Washington DC: Blue House Press, 1989. Softcover. Number 34 of 500 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Nancy Garruba is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer. Her artists' books have been collected by many museums and libraries. This scarce work is a meditation on birth and death after the loss of a baby. The contemplative text is accompanied by monochromatic photographs of sky, clouds, water, along with that of a woman giving birth and a solitary unmoving figure. The book can be opened as a codex or fanned out in carousel fashion to see all of the pages at once. Transparent covers reveal the photographic paper boards with title. In near fine condition with slightest wear to corners of covers. 7.5 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated. PI/050218. Near Fine.
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[Chicago]: Langworthy & Stevens / Blue Sky Press, 1902. Hardcover. 67 of 400 copies on paper. This one act play was written by Browning in 1853, and was the last play he authored. The Blue Sky Press was founded in 1899 by Thomas Wood Stevens and Alden Charles Noble. During its eight years, multiple books, literary magazines, and stationary were produced. Dark blue cloth over grey paper covered boards with gilt title to front board and tan paper label to spine. Rubbing and wear to edges of boards, spine ends, and corners. Lovely two page title spread with blackberry vine border and some red hand lettering. The design was clearly influenced by William Morris. Text is printed in black and red ink. Bookplate of Lucy White Williams to front pastedown. Long poetic inscription in pen to front free endpaper, dated 1902. Pages are unopened and clean with deckled edges. Blue endpapers with elaborate decoration. 65 pages. PRI/011623. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. An interesting miniature book from Pat Sweet's Bo Press. She says: "Our alphabet used to be a lot bigger. It used to include letters like ampersand (and), eng ( the sound at the end of words like 'sing'), and the famous long s, which still puzzles readers of old books when it appears in the middle of words looking like 'f' but sounding like 's'. I've taken eleven of these once well-known letters and given each of them a tiny spotlight: illustrating it against a background of medieval tracery, telling a little of its history, and giving some examples in modern fonts (yes, these old letters still turn up in modern typography. You never know when you'll need a conjoined ae.) The book is printed in Kelmscott and Thryomenes on Monarch superfine paper, and bound in a diagonal pattern of cream colored paper and a gold on red medieval-ish print." In fine condition. It measures 2 5/8 x 2 inches. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/0632023. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. From the artist: "Girdle books were a fad of the late Middle Ages in Burgundy and the north of Europe. Small books of devotions, law, lists, recipes, or formulae were carried about the person by a clever device that elongated the bottom of the leather binding into a knot that could be slipped under the belt. The books were upside-down so that the wearer could read the book, still attached to the belt, by flipping it right-side-up. This book includes many depictions of girdle books in medieval art (far more than the number of girdle books that survive), a short history of the form, and some examples of the precious few that still exist. The book can be removed from its leather chemise, which had an antiqued brass closure and chain. Just remember to put it back upside down." The book is 2 x 1.5 inches, the chemise is 3.5 inches tall. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, (2013). Hardcover. 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. One of 50 copies. Signed by the book artist. "We all know how the story goes: Jonathan Harker leaves the inn at the beginning of 'Dracula', and is dropped off at the crossroads by the coachman, who is afraid to take him any further. But there is another part of the story, one that Stoker's editor (so the story goes) persuaded him to omit. In this version, Harker demands to be taken down a side road that leads to a long-abandoned village, with dire results. This is the story of that dangerous digression: 'Dracula's Guest', published posthumously in 1914. It may have been a part of the novel, or it may not. The narrator is never named, and seems unlike the characterization of Harker in the novel. You can be the judge" (book artist). Designed, printed, and bound by Pat Sweet. Includes 5 illustrations. and endpapers decorated with a flying bat's wing. Bound in black and gold Japanese chiyogami paper with blood red cloth spine. 74 pages. Measures 2 1/16 inches x 1 1/2 inches. ARTB/090523. Fine.
