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.
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.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2004. One of 20 copies. Titanic is an altered edition of a single day’s copy of the Wall Street Journal. The artist explores the history of the 1912 Titanic disaster using excerpted accounts of passengers who survived the disaster. The resulting collaged text, which is printed inside the shape of the sinking boat, is visually reminiscent of children’s books, an allusion to the simplistic and oft-quoted belief, “She’s too big to sink.” The quotes chosen highlight the pervasive attitude of denial on the part of both passengers and staff, which not only contributed to the disaster but arguably allowed it to happen. On April 10, 1912 the greatest ship ever built, the Titanic, was launched on her maiden voyage. No cost had been spared in her construction or in the outfitting of her opulent compartments. For the millionaires, captains-of-industry and honeymoon couples who sailed with her, the Titanic promised the ultimate in luxury, status and social privilege. She was the very embodiment of the most cherished beliefs of her age, a limitless faith in science, technological progress, and man's ability to prevail over brute nature. Her owners, The White Star Line, declared her to be "unsinkable." Five days later, on April 15, 1912 at 11:45 p.m., the Titanic grazed an iceberg in the North Atlantic and was fatally pierced through her starboard side. When she sank, two and a half hours later, 1,513 lives were lost with her. Her fate, and the succession of human errors that sealed it, shocked the world. The Titanic, a ship that had been built as a monument to man's power and supremacy, came to be synonymous with human folly and mortality. This book by renowned book artist, Maureen Cummins, retells the story of the Titanic's last hours from memories of the ship's survivors. Drawing upon original memoirs published shortly after the disaster, the artist weaves together a chorus of voices to create a narrative reminiscent of Greek tragedy. Like the mythic ship herself, each statement of disbelief and denial looms larger than life. This beautiful and haunting book seeks to capture the greater significance of the Titanic disaster - an event that haunts our consciousness even though it is a nightmare catastrophe from another time. The piece pairs eyewitness accounts with graphic images of the sinking ship in black silhouette against deeply saturated fields of midnight blue sky and seascape. Layers of time and meaning from the book's text and the underlying newspaper intersect to create a palimpsest of poetry and the recording of events. Twenty copies of the Wall Street Journal were overprinted with six silkscreen runs. Produced by Cummins at the Women's Studio Workshop. In fine condition. 48 pages. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
Maureen Cummins, 2016. Hardcover. One of 40 copies. Signed the artist. In this powerful work, noted book artist Maureen Cummins investigates the dark side of the history of psychosurgery, as exemplified by the career of Doctor Walter Freeman (1895-1972), a professor of neurology who became known as the father of lobotomy by single-handedly popularizing the pre-frontal lobotomy in America. Although he had no formal training in either surgery or psychology, Freeman modified the traditional procedure for lobotomies by driving ice picks through his patients’ eye sockets rather than drilling into the skull to sever nerve connections in the prefrontal cortex to treat mental illness. Despite his championing of his procedure he admitted that lobotomies often created childlike behavior or a vegetative state in patients. Hundreds of patients died. The controversial procedure also raised numerous questions about patients’ rights, the abuse of institutional power, and the disproportionate targeting of women. Of the more than 3000 patients that Freeman operated on, two-thirds were women. Cummins uses physical rape as an analogy for neurological penetration, a form of sexualized violence that was perpetuated for decades in the name of medical progress. She visualizes this by a series of laser cut holes that bore through each page, becoming smaller page by page.The holes penetrate reproduced images of lobotomy patients’ heads and on the last page the title “The Rapist” becomes “Therapist?” The images of women are from 'before-and-after” photos used in Freeman’s textbook, which are re-contextualized, with lines of typography serving as blindfolds, reclaiming for these women a measure of dignity, humanity, and anonymity. The pages of the book are laser-cut aluminum with silkscreen-printed text and imagery. The covers are also laser-cut aluminum with a large hole that reveals the subsequent holes and "The" and "rapist" on either side of the cover's hole. The pages are attached to the cover by two ring binders. Housed in an aluminum box with a metal title label affixed to the top. In fine condition. 16 pages. 24” x 9” x 1” open 12” x 9” x 1 closed. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
Maureen Cummins, 2018. Number 17 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Maureen Cummins. Secretary deconstructs the life and death-by-suicide of the artist's mother, Dolores Cummins, a brilliant woman, aspiring artist, and housewife for twenty-five years. It is this story that inspired Cummins's later book Crazy Quilt, as well as all the subsequent work that she created around marginalized populations. This book is the first of several around this common theme that Maureen has become well-known for. Secretary is made even more powerful by the structure and composition. It was letterpress printed on sheets of Asian lined paper resembling a steno pad, with titling redacted by hand in graphite. The type used appears to have been typed on an old typewriter. Each section of the book is preceded by a ghostly photographic image of Cummins's mother from that period of her life, reprinted from originals in the artist's possession. The text pages are bound in the style of a stenographer's notepad. It is housed in a stiff grey paper folder. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 14.5 inches. ARTB/100119.
