Pennyroyal Press, 1985. Barry Moser. Hardcover. Number 194 of 200 copies signed and numbered by Barry Moser. The preface states that the bestiary was a well-established tradition in France by the time De Fournival wrote his Bestiare d'Amour in the middle of the 13th century. In his bestiary, however, he diverted the bestiary's hallowed animal symbolism to amorous purpose. An anonymous woman composed a response to his new symbolism, which was appended to a few of the surviving manuscripts. The two works remain as an articulation of the eternal debate between Man and Woman. This fascinating text is illustrated with dozens of Barry Moser's splendid small wood engravings of animals, birds, and insects. Bound in limp vellum with gilt title to spine and housed in a grey cloth slipcase. The rear panel of the slipcase has three watermarks but is otherwise in fine condition. In monotype Dante, designed by Moser and Chase Twichell, and printed by Harold McGrath. A beautiful book in fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/032813. Fine in Very good Slipcase.
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Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1979. Hardcover. Number 196 of 300 copies. Signed and numbered by the author. An interview with American author Percy Walker (1916 - 1990). Walker is known for his philosophical novels that often have an existential theme and this interview seems to be very characteristic of his work. Blue cloth spine with patterned blue paper covered boards. Gilt title to spine. Clean and bright. Designed and printed by Grant Dahlstrom. 40 pages. PRI/042418. Fine.
Sutton Mandeville, England: Perdix Press, 1978. Softcover. One of 100 copies printed. Seventy were for the fourth exchange of the Society of Private Printers and thirty for private circulation. A charming small collection of 16 verses that were taken from the Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book of 1955, compiled by the nursery rhyme scholars Iona and Peter Opie. The pages are sewn into light cream wrappers with the title and decoration in blue on front cover. Hand set in 10 point Bembo and printed on a Columbian press by Walter Pattridge. In fine condition. 2.5 x 4.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/112717. Fine.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition. When William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press, his celebrated private press, in 1891, one of the books he intended to print was an edition of the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Because of its size and complexity, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer did not emerge from the press until June 1896, shortly before Morris's death. It was recognized even in its time as the most remarkable and important production from this influential press. In fine condition in fine dustjacket. 280 pages. PRI/102814. Fine / Fine.
New York: Poet's Press, (1968). Limited Edition. Paperback. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. NUMBER 53 OF 150. First edition. 12mo. Side stapled purple paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Lightly faded at edges. otherwise near fine. Facsimile holograph. 10 pages. PRI/102516. Near Fine.
New York: Harrison of Paris, 1934. Hardcover. Number 550 of 895 copies. First Edition, Second issue. This is the first appearance of Porter's short story in the last appearance of the Harrison of Paris press. This was the presses thirteenth and final book. This copy is from the second issue in which page 51 / 52 was tipped in. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine. The previous owner has penned in a key to the true identies of the characters on the front free endpage. Aside from this, the interior is clean. 81 pages. PRI/052611. Very Good.
Portland, Oregon: Prensa de Lagar, 1969. First Edition. Paperback. One of 450 copies. Fine in side stapled paper wrappers with black title and illustrations to front wrapper. Very slight fading to spine. Pristine interior. American Indian author's first book. PRI/102016. Fine.
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.