New Haven: Yale University Press,  - 1991. Hardcover. This monumental bibliography is the essential guide to 19th century American literature. This is the complete set of 10 volumes. The first seven volumes were compiled by Blanck, a noted authority on American literature. Volumes 8 and 9 were edited and completed by Michael Winship, who also compiled the 10th volume, a selective Index of titles, publishers, and dates. The individual volumes are of mixed editions but all were published as part of a matched set with black cloth bindings with title on red cloth spine label. All of the volumes are in very good or better condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BOB/111616. Very Good.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2021. Hardcover. 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. This book is from a limited edition, which is signed by the artist. Number 29 of 30 variant copies. Each copy is in a different box, bound in papers to match the box. According to the book artist: "Bo Press Miniature Books began in 2007 with a little book called Celestial Variations. Since then, another one hundred and forty-seven (one hundred and forty-eight now) books have emerged with subjects as diverse as maps of real and imaginary places, poetry, architecture, history, flea circuses, and books themselves. The History of Bo Press is a collection of every book I’ve ever written, illustrated, designed, and published (that I can remember) since then. This is a fairly easygoing bibliography, and a few lacunae are to be expected from someone like me who hates to keep records. The book listings include title, author, illustrator, pages, dime." Both volumes are bound in tan marbled paper with paper title labels to spines and front boards. Housed in a clamshell box covered in tan marbled paper with black and red dragonfly accents. Lined with black and red dragonfly paper. Each volume is 170 pages. Size: Books: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 inches; Case: 3 x 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches. ARTB/091123. Fine.
Baltimore: Horn-Shafer Company, 1941. Hardcover. Limited to 250 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author: "To F.C. Latrobe compliments of Bruce Cotten Sept 4th 1941." Born in Wilson, North Carolina, Bruce Cotten (1873 - 1954) was a serious collector of books, art, and ephemera relating to North Carolina. Much of his collection can now be found at the Louis Round Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina library. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Very subtle dampstain to front cover. Offsetting to endpages and a few small spots of foxing to interior, but overall clean and bright. Includes 100 facsimile impressions of titlepages. 66 pages plus 101 plates. BOB/022814. Very Good.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2021. Hardcover. Number 24 of the 54 copies of the standard edition. There are 10 additional copies of the deluxe edition. Each copy of the book comes with a pamphlet with photos of the manufacturing process and a soft cover book with Romano's explanation of this new work. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His 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 skill. In this book, Romano states that he is reprinting the original text of the Iti Amotytoma Muxum that arrived in England from Utopia in 1535. The book was purportedly soon "lost in the darkness of history" until 2019, when it was revealed to be in the Vatican Secret Archives. The book artist says that he was able to get possession of the book for a few weeks. Although not able to translate the mysterious lost language of Utopia, he was able to recreate the harmonious overall impression of the book with its deliberately used proportions and its classical and elementary typography. According to his book of explanation, Romano created this work in response to his own ethical, moral, and political beliefs about our modern world. The book is an intriguing production that beautifully displays his mastery of symbols and letter forms. It was hand set in lead type with brass lines and letterpress printed in black and four-colors. There were approximately 52 printing forms. The book is bound in green linen with gilt titling to front cover. It is housed in a grey paper covered slipcase along with the pamphlet of photos. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. Book: 56 pages; Explanation volume: 23 pages. ARTB/090321. Fine.
