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Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2020. Number 6 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren based this powerful and timely work on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1949. She has created a set of 30 broadsides, each printed with text from one of the declarations, starting with "all humans are free & equal" through "no one may deny the rights of others." The text pages have hand cut wood type printed on brown chipboard using neon ink and printed on a Vandercook 99 proof press. They are housed in a portfolio with the title printed in wood and metal type on blue Keaykolour cover stock. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 11 inches. ARTISTS/100620. Fine.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 6 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "All Disease is an exploration of hysteria in women. Images of inkblots invoke interpretive psychological tests and are paired with images of pelvic bone and language from 18th and early 19th century medical texts. The conclusion presented by the male-dominated voices in the text is that women are bound to irrationality, emotional instability, and insanity on account of the womb" (artist statement). The text that meanders through the book, often cut off against the edge of a page reads: "The womb, the starting point of hysteria. My womb, the starting point. Like some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, which withers and droops away, even before its blossoming. On account of the uterus, woman is all disease. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fit. Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease.... some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, ... My womb, the starting point of hysteria. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted. The womb, the starting point of hy ... On account of the uterus, woman is all diseas... Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease." The disjointed, repetitive text paired with the inkblots makes the reader feel as if they are descending into madness or recalling a traumatic event. As you read it, you can easily imagine a woman sitting, rocking, and whispering these words over and over in a chant of despair - and then you realize that as the reader, you have become this woman. A subtle, but powerful book about the oppression of women. Bound in quarter black leather boards with hand marbled paper covered boards. Imagery and text are appropriated from 19th century medical texts and Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP20 from polymer plates. Printed on handmade cotton rag paper (including watermarks, formed shapes, and pulp painting). Inkblot imagery printed by hand lithography. Size: 22 (width) x 15 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
Omaha: Abbattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1979. Number 156 of 235 copies. This book is by Ben Howard, an American poet, essayist, scholar and critic. This copy is unique, with a stunning custom designer binding by renowned English bookbinder David George Sellars (1949-2015). Sellars started his bookbinding career at the age of fifteen and quickly became most interested in the artistic side of binding. He had a varied professional life that included setting up his own studio, teaching, and serving as the President of Designer Bookbinders. By the end of the 1990s, Sellars focused on creating design bindings on commission, special designs for limited editions for small presses and publishers, one-off commissions for authors and special presentation bindings for publishers. His work is represented in most major libraries in the world and many private collections. This beautiful leather binding marries different green and brown shades and varied textures of leather along with copper strands of thread to express the movement of water. The title and author are debossed on the spine. The page edges have a decorative pattern. With suede pastedowns, and Sellars's monogram on rear pastedown. Housed in a custom clamshell box covered in black cloth with white title label to spine. In fine condition. Book measures 5 x 7.5 inches.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2017. Softcover. Limited edition. This charming and poignant essay was printed by permission from the Vivienne Palmer, an English writer and and naturalist who writes weekly essays as the Bug Woman about animals, plants, and people she encounters in the parks and woods near her London home. In this piece she writes about her memories of Auntie Mary, her grandmother's sister. She suffered a childhood accident that left her with learning disabilities. Palmer writes that Mary was a simple soul who lived her life with joy and never harmed a living soul. This is the annual New Year Booklet from the Incline Press. It is printed in Weiss type on paper from John Purcell of Stockwell. In brown paper wraps with a frog image on the covers. In near fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [10 pages]. PRI/101320. Near Fine.
Toronto: The Porcupine's Quill, 2010. Hardcover. "Although international politics is often central to discussions of 9/11, "Book of Hours" focus on innocent life lost adds emotional urgency to the issue of who and what is responsible ... [It] is called "Book of Hours" because it is an exploration, condemnation, and celebration of our culture's devotion to time, and the way our regimented routines can reassure and also stifle us" (George Walker, Preface). Bound in grey paper covered boards with black title to front cover. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with silver title to front panel. Clean and bright. 189 pages. PRI/100120. Fine.
Toronto: George A. Walker, 2020. Number four of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. An additional 10 hors commerce copies were made and lettered A–J. In this handsome pictorial biography, noted wood engraver George A. Walker celebrates the life of Mary Pickford (1892-1979), a silent film star whose groundbreaking contributions to the motion picture industry earned her the title ‘Queen of the Movies’. Toronto-born Gladys Louise Smith, who would later come to be known as Mary Pickford, first burst onto the silent-film scene at the tender age of 17. But Pickford was more than just ‘the girl with the curls’. In addition to her acting career—a brilliant success that spanned 52 features—Pickford also helped establish the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as United Artists studio. In this edition Walker tells the story of Pickford’s life in a sequential narrative not unlike the silent films of old, complete with inter-titles. The 87 black-and-white wood engravings recall the monochromatic media of Pickford’s films, and echo the experience of interpreting stories visually. The number 87 was Pickford’s age when she died and the number 35 (copies of the limited edition) refers to the 35mm film on which silent movies were shot. The engravings are hand printed on 250 gsm Revere Felt mouldmade paper created at the 600 year old Cartiere Magnani mill in Italy. The book is beautifully bound in blue Asahi silk cloth and is housed in a clamshell protective box with a drawer that contains ephemera from Pickford's career. The ephemera included with this copy include a limited edition engraving that was featured in the book; Two small and one larger photograph of Pickford; two postcards of Pickford's birthplace in Toronto and her Beverly Hills home when she was married to Douglas Fairbanks; a postcard sized copy of a Pickford movie poster; and an early 20th century Charlie Chaplin film cell. The book features hand marbled end leaves and bevelled cover boards with a wood engraving print sunk into the cover. In fine condition. Book size: 6.25 X 7.5 X 1.75 inches. Unpaginated(160 pages printed recto). PRI/101620.