Boston: Impressions Workshop, The Cricket Press, 1965. Hardcover. Number 59 of 150 copies signed by the poet and the illustrator. A lovely book with George Lockwood's evocative woodcuts and wood engravings, all carved and engraved by hand. The poems by Bockes were written for the prints. George Lockwood (1929 - 1969) was a poet and printmaker who studied under Leonard Baskin and taught at several colleges. He was married to writer Margaret Lockwood with whom he founded the Impressions Workshop in Boston. . Bound in stab-sewn brown paper-covered boards with a cream paper title label affixed to front cover and title to cream spine. Beautiful burgundy marbled endpapers. Printed on fine Venezia paper. Accompanied by a 45 rpm record of Bockes reading his poems, housed in a rear pocket. Missing slipcase. In near fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 10 inches. Unpaginated [about 32 pages] PRI/072022. Near Fine.
Pasadena: The Castle Print. Softcover. 1 of 300 copies printed by Grant Dahlstrom as a limited edition for fellow typophiles, friends of the press, and the author. This charming work recounts famed artist and illustrator Will Bradley's early days from childhood until his early 20s. In light green paper wrappers with a string binding and title on front cover. Interior pages clean and bright with frontis photograph of a young Bradley. Some pages are unopened. In near fine condition. 21 pages. PRI/082319. Near Fine.
Stratford, ON: Gerard Brender à Brandis, 2000. Paperback. Number 166 of 310 copies, Signed by the illustrator. The text is about the importance of books, reading, and writing to the author and includes personal experiences and memories. The accompanying engravings all feature books, teapots, or printing presses. Sewn blue paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. With 8 wood engravings by the Brandis. Clean and bright. Handset in Libra type and printed with an Albion Press onto Lana Verge Antique paper by Mary Carrington and Gerard Brender à Brandis. [8 pages.] Size: 9 x 5.5 inches. PRI/032323. Fine.
München [Munich]: Bremer Prese, 1926. A four-page prospectus for the Greek language edition of Prometheus from the esteemed Bremer Presse. It shows the title page,two pages of text accompanied by two woodcuts done by German artist Ludwig von Hofmann. The rear page of the prospectus describes in English the creation of this book and the participants, along with the number of copies and prices. Printed in black ink on brown paper. There is a three inch split along the fold, otherwise in very good condition. PRI/042123. Very Good.
Munich: Bremer Presse, 1929. Hardcover. Number 177 of 250 copies printed in Germany at the Bremer Presse for Random House. An additional 280 copies were printed for Bremer Presse subscribers. This handsome book provides an excellent example of the fine printing done at the Bremer Presse. The press produced books from 1911 to 1934, with a break during World War I. Stylistically influenced by the English Doves Press, the press was a strong influence on German book art. Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature" was written in 1836. In the essay Emerson put forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a nontraditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature. Bound in grey, white, and red marbled paper covered boards with cream vellum spine titled in gilt. Minor browning to spine and minor wear to edges, corners, and joints. Top edge gilt, with deckled fore-edge and bottom edge. Letterpress printed on Zanders handmade paper in black and red, with red title and initials designed by Anna Simons. Clean and bright overall with inscription from previous owner in pen to front free endpaper dated 1929. 86 pages. PRI/010923. Near Fine.
Munich: Bremer Presse, 1926-1929. Hardcover. 365 copies. This is a magnificent production from the famed Bremer Presse of Germany - probably their masterpiece. They published books from 1911 to 1939, interrupted only by World War I. It was founded by Willy Wiegand, and like England's Doves Press, rejected ornament except for splendid initials draw by Anna Simons and relied upon carefully chosen types and painstaking presswork to produce its limited edition hand printed books. The colophon states that this edition was printed to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther's German bible. The text was based on the editions published in 1545 and 1546. The Bible (German: Lutherbibel) was the first German language Bible translation from Latin sources. The New Testament was first published in September 1522, and the complete Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha, in 1534. Luther continued to make improvements to the text until 1545. The five volumes are: Die Bucher Mose; Teil des Alten Testaments; Teil des Alten Testaments; Die Propheten; Das Neue Testament. Each volume has a different copy number. They are bound uniformly in blue paper boards with linen spines with the title written in calligraphy. The volumes are housed in gray paper board slipcases. In near fine condition in very good slipcases. Measures 10 x 14 inches. Unpaginated [each volume about 250-300 pages] PRI/011623. Near Fine.
