Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. Writes Gillingwators, "When I first read B. H. Fairchild’s poetry collection The Art of the Lathe, I knew I wanted to publish the opening poem “Beauty” as a letterpress limited edition book. The poem has book characteristics–narrative structure and four, chapter-like divisions–and its visceral, lyrical appeal motivated me." Fairchild's poetry has been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Art of the Lathe was described in the LA Times as "a contemporary classic...finely crafted and perfectly pitched." The book artist continues: "I knew from the initial reading that my book edition would have metal covers, reminiscent of the corrugated-metal buildings that often house machine shops [where the poem takes place]. The making of the book took three years as the book artist and illlustrator learned how to make the tiny metal hinges for the book and how to age the thin aluminum used for the book covers. Each step required research, test trials, and practice. Printed with Centaur and Arrighi monotype on Zerkall Book paper, with linocuts by Alquitela. Housed in a grey clamshell box with title and author in red to spine. In fine condition. 7 x 11". Unpaginated. [11 pages] PRI/031715. Fine.
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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.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2009. Someck, Ronny. Hardcover. Numbered and signed by the author and printer. A collection of five poems by Ronny Someck about ballet with two hand-colored illustrations. Someck is an Israeli poet, musician, and artist who has won multiple awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister's Award, the Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry, and the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry. He is internationally renowned with poems published in over thirty-five languages and ten books of poetry published in English. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. Pointe Shoes is a dos-a-dos structure printed in both English and Hebrew. It is bound in black cloth boards with inset cloth ballet slippers to both boards and decorative pink and black ribbons to spine. The center of both signatures features four black and pink flourishes. Printed on Grandee paper and handset in Alt-Mediaval and Margalit type. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. A fine production. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] PRI/032713. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 500 paper copies (10 were printed on vellum). This beautiful early production from the Kelmscott Press was described by Sydney Cockerell in 1898 as "one of the rarest books issued from the Press" because of its popularity [William Peterson bibliography]. The Foreword states that the poems are printed witht he original spelling and that the fact of being able to study these poems in the language in which they were written ought we think, to add materially to the pleasure of the reader. Bound in the original limp vellum with Shakespeares Poems in gilt on spine. Vellum still very clean with some creasing and curling to the front cover. The fragile ribbon ties are missing. The interior pages are in near fine condition. Each poem has a lovely title page with ornamental borders and ten line initial letters designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Measures 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 216 pages. PRI/022420.
Chicago: Herbert S. Stone & Co, 1896. Hardcover. First American Edition. Tipped-in is a one page autograph letter on the author's printed stationary to the book's then owner, the author and book collector Thomas Hutchinson, on his own writing and books - an interesting autograph letter with good literary content. In maroon linen covered boards with highly decorated elaborate gilt Art Nouveau binding by Frank Hazenplug with gilt author and title stamp to spine. Minor bumping to corners and head/foot of spine, small smudge to design on front cover. Interior is clean and bright with decal edge to pages. Frontis photograph of Le Gallienne. Hutchinson's handwritten ownership signture on front pastedown. Very good condition. 201 pages. POE/121613. Very Good.
Oakland CA: Littoral Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 6 of 125 copies. This is one of the ten copies from the Deluxe Edition that are signed on the colophon by sixteen of the seventeen contributors to this poetry and prose anthology (alas, not Frida Kahlo). They include Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Claribel Cone, Martha Gies, Robert Hass. Steve Hellman, Marie Howe, Frida Kahlo, Vickie Karp, Stephen Kessler, Rachel Loden, Jane Miller, Janell Moon, Sharon Olds, LIsa Rappoport, Mark Salerno, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young. Rappoport writes that this book "is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future separation of the two." She has been a book artist for almost twenty years and her books can be found in many institutional collections. This beautiful accordion book is bound in red and black Thai Unryl reversible paper with a black title label to front cover. Printed with handset Garamond type on Johannot paper with black and blood-red ink. Each volume has unique pastepaper endpapers. With title page drawing of a heart in flames by Bobbe Besold. The book is 11 x 7 folded and 18 feet long unfolded. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [25 pages] PRI/030915. Fine.
London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1905. Hardcover. First Edition. RARE PRESENTATION COPY. Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) was an English author and poet who is best known today for her children’s books. Publishing under E. Nesbit, she wrote or collaborated on over sixty books for children. She was a follower of William Morris and one of the founders of the Fabian Society, the British socialist movement. This book is inscribed: “To Olindo Malagodi from E. Nesbit July 1905.” Malagodi (1870-1934) was a prominent Italian liberal journalist and writer. He trained as a journalist in Britain, became the London correspondent for several newspapers, and eventually became the editor of La Tribuna in Rome. He was a close friend of Nesbit and her husband, Hubert Bland, eventually living near them as he raised his family. His son, Giovanni became an important Italian politician. Bound in the original green cloth with lovely floral and fleur-de-lis design in gilt on front cover along with author and title. Light bumping and small light stain to top of rear cover; otherwise in beautiful condition. Front and rear endpapers are foxed but interior pages are bright and clean. Each section is preceded by a blank page with a flower illustration. Each flower is a different color. Nesbit’s books of verse are uncommon and nearly impossible to find signed. 143 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements for Nesbit’s books. POE/050611. Very Good.
London: C. Kegan Paul and Co., 1879. Hardcover. Scarce first edition. Presentation copy to Lewis Campbell: "Professor Lewis Campbell from his friend the author, January 17th 1879." Campbell (1830 - 1908) was a professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. English author, poet, and philanthropist Emily Pfeiffer (1827 - 1890) was self educated as her family did not have enough money to send her to school. Upon her death, she left most of her acquired property and assets to establish an orphanage for girls and to be used to promote women's education. This volume includes Pfeiffer's original poetry and her translations of work by the German poet, Heinrich Heine. She also reprints her poem 'Madonna Dunya,' which first appeared in 'Contemporary Review' and she defends it against the accusation that it was not an original piece, but rather a translation from a Russian saga. Very good in original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Black decorative border to boards and spine. Cloth along top of both hinges is split about an inch and interior hinges are cracked. Wear and rubbing to edges, corners, and boards. The interior is clean overall with a few small spots of foxing and corrections in pen to pages 45, 47, and 113, which appear to be in the author's hand. 144 pages plus 40 pages of advertisements. POE/011916. Very Good.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.