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.
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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.
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.
Meriden, CT: The Domesday Press, 1939. Hardcover. One of 350 copies. This handsome book pays tribute to St. John Hornby and his achievements of producing books of "distinguished beauty and beautiful distinction" [Will Ransom's note]. Bound in light red cloth with leather title label to spine. Book was designed by George Hornby at his Domesday Press. Printed in Caslon, Poliphilus and Blado types on Hurlbut Paper. Illustrations are full-tone collotypes by the Meriden Gravure Company. In near fine condition. Measures 6 x 9.25 inches. 59 pages. BOB/040520. Near Fine.
Indian Head Park, IL: The Big Crank Press, 2018. Hardcover. One of 30 copies. David Anderson is a noted Chicago graphic designer with many honors and appointments over the several years of his career. He is now retired and has turned to his enthusiasm for producing fine letterpress printing by establishing The Big Crank Press. He writes about this work: "For 35 years I lived and worked in Oak Park, Illinois....While living there, things would happen - things that spoke to me in more than one way and persisted in my mind. This is the first of The Suburban Fables, an interpretation of my observations of those events and ideas." This book relates an incident where a crow is disturbed by the daylight ramblings of a raccoon, normally a nocturnal animal and what ensued. The story is told using striking and bold illustrations that fill their pages. Printed on Jannot 125 GSM and grey Rives B.F.K papers using Gill Sans MT Alt One type. Printed on a Vandercook 3 proof Press that Anderson found in an alley twenty-five years ago. Bound in brown cloth with silver title and author to spine and front cover. In fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated [22 pages] PRI/021320. Fine.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2010. Hardcover. Since 1997, The Bird Press has been an artist-run publishing project that has focused on hand printed artists’ books. All projects utilize some inherent aspect of the book and often take the form of open-ended collaborations with writers. Each project is a response to the last, both in form and content, in order for the work to continually evolve. Poetry, broadly defined, is a major inspiration for most of the work. Editions between 15-40 utilize various print media including: flatbed offset lithography, stone lithography, etching, letterpress, wood blocks, and digital pigment printing. Book artist Thorsten Dennerline creates paintings, drawings, and prints in addition to artists’ books. He has exhibited work across the U.S. as well as in Chile and Denmark. His work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark).Number 15 of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. A collaboration between Argentinian author and playwright, Jorge Accame, and American artist, Thorsten Dennerline. The two met at a residency program in New Hampshire and decided to create a story together using text and images. Accame describes the process: “Thorsten proposed starting the story with an image, I responded with words, to which Thorsten answered with another image, and so on up until the end. Because of this alternating, we had to be careful to maintain the thread of the story and the continuity of our narration.” The resulting Kafka-esque story involves a metamorphosis across a surreal landscape. Satisfied with the resulting story, Dennerline states: “I am excited about the surreal space we managed to occupy between the different worlds of our languages, of North and South, of texts and images, of photography and drawing, and of words and poetry. Most importantly, however, I like to think it has become something of its own, a kind of collaged world or hybrid landscape.” Jorge Accame (1956 - ) has won numerous awards for his poetry, short stories, plays, novels, and children’s books. Bound in red cloth boards with illustrated paper pastedown to edge of front board. The drawings are printed from lithographic stones and the text is letterpress printed. Housed in a red cloth covered slipcase. Text in English and Spanish. Size: Folio, 15 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. [34 pages.] ARTB/032717. Fine.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2011. Since 1997, The Bird Press has been an artist-run publishing project that has focused on hand printed artists’ books. All projects utilize some inherent aspect of the book and often take the form of open-ended collaborations with writers. Each project is a response to the last, both in form and content, in order for the work to continually evolve. Poetry, broadly defined, is a major inspiration for most of the work. Editions between 15-40 utilize various print media including: flatbed offset lithography, stone lithography, etching, letterpress, wood blocks, and digital pigment printing. Book artist Thorsten Dennerline creates paintings, drawings, and prints in addition to artists’ books. He has exhibited work across the U.S. as well as in Chile and Denmark. His work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark).Number 23 of 25 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. According to the