West Branch: Cummington Press, 1968. Limited Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Beige linen covered boards with beige paper label with black title on the front board. Pristine interior with unopened pages. Fragile Japanese paper dust jacket with closed tear on the back panel. Else is fine. At head of title: presented by the scholar-translator. Of 320 copies, this is number 125 of 150 signed by the author and illustrated on the title-page with a plate etched and wiped by Carol Heinerberg Yeh. Unpaginated. PRI/101916. Fine / Very Good.
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Cummington Press, 1943. Hardcover. 238 of 430 copies. The Latin text with an introduction and English translation by Allen Tate. Black cloth boards with red title to spine. Slight bump to bottom corner of front board. Wear resulting in exposed book board to bottom corner of rear board. A few spots of foxing to end pages, else clean. Sticker from Bull's Head bookshop to front endpage. PRI/012808. Very Good. No DJ as Issued.
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.
West Chester, PS: Aralia Press, 2008. Softcover. One of 100 copies. A small collection of sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant poems about the life of a single man seeking a relationship. Bound in stiff brown paper wrappers with title label on front cover. Printed in Bembo type on Frankfurt Cream Paper. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated (6 text pages). PRI/053020. Fine.
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.
Rockville, MD: Erik Delfino, 2015. Number 5 of 10 copies signed by the book artist. A stunning production by book artist and photographer Erik Delfino. In his accompanying pamphlet about the 1964 fair, Delfino writes that his parents took him to the fair when he was four years old. His memories are still vivid and treasured, and he hopes that the photographs of the still remaining structures that he took for this book at the fiftieth anniversary celebration have captured the spirit of the fair. The photographs and text are digitally printed on loose sheets of 19 x 13 inch Epson Exhibition Fiber paper. The twenty-five striking and evocative color photographs are of the structures still remaining at the fair site. They are bold and often abstract and geometric. The photos are interspersed with text offering his brief impressions from viewing the site. The photos are followed by a leaf with pictures of Delfino and his parents on the day they visited the fair. There is a table of contents on the colophon page. The leaves are housed in a taupe cardboard folder that is housed in a blue cloth case, which is encased in a 19.5 x 14 inch stainless steel box with an impression of the iconic stainless steel unisphere. Includes a copy of Cotter and Young’s The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/112916.
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.
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.
London: Eragny Press, 1901. Hardcover. One of 226 copies, of which 200 were for sale, issued by Hacon and Ricketts. Founded in 1894 by Lucien Pissaro and his wife, Esther, the Eragny Press became well known for its distinctive designs, woodcuts, and printing. This lovely book is an edition of Flaubert’s story about the beheading of John the Baptist. In an early full crimson morocco binding with five raised bands to spine. Title, author, and date in gilt to spine. Slight rubbing to hinges. Leather turn-ins are gold tooled and the endpapers are marbled paper. Red hand sewn endbands with a three color silk ribbon marker and top edge in gilt. Interior pages are bright and clean save for evidence of a bookplate on verso of free front endpaper that has lightly offset on opposite page. Includes a woodcut frontispiece illustration by Lucien with borders and initials done by Esther. Near fine condition. A lovely fine binding. In French. 104 pages. PRI/080514. Near Fine.
London: Essex House Press, 1899. Hardcover. Number 627 of 750 copies. This was the third book published by the Essex House Press. Founded by C.R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson “in the hope to keep living the tradition of good printing that William Morris had revived, and with the help of T. Binning and J. Tippett, compositors, and S. Mowlem, pressman, who came from the Kelmscott Press to that end” (from the printer’s note). A lovely book bound and signed by Bickers and Son in brown crushed pigskin with five bands and blind embossed title on spine, top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Front hinge repaired. Printed in black and red type on fine handmade paper. Frontispiece illustration by Reginald Savage protected by tissue guard. Very good plus condition. 426 pages. PRI/012012. Very Good +.
