London: George Allen, 1898. Hardcover. 4to. 93 of 300 copies. A beautifully illustrated collection of poetry featuring angels, hell, tombs, soldiers, knights, cemetaries, shipwrecks, and more. 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. Previous ownership inscription dated 1899, gifted to Esther Morton Smith to front free endpaper. Smith (1865 - 1942) was an American poet and artist. 57 pages plus 3 page index of first lines. PRI/031308. Near Fine.
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n.p. . A lovely lithograph printed in green ink by Charles Hazelwood Shannon. It is an image of three bending nude female figures and appeared in #2 of "The Dial." Shannon and Ricketts were artistic and personal partners for more than fifty years. They designed and illustrated books, founded "The Dial" magazine and Vale Press, and were key figures in the London cultural world. The 4 x 5.5 inch print is on a sheet of 11 x 14 inch paper. There are a few small creases and light brown spots along the paper margins, not affecting the illustration. Said to be from the collections of T. Sturge Moore and his daughter Henrietta but there is no evidence of provenance. Very good condition. ORIG/092413. Very Good.
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.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
Germany: John Gerard, 2006. LIMITED. Paper Wrappers. 8 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by artist. Sonnet LXXVI, with a pulp paper painting by Gerhard van der Grinten. Hand printed in 14 pt. Caslon. Lovely paper with swirling multi-colored pastel pulp painting. 2 pages plus colophon. PRI/041807. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, n.d. Open edition of this beautifully crafted origami-designed book. This collaborative book was made to commemorate Carolyn's experience living in Okinawa for three years. The folds of the book reflect traditional patterns from Edo craftsmen. These fine patterns represent the distinguishing tastes of Edo including stylishness, sophistication and refinement. The haiku created by Victoria describe their reverence for our home and harbour, Earth (from colophon). Digitally printed on Epson Matte and Japanese Washi paper. The boards are covered in lovely Genji cloth with paper title label, with ribbons to close the book or to hold the pages open. 4.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTS/062819. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 58 of 200 copies. This powerful and poignant book, written in 1983, and first published in the Chicago Reader, is the story of people living, or trying to live, on General Assistance, a now-discontinued Illinois program that was the last resort of those who did not qualify for other more ‘generous’ forms of welfare. Each person developed a personal strategy to circumvent the system and get by on the state allotment of $144 a month. Many turned to Marillac House, a settlement house on the West Side of Chicago, for emergency food and clothing. Author Bogira does a remarkable job of getting his subjects to tell their own stories. The book also contains four portraits by photographer Mike Tappin. The pictures reinforce the sense of dignity felt in the subjects’ words. Selected as one of 48 books exhibited in ‘Dressing the Text’ at the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County. Also selected as one of 44 books exhibited in the book design section of Felice Feliciano in Verona, Italy. Designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in Century Expanded by Jennifer Hughes and printed on Johannot paper by Jennifer Hughes and Martha Chiplis. The photographs were printed in duotone lithography by Rohner Printing of Chicago. Bound in grey soft cover paper wrappers. Signed by the designer. In fine condition. 24 pages, 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. PRI/031620. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 163 of 200 copies. "The Essence of Beeing" is an account by Michael Lenehan of two beekeepers: one who has hives on the roof of his apartment building in the city, and one who keeps bees on his farm in the country. In the process of describing the beekeepers and their work, the book tells a great deal of what is known about bees and honey. It was written by Michael Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, where it appeared originally in 1977. Mr. Lenehan has contributed many pieces to the Reader during his more than 30-year association with it; he has also published elsewhere, notably in the Atlantic Monthly. Here, Alice Brown-Wagner has illustrated the text with drawings of the tools of beekeeping. "The laid-back style of the narrative belies well-packed information....It is a delightful essay....Binding and type were well and sensibly chosen. Any beekeeper would enjoy this for a generous present—as has, indeed, this reviewer. Others may find it tempts them toward one of the world’s absorbing occupations." —Colin Franklin, Bookways. The book was designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in 12 and 14 point Cooper Oldstyle by Alice Brown-Wagner, Kate Friedman, and Bob McCamant, and printed on Fabriano Roma Michelangelo by Bob McCamant. It was casebound, cloth over boards, by Ann Repp, and has a dust jacket of blind-embossed Roma Raffaello. 45 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 inches. Published in 1992, numbered but not signed. PRI/031620. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2008. Hardcover. Number 18 of 50 copies. Signed by the author and the bookmakers. With numerous family photographs provided by Nina Sandlin. Lee Sandlin (1956-2014) was an award winning journalist and essayist. This is his story of the extraordinary life and bewildering illness of Sandlin's father-in-law, Russian immigrant Nick Cherniavsky (1924-2007), who grew up in China. "The defining event of Nick’s life happened before he was born. The Russian Revolution was one of those vast historical calamities that most Americans have been spared: it was a time when people who never thought of themselves as political, who never thought they’d have to choose sides about anything, were forced to make political choices that could easily cost them their homes, their families, and their lives. This was how it was for Nick’s parents." This beautiful book iwas designed by Martha Chiplis, set in Monotype Ehrhardt by Winifred and Michael Bixler, and printed by Martha Chiplis on handmade Twinrocker Taupe paper. Photoetchings from family photographs are printed on Hosho, inset into the book in debossed panels. A map of Nick's lifetime of travel, drawn by Deborah Reade, serves as the front endpaper. Trisha Hammer has designed and executed a hidden crossed-structure binding in Nigerian goatskin with endpapers of Japanese silk, housed in a silk drawstring bag. An impressive production In fine condition. 9 1/2 x 11 x 2 inches. 100 pages. PRI/072115. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 65 of 75 copies. Signed by author. Morris Fuller Benton was the most prolific type designer of the hot metal era, but unlike Frederic Goudy, Bruce Rogers, or William Dwiggins--whose ideas about type design are well documented -- Benton wrote nothing about his own work, nor was it the subject of analysis by others. Benton (1872-1948) headed the design department of American Type Founders for over forty years and designed hundreds of typefaces. Juliet Shen has made a meticulous study of his work, including a new enumeration of designs appropriately attributed to him. She gained access to papers from the ATF library, now housed at Columbia University. Shen places Benton in the context of American life at the turn of the 20th Century, when branding, advertising, and marketing were first becoming major factors in the economy. She compares his typefaces to similar ones from the same period, discovering the elements which he found important. There are dozens of reproductions of typographic specimens from Europe and North America. As Roger Black says in the introduction, "Benton's lean, driving, consistent style took over American printing in the pre-war era, and remains the bedrock of American typography." The book is designed by Robert McCamant, set in Cloister Oldstyle cast by the Dale Guild Type Foundry from ATF matrices and typeset by Art Larson and Rose Wisotzky at Horton Tank Graphics. It is printed on Mohawk Superfine, with letterpress by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press, and offset illustrations and captions by Capitol Offset. Trisha Hammer designed and executed the black cloth binding with red stitching to open spine. In fine condition. 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. 58 pages. PRI/072915. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Howard Coale. Hardcover. Number 55 of 200 copies. Originally published in The New Yorker in 1980. George Trow was a writer and critic for The New Yorker for more than thirty years. This essay may be his most acclaimed and influential single work. It is about television and its effects on American culture, but more than that, an indictment of the emptiness of modern discourse. It has been described as a work in which Trow foretold his own descent into madness. This is a handsomely designed book with elegant printing and four interpretive illustrations. Bound in black cloth with grey design with a hat on the cover and paper spine label. Printed in Centaur and Arrighi types on Johannot paper. Designed by Robert McCamant, handset and printed by Jennifer Hughes, and bound by Trisha Hammer. Signed by McCamant. In fine condition. 110 pages. PRI/071615. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1998. Heather McAdams. Hardcover. Number 57 of 200 copies. Numbered and signed by the illustrator and the bookmakers. This is a quite handsome contemporary edition of Mark Twain's travelogue with the text following a copy of the first edition in the collection of Northwestern University Library, and with cartoon illustrations by Heather McAdams. "The people of those foreign countries are very, very ignorant. They looked curiously at the costumes we had brought from the wilds of America. They observed that we talked loudly at table sometimes. They noticed that we looked out for expenses and got what we conveniently could out of a franc, and wondered where in the mischief we came from. In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language."So wrote Mark Twain in 1867, in one of his most exuberant nonfiction works. The companion themes that fill it—the shallowness of the sites to be visited and the shallowness of the visitors—prove to be prophetic of tourism today, as is seen in Heather McAdams’ witty 1995 cartoons, completed for this edition.The non-adhesive binding with exposed spine sewing consists of 7 black double raised cords attached to hard covers wrapped in red cloth. Each volume has a cut-out to front cover with small black and white illustration along with author, title, and volume number. The two volumes are in turn housed in a black and white linen covered hard case wrapper with black leather straps over brass studs and a leather suitcase-type label, intended to suggest a portmanteau. Printed in Montype Bell on Johannot paper. Designed by Bob McCamant and printed by Martha Chiplis. The binding was designed and executed by Trisha Hammer. The book is numbered and signed by the artist and bookmakers. In fine condition. Each volume is 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. Continuous pagination with 445 text pages and 20 pages of illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRI/072015. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This powerful book was created by book artist and printer Jen Farrell to describe the pain and anguish she experienced as Jo, her young daughter, was treated in 2018 to stem the growth of tumor nodules around her right lung. She writes: "While the treatments were challenging, the fallout that followed over the winter was unbearable. The chest pressure, pneumonitis and inability to breathe sent us to the hospital repeatedly, with unsatisfactory results. By ‘unsatisfactory’ I mean punching-a-hole-in-the-wall angry at the lack of understanding about why Jo had these side effects and the weeks, sometimes months, it took to get appointments with specialists. I sought solace in songs that directed my frustration away from people around me. One of these was Black Star’s Respiration, with lyrics that expressed a metaphorical difficulty to breathe in an urban environment. Many of the words applied to our reality; rewriting the lyrics was an outlet for acknowledging the trauma....Respiration is a rewrite of the song, but in this case applied to watching my child struggle to breathe." The book unfolds as a poster measuring 20x14 inches that folds down to approximately 5x 7 inches within red paper covered boards. The covers are printed in two colors on Mohawk Keakolour and the interior text is printed on Fabriano Tiziano paper with ‘fuzz’ in the texture as a nod to the scarring fuzz in Jo’s lungs. The book is accompanied by a white folded paper reference guide to the lyrics with notes on Jen's rewrites. In fine condition. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 21 of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. "The Almighty Starshaped is an ornamental romp through the streets and alleys of Chicago, a colorful snapshot of street vernacular. Taking the form of a little black sketchpad, or piece book, its imagery is neither a glorification of glistening architectural facades, nor the seedy underbelly of the city’s infamy" (book artist). Black cloth boards with paper title pastedown to front cover. Letterpress printed using metal type and thousands of ornaments in multicolor on Mohawk Superfine White paper. Includes prospectus. Size: about 7.25 x 5.25 inches. [48 pages.] PRI/051319. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 20 of 50 copies, signed and numbered by artist. "The term 'girl' has a host of negative connotations; it sounds condescending to any woman who's done her share of living in the adult world. The subcultures represented here owned it, building their personas on style, music and most importantly, their attitude and approach to creating a self-defined culture. The girls of the Starshaped Press are letterpress printed with modular metal type and rule, proving even squares are hip" (title page). Includes four "girls" with accompanying lyrics: Rude Girl, Mod Girl, Good Girl, and B-Girl. Bound in black paper wrappers with circular cut out revealing title on first page (appropriately resembling a record cover). Includes prospectus, which has photographic images of the metal type used to create two of the four girls. Printed on black and metallic silver Mohawk Paper. A creative and beautifully printed book. [8 pages] PRI/051319. Fine.
(Staten Island, NY): Stone Street Press, 1990. Paperback. Three charming handmade books housed in a handmade slipcase featuring Gaelic text that has been translated into English by the book artist. Some of the original Gaelic has also been reproduced. Each booklet is bound in paper wrappers with hand writtentitle in gold to front covers. The slipcase is covered in brown paper and is also labeled by hand on both the front and rear panels. It is numbered 555, but no indication of limitation is given. Each booklet is about 18 pages. PRI/090915. Very Good.
(Staten Island, NY): Stone Street Press, 1990. Paperback. Three charming handmade books by Irish book artist Malachi McCormick housed in a handmade slipcase featuring Gaelic text that has been translated into English by the book artist. Some of the original Gaelic has also been reproduced. Each booklet is bound in paper wrappers with hand written title in gold to front covers. The slipcase is covered in light brown textured paper and is also labeled by hand on both the front and rear panels. It is numbered 555, but no indication of limitation is given. Each booklet is about 18 pages. PRI/081420. Very Good.
Fremont, Michigan: The Sumac Press, 1969. Hardcover. First edition. Number 45 of 100 numbered copies. There were also 26 lettered copies and a trade edition. This copy is signed by Dan Gerber on the half-title. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Lower corners bumped, otherwise near fine, without dust jacket, as issued. Slight roll to spine. 61 pages. PRI/102516. Near Fine.
Newton, IA: Tamazunchale Press, 1983. Number 221 of 250 copies. Author and publisher Charlotte M. Smith had been a long time collector of miniature books when she decided to start publishing them as well. She and her husband founded Tamazunchale Press in 1983 (named after a town in Mexico where they spent a night of their honeymoon) and BOOK interlude was the first book they produced. When they decided on what book to print they met with a descendant of the founder of the Enschedé firm in Haarlem, a printing company they admired. After discussing costs we selected paper, leather, end papers, and printing fonts for the printing and binding of our first publication. The book describes a book-filled 1977 visit the Smiths made to England. They toured the home of William Morris, visited antiquarian bookshops, toured the bindery of Sangorski and Sutcliffe, and bought marbled papers from Cockerell, run by the nephew of Edward Cockerell. This beautiful book was bound by Reliure d'Art de Centre in full maroon leather with gold stamping and all edges gilt. With red, white, and maroon Cockerell end papers. in fine condition. Measures 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. 44 pages. PRI/103017.
Cumberland, Iowa: Pterodactyl Press [Tara Bryan], 1987. Hardcover. 33 of 44 copies. Set in 12 point Bembo Cagado and printed on Okawara by the author. The illustrations by Lester Dore are printed on Tairona paper made by Marta Gomez. A poignant story about the deaths of two men named Dan, as the title would suggest. An accordian construction which is attached to three folding cloth covered boards. A paper title label appropriately adorned with two small hour glasses is adhered to the front board. This is a small book, about the size of a postcard. Unpaginated. PRI/102208. Fine.