Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Number 47 of 300 copies signed and number by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This is a miniature alphabet book printed with letters that were hand carved in wood by the artist. Each letter is a differently designed capital letter printed in orange. Done in an accordion structure and bound in orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Size: 2 x 1.75 inches. [30 pages.]. Fine.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Number 48 of 300 copies signed and number by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This is a miniature alphabet book printed with letters that were hand carved in wood by the artist. Each letter is a differently designed capital letter printed in orange. Done in an accordion structure and bound in orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Size: 2 x 1.75 inches. [30 pages.]. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 6 of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/120519. Fine.
Richmond, VA: Mona Lisa Bagby, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 10 copies. In this inventive and interesting work, book artist Lisa Bagby describes the importance of the color red in nature for animal, insect, and plant species. She writes that living creatures rely on color for protection, concealment, and sexual selection. The color red is one of the most distinctive. She offers many examples, from tree frogs to cardinals to red faced monkeys to various plants and fungi. She provides information on such phenomena as aposematism - the use of color by reptiles, amphibians, and fish to warn predators that they are toxic, dangerous, painful to attack, and difficult to eat. Red is not the only color used to display toxicity, but it is one of the more effective ones. The artist states: "The natural world as a companion marks my earliest memories and that status has never wavered. With maturity I came to appreciate the physical, psychological and emotional dynamics of the natural world. As a creative person, I can’t help but notice details of texture, scale and, of course, color in the environment. Color is a significant part of the equation that brings the natural world into our focus and may even persuade us to care. Color sharpens our senses and enjoyment of the environment, whether it is a spectacular sunset or the sight of a cherry tree laden with its fruit. It is part of Nature’s strategy for engaging us. My interest in eco-systems lead me to wanting to better understand how color is used in Nature so I began researching the purpose of red in the environment. The result is my handmade book, The Art of Red in Nature. I learned that Red was not dumped from a paint can over the globe and spread indiscriminately. It has been judiciously allocated across nature and each assignment is useful, if not essential, in the Plant and Animal worlds. Everything in nature, including color, is purposeful and this book explores the story of red in Nature. Not only is color, such as red, designed to support life in eco-systems, but red is also available for human beings to discover, in insects or in minerals, to advance our own creative efforts. The art of red in nature is a wonder indeed." Bagby has creatively illustrated her concertina book with cancelled postage stamps of different species, pen and ink drawings with watercolor applied, linoleum block prints, and cartoons. Additional stamps and descriptions are on the reverse pages. Bound in grey cloth with title label affixed to the front cover. With decorated endpapers and a red and white string closure. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. ARTISTSB/121219. Fine.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 8 of 15 copies signed and numbered by the book artist Maureen Cummins. This powerful production was initially realized as a unique object in the spring of 2019, the book was later editioned in the fall of 2019. Throughout the piece, Cummins uses simple typographic means to explore issues of anti-Semitism, denial, and the erasure of cultural memory. Unpublished Manuscript, 1946 came out of the research phase of the Friends, Peace and Sanctuary Project, in which artists were asked to spend two weeks in the Special Collection archives at Swarthmore College. Cummins was immediately drawn to a collection of materials relating to the life of Hans Bergas, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Cummins writes: "Following the war he and his family relocated to the United States, to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Gertrude Weaver, a German language high school teacher. In response to her request, Bergas began corresponding with Weaver’s students, a process that led to his writing a full-length memoir. Hoping to see the manuscript published, Weaver sent the manuscript to Grace Naismith, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest magazine. In a brief, typewritten response, Naismith thanked Weaver for her submission while unequivocally rejecting it as unsuitable for publication: “…the day has passed,” she wrote, “when people will read any more about Buchenwald or German atrocities…we have been so surfeited with Fascist horror stories, movies, and Nuremberg trial testimonies, that I’m afraid a present sale is most difficult.” In this artist's book, Cummins painstakingly surprints Naismith’s letter, using no more than a few words at a time, over copies of Bergas’s manuscript. In this way, Naismith’s decision to reject the manuscript is given the full weight and consequence it deserves. Reading the texts side by side also highlights the contrast between the editor’s polite, patrician language and the horrific events and experiences described in the memoir: “Death by starvation. Death by illness or execution.”" Both visually and emotionally, the reader/viewer is invited to witness the collision of worlds. Printed on a variety of translucent papers, including vintage onionskin. The memoir was digitally reproduced, while Naismith’s letter was printed letterpress using photoengraved plates. Also included are two documents contained in Bergas’s original manuscript: a map of Buchenwald that he drew for the Chester high school students, and a page of family photographs. Each book is held by a vintage clip board. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches. In fine condition. 79 pages. ARTISTSB/011620. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. 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. A miniature replica of a tabletop press. Every dollhouse (or miniature book collector) needs a miniature book press. This is a tabletop model, built of wood, with antiqued brass accents. A blank book bound in dark blue leather over white paper covered boards with raised bands is included. And yes, the press really works! Size: 3 x 3 x 2.5 inches. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 24 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This is a particularly beautiful version of the famous Rubaiyat. In her artist's statement Schwartzott writes that as a collector of Rubaiyats she began to toy with creating her own version in 2006. "The book is divided into seven segments, each separated by a divider of hand-marbled Japanese paper. The first contains the title page and introduction and the last an artist's statement, bibliography and colophon. The remaining five are dedicated to the seventy-five quatrains of FitzGerald's first edition. Each contains a vellum window, reminiscent of a Persian archway that opens to reveal my version of a miniature painting." Bound in light blue Japanese cloth with an intricate wood cut out to front board. The pristine interior was laser printed with archival ink onto Mohawk Via vellum and Moab Entrada paper. The prints were then finished with color pencil, paint, gold and silver leaf. Housed in clamshell box covered in the same cloth as the book. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/120219. Fine.
Portland and Berkeley: Triangular Press; Flying Fish Press, 2011. Number 82 of 100 copies. Signed by the highly regarded book artists, Julie Chen and Barbara Tetenbaum. In their statement about the book, they write: "Working together again after almost a decade (Ode to a Grand Staircase, 2001), Glimpse is a new collaboration … inspired by a conversation about how a person translates their life experience into a narrative form: prominent events may stand out as the nameable moments, yet it is the space between these events that life, in fact, is lived." The mid-century photo album structure contains text written by Chen, examining this question. Her text is printed on both surfaces of each of the fifteen hinged sleeves. Windows in the sleeves reveal small glimpses of pull-out cards, each written and printed by Tetenbaum. The cards contain dates and events of the non-important moments of her life illustrated with diagrams, grids, and mundane imagery. Glimpse is letterpress printed using a combination of photopolymer plates, found images, wood blocks, wire, and handset type. It is housed in a box with magnetic closure. Box size: when closed: 8 1/8 inches x 11 3/4 inches x 1 1/8 inches. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 25 of 50 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Flying Fish Press was established in 1987 by internationally known book artist and book art educator Julie Chen. The press focuses on the design and production of limited edition artists' books with an emphasis on three-dimensional and movable book structures and fine letterpress printing. Editions range in size from 25 to 150 copies. Work from the press Is known for combining meticulous attention to craft, intricate structural design, and inspired artistic vision. Half Century was written, illustrated, and designed by Chen. It is dedicated to Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her career at University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA (colophon). Chen writes: "The text of this book considers the complexity of our relationship to time in our daily lives. We think we understand how time works, but our public beliefs about time may not sync up with our private beliefs about time. Our conception of time changes over the course of a lifetime but we often only realize this at milestones and/or traumatic moments in our lives. Imagery includes a variety of large wood type numbers that were printed at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, along with an abstract visual timeline illustrating a pattern of significant life events over a 50-year period." Half Century has an accordion structure that measures 6 x 6 x 1 inches when closed, opening to a full width of 174 inches. Bound in red cloth with title label and "Act I" or Act II" on front and back covers. Letterpress printed from wood type and photopolymer plates. Presented in a red cloth box with a magnetic closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/012219. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 23 of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the author. "This book was inspired by a series of conversations between Julie Chen and her daughter, Eleanor Chen-Ranstrom about pattern, texture, perception, and learning." Size: 9 x 16 x 4.5 inches. Fine.
