Oregon: Artistically Declined Press, 2013. Hardcover. One of 20 copies signed by the poet, Hosho McCreesh who describes himself as a drunken poet. From reviews: "In the footsteps of Charles Bukowski comes Hosho McCreesh’s magnum opus of drunk poetry. Mammoth in size and scope, A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is unlike any of McCreesh’s previous collections. Because writing and drinking go hand in hand, it may seem an impossible challenge for a poet to offer new perspective of this well-worn, symbiotic relationship. But McCreesh does, and in this brilliant collection he uses subject matter that might feel old and tired in the hands of a less capable poet and turns out exciting and irresistible poems. A perfect elegy to the illusions and delusions of alcohol." This is from the edition of 20 described by the press as "The DrunkSkull Flask Clamshell." It includes a handmade hardback book housed in a clamshell box custom-made by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. Hidden within the clamshell is the coup de grace - an 8 ounce black flask, engraved with the book's DrunkSkull logo, which is housed in a wood insert, along with some pieces of promotional ephemera that include two letterpress broadsides of unpublished drunk poems signed by McCreesh, a ticket also signed, and a third unpublished broadside hand written and painted by the poet. Hidden under the flash is a patch, a sticker, and a removeable tattoo - all featuring the DrunkSkull logo. The text of the book is printed offset and is bound in grey paper boards with black spine label and skull logo on the front cover. On the back cover is printed: "glister like remnant embers of all you've burned away in your mad and drunken joy." The clamshell box has a black cloth spine and grey paper covering the front and rear panels. The front panel features a reproduction of the book's cover and the spine panel has a matching grey paper title label. Box is 10 x 7 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 359 pages plus acknowledgments and colophon. ARTISTSBOOK/042016. Fine.
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Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. Number 23 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." She is co-founder, current CEO and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Nuno takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce an artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and he three beautiful scarves, and the colophon. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
New York: Caliban Press, 2013. Paper. Number 39 of 48 copies. Initialed by printer. Mark McMurray founded the Caliban Press in 1985 after studying letterpress printing with the Red Ozier Press and bookbinding with Timothy Ely. Mark is the special collections librarian at St. Lawrence University, where he also teaches courses in book history and printing. This inventive and moving production joins Buddhist and Tibetan sutras – Sanskrit for an aphorism, saying, or collection of same – with contemporary environmental themes. The sayings are from sources that include Indian and Tibetan sutras, American authors, and the Adirondack Mountains region and are printed with metal and wood types on a variety of beautiful handmade papers. Many of the papers were dyed, dipped, and/or floated in an indigo dye bath. Includes a volvelle made from area maps, an ecoprint by Velma Bolyard, and a mountain paperscape. Housed in a stiff paper box with bone clasps. With colophon and table of contents and order. Pages are about 4.25 x 14 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/100813. Fine in Fine Box.
Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2019. A unique embroidered artists’ book. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. This beautiful work evokes the feel and mood of its inspiration - the windy day on a quiet island. The embroidery is stitched in blue, green, brown, and yellow threads on white linen cloth. The borders are stitched with intricate white designs. There are two covers. The inner cover is tan linen with a small cross on each side. The outer cover is blue felt with the title and border stitching in yellow thread. The folded book measures 6 x 11 inches. Unfolded the book is 22 inches. In fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.
Washington DC: Library Fellows, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1992. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist with an original drawing in a separate portfolio. Audrey Flack (1931-) is an important American artist who is nationally recognized and whose works are in major collections throughout the world. She is known as a pioneer in Photorealism and has also been inspired by Baroque art. This book is the third volume in the artists' book series published by the Library Fellows of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The sketchbook records Flack's travels from 1985-89, which included trips to Paris, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. The terra cotta pencil sketches that fill the sketchbook are beautifully rendered and often intimate. They are reproduced to scale. The book and the portfolio for the illustration are bound in a green, black and orange marbled cloth. Save for light creases on the free endpapers the book is in fine condition. The original drawing is a portrait from a Baroque sculpture and measures 4 x 6 inches. Both are housed in a brown cloth box with black leather title label affixed to a strip of the marbled cloth used for the binding. A lovely copy of this now rare book. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/102612. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2018. Number 3 of 10 copies in the deluxe edition, signed and numbered by the book artist. Vestiges was conceived in Iceland where Anne was an artist-in-residence in April and May 2018. This striking work includes folded, sewn, dyed, and printed crinoline cloth pieces accompanied by text. They beautifully capture the almost intangible nature of vestiges - things disappearing or no longer in existence. The book's wrap-around cover is white crinoline. The book is printed with Weiss Italic type on Mohawk Superfine paper by Diane Jacobs of the Scranton Press in Portland. The text is hand-written and authored by the artist as are the hand-dyed fabric manipulations (from the colophon). Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. She makes objects, installations, and works with her community. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us. I enter into inquiry-based community engagement through arts education, residency, public work, studio practice, and collaboration. " A lovely work in fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2016. Number 34 of an open edition. For centuries paper has served as a quick, elegant, and economical covering material for books. Renowned book artist and teacher Karen Hanmer has created this set of ten model paper bindings to offer instruction to experienced and would-be binders. She writes: "These models and accompanying instructions will introduce beginners to the basic tools, techniques and materials of bookbinding. Experienced practitioners will discover how features from multiple bindings can be combined to create a new, custom structure to meet the requirements of any project. All of these structures can be made in a sparsely-equipped studio with minimal specialized tools or equipment.The paper bindings are mostly non-adhesive, mostly unsupported sewing: three folded paper cases, supported and unsupported laced cases, long stitch, chain stitch with decorative guards, double-pamphlet in tipped wrapper, multi-section pamphlet, German stiffened paper binding with double-fan adhesive text block. They are in a variety of colors and patterns. The set also includes a 140 page hand-bound b&w laser-printed manual: a skill-building guide to bookbinding techniques, tools, and materials with a glossary and an extensive bibliography (many of the resources available online). Chapters on tools and supplies, ergonomics, signature preparation, end sheets, sewing and working with case-weight papers precede complete instructions for crafting ten different paper binding structures. Each process is illustrated with numerous b&w photographs and diagrams. The instructions for each structure are also provided as PDFs on digital media for classroom distribution." Each model is approximately 6.5 x 4.5 inches; manual is 9 x 6 inches. All housed in a beige cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label on spine. These models are a valuable reference for libraries, book arts programs, or for anyone who is interested in learning more about the structural aspects of the book. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/102517.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2008. Hardcover. Number 17 of 30 copies. At once vast and minimal, sparse and rich, the night sky has always been a canvas upon which people project their myths and dreams. Star Poems presents quotes that document response to the night sky across the ages by philosophers, artists, and poets from Plato and Byron to contemporary writers, scientists and astronauts. This text is paired with 17th century mythological images of constellation forms and images of early star gazers on a background of a NASA photograph of the Milky Way. The book can be held in the hand and read page by page like a traditional book, can be removed from its jacket and unfolded flat to reference historical astronomical charts or contemporary NASA composite photos, or can be folded into an infinite variety of sculptural shapes. Measures: 6.75x5.75x.75" closed, 17.5x 23" open. Housed in a blue cardstock box with velcro closure. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2002. Hardcover. Number 8 of 20 copies. “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 act 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” (Karen Hanmer). This work is a history of an immigrant farming family told through photographs. The family is depicted on both inside covers with one picture dating from the 1920s and the other from the 1960s. Connecting the pictures is a flowing field of corn, which is blurred on one side and detailed on the other. As you open the book the interlocking pages and imagery create a flowing movement that simulates the passage of time. The result is an engaging book that tells a story despite the lack of text. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist’s contact information and edition number on the front panel. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2011. Hardcover. 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. Number 2 of 3 copies. A sculptural book featuring text from Jane Austen’s archetypal romance, Pride and Prejudice, with heart shaped cut outs to reveal illustrations clipped from the covers of modern day romance novels. This book can be displayed in a star format using two included cloth clips or as an accordion. According to the book artist: The “background pattern references Regency era roller-printed textiles. This piece was created from a minimum quantity of recycled and already-purchased materials and with limited use of electricity for Sustainable Book and Paper Arts, a 2011 exhibition curated by Shawn Sheehy and Melissa Jay Craig.” Inkjet printed with found images. It is housed in an archival grey folding case with artist’s contact information stamped to front panel. Size: 6.75 x 4.25 x 3 inches, closed; 6.75 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches, open. Fine. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2010. Hardcover. Number 35 of 175 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. This work offers 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. A thought provoking, well designed book. ARTB/092117. Fine.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2007. Hardcover. 1 of 26 deluxe lettered copies. This is Letter W. Signed by author and book artist. This book contains 31 previously unpublished poems by the highly regarded poet Michael Dennis Browne. The poems are short and intended to elicit larger thoughts by the reader. Inspired by his love of music, Schilling designed the book to create a meditative environment through the placement of poems and photographs on the page. The book structure acts as a composition around the lines of text to float the poems along the way. The deluxe edition of 26 copies is printed by letterpress in Reykjavik and Philosophia type on MacGregor & Vinzani handmade paper. The pages are French folded and include cyanotype photographic prints; they are sewn with exposed cords laced into red oak boards. The book is housed in a clamshell box bound with blue goatskin and indigo dyed handmade paper. In fine condition. 60 pages. PRI/111512. 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.