New York: Russell Maret, 2022. Hardcover. Number 37 of 102 copies, signed by the authors and craftspeople involved in making the book. This is one of the 77 numbered copies that includes tip-ins of original material. This magnificent production documents the life and work of Carolee Campbell, founder of Ninja Press and one of the country's most noted book artists. The foreword and afterword beautifully describe Campbell's ethos as an artist and bookmaker that has informed her work since she began making books in 1984. Russell Maret writes of her: "It takes a special kind of person to know that what one is working on is not ready to be discussed. It takes someone...who unhurriedly allows her books to germinate in her lizard brain until they are ready to be dispatched into the world. With each new book Carolee teaches the rest of us how it should be done - not how to make books like hers , but like her, to make books the way the books want to be made." The extensive annotated bibliography of the works produced by the press includes books, broadsides, commissions and collaborations, ephemera, and writing, reviews, criticism. The annotations include comments by Carolee on the making of each book or broadside. There is also a section describing the Ninja Press type collection and an index. There are beautiful vintage paper tip-ins throughout of papers used, and pages from some of the books and broadsides. Accompanied by a booklet reprinting two essays by Carolee. Dispatches from the Lizard Brain was designed and edited by Russell Maret, and printed by him and Sarah Moody. The primary text face, Carolee, was designed by Maret and printed from photopolymer plates on Twinrocker Handmade Paper. The titles are set by Felix Titling. The cover design was design was adapted from an ornament by Campbell. The blue green binding with a leather spine was designed and executed by Amy Borezo at Shelter Bookworks. The book is housed in a handsome brownish orange cloth covered portfolio with a white title label. In fine condition. Folio measuring 15 x 9 inches. 128 pages. PRI/060222. Fine.
New York: Stevens-Nelson Paper Corporation, 1953. Hard Cover. "The main purpose of issuing "Specimens" is to demonstrate to a large audience the outstanding results the printing buyer achieves by using the best designers, printers, and materials" (Print Magazine, 1953). This extensive collection of paper specimens displays the range of paper and printing styles and types available at that time. Each of the specimens is designed and printed by a different press on beautiful papers from around the world. Many noteworthy designers such as Bruce Rogers, Joseph Blumenthal, John de Pol, and Hans Mardersteig are credited with various designs. Presses from around the world participated, including the Curwen Press, Golden Cockerel Press, Limited Editions Club, Chiswick Press, and many others. Each sheet identifies the source of the paper along with the paper's technical specifications. Inserted is the Stevens-Nelson price list dated July 1953. An exquisite collection. Bound in quarter blue morocco with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. In very good condition. Housed in a blue slipcase with chipping, soiling, and tears to bottom edges. Unpaginated. BOB/043018. Very Good.
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: The Whittington Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 59 of 95 copies of this beautifully printed book. There are 180 copies in this edition: 45 copies numbered I-XLV, 40 copies numbered i-xl; and 95 copies numbered 1-95. Each version has a different binding and a different number of original leaves.This version has 14 original paper leaves. From the press prospectus: "Never before have original leaves from such high points been gathered together in a single volume, and it is unlikely they will ever be again. They will be accompanied by David’s informative and authoritative commentary, much praised in the first volume. The book makes an ideal companion to the first volume, and together they cover perhaps the epitome of fifty years of the British private press movement from Kelmscott on. This is a unique opportunity to acquire original leaves from a selection of the books of the major British fine presses that flourished after the First World War. The book gives collectors the feel of the actual pages from these presses in a way no reproduction can achieve, demonstrating clearly the quality of work of each. The leaves are tipped onto guards so that each side is readily accessible and can be turned naturally." In addition to the individual leaves listed below, there is a large fold-out page opposite the title page with the pressmarks of the various presses printed on Batchelor's Crown and Sceptre paper. Bound in half green buckram with light green paper covers with the blind stamped Whittington watermark on the front cover, and with gilt titling to spine. Set in Neil Winter in 14D Walbaum type and printed at Whittington on Losin hand-made paper. Bound by the Fine Book Bindery, Finedon. Housed in a green buckram and cream paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 15.5 inches. 138 pages including Chronology and Further Reading. PRI/121223 The leaves included in this edition are: Golden Cockerel Press: Pages 75-76 of The Canterbury Tales, with marginal illustrations by Eric Gill. Pages 357-358 of Paradise Lost Pages 51-52 of The Hundredth Story Gregynog Press: Pages 199-200 of The Plays of Euripides Pages 41-44 of Caneuon Ceiriog Detholiad Pages 207-208 of Erewhon Shakespeare Head Press: Pages 153-154 and 159-160 of The Whole Works of Homer Pages 159-160 of The Works of William Shakespeare Curwen Press: Pages 221-222 of The Legion Book Nonesuch Press: Pages 95-96 and 105-106 of Benito Cereno Pages 523-524 of The Anatomy of Melancholy Pages 619-620 of Odyssey Haslewood Books: Pages 193-194 and 207-208 of Tales from Hans Andersen with hand-colored illustration by Hester Sainsbury Cresset Press: Pages 17-18 from The Apocrypha or The Sheheardes Calendar It will be printed in the elegant 14-Didot size of Walbaum for which the Press owns one of the rare sets of matrices [a change from Volume One which was printed from the smaller 14-point]. The paper is a special making of Czech Losin hand-made [also used in the prospectus] which features the Whittington Press pressmark for the only time. It is likely that this will be the last letterpress printed book published by the Whittington Press." Publication Details 15 x 11½ ins, 153 pp., printed in 14D Walbaum on Czech Losin hand-made paper, in an edition of 180 copies. Fine.