Philadelphia: Running Press, 1992. Hardcover. 1 of 5 copies with box made by book artist, Carol Schwartzott, with rear endpaper signed and dated 2018 by Carol. Book is bound in grey cloth boards with copper title to spine and illustrated paper pastedown to front cover (as issued by the publisher). Clean and bright with color illustrations. Housed in a hand made cloth clamshell box with paper title label to spine and illustration of a bird with layered marbled paper to front cover of box. Unpaginated. An attractive keepsake. Size of box: 3.75 x 3.25 inches. Size of book: about 3.25 x 2.75 inches. NAT/121619. Fine.
Bisbee, AZ: Pequeno Press, 1997. Number 19 of 16 copies, signed by Pat Baldwin, the designer and publisher. This charming miniature book is designed as a folding box with an accordion style folded out sheet. When the box is opened it reveals a silver figure of Queen Mab riding in her polymer clay carriage with silk reins. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the character Mercutio jests with Romeo by musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. Mab first seems like a whimsical creation like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it soon becomes clear that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies. Pat Baldwin established the Pequeno Press in 1984 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She moved the press to Bisbee Arizona in 1990. The press published 71 limited edition, hand bound miniature books, two of which won the Miniature Book Society's Distinguished Book award. Book measures 2 inches square inches in a box that measures 2.25 inches square. In fine condition. MINIAT/111319. Fine.
Niagra Falls, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 1994. Number 126 of 500 copies. Signed by the artist. A sweet little book with a poem about flowers and illustrations of flowers, umbrellas, and rain with peek-through holes cut into some pages. Accordion bound in yellow paper wrappers with yellow ribbon fastening cover to text block and dark grey title label pastedown to spine. Housed in a blue cardstock box with grey title label to spine panel. Unpaginated. [32 pages.] Size: book is about 3 x 2.75 inches; box is about 3 x 3 inches. ARTB/121619. Fine.
Niagra Falls, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 1994. Number 402 of 500 copies. Signed by the artist. A sweet little book with two quotes about the autumn and illustrations of acorns, gourds, flowers, and leaves printed in yellow, orange, and black. Accordion bound in green marbled paper wrappers with grey title label pastedown to spine. Housed in a green cardstock box with green title label to spine panel. Unpaginated. [22 pages.] Size: book is about 3 x 2.75 inches; box is about 3 x 3 inches. ARTB/121619. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2019. Hardcover. Number 3 of 12 copies. Signed by the artist. Digitally printed with hand-colored prints on Hannemuhle archival paper, with the addition of fine Japanese and Chiyogami papers. Bound in blue and white stiff Japanese paper wrappers with five signatures sewn into accordion folds. Includes ten hand-colored prints. Housed in a blue and white folding paper covered box with paper / plastic rod closure and paper title label to spine panel. Size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated. [30 pages.] ARTB/121619. Fine. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2019. Number 6 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 London 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 black felt carrying case with red 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/121619. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2019. Paperback. Number 1 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Bound in an accordion structure with hand colored, collaged elements including decorative papers and images of dancers on each page. Includes ten illustrations of dancers, a page of text, and colophon. Hand written quotes about dancing have been added in pencil by the artist to several pages. Housed in a altered Altoid box that has been collaged with decorative papers on both interior and exterior. The box is titled in black on the front panel. The book and box both come in a handmade purple and green felt carrying case with blue ribbon pull ties. Unpaginated. [13 pages.] Size: book is about 3.5 x 2 inches; box is about 3.75 x 2.25 inches. ARTB/121619. Fine.
Niagra Falls, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 1994. Number 403 of 500 copies, Second edition. Signed by the artist. A sweet little book with two quotes about gardens and illustrations of seven flowers with peek-through holes cut into some pages. Accordion bound in decorative color paper wrappers with yellow ribbon fastening cover to text block and grey title label pastedown to spine. Housed in a white cardstock box with grey title label to spine panel. Unpaginated. [22 pages.] Size: book is about 3 x 2.75 inches; box is about 3 x 3 inches. ARTB/121619. Fine.
Niagra Falls, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 1994. Number 375 of 500 copies. Signed by the artist. A sweet little book with two poems about winter and illustrations of animals and children for each letter of "A Winter Song." Printed in blue and purple. Accordion bound in white paper wrappers with turquoise ribbon fastening cover to text block and grey title label pastedown to spine. Housed in a blue cardstock box with grey title label to spine panel. Unpaginated. [22 pages.] Size: book is about 3 x 2.75 inches; box is about 3 x 3 inches. ARTB/121619. Fine.