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.
Pasadena, CA: Deeply Game Productions, 2012. Hardcover. Number 1 of 7 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Sara Press is a photographer, printer, and book artist whose work addresses science, nature, and the intricacies of our culture. This is a suite of four etchings by Ms. Press that depict contemporary mixed-martial-arts fighters. The accompanying text has been appropriated from a panther / bear fight advertising poster from the 1850s. The text describing animal fights is juxtaposed with the prints of human fighters to make an important statement on violence. The typeface is designed by Dan Mayer. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook No. 3 Proof Press. The loose prints and text pages are housed in a solid maple box with title burnt into the lid. This book was made in California and East Coast humidity has caused the box lid to warp a little along the edges. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOKS/030613. Near Fine.
Rockville, MD: Erik Delfino, 2015. Number 5 of 10 copies signed by the book artist. A stunning production by book artist and photographer Erik Delfino. In his accompanying pamphlet about the 1964 fair, Delfino writes that his parents took him to the fair when he was four years old. His memories are still vivid and treasured, and he hopes that the photographs of the still remaining structures that he took for this book at the fiftieth anniversary celebration have captured the spirit of the fair. The photographs and text are digitally printed on loose sheets of 19 x 13 inch Epson Exhibition Fiber paper. The twenty-five striking and evocative color photographs are of the structures still remaining at the fair site. They are bold and often abstract and geometric. The photos are interspersed with text offering his brief impressions from viewing the site. The photos are followed by a leaf with pictures of Delfino and his parents on the day they visited the fair. There is a table of contents on the colophon page. The leaves are housed in a taupe cardboard folder that is housed in a blue cloth case, which is encased in a 19.5 x 14 inch stainless steel box with an impression of the iconic stainless steel unisphere. Includes a copy of Cotter and Young’s The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/112916.
2011. Hardcover. Hand-lettered Manuscript. Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created a unique manuscript containing Pangur B'an, a ninth century poem written by an Irish monk. The poem is a playful story, told by the monk, of the similarities between his work and that of his cat, Pangur B'an. The artist successfully captures the playful tone of the poem with her calligraphy, layout, and embellishments.Bound by Bexx Caswell at the White Sparrow Bindery (Somerville, MA) in green and black paper covered boards with hand written title label pasted down on the front cover. The paper used for the cover was handmade by Cave paper. The manuscript was hand lettered in the Uncial style, using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Soennecken pen nibs on Ingres d'Arches MBM text paper. It is decorated with raised 23 karat gold leaf and Winsor & Newton gouache. Each page contains a unique layout. The manuscript is signed and dated by the book artist and binder, and described in the colophon. Measures 10 inches by 7 inches. [16 pages.] Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Number 20 or 20 copies, signed and numbered by the book artist. Karen's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. This is the last unsold copy of this thoughtful and nostalgic book by Karen. She uses the text of a young Navy wife’s letter written from Europe in the 1950s to her family on the farm along with her alternate personal thoughts. The book uses the flag book structure to juxtapose these texts with sections of an old photograph of her Midwestern relatives. This structure offers an effective medium for creating a visual as well as a textual experience. The full photograph of the family is revealed when the book is fully opened. The photograph and text were created using pigment inkjet prints. The covers reproduce a black and white photo of the young Navy wife with an Italian city view behind her. The back of the book opens in accordion style and shows another black and white photo from Italy. Book is 4.5 x 9 inches closed and 8 x 19 inches when fully open. Housed in an archival stiff paper storage box with Velcro closures. In fine condition. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Hardcover. Number 19 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Features photographs, archival documents, and text pertaining to the Wright Brothers' experimentation to develop the first manned, powered flight. Bound using the flag book structure with illustrated paper covered boards. This book was created for Turning Pages: A Collection of Artists' Books shown in The Living Room, the family installation space at the Wichita Art Museum. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 7 x 26 x 5 inches open and 7 x 5 x 3 ¾ inches closed. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/032417. Fine.
