Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2022. One of 45 copies. Corita Rules! is inspired by the work and rules of Corita Kent. Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. She created many pieces using bright colors and typography. One of her works entitled “Power up” was a multi-section serigraph featuring the words “Power Up”. This book, that pays homage to Kent's use of color and typography, is an accordion using different color papers bound together to repeat her message of “Power up” — a call to action. The other words in this piece come from the “Ten Rules”, which was a collections of rules she used in her classroom. The book is letterpress printed using handcut wooden type. In Sister Corita’s practice, she did not number her pieces. This was a choice she made so that no one piece would be more valuable than the others. Following her tradition for this piece, the books are not numbered. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/032822. Fine.
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Mission, British Columbia: Barbarian Press, 2021. Hardcover. From an edition of 125 copies. This is one of the copies from the Regular state of 43 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. The Deluxe state comprises 62 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. This beautiful produced work is the 50th book from the renowned Barbarian press. It presents the evocative and moving poetry of Molly Holden from her five books published during her lifetime and eight previously unpublished poems in nine thematic groups, with a half-title derived from one of the poems in each section. The introduction provides a biographical sketch of Holden, documenting her life as a writer and her struggles with multiple sclerosis, which caused her death at the age of 55. In his afterword, Crispin offers a wonderful discussion of the nature of poetry and of Molly Holden's poems in particular. He writes that her poetry is "innately curious - both persistently questioning and stubbornly independent....After spending time reading Molly Holden's poems, we might well find her own account of her state after 'Country journeys' an apt description of our own condition: I arrive at the end of journeys/prostate with experience, my backside/stiff, my humanity overflowing,/my self plural with anticipation." The poems were hand-set by Apollonia Felicity Elsted in Joanna roman and italic with Tiern Titling for display, and printed by Jan and Apollonia Elsted. Printed on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper. The engravings by Andy English are printed from the wood. Bound in half green Japanese silk with paper decorated with typographical ornaments and housed green cloth slipcase with cream title and author label to spine. Bound by Alanna Simenson of Mad Hatter Bookbinding. In fine condition. Measures 7.75 x 11 inches. 271 pages plus an afterword of ten pages. PRI/012822. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 246 of 250 copies. Signed by Gaiman, Zipes, and Walker. From the introduction: "There are hundreds if not thousands of versions of 'Snow White' tales...but the one we remember most is the Disney version Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs....the virginal, graceful and modest Snow White...has warmed the hearts of children and adults ever since the film appeared in 1937. But what if Snow White were really a monster? This is the question Neil Gaiman asks in his chilling play, Snow Glass Apples....This exquisite reproduction of Gaiman's play by Biting Dog Press is particularly artful and appropriate in the manner in which it brings out the key disturbing questions of the story through unusual design, typography, and images." Bound in black cloth with title embossed in relief on front cover. Book is printed on Zephyr Laid paper using wood engraving, letterpress, and lithographic techniques. The engravings were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese paper from the original wood blocks. The binding is handsewn. Housed in a black slipcase with the title in silver on the cover. Includes a CD of the play. A wonderful production in fine condition. 7 x 9 inches. 63 pages. PRI/040222. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 225 of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author, writer of the foreword, and designer and illustrator. It is a humorous and rather irreverent retelling by Jack Ketchum of "an ancient, yet always timely tale." The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose. The surviving work is dated to about 200 BC, but the fables are likely much more ancient [Wikipedia]. In this tale, a little mouse unexpectedly falls into the hands of a magician, who transforms the mouse into a young girl who becomes a daughter to him and his wife. It recounts their attempts to find a suitable god for her to marry before they realize that she should be transformed back into a mouse and marry the King of the Mice. With original wood engravings by George Walker that were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese gampi paper from the original wood blocks. The text is printed with Linotype Granjon type on Zephyr Laid paper. Bound in a gray cloth portfolio with a brown leather tie that evokes a mouse's tail. Housed in a gray cloth clamshell box with light blue edges. A charming book in fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [about 18 pages plus illustrations]. PRI/050922. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 19 of 54 regular copies, signed by the translator and the printer, Don Rash. There were also 26 special copies and 20 copies in sheets for binders. From the Press website: The Bone Folder was the fifth, and most ambitious, publication of the Boss Dog Press. It is a letterpress edition of Ernst Collin’s Der Pressbengel, originally published in 1922, translated here from the original German by Peter D. Verheyen. the text is a dialog between a fictional bookbinder and his equally fictional patron, with the goal of educating bibliophiles about the processes of hand bookbinding. The dialog is carried out over six days, Monday through Saturday, with a different subject each day. Monday covers forwarding; Tuesday is decorated papers, leather and vellum; Wednesday, paper case bindings; Thursday, quarter leather bindings; Friday is full leather binding; Saturday describes gold tooling. In addition to discussing specific techniques, the text also addresses the conflicts between quality and cost and matters of good taste. The text is augmented by a bio-bibliographical study of the history of the Collin family, three generations of whom were bookbinders of significance in Germany from the mid-1800’s to World War II. This essay is the culmination of Peter D. Verheyen’s extensive research about Ernst Collin over several years. In addition the text is complemented by the inclusion of seven photographic images, a frontispiece, and an enlarged image of Ernst Collin's handwritten signature. Bound in full gray and brown pastepaper over boards, with a white paper spine and front cover title labels. Printed with Monotype digital Walbaum and BDP FritzGotische types on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Housed in a pastepaper covered slipcase with gray spine. