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.
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Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2020. Cloth. A unique embroidered artists’ book with a murder mystery theme. 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 previous unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. Although this book is not precisely a memorial to Louisa, it does document her mysterious death. The book is held in a grey wool folded covering with a poignant scene of a cross in the ground under a willow tree on its top. The interior folds of the grey covering are of a knife dripping blood on one side and a peaceful lake on the other. The grey wool covering opens to the folds of the interior panels. They are covered in pale blue cloths with an elaborate letter "L" on one side and a cross on the other. The interior panels are meticulous and intricate embroidered tableaux of what may have happened to Louisa. The first panel asks "Whatever Happened to Louisa." The words are framed with flowers and decorative stitching. The second panel has a garden scene with what appears to be two knives flying through the air. The third panel has two cross shapes: the first is a tatted insert and the second includes an embroidered floor plan of a home interior with ominous foot prints leading upstairs to a bedroom. The fourth inner panel is embroidered with a lake scene that has a mysterious object near one shore. Is it a boat or is it a coffin? The words “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” are stitched along the lake’s other bank. The hand embroidery throughout uses cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester threads of various colors. Lucy's gorgeous artist's book is housed in a grey cloth box with a stitched blue label of a boat and a cross. The folded book measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches. it unfolds to 3.5 x 18.25 inches. The grey wool covering is 4 x 5 inches folded and 4.5 x 19 inches unfolded.The box is 4.75 x 6 x 2 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/042320. Fine.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
Paperback. A unique artists’ book about the concept of time, using quotes that are taken from various sources including Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Franklin, Euripides, and more. The work was created with paste paper, stamping, transfer, and calligraphy. In fine condition with purple handmade paper covers with black title and illustrations of timepieces to covers. A small metal replica of a timepiece is affixed to the front cover. The background of the interior has been hand painted in gold and purple. Stamps depicting clocks and the hand written calligraphic quotes decorate the interior. The book is an accordion construction with 10 pages. Housed in a purple handmade paper case which is secured by multi-colored yarn and a button depicting a watch face. A metal butterfly charm hangs from one end of the yarn. An appealing book. 5.75 by 6.25 inches. ARTB/112008. Fine.
San Jose, CA: Prose and Letters Press, 2004. Hardcover. Number 24 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This printed book is based on a unique hand painted book by the artist. Bound accordion style in Lokta paper covered boards with hand painted gold accents and leather and bead closure. The inspiration for this book was the Lithuanian-American archaeologist, Marija Gimbutas (1921 - 1994), known for her research on the Neolithic and Bronze age cultures of Europe. Gimbutas theorized that the first writing predated Sumerian businessmen by a few thousand years, and instead grew out of symbolic marks on ritual objects made to venerate the Great Goddess in Old Europe. Artist, Cari Ferraro, was heavily influenced by this theory and created an alphabet style based on Marija's catalog of marks which she has used in this book. The background painting on all of the pages uses symbols found in the 5000-year passage grave Newgrange in Ireland, whose meaning has never been fully understood. The design is intended to feel like a cave wall with ancient symbols and writing. The text reads "The first writing/ not merely scribble/ devised by accountants to track livestock or record property/ the first writing/ made to track the moon/ inscribe spirit/ praise for the great mother." An attractive book. [10 pages] ARTB/042108. Fine.