Risbury, England: Whittington Press, 1994. Hardcover. Number 23 of 95 copies of the deluxe edition. There were 975 total copies printed including the regular edition. This is one of the special copies of the annual publication of Matrix, one of the foremost publications on the book arts during its 36 year existence. Sadly, Matrix 36, published in 2020, was the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, Whittington Press owners, John and Rose Randle, decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiled articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. This issue includes a number of articles by such well-known bibliophiles as Ruari McLean, John Dreyfus, Sebastian Carter, David Butcher, William Peterson, and Roderick Cave. Interspersed throughout are photographs, printing samples, and illustrations. There is a loose print and the volume's prospectus inserted in a back pocket. Quarter bound in magenta Oasis leather with magenta and orange marbled boards. The deluxe copy includes a separately bound book of wood engravings for Virgil's Georgics by Edward Craig. Both volumes are housed in a stiff board slipcase. Fine condition save for the slightest wear to Georgics. Matrix volume measures 8, x 11 inches. BOB/102621. Fine.
Risbury, England: Whittington Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 8 of 85 copies of the deluxe edition. There were 800 total copies printed including 715 copies of the regular edition. This is one of the special copies of the annual publication of Matrix, one of the foremost publications on the book arts during its 36 year existence. Sadly, Matrix 36, published in 2020, was the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, Whittington Press owners, John and Rose Randle, decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiled articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. This issue includes a number of articles by such well-known bibliophiles and book artists as Marianne Tidcombe, William Peterson, John Randle, Roderick Cave, David McKitterick, Stan Nelson, and Crispin Elsted. Interspersed throughout are photographs, printing samples, and illustrations. Inserted in a back pocket is the prospectus for this volume. Quarter bound in brown Oasis leather with brown and cream marbled boards. Letterpress printed in Caslon, Cochin, and Bell & Romulus types on Somerville Laid and Hahnemühle papers. The deluxe copy includes a separate green paper covered folder with a facsimile of the 1920 Klingspor calendar printed from polymer plates by John Grice. Both volume and folder are housed in a green stiff board folder. In fine condition. Matrix volume and folder measure 8 x 11 inches. BOB/102621. Fine.
Risbury, England: Whittington Press, 2004. Hardcover. Number 9 of 80 copies of the deluxe edition. There were 800 total copies printed including 720 copies of the regular edition. This is one of the special copies of the annual publication of Matrix, one of the foremost publications on the book arts during its 36 year existence. Sadly, Matrix 36, published in 2020, was the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, Whittington Press owners, John and Rose Randle, decided to discontinue producing this fine annual on the book arts for printers and bibliophiles that compiled articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. This issue includes a number of articles by such well-known bibliophiles and book artists as Roderick Cave, Charles Hobson, Barbara Henry, Jerry Kelly, Stan Nelson, and John Randle. Interspersed throughout are photographs, printing samples, and illustrations. Inserted in a back pocket is the prospectus for this volume and an announcement for Matrix 25. Quarter bound in green Oasis leather with green and yellow marbled boards. Letterpress printed in Caslon, Poliphilus, and Neo-Didot types on Somerville Laid, Zerkall, and Hahnemühle papers. The deluxe copy includes a separate yellow paper covered booklet titled Typefounder at the Old Bailey by Justin Howes. Both volume and folder are housed in a mauve stiff board folder. In fine condition. Volumes measure 8 x 11 inches. BOB/102621. Fine.