Lexington KY: Anvil Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 11 of 100 copies. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. This Greek tragedy in five acts, written in verse, was composed by Racine at the age of 27 and performed at the Court of Louis XIV. Bound with black cloth spine and red paper covered boards with red paper title label to spine. Pristine with numerous illustrations by Fritz Kredel, a prolific German artist who emigrated to the United States during World War II. In matching red paper dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Creasing to jacket and minor wear to edges. Printed in red and black inks at the Windell Press in Victor Hammer’s American & Andromaque uncial types. 51 pages. PRI/031314. Fine / Very Good.
Cheloniidae Press, 1984. Hard Cover. Number 19 of 60 copies for the Deluxe Edition with an extra suite of prints. Signed and numbered by the book artist. There were 225 copies in the standard edition. This beautiful book is in a unique custom binding designed and executed by Robert Wu at his studio in Toronto in 2018. Robert is an exceptionally talented Taiwanese-Canadian designer bookbinder and paper marbler from Toronto, where he has lived since 2006. He began binding books in the 1990s and studied with several master binders. His splendid bindings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and the United States and he has received several awards. His specialization is in the grand tradition of French Art binding - Reliure d'Art. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. The deluxe edition includes a suite of signed and numbered wood engravings and one etching by Alan James Robinson, a master printer and artist who established the Cheloniidae Press, later called The Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. The text used for this edition was first published in 1650, “corrected and much enlarged by the author.” English author Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682) was fascinated with the natural world. In this text he describes a variety of horned animals and ponders the varying medicinal value of their horns. His text has been beautifully printed and illustrated by Robinson with unicorns, horned beetles, a walrus, a narwhal, and more. Robert's imaginative and marvelous binding is in red leather with a black spine label with title in silver. The red leather binding is stamped with the title in white, black, and blind running vertically from top to bottom of both covers. The front cover has an elaborately embossed white leather inlay with a faux ivory oval ornament with an illustrated narwhale horn. The rear cover has the same inlay with a portrait of Thomas Browne in the faux ivory. Marbled endpapers from Robert's studio with his binder's seal on the rear pastedown. Printed in Van Dijck Monotype on obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue White Laid. The book, prospectus, and suite of loose plates are housed in a custom clamshell box covered in beige linen. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [56 pages] ARTB/092118. Fine.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes six illustrations engraved on wood by Charles Conder. Stonehill and others state that this is the rare primary binding; copies are more commonly found in blue cloth. Very good plus in original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and bottom corners of boards. Slight darkening to spine. A few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the interior is clean. Housed in a half-morocco slipcase with purple cloth boards. The case is titled in gilt with gilt decoration and raised bands. Some discoloration, light soiling, and minor rubbing to case. The Artist and the Book 62; Nelson Smithers 1896. 12; Stonehill 51. 107 pages. LIT/052110. Very Good Plus.
New York: Hodder and Stoughton, (circa 1906 - 1913). Hardcover. A scarce set, very uncommon in original box. Each volume is bound in color illustrated paper covered boards. Each has a three hole stab binding with cord sewn through. The paper covering the spines of each volume remains in some places, but is mostly no longer present. The bindings all remain secure thanks to the cords. The middle cord of The Wood Brownies has come loose. Each volume is printed in green ink with illustrations. Small spots of foxing are scattered throughout each volume. All four volumes are housed in the original brown paper covered box with dark brown title to front cover. The box is heavily worn with closed tears along the hinges and pieces of the top flaps missing. The paper covering the box is rubbed and worn. Each book is 29 - 32 pages and measures 5.5 x 2 inches. The box measures 9 x 6 inches. CHILD/081717. Very Good.