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+.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2010. Hardcover. Number 32 of 66 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. 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. The Raven is bound in full black leather with tan and black leather inlay forming the image of a raven on both boards. The binding is a dos-a-dos structure printed in English and in Hebrew. The English text was hand set in Alt-Mediaval type and the Hebrew text was set in Margalit type. It is printed on Bavaria-Butten paper and illustrated with a paper cut of a raven. Housed in a white cloth slipcase with paper title label with light, ghostly visibility under the white cloth. In fine condition. Unpaginated. Fine.
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.
Tuscaloosa, AL: Hand Papermaking / Word Way Press, 1998. Paperback. Number 91 of 150 copies. "Between 1984 and 1996, Dorothy traveled to Nepal four times. She sought out those who have preserved Nepalese papermaking and she visited new mills, some of which practice traditional Nepalese methods, others using adaptations and imported techniques. While in Nepal, she met with papermakers, discerned their methods, and collected their papers. The samples she assembled, many made using traditional lokta fiber, make up the specimens in the portfolio" (introduction). A portfolio of 18 sheets of handmade paper created in Nepal with an accompanying booklet that supplies descriptions for each sample as well as an introduction and an extensive essay about Nepal and its paper. The yellow paper wrapper covering the booklet is letterpress printed. The images within are from traditional Nepalese woodblock prints and were designed by Berinji Narayan Shrestha. Each paper sample is mounted within a folder labeled from A to P. The accompanying booklet and mounted samples are all housed in a red clamshell box with paper title label to spine. Each paper sample is approximately 7 x 10 inches or smaller. The box is 11.5 x 9 x 1.5 inches. The booklet is 40 pages. PRI/050218. Fine.
Oxford: Privately printed at the New Bodleian, 1959. Hardcover. First edition. 17 of 100 numbered copies. Signed by the author and Herbert Davis, the printer. Includes 36 poems. Bound in gray paper covered boards with printed paper label on the front board. Offsetting to endpapers and pastedowns from removed acetate dust jacket. Slight sunning to spine. Printed in Eric Gill's Joanna type from matrices lent by Rene Hague. Slight musty smell. Unpaginated. PRI/101316. Very Good.
Weaverville, NC: Tony Firman Bookbinding, 2019. Paperback. A keepsake created for the Miniature Book Society Conclave in 2019 in Bloomington, IN. A sweet autobiographical story about the authors and their experience settling into their new home and life in North Carolina - where they appreciate their large bindery, oak floors, the mountains, books, and unexpected bear visitors. Illustrated with photographic images. Size: 3 x 3 inches. 24 pages. MINI/070220. Fine.
Washington DC: Library Fellows, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1992. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist with an original drawing in a separate portfolio. Audrey Flack (1931-) is an important American artist who is nationally recognized and whose works are in major collections throughout the world. She is known as a pioneer in Photorealism and has also been inspired by Baroque art. This book is the third volume in the artists' book series published by the Library Fellows of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The sketchbook records Flack's travels from 1985-89, which included trips to Paris, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. The terra cotta pencil sketches that fill the sketchbook are beautifully rendered and often intimate. They are reproduced to scale. The book and the portfolio for the illustration are bound in a green, black and orange marbled cloth. Save for light creases on the free endpapers the book is in fine condition. The original drawing is a portrait from a Baroque sculpture and measures 4 x 6 inches. Both are housed in a brown cloth box with black leather title label affixed to a strip of the marbled cloth used for the binding. A lovely copy of this now rare book. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/102612. Fine.
