Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. 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, which is signed by the artist. According to the book artist: " " inches. ARTB/091123. Fine.
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[Hammersmith]: [Kelmscott Press], . This is an uncomomon proof page for the beautiful frontispiece woodcut illustration for Love is Enough, or The Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality, drawn by the artist Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by W.H. Hooper. Love is Enough was the final publication of the Kelmscott Press, published one year after the death of founder William Morris. It is mounted on board and measures 28.5 x 20.6 cm (11.25 x 8 inches). There are some hints of rubbing and soiling but is otherwise in near fine condition. PRI/072123. Near Fine.
Boston: Dana Estes and Co, circa 1910. Hardcover. The Renaissance Edition. Number 198 of 1000 copies. Illustrated with 200 plates in colour. Author Haldane MacFall (1860 - 1928) began his career as an officer in the British Army, but retired due to illness in his 30s. He went on to pursue his love of art and literature, working as an art critic, biographer, illustrator, and novelist. His last work was a spirited defense of his friend Aubrey Beardsley, who is known for his grotesques and erotic illustrations. This eight volume history on painting offers criticism and praise as well as a historical overview. Bound in three-quarter dark red morocco over red cloth boards with gilt title, author, volume number, and region to each spine. Gilt devices of an artist's palette and canvas to spine compartments. Wear to joints, edges, and corners of all volumes. Short tears to leather along joints of several volumes; although, all boards remain firmly attached. Scuff marks and a few minor cracks to leather on spines and corners of several volumes. Small losses to leather on corners. Sunning to spines. Aside from minor toning to the margins, the interiors are clean and bright with many full color plates tipped in. Top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. The History of Painting begins during the Renaissance in Central Italy (after a brief introduction covering earlier periods) and subsequent volumes cover Spain, Venice, England, France, the North & Flemish, the Dutch, and modern times. Each volume is 200 - 300 pages. ART/081723. Very Good.
Tokyo: Doi Hangaten Co., Ltd, circa 1950. Hardcover. No date - may have been printed 1938 - 1960 based on other books in this series by the same printer. An accordion book printed to show the process of how a color wood-cut is printed. According to the last panel (the only panel with text) this is a "Ukiyoe" which is a "genre picture developed in close connection with wood-cut printing. They were very popular among the common people in the Tokugawa era (1618 - 1863). They are worked out through the joint efforts of a painter, an engraver and a printer. This album represents the process of printing." The print shown (in different stages of color) throughout the book is by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870 - 1949) from 1936. He was the "best" pupil of Kiyochika Kobayashi (1846 - 1915), called Hiroshige (1796 - 1858) in Meiji era. The boards are covered in Japanese paper with a floral design. When compared to other copies, it is apparent that there was once a paper title label on the front board. This is no longer present. The woodcuts are tipped in - 19 in total. The paper on which the woodcuts are mounted is a fairly brittle and two hinges have been repaired along the back side using Japanese tissue. Offsetting to first and last pages and minor browning to interior, but clean and bright overall. An interesting documentation of this involved printing process. This example shows 10 print runs for a single color woodcut. Housed in an orange patterned paper covered box with title label to front cover. Splits to edges of both box lids. [22 pages.] ART/061023. Very Good.