artist: “Some time ago I suddenly got the urge to make a book about tattoos. I decided to think about tattoos not just as pictures or designs, but to consider them more broadly (scars, living drawing marks, body adornments, rites of passage, magic to improve the body’s function, ways to relieve or relive pain, signs of bravery, remembrances, cultural signifiers, or tribal/ group markings). I also thought of the idea of drawing on skin and marking its surface as a way to be aware of it as a three-dimensional picture plane (with psychological implications). I have to admit that the association with crime and other ‘bad’ things was enticing to me as well. This book of tattoo proposals is simply a non-linear document of my own thinking about these ideas.” Japanese style stab binding in black cloth wrappers with red print to front cover. The illustrations are printed from woodblocks and the text is letterpress printed from polymer plates on handmade Richard de Bas paper. Housed in a black and white printed paper folding case. Oblong, measuring: 15.25 x 5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/032417. Fine.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2000. Since 1997, The Bird Press has been an artist-run publishing project that has focused on hand printed artists’ books. All projects utilize some inherent aspect of the book and often take the form of open-ended collaborations with writers. Each project is a response to the last, both in form and content, in order for the work to continually evolve. Poetry, broadly defined, is a major inspiration for most of the work. Editions between 15-40 utilize various print media including: flatbed offset lithography, stone lithography, etching, letterpress, wood blocks, and digital pigment printing. Book artist Thorsten Dennerline creates paintings, drawings, and prints in addition to artists’ books. He has exhibited work across the U.S. as well as in Chile and Denmark. His work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark).Number 26 of 40 copies in the regular edition. There are also 10 special bindings and 5 unique artists proof bindings. Signed and numbered by the book artist. A collection of eight poems by Danish poet, typographer, art critic, and translator Peter Laugesen (1942 - ). He was awarded the Danish Critics Prize for Literature in 2003. These poems were written in Denmark in 1999 specifically for this collaborative project with artist Thorsten Dennerline. He describes his eight etchings in this book: “[They] are meant to be an accompaniment to the text that functions as a collaboration similar to the way musicians might play together.” Bound in quarter vellum over blue cloth boards, which are laced into a vellum covered spine with five strips of alum-tawed thongs. The endbands are buttonhole stitched with waxed yellow thread. The front cover is titled in black and the rear cover has a black star printed near the bottom edge. The text is in both Danish and English. The Danish text is printed on translucent Seikishu Japanese paper and the English translation is printed on a thicker stock. This allows the reader to view the poems in both languages mirroring each other through the transparent paper. Unpaginated. [50 pages.] Size: 9.75 x 10 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/032417. Fine.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2016. Number 6 of 38 copies, signed and numbered by the artist and translator. A collaboration between the illustrator / book artist and translator. This is a new translation of the prologue and first part of Mayakovsky's first long poem, originally published in 1915. The Russian modernist poet and cultural icon Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893 - 1930) committed suicide in Moscow 15 years after publishing this piece. According to the translator: "Thorsten Dennerline's twisting artworks suspended against a blue-sky backdrop seemed fitting for the existential crisis in this poem. Mayakovsky writes in verbal cartwheels and associative flights of language, allowing wordplay, sonic riffs, and rhyme to drive his rhetoric and imagery. I sought to preserve both each line's intended meaning and Mayakovsky's rhythm and music. I also attempted to make the poem's diction smooth, accessible, and idiomatically modern to a 21st century American ear." Fascinated with the intensity of Mayakovsky's work and life as well as the historical happenings that influenced him, Thorsten decided to illustrate his work with "monsters." As the drawings developed with layers of ink and detail he "began seeing [them] as bodies, less as monsters and more as physical, mortal, vulnerable beings." Bound in yellow paper wrappers with black title to front cover and binding sewn with red thread along spine. Printed with lithography and letterpress at the Working Dog Press and Horton Tank Graphics. The plate lithographs were printed in sixteen layers of ink. Housed in a grey handmade paper wrapper featuring one of Thorsten's illustrations snaking around the front and rear panels along with another on the inside flap. Thorsten Dennerline creates paintings, drawings, and prints in addition to artists' books. He has exhibited work across the U.S. as well as in Chile and Denmark; and his work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark). Size: 8.5 x 7 inches. ARTB/120120. Fine.
