Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 47 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger." Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with their striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Signed and numbered by Plana. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in grey paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in black linen slipcase with grey ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/102518. Fine.
New York: Grenfell Press, 1984. First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY ANN LAUTERBACH AND LOUISE CHASE. Number 63 of 130 signed and numbered copies. Grey paper covered boards with white illustration to front board and printed paper label on the spine. Very fine. Louisa Chase. Pristine interior with illustrated title page. Bound by Claudia Cohen. Printed on Langley and Roma over boards. Unpaginated. PRI/101816. Fine.
Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 2004. Hardcover. Number 122 of 200 copies. In the introduction Dowd states “the present publication is designed to bring the artistic achievements of contemporary binders who have worked...for Gregynog to the notice of a wider public.” This book reproduces in color the nineteen special bindings produced from 1977 until 2002 by the press. Among the binders are Sally Lou Smith, James Brockman, Julian Thomas, Alan Wood, David Esslemont, David Vickers, and Kyffin Williams. Printed in Monotype Walbaum type on Monoadnock Astrolite paper. Bound in dark blue linen with gilt title and press name to spine and the device of the press on the front board. Housed in slipcase in same blue linen. In fine condition. 100 pages. PRI/120811. Fine.
Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 2007. Hardcover. Number 193 of 300 copies. This book collects twelve writings commissioned to celebrate the life and work of the artist Sir Kyffin Williams, R.A. Among the contributors are Nigel Williams, Jan Morris, Anthony Jones, and the Marquess of Anglesey. Illustrated with a selection of the artist’s linocuts, some previously unpublished. The endpaper design is from Sir Kyffin’s original drawing for the covers of the special binding of Two Old Men. Printed in Monotype Bembo type on Zerkall mould-made paper. Bound in black quarter leather with blue cloth covers, blocked in black on the front cover and titled in gold on the spine. Presented in a blue linen slipcase. In fine condition. 84 pages. PRI/120811. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2002. Softcover. Number 77 of 100 copies. A miniature flip book of black and white photos of corn fields. The book simulates the experience of driving past a field of corn. The corn photos are pigment inkjet prints. Measures 2 x 3.5 x .5 inches. Fine condition. PRI/062618. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2018. Number 21 of 30 copies. In this small but powerful work, Karen Hanmer offers a scathing look at what has been happening in the United States since January 2017. From Access Hollywood through the Mueller investigation to white nationalist support, #Great Again #Believe Me documents contemporary American personalities, pronouncements, slogans, scandals, policies and crimes, complemented by the metaphor of a deconstructing US Capitol. The text is printed in inkjet on binders' board with polypropylene and juxtaposed with black and white photos of the US Capitol as it was constructed, but shown in reverse order to seemingly deconstruct. The book is bound in the Jacob’s Ladder artists’ book structure, which is borrowed from a folk toy traditionally made of blocks of wood held together with ribbons. The structure is held from one end and allowed to dangle vertically. When the block being held is tilted, the remaining blocks flip over in succession, producing a cascading visual effect. Housed in clamshell of archival board. In fine condition. 21.5 x 2.5 x .125 inches extended; 3.5 x 2.5 x .75 inches closed. PRI/112818.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2009. Softcover. Number 51 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. In this flip book an image of the White House deconstructs to represent blunders and evil-doings since the 2001 inauguration. Created with pigment inkjet prints. The illustration was done in collaboration with Henry Maron. In fine condition. Measures 2.5 x .5 x .75 inches. PRI/070618. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2014. Hardcover. Number 9 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. This book was inspired by a call for entries by the Guild of Book Workers with the theme of "vessel." Karen describes the text of her response as 60% memory and 40% casually researched, mostly on Wikipedia. Karen's book focuses on the iconic containers and conveyances of her childhood and adolescence between roughly 1962-1979. She juxtapositions her text with photographs of such "vessels" as the Chevy Nova, Crock-Pot, Electric Frying Pan, Mood Ring, Frye Boots, the 747, and more. Her words are often amusing, but they also offer astute observations on her family and our society during the period covered. This is the deluxe edition with marbled paper covers by Pamela Smith. Digitally printed and housed in a purple paper covered slip case. Digitally printed. In fine condition. 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [26 pages] PRI/121415. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2017. Hardcover. Number 64 of 87 copies of the standard edition. The text is in German, English, and Japanese. Master book artist Hanni has long been passionately speaking out through some of his books about the devastating effects of contamination from nuclear facilities. This powerful work is about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 that occurred after a severe earthquake and its accompanying tsunami. It was the most significant nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. He writes in the text appearing on the inside of the book's stiff paper covers that claims made by nuclear scientists "that no health consequences are to be expected from contamination are unscientific, immoral, and criminal." He further states that "there is no peaceful use for nuclear energy. It is repressive, criminal and deadly. Only nuclear plants that have not been built can offer absolutely safety." Hänni writes much more to detail what happened and the dire effects. He believes that the catastrophe in Fukushima is a "disaster beyond human imagination in both time and scope." The title comes from parts of the text where Hänni writes about the many people permanently displaced in order to escape the contamination resulting from the disaster. The book itself is printed in five colors on paper towels, an innovative technique that Hänni has successfully used in a previous work. On the pages small selections of text are juxtaposed with letters, images, and symbols to communicate the event and its aftermath. The results are stunning and thought-provoking. Hand composed and hand printed letterpress. Most of the pages required several printing forms and runs. Books are handbound. The production took about 1400 hours to complete. Housed in a grey paper covered slipcase with title in the three languages on a white spine. The book is accompanied by a glossy 12-page color pamphlet with 108 photographs documenting the production process. Book has 64 unnumbered pages. 9.25 x 10.25 inches. In fine condition. PRI/101017. fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2017. Hardcover. Master book artist Hanni has long been passionately speaking out through some of his books about the devastating effects of contamination from nuclear facilities. This powerful work is about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 that occurred after a severe earthquake and its accompanying tsunami. It was the most significant nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. He originally printed this book in German, English, and Japanese with the text juxtaposed with symbols, figures, and more. This small version is the text only in Japanese. There are 200 copies. Bound in stiff paper boards. In fine condition. Unpaginated [10 pages]. fine.
Basel: Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 2015. Number 20 of 50 copies in the deluxe edition. There were 187 copies in the standard edition. This deluxe edition includes both a copy of the standard edition and a "unikat edition," which features additional layers of printing and some variant prints from the standard edition. Each 'unikat' book is unique. Both volumes are accodion structures with board covers. A printed white paper dust jacket holds the book in codex form, but the jacket can be easily removed to view the extended accordion. In addition to two six page supplements with the colophon printed in both English and German (one for each volume), this deluxe edition includes a 12 page side-stapled booklet with a series of photographs documenting the creation of this project. Beautifully letterpress printed using typography to create images. There is no text printed in either the standard or unikat editions. Both volumes and all three supplements are housed in a slipcase, which is titled in black.Each volume and also the slipcase have paper book bands around them. [12 pages in each volume].
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 290 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. This inventive new version of an earlier book of the same title was hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. It is an accordion structure with a stiff paper illustrated wrapper which, when removed, allows the twelve pages of the content to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small book measuring 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/112818. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2015. Hardcover. Number 57 of 187 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. This inventive new version of an earlier book of the same title was hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. It is an accordion structure with a stiff paper illustrated book which, when removed, allows the twelve pages of the content to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small book measuring 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072015. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2018. Hardcover. A set of three books in the Words Make the Infinite Finite series. Volume VII is limited to 290 copies, Volume VI is limited to 187 copies, and Volume V is limited to 86 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. Each of these books were hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. All are accordion structures with stiff paper illustrated wrappers, which when removed, allow the twelve pages of the contents to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small set in a slipcase measuring about 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall by 1.25 inches thick. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/112818. Fine.
Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 1987. Hardcover. Number 6 of 70 copies. “On November 1, 1986 near the city of Basel Switzerland, there was a major chemical spill in the river Rhine, the greatest environmental catastrophe in the area - six months after the reactor catastrophe in Chernobyl in April 1986. Up to this point the residents of Basel, where there is so much chemical industry, were unaware they were sitting on top of a powder keg. The typographic illustrations and the text are a selection of twelve important incidents that occurred during the night of the catastrophe. Footnotes are used to indicate new or contradictory information. After removing the dust jacket you may fold the pages out as one strip, reading the capitals on each page as NOVEMBER 1, 1986” (Romano Hänni). Bound in stiff paper boards with cream paper dust jacket, which is titled with large 1987 on the front cover and German text on the rear cover. Oblong. 4.25 x 8.5 inches. In fine condition. 20 pages. THIS IS THE LAST AVAILABLE COPY IN THE EDITION. PRI/121913. Fine.
