Mission, Canada: Barbarian Press and Sperling Printshop, 2023. Softcover. One of 110 copies each accompanied by a handsome original woodcut of a raven, signed and numbered by Edith Krause. This delightful book is a flock of poems on birds by 15 Canadian poets. The book provides a diverting anthology of poems about birds by sixteen contemporary Canadian poets, some of them well established figures, such as Lorna Crozier, Susan McCaslin, Harold Rhenish, and Bill Richardson, and others younger emerging poets. The result is a rich cross-section ranging from the lyrical to the satirical, the humorous to the elegiac. Edith Krause provides an introduction to the project itself; ornithologist Rob Butler, a thoughtful ecological preface; and wildlife biologist Phil Henderson, a short reflection on the relationship between the poems and the birds in the book. Edith’s 26 woodcuts of birds, each representing a letter of the alphabet, provided the core of the project. In addition she created four further woodcuts to accompany the three prefatory essays and an extra poem, and provided a title page block, a selection of woodcut feathers for the endpapers, and a press device. Book artist and proprietor of the Barbarian Press, Crispin Elsted writes about the book: "Early in 2023 we were approached by woodcut artist Edith Krause and poet Susan McCaslin with a ready-made book project in hand for which they needed a printer. It had been many years since we had printed a book for another publisher, and it was a practice we had not planned to renew – especially since we had a considerable list of our own book projects in various stages of planning or production. However, we were struck at once by Edith’s delightful woodcuts of birds, and it seemed to us that the project deserved to be encouraged. Crispin consulted on the design of the book and Jan and Apollonia [Elsted] devised the imposition of the pages and subsequent details of placement and colour. Jan and Apollonia, Edith and Susan sorted out the logistics of acquiring materials and established the nature of the collaboration, and work began." The poems and other texts were handset by Apollonia in Joanna roman and italic type and printed on Hannemühle paper, with help from Kirsten Way and Lea Sanchez Milde, while the lion’s share of the presswork, comprising all the poems and the prose elements, was done by Apollonia, Jan printed the preliminary pages and the second colour title lines. We decided that we would make a departure with the blue paper binding of An Avian Alphabet, and imposed the texts and images so that the pages could be French-folded (i.e. with the fold at the foredge), then stabbed (that is, drilled) and laced into the covers with waxed coloured linen cord in an exposed sewing, and housed in a beige cloth covered slipcase with title label to spine. In fine condition. Measures 6 7/8 x 10 inches. Unpaginated [About 70 pages] PRI/112023. Fine.
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London: W. Curtis, 1792. Beginning in 1777, the publisher William Curtis began the first of six folio volumes of the monumental Flora Loninensis, with the last volume completed in 1798. The scarce abridged edition was issued with 36 plates. This is an incomplete copy of that work. The binding is missing, the text block is split in two, and there are only 29 plates present ,with the text accompaning the missing plates also missing. The remaining plates are in very good condition, with occasional spotting to the margins. Still desirable for the lovely plates. NAT/122823. Fair.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2023. Softcover. Number 2 of four copies signed and numbered in stitching by the book artist. Well-known horticulturist and artist Anne Greenwood Rioseco created Nowhere - an edition of four fabric art books - to convey her sense of wonder at the complexity, interdependence, and beauty of constantly transforming ecosystems, both tiny and vast. This complex book chronicles the physiological characteristics of lichens channeling between the personal, the scientific, the philosophical, and the poetic, and Anne employs a layered visual narrative that conceptually mirrors these collective relations. The collaborations and ideas in the book unfold in its materials and construction; for example all the threads are dyed with plant or insect extracts and are then woven into the fabric. Anne cut up hand-woven Jacquard fabric for the base fabric of imagery in the book, and the fabric was then layered with appliquéd wool felt collage illustrations. She added hand-embroidered cosmological symbols to convey further information about the period of time in which the book was made. Each image thus consists of collaged layers: digital weave structures; photographs of fungus; hand-drawn text; wool felt pieces; and patterns of migrating Arctic Terns. It incorporates digital Jacquard weaving, hand-embroidery, appliqué, natural dyes, wool, silk & cotton fibers. The black linen accordion binding was fabricated by Portland Garment Factory. This stunning work was included in an exciting exhibition in Iceland, "Threads | Þræðir Intertwined" held in 2023. About the exhibition: "Textile Books and textiles are the two forms of artistic expression that have the longest history and tradition in Iceland, but it is rare that books and textiles are intertwined. This exhibition showcases artists’ books and textile pieces by Icelandic artists and visiting artists who have been inspired by the country’s landscapes, people, language and textile traditions. The works in this exhibition are connected through stitching, weaving, knotting, tying, binding, pattern and storyline. The artists have found parallel lives in each other, unintentionally approaching art and life in similar fashions across oceans and between generations." The book has an accordion structure and can be opened up to 223.5 inches. Held in a yellow cloth bag with the title embroidered on the front side. This is.a beautiful creation by an exceptional artist. In fine conditon. Measures 10 x 11 x 3.5 inches closed. ARTB/010524. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2020. Hardcover. Number 7 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This miniature work is a totally charming homage to the beauty of birds and the delight they bring us. Using collage and print, Carol has created small cards with bright pictures of birds for each letter of the alphabet on the front and a quote about birds on their rear sides. The cards slip into individual translucent paper pockets that form the pages of the book. Each book in the edition is covered in different paper. The book is bound in navy blue cloth covers with paper title labels on the cover and spine. Based on a binding design created by Hedi Kyle. The book pages may be turned like a codex or fanned out from the binding. Housed in a navy blue leaf patterened paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 2 x 3 x 1.5 inches. ARTISTSB/012424. Fine.