Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. Deluxe Edition. Number 31 of 50 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. It is in a special binding of quarter tan goatskin over blue Japanese cloth covered boards. It is housed in blue cloth covered tryptich folding case with an interior folder holding a suite of five letterpress illustrations, each signed and dated by the artist. The case is made to look like a government file with maps lining the interior and an official resin medallion stating "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica" to the front panel. The interior maps have been hand-altered with pencil notes of expedition locations. The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/072423. Fine.
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Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Hardcover. Number 14 of 24 copies. A miniature digitally printed reproduction of a unique hand painted and hand-sewn folio sized artist book by Schwartzott. The text written by Belting relates the native American themed creation myth of the origin of shooting stars. In this tale they are the falling bodies of coyotes that unsuccessfully desired to dance in the sky with stars. Bound in black handmade paper with paper title label to spine illustration with hand painted embellishments, collage and stitchery to front board. Housed in a navy blue, red, and black paper covered box with decorative paper featuring a star pattern. Paper title to spine and collaged elements with sewing to panels. Unpaginated. [30 pages.] Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Natalia Belting (1915-1997) taught history for 43 years at the University of Illinois until her retirement in 1985. Dr. Belting really had four careers: she was a history professor, a writer, a lay minister, and an environmentalist. She published 24 children's books about history and mythology. Book size: 3 x 2.75 inches; Box size: 3.75 x 3.25 inches. ARTB/051723. Fine.
London: The Richards Press, 1956. Hardcover. Fourth Printing. English radio broadcaster and novelist Algernon Blackwood (1869 - 1951) is perhaps best known for his ghost stories. Originally published in 1906, this is a new edition of his first collection of Ghost Stories, which includes ten tales. Bound in red cloth boards with black title to spine. In light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Browning to spine panel, rubbing to panels, short closed tears, and wear to edges of jacket. Foxing to edges of textblock and offsetting to endpapers, else clean. 316 pages. OCC/082423. Very Good / Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2012. 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: "Baba Yaga is a character from Russian/Slavic folklore. One of the most ambiguous of fairy tale characters, Baba Yaga is a uniquely Slavic folk figure. Her first appearance in literature came in 1755, in a Russian grammar book. She is most well-known from the story of Vasilisa the Beautiful, who is taken in by Baba Yaga after being abandoned in the forest by her evil stepmother. Baba Yaga is no fairy godmother. She takes Vasilisa in but works her harder then her stepmother did. In other tales, Baba Yaga appears as a benevolent mentor." Bound in green-on-green striped paper with a spine of wood-textured brown paper. Brass trim to both boards with paper title label to front cover. Size: 2 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches. In fine condition. 50 pages. ARTB/091123. Fine.
Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, . Hardcover. 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. "Catalog #305 from 1889" with Price List laid in. This inventive book is purportedly an actual catalog from Nightengale & Sons business. From the book artist: "The history of the Nightengale company began in the late16th century, when they supplied Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley with 'shew-stones' or crystal balls. The company flourished during the European alchemy boom of the late16th and early 17th century, and expanded into optical tools and occult mathematical devices as alchemy gave way to modern chemistry and the beginnings of Mad Science. In the 19th century, they achieved, if not fame, at least notoriety, as purveyors of a line of monster abatement equipment.. They also began courting collectors of antique metaphysical artifacts, and at one point had almost cornered the market in rare editions of C'thuliana. After the turn of the 20th century, Enoch Nightengale, then president of the company, became so concerned about the advent of modern rationalism that Nightengale's catalogues became difficult to come by, passing from hand to hand among the adept, with word-of-mouth their only advertising. The 1889 catalogue is the last to have achieved a general circulation, and even copies of this edition are increasingly difficult to come by. To have discovered a copy with the laid-in price list is very unusual indeed. Traces of Nightengale's continued existence occasionally turn up. Some printed items bearing their name have come to light from the Infernal Regions (see Welcome To Hell!), and their label is sometimes found on the Vampire Hunter Kits of Bo Press Miniature Books. It is to be hoped that a company as old and storied as Nightengale's is still around in some nearby dimension, ready to supply . . .the explorer of uncanny places, magimetician, philosopher, alchemist, monster hunter, or wizard." This copy is bound in Nightengale's distinctive white-on-black skeleton paper and is printed on Mohawn superfine paper. In fine condition. 