Council Bluffs, IA: Yellow Barn Press. John de Pol. Hardcover. An edition of 1400 copies was made for Blackwell North America to present as holiday gifits in 1990; however, 200 of these copies were retained by the Yellow Barn Press. The only difference in printing is that the Yellow Barn Press copies feature the portrait of William Morris in two colors from the original plates. This is 1 of the 1200 copies provided to Blackwell North America. A lecture given on the evening of November 27, 1896 to students of the printing school, St. Bride Foundation Institute in London. Blue paper covered boards with black and blue title to spine. Pristine interior with wood engravings by John de Pol. Tight binding. 34 pages. MOR/050422. Fine.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2022. One of 99 copies. An inventive set of cyber related tarot cards from artist Coron and writer Stern. There are 22 cards plus a card with the user manual that describes how the set can be used. The instructions state: "For MEDITATION, you can study the vanities and follies of humans nature. Please see the 1440 AD OS. For DIVINATION, you must be certified to read the hidden meanings of fate. Please contact a magus, shaman or warlock for instruction and apprenticeship. For all other purposes, such as paradigm shifting, game changing, inventing the future, and causing disruptions of all kinds, we make no guarantees. You AGREE not to hold this tarot deck liable for any surprises." The cards are boldly printed in black, orange, and yellow. Each card has a black skeletal figure that illustrates the term on that card, e.g., online wanderer, hacker, influencer, gamer joystick, cyber security, troll. Each card is 3.3 x 2.16 inches. The deck is housed in a white box that is signed and numbered by Coron. Drawn in Illustrator and printed by Moo. In fine condition. PRI/051622. Fine.
San Diego: Anne Covell, 2017. Paperback. Number 9 of 20 standard copies. There were also five deluxe and two artist copies of this beautifully conceived and executed work. Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide. In her colophon Anne writes: "I first became interested in the Japanese beetle in 2012 during a particularly hot and dry summer in Iowa City. Perhaps it was a result of the season or of my having moved to a new home ripe with some of the beetle's most preferred foods, but I became overwhelmed by its pervasive, relentless assault on my garden. As the summer wore on, I began finding leaf remains gathering at the bases of trees...as if it were fall. Their presence was out of place; out of season. But when I began to look more closely, what struck me was the beauty of form that the beetle had inadvertently left behind. Starved of oxygen and drained of color, these leaf skeletons would soon crumble and return to the earth. But, for a moment they existed between realms and reflected a loss that spoke to the complexity of the natural world." The book contains 12 folios of 100% Japanese Gampi hand-dyed with persimmon tannin and treated with konnyaku to mimic the sound and texture of withering foliage. The illustrations of leaves, berries, and twigs were letterpress printed from drawings by Anne. Housed in a stiff brown paper envelope, with paper handmade, hand dyed, and hand burnished with persimmon tannin by the artist. Measures 4.5 x 10 inches. Fine condition. ARTISTSB/010421. Fine.
Bloomfield Hills, MI and Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark, 1974. Hardcover. Number 187 of 350 copies, of which 300 were offered for sale. Signed and numbered by the author. Brown cloth boards with dark brown paper title label pasted down to front cover. Clean and bright, printed on fine paper. Designed by Gary Gore and composed in Cloister types. 32 pages. PRI/041818. Fine.
Rockville, MD: Crooked Crow Press, 2017. Limited edition. A pair of beautifully designed and printed broadsides with several hundred ornamental printing blocks of various sizes and shapes arrayed in a intricate fashion that highlights their beauty. From the colophon: "The collection of blocks above was obtained by the proprietor of the Pembroke Press, Mr. Roland Hoover, circa 1980 from the Pridemark/Garamond Press in Baltimore, MD. Some of these blocks came from an earlier Baltimore printer, Norman T.A. Munder the 'Dean of American Printers," and the display type used here, designed by Robert Wiebking, is "Munder Venezian' named in his honor. Blocks signed with a "G" were designed by Frederic Goudy and some of his original drawings for them are part of the Goudy Archive at the Library of Congress." The broadsides were composed and printed by Chris Manson at his Crooked Crow Press. These are splendid examples of fine printing for private press, book arts, and related collections. In fine condition. Each broadside measures 18.5 x 27 inches. PRI/113018. Fine.
Rockville, MD: Crooked Crow Press, 2019. Limited edition of 50 copies. The Kelmscott Bookshop owner Fran Durako worked with master printer Chris Manson to design and print this broadside in honor of the great William Morris and his Kelmscott Press. The work includes two quotations by William Morris. The first is about beautiful houses and books, taken from "A Note by William Morris on his Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press." The second is from "The Ideal Book" and offers his thoughts on printing books. Illustrated with a handsome copy of C.M. Gere's famous illustration of Kelmscott Manor that was the frontispiece for News from Nowhere. In fine condition. Measures 12 x 21.25 inches. PRI/082319. Fine.