Basel, Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 1988 / 89. Hardcover. Number iii of vi artist proofs. There were 81 copies in the regular edition. Signs from the Stone Age features Swiss book artist Romano Hänni’s modern interpretation of the prehistoric imagery found in the caves of Lascaux in Dordogne, France. Juxtaposed with Hänni’s designs are photographic reproductions of the original cave paintings, excerpts from literature about the people of the Stone Age, and text by the book artist giving his interpretations of the imagery. Fine in off-white paper covered boards with black title to spine and front cover. Hand composed and hand printed in red and black ink with five photographs printed in offset. Text in German. Includes a one page English explanation of the book and its design. 20 pages. ARTB/011713. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2010. Hardcover. Number 98 of 175 copies. A commentary on various aspects of life, some of which are illustrated with design elements. For example "with ritalin" shows a series of small, numbered pill shaped designs. It faces "without ritalin" which shows a variety of animals and other creatures. One unillustrated quote from the jacket reads "The daily misconduct: It is not the large catastrophes, it is he daily mistakes in the details that cause the global problems." Bound accordion style in boards with white illustrated dust jacket. Handcomposed and handprinted in black, red, blue, and gold. The text is printed in German; however, a pictorial booklet supplement with English translation is included. An thought provoking, well designed book. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2011. One of 20 copies. Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto and artist Barbara Westman as seen reflected in the space of their New York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play. Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and “games” referring to both Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections. The box contains laser-etched glass with a plan view of the apartment. Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur, Barbara and their apartment, a hand-bound codex filled with photographic illustrations and brief text, a glass block laser-etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman, two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer holds a folio of letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman, and an introduction by David Carrier. A fascinating way of documenting the lives and personalities of this interesting couple. In fine condition. Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches. PRI/041111. Fine.
New York: Intima Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 4 of 12 copies signed and numbered by well-known book artist Mindy Belloff, This superb book from Mindy's Intima Press was inspired by and taken from Hieronymus Bosch's renowned three-panel painting, the Garden of Earthly Delights (1490-1516). This famous work, full of symbolism and subject to endless interpretation, depicts the Garden of Eden, earthly pleasures and pursuits, and humanity's punishment in Hell. Mindy created eleven color intaglio prints of deep bite copper etchings with hand painting in watercolor, gouache, and ink. Each beautiful print is unique within the limited edition, printed on Somerset cotton rag papers corresponding to the painting's three panels from left to right, progressing from white (Section I), to tan (Section II), to gray (Section III). The book also has three original poems by Amy Lemmon, Steven Gentile, and Rich Turnbull, each preceding a section and also inspired by Bosch's painting. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook Universal III Automatic A/B Press. In a concertina sewn spine binding in quarter-bound pink buffalo skin over Somerset white papers, with leather tip corners and leather ornamental onlays, bound by Celine Lombardi. Protected by a paper tri-fold enclosure with light grey leather spine with title label. Housed in a pink buffalo skin slip case. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/041916. Fine.
Philadelphia: Joseph Allen, 1855, 2016. Hardcover. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. She writes about this work: "This binding was created for an exhibit in Charleston, SC. As a Midwesterner unfamiliar with the area, I inquired about local icons and incorporated several: an antiquarian text block on the local Revolutionary War hero “The Swamp Fox” decorated with South Carolina’s palmetto motif, on a background of the once ubiquitous “Charleston green.” The resulting production is this masterfully constructed and executed unique designer book binding that perfectly befits the text. Bound in full green goatskin with back pared onlays in several shades of green, tooling and hand-titling in blind along bottom edges of the boards. With three-color hand-sewn endbands and three edges sprinkled in three colors of acrylic. Marbled endpapers by Pamela Smith. Measures 7.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. Housed in green cloth clamshell box with green leather spine label. In fine condition. 252 pages. FINEBINDING/080618. Fine.