1918. Paper Covered Boards. Thin 8vo. 1 of 200 copies. Patterned paper covered boards with white and green title to front board. Minor wear/bumping to corners and spine ends. Interior is very clean with bright text. Tight binding. Glassine dj with heavy wear, chipping, tear to edges. Front panel of dj is present, but detached. PRI/051005. Near Fine in Good- dj.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2016. Softcover. One of fewer than 400 copies in this limited second edition of this poem in six parts. From the printer: "Matthew Hollis's first collection of poems, Ground Water, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Its follow up, Stones, is a swirling meditation on loss and recovery in six parts that asks how far must we change in order to overcome the past? And what of ourselves will we have lost in so doing? Stones is the first publication from Matthew Hollis since Now All Roads Lead to France: the Last Years of Edward Thomas was awarded the 2011 Costa Award for Biography. A longer poem of around 200 lines, it takes its setting from the Lake District where the author was living when he began work on the poem in 2006. Ten years later, after more than 300 pages of drafts, Stones was completed. It is this very element of time, and its contribution to our well being, that occupies the poem. After trauma, how can we live well in the present without doubting or denigrating the past? Or must we retain our connection to formative experience, whatever the personal cost, in order to understand the present? The first edition of Stones having sold out, Matthew Hollis asked us to print a second edition to accompany his reading the poem on the Radio 4 new poetry show, The Echo Chamber. We don't usually run to second editions, not just because our books are limited editions, but because Graham Moss the printer can't stand to print the same thing twice. On the other hand, we think Stones deserves to be in as many hands as possible. Our compromise was to design a completely new edition, keeping Paul Kershaw's lovely wood engraving of Balveen on the Isle of Skye. Letterpress printed in Monotype Bembo on Zerkall paper. The titling is DeLittle of York's Number 43, a san serif wood type. Sewn into its brown printed paper wrapper by Bill Seversen and Joanne Behm. 8 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches. In fine condition. 7 pages plus colophon. PRI/011618. Fine.
Montgomery Village, MD: Shireen Holman, 2013. Paperback. Number 15 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the artist. This complex and beautiful artist's book explores time from the viewpoints of religion, literature, science, and philosophy. The book artist, Shireen Modak Holman, has been a printmaker for more than thirty-five years and a book artist for more than twenty. She was born in India, and her work often involves the interaction of her Indian and American cultures. She states that she is fascinated by time and spent several years reading, sketching, and selecting texts to illustrate the imagery she was creating as she tried to visually express time. She has used texts from the writings of Shakespeare, Tagore, Einstein, Thoreau, Hawking, and others. As the design of the book came together, she created a full-sized colored pencil mock-up. The finished book consists of woodcuts printed onto pulp-painted handmade paper. The text was letterpress printed on gampi paper and then pasted onto the handmade sheets. The pages are folded in such a way that one can see a little of each of the subsequent pages from the current page. Thus from the beginning to the end of the book one can see a little of the future from the present. Each page has semicircular areas cut out so that the calendar at the bottom right of the colophon page is visible at all times. Housed in a cream paper clamshell box with the title "Time" in raised letters affixed vertically to the cover. Linen spine. In fine condition. Accompanied by a softcover book titled "The Making of the Artist Book 'Time.'" Unpaginated. [16 pages]. 13.75 x 19.25 inches. ARTISTS/041916. Fine.
Towson, MD: Susannah Horrom, 2014. Paperback. Limited to 25 copies. Initialed and numbered by the artist. First trade edition. A detailed drawing of a creature that is filled with "lost things" such as keys, phones, pets, money, flashlights, time, weight, and even Atlantis. This drawing was created as part of a collaborative project sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers. The first printing of this map was issued exclusively for other participants in the Atlas Project 2014 in an edition of 40. From the artist's statement: "I lose things all the time. I put down a pen, sewing needle, phone, etc. - turn my head for a second - and BAM - gone. Sometimes these mysterious disappearances are due to my clepto cats, but are largely inexplicable. What is taking my eyeglasses, spare change, flashlights, postage stamps, and half of my socks? My husband? Aliens? or more likely - a giant worm-dragon-monster that lives underground and sends up tentacles to steal my stuff..." This trade edition is inkjet printed on archival paper from the original pen and ink drawing. Includes card with artist's statement and brief biography. 8.5 inches x 21 inches. PRI/123114. Fine.
