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Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, 1870 - 1880. Chromolithograph print of 4 pigeons. Browning to margins, else clean and bright. Foxing to margins. Large chipping / open tear to right margin of print; illustration not affected. Inch long closed tear to margin that extends to bottom corner of image. Size of print: about 8.25 x 10.75 inches. Fine.
San Diego: Anne Covell, 2017. Number 9 of 20 standard copies. There were also five deluxe and two artist copies of this beautifully conceived and executed work. Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. . She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide.In her colophon Anne writes: "I first became interested in the Japanese beetle in 2012 during a particularly hot and dry summer in Iowa City. Perhaps it was a result of the season or of my having moved to a new home ripe with some of the beetle's most preferred foods, but I became overwhelmed by its pervasive, relentless assault on my garden. AS the summer wore on, I began finding leaf remains gathering at the bases of trees...as if it were fall. Their presence was out of place; out of season. But when I began to look more closely, what struck me was the beauty of form that the beetle had inadvertently left behind. Starved of oxygen and drained of color, these leaf skeletons would soon crumble and return to the earth. But, for a moment they existed between realms and reflected a loss that spoke to the complexity of the natural world." The book contains 12 folios of 100% Japanese Gampi hand-dyed with persimmon tannin and treated with konnyaku to mimic the sound and texture of withering foliage. The illustrations of leaves, berries, and twigs were letterpress printed from drawings by Anne. Housed in a stiff brown paper handmade envelope. Measures 4.5 x 10 inches. Fine condition. ARTISTSB/010421. Fine.
San Diego: Anne Covell, 2019. Number 12 of 18 copies signed and numbered by the artist. Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide. Anne writes: "History of a Felling was first conceived during the winter of 2014 while at the Penland School of Crafts on a winter residency in letterpress. The images were made on-site from polymer plates created from film ink hand-painted on Yupo paper. The project was filed away while the concept evolved into a body of work that would become Covell’s graduate thesis, “Towards a Just Landscape,” in 2015. In the intervening years, the US/Mexico border would draw global attention for the deeply contentious debate over the compulsion to secure the southern border though the construction of a border wall. It seemed a particularly poignant time, by comparison, to revisit the history of the US/Canada border felling, and so the project came out of storage. In many ways the southern and northern US border conflicts remain as isolated as their geographical latitudes; however, their ethical and environmental costs deserve equal scrutiny. Over 150 years later, the deforestation continues. Nature inevitably begins to rebound - trees, shrubs, and grasses grow - and every six years the swath is cleared through exhaustive manual labor." Anne has created a lovely tunnel book that opens to reveal a multi-layered forest of delicate trees printed in light brown on a cream background. Housed in a brown cloth portfolio with a discussion and description of this book. In fine condition. 5.75 x 4.75 x .5 inches (closed) 5.75 x 4.75 x 18 inches (open). ARTISTSB/012121.
New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., . Hardcover. Audubon's famed The Birds of American comprised 435 beautiful plates reproducing his original art. This folio two volume set includes all of those images in 431 plates, some with foldouts. Bound in blue cloth with dark blue titling to spine and replica of Audubon's initials on front cover. Sunning to spines and light indications of handling and in very good condition. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Housed in a dark blue slipcase with paper covered boards and brown label to front cover with title. Slipcase is chipped and bumped but still good. Measures 11-13.5 inches. Unpaginated. ART/012021. Very Good.
New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., . Hardcover. Audubon's famed The Birds of America with beautiful plates reproducing his original art. This folio volume includes all of those images in 431 plates, some with foldouts. Bound in blue cloth with dark blue titling to spine and replica of Audubon's initials on front cover. Minor sunning to edges of boards. Interior is clean and bright. In grey dust jacket with white and black title to spine and front panel. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket, which is protected in a removable plastic cover. Measures 13.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. ART/012021 A heavy volume that might require an extra shipping fee. Very Good / Very Good.
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, . First edition of this charming book that describes 257 species and illustrates each in color. Bound in blue cloth will gilt titling to spine. Light bumping. Interior pages near fine. Previous owner label affixed to front pastedown. No dust jacket. Measures 8.5 x 11.5 inches. 295 pages. GARDEN/011621.
London: John Van Voorst, 1858. Hardcover. Written for an amateur naturalist - "We have endeavoured, in short, to comply as far as possible with the requisition of our lady-friends, - to write as much as possible about they do want to know, and as little as possible about what they do not want to know. How far we have succeeded in our task, we leave to their merciful consideration" (preface, Athenaeum Club, June 1858). Bound in three quarter tan leather over olive green cloth boards. Chipped leather title label to spine with part of title remaining. Includes 8 color plates of English sea life. Cracked front hinge; although, the board remains firmly attached. Heavy wear and scuffing to leather on spine with chips to ends. Minor wear to corners and edges. As this is a guide to sea-life, meant to accompany its reader to the shore, it seems only appropriate that there is dampstaining to the top margins of most pages. Marbled edges with marbled endpapers. 524 pages. NAT/011521. Very Good.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Studios, 2000. Number 1 of 5 copies signed by the book artist. This is an inventive work from well-known artist Carolyn Shattuck that displays her skill in using various book structures to convey meaning and context in the books she creates. She writes: Save the Rhinos was designed to bring awareness of their struggle as the population is rapidly declining due mainly to poachers. Her text describes the ongoing loss of these magnificent animals and the desperate efforts of those trying to save them. Despite these efforts, the Rhino Recovery Fund in South Africa estimates a rhino is killed every fifteen hours. They are sought because of the believe that powdered rhino horn has medicinal value and because the horn is valued in traditional Chinese culture as a symbol of wealth. Her design uses a flag book structure from which three origami rhinos, a giraffe, and three wildebeests are walking the grasslands of Africa when the book is opened. They are made with Lofta origami papers as well as Canson Mi Teinte, and Strathmore watercolor papers. The binding is a plain grey with an orange spine title label and a white title label, signed and numbered by Carolyn. The work is housed in a black stiff paper slipcase with an orange title label to cover. In fine condition. Measures 13.5 x 7.5 x 3 inches in slipcase. ARTISTSBOOK121520. Fine.