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12.25 inches. 68 pages plus colophon. PRI/112921. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2021. Hardcover. Number 35 of 80 copies. Signed by the author. This charming lecture by Susan Cooper was offered on the occasion of her donating the manuscripts, galleys, and proofs of her famous children's fantasy book series, The Dark is Rising, to the Lillian H. Smith Collection of children's books at the Toronto Public Library. Cooper writes passionately about the need for fantasy, imagination, and magic in books for everyone at every age. Handsomely bound in semi-limp decorated black and gray paper covers. This chapbook was composed by the printer in digital Linotype Diotima with digital Smaragd for the title page and initial caps. The files were rendered into polymer plates by Boxcar Press and printed at the Boss Dog Press by Don Rash with the assistance of Elaine Rash. The text paper is Zerkall Book Wove and the cover paper is Hahnemüle Burgra. Fine condition. Quarto. 15 pages. PRI/042822. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2020. Hardcover. Number 28 of 50 regular copies, with an additional 10 copies unbound and 20 hors commerce. This book pays homage to the fine work of book binder Fritz Eberhardt, particularly known for his designs created by his own hand tools. It includes an introduction by Hans Halbey, who acquired most of Eberhardt's tools following his death, a short essay by Eberhardt about his work, and a catalog of Eberhardt's handmade finishing tools. Don Rash of the Boss Dog Press studied with Eberhardt and his hand binder wife Trudi. He writes a short preface describing Eberhardt's techniques in creating his beautiful bindings. There are seventeen plates showing examples of Eberhardt's bindings plus pictures of his tools. The catalog of tools has an illustration of the shape of each tool along with information on its dimensions. This work was compiled, designed, and executed by Don Rash. Bound in full decorated cream and black paper over boards with brown leather strips at the head and tail. The types used are digital versions of Herman Zapf's Aldus for the text and Michelangelo for the titling. It is printed made at the University of Iowa Center for the Book by Tim Barrett and his student co-workers. In fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. 50 pages. BOB/112321. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. Light rubbing to jacket. In original dark blue cloth covered slipcase with blue decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Avalon Press, Evergreen Press, Gwasg Gregynog, Incline Press, Inky Parrot Press, Liberatorium, The Old School Press, Whittington Press. Clean and bright. [80 pages.] BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2006. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original tan cloth covered slipcase with tan decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Susan Alix, Bonnefant Press, Edizioni del Cammello, The Happy Dragons Press, Incline Press, Spoon Print Press, The Old School Press, The One Time Press, Rampart Lions Press, The Strawberry Press. Clean and bright. 72 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2009. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original dark blue cloth covered slipcase with blue decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Rampart Lions Press (multiple pieces), Jericho Press, Fleece Press, Incline Press, Old School Press, Keith and Ben Stubley, Christopher Wakeling, Reading Room Press at Evergreen Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2010. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original tan cloth covered slipcase with white paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Bonnefant Press, Bracketpress, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Incline Press, Logan Press, New North Press, Old School Press, Reading Room Press, Christopher Wakeling, Whittington Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2012. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original brown cloth covered slipcase with marbled paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Carpathian Press, Evergreen Press, Hand and Eye Letterpress, Nomad Letterpress, Old School Press, Reading Room Press, Right Hand Press, Christopher Wakeling, Whittington Press with marbled paper by Christopher Rowlatt. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2013. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original blue cloth covered slipcase with white printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Incline Press, In de Bonnefant, Iron Press, Muttons and Nuts, Old School Press, The Print Project, The Press of Robert LoMascolo, St. Bride Foundation, Christopher Wakeling, McMinn Christmas Card with binding paper designed and printed by Stephen Kenny at A Two Pipe Problem Letterpress. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2014. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original green cloth covered slipcase with white printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Printing Historical Society, Counter Press, Bonnefant Press, Herries Press, Incline Press, Old School Press, The Press of Robert LoMascolo, Christopher Wakeling, Evergreen Press with paper designed by Sebastian Carter. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2015. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original red cloth covered slipcase with red paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Evergreen Press, Herries Press, Incline Press, Millefleur Press, Muttons and Nuts, Reading Room Press, Right Hand Press, and the Press of Robert LoMascolo. Clean and bright. 60 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