San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat, 2018. Number 20 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by Rhiannon Alpers, the book artist. Rhiannon has been a book artist, maker of paper, and bookbinder based in San Francisco for almost twenty years. She is fascinated by structures and boxes, and much of her work is focused on nature. This beautifully designed and executed book is emblematic of Rhiannon's artistic interests and aesthetics. She writes of her book, which was inspired by author Glynis Ridley: "When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard. This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book." The book has a removable magnetic spine binding that opens completely back-to-back, with a digitally produced specimen chart hidden within. Hahnemuhle Bugra Fawn folio maps are letterpress printed from polymer plates, adapted from French expedition maps from the published logs “Voyage Autour du Monde par la Frégate du rio la Boudeuse et la Fluté L’Etoile.". Crane’s Lettra Ecru 90lb specimen folios letterpress printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates. Plant outlines are laser cut and secured with Japanese tissue. Laser cut specimens were adapted from the original plant specimens collected by Commerson and Baret on the expedition, archived in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Interleaved vellum sheets with macro photography by the artist laser printed on Neenah UV Ultra II. Spine bound with Gmund Bier Paper [colophon]. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
Basel, Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 1988 / 89. Hardcover. Number 74 of 81. Six artist proofs were also printed. Signs from the Stone Age consists of symbols (primarily comprised of lines and dots) reproduced from imagery found in the cave of Lascaux in Dordogne, France. Also includes 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. There is a flaw in the paper on the first page of the text resulting in a discolored marking; otherwise, the interior is very clean and bright. Handcomposed and handprinted 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.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Iluzada, 2019. Number 4 of 5 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Benjamin Iluzada is a young and rising book artist of Philippine descent. He incorporates aspects of his heritage in his book works. This powerful book uses linocuts, screenprints, lead type, monoprints, and pulp blowouts on translucent abaca paper handmade by Ben. The imagery is inspired by Barong Tagalog embroidery, which is part of a traditional garment from the Philippines, and the monotype images of a belt were printed using an actual belt that his father used to spank him during his childhood. There are two different selections of text in the book: the first is an autobiographical narrative about the corporal punishment experienced by the artist that was hand written and then screenprinted throughout the book; the second is a short selection of text, printed from lead type and hides on the first and last page, that is taken from a published clinical study on the effects of physical punishment on children. The abaca paper covers have a white image of a belt across the front and back covers. Bound with a string binding. In fine condition. Housed in a plain blue archival enclosure. Book measures 11.25 x 14.25 inches.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981, 2018. 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. Karen designed and constructed this exquisite unique signed binding for this first trade edition of the famous Arion Press's 1979 edition with its striking illustrations by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Her binding is based on the non-adhesive “clip-on cover” structure developed by UK binder Kathy Abbott. To create this binding the text block is disbound, the outer folios guarded and then sewn with long stitch using blue linen thread into the calf vellum wrapper, covered in limp calf vellum case, with tabbed corners. Hand titling to spine is done in 22k moon gold, with a blue acrylic line applied through stencil along the bottom edges of the front and rear covers. The endpapers are of handmade Ruscombe Mill pale wove paper in a single folio with hooked flexi endleaf. The top edge of the text block is covered with graphite. Karen writes: "The pale vellum references the white whale, and the blue line a turbulent sea. The stark contrast between these elements mirrors the horror steadily building in anticipation of the Pequod’s encounter with Moby Dick. Use of blue inside and out also references the color of the initial caps in the Arion Press and Deluxe California editions of this text." This is an impressive binding that beautifully pays honor to one of the great American novels. Book measures 10.5 x 7 x 1.5 inches. Housed in a dark blue clamshell box with a white gilt and blue title label to spine. In fine condition. FINEBINDING/080618.
Eugene, OR: Knight Library Press / University of Oregon, 2000. Robin Eschner. Paperback. 62 of 125 numbered copies. Signed by the author and artist. An additional 10 lettered artist’s copies were also printed. This wonderful short story by Lopez was originally published in the Fall 1997 issue of The Georgia Review. In the story, a Peruvian man writes of the effects on his life and faith from having read at different points in his life, secret love letters written in the 17th century between Rosa and Martin. The two were later canonized as saints, and the writer comes to understand their divinity and love of God as expressed in the letters. The book is a beautiful production from the Knight Library’s fine press publishing program. It was designed, printed, and bound by Sandy Tilcok. It is printed on Heine paper using Bembo types. There are five lovely tipped-in hand-colored etchings done by Robin Eschner. Marilyn Reaves did the calligraphic title, headings, and ornaments. The colophon describes the cover as being made by laminating two handmade papers of brown and rose. The covers are fastened by thin leather straps for which instructions are provided on a laid-in card on how to re-tie them in the original intricate fashion. Unpaginated. ARTB/120209. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Folio Club for Sandra March, 2014. Hardcover. Number 83 of 100 copies signed and numbered by Sandra March. Text in Spanish, Catalan, and English. March is a talented young book and installation artist. With this work she draws a metaphorical, graphic, and auditory journey captured by words, illustrations, and sound. Thus the contents comprise the book, two posters, and a CD. She writes that this project has a scientific basis with a therapeutic and artistic impulse, starting on a subconscious level after losing both her sister and her father from heart diseases. The journey goes from a symbolic loss of the heart until its restoration, through a tour of the beautiful and varied morphology of the cardiac systems of thirty-one different animals and the sounds of their heartbeats. The heartbeat sounds are from a jellyfish, starfish, black widow spider, giant tortoise, Nile crocodile, frog, parakeet, and human being among many others There were a number of contributors to this project, including the biologist Francesc Uribe Porta, sound engineer Vicente Rosati, and illustrator Raquel Bullon. Bound in a white cardboard CD case, with posters attached to the back cover by a pink elastic band and CD held on the middle fold of the case. In fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/042715. Fine.
