New York: Russell Maret, 2021. Number 23 of roughly 90 copies, signed by the book artist. Printed on a variety of vintage hand- and mould-made papers and handset in Cádiz Ornaments, Baker, and Hungry Dutch types, making this the second book Maret has printed entirely from metal typefaces that he designed. Maret writes in detail of the making of this book on his web page. From his fascinating description: "In 2013 I designed a couple of typographic ornaments while thinking of the pavement designs around the city hall in Cádiz, Spain. The ornaments were not intended to be reproductions of any specific pavement designs, they were simply prompted by the memory of a lovely day walking around Cádiz. Once the metal ornaments were in my hands, I realized that they could be assembled into many more combinations than I had originally imagined. I began to think about a small specimen book. Many of the Cádiz patterns I was designing reminded me of textile designs and, unlike my book Ornamental Digressions, I initially wanted the Cádiz book to starkly emphasize the ornaments’ patterning structure, rather than to concentrate on potential color applications. As part of my bookmaking process I always need to break through a certain amount of thick-headedness before I can get to where I want to be. In the case of this book the breakthrough happened while showing the prints to Annie. After looking through my endless permutations, Annie suggested that I might not need to show every combination, that in fact it might be a more engaging book if there was a bit of surprise, a little variety. This may sound obvious now but, once in it, it can be very hard to see over the walls of a design rut. Finally, the stagnation broke when I realized that I was concentrating on how the pages looked rather than what I wanted the book to be. And what I wanted was a book that felt like a salesman’s swatch book, something assembled from different shapes and sizes, that showed potential without being restrictive, that was not too neatly put together, that had a bit of randomness to it. I began looking through my flat files and found all kinds of vintage papers, none of which I had enough to print an entire edition. They would be perfect for this book. [He changed his ] five-signature dummy into a single signature of a mere 41 press runs. (After printing the book, I realized that some of the sheets had an unacceptable level of show-through. Rather than discard these sheets, I added an “Appendix,” a second signature in which the sheets could be seen, but at a remove from the rest of the book. To make this happen required a final, 42nd pressrun. Not exactly a small specimen book….)" This beautiful book was designed by Russell Maret and printed by him and Sarah Moody during the Covid-19 pandemic. All of the patterns are made from two pieces that were engraved and cast by Ed Rayher at Swamp Press. In fine condition. Measures 9.25 x 6.375 inches. Housed in an acrylic slipcase. ARTISTSB/112321 I.
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New York: Russell Maret, 2021. Number 60 of 90 copies of which 87 were numbered and 3 were proofs. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This work comprises three volumes housed in a custom clamshell box. It is a powerful response by one of our most acclaimed contemporary book artists to the alarming state of the country and the fractured state of political discourse in America. Maret writes in his colophon: "This book was designed and printed between November 2020 and February 2021. During that time Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the presidential election by a margin of 74 electoral votes and more than 7 million popular votes. Rather than concede defeat, Trump has continued to promote the baseless claim that the election was rigged by the Democratic party and its "deep-state" operatives. At a rally on January 6, 2021, Trump incited a violent insurrection of the United States Capitol building, an action that is clearly described in the Constitution as treasonous (Article III, Section 3). Despite this, the mob that carried out Trump's failed coup attempt overwhelmingly identified as people willing to die or, more likely, kill to defend the Constitution.....Three Constitutions is my response to these events and the culture that bred them. It is well known that Trump does not read, but the glaring disconnect between basic constitutional principles and the actions of Trump's followers raises the question of whether these self-described patriots have read any part of the constitution besides the second amendment. Three Constitutions is my response to these events and the culture that bred them. The large volume contains the full text of the Constitution and its amendments. It is set