Pennsylvania and New York: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 17 of 50 copies signed by the book artist. AlieNation / SepaRation was part of Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project. The project brought five artists into conversation with Syrian and Iraqi individuals resettled in Philadelphia. Cummins interviewed four participating families in 2018. The interviews captured the unspeakable losses experienced by the settlers and bore witness to their struggles to adjust to new countries, cultures, languages, and their separation from loved ones. From the interviews, Cummins selected forty-eight excerpts that she pieced together to create a narrative arc. To house the text, the artist created a structure that is visually startling, experimental, and conceptually driven. Text blocks are severed, then reprinted as quarto-sections on corresponding pages of four separate books. As in the case of the resettlers themselves, these stories must be reunited in order to be read, understood, and made whole again. Since the structure is two-sided, with half the pages printed upside down, the reader is forced to puzzle out where and how to begin and what order in which to read the pages. In this way (s)he is forced to experience some measure of the confusion, alienation, dislocation, and separation that resettlers struggle with every day. The books were created by first deeply saturating flats of color onto Arches Cover White. Blocks of text were then surprinted over the color fields, a process that required masterful registration. Bound by Lisa Hershey in the Coptic style structure that draws on Middle Eastern binding tradition. Each set of four books is housed in a handsome plexiglass slipcase and laser-etched titling by Sarah Pike. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. The set measures 17 x 17 x 2.5 inches and contains 192 pages. ARTISTSB/092319.
High Falls, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2010. Hardcover. Artist's Proof. The edition included 30 copies. Signed by the artist and writer. A powerful work on the famed Salem witch trials that is the result of a decade’s long collaboration between the book artist, Maureen Cummins, and poet Nicole Cooley, based on their research at the American Antiquarian Society while resident artists. The book pairs Cooley’s cycle of poems, written specifically for this book, with images from a penmanship book of stern biblical commandments kept by a Salem boy, Josiah Peele, in 1808-09. The book seeks “to trace the psychic reverberations of the witch trials on subsequent generations” (artist’s statement). Each of Cooley’s thirteen poems is written from the voice and perspective of one of the participants in the trials. They represent the accusers and accused, survivors and condemned, focusing primarily, as the trials did, on the women. They are presented chronologically, beginning with the slave Tituba, the first accused, and ending with the girl Susannah Martin, who refused to confess to being a witch. Printed on Johannot paper with the endpapers done on a handmade Belgique sheet. The poems are printed offset with the titles in letterpress. The images are silkscreen printed. She states that the covers are like vintage writing slates such as Josiah Peele might have used. The book’s binding allows for multiple structures - that of a codex or concertina, or as a “theater in the round” that presents the chorus of voices within. Housed in a black linen box decorated with the marks of the accused, who were unable to sign their names. Maureen’s work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Size: 7 x 8 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated (45 pages). ARTB/092319. 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.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2013. Hardcover. This is a set of twelve binding models using leather and various papers and sewing supports, wooden boards, museum board. This reference set of twelve binding models is based on book artist Karen Hanmer's popular workshop "Biblio Tech: Reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures." The models remain uncovered and only partially completed so methods of board attachment, sewing, spine lining, and end sheet construction are visible. The set is accompanied by a forty-five page illustrated guidebook outlining key structural features of each binding, and providing numerous references for further study. The hand-bound booklet is sewn in three signatures and presented in a German stiffened paper binding. These models are a valuable reference for libraries, book arts programs, or for anyone who is interested in learning more about the engineering aspects of the book. Structures include: Tacketing of a thick single signature into a leather wrapper, Ethiopian Binding, Medieval Binding, Laced-on boards Binding, Colonial American Scaleboard Binding, Early Nineteenth Century Publishers Boarded Binding, German Case Binding with double fan adhesive text block, Split Board Binding, Simplified Binding, Crossed Structure Binding, Sewn Boards Binding, and Non-Adhesive Paper Case. Each binding is approximately 5 x 3.25 x .5” inches. Housed in a white cloth covered clamshell box. ARTB/10/25/17. 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.