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Middletown, CT: Robin Price, Publisher, 2007. Hardcover. Number 49 of 86 copies. Robin Price has designed, printed, and published books for over twenty-five years. Her works can be found in university and public library collections throughout North America and Europe. This book is particularly personal, as well as complex and mysterious. Ms. Price says that “Text excerpts from 86 books significant to me - mostly other artist’s books - were gathered using formulas based on the number 43, which was my age at the genesis of the project.” In her announcement for this book, she says that simple formulas, using modular arithmetic with the number 43, were applied to categories such as page number, paragraph, sentence, line of poetry, etc. The text is grouped by subject matter into sixteen page spreads. Titles of spreads include “Water,” “Counting,” and “Flora.” Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and also hinged together as an accordion. A Legend Card and supplemental Annotated Bibliography are included. The unusual double-layer accordion is housed in an olive green cloth covered clamshell box with a river section printed in blue, and a map-paper spine label. The book was co-designed and co-produced with Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage. The typefaces are handset ATF Garamond and Kabel. Six colors are printed letterpress. All additional printing within the structure is also letterpress, except for the laser-printed text sheets of the 32-page bibliography. 11.75 x 8 x 1.5 inches, opens to 20 feet wide; 32 pages with supplemental 32 page booklet. ARTISTSBOOKS/012011. Fine.
Baltimore: Garamond/Pridemark Press, 1971. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author: "To my colleague and good friend Dick Kraus. With Warmest Regards, Walter Jahrreiss." Number 403 of 500 copies. Tall 8vo. Brown illustrated cloth covered boards with brown title to front board. Pristine interior. Unpaginated, about 15 pages. Private press. PRI/080310. Near Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2010. Paperback. Number 70 of 150. Each card was set and printed by Dikko Faust. A collection of 12 postcards contained in a box labeled "Elongated Postcards." The designers include: Elizabeth Duffy, Mike Topp, Marc Nasdor, Bryan C. Baker, Rosamond S. King, Jessi Nebraska Gifford, Eve Eisenstadt, Kit Kennedy, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Dikko Faust, and anonymous. Each card is signed by the printed and designer. Each card is printed on a different type of paper. Some designs are typographic, one is printed on velvet, one is embossed, most are humorous, all are interesting. Housed in a white cardstock envelope with a velcro closure. [12 pages.] PRI/010213. Fine.
New York City: Purgatory Pie Press, 2013. Hardcover. Number 54 of 75 copies. Signed by the printer, Dikko Faust. A geometric story from a wood block pattern. Fine in black paper boards with white spine panel and black title to spine. A square window is cut from the front board to reveal an image on the first page. Accordion binding with illustrations printed in black and red. [10 pages.] PRI/062113. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 87 of 200 copies. Signed by author, designer, and printer. An unusual "first novel" by Holly Anderson, this work is about Lily Lou, who suffers from a mysterious ailment causing recurrent vomiting. Her malady suddenly ends when she loses her virginity. The book is supposedly presented in the author's writing class, so the text of the novel, the classroom instructor's comments, and others are printed in different types, including Folio Bold, Optima, and Weiss Roman. Printed on Rosapina paper with Amora endsheets and Rives de lin paper covers.In glossy cream paper dust jacket with illustrative design in red and green, and the author's photos on the front flap. In fine condition. 6 x 12 inches. PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1983. Hardcover. Number 75 of 85 copies bound into hard covers. 95 additional copies were issued in wraps. Signed by the author, printer (Dikko Faust), and designer (Esther K. Smith). An inventive collection of eight tales in which portions of the story have been replaced by lines of color allowing the reader to make up their own stories utilizing the given words. A vibrant book printed in red, yellow, green, blue, and black. Fine in yellow paper covered boards with red title to spine and front cover. Printed at the Center for Book Arts on Lana Laid all rag with red Kozo endsheets. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] PRI/010212. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1994. Number 100. Signed by the book artists. An old record that has been re-produced by the Purgatory Pie Press with a new label printed on both sides: "Roberta 'N' Rob Smith - Lame!" and "Roberta 'N' Rob Smith - Worse!" This "random re-issue" pokes fun at bad records with lots of typos, slogans, and gimmicks. The words 'Lame / Stale' and 'Worse / Fukt-Fi' have been scratched into the record. The record sleeve is printed with information about the fictitious Roberta N Bob fan club and is also signed by them. The plastic bag that covers the sleeve has several stickers which further emphasize the poor record quality "30 years after ... New British Infestation", "This record waz wuns mor popular than it is NOW", etc. The label, sleeve, and stickers are letterpress