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." Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce this 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 three beautiful scarves. 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. Reiko Sudo 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. Her company 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]. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1983. Hardcover. Number 75 of 85 copies bound into hard covers. 95 additional copies were issued in wraps. Signed by the author, printer (Dikko Faust), and designer (Esther K. Smith). An inventive collection of eight tales in which portions of the story have been replaced by lines of color allowing the reader to make up their own stories utilizing the given words. A vibrant book printed in red, yellow, green, blue, and black. Fine in yellow paper covered boards with red title to spine and front cover. Printed at the Center for Book Arts on Lana Laid all rag with red Kozo endsheets. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] PRI/010212. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2009. A unique book created as part of a series about Venice. The book artist describes this beautiful and mysterious work as an homage to the city of Venice, Italy, where she was awarded three residencies in 2009, 2012, and 2015. During these residencies, she pursued her research on the waters and gardens of the city. Following her residencies, in addition to her books about Venice, she produced two short videos: "The Waters of Venice: Remembering Henry James" and "Water Veils". The MAPPA ANTICA VENEZIA images are printed on transparencies, with embedded monofilaments and small crystals on the filaments or embroidered on the pages. Images of the churches of Venice are printed on the side edges of two of the pages with metallic overlays. Claire states: "PENTIMENTO refers to the idea of reappearences manifested by employing the use of transparency, multiplicity, interpenetration. These factors result in the concept of indeterminacy influenced by my association with John Cage whom I met in 1979." A native of Brooklyn, Claire Jeanine Satin's talent was first recognized when she was just 8 years old. After high school she continued her education at Brooklyn Museum of Art School and Sarah Lawrence College. Her mentor, Theodore Roszak, shepherded Claire into the MFA program at Pratt Institute, and recommended her for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in sculpture, which she was awarded. In the late 70s, while teaching in the Art Department at Broward Community College (now Broward College), she met the composer John Cage, and also the minimalist composer Steve Reich and the avant garde filmmaker Stan van der Beek. Claire became a follower of Cage's theories and his concept of indeterminacy and her work has been largely devoted to the concept of chance/indeterminacy, allowing this idea to take precedence over other pursuits of art-making in bookworks and related objects. To date, she has created 250 bookworks. Her work can be found in numerous international collections including: The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty, MOMA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, National Institute of Design (India), and The King Stephen Museum (Hungary). Book Size: 11 x 13 inches open. ARTISTSBOOK/030118. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2020. Number 10 of 40 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This splendid production from Jennifer Farrell's Starshaped Press celebrates her love for Chicago and showcases the impressive type and ornament collection that she has gathered and uses for her work. For this production she created ten multi-colored prints, or ELEVATIONS, that cover the themes of printing, women, labor, music, neighborhoods, architecture, motherhood and perseverance. Each tells a story in image and anecdote while featuring a grouping of typefaces based on her approach to the subject. Ten CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS designed to resemble traditional architectural bluelines explain and document the text and typography of the prints. Each set is held in an archival folder and housed in a clamshell box. She writes: "Since 1999, Starshaped Press has stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal & wood type is too limiting for quality design. With solid presswork and hard working midwestern gumption, I like to buck popular trends by showcasing the beauty and relevance of well-designed, historic type. Unlike most letterpress shops, Starshaped focuses on reusing existing materials (some over 150 years old) for all projects, meaning no plastic is ever used in production. The substantial metal type collection at Starshaped Press is constantly growing and evolving alongside my life experiences that are deeply rooted in Chicago. The urban environment is the backdrop for this typographic memoir that showcases the studio’s type collection and serves as a pictorial representation of the first 25 years of my life in the city." Printed on Mohawk Superfine Cover paper. The clamshell box is covered with red cloth with a pictorial title label affixed to the cover. Fine condition. Prints measure 11 x 17 inches. Box is 11.75 x 18 inches. ARTISTSB/061920. Fine.