Middletown, CT: Robin Price, Publisher, 2007. Hardcover. Number 49 of 86 copies. Robin Price has designed, printed, and published books for over twenty-five years. Her works can be found in university and public library collections throughout North America and Europe. This book is particularly personal, as well as complex and mysterious. Ms. Price says that “Text excerpts from 86 books significant to me - mostly other artist’s books - were gathered using formulas based on the number 43, which was my age at the genesis of the project.” In her announcement for this book, she says that simple formulas, using modular arithmetic with the number 43, were applied to categories such as page number, paragraph, sentence, line of poetry, etc. The text is grouped by subject matter into sixteen page spreads. Titles of spreads include “Water,” “Counting,” and “Flora.” Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and also hinged together as an accordion. A Legend Card and supplemental Annotated Bibliography are included. The unusual double-layer accordion is housed in an olive green cloth covered clamshell box with a river section printed in blue, and a map-paper spine label. The book was co-designed and co-produced with Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage. The typefaces are handset ATF Garamond and Kabel. Six colors are printed letterpress. All additional printing within the structure is also letterpress, except for the laser-printed text sheets of the 32-page bibliography. 11.75 x 8 x 1.5 inches, opens to 20 feet wide; 32 pages with supplemental 32 page booklet. ARTISTSBOOKS/012011. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1997. Paperback. Number 127 of 250 copies. Signed by the designer (Esther K Smith), printer (Dikko Faust), and paper marbler (Lauren Rowland). According to the designer, this project was inspired by 'those folded religious pamphlets.' Each of the five artists has created and signed his or her card or the box. Each card has a different theme ranging from sexual experience to a subway mosaic. All are housed in a marbled paper covered card stock box with silver title to front panel. PRI/010213. Fine.
Redwood City, CA: Judith of Serebrin Books & Prints, 2005. Unique artist's book. Well-known artist Judy Serebrin received a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Utah in 1990 and has been making limited edition and unique books since then. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She states: "All my life I have observed, listened and looked at the world around me and have tried to make sense of it. I am concerned with issues of social justice, of liberation, my own and others. Art for me is a way to learn about the world and to challenge oppressive mores, to make interesting connections that I can share with others. I hope to make others think as well, to grin, to perhaps gain insight and to spark new thoughts. Interrelations between people, animals and the planet are explored in my work. I hope in ways that are accessible. Using "book arts" as a format is part of that for me as you can have an intimate experience holding a book and looking through it." She often creates her artists' books by combining a ceramic structure or cover with paper for striking effect. She says of this work: "This is part of a series of porcelain figures called “Soul Books. Figures with books in them represent a symbolic and tactile way of being able to reach into someone’s soul without embarrassment, censorship, or fear. Both human and animal-like figures—all represent the importance of every creature to the world." The figure is made in stained porcelain. The handmade book is done with monotypes, exposed sewn-binding done in linen thread. Figure measures 6 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; book is 1 3/16 x 2 x 3/4 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/031119.
Verdigris, 2006. Rothchild, Judith. Hardcover. 20 of 30 copies. Copies 26 to 29 were hors commerce, and number 30 was given to the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. SIGNED BY ARTIST AND WRITER. This beautiful work has eleven stunning numbered and initialed mezzotints by artist Judith Rothchild. Rothchild is an American born artist who lives in the Languedoc region of France. Also a pastel artist, she has become famous for her mezzotints, perhaps the most difficult printmaking technique. Rouanet is a well known French writer. The colophon says that the work is a collaboration between the two, who share a deep love for the Languedoc. Rouanet’s text, in French, was inspired by Rothchild’s prints of food and wine and by the spirit of a local restaurant, Le Mimosa. The folio sized pages are loose in a yellow and green box made by Lisa Knoblauch with the front board decorated with mimosa leaves done by serigraph. Printed by Mark Lintott in Vendome Romain type on an Albion press. The prints are protected by tissue guards. 20 pages including the prints. PRI/061207. Fine.
DC: Windhorse Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 4 of 8 copies, signed by the artist. In Russian. According to the book artist this "book recounts a story of a child learning to play chess with book pages numbered as chessboard squares. The child does not want to follow the game's rules by making two moves each turn, not allowing his pieces to be taken, etc. In the end the child removes all pieces from the board with only two kings remaining and proclaims that 'Kings walk slowly but always make quick decisions'". In the form of a dialogue, the text is based on personal experience from trying to teach chess to her son. The book is bound in black cloth with a small red paper square inset to the front cover. The images were printed using a carved plastic plate and the text was printed on a laser printer. Housed in a whimsical red cloth box which opens in an unusual manner. A miniature book measuring 1.75 x 2 inches in a box measuring 2.5 x 2.75 inches. Born in Moscow, Tatiana has been interested in books and bookmaking since her childhood. She holds degrees from the Moscow University of Printing, the University of Maryland, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her work is in collections nationwide and she has recently won an award for traditional illustration. She currently resides in Takoma Park, Maryland with her family. Unpaginated. Fine.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, 2018. Hardcover. Robert Wu 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 stunning 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. In addition to hand book binding, Robert makes one-off or small editions of books, presentation boxes, jewelry boxes and decorative papers for individual collectors, libraries or institutions. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. This splendid unique pop-up tunnel book is inspired by Robert's love of Victorian albums, tunnel books and elaborate greeting cards. It is bound in green leather with an inset relief brown leather panel with an Art Nouveau design and the title is stamped in gold. The endpapers are his own hand marbled multicolored paper. The book contains six charming and nostalgic pop-up scenes. Robert produced and did In all of the die cutting, embossing and the bookbinding. Housed in a linen moire lined folding box with a leather label stamped in gold. The leather bound album measures 9 x 6 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/083018. Fine.