electio Editions, 2011. Softcover. Number 29 of 40 copies of which 31 were for sale. The is the second book in the Alan Loney's Electio Edition "alphabeta series". Alan Loney (1940 - ) is a well known writer, poet, editor, publisher and letterpress printer. His work has been published by University and private presses in New Zealand, Australia and North America.His own presses have printed and published many of New Zealand's most noted poets. He has also produced books himself, and in collaboration with artists and printmakers in New Zealand and overseas. His partner Miriam Morris enjoys a dual career as a visual artist and professional musician. For this book Morris contributes two original pen and acrylic drawings, each one unique in each copy. Marion May Campbell is better known as a contemporary Australian artist, but the book's prospectus describes her as also a poet of brilliance, sensitivity and skill. Bound in hand stitiched tan paper covers with title in yellow and author and artist names in red. Designed and printed by Lone with Dante and Libra types printed on damped BFK Rives paper. Housed in a bright yellow clamshell box and accompanied by the prospectus. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 9.25 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/022020. Fine.
Upper Denby, Huddersfield: Fleece Press, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe Edition. Number 45 of 54 deluxe copies that include two tipped-in color prints and a signed loose print of “Cafe Dansant No. 2.” Laid in is a signed typed letter from printer Simon Laurence on his letterhead dated October 12th, 2003. This the fourth book in the John Buckland Wright series printed by the Fleece Press. It contains the “free” or autonomous prints not published in the previous volumes including book illustrations, commercial work and designs for cards, announcements and publishers’ marks. It addition it features a descriptive account of all the rejected and unfinished blocks in the studio. A description and printed examples of Wright’s experiments with color which culminated in two engravings “The Blue Dress” (1952) and “The Red Room” (1952) are also included; Wright died before completely finishing the latter. Before the printing of this book, neither of these engravings had been editioned. Fine in quarter vellum with patterned paper boards and gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with many tipped-in illustrations, some of which are in color. Printed in Modern No. 7 type set at Whittington Press by Peter Sanderson on Magnani Avorio Biblos paper and bound by Smith Settle. The tipped-in reproductions were printed in Sheffield by J.W. Northend Fine Print. The print and book are housed in a fine orange cloth clamshell box with paper title label to spine. 71 pages. PRI/122409. Fine.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2010. Hardcover. Number 19 of 200 copies of which 140 were offered for sale. Signed by each author. "As a journalist Ernest Hemingway was trained to cut to the story's essentials, leaving out those words that stand between the writer and his intent. And so we have a Hemingway principle of good writing—the well-hewn sentence. It is said that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write the shortest of short stories: the ultimate example of brevity in storytelling. Though perhaps apocryphal—no one can tell us who challenged him or on what occasion—this was the result: “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” Writers have attempted to equal this six-word short story with six of their own, but no one has clearly beaten the master. Those six words are just too good. Foolscap Press commissioned six writers each to write a six-page story where only the title was supplied. The writers were free to do whatever they chose within those parameters. We invited three women and three men in order to balance personal experiences and writing styles. The response is these six extraordinary stories stocked with a captivating cast of characters. And, yes, there is a distinction between the men and women writers. And what happens when it comes to dealing with an unmitigated loss (as the title might suggest)? You can read for yourself these six creations spun from six very different imaginative worlds, all in response to those six tantalizing words" (Foolscap Press). A large book bound in light blue Japanese cloth with paper title label on front cover. The book is sewn in an modified accordion structure designed so that each story is presented individually. Each story has its own title page which has been signed by the author. Each title page features a different collaged print of a pair of shoes by Peggy Gotthold on Kitakata paper. Letterpress printed on Frankfurt Cream text paper using hand-set Garamond type. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] PRI/031011. Fine.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2015. Paperback. Number 19 of 116 copies. Signed by the poet and calligrapher. A beautiful production from this press. From the book artists' description of this book: "This book is a collaboration between Anglo-Welsh poet, critic and publisher David Annwn and the celebrated San Francisco calligrapher Thomas Ingmire. Originally, they created a truly remarkable unique book with the subject matter Saint John's Fragment. This was great for the owner, but leaves nothing for the rest of us. Weve gone back to the collaborative drawing table with David and Thomas to create our own edition, the result of a second collaboration, and although still sharply limited, it allows something for those of us who want an echo of their astounding original work.The piece of papyrus called the Saint John's Fragment was acquired in an Egyptian market in 1920 by Bernard Grenfell, an English scientist and Egyptologist. It now resides in the collection of the Rylands Library at the University of Manchester in England.This scrap of paper-like material, measuring only 3.5 by 2.5 inches, is made from the pith of the papyrus plant. It is dated from between 100 CE and 150 CE and is generally accepted as the earliest extant record of a canonical New Testament text. Written on both sides of the papyrus, it must have been part of a codex, that is, a collection of sewn and folded leaves, not a scroll or an isolated sheet. That being the case, it would be among the earliest surviving examples of a literary codex. It was written in Greek in a script known as Hadrianic, named after Hadrian (76 CE-138 CE), the Roman Emperor of that era. David Annwn has responded to this fragment in a poem that always seem to bear just below the surface remembrance of a statement from the Rylands Library: “The importance of this fragment is quite out of proportion to its size, . . .” And yet it exists, considering all which could have destroyed it, against the odds. Thomas Ingmire's calligraphy shows the image of the actual fragment, then the restored page, then the English translation of the restored pagein flaps that extend the pages in order to allow for the missing text. The calligrapher has added gold tooling to the title and half-title pages." The book is printed letterpress on Frankfurt Cream paper and bound in heavy brown handmade paper from Cave Paper with cream paper spine label. In fine condition. 8.25 x 6.25 inches. Unpaginated [40 pages]. PRI/022515. Fine.
Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 2007. Hardcover. Number 193 of 300 copies. This book collects twelve writings commissioned to celebrate the life and work of the artist Sir Kyffin Williams, R.A. Among the contributors are Nigel Williams, Jan Morris, Anthony Jones, and the Marquess of Anglesey. Illustrated with a selection of the artist’s linocuts, some previously unpublished. The endpaper design is from Sir Kyffin’s original drawing for the covers of the special binding of Two Old Men. Printed in Monotype Bembo type on Zerkall mould-made paper. Bound in black quarter leather with blue cloth covers, blocked in black on the front cover and titled in gold on the spine. Presented in a blue linen slipcase. In fine condition. 84 pages. PRI/120811. Fine.
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.
Simi Valley, CA: Pie in the Sky Press, 2014, 2016. Hardcover. The book's writer and illustrator, Rebecca Chamlee, states: "Like the self-taught naturalists of the Victorian era, my recent work examines the intersection of my artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. I am inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature. My new letterpress printed artist book project records and observes the natural world around me." Her creative aesthetic is beautifully complemented by Karen's own. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. This beautifully executed unique binding was done from a few printer's proofs that the writer left in sheets for hand bookbinders. Karen's binding uses a design of Quercus lobata (valley oak) leaves and vintage botanical instruments that reference the author's documenting of the native flora surrounding her home in an arid inland valley in Southern California. In a German Bradel binding with a green goatskin spine, boards covered in orange Khadi handmade paper with Cave paper onlays and pigment inkjet printed illustrations. With three-color hand-sewn silk endbands, and the top edge decorated with sponged gilt acrylic, acrylic pochoir on spine, and hand-titling in gold foil. Roma endpapers. The book measures 9 x 6 x 1 inches. Housed in a brown cloth bound clamshell box with leather title label to spine. In fine condition. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97. The Earthly Paradise was a collection of epic and romantic poems by William Morris (1834-1896) that first appeared in 1868-1870 when he was still in his thirties, and established Morris's reputation as an important poet. He planned to do an edition elaborately illustrated by his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones but it was never realized. This Kelmscott Press edition had eight volumes that were issued between July 1896 and September 1897. There were 225 paper copies and 6 copies on vellum. These eight leaves are from volume five and contain pages 33-48 of The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have one 10-line decorated initial and twenty-four 4-line initials. Printed on Apple paper in Golden type using red and black inks. This was the first book in which Apple paper was used. Pages measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Except for some light browning to page edges the leaves are in near fine condition. An excellent example of the typography and printing of the Kelmscott Press and a wonderful addition to a teaching collection. PRI/070320. Near Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1983. Hardcover. Number 75 of 85 copies bound into hard covers. 95 additional copies were issued in wraps. Signed by the author, printer (Dikko Faust), and designer (Esther K. Smith). An inventive collection of eight tales in which portions of the story have been replaced by lines of color allowing the reader to make up their own stories utilizing the given words. A vibrant book printed in red, yellow, green, blue, and black. Fine in yellow paper covered boards with red title to spine and front cover. Printed at the Center for Book Arts on Lana Laid all rag with red Kozo endsheets. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] PRI/010212. Fine.