Upper Denby, Huddersfield: Fleece Press, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe Edition. Number 45 of 54 deluxe copies that include two tipped-in color prints and a signed loose print of “Cafe Dansant No. 2.” Laid in is a signed typed letter from printer Simon Laurence on his letterhead dated October 12th, 2003. This the fourth book in the John Buckland Wright series printed by the Fleece Press. It contains the “free” or autonomous prints not published in the previous volumes including book illustrations, commercial work and designs for cards, announcements and publishers’ marks. It addition it features a descriptive account of all the rejected and unfinished blocks in the studio. A description and printed examples of Wright’s experiments with color which culminated in two engravings “The Blue Dress” (1952) and “The Red Room” (1952) are also included; Wright died before completely finishing the latter. Before the printing of this book, neither of these engravings had been editioned. Fine in quarter vellum with patterned paper boards and gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with many tipped-in illustrations, some of which are in color. Printed in Modern No. 7 type set at Whittington Press by Peter Sanderson on Magnani Avorio Biblos paper and bound by Smith Settle. The tipped-in reproductions were printed in Sheffield by J.W. Northend Fine Print. The print and book are housed in a fine orange cloth clamshell box with paper title label to spine. 71 pages. PRI/122409. Fine.
England: The Fleece Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. The artist Leslie Cole, who trained under Bawden and Ravilious at the Royal College of Art in the 1930s, produced some of the finest wartiime paintings after appointed an Official War Artist, his watercolors being particularly fine, many in a Ravilious influenced style. Cole travelled through Germany (recording the scenes of horrific trauma at Belsen a week after its liberation), France, Malta and the Far East, where he recorded the action in Borneo and Singapore, a theatre of the war largely forgotten by Europeans today. Cole’s work was the equal of any other war artist, and yet he was unable, for personal or other reasons, to maintain the momentum after the war, when he seems to have slid very slowly downhill, and his early promise was unfulfilled. The book also writes of Cole’s wife Brenda . She had a very colorful teenage history, being the chief prosecution witness for the Church of England when they prosecuted the Rector of Stiffkey for importuning young girls. She disguised this past very ably through her life, even changing her name, and may not even have told her husband. Her true identity was revealed to friends before she died. This handsome work was designed and type set by Simon Lawrence, the publisher. Bound in quarter dark blue cloth with beautiful blue marbled paper made by Louise Brockman for the front and rear covers. . Printed in Miller display type. Over 130 illustrations of Cole's works and photographs of him and his wife.198 pages including index. PRI/011311. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 25 of 50 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Flying Fish Press was established in 1987 by internationally known book artist and book art educator Julie Chen. The press focuses on the design and production of limited edition artists' books with an emphasis on three-dimensional and movable book structures and fine letterpress printing. Editions range in size from 25 to 150 copies. Work from the press Is known for combining meticulous attention to craft, intricate structural design, and inspired artistic vision. Half Century was written, illustrated, and designed by Chen. It is dedicated to Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her career at University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA (colophon). Chen writes: "The text of this book considers the complexity of our relationship to time in our daily lives. We think we understand how time works, but our public beliefs about time may not sync up with our private beliefs about time. Our conception of time changes over the course of a lifetime but we often only realize this at milestones and/or traumatic moments in our lives. Imagery includes a variety of large wood type numbers that were printed at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, along with an abstract visual timeline illustrating a pattern of significant life events over a 50-year period." Half Century has an accordion structure that measures 6 x 6 x 1 inches when closed, opening to a full width of 174 inches. Bound in red cloth with title label and "Act I" or Act II" on front and back covers. Letterpress printed from wood type and photopolymer plates. Presented in a red cloth box with a magnetic closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/012219. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2003. Number 61 of 100 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. At the time this book work was first created, Julie Chen described it as "by far the most ambitious and extravagant piece ever to be produced at Flying Fish Press. Personal Paradigms presents a truly interactive experience for the reader in the form of a game that is played and the results then recorded in a collaborative ledger book. The object of the game focuses on the player's own life experiences and perceptions at the moment that the game is being played." Presented in a sumptuous cloth covered box, the set includes a letterpress printed game board and a multitude of beautiful lasercut game pieces. The game board opens to a full size of 21 x 30 inches. Box measures 15. x 11.25 x 4.75 when closed. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/042820. Fine.