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.
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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.
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.
Portland, OR: Image Gallery, 1977. Hardcover. Number 77 of 250 copies. Signed by Elliott, Brannen, McClarty, and Van Cleve. A beautiful collaborative limited edition with translations of 21 Japanese Fudoki poems dating from the 8th century. John McClarty's subtle and lovely woodcuts and Clyde Van Cleve's printing arts serve to honor these ancient poems, say the translators. Inserted in the book is an original woodcut titled and signed by McClarty. Bound in cream cloth with stabbed sewn binding and paper title label to cover. Book is in near fine condition save for a couple of small spots on the top page edges, but unfortunately the dust jacket is dampstained on both the front and back covers. Measures 8 x 10 inches. Unpaginated [about 45 bi-fold pages]. PRI/072022. Very Good.
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.
Hammersmith: Eragny Press, 1905. Hardcover. One of 175 paper copies. There were also 10 vellum copies. Founded in 1894 by Lucien and his wife, Esther, the Eragny Press became well known for its distinctive designs, woodcuts, and printing. The press originally printed books using Charles Rickett’s Vale Press type face; however, in 1904, after the closing of the Vale Press, Lucien began publishing his own books and printing them with a typeface of his design called Brook Type. This beautiful copy is bound in full dark green morocco boards with gilt title to spine and gilt rulings to covers. It has been expertly restored with a modern spine and five raised bands. The beautiful leather covers have Art Nouveau style inner dentelles featuring a pink inlaid floral motif. The binding is signed by H.S. Chatfield. An article in the New York Times of February 12, 1915 describes Chatfield's work to be “charming and discreet, his inlays almost persuade the most conservative, the best of his linear decoration is firm and true in execution and well-balanced in design.” There is minor wear to the edges and corners of the boards. The interior is clean and bright with the original pink and green floral patterned color wrappers bound in. The frontispiece, printed in olive green, was designed and cut by Laurence Binyon. The decorations and initials were designed by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Esther Pissaro. Pencil ownership signature of Hilda Beecher Stowe of New York. Near fine condition. 28 pages plus colophon. PRI/112122. Fine.
London: Essex House Press, 1901. Ephemera. A four page bi-fold announcement from the Guild of Handicraft dated December 1901 for a monograph from the Essex House Press, written by Ernest Godman with an introduction by C.R. Ashbee.,The prospectus describes it as having a brief letterpress, and some fifty illustrations of the architectural work,ceilings, etc. of the Old Palace. On pages two and three is a list of the books still available from the press, and a description of the upcoming titles and authors to be issued in the vellum series. The last page has an order form with instructions for those wanting special bindings. In very good plus condition. PRI/040213. Very Good+.
Chipping Camden: Essex House Press, 1906. Boards. One of 300 copies. An attractive copy of this book of 43 lovely poems by Housman's from the well known Essex House Press. The Essex House Press was founded by C R Ashbee, who also ran the Guild of Handicraft in London. The Press is named after the London workshops of the Guild at Essex House on the Mile End Road in the East End. Ashbee bought the Kelmscott Press’s Albion printing presses after William Morris’s death, and employed one of the Kelmscott compositors Thomas Binning. Ashbee endeavored to carry on the work of Morris’s Press. The Essex House Press moved with the Guild to Chipping Campden in 1902, and produced 84 titles. Quarto volume bound in blue paper boards with vellum spine with gilt titling. Some bumping to corners of boards and light signs of handling. Interior pages are bright and clean with offsetting to free endpapers and slight darkening to some of page edges. Very good condition. 56 pages. PRI/112122. Very Good.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2009. Someck, Ronny. Hardcover. Numbered and signed by the author and printer. A collection of five poems by Ronny Someck about ballet with two hand-colored illustrations. Someck is an Israeli poet, musician, and artist who has won multiple awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister's Award, the Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry, and the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry. He is internationally renowned with poems published in over thirty-five languages and ten books of poetry published in English. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. Pointe Shoes is a dos-a-dos structure printed in both English and Hebrew. It is bound in black cloth boards with inset cloth ballet slippers to both boards and decorative pink and black ribbons to spine. The center of both signatures features four black and pink flourishes. Printed on Grandee paper and handset in Alt-Mediaval and Margalit type. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. A fine production. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] PRI/032713. Fine.