in a typeface that, though difficult to read, is legible once one becomes accustomed to its forms. The texts of the two smaller volumes were arrived at via the two most prevalent modes of constitutional interpretation: algorithmic skewing and selective redaction. The text of the volume titled Constitution. United States. was arrived by feeding the text of the Constitution through Google Translate,going from English to Esperanto to Russian to Chinese and back to English. The other small volume was set in metal type and subsequently redacted by physically turning key words and phrases over and printing the underside of the type. The resulting text is not the hopeful re-write I would conceive; it is intended to reflect the cynical, ineffectual state of political discourse in the United States." All of the typefaces were designed by Russell Maret. Printed on Zerkall and Twinrocker Handmade papers. The large volume is 10 x 14.25 inches and held in a clear acrylic box. The two smaller volumes measure 7 x 10 inches and have black cloth covers with white titling to front cover. All three are housed in large clamshell box covered in gray cloth. It measures 16 x 11.25 x 2.75 inches. Accompanied by the prospectus. In fine condition. Fine.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2013. One of 20 copies plus 5 artists proofs. This complicated and fascinating artist's book was described and exclaimed over by a number of reviewers and critics at its publication. Most simply, it is a magician's case of graphic story books, but in reality it is much more than that. Chris Byrne's obsessional graphic novel took a decade to realize and another two years to produce. He and designer Scott Newton worked with Paper Hammer Studios in Seattle to construct an audaciously ambitious bit of publishing magic. The Magician is an epic graphic novel, a bookmaking tour de force, a mesmerizing art object, and the completion of over a decade-long obsession of author Chris Byrne. This enigmatic box of wonders houses a dozen separate publications, printed and hand bound using a variety of techniques. Although individual works, they are considered parts of the whole. The twelve books include Theogony, Handmade, Down the Head, Mountain Man/She-Wolf, Letterpress Flipbook, 4-Ply Toilet Paper, Moleskine, The Magician Manual, M'Phase, Unfinished Versions, Colophon, and Curtains [From Marquand Editions website]. The magician's large case measuring a foot long and foot wide is custom-built with plywood and metal and sits atop casters. It is painted black and decorated by a white rope pattern that crisscrosses its width. Wrote art curator and critic Dan Nadel in 2013 about this production: "There is no single apt reference point for Chris Byrne's ingenious The Magician. It is a wunderkammer, a Cornell-ian box, a visual novel, a conjurer's tool kit. Above all it's a moving, multi-faceted graphic narrative. There's never been anything quite like it." From writer and editor Christina Geyer's review in FDLuxe in 2014: " [Chris Byrne] is indeed the author. In this case, though, author is a loaded word - and means much more than one who writes a story. For The Magician, which Byrne began working on as an undergrad student in 1987, it refers to conceptualizing, illustrating, designing and storytelling. The novel - actually 12 stylistically different books in one box - sprang from Byrne's longtime fascination with semiotics and the language of signs. Thus began the idea of creating an alternative comic strip of sorts. It is, in short, a story about a hermaphroditic magician who was conceived in a public bathroom and who eventually creates the universe. 'It's an exploration of the realms of the unreal,; Byrne says. 'It may even be a goof on the creation myth.' The books and their many visuals, illustration and symbols are meant to be read. interacted with and interpreted deeply by the reader....The result is a high-design book and a collectible art object." In fine condition. Extra shipping costs will apply. ARTB/120821. Fine.
London: John White, 1807. Hardcover. The third edition, corrected and enlarged. Bound in full brown leather that is chipped, bumped, and abraded. Joints are cracked but text block is tight. Front marbled pastedown is missing. Interior pages are browned but legible. Very good minus. Quarto. Unpaginated. Very Good -.
London: The Fortune Press, n.d. Hardcover. Number 265 of 800 copies printed on English handmade paper. Gilbert Mauge was a pseudonym sometimes used by Edmée de la Rochefoucault (1896-1991), a French critic and women's rights activist. Bound in brown woven cloth with gilt titling to spine. Light soiling and fading to spine. Interior pages bright and clean. Very good condition. Small octavo. 68 pages. LIT/040422. Very Good.