printed. PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2007. Paperback. Number 29 of 200. Signed and numbered by the author, printer, and designer. Designed to look like the insides of security envelopes that are printed with patterns so that no one can view the contents. Each page has a window cutout and a decorative pattern (stripes, wavy lines, etc.). Several of the retangular cut outs are enclosed in an envelope on the last page. Fine in white paper wrappers with blue title to spine panel. Unpaginated [8 pages.] PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2003. Paperback. Limited Edition. Written, illustrated, and printed with linocuts by Georgia Luna Smith Faust. The Purgatory Pie Press is run by Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith in New York City. This book was created by their daughter. A do-si-do binding featuring a poem and a short story - one about a magical walk through New York City and the other about a ride on the subway. Bound in stiff green paper wrappers with red cowboy boot linocut on front cover and brown hands linocut on the rear cover. The interior includes a pop-up illustration of a flying cowboy boot. Letterpress printed. PRI/122812. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2004. Paperback. Number 172 of 200 copies. Each page features a linoleum cut of a different character including G-Squirt, Drip Nose, Jolly Notso, Scrubby, and more. The face of each member is depicted in a cartoonish, grotesque style. The verso forms a different book - Team Evil - with an additional set of grotesque characters. Fine in off white paper wrappers with yellow illustration and red title to front panel. Unpaginated. [8 pages]. PRI/010212. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2005. Paperback. Number 167 of 200 copies. Signed by book Gifford, Esther Smith, and Dikko Faust. Jessie Nebraska Gifford conceived of this work, which utilizes MRI scans of her brain and spine, taken as part of her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. The book is done with one sheet of folded dark blue green paper with cut-outs and the images in silver. In near fine condition. PRI/121312. Near Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2001. Number 41 of 100 copies. This inventive work by book artist Susan Happersett is based on the Mobius strip, discovered by German mathematician August Mobius. A Mobius strip can be described as a single loop of paper with one twist. It has only one side and one edge. Susan calls hers a single surface Moebius strip folded to reveal two distinct chiaroscuro faces. - with two faces, two sides, and oneendless surface! Her six inch strip is pleated, with black symbols on one side of the pleat and white ones on the other. The accompanying brochure claims that the Happersett Accordion, invented by the eminent pataphysic authority, is a topological transgression in typography that creases the time-space continuum, and is a non-Euclidean prescription for reality-based inflammation and an antidote to time related illnesses. Brochure and strip are letterpress printed and housed in a black slip box with title and mobius based design in silver. Signed on box by book artist, typesetter, and printer. In fine condition. PRI/120312. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2004. Slipcased. Number 71 of 100 copies. An inventive and interesting work from the Purgatory Pie Press, designed by Esther Smith and typeset and printed by Dikko Faust. The book compiles quotes on infinity from such figures as Aristotle, Georg Cantor, Einstein, and Dan Quayle. The book is done in accordian style with cutouts on dark blue paper, with the writings and designs in gold and orange. It is covered in lovely orange silk and housed in a stiff blue paper slipcase. In fine condition. 2 x 9 inches. PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1997. Paperback. Number 127 of 250 copies. Signed by the designer (Esther K Smith), printer (Dikko Faust), and paper marbler (Lauren Rowland). According to the designer, this project was inspired by 'those folded religious pamphlets.' Each of the five artists has created and signed his or her card or the box. Each card has a different theme ranging from sexual experience to a subway mosaic. All are housed in a marbled paper covered card stock box with silver title to front panel. PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2011. Paperback. Number 176 of 200. Signed by the authors and printer (Dikko Faust). This book features the New York City Gotham Golem who "will save America with creativity and art." This modern Golem is based on the creature from 16th century Prague which was created to save the Jews. A political piece which states that "the Art Party is a response to the Tea Party ... rather than cutting social programs, the Art Party advocate creative cultural solutions to rebuild America." Fine in white paper wrappers with blue title (Join the Art Party) to front panel. Unfolds to reveal a poster of the golem printed on top of a map of New York City. Unpaginated. [8 pages plus poster printed on verso]. PRI/010213. Fine.
Cambridge: Riverside Press for Houghton Mifflin, 1905. Hardcover. Number 12 of 430 copies. This is a fine press edition of the Song of Songs as published in 1680 by Quarles in his Divine Poems. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Fading to spine and a few markings to front cover. Printed on laid paper with untrimmed edges. Pages remain unopened. 125 pages. PRI/032013. Very Good.
