Boston: New England Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Institute, 1884. Hardcover. One of 2000 copies. An interesting albeit short-lived publication that was done for the Institute by Arthur B. Turnure, proprietor at the time of the Art Age Press in NY. Turnure also created Vogue Magazine in 1882 and was a founder of the Grolier Club in January 1884. This year-book's preface states that the object of the publication "is to present to the world a volume, in which the highest American art products of the year are represented by means of suitable graphic arts, and produced entirely by means of American brains, labor, and materials." The first section offers a history and policy of the Institute, which was incorporated in 1879. The next section, the largest, provides an overview of 1884 art exhibits, the work of various prominent artists, and activities in various fields such as architecture, bookmaking, ceramics brass work, furniture, and jewelry. It is followed by a section with eleven examples of various graphic processes. All are in black and white except for a stunning lithograph from a painting by H. Hamilton Gibson. There are then several pages titled "Catalogue of Exhibits," and 16 pages of advertisements. Bound in cream paper covered boards with title with color design on front cover. Quite soiled , chipped and bumped. Interior pages are generally very good, with some foxing or spotting on some of the types of paper used. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated (about 100 pages). ART/050619. Very Good.
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n.p. Cheloniidae Press, 1979. A stunning black and white print of a majestic bald eagle in flight. This is the last available print of a sold out edition of 50. Signed and dated by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The eagle is shown from the side with his head extended and wings held wide. In fine condition. Image is 17.5 x 23.5 inches; in mat it is 21.5 x 25 inches. ORIGART/072517. Fine.
England: The Fleece Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. The artist Leslie Cole, who trained under Bawden and Ravilious at the Royal College of Art in the 1930s, produced some of the finest wartiime paintings after appointed an Official War Artist, his watercolors being particularly fine, many in a Ravilious influenced style. Cole travelled through Germany (recording the scenes of horrific trauma at Belsen a week after its liberation), France, Malta and the Far East, where he recorded the action in Borneo and Singapore, a theatre of the war largely forgotten by Europeans today. Cole’s work was the equal of any other war artist, and yet he was unable, for personal or other reasons, to maintain the momentum after the war, when he seems to have slid very slowly downhill, and his early promise was unfulfilled. The book also writes of Cole’s wife Brenda . She had a very colorful teenage history, being the chief prosecution witness for the Church of England when they prosecuted the Rector of Stiffkey for importuning young girls. She disguised this past very ably through her life, even changing her name, and may not even have told her husband. Her true identity was revealed to friends before she died. This handsome work was designed and type set by Simon Lawrence, the publisher. Bound in quarter dark blue cloth with beautiful blue marbled paper made by Louise Brockman for the front and rear covers. . Printed in Miller display type. Over 130 illustrations of Cole's works and photographs of him and his wife.198 pages including index. PRI/011311. Fine.