Tölz, Germany: Bremer Presse, 1919. Hardcover. Number 167 of 270 copies. A handsome translation of Oedipus Rex, finely printed at the renowned Bremer Presse. Bound in marbled blue and brown paper boards with vellum spine and tips. Signed Bremer bindery. Gilt titling on spine. Spine is soiled and light wear to edges of covers. Text pages are clean and bright. Very good condition. Measures 7 x 10.5 inches. 94 pages. PRI/120822. Very Good.
New York and Roslyn, N.Y. The New York Public Library and The Stone House Press, 1989. Hardcover. Limited Edition, #196 of 200 copies. SIGNED by Printer and Compiler. Fine red buckram backed gray & white patterned paper boards, 8vo. Bright gilt to spine; very light rubbing to spine ends. Interior is like new: crisp, clean and bright. Strong, tight binding, protective mylar cover. Publisher's ephemera laid-in. 113 pp. Books on Books. BOB/12163. Fine.
New York: Nicholas L. Brown, 1929. Hardcover. One of 1410 copies printed from type on French Navarre paper. This was the author's own copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown along with a small oval pink and gilt decorative sticker showing two Greek figures. Tipped in is a charming original watercolor portrait of a young woman done by Franz Felix. He has inscribed it: "To Mitchell S. Buck, Esq in high esteem and friendship Franz Felix, NY 1929." The book is handsomely bound in quarter brown leather with black cloth covers. Raised bands to spine and gilt titling. Binding is near fine with the slightest wear to the corners. Interior pages are clean and bright. There are six stylized green illustrations with white background. A previous owner or bookseller has written in pencil of the free front endpaper that the book was the author's copy and includes an original watercolor. The rear pastedown has evidence that a bookseller ticket was removed. In about fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches. LIT/090523. Fine.
Edinburgh: George Robb and Company for Otto Schulze and Company, 1901. Hardcover. Limited to 500 copies. In an attractive full olive green leather binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt title and gilt thistle flowers to compartments on spine. Cracking to leather and rubbing to spine. Sunning to spine and to edges. Wear to edges and corners. Small dark stain to leather on front cover. Gilt dentelles and plaid endpapers. Elaborate title page spread featuring a design of thistles. Each poem begins with an illuminated initial. Publisher Otto Schulze was clearly influenced by the designs of William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Printed on Whatman Paper. An article from the Baltimore Sun from 1967 about the home of Robert Burns is laid into the front of the book. Clean and bright interior. 99 pages plus index and colophon. PRI/071722. Very Good.
Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press, 2017. 69 of 104 copies signed and numbered by the highly regarded book artist and printer Mark McMurray. This is a beautifully produced new edition of A Christmas Carol that captures the power of this timeless story through the inventive use of text, images, paper, type, and binding. McMurray writes in the prospectus: "We know the story, we know the characters, but the language of the text offers new rewards with each reading. This edition of Dickens' classic returns to the dark, sleep-deprived angst of the original complete text." The prospectus states that the text in this edition comes from the 1843 edition with minor corrections. Printed on a variety of handmade and mould-made papers including Zerkal Ingres and papers from La Papeterie-St. Armand. The text is printed entirely from metal and wood types, including monotype Bell plus many from the 19th century. There are wonderful images of the ghosts that visit Scrooge on that fateful night, and many other ornaments and designs throughout. They are done in various media including pochoir, collage, wood engraving, and relief blocks. Bound in black ribbed flexible covers with a red morocco leather spine with title in gilt on spine and inside a cutout on the front cover. Housed in a stiff black paper slipcase with a subtle chain design. Prospectus and errata slip inserted. In fine condition. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 107 pages. PRI/051023. Fine.