Copenhagen: Razorback Press, (1980). Limited Edition. Paperback. ONE OF 250 COPIES. 8vo. Side stapled brown textured paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Lightly bumped at the upper corner of the front wrapper, otherwise fine. Pristine interior. First Razorback Press edition (originally published by Burning Deck in 1979). Unpaginated. Housed in white envelope with typed title and author on upper left hand corner. PRI/102816. Near Fine.
Red Howler Press, 2000. Hardcover. Number 29 of 75 copies. Folio. This "is a collection of seven wood engravings inspired by the apocalyptic visions described in the seventh chapter of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. The Book takes its name, not from the author, who is unknown, but from its hero, a young man named Daniel. Apocalyptic literature was a type of writing which began about 250 B.C. and continued into the opening centuries A.D. The Aim of the stories was to comfort the faithful in their suffering condition, to reconcile their plight with God's righteousness by prefiguring the future triumph of Israel or with Messianic Kingdom. Very simply put, the moral of the story is that people of faith can overcome evil. The source of the text is the Catholic translation of the New American Bible." Fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to front board. Includes six large illustrations and a small vignette on the title page. Composed in Fette Fraktur black letter type and printed on Somerset Satin paper. The images were printed from end grain maple blocks. Kevin Auer of Portland, ME was the printer. Unpaginated. Approximately 20 pages. PRI/101010. Fine.
London: George Allen, 1898. Hardcover. 4to. 93 of 300 copies. Black and white illustrations on each page by Anna Richards, wife of the celebrated American landscape painter, William T. Richards. Their daughter Anna Richards Brewster was also a painter. Religious sonnets printed in calligraphic style on fine woven paper. This volume has been rebound in full dark grey leather with five raised bands to spine with no lettering to it or front board. The interior is lovely save for some light offsetting to many pages caused by facing illustrations. 57 pages plus 3 page index of first lines. PRI/031308. Near Fine.
n.p. Nicholas Scheetz, 1997. Hardcover. Number 11 of 80 copies. Signed by the author. Printed for Nicholas Scheetz at the Martin Art Yonno Press in honor of Michael Richey's 80th birthday. Michael Richey (1917-2009) was an English sailor and navigator, and the author and editor of books and journals about navigation. He was a passionate sailor, and at the age of 80 achieved the feat of being the oldest man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic. This text was written during a 1943 voyage of an armed British merchant cruiser for which he was the assistant navigator. The ship was ordered to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic to ensure Britain's control and to see if any German ships were using the islands for refueling. Their ship ventured into the South Shetland Islands off the coast of Antarctica, and Richey describes the cold and the desolation, yet still expresses the yearning to return. The introduction to the text by Libby Purves offers a laudatory profile of Richey and his achievements. Bound in white and blue hand marbled paper boards bound with white ribbon, with the marbling resembling the ice floes of the region. With a black & white wood engraving of a ship done by Richey on the title page. Printed in Cochin Open and Spectrum types. Printed on rectos only. In fine condition. Oblong measuring 9.25 x 6.25 inches. Unpaginated [18 text pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
Derry, PA: Rook Press, (1976). Published as Rook Folios First Series. Number 38 of 250 copies. Issued as twelve individual broadsides with a poem, each numbered and signed by the poet and illustrated by William Lint. Poets include William Heyen, Czeslaw Milosz, Paul Zimmer, Jon Anderson, Sandra McPherson, Daniel Halpern, Gerald Costazo, Mark Halperin, Ed Ochester, James Tate, William Stafford, and Frederick Morgan. The poems were selected by Ernest and Cis Stefanik. The loose cream colored broadsides, each 8.5 x 11 inches, are housed in a red folder, also numbered 38. A fine production in fine condition. POE/100214. Fine.
Ditchling Sussex: S. Dominic's Press, 1921. Hardcover. Eric Gill (1882-1940) was a major twentieth century figure in the fields of calligraphy, typography, sculpture, and more. He lived in Ditchling, Sussex, which became an artists’ community inspired by him that was called the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The St. Dominic’s Press, founded by Hilary Pepler, was a key part of the community. Bound in grey paper covered boards with white linen spine and white paper title label to front board. The spine and edges of the boards are browned, the top corners are bumped, and there is minor wear to the edges of the boards. There are a few light smudge marks to the interior but overall it remains very clean. Bookplate of Ulbert Parsons Sachs to front end paper. 46 pages. PRI/012412. Very Good.