Baltimore: Richardson and Bennett, 1871. Hardcover. SCARCE. An attractive volume. Illustrated by the Handann Brothers. Includes a history of the city by Brantz Mayer and over seventy biographical descriptions of notable Baltimorean men, each illustrated with an original photograph. Dark brown full leather boards with gilt title, decoration, and raised bands to spine. Boards are beveled with gilt borders and decoration. Bumping to corners, minor wear to edges of boards and hinges, and minor rubbing to boards. A few scuff marks to spine. Gilt dentelles, full gilt edges, and marbled endpages. Interior is very clean overall, though there are a few spots of foxing to several pages.Tight binding. 562 pages. BALT/122121. Very Good.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2013. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original grey cloth covered slipcase with silver paste paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Newlights Press, Greenboathouse Press, Peter Koch Printers, Russell Maret, Busy Working Lady Press, Swamp Press, The Lone Oak Press, Midnight Paper Sales, Richard Seibert, Havilah Press with Mixolydian Editions. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2015. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original navy blue cloth covered slipcase with decorative blue paste paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Press of Robert LoMascolo, Millefleur Press, Classic Letterpress, Mixolydian Editions, Russell Maret, Hesterberg Press, Deep Wood Press, LaNana Creek Press, Ars Brevis Press, George Walker Books & Art, Clinker Press, Richard Seibert with paste papers designed by Lisa Van Pelt of LVP Bookbinding. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1962. Hard Cover. Fourth edition, sixteenth printing. Corrected, enlarged, and rewritten. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, bright interior with tight binding. Some smudging to bottom of pages. Black and white dust jacket with black and red titling. Jacket is intact, with some staining. 769 pages plus index. Includes tipped in newspaper clipping from New York Times, September 4, 1988, of The "Charm City" of H.L Mencken, written by Christoper Corbett. Supplements One and Two are printed concurrently. In same boards and dust jackets as main volume. Jackets have more pronounced spotting to both outside and inside of spine panel. MENCK/050322. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Charles B. Norton, 1854. Hardcover. In his preface, the author writes: "There are no accessible books, of a late date, in our language, that give either an intelligible or faithful account of Iceland. The object of the following chapters has been to present a readable and truthful narrative, to create some interest in the people, the literature, and the productions of the lonely isle of the north." Bound in publisher's brown cloth with emblossed ornament to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Covers are rubbed, bumped, with light signs of wear. Endpapers and pastedowns are spotted, with bookseller's ticket affixed to front pastedown and 1854 ownership signature to ffep. Very good condition. Small octavo. 334 pages including index. TRAVEL/040422. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J. Crissy, 1945. Hardcover. This is an extensive history of Wyoming, a borough in Luzerne county in Pennsylvania. It has a long history with American settlers moving in during the mid-1700s and is remembered for the Wyoming Massacre. On June 30, 1778, British forces, under the command of Colonel John Butler, arrived in the Wyoming Valley to confront the American settlers.] On July 3, the British spotted the American militia near Forty Fort. Butler wanted to lure the Americans away from their fortifications. He ordered for Fort Wintermute to be set ablaze. The Patriots, believing it signified a British retreat, advanced rapidly. British soldiers, with the assistance of about 700 Native Americans, ambushed the oncoming American militia in and around the present-day Exeter and Wyoming. In the end, nearly 300 Wyoming Valley settlers were killed in what would be known as the Wyoming Massacre. On July 4, the American colonel, Nathan Denison, agreed to surrender Forty Fort along with several other posts [Wikipedia] Bound in original brown embossed cloth with gilt titling to spine. Covers are stained, bumped, and creased, with evidence of a spine label having been removed. Hinges are cracked but text block is holding. Dampstaining to lower margins of first 200 or so pages, generally not affecting text. Text pages are browned throughout, not affecting legibility. A few gutters showing where book opened flat. Color and black & white foldout maps are present and in good condition as is one text plate. Contemporary ownership condition. Fair to good minus condition overall. 488 pages plus appendix of 104 pages. AMERSTATEHIS/021622. Fair.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1931. Hardcover. Number 450 of 1375 copies of which 900 copies were for sale in England and 475 in the United States. From the third edition of John Florio's translation in 1632, the first English translator of Montaigne's essays. A beautiful edition of the essays by the famed French philosopher Montaigne. Bound in full brown leather with raised bands to spine with leather title labels, and gilt ornament on front cover with the words "que scay je" (what do I know) written in gilt on green leather background. Leather is browned on covers and the spine darkened by the sun. Some rubbing and light bumping. It appears that the title label on the spine of Volume I was reattached at some point and some of the glue can be seen beneath it. Fore-edges are untrimmed with light browning. Tender front hinges. Interior pages are clean. Very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: 724 pages; Volume II: 708 pages including index. LIT/090821. Very Good.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1929. Hardcover. Number 291 of 500 copies signed by the author and the illustrator. Completely revised and reset. Bound with black paper boards with half vellum spine. Binding is worn, chipped, bumped, and rubbed, and the vellum spine is quite browned and faded. Interior pages are generally clean with some offsetting from tissue guards over plates and light browning to the limitation page. Although the title page states that there are 12 engravings, this volume has only the nine plates on the list of illustrations and two text engravings on the first and last pages. A very good text in a fair only binding. Measures 6.25 x 10.25 inches. 391 pages. LIT/101321. Very Good.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1781. Hardcover. Second edition of this interesting account by the author of his observations and experiences in Italy, told through a series of letters. John Moore (1729 – 1802) was a Scottish physician and travel author. He also edited the works of Tobias Smollett. From 1769 to 1778 he accompanied the Duke of Hamilton on a Grand Tour of Europe. On his return he took up residence in London. This book was written based on his experiences on that tour. Bound by Riviere & Son in full brown leather with gilt decorated rulings to covers and ornate spine decorations and titling labels. Leather is scuffed, stained. rubbed, and bumped. Spines are faded, with title labels missing, and spine piece to Volume Front cover of Volume I is almost detached and rear joint is cracked. Front cover to Volume II is cracked and rear joint is tender. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. The text has scattered light browning and spotting but the text is quite legible throughout. Ownership signature on title pages and of St. Paul's Working Men's Club Carlisle on ffep. Still a nice copy despite noted flaws. Measures 5 x 8 inches. Volume I: 518 +  pages; Volume II: 502 +  pages. Good +.