Niles, MI: Eugenie Torgerson, 2009. Hardcover. UNIQUE ARTISTS' BOOK. Eugenie Torgerson is a book artist, photographer, printer, and illustrator from Michigan. She has been represented by art galleries across the U.S, and her work can be found in many corporate collections. In her artist's statement she says: "I build book and box forms with traditional bookbinding materials and methods. These sculptural objects contain my own pastel drawings and imagery generated from my own photographs. The stories they tell are contained in my words and the poetry of Kevin McCue. My subjects are the allure of the horizon, the power of the land, the experience of loss, and the sweetness of redemption." This exceptional book object comprises three individual parts. There is a small illustrated book with short poems that rests open on a box stand. The book and stand are covered by a box with a glass window on the top. Each object has been meticulously and creatively designed and produced using Ms. Torgerson's art, photography, and writing. The book is 3 inches wide x 4 inches tall x 3.5 inches thick. The poems are printed on vellum paper and coated with shellac, and the images are printed on various interesting papers. The book is bound in silver cloth with silver metal medallions on the front and back, and black and white beads around the edges. The spine is of brown suede and also has small beads sewn on. The book rests in a cradle at the top of its box stand. The stand is 5 inches tall and 9 x 10 inches at the base. The cradle is covered in green/gold cloth and decorated paper. There are the same small beads which are seen on the book cover, and there is also a medallion in the middle. The sides of the box have beautiful landscape images which are printed on Yupo synthetic material and waxed. The box base has two levels, one covered in orange cloth and the other with cloth in a gold and black design. The cover is 8 inches x 9 inches x 9 inches. The top and base are covered in decorated cloth. Each side is covered in brown cloth and has a landscape image printed on Yupo synthetic material and waxed. It has a window on top which allows one to look in at the book. This singular, stunning book object perfectly reflects Ms. Torgerson's creativity and artistry. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOKS/011411. Fine.
[Toronto]: George A. Walker, . Hardcover. Number 35 of 39 copies signed and numbered by George Walker. This book is a wordless narrative “written” with 109 wood engravings. It follows the life of Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson until his mysterious death in Algonquin Park in 1917 at the age of thirty-nine. Tom Thomson is one of the most famous nonmembers of the Canadian Group of Seven painters. He actually died before the group was formally named, but has always been included. His early death occurred in wartime when many men his age and younger were losing their lives. His death has troubled many people as much for the mystery of the circumstances as for the tragedy of his brief passionate life. In this book Walker responds to the creative life of Thomson in the language Thomson spoke most eloquently, the grammar and vocabulary of pictures. Walker builds his wordless story by breaking down the colorful paintings and life of Thomson into light and dark, the black and white of a picture text. Walker has also imagined Thomson’s happiness by the lakesides, his loves and passion for the landscape of Algonquin Park and Thomson’s life and work in Toronto, where Walker lives and works. Canadian art historian and author Tom Smart has written the introduction to this work. The beautiful black and white wood engravings are hand printed on Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper. The book is bound in cream cloth with brown title label to spine and engraving of Thomson inset on front cover. Housed in a clamshell box covered by the same beige cloth as the book, with brown spine label and engraving of Thomson inset on front cover. In fine condition. The book is 6.25 x 8 x 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [232 pages printed recto] PRI/110716. Fine.
DC: Windhorse Press, 2013. Hardcover. Number 7 of 7 copies. "In my book 'Florentine Pages', I want to take the reader through the streets of Florence in the same manner as taking journey through the book. The entire experience of walking through the streets of Florence is akin to flipping pages of a book. The text is a narrow black passage leading to a colorful illustration, represented by fountains, cathedrals and towers, just beyond the corner. The city is a live version of the book that the reader doesn’t read but live in. The city of Florence itself parallels the structure of a basic codex book form. While the exteriors of buildings represent dark gray color with some yellow from street illumination during evening hours, there is a different life inside of the buildings. The same happens with the cover and interior of the book, which are usually quite different. The codex book form includes photographic images of Florence, which I took during my trip, combining with woodcuts and manuscript, as well as letterpress" (artist statement). The text, which winds around the negative space between her illustrations, features Tatiana’s observations about Florence. It is handwritten in both English and Russian, and is printed lithographically. She supplements her personal experiences with letterpress printed quotes about the city by famous Italians such as Dante Alighieri, Bruscaccio da Rovezzano, Michaelangelo. (These quotes are in English only.) Each copy is bound a little differently. This book is bound in red cloth with dark red leather spine and woodcut illustration inset to the front cover. The silk headbands are handsewn. The images and text are printed from a combination of lithographic pronto-plates, woodcuts, letterpress, and polymer plates. Unpaginated. [48 pages.] 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. Fine.