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.
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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.
New York: H. Bittner & Company, 1944. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. With 21 hand colored woodcuts by Fritz Kredel. A collection of tales that was originally published in Spanish in 1874. This edition is the newly translated (into English) version. Mustard yellow cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bump to foot of spine. Foxing to first and last few pages, else clean. Letterpress printed by Victor and Jacob Hammer at the Wells College Press in Aurora, NY. In off-white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor browning to spine panel and edges of front and rear panels of jacket. Minor wear to edges including a few chips to spine ends of jacket. 151 pages. PRI/010422. Very Good / Very Good.
Madrid: Turner Libros / Ediciones Turner, 1984. Hardcover. Number 25 of 500 copies. Colección Itálica, second series. Lope de Vega (1562 - 1635) was a Spanish poet, novelist, and playwright. He was a key figure of the Spanish Gold Age of Baroque literature. This is a fine press edition of his sonnets in Italian. Bound in white paper covered hard boards with paper title labels to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Bodoni type on Ingres Fabriano paper. Unopened pages. A few spots of foxing to the fore-edge of the textblock, else clean and bright interior. In off-white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Large closed tear to rear panel of jacket and light, small spots of soiling - possibly foxing. IN ITALIAN. 151 pages plus index. PRI/122022. Near fine / Very Good.
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. 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 16 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/040623. Fine.
Frankfurt am Main: Der Goldene Brunnen, 1953. Hardcover. A collection of poetry in German by several different authors including Edgar Allan Poe, François Villon, and more. Printed using Antiqua typeface from the Bremer Presse. Bound in brown paper covered boards with gilt initals R.A.S. (Rudolph Alexander Schröder) to front board. Uneven sunning to spine and boards. Clean interior. Thin Quarto. In German. 20 pages. PRI/032723. Very Good.
Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1960. Paperback. 90 of 300 copies. This is the 11th part of the Dolmen Chapbook series. Light orange wrappers with black title: "The Dolmen Chapbook: A Miscellany in twelve parts" to front wrapper. The interior side-sewn pamphlet is laid into the wrappers. This alphabet was cut by Michael Biggs in 1953. The text is set in Perpetua type with Roman capitals in Centaur. Printed in red and black ink. Clean and bright. [8 pages.] PRI/022823. Very Good.
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.
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 example of the fine printing of this noted English press. Bound in the original stiff vellum with title printed in black on spine. Vellum has darkened, particularly on the spine, a few slight abrasions to spine, and a bit of bowing to the front board. Light browning to pastedowns. Browning to the gutter of the page preceding the frontispiece and some browning to page edges. Printed in black and with red shoulder notes and colophon in Caslon type on fine handmade paper. Frontispiece illustration by Reginald Savage protected by tissue guard. Interior pages are very clean and bright. With bookplate of Lewis Hotchkiss Brittin, a WWI aviator affixed to front pastedown and ownership signature in ink of Frances Ryder Leonard on front free endpaper. Despite noted condition issues a nice copy in very good condition. 426 pages. PRI/091423. 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, 2009. Someck, Ronny. Hardcover. Number 35 of 88 copies. 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.
New Haven, CT: Henry W. Wenning, 1966. Hardcover. Number 147 copies of 218 copies signed by the poet. Copies 5 to 215 were for sale, with the first three copies lettered a, b, c reserved for the poet, publisher, and printer. William Everson (1912 - 1994), was also known as Brother Antoninus, A deeply serious and religious writer, Everson spent 18 years as a Dominican monk and published many of his works under his name in religion, Brother Antoninus. He was variously classified as a nature poet, an erotic poet, and a religious poet, but, contended Dictionary of Literary Biography contributor James A. Powell, “above all else, Everson is an autobiographical, even a confessional poet. Throughout his career…he has made his personal life the predominant subject of his poetry.”was a poet, critic, and globally renowned handset printer [Poetry Foundation biography]. Bound in decorated paper covers in green, red, black on cream background, with brown leather spine with debossed titling. Spine with slight wear along joints and small tear on rear joint. Lightest wear to edges of covers. Small brown stains to fore-edges of two of free front endpapers. Signed by the poet in black ink with brown wash. Printed by Claude Fredericks in Pawlet, VT on kochi paper. Very good condition. Measures 10.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated [13 pages]. PI/082423. Very Good.
London: Charles Skilton Ltd, 1965. Hardcover. Number 358 of 500 copies, signed by Sir Russell Flint in rear. A collection of four essays, three of which are true and is (according to author) at least half true. Scottish artist and illustrator Sir Russell Fllint (1880 - 1969) is best known for his watercolor paintings of women; although, he also worked in oil, tempura, and created prints. This book has been finely printed in Pastonchi type by Charles Skilton at his press in red, blue, and black inks with notes printed in tan. It is bound in blue cloth backed black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration of a key to front board. Light sunning to spine and gentle bumping to corners. Housed in a blue paper covered slipcase. Wear to edges and panels of case with bump to botto corner and split along one seam. Rubbing, sunning, and evidence of removed price label to panels of case. 59 pages. PRI/020923. 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.