Iowa City, Iowa: The Cummington Press, 1963. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION. NUMBER 174 OF 250 COPIES. Fine in light brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with unopened pages. In original rice paper dust jacket. One of 250 numbered copies. Author's first solo book. 69 pages. PRI/102016. Fine / Fine.
West Branch, Iowa: Cummington Press, 1970. Limited Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION. Number 116 of 300 numbered copies. First edition. Fine black cloth backed, beige covered boards with black title to front board. Interior is clean and bright with lovely color illustrations. In white dust jacket with no title or text. Small closed tear to top edge of rear panel of dust jacket. 20 pages. PRI/102516. Fine / Very Good.
Omaha: The Cummington Press, 1990. Littell, Harry. Hardcover. 16mo -. 140/243 c. Beautiful copy of compilation of Howard's poem, with 7 photoengraved plates by Harry Littell. INSCRIBED on colophon by writer. Light brown Japanese cloth with spine label with author name wrapped over front board with title. Printed by Harry Duncan on moldmade paper by Caratier Miniani Fabriano. Bembo type. 120 pp. PRI/020207. Fine.
Omaha: Cummington Press, 1987. Limited Edition, Privately Printed. Hardcover. 12mo. 78/300 copies. Another fine work printed at Harry Duncan's press. Mr. Duncan was described by Newsweek as the father of post-WWII private press movement. Gray cloth binding with paper label on spine and front board. Pristine. 77pp. PRI/011607. Fine.
Maureen Cummins, 2018. Number 17 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Maureen Cummins. Secretary deconstructs the life and death-by-suicide of the artist's mother, Dolores Cummins, a brilliant woman, aspiring artist, and housewife for twenty-five years. It is this story that inspired Cummins's later book Crazy Quilt, as well as all the subsequent work that she created around marginalized populations. This book is the first of several around this common theme that Maureen has become well-known for. Secretary is made even more powerful by the structure and composition. It was letterpress printed on sheets of Asian lined paper resembling a steno pad, with titling redacted by hand in graphite. The type used appears to have been typed on an old typewriter. Each section of the book is preceded by a ghostly photographic image of Cummins's mother from that period of her life, reprinted from originals in the artist's possession. The text pages are bound in the style of a stenographer's notepad. It is housed in a stiff grey paper folder. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 14.5 inches. ARTB/100119.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2019. Number 28 of 40 copies signed by the poet and book artist. Sara Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who distributes her works and those of others through Deeply Game Publications. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture as well as the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Her work can be found at the Library of Congress,the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and many university special collections. At the core of this beautiful and thought provoking book "are two photographic series, interwoven. On the white pages, images of modern childhood in all its fragility, awkwardness, & ambiguity conjure loveliness with all its potential for heartbreak. Layered with these are cameraless images of light itself, which has crept through a stack of sensitized paper. Transcending scale, they might be wildfires, supernovae, or solar flares. Dispassionate foils to our human conceits, the timeless principals of physics contrast with the flickers of human joy and sorrow. Nevertheless, the human scale holds its own in this balance: what we stand to lose is still important, even if only to us....The photographs comprise an inner book, wrapped in a soft cover that can be peeled away to reveal the spine’s stitching (the book’s own vulnerability). Encasing this is a folio featuring Nick Flynn’s poem, “Cartoon Physics, Part 1”, a bittersweet meditation on childhood and scale, obliviousness and oblivion. Cartoon Physics was conceived in the wake of the 2016 election, and created after a subsequent wildfire destroyed thousands of homes in my community." [artist's statement]. The text is letterpress printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. Measures 6.25 x 8 inches. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/112921.
Pasadena, CA: Deeply Game Productions, 2012. Hardcover. Number 1 of 7 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Sara Press is a photographer, printer, and book artist whose work addresses science, nature, and the intricacies of our culture. This is a suite of four etchings by Ms. Press that depict contemporary mixed-martial-arts fighters. The accompanying text has been appropriated from a panther / bear fight advertising poster from the 1850s. The text describing animal fights is juxtaposed with the prints of human fighters to make an important statement on violence. The typeface is designed by Dan Mayer. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook No. 3 Proof Press. The loose prints and text pages are housed in a solid maple box with title burnt into the lid. This book was made in California and East Coast humidity has caused the box lid to warp a little along the edges. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOKS/030613. Near Fine.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
Sebastopol, CA: Deeply Game Publications, 2020. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed by the book artist. From the preface: In the 19th and early 20th centuries a great many people were fooled into believing that "spirit photographers" were able to pierce death's veil to document the ghosts of lost loved ones. "These photographers, also known as mediums, used double exposures and other tricks to manufacture the supernatural encounters. Their popularity attests to the power of love and loss in people's lives then and now. The hauntings were real, even if the ghosts were not. We are haunted still, and not just by love and loss. This book makes visible some of what bedevils us - psychological demons; social & factual distortions; the force & folly of the culture around us." For this compelling book, the artist produced plates using paint, camera, and ink to create specters - haunting figures - immaterial subjects that comprise both fact and fiction, encompassing both the rational and absurd. The apparent spectral images in the plates are able to be identified using a fold-out guide that provides keys to the bedevilments that haunt each image. Key words (or "bedevilments") include: fake news, extinction, lonliness, police murder, rage, social distance, xenophobia, climate change, demise of democracy, etc.). The relevant key abbreviations are printed on the white page across from each of the images. The painted images in the plates were based on spirit photographs by Ada Deane, William Hope, Edward Wyllie, and others. Bound in dark blue cloth with silver titling to front cover. Letterpress printed using News Gothic and Century Schoolbook fonts designed by Morris Fuller Benton. In fine condition. Measures 8 x 11 inches. [38 pages] ARTISTSB/120321. Fine.