Tempe, AZ: Pyracantha Press, 2014. Number 12 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the author. This is perhaps a unique presentation of the results of a sociological survey. The work presents the results of a study conducted in Phoenix to examine the causes and effects of urban sprawl in one of the most sprawling metropolitan areas in the country. The author and several Arizona State University students interviewed 101 residents of the city about their individual choices as they relate to suburban sprawl. The survey and its results are presented in five small volumes lettered A through E produced by the university's Pyracantha Press. Volume E describes the study's hypotheses, how it was conducted, and the conclusions that the researchers drew from their work. The four other volumes each contains a Turkish fold map that shows one of the areas of the city they surveyed with quotes from respondents about their choices on where to live. The book was conceived in collaboration with the Pyracantha Press. It is digitally printed on Mohawk Superfine paper in Stymie typeface. With brown paper board covers and grey paper backing. The five volumes are housed in a grey slipcase with title to front cover. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 6 inches in box. ARTISTB/012720. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Howard Coale. Hardcover. Number 55 of 200 copies. Originally published in The New Yorker in 1980. George Trow was a writer and critic for The New Yorker for more than thirty years. This essay may be his most acclaimed and influential single work. It is about television and its effects on American culture, but more than that, an indictment of the emptiness of modern discourse. It has been described as a work in which Trow foretold his own descent into madness. This is a handsomely designed book with elegant printing and four interpretive illustrations. Bound in black cloth with grey design with a hat on the cover and paper spine label. Printed in Centaur and Arrighi types on Johannot paper. Designed by Robert McCamant, handset and printed by Jennifer Hughes, and bound by Trisha Hammer. Signed by McCamant. In fine condition. 110 pages. PRI/071615. Fine.
[Toronto]: George A. Walker, . Hardcover. Copy A of ten lettered copies done for private distribution. Signed by George Walker, Justin Trudeau, George Elliott Clarke, and Tom Smart. This book was originally a limited edition of 15 signed and numbered copies. A stunning book and fitting tribute to its subject, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who was one of Canada’s most charismatic - and polarizing - politicians. His tenures as Prime Minister during the 1970s and 80s were marked by conflict and crisis but also by a sense of nationalism, the development of multiculturalism and Canadian pride. He is known for invoking the War Measures Act in response to FLQ terrorism during the October Crisis; for introducing the Official Languages Act to improve the position of francophones in Canada; and, perhaps most memorably, for the patriation of the Canadian constitution and the establishment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau: La Vie en Rose pays tribute to the life and career of this influential Canadian. In a series of eighty wood engravings, George Walker documents Trudeau’s political achievements, events of cultural significance and famous friends while also capturing Trudeau’s confidence, passion and irreverence. Presented without captions and open to interpretation in any language, it is a testament to the multilingual culture of Canada and a celebration of the man whose political legacy has had a profound influence on the definition of Canadian culture. Trudeau’s influence has now been mirrored by his son Justin Trudeau, the also charismatic current Prime Minister of Canada. He wrote a moving tribute to his father, included here, taken from his eulogy at his father’s 2000 funeral. Also included is an eighty item chronology that corresponds to the engravings. The engravings are hand printed on 250 Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper with text and headings in Bembo and Bernhard types. It is bound in full red leather with title in gilt to spine and a rose in gilt to front cover. It is housed in a clamshell in quarter red leather and beige cloth covers. An engraving of Trudeau is inset on the front cover. In fine condition. Book size: 6.25 X 8” X 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [232 pages printed recto] PRI/110716. Fine.
DC: Windhorse Press, 2011. Paperback. Number 7 of 12 copies. Signed by the artist. Text is in Russian and English. This book is based on recollections from the artist's childhood about her relationship with her grandmother. After years of knowing her, she is perplexed to learn that she speaks another language, has not always lived in Russia, and has a very different personal history than once assumed. She works through this revelation and ultimately forms a deeper bond and understanding with her grandmother. The text is printed in English with Russian entwined as the narrator gradually embraces her grandmother's revelation. The book is bound in red paper wrappers with black title and illustration printed on front cover. The binding is handsewn using red and grey threads. It is printed using stone lithography for the images and lithographic pronto-plates for the text. Printed at the Corcoran Print Shop on Canson Velin Arches paper. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell box with inset illustration to front panel. Folio. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] Born in Moscow, Tatiana has been interested in books and bookmaking since her childhood. She holds degrees from the Moscow University of Printing, the University of Maryland, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her work is in collections nationwide and she has recently won an award for traditional illustration. She currently resides in Takoma Park, Maryland with her family. Fine.
Washington DC: Na'ama Zussman, 2015. Hardcover. Number 7 of 12 copies. A beautifully conceived and produced book from Na'ama Zussman, a powerful new book artist originally from Israel. She describes her book: "A Survey of a World scrutinizes interactions between map and territory, along with memory and reality, whether of the surveyor herself - the creator of this artist's book - or of other people. It surveys and seeks to capture the doubt in the role of the surveyor, and the inevitable immersion in this role. A Survey of a World portrays the endeavour of grasping the moment ahead of the impression of the territory, when doubt turns into representation." Na'ama's exquisite images are interwoven with her evocative text as she ponders interactions, memory, and reality. Bound in brown Cialux book cloth, with a goatskin leather spine. The images throughout the book were created through the screen printing process and are done on lovely Thai Kozo paper. The text is composed in Meta Capitals and Constantia. The book is housed in a surveyor's bag made out of grey cashmere, with a leather string. The colophon is in a pocket on the back of the bag. 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/081915. Fine.