London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1805. Hardcover. Hannah More (1745-1833) was a well-known English religious writer, poet, and playwright. She wrote this interesting work to offer her views on the education of the young Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817), the only child of the George IV and heir to the British throne. Her untimely death following the birth of her stillborn son ultimately paved the way for Victoria to become queen in 1837. Bound in contemporary leather with gilt rulings and gilt ornament and title label to spine. Leather is chipped, abraded, and bumped. Gilt is worn and faded. Some foxing to pastedowns and free front endpapers. Interior pages are in very good condition with light browning to text. Ownership signature dated 1844 to front pastedowns. Small octavo volumes. Volume I: 330 pages plus 6 pages of ads; Volume II: 403 pages. ENGHIST/031622. Very Good.
London: John Lane and the Bodley Head Ltd. King, Jessie M. Hardcover. A lovely edition of William Morris's poems. In addition to the title poem, this romantic collection of 30 works includes King Arthur’s Tomb, Rapunzel, and Old Love. The exquisite black and white illustrations throughout exemplify Jessie M. King’s (1875-1949) imaginative and mysterious style of art. King was one of the foremost artists of the Glasgow school, active at the turn of the century. An anomoly - the illustration facing page 18 is the same as that facing page 22. The illustration listed for page 22 is not present. There is a beautiful King cover illustration in gilt, as well as lovely headpieces, and tailpieces throughout. Binding is bright red with very slight bumping to spine and book corners. Very light foxing to front and rear end papers but interior is bright and clean. Very good plus condition. 310 pages. MOR022322. Very Good+.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. One of 300 paper copies. There were an additional 8 vellum copies. A lovely copy of one of the Kelmscott Press's most beautiful books. This was the last but one of the books issued by the press. It was only the second book to be printed in three colors, with the addition of blue to the usual black and red. It includes two illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, engraved on wood by W.H. Hooper. The frontis illustration was designed for this edition. The second illustration at the end of the text was originally intended for an early illustrated edition of this work that was never produced. Bound in limp vellum with the six fragile silk ties present. Love is Enough is stamped in gold on the spine in Golden type. Some light discoloration on covers but still about fine. The text is printed on Perch paper in Troy type, with stage directions in Chaucer type. With ornamental borders and initials throughout [Peterson bibliography A52]. An exceptionally nice copy in fine condition. Housed in a serviceable clamshell box covered in red cloth with gilt title to spine. Large quarto. 91 pages. PRI/050322. Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897. Hardcover. First American edition of this stirring narrative of the Arctic exploratory voyage and sleigh trip undertaken by Nansen and his men. This expedition established the nature and drift of the Arctic icepack and reached the highest latitude then attained. With 120 full-page and numerous text illustrations; 16 color plates in facsimile from Dr. Nansen's own sketches; an etched portrait of Nansen, and photogravures. With four very good folding maps in front and back pockets of Volume I. Bound in original gray cloth with color and gilt cover decoration and titling and gilt titling to spine. Heavy volumes have caused fraying to top of spines from being pulled off shelf by top. Slight fraying to bottom of spine also, and cracked hinges to Volume I. Small stain to edge of free front endpaper in Volume I. Rough cut page edges. Bookplate of former owner on front pastedowns. Still a nice copy in very good condition. Small quartos. Volume I: 587 pages; Volume II: 714 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements. TRAVEL/022422. Very Good.
Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1886. Hardcover. First Edition. Published as part of Neill's Series of Virginia History. In his preface the author writes: "The student of the English colonization of America has regretted that there has been so little published upon the development of the Virginia Colony during the Carolan period. With the hope that it might lead to a more intelligent comprehension of the motives, and social surroundings, of the chief men of the era, this work has been prepared." The book provides a straightforward and comprehensive account of the events and men during this period in Virginia's history. Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather on spine has white spotting, leather also rubbed. Paper covered boards have fraying along edges. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. Text pages show light aging but are otherwise clean. Still nice copy in very good condition. Measures 7 x 9 inches. 446 pages including index. AMERSTATEH/120921. Very Good.