Malvern East, Victoria Australia: Electio Editions, 2011. Softcover. Number 29 of 40 copies of which 31 were for sale. The is the second book in the Alan Loney's Electio Edition "alphabeta series". Alan Loney (1940 - ) is a well known writer, poet, editor, publisher and letterpress printer. His work has been published by University and private presses in New Zealand, Australia and North America.His own presses have printed and published many of New Zealand's most noted poets. He has also produced books himself, and in collaboration with artists and printmakers in New Zealand and overseas. His partner Miriam Morris enjoys a dual career as a visual artist and professional musician. For this book Morris contributes two original pen and acrylic drawings, each one unique in each copy. Marion May Campbell is better known as a contemporary Australian artist, but the book's prospectus describes her as also a poet of brilliance, sensitivity and skill. Bound in hand stitiched tan paper covers with title in yellow and author and artist names in red. Designed and printed by Lone with Dante and Libra types printed on damped BFK Rives paper. Housed in a bright yellow clamshell box and accompanied by the prospectus. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 9.25 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/022020. Fine.
Victoria, Australia: Electio Editions, 2013. Paperback. Number 13 of 26 copies, of which 22 were offered for sale. Numbered and signed by the printer. According to the foreword, “this work has its origins in an abandoned printing of Nicholas Jenson’s last will and testament, illustrated with Jenson’s Greek letters.” It includes quotes from Jenson in Greek from Noctes Atticae and quotes from other scholars in English. It also includes original poetry by the printer, some of which was created from words excerpted from Jenson’s will and translated into English. Bound in orange handmade Cave paper with “I, Nicholas Jenson alien & printer of books” printed in red and silver inks across the rear, spine, and front panels. A small spot of foxing to a few pages, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated with hand drawn Greek letters by Deirdre Hassed and printed from magnesium blocks. The binding style was created by Keith Smith. The book is housed in a blue cloth covered clamshell box with a magnetic folding closure. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/111616. Fine.
Tacoma: Elliott Press, 2011. Pictorial Boards. Number 39 of 50 copies. This was a collaboration between printer Jessica Spring and librarian Jane Carlin's William Morris class that resulted in this book, a series of "homes" inspired by William Morris. The book is an artful construction and a charming homage to the great Morris. In fine condition. Unpaginated. MOR/100212. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2005. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original orange cloth covered slipcase with decorative paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Full Moon Press, Brown Trout Press, Tryst Press, Sherwin Beach Press, Peter Rutledge Koch, Incline Press, Red Howler Press, Frog Hollow Press, Littoral Press, The Lone Oak Press, The Aliquando Press, Cotton Socks Press, Loveletter Press, with papers designed by Claud Lovat Fraser for the Curwen Press. Clean and bright. 60 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2002. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original olive green cloth covered slipcase with decorative green paper covered side panels featuring illustrations of frogs. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Arion Press, Bradypress, Bullnettle Press, The Hill Press, Lock's Press, Midnight Paper Sales, (M)other Tongue Press, Passim Editions, Robin Price, Sherwin Beach Press, Whittington Press, Yellow Barn Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original orange cloth covered slipcase with decorative orange paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Whittington Press, Red Dragonfly Press, October Press, Fox Run Press, Walking Bird Press, Lone Oak Press, Warwick Press, Port Press, Barbarian Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
Bryn Mawr: Kurios Press, 1974. Hardcover. "Here is a book that is destined to lead millions to feeling the joyful omnipresene of the Lord in their own lives" (jacket). First printing, Number 5 of 100 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author with love and best wishes. This book was conceived of in the author's hospital room after suffering and recovering from back surgery. Yellow cloth boards with blue title to spine and front cover. A few spots of foxing to covers. In yellow illustrated dust jacket with blue title to spine and front cover. Light foxing to jacket and endpapers, else clean and bright. Includes many photographic images, mostly in black and white with a few in full color. Text is Bible verses and religous inspired poetry and thoughts. In yellow paper covered slipcase with minor soiling to top panel and inner edges. REL/030719. Very Good.