New York: House of Books, Ltd., 1939. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. NUMBER 68 OF 250. Small 8vo. Near fine in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor browning to front free end page. Else is pristine with untrimmed pages. In original glassine dust jacket with a few small closed tears to the edges. Unpaginated. PRI/102016. Near Fine / Very Good.
Benjamin Iluzada, 2017. Paperback. Number 3 of 8 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This book was inspired by The Wild's album "A Collection." Bound in handmade blue paper wrappers with black title to front cover. The interior is a single layer woodcut printed in black ink on J.B. Green Crisbrook Handmade Paper. The text reads: "Brick by brick we build our cities / Filled with friendship and understanding for together / We will drive the darkness out." Benjamin Iluzada is an up and coming printmaker currently working on his MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Size: about 7 x 5 inches. PRI/042018. Fine.
Benjamin Iluzada, 2017. Hardcover. Number 3 of 15 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. A collection of memories from the author about the places he's lived and his experiences ranging from a tarantula on his head when he was a child to adventures in sledding to noisy neighbors making love in the apartment above him. While each memory is very personal, anyone reading it can immediately relate to this nostalgic memoir. Letterpress printed with linoleum cuts, Resingrave engravings, pressure plates, and polymer plates on Fabriano Rospina paper. Created and printed for Sarah Nicolls' MFA Letterpress class at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA. Benjamin Iluzada is an up and coming printmaker currently working on his MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Size: 5 x 5.25 inches. PRI/042018. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press. Hardcover. Number 32 of 160 copies signed by the artist. This is a handsome book with striking prints from artist Nick Wonham. From the press: "Collective nouns, the stuff of schooldays, always seem to amuse us. A parliament of magpies has to be a favourite, especially if you’ve heard a group of them cackling together in the Springtime. But we prefer the alternative, a charm of magpies, which certainly suits this poem better. It is one version of a folk rhyme which has many local variants, all superstitiously foretelling the future through random occurrence. Although Iona & Peter Opie’s Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes does not include it amongst the counting rhymes. It makes a nice counting or even skipping song, and we present it thus, with the numeral and its word facing each picture to encourage learning by mixing reading with the action of counting. Magpies are often known a thugs in the garden, stealing eggs and chasing off their more delicate rivals. As printers, though, we have a fondness for them because of their “ink on paper” plumage and their latin name pica pica, which recalls the printshop unit of measure. The heart of our book is the ten two-colour linocut prints. Each one 8 x 6 inches, their bold, dense colours add to the edgy feel of the images. Hand set in Monotype Bemb from 24 to 72 points in size. The numerals are Winchester 30-line woodtype from Stephenson, Blake. The paper is Zerkall. Bound with a dark blue cloth spine and light blue printed paper over boards with specially printed endpapers by Roger Grech at his Papercut Bindery. In fine condition. Measures 14.5 x 10.25 inches. Unpaginated [27 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2009. Paperback. "U unwillingness, slowness to learn. V is the vomitting the great fish is forced to make our hero change and turn, if only stumblingly, mind not yet open. W's the whale and the gobbling worm. X is exposure to why, Yahweh. Z is the zeal that makes Yahweh squirm" (last page). A chapbook issued to celebrate The Books of Jonah, the summer exhibition at Chetham's Library in Long Millgate, Manchester. Letterpress printed with metal type and illustrated with wood cuts printed in various colors. Bound in marbled paper wrappers with yellow title label to front cover. Clean and bright. Size: 4.5 x 3.5 inches. [8 pages] PRI/120518. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Hardcover. 1 of less than 240 copies printed of which only 50 (including this one) were bound for subscribers. This book was produced to commemorate Boccaccio's 700th anniversary in 2013 for the international conference and exhibition 'Locating Boccacio in 2013,' held at the John Rylands University Library and Town Hall in Manchester. This is an excerpt from De mulierbus, the first collection of biographies of women in Western literature. Fine in beige paper covered boards with red cloth spine. The text is printed on blue paper with Poliphilus type. Includes woodcut frontispiece illustration of Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily (1541), initials, and head and tailpieces. In a fine tan dust jacket with red title to spine panel. 22 pages. PRI/092013. Fine / Fine.