London: Ballantyne Press [Vale Press], 1901. Limited Edition. Paper covered boards. 8vo. 1 of 280 copies. It was printed at the Ballantyne Press under the supervision of the founder of the Vale Press, Charles Ricketts. Michael Field was the pseudonym of the poets/playrights Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper, who were aunt and niece as well as lesbian lovers. They were part of the 1890s circle and close friends of Charles Ricketts and his partner, Charles Shannon. Bound in printed paper covered boards in buff and green with 'dead leaves' design over grey-blue paper covered spine with paper title label to spine. Browning to spine, title label, and top edges of boards. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Small spots of foxing to boards and a few spots of soiling to spine and boards. Bump and chipping to foot of spine. Offsetting to endpapers and occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Foxing to fore-edge. Printed in red and black Vale type. Pages are unopened. [85 pages.] PRI/062722. Very Good +.
Baltimore: Flying Fox Press, 2017. Paperback. 1 of 25 copies, initialed and numbered by the artist. Linocut of an imaginary serpent-bird printed archivally in dark green ink on tan paper. Printed at PaperBase with Sarah Robbins. Thirty-seven additional copies were printed for the Guild of Book Workers "Bird in Hand" annual collaborative project. Ten percent of each sale will be donated to Bat Conservation International. Size: 8 x 8 inches. PRI/090117. Fine.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2002. One of 200 copies. This is an unusual and lovely scroll book, which, according to the Press, follows the written record of a wondrous monument standing in Athens. The Tower has been explained by scholars from antiquity to the present, yet the Tower of the Winds was and still is a mystery to those who study it. The work is original to the Foolscap Press both in content and exterior form, and was created as a biblio-artifact, both a book and an object. The book is in a pre-codex form, allowing the reader to scroll through history viewing the subject along a panorama 25 feet in length. In addition to reproducing historic texts, there are illustrations of the Tower by James Stuart and Nicolas Revett, two important early British architects. The work is printed in Adobe Herculanum type on Zerkall Book and hand made papyrus from Egypt. It is housed in a formed sculptural / architectural case. Each case is a rigid cylinder hinged with cloth and lined with a map of ancient Athens. Issued with handling instructions. It is a stunning and inventive work from this press. Scroll is in fine condition. PRI/102022. Fine.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2010. Hardcover. Number 19 of 200 copies of which 140 were offered for sale. Signed by each author. "As a journalist Ernest Hemingway was trained to cut to the story's essentials, leaving out those words that stand between the writer and his intent. And so we have a Hemingway principle of good writing—the well-hewn sentence. It is said that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write the shortest of short stories: the ultimate example of brevity in storytelling. Though perhaps apocryphal—no one can tell us who challenged him or on what occasion—this was the result: “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” Writers have attempted to equal this six-word short story with six of their own, but no one has clearly beaten the master. Those six words are just too good. Foolscap Press commissioned six writers each to write a six-page story where only the title was supplied. The writers were free to do whatever they chose within those parameters. We invited three women and three men in order to balance personal experiences and writing styles. The response is these six extraordinary stories stocked with a captivating cast of characters. And, yes, there is a distinction between the men and women writers. And what happens when it comes to dealing with an unmitigated loss (as the title might suggest)? You can read for yourself these six creations spun from six very different imaginative worlds, all in response to those six tantalizing words" (Foolscap Press). A large book bound in light blue Japanese cloth with paper title label on front cover. The book is sewn in an modified accordion structure designed so that each story is presented individually. Each story has its own title page which has been signed by the author. Each title page features a different collaged print of a pair of shoes by Peggy Gotthold on Kitakata paper. Letterpress printed on Frankfurt Cream text paper using hand-set Garamond type. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] PRI/031011. Fine.
