Kingsport, TN: The Kingsport Press, 1952. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED BY CLARE LEIGHTON, LYND WARD, AND FRITZ EICHENBERG. The contents of this book originally were published once a month as a series on book illustration in Publishers' Weekly. Because of many requests, the series was published in book format. According to the publisher's note, this book was not for sale, but distributed to those requesting a copy and to their many friends in the publishing, bookmaking, and others interested in the book arts. The series begins with medieval manuscripts and Renaissance books, and includes well known artists ranging from Durer,Hogarth, Blake, Cruickshank, Dore, Burne-Jones, Crane, Pyle; to Parrish, Beardsley, Dulac, Kent, Gill, and De Angeli. One page is devoted to each artist. Ward, Leighton, and Eisenberg signed the page on his/her work. A b&w illustration accompanies each artist. Bound in original black cloth backed orange cloth, with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and bumping to corners, otherwise near fine. 76 pages. BOB/111810. Near Fine.
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Wantage, England: Black Swan Press, . Chicago binder, book, and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text. A splendidly crafted unique designer binding by well-known book artist and bookbinder Karen Hanmer. The text is a reproduction of an early 20th century manual on bookbinding tools and techniques, which Karen has altered by adding multiple full page pop-ups based on illustrations found within the manual. The editor, Paul N. Hasluck (1854 – 1931) was one of the first authors to write in the do-it-yourself genre. Born in Australia, he wrote mainly technical manuals ranging in subject from beekeeping to taxidermy to motorcycle construction to bookbinding. Karen’s binding design is inspired by the text’s charming vintage illustrations, originally published in 1902, many of which feature disembodied hands performing common binding tasks. Karen has created an exquisite binding in full teal goatskin with laced-in boards, titled in blind and tooled with acrylic pochoir. It features several goatskin onlays with illustrations from the text printed directly onto the leather. Includes hand sewn silk headbands, three speckled edges, and marbled endpapers by Pamela Smith. The pop-up illustrations were scanned from the text and inkjet printed onto Mohawk Superfine cover, then hand cut into pop-ups, and sewn into each signature. Housed in a green cloth clamshell box with gilt and leather title label to spine. In fine condition. Book Size: 8.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches; Box is 9.5 x 6.25 x 2 inches. (#31261).
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. 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: Museum Books Inc., 1952. Hardcover. One of two thousand copies of this seminal manual on the art and practice of calligraphy. The book was originally published in German in 1950 as Feder und Stichel and quickly sold out. It was the first published work of famed calligrapher and typographer Hermann Zapf (1918-2015). This edition in English was printed with the original plates cut by August Rosenberger and printed at the private printing office of the D. Stempel AG type foundry on the same Italian Fabriano paper and using Zapf's Palatino type for the text. In his preface, calligrapher Paul Standard writes that Zapf was a champion of the view that calligraphy and other applied arts are as important and influential as the fine arts. The twenty-five black and brick red plates showcase Zapf's masterful and exquisite calligraphy. The are followed by an appendix titled "The Historical Development of Occidental Letterforms" written by Zapf and translated by Sanford. Bound in brown cloth with a vellum spine. The spine has some damage but the book is otherwise in fine condition. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase. Measures 9 x 12 inches. BOB/052920. Fine.