Washington DC: Kristin Gubrandsdottir, 2010. Soft cover. Number 9 of 11 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Kristin is a book artist, furniture maker, and teacher from Iceland. Her works typically address feelings, memory, and experience. She studied book arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC where she made this book. She currently resides in Brussels. Awakening is a powerful photobook done in response to the loss of friends that "left me wondering about the meaning of our existence and why some leave too prematurely." The photographs and text address these questions and the strange feelings that arose in her at night that left her waking up "knowing that one day I will die." The twelve evocative color photos are reproduced in an oblong accordion style book and juxtaposed with letter press text. Printed on Soberest paper using Minion Pro Regular and Medium Italic fonts. Bound in white stiff paper with titling on front cover. In fine condition. Unpainted. PRI/022119. Fine.
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Baltimore: Richardson and Bennett, 1871. Hardcover. SCARCE. A very attractive volume, despite being ex-library. Illustrated by Handann Brothers. Includes a history of the city by Brantz Mayer and over seventy biographical descriptions of notable Baltimorean men, each illustrated with an original photograph. Black full leather boards with gilt title, decoration, and raised bands to spine. Boards are beveled with gilt borders and decoration. This book has been expertly rebacked with the original spine mounted on the new leather spine. White library call number to spine, partially removed. Library stamp to bottom of title page and last page of text with call numbers to copyright page. Minor bumping to corners and minor wear to edges of boards. Gilt dentelles, full gilt edges, and later marbled endpages. Later silk headbands. Interior is very clean overall, though there are a few spots of foxing to several pages. Archival repairs to gutters of a few pages. Old pencil inscription erased from front endpaper, dated 1871. Illustrations include original tissue guards. Tight binding. 562 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
Milano: Domus, circa 1960. Hardcover. First Italian Edition. An important survey of Penn's work with an introduction by Alexander Liberman. Penn (1917 - 2009) is best known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. He worked for Vogue Magazine for many years and took portraits of many important artists and authors such as Picasso, O'Keeffe, Auden, and Duchamp. Very good in white cloth boards with black title to spine. Light smudge mark to front board and previous owner signature to front endpage, else fine. In a white dust jacket with black title to spine. The spine of the jacket is browned and all but detached from the other panels. There is minor wear to the edges of the jacket and a few scuff markings to the rear panel. Housed in a very good paper covered slipcase with black title to spine. The slipcase is rubbed, worn along the edges, and lightly scuffed. Quarto. Text in Italian. 183 pages. PHOTO/052611. Near fine in Very Good Dust Jacket.