80 pages 2.5 x 2 inches. PRI/090523. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. This fascinating miniature construction from Pat Sweet's Bo Press is what she describes as one of the occasional oddities she creates. While she has made a few of these kits over the years, each is unique in shape and contents. This one includes 8 micro-miniature books (some blank), stakes with mallet, crucifix, garlic cloves, holy water, dueling pistols, a candle, test tubes, a bundle of letters, and maps. Trunk Size: 3 1/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, (2013). Hardcover. 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. One of 50 copies. Signed by the book artist. "We all know how the story goes: Jonathan Harker leaves the inn at the beginning of 'Dracula', and is dropped off at the crossroads by the coachman, who is afraid to take him any further. But there is another part of the story, one that Stoker's editor (so the story goes) persuaded him to omit. In this version, Harker demands to be taken down a side road that leads to a long-abandoned village, with dire results. This is the story of that dangerous digression: 'Dracula's Guest', published posthumously in 1914. It may have been a part of the novel, or it may not. The narrator is never named, and seems unlike the characterization of Harker in the novel. You can be the judge" (book artist). Designed, printed, and bound by Pat Sweet. Includes 5 illustrations. and endpapers decorated with a flying bat's wing. Bound in black and gold Japanese chiyogami paper with blood red cloth spine. 74 pages. Measures 2 1/16 inches x 1 1/2 inches. ARTB/090523. Fine.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973. Hardcover. "This is the first comprehensive guide to a vast number of places connected with ghosts, hauntings, witchcraft, mysteries, strange customs and legends. It locates wishing wells, sites of buried treasure and the supernatural showplaces of England, Scotland and Wales, and is the ideal vade mecum for the visitor in search of the off beat and the eerie .... [It] is arranged by counties as a series of tours, but the maps adn index make it possible for the sites to be visited in conjunction with other itineraries which the tourist may have already planned" (jacket). Black cloth boards with metallic green title to spine. In color illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Foxing to top edge of text block. Illustrated. 201 plus maps. OCC/082423. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. Hardcover. An interesting selection of ghost stories in translation (from the original French, German, Spanish, and Italian) including: The Horla, Siesta, The Tall Woman, On the River, Maese Pérez the Organist, Fioraccio, and the Silent Woman. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to front board and spine. Silver borders and decoration to front board. Chipping to spine ends and minor wear to corners and board edges. Dampstain to bottom edge of rear board and to bottom margins of many pages. Toning to margins and old price in blue pencil to front pastedown, else clean. 225 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Company, 1943. Hardcover. A Tower Mystery. First edition, Second printing. Includes 14 horror stories by A.M. Burrage, Helen R. Hull, Bram Stoker, Hugh Walpole, William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad, and more. Blue paper covered boards with light blue title to spine. Chipping to paper along spine ends, edges, and joints. Front and rear flaps of the jacket are pasted down to the inside of the covers; however, the front, rear, and spine panels of the jacket are no longer present. The front free endpaper is also partially adhered to the cover. The interior is browned, but still legible. Foxing to endpapers and to jacket remnants, but clean overall. Split to binding along front hinge exposing mull, but boards remain attached to the textblock. 317 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Athens: Dorothy Simpson Krause, 2021. A unique book with original watercolors. Dorothy Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. In her artist's statement she says: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue – a visible means of exploring meaning. In 2019, when the artist was in Athens, she began a book with watercolors of the landscape and collaged images of Athena. Returning home, she decided to explore her relation to the archetype and wrote a narrative, contrasting her comments with excerpts from Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Goddesses in Everywoman. Because she felt it presumptuous to compare herself to Athena, she printed narrative from Bolen's book on 4 vellum sheets and "hid" them by inserting them between the drum-leaf pages. Channeling Athena has 10 watercolor and collaged pages, and the 4 vellum inserts in a drum-leaf binding with a cover of vintage white leather over board. Affixed to the cover is a cream colored plaster medallion with a raised profile of a Greek head and the letters AOE ("Of the Athenians"). A lovely book in fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 6" inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/051923.