Council Bluffs, IA: Yellow Barn Press. John de Pol. Hardcover. An edition of 1400 copies was made for Blackwell North America to present as holiday gifits in 1990; however, 200 of these copies were retained by the Yellow Barn Press. The only difference in printing is that the Yellow Barn Press copies feature the portrait of William Morris in two colors from the original plates. This is 1 of the 1200 copies provided to Blackwell North America. A lecture given on the evening of November 27, 1896 to students of the printing school, St. Bride Foundation Institute in London. Blue paper covered boards with black and blue title to spine. Pristine interior with wood engravings by John de Pol. Tight binding. 34 pages. MOR/050422. Fine.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2019. Number 28 of 40 copies signed by the poet and book artist. Sara Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who distributes her works and those of others through Deeply Game Publications. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture as well as the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Her work can be found at the Library of Congress,the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and many university special collections. At the core of this beautiful and thought provoking book "are two photographic series, interwoven. On the white pages, images of modern childhood in all its fragility, awkwardness, & ambiguity conjure loveliness with all its potential for heartbreak. Layered with these are cameraless images of light itself, which has crept through a stack of sensitized paper. Transcending scale, they might be wildfires, supernovae, or solar flares. Dispassionate foils to our human conceits, the timeless principals of physics contrast with the flickers of human joy and sorrow. Nevertheless, the human scale holds its own in this balance: what we stand to lose is still important, even if only to us....The photographs comprise an inner book, wrapped in a soft cover that can be peeled away to reveal the spine’s stitching (the book’s own vulnerability). Encasing this is a folio featuring Nick Flynn’s poem, “Cartoon Physics, Part 1”, a bittersweet meditation on childhood and scale, obliviousness and oblivion. Cartoon Physics was conceived in the wake of the 2016 election, and created after a subsequent wildfire destroyed thousands of homes in my community." [artist's statement]. The text is letterpress printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. Measures 6.25 x 8 inches. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/112921.
Sebastopol, CA: Deeply Game Productions, 2020. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed by the book artist. From the preface: In the 19th and early 20th centuries a great many people were fooled into believing that "spirit photographers" were able to pierce death's veil to document the ghosts of lost loved ones. "These photographers, also known as mediums, used double exposures and other tricks to manufacture the supernatural encounters. Their popularity attests to the power of love and loss in people's lives then and now. The hauntings were real, even if the ghosts were not. We are haunted still, and not just by love and loss. This book makes visible some of what bedevils us - psychological demons; social & factual distortions; the force & folly of the culture around us." For this compelling book, the artist produced plates using paint, camera, and ink to create specters - haunting figures - immaterial subjects that comprise both fact and fiction, encompassing both the rational and absurd. The apparent spectral images in the plates are able to be identified using a fold-out guide that provides keys to the bedevilments that haunt each image. Key words (or "bedevilments") include: fake news, extinction, lonliness, police murder, rage, social distance, xenophobia, climate change, demise of democracy, etc.). The relevant key abbreviations are printed on the white page across from each of the images. The painted images in the plates were based on spirit photographs by Ada Deane, William Hope, Edward Wyllie, and others. Bound in dark blue cloth with silver titling to front cover. Letterpress printed using News Gothic and Century Schoolbook fonts designed by Morris Fuller Benton. In fine condition. Measures 8 x 11 inches. [38 pages] ARTISTSB/120321. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2005. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original orange cloth covered slipcase with decorative paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Full Moon Press, Brown Trout Press, Tryst Press, Sherwin Beach Press, Peter Rutledge Koch, Incline Press, Red Howler Press, Frog Hollow Press, Littoral Press, The Lone Oak Press, The Aliquando Press, Cotton Socks Press, Loveletter Press, with papers designed by Claud Lovat Fraser for the Curwen Press. Clean and bright. 60 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2002. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original olive green cloth covered slipcase with decorative green paper covered side panels featuring illustrations of frogs. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Arion Press, Bradypress, Bullnettle Press, The Hill Press, Lock's Press, Midnight Paper Sales, (M)other Tongue Press, Passim Editions, Robin Price, Sherwin Beach Press, Whittington Press, Yellow Barn Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original orange cloth covered slipcase with decorative orange paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Whittington Press, Red Dragonfly Press, October Press, Fox Run Press, Walking Bird Press, Lone Oak Press, Warwick Press, Port Press, Barbarian Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 29 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger. Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with the striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in gray paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in a black cloth covered slipcase with a gray ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/050322. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2001. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original navy blue cloth covered slipcase with red and white printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Avenue Press, Rampant Lions Press, Chris Daunt, Tragara Press, Whittington Press, Joan Hassall, Old Stile Press, Tern Press, Libanus Press, with paper designed by Stan Lane. Clean and bright. 56 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2003. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original grey cloth covered slipcase with grey printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Edwin Smith (courtesy of the Rampant Lions Press), Old Stile Press, Libanus Press, Gwasg Gregynog, Simon King Press, Old Forge Press, Gordon Gumn, Piccolo Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
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.