Baltimore: Cara Ober, 2021. Paperback. Fine in illustrated paper wrappers with black title to white spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations and articles on Covid-19: Labor Camp Report, Murjoni Merriweather, SK8R GRLS, Crocheting Tools for Sensory Integration Therapy, Sustainable Farming, Profile of Asma Naeem (curator at the BMA), the Creative Alliance, plant collecting in Baltimore, and more. A beautifully produced local magazine highlighting the arts scene in Baltimore. 104 pages. PER/113021. Fine.
Maplewood, NJ: Olchef Press, 2020. Number 12 of 55 copies. Signed by the poet and signed and numbered by the book artist, Sydney Jean Reisen. Reisen studied at Rutgers and at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her books can be found in several collections nationally including the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Getty Institute. Poet John Yau (1950 - ) has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. His first book of poetry was published in 1976. Since then, he has won acclaim for his poetry’s attentiveness to visual culture and linguistic surface. In poems that frequently pun, trope, and play with the English language [Poetry Foundation]. Catullus (c. 84 – c. 54 BC), was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote chiefly in the neoteric style of poetry, focusing on personal life rather than classical heroes. His surviving works are still read widely and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art [Wikipedia]. This lovely book marries Yau's evocative poem to Reisen's thoughtful and beautifully executed artist's book. She writes in her prospectus: "If Catullus is going to sail to China he better have a boat that floats. John Yau’s words take a poet to his destination, but words are impermanent. Printing, in particular letterpress, give words physicality, it forms and protects them. Printing creates text. It was the mission of this book to not impede the words’ journey by making sure the text was equally seaworthy. First, there needed to be a sea. The element of water was introduced by the flexible fibers of kozo paper. Kozo was the right substrate, but in turn it created problems of buoyancy. Another characteristic of the paper, transparency, sunk the text into a puddle. To open the route and keep the text afloat, a rig and a crew were implemented. The structure of the book, the materials, and printing techniques were developed to fill these roles. Once the text was secure on the surface, the book granted the text more liberties. It was able to rise and fall, fly and dive as it journeyed eastward. Hopefully the reader enjoys the ride more than Catullus. Nine poems are printed on Sekishu and color kozo from Hiromi Paper and stab bound in a shop-made muslin bookcloth to construct a fluid and strong book. The texts are set in cold metal Bembo in tandem with prints crafted with ornamental letterpress, wood and resingrave block, and pochoir. The applied colors are distemper inks derived from historic recipes for preindustrial wallpaper production." Housed in a black archival box with a white spine with black titling. In fine condition. Book measures 6 x 7 inches; Box is 7 x 8 inches. ARTB/092821. Fine.
Berkeley: Univeristy of California Press and Cambridge University Press, 1963. 1st Edition. Contains 154 letters; 133 of which were previously unpublished. 29 written by Dante Gabriel, 96 by Christina, and 26 by William Michael. Most are from the archives of Macmillan publishers in London. Alexander Macmillan was the primary publisher of Christina and also published two works by William Michael. Octavo, brown paper boards with title to spine, in brown dust jacket with red title to front and spine. 166 pages, including index. Price-clipped and remaindered mark on bottom of pages. Some smudging and a slight tear at upper left front of DJ. PRERAPH/050422. Very good / Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1898. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Green, gilt, and black illustration of a city scape and acorn motif to spine and front cover. An attractive publisher's binding signed by the designer on front cover "CF". Minor rubbing to gilt on front cover, minor wear to edges and corners, and spine ends. Small hole to cloth on rear joint. Rear hinge is starting. Clean interior overall with a few spots of foxing on early and late pages. Illustrated. A few pages starting to pull away from binding near end. 599 pages plus ads. STA/102021. Very Good.
Moscow: Emile Goozairow, 2020. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This limited edition miniature book offers the poem "The Prophet" by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, printed in both Russian and English. The poems are digitally printed on each side of a "two-way" book and accompanied by 17 striking illustrations. The diamond shaped three dimensional binding in gilt, black, and red has a beautiful design of the prophet. Something inside mysteriously rattles. Size: 70 x 35 x 40 mm. A stunning book in fine condition. ARTB/102021.