Garden City, NY: Blue Ribbon Books, 1941. Hardcover. Reprint. Includes over 25 short stories from Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Lafcadio Hearn, the Arabian Nights, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce - and many more. With haunting illustrations by Lynd Ward. Each story opens with a brief introduction from the editor. Bound in green cloth boards with yellow title to spine. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards. Wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Browning to spine. Occasional spots of soiling to interior and toning to the margins. Penned ownership signature to the front free endpaper. A few minor splits to interior binding. 486 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Berryville, VA: Virginia Book Company, 1966. Paperback. Revised Edition. Originally published in 1930. Marguerite Dupont Lee (1862 - 1936) was born into the wealthly Dupont family of Delware. She was always interested in the psychic phenomena such as ghosts and wrote several books on the subject including this one. She was a suffragette and later in life did much charity work including opening a settlement house in Georgetown. The stories in this book are organized by region and county, and each is accompanied by a black and white photographic illustration. Bound in cream paper wrappers with black title to spine and front board. Color pastedown photographic illustration to front cover. Browning to spine, foxing and dampstaining to covers. Dampstaining to top margins of a few pages and occasional spots of foxing throughout. Several pages have hand-written edits. A good reading copy of this ghostly collection that includes ghosts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, sailors, slaves, and many more. 255 pages. OCC/082423. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2023. One of 14 copies signed by the book artists. This charming and informative book, Spider and the Stars, is a Luminice Press artist book by Thomas Parker Williams and Mary Agnes Williams. It combines an original illustrated story for young readers with factual information about spiders and the curious way they travel long distances. Called ballooning, this form of spider travel appears to be flying, but in fact spiders take advantage of the Earth's electric field to become airborne. This particular spider became so airborne that she soared past the earth and planets to weave her webs among the stars! Book artist and printer Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 75 public collections around the country. For this delightful collaboration, both artists developed the concept and design and did the printing. Thomas did the illustrations, the moveable pop-up and the binding. Mary Agnes wrote the original story and handset the text. The round black cover has a smaller cut out circle. It is laser cut wood with oil-based pochoir printed paper. The outer circle depicts the starry skies, while the spider and her web are visible in the smaller circle. When the cover is opened the spider and her web are fully visible. On the first page is a large brown, cream, and orange spider with moveable head and legs that pop open. There are 16 pages that tells the spider's story with colorful images of her and her adventurous travel to outer space. They are done in oil-based pochoir over linocut flood coats, with hand painted accents. The text is hand set in Janson and Janson Italic on Arches book paper and letterpress printed. Housed in an acrylic case with a brown title inset. In fine condition. The book measures 7.5 x 8 inches closed. The pop-up spider opens to 19 x 24 inches. ARTB/050523. Fine.
Baltimore: The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1931. Hardcover. A facsimile reproduction from Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. The Ordinall of Alchimy is a "work with subtle humor or delicious naïveté, and though the historian my find it of small value as a chemical document, its sprightliness of style, its somewhat archaic - yet not difficult - language, and its atmosphere of romance, combine to make it a delightful book to read. And, however reluctant we may be to admit it, it does present a good picture of the average alchemist of the fifteenth century" (introduction). Marbled paper covered boards with remnants of a brown leather spine. The leather on the spine has mostly chipped away revealing the signatures. The boards remain tightly attached to textblock. Minor wear to the edges of the boards. Foxing to the interior. Written in verse. Includes annotations and discourses at the rear. A good reading copy of this interesting work. 125 pages. OCC/072023. Good.
England: by the author, circa 1970. Paperback. Short retellings of ghost sighting and hauntings in Northern England including castles, manor houses, libraries, pubs, and more. Black and white photos of buildings. Side-stapled paper wrappers with red title and illustration to front cover. Occasional spots of soiling including a few pencil markings to the wrappers, but clean overall. 68 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2019. Paperback. Number 3 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Bound in an accordion structure with hand colored, collaged elements including palmistry diagrams on each page. Includes two pages of text, Nine illustrations, and colophon. Housed in a altered Altoid box that has been collaged with a map of Europe and other papers on both interior and exterior. The box is titled in gold on the front panel. The book and box both come in a handmade navy blue felt carrying case with pink ribbon pull ties. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] Size: book is about 3.5 x 2 inches; box is about 3.75 x 2.25 inches. ARTB/051023. Fine.
Peshastin, Washington: Wiesedruck, 2022. Hardcover. Number 22 of 40 copies signed by the artist. This artist’s book is of the story ‘Baba Yaga’, the Slavic folkloric witch who lives in a house on chicken legs and flies around in a mortar driven by a pestle. The book artist Sarah Horowitz states: "I am melding the imaginary world of one of my favorite childhood stories with my botanical occupation. Plants weave through the etchings, guiding the story with their meanings- invasive, prickly and toxic plants begin the story with discord." This retelling was based on the folktale originally recorded by Aleksandr Afanas’ev and translated by W.R.S. Ralston. Bound in blue illustrated paper covered boards over yellow leather spine titled in black. It is illustrated by Horowitz with hand colored etchings. The text is set in Maiola, inspired by early Czech typography and designed by Veronika Burian of TypeTogether. Graphic designer Joshua Berger (Plazm) contributed to and edited the typography and layout. Arthur Larson of Horton Tank Graphics printed the text on Zerkall paper with polymer plates made by Boxcar Press. The book was bound and boxed by Carolina Veenstra with assistance by David Myhre and Sarah Horowitz. Size: 11.375 x 8 inches. Sarah Horowitz has been awarded multiple grants and has held residencies at several arts centers including ArtBellwald in Switzerland. She taught printmaking at Portland State University for over ten years and was a member of Atelier Mars printmaking workshop during her time in Portland. Her press is named for the Wiese stream that runs through her grandparents backyard near Basel, Switzerland. Much of her work is printed on a Charles Brand Press once owned by Leonard Baskin. Her work is held in private and institutional collections across the U.S. PRI/090123. Fine.