Belfast, ME: Dudley Zopp, . Number 124 of 175 copies. Signed by the author and artist. "A Butterfly Careless" includes 37 haiku-like poems by Andrew Gay and four monotypes by artist Dudley Zopp. The two met during meetings of a local writers' group, and discovered they had similar artistic interests. "I think he wanted to talk to me about doing the book because my sensibilities about the natural world were similar to his," Zopp said. "He was just so very intensely involved with people and with the natural world." Gay, both a physician and poet, died in 2004 and Zopp's words are taken from his obituary. Ms. Zopp graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. and M.A. and completed postgraduate studies in Drawing and Painting at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. She now lives in Lincolnville, Maine. Zopp finds inspiration in geological processes and cultural histories of place. Her engagement with restoring habitat where she lives feeds directly into her work, which ranges from site specific installations to paintings, woodcuts and limited edition books. Poems typeset in Dante and printed on Mohawk Ultrafelt Text paper. Images from original ink monotypes are printed as offset duotones. Printed at the renowned Stinehower Press in Lunenburg, VT. Bound in a green Fabriano Ingres paper with title in black. Housed in a tan cloth slipcase with an original monotype laid into a debossed panel. A lovely book in fine condition. 7 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/111517.
Monmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 59 of 150 copies numbered and signed by Davis and Adams. The story of Bluebeard has a long history, from Perrault's Fairy Tales through Maeterlinck, and is deeply embedded in the dark storytelling of the early twentieth century. Béla Balázs, heavily influenced by the French Symbolists, wrote a play which inspired his fellow countryman Béla Bartók to create a truly Hungarian opera. The music and the libretto in their turn have drawn from Susan Adams a sequence of stunning images. Each page evokes the unfolding terror that the walls of Duke Bluebeard's castle have witnessed. The chilling story is of the young bride, Judith, brought to her new home by the Duke. She longs to fling open windows, to let sunlight flood into her castle but gradually she has to face the truth of what may have happened here -- the truth of the destroyed lives of three previous wives. The libretto is the English version made by John Lloyd Davies for performances of the opera in the UK. Printed in Eric Gill's Joanna type on BFK Rives paper. The 18 images by Adams use two printmaking techniques, printing directly from woodblocks in black (with two in white) and digitally generated photopolymer line blocks, printed in red. The small folio book is bound in black and red paper and covered with red paper with printed with woodcuts on both covers. The slipcase has grey sides with a black border, again printed with images by Susan Adams. A particularly striking production from this excellent private press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061416. Fine.
Monmouthshire, UK: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 60 copies. Illustrated with textual descriptions by Natalie d’Arbeloff. The artist created these gestural pen and ink figure drawings over fifty years ago while she was a student in New York City studying under Jack Tworkov, a prominent abstract expressionist. D’Arbeloff is now a printmaker, cartoonist, and book artist with work in collections around the world. Bound in blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and black illustration to front cover. Printed on Velin Arches Blanc in Aries type. The images were printed at original size with photopolymer plates. The text is printed in grey with titles in blue and illustrations in black. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Fine.
Paris: 1937. Paperback. Number 158 of 500 copies, the first 200 of which were reserved for the writers of the book. This remarkable deluxe collection of writings and art about Paris was commissioned by the city of Paris to celebrate their hosting the World’s Fair of 1937. The volume includes original prose, poetry, and illustrations by the leading writers and artists of France. There are thirty-one sections on various quarters, neighborhoods, gardens, avenues and boulevards, each with a short piece written by an eminent writer and engravings by two notable artists. For each section there is a full-page illustration by an artist associated with the area and a smaller one on the first page of the section by the other artist. Among the writers are Paul Valery, Raymond Escholier, Colette, Paul Claudel, Abel Bonnard, and Jules Romains. The participating artists are equally impressive, and include Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Jean Laboureur, and Andre Lhote. Each section is a separate folder with the full-page illustration of the following section as its last page. The folders are encased in a paper wrapper with the title and a color illustration on its cover. The entire production is housed in a chemise of dark blue paper covered boards with a red leather spine label which fits into a blue paper and linen slipcase. The slipcase is in very good condition with a few chips and bumps. The contents are also in very good condition; however, pages 286-288 are missing. They included the full-page illustration by Gabriel Belot and Renefer for “Les Musees.” Page 277, the first page of “Les Eglises de Paris” has a repaired tear. Still, a splendid collection of French art and prose commemorating Paris on the eve of the Second World War. 294 pages plus table of illustrations. ART/012412. Very Good.