[Raleigh NC]: Jon Kolkin, 2014. Hardcover. Number 37 of 50 copies. Inscribed: "May you experience Inner Harmony as you continue along your life's journey - Jon Kolkin #37/50." Kolkin is a fine arts photographer, Buddhist, and an international speaker on achieving a more enriching and balanced life. This beautiful book has thirty black and white images selected from his photographic series, Inner Harmony. The evocative and mysterious photographs were taken at Buddhist monasteries in China and Bhutan. The text is both in English and traditional Chinese with calligraphy created by Oi Yee Tai. Bound in black Japanese cloth and bound using a traditional Chinese binding technique. In fine condition. 12 x 13 inches. 72 pages. PRI/031215. Fine.
Eugene, OR: Susan Lowdermilk, 2016. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. Her artists’ books are in the collections of many university libraries, public libraries and museums. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she teaches courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Susan earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University. In her artist’s statement she writes: “Through my art practice as a printmaker and book artist, I reflect my life experiences and relate them to a broader sense of the human condition: struggles, transitions, choices and the inevitable element of chance. I explore and express these themes through familiar forms and shapes, symbolic of humankind’s shared stories as we, as individuals, progress from one day to the next.” Number 14 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. In this inventive work, Lowdermilk uses Emily Dickinson’s poem to examine the inherent interconnection of environmental elements. She uses three dimensional pop-up shapes to complement Dickinson’s words. Bound in blue-green cloth covers with vertical decorated paper inset to front cover. Includes four pop-up spreads tipped at the fore-edges with an exposed concertina spine. Printed in Twentieth Century type on Vanguard Recycled Plus paper. Unpaginated. In fine condition. Size: 7.25 x 9.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/073118.
Oakland, CA: Lunation Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 2 of 45 copies, signed and initialed by the book artist. The late Marylee Bytheriver was a skilled book artist and print maker. Her focus on book arts came later in life. After a twenty-year break between her sophomore and junior years in college, Marylee return to school to complete her B.A. in Book Arts at Mills College, Oakland, California. She graduated with honors in 1991. She established Lunation Press in Oakland where she created books that were a tribute to her creativity and dedication to the environment. Her books can be seen in public collections nationwide including the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This personal work about the effects of color on one's life is excerpted from "The Tyranny of Color," first printed in July 1986 in the monthly "Mendocino Country" journal. After a childhood and early adulthood with wardrobes limited to blue and brown, Marylee writes that she realized that she enjoyed wearing and decorating in bright colors and began to do so. She further realized that "when we surround ourselves with dull dark, neutral colors, we live dull, dark, and neutral lives." This transformation is visually shown by "swatches" of color on the pages to accompany the text. Printed on white Johannot French paper that is collaged with color Moriki papers from Japan (the swatches). The text was composed in Kabel Medium on a Macintosh computer and then transformed into polymer plates. The plates and various rules and ornaments were printed on a Vandercook Proof Press. Bound in red paper covered boards with a blue linen spine. In fine condition. 9 x 9 inches. Unpaginated (about 17 pages). ARTISTSB/071218. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Private Space for Sandra March, 2011. One of 158 copies signed by the talented Spanish book artist, Sandra March. In this innovative work, Sandra seeks to narrate the life of her parents with both a visual and cultural metaphor. Her parents sold poultry, and the central element of her work is the refrigerator counter where their products were displayed. In Barcelona, Sandra created a full-size installation of their counter with all of the products done in felt. In this book, there are patterns and instructions to allow one to make the various poultry products used in the installation, which can then be arranged in the same way they were at the poultry shop. The book is presented in a red and white styrofoam tray with one of the original felt parts of the installation,in this case four eggs. Printed in Spanish and Catalan with an English translation in a separate booklet. Book is spiral-bound with grey cardboard covers and title label to front cover. In fine condition. Book is 4.5 x 5.5 inches. 118 pages. ARTISTS/112414. 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.