Liberty, WI: The Heavy Duty Press, 2018. Softcover. Number 8 of 26 copies. This charming and beautifully printed book is a fitting tribute to the art of fine printing. It reprints an article by master printer Stan Nelson that originally appeared in Parenthesis in 1999. The article described the pleasurable steps and details of typesetting and hand printing. Stan wrote that the essence of fine printing "is really the marriage of the right paper, excellent presswork, perfect type, and good typography." The Heavy Duty Press has produced a book that fulfills Stan's criteria for fine printing. The text is printed on both translucent and opaque sheets that allow the words on separate pages to show through and continue the flow of sentences. Interspersed are designs showing snow through a window. Tipped in is a small facsimile of a letter sent by Stan to Mike Koppa in 1998 about printing. Printed in 10 pt. Century Old Style type on Zerkall Laid and Classic Crest papers on a Vandercook press. The book is hand bound and inserted into one-of-a-kind covers, constructed without adhesive, featuring designs taken from the Specimen Book and Catalogue of the American Type Founders Company. In fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/050719. Fine.
Charlottesville, VA: The Printmakers Left, 2013. Number 184 of 500 copies. This evocative work is part of a three-volume project titled ""Exquisite History" that was created put by The Printmakers Left, a group of artists from participating organizations in Charlottesville and Grand Rapids, and . The book offers a combination of art and poetry centered around the words boundary, fire, food, fulfillment, unity resurrection, and freedom. It was published to coincide with an accompanying exhibition at the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The work includes a soft cover "Visionary Workbook" with the terms described followed by several blank pages for use as a workbook. It is housed in a red and cream paper folder with spine titling, along with several reproductions of art work by the various participants. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. PRI/072120. Fine.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2014. Softcover. Open edition. Author and printer Todd Thyberg founded Angel Bomb Press after several years working with other printers and does both commercial printing and limited edition books. He writes of his powerful and timely book: "With a tip of the hat to printers and activists of the past, American Manifesto calls the United States citizens to action on a number of national concerns—our country’s health, leadership, and environment, to name a few. This book was devised as a piece of activist artwork; utilizing my vintage presses as they were originally intended: to make important statements about important issues." He continues: "If America really is the best country on earth…why do so many of our people go hungry? Why do our leaders consistently work for corporate interests rather than individuals’ rights? How can our leaders, the media, and we the public still be ignorant to the factual reality of climate change? Why can someone go to prison for a minor drug offense while the people who brought our economy to its knees still receive bonuses? Why are we still taking off our shoes to fly? How can 2/3 of America’s population be overweight when people here and around the world are going hungry? How is it acceptable to make fuel from food? Why don’t we Americans question policies?” Printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and bound in bright red paper covers. 12-pages, 3-colors, letterpress printed in three colors on a Heidelberg 10x15 Windmill at Angel Bomb. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [12 pages]. “. Fine.
