Japan: Kototsubo, 2011. Softcover. One of 300 copies of this catalogue raisonné of the works done between 2002-2010 of highly regarded Japanese book artist Miyako Akai. With text in both Japanese and English, the catalogue provides descriptions and photographs of Miyako's lovely creations. Bound in paper with white and blue covers and leather band binding with titling in English and Japanese on front cover. In fine condition. Measures 4 x 5.75 inches. 63 pages. BOB/082319. Fine.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This book is from a small open edition signed by the book artist. According to Pat Sweet: "The list makes heartbreaking reading, and I'm not sure which I resent more: the loss of books through active human malevolence, or through stupid human thoughtlessness. Each has its place here, along with forgetfulness, carelessness, accident, embarrassment, and spite. Lord Byron's memoirs being ceremonially burned in John Murray's office fireplace, Sylvia Plath's Double Exposure, which may or may not be in the Ted Hughes archives, frozen until 2022., Clisson et Eugenie, Napoleon's novella, scattered across Europe, and the massive Yongle Encyclopedia, victim of budget cuts. And all the lost books of the Greece, Rome, Timbuktu, the Bible . . ." The book is printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, and bound in the same Mohawk paper (a different shade) and in mottled brown Indian pinto lokta paper. Includes 28 illustrations. 78 pages. Size: 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. ARTB/060619.
London: John Murray, 1837. Four volumes attractively bound in three quarter maroon leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles and decoration to spines. Minor wear and rubbing to spines, hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Marbled endpapers and full edges marbled. Bookplate of Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane. 659 pages in volume I;.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2013. Hardcover. This is a set of twelve binding models using leather and various papers and sewing supports, wooden boards, museum board. This reference set of twelve binding models is based on book artist Karen Hanmer's popular workshop "Biblio Tech: Reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures." The models remain uncovered and only partially completed so methods of board attachment, sewing, spine lining, and end sheet construction are visible. The set is accompanied by a forty-five page illustrated guidebook outlining key structural features of each binding, and providing numerous references for further study. The hand-bound booklet is sewn in three signatures and presented in a German stiffened paper binding. These models are a valuable reference for libraries, book arts programs, or for anyone who is interested in learning more about the engineering aspects of the book. Structures include: Tacketing of a thick single signature into a leather wrapper, Ethiopian Binding, Medieval Binding, Laced-on boards Binding, Colonial American Scaleboard Binding, Early Nineteenth Century Publishers Boarded Binding, German Case Binding with double fan adhesive text block, Split Board Binding, Simplified Binding, Crossed Structure Binding, Sewn Boards Binding, and Non-Adhesive Paper Case. Each binding is approximately 5 x 3.25 x .5” inches. Housed in a white cloth covered clamshell box. ARTB/10/25/17. Fine.
New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971. Hardcover. First American edition of this important reference work by noted English antiquarian bookseller and scholar Percy Muir. Bound in orange cloth with gilt titling and decoration to spine. In orange illustrated price-clipped dust jacket with title to spine and front cover. A few small nicks and light soiling but still nice. Very good condition. 287 pages including index. BOB/053019. Very Good.
Chiapas, MX: Taller Lenateros, 2012. A collection of directions and recipes for art, craft, marbling, printmaking, bookmaking, and papermaking projects. Text in Spanish with many full color illustrations and diagrams. Bound in multi-colored paper wrappers with a black spine panel titled in grey. Taller Lenateros, or The Woodlanders' Workshop, is a community of Mayan artists who produce handmade paper, artists' books, silkscreen and wood block prints, pansey graphs, natural dyes, and magic spells. The society was founded in 1975 by poet Ambar Past, and continues to flourish while offering training and employment to men and women who have no education and no career. Inspiration for many of the projects comes from dreams, nature, and Mayan history and tradition. Size: 8 x 8.5 inches. 175 pages. ARTB/081419. Fine.