Foolscap Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 16 of 100 copies. The Snails is a short story by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) about giant snails with huge teeth that inhabit a remote island. When an out-of-shape professor decides to visit the island in hopes of capturing one of the snails in order to secure fame for himself, his plans go awry. A seemingly peculiar topic for a story, it was perfect for Highsmith who kept snails as pets and was known to take them to parties on leaves of lettuce in her handbag. The book is housed in a brick red cloth box with a cast-paper sculpture of a snail shell to the top cover. The book is bound in tan cloth with an illustration of a snail pasted down to the front cover. Within the folds of the accordion structure binding are smaller gatherings of pages, which include the text. Illustrations of snails roaming the island and encountering the professor are printed on the larger pages. An interesting structure, as is frequent with books issued by the Foolscap Press. Letterpress printed from polymer plates. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [44 pages] PRI/022217. Fine.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 36 of 100 copies, signed by the author, translator, and illustrator. "A novel in eight chapters, each of which are distinct episodes in the life of the narrator. The chapters show us moments of supreme lucidity where the narrator is consciously alive to the beauty of the world and the possibility of love in its many aspects. The setting is the Brezhnev era in the Soviet Union where as the narrator states, love is in essence subversive.' The essence of this novel is how to move beyond recrimination of the past or even the promise of the future and to be consciously alive to the beauty around us, and to that possibility of love. Andreï Makine is an elegant stylist who allows us to witness these clear moments throughout this moving and thoughtful novel" (Foolscap Press). The author, Andreï Makine, was born in Siberia in 1957, but has lived in France since 1987 where he was granted political asylum. He writes in French but has worked closely with Geoffrey Stachan to translate all of his novels into English. Both the author and translator have won awards for their work. The illustrator, Vladimir Zimakov, is an art professor and director of the art gallery at Lasell University in Massachusetts. Bound in grey cloth with red leather spine titled in grey. Includes eight full page color illustrations and eight vignettes. Designed, printed, and bound by Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence Van Velzer. Letterpress printed on Rives paper in Van Dijck type. Housed in a red cloth covered box with gilt and leather title label to spine. Pristine. Size: 9.75 x 13.5 inches. Fine.
Mount Vernon, NY: The Golden Eagle Press, . Hardcover. Number VI of 108 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. Includes fifteen plates. There are thirteen original watercolors by the noted artist, Kurt Roesch. The frontispiece and a second hors-text plate are lithographs. This is an overlooked livre d’artiste, published six years before the press printed Orpheus, a book recognized in The Artist and the Book 1860-1960. This work is the whimsical and mysterious story of a boy, Sprig, and his horse Turfy, and their nighttime adventure and transformation. In the colophon, Roesch writes: “This Archetype Edition of Sprig and Turfy is not only the first but unique in the history of the printed book. It is conveniently limited to one hundred and eight copies, each containing original paintings in watercolor over a key plate in black, printed by S.A. Jacobs, The Golden Eagle Press, Mount Vernon, N.Y.”. Bound in tan buckram with a gilt device on the front board, cloth ties, in a tri-fold chemise in a slipcase, both also covered in tan buckram. Book in near fine condition. Slipcase and chemise are very good with light wear. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Near Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2008. Number 8 of 30 copies. Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us." This interesting and evocative work exemplifies how Anne integrates her textile skills with book arts. She explains that Winter Counts were historic calendars used by the Plains Indians to record time pictographically. This book is Anne's interpretation of the Sioux tradition to record her personal history using hand-stitched embroidery and letterpress printing. The 41 embroideries were scanned and then made into print form from hand-processed photopolymer plates run on a Vandercook Universal hand press. Printing was done by Inge Bruggeman. Each is printed in the same color as the embroidered version. The loose images and text pages are housed in a light red clam shell box. The text pages are printed in Goudy Sans type and include the title page, artist's statement, two commentary pages for images titles and stitch identification, and colophon with quotes relevant to the winter count tradition. An impressive production in fine condition. PRI/031819. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2018. Number 3 of 10 copies in the deluxe edition, signed and numbered by the book artist. This deluxe edition includes a hand-written poem in a rear folder with a bound in fabric piece. Vestiges was conceived in Iceland where Anne was an artist-in-residence in April and May 2018. This striking work includes folded, sewn, dyed, and printed crinoline cloth pieces accompanied by text. They beautifully capture the almost intangible nature of vestiges - things disappearing or no longer in existence. The book's wrap-around cover is white crinoline. The book is printed with Weiss Italic type on Mohawk Superfine paper by Diane Jacobs of the Scranton Press in Portland. The text is hand-written and authored by the artist as are the hand-dyed fabric manipulations (from the colophon). Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. She makes objects, installations, and works with her community. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us. I enter into inquiry-based community engagement through arts education, residency, public work, studio practice, and collaboration. " A lovely work in fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.