Ogdensburg, New York: Caliban Press, 2020. Softcover. Number 71 of 100 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Mark writes of his new book: "As it thankfully draws to a close, 2020 has been a year of counting. Counting days, counting votes counting covid cases, counting hospital beds, counting death, counting lost jobs...so a book of numbers doesn't seem as strange as it did back in January or even back in 2009 when I first began it. Initially conceived as a way to document a growing collection of wood type which eventually filled some 53 cases with some 75 fonts. Then realizing that there was too much type...for a single volume showing alphabets, figures, punctuation marks, as well as whole words. I decided to devote the first volume to figures - what printers generally call numerals or numbers. Volume 2 is planned to be complete alphabets, with volume 3 for words, phrases, and declarations....Printed on found, left over, and scrap papers that have accumulated at the press over time. In some instances, a lot of time." Includes papers from many countries and everyone's favorite papermill, Papeterie St. Armand in Montreal. Printed with black, silver, and red inks. As always with Mark's books a lovely volvelle is incorporated. In a red spiral binding measuring 9 x 11 inches. The book is accompanied by an inserted guide to volume 1 that describes aspects of type in general as well as more specific descriptions of wood type faces such as gothics, antiques, romans, etc. A beautifully done whimsical yet serious work on type and life. In fine condition. PRI/051023. Fine.
New York: Caliban Press, 2014. Paperback. Number 101 of 125 copies. Signed and numbered by the printer (Mark McMurray) and artist (Guy Berard). "The Five Spot Cafe was one of New York City's most legendary Jazz Clubs ... with repeated extended stays by Thelonious Monk and his various quartets ... The club also became a destination for New York's avante-garde of the period. Abstract expressionist painters as well as poets Frank O'Hara and Amiri Baraka were frequently in the audience. Other writers, critics, and journalists came too, including Martin T. Williams (1924 - 1992) a noted jazz critic and contributor to The New York Times and Harpers Magazine" (artist statement). Bound in Celtic grey handmade paper covers with green cloth spine and circular paper title label "5". Large circular cut out to front cover revealing yellow spot and black number five. The text first appeared in Down Beat magazine on February 13, 1964 and has been edited. Illustrated with a revolving map and a double page centerpiece collage by Guy Berard. The collage is based on a photograph from 1958 of the Thelonious Monk Quartet playing at The Five Spot Cafe. [11 pages.] PRI/051023. Fine.
Haarlem: Carlinapers, 1973. Hardcover. 104 of 110 copies. "Met uitzondering van bladzij 7 - wij meenden te handelen in de geest van Schwitters en Van Doesburg door op deze pagina de lezer te stimuleren tot een eigen creatieve bijdrage - is de tekst van een artikel in het dagblad De Telegraaf van 11 januari 1923." Purple cloth boards with paper title label reading "Dada in de Residentie" in green to spine. Clean and bright. Printed in many colors and typefaces in unusual layouts. IN DUTCH. Unpaginated. [20 pages.] PRI/011623. Very Good.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. Light rubbing to jacket. In original dark blue cloth covered slipcase with blue decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Avalon Press, Evergreen Press, Gwasg Gregynog, Incline Press, Inky Parrot Press, Liberatorium, The Old School Press, Whittington Press. Clean and bright. [80 pages.] BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2006. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original tan cloth covered slipcase with tan decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Susan Alix, Bonnefant Press, Edizioni del Cammello, The Happy Dragons Press, Incline Press, Spoon Print Press, The Old School Press, The One Time Press, Rampart Lions Press, The Strawberry Press. Clean and bright. 72 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2009. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original dark blue cloth covered slipcase with blue decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Rampart Lions Press (multiple pieces), Jericho Press, Fleece Press, Incline Press, Old School Press, Keith and Ben Stubley, Christopher Wakeling, Reading Room Press at Evergreen Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2010. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original tan cloth covered slipcase with white paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Bonnefant Press, Bracketpress, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Incline Press, Logan Press, New North Press, Old School Press, Reading Room Press, Christopher Wakeling, Whittington Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2012. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original brown cloth covered slipcase with marbled paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Carpathian Press, Evergreen Press, Hand and Eye Letterpress, Nomad Letterpress, Old School Press, Reading Room Press, Right Hand Press, Christopher Wakeling, Whittington Press with marbled paper by Christopher Rowlatt. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Near Fine.