Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. This inventive limited edition book is designed to explain little books, or rather, little case-bound books. Case-binding constructs the body of the book separately from the covers, and combines them at the end of the binding process. It is a quick and reasonably sturdy way of bookbinding, and almost all commercial hardbound books are produced like this. Every part of this book’s binding is labeled, and the back cover is left unglued to show the inner workings of the spine and hinges. The pages of the book itself contain publication data, each page labeled as itself, all the way from half-title to colophon. The book artist Pat Sweet included all she could think of that a book might possess: a tipped-in plate and barrier sheet, a fold-out diagram of the relative sizes of books (from double elephant folio to 64mo), a laid in list of extraneous matter which includes the list itself, and a note on the type, written in the typefaces used in labeling the book’s parts. The book also has examples of things attached to books: a dust jacket, a bookplate, an interior pocket containing a miniature Bo Press bookmark, a binder’s ticket, a slipcase, and a vellum belly band. This is a wonderful self-referential little reference toy for lovers of publishing and binding alike. In fine condition. 2 3/16 x 1 11/16 inches. PRI/060121. 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. 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.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. 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. This book is from a small open edition. According to the book artist: This is a "book inside books inside a book inside a book-shaped box. This has been called the Droste effect, after their recursive advertisements. The book inside this book-shaped box is a collection of jacket designs for books that only exist inside real books: The Necronomicon, The Whole Art of Detection, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler. Each is presented as if hidden inside a hollow book, for yet another layer of un-reality. The title, of course, is from Magritte's famous painting of 'This is Not a Pipe'." Bound in cream paper with gold fleur-de-lis and title label pastedown on front cover. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with title label to the cover. Size: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5/8 inches. In fine condition. 78 pages. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, n.d. Hardcover. Pat Sweet writes: "The Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch (“The Book of Wonders”) is one of the most spectacular discoveries in the field of Renaissance art in northern Europe. The manuscript was produced in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg sometime between 1545 and 1552. We do not know who commissioned the book, or who supplied the artwork. The book contains miracles: wondrous and mysterious singularities of nature, monstrous births, battles in heaven, rains of blood and meat, acts of God, double and triple suns and moons, and lots and lots of comets. At this time the sacred and the scientific were just beginning to move apart, and this is one of the beginnings of that massive shift. The beautiful, strange, and enigmatic illustrations are in supersaturated gouache and watercolor. Each illumination is captioned in a panel of German Gothic script. The manuscript dropped out of sight sometime in the 17th century and was only recently re-discovered in 2007. A fine modern edition is published by Taschen. I’ve tried to counter the small size of the prints by enlarging a wonderful detail of each picture on the verso. The book is bound in green and brown marbled paper and has two bands of antique bronze chain passing over the front and back of the binding. The title is on a raised rectangle in the front." Measures 2.25 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 145 pages. ARTB/060221. Fine.
London: Archibald Constable & Co, 1909. Hardcover. Cyril Davenport (1848-1941) was a bookbinder and author who wrote extensively on the history of bookbinding. He also wrote on topics as diverse as jewelry design, architecture, heraldry, the English royal regalia, mezzotints and other types of illustrative reproduction. This book by Davenport was owned by Thomas Parkin, who apparently organized a series of lectures by him on some of his areas of expertise, including one on heraldry. Tipped in are several articles from 1914 from the Hastings and St. Leonards Observer reporting on the talks. Tipped in is a note from Davenport to Parkin about an upcoming visit. Another note from an unidentified correspondent to Parkin cancels a visit and asks about one of Davenport's books about bindings. Tipped in the rear of the book is a 1910 copy of the Journal of the Royal Society of the Arts that includes the text of a Davenport lecture on miniatures. Bound in maroon cloth that is bumped with signs of handling and with a faded spine. Interior pages are clean and bright. Illustrated throughout with black and white images of the book stamps. Very good. Small octavo. 451 pages, BOB/040521. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1926. Hardcover. Third edition of this celebration of books and the art of printing. Orcutt writes of this quest, the kingdom of books, friends through type, the lure of illumination, friends through the pen, and triumphs of typography. Bound in three quarter green leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Leather is faded, bumped, and rubbed. With marbled paper boards with a few chips and spots. Interior pages are clean and bright. Marbled endpapers and owner bookplate on rear free endpaper. Color frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations and facsimiles throughout. A nice copy of this bibliographic classic. Octavo. 316 pages plus colophon. BOB/071221. Very Good.
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: Whittington Press, 2020. It is sad to say, but this will be the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, John and Rose Randle have decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiles articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. Their Whittington Press was founded in 1971 to print and publish books by letterpress. Since its beginnings, they have printed over 200 books, including the renowned Matrix, an annual review for printers and bibliophiles. Contributors to this issue include David Butcher, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Kelly, Russell Maret, Paul Nash, Martyn Ould, Elies Plana, and Marianne Tidcombe among others. Bound in cream paper wrappers with blue titling and cover illustration. In fine condition. 193 pages. BOB/031221. Fine.