Arlington, VA: Turtle Light Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 18 copies. This is a magnificent artist’s book that pays homage to one of the greatest Hebrew-language poets, Yehuda Amichai. The Amichai Windows is an exquisite bilingual artist’s book in Hebrew and English of Amichai’s poems that opens a window on love, war, and being Jewish today. Through his poetry Amichai sang of the everyday experiences of private individuals caught in the middle of war and historical events. He was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature and his poems have been translated into more than 30 languages. Book artist and poet, Rick Black, fell in love with the poetry of Yehuda Amichai even before working for the Associated Press and The New York Times in Jerusalem, where he resided for six years. He particularly loved Amichai’s poems that dealt with family, love and war. He spent ten years creating this limited-edition artist’s book of the poet’s work. The book offers a visual odyssey through Jewish history as filtered through 18 poems. Each poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych. When one opens each triptych, one discovers a different world within. The book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as over 100 collaged images of Jewish history and life that have been culled from archives around the world. There are also replicas of Amichai’s handwritten poems. Printed on handmade paper with deckled edges, with gold leaf highlights and blind embossments in some of the designs. The collection of triptychs and a 28 page guide are housed in a box enclosure shaped like a Jerusalem window. With a special introduction written by the eminent Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter of the University of California at Berkeley. The newsletter of the American Jewish Libraries Association called The Amichai Windows “a major contribution to American arts and letters.” (Artist’s statement and descriptions). The book recently won the Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award. In fine condition. Fine.
Turtles Quill Scriptorium, 1975. Paperback. Number 120 of 125 copies. "Jim Baker's Bluejay Yarn is based on a tale told to Mark Twain in the winter of 1864-5 at Jackass Hill by Jim Gillis, a prospector friend with a literary bent. It appeared in 1880 in 'A Tramp Abroad'" (page 21). Blue paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Minor fading to spine panel and a few spots of foxing to covers. Clean interior. Very Good.
Iowa: University of Iowa Center for the Book, 2007. Paper Wrappers. 25 of 60 copies. The author is a six-string guitarist from Iowa City. It was printed with permission by Lucy Brank. It is hand-set in Baskerville types and the images which were made from photopolymer plates, were printed on Domestic Etch. It is bound in flax paper handmade and dyed in Minneapolis by Cave Paper's Bridget O'Malley. The flax paper wrappers are black with a white title pastedown to the front panel. Pristine interior with illustrations. Unpaginated [26 pages]. PRI/041609. Fine.
Iowa: University of Iowa's Center for the Book, 2007. Wrappers. 5 of 40 copies. Thin 8vo. Created by Lucy Brank with illustrations by Nicholas Rubin. A dos-a-dos binding in which the rear board of both books is shared. The first book is titled The Merman and the second is The Mermaid. Bound in stiff handmade paper with titles and illustrations of merfolk to both covers. Pristine interior with 6 full page illustrations and original tissue guards. A well designed book. Unpaginated [24 pages]. PRI/012208. Fine.
New York: Frederick G. Melcher, 1958. Softcover. One of 1200 copies made by Meredin Gravure for students and lovers of the literature of children. The original book was printed in Boston in 1746 by B. Gray. From the colophon: "This facsimile of the once immensely popular story book in rhyme has been photographed from the only known complete copy now in the Library of the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts." The original author stated on the title page that the book is a pleasant and profitable companion for children and was composed on purpose for their use. The text describing the life of Jesus is in verse, with woodcut illustrations interposed. Bound in cream paper wrappers with gold star ornaments. In fine condition. 3 x 4 inches. Unpaginated [48 pages]. PRI/112817. Fine.
Paperback. Acceptance speech read by the Honoree for 2002, Ms. Saxeston. She discusses finding an original manuscript by O. Henry (which was written while he was in prison) amongst a collection of car manuals owned by Henry J. Kaiser. Black paper wrappers with an ad for a Ford car to front wrapper. Pristine. An April Fools day keepsake. [8 pages] PRI/072408. Fine.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1957. Hardcover. Number 71 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. The text contains an address delived by the author at the university of the occasion of given an annual library award to the member of the senior class who presented the best private collection of books made while an undergraduate. Bound in brown paper with a dark brown cloth spin, with gilt titling and a decorative label on the cover with an original wood engraving by John De Pol. Several illustrations. Near fine condition. Measures 9 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. BOB/040620. Near Fine.