Niles, MI: Eugenie Torgerson, 2006. Hardcover. A unique journal with blank pages and five digital illustrations of various tools by an award winning book artist, photographer, printer, and illustrator. This beautiful book could be used as a photo album or scrapbook or it could be kept untouched as a book art object. The journal is bound with expandable posts. It is covered in red book cloth and decorative paper with a digital image mounted on the cover. The image is framed with decorative paper and covered with a glass panel. It is housed in a decorative, extra deep box that has room to store the journal and extra mementos. The box is covered in black and red book cloth with a digital image mounted on the lid and covered in glass. Unpaginated. Journal dimensions: 11.5 inches by 10 inches. Box dimensions: 13.5 inches by 10.5 inches by 4 inches. An impressive piece from this noted artist. ARTB/120512. Fine.
Chicago: Ann Tyler, 2013. Hardcover. Number 2 of 3 copies, signed and numbered by Ann Tyler, the book artist. Ann is a noted book artist and print maker whose works have been exhibited at many galleries across the United States. Her artist’s books are in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She says of this book, which took her five years to complete: It was a major culmination/combining of so many parts of my work and influences. After the work I've done specific to particular events I really wanted to develop a book that would speak to overarching and recurring issues." The result is this elegantly bound elephant folio in dark blue calfskin with embossed decoration to both boards. The book, which combines elements of a sci-fi novel, sketchbook, and scientific research log takes the reader on a mysterious and puzzling journey that examines time, space, parallel universes, and the subconscious. It includes a mixture of quotations, striking imagery of newly discovered life forms, science fiction prose about another dimension, details of experiments relating to space and time, and more. According to Ann:This book "is a science fiction tale in which the violent actions of governments in our world have created new life forms in a world somewhere in deep space. The new species and their relationship to violence are discovered through space / time laboratory investigations carried out by an 'experimenter.' The narrative is structured for the viewer to also undergo a process of discovery as he/she moves through a narrative combining stream of conscious rumination, traditional description, imagery, poetry, and scientific information. The narrative and imagery move between the possible and the impossible, from the outer world to the inner world. After establishing this causal relationship between the two worlds – human actions and new life forms in the universe – the narrative then shifts and begins to allude to the possibility that this other world may not be an exterior universe but may instead be the universe of the mind. This other world is possibly a result of larger human actions upon individual memory...Edge of Conscience refers to what lies just out of reach in our memory. While unseen it still plagues us. Conscience contains the multiple meanings of the conscious mind and morality. Unrelenting Light refers to parts of our memory that are difficult to examine and when once illuminated are understood to be a relentless part of individual experience…From a metafictional perspective the author is the 'experimenter.' The artist book itself is an experiment – an attempt to understand the impact of history on the individual and society and how we absorb the history we live through." Includes 14 plates of newly discovered species, each framed with a marbled paper border and preceded with a captioned vellum tissue guard. Archivally inkjet printed on archival Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Duo paper. All edges have been handpainted with acrylic. A striking and thought provoking piece. Size: 14 x 18 inches. ARTB/081518. Fine.
Washington DC: Na'ama Zussman, 2015. Hardcover. Number 7 of 12 copies. A beautifully conceived and produced book from Na'ama Zussman, a powerful new book artist originally from Israel. She describes her book: "A Survey of a World scrutinizes interactions between map and territory, along with memory and reality, whether of the surveyor herself - the creator of this artist's book - or of other people. It surveys and seeks to capture the doubt in the role of the surveyor, and the inevitable immersion in this role. A Survey of a World portrays the endeavour of grasping the moment ahead of the impression of the territory, when doubt turns into representation." Na'ama's exquisite images are interwoven with her evocative text as she ponders interactions, memory, and reality. Bound in brown Cialux book cloth, with a goatskin leather spine. The images throughout the book were created through the screen printing process and are done on lovely Thai Kozo paper. The text is composed in Meta Capitals and Constantia. The book is housed in a surveyor's bag made out of grey cashmere, with a leather string. The colophon is in a pocket on the back of the bag. 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/081915. Fine.