Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2018. Number 28 of 30 of the regular edition, signed and numbered by the book artist. 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, printed by Diane Jacobs of the Scranton Press in Portland. The book's wrap-around cover is white crinoline. The book is printed with Weiss Italic type on Mohawk Superfine paper. 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.
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Washington DC: Kristin Gubrandsdottir, 2010. Soft cover. Number 10 of 11 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Kristin is a book artist, furniture maker, and teacher from Iceland. Her works typically address feelings, memory, and experience. She studied book arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC where she made this book. She currently resides in Brussels. Awakening is a powerful photobook done in response to the loss of friends that "left me wondering about the meaning of our existence and why some leave too prematurely." The photographs and text address these questions and the strange feelings that arose in her at night that left her waking up "knowing that one day I will die." The twelve evocative color photos are reproduced in an oblong accordion style book and juxtaposed with letter press text. Printed on Soberest paper using Minion Pro Regular and Medium Italic fonts. Bound in white stiff paper with titling on front cover. In fine condition. Unpainted. PI/022119. 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.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2001. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original navy blue cloth covered slipcase with red and white printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Avenue Press, Rampant Lions Press, Chris Daunt, Tragara Press, Whittington Press, Joan Hassall, Old Stile Press, Tern Press, Libanus Press, with paper designed by Stan Lane. Clean and bright. 56 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2003. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original grey cloth covered slipcase with grey printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Edwin Smith (courtesy of the Rampant Lions Press), Old Stile Press, Libanus Press, Gwasg Gregynog, Simon King Press, Old Forge Press, Gordon Gumn, Piccolo Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2016. Softcover. One of 138 copies. Book artist Anne Greenwood celebrated the life and poetry of Hazel Hall (1886-1924) in a special edition portfolio n with the same title, limited to twelve copies. The portfolio and this chapbook republish Hall's Needlework Poems. This chapbook is laser printed and handbound. The chapbook cover art Tapestry of Hours is the republished Needlework Poems by Hazel Hall, made in an edition of one hundred and thirty-eight laser printed and hand-bound. The cover art is machine sticking in crinoline: the under print is pressure printed, hand=stitched embroidery with pochoir. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 22 pages. PRI/053020. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2002. Softcover. Limited to 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. Limited to 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, 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 was 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.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1978. One of 2000 copies printed by The Stinehour Press. This fascinating work is a collaboration between Elizabeth Harris, who wrote the history and documentation of the eighteenth century wooden printing press in volume one, while Clinton Sisson provided the drawings and advice on the construction in volume two. They write together: "In drawing up these plans and instructions based on the Ben Franklin press, our aim has been not only to record the manner in which an early eighteenth-century British common press was constructed, but also to supply sources and methods that will help the user to build a replica with as little difficulty and as few special tools as possible." This reference to the Ben Franklin press is discussed by Harris in her opening pages. According to tradition, the Smithsonian's press was one used by Franklin when he worked for printer John Watts in England in 1724. There is no evidence to prove this definitively but there is no evidence to refute the story. The rest of Harris's volume provides detailed documentation of the materials, tools, and steps to take in the construction of the press. Clinton Sisson 's volume is a portfolio of his eight beautiful technical drawings that illustrate all the parts and their names, the pieces and sections of the press, and the precise measurements. Each sheet in the portfolio is folded in quarters and unfolds to twenty-two inches. There is light spotting to the first two sheets that do not at all affect the images. Both volumes have brown paper covers with the title and an illustration of the press on the cover. Except for the light spotting both volumes are in near fine condition. They are housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with the same illustration of a printing press. Volume one: 62 pages. BOB/040120.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
Philadelphia: Heirloom Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 4 of 5 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "Curio is a collection of quotidian objects that speaks to the idea of woman as domestic curator and as weaker vessel. Images of household vases, cups and bowls are paired with inkblots that evoke the trappings of middle-class existence" (artist's statement). Includes text adapted from the 1868 collection of articles, "Modern Women and What Is Said of Them" and the Kate Chopin novel "The Awakening." Many of the excerpts that the artist has chosen to include objectify women, likening them to jewelry, tables, and other precious possessions. For example: After scolding his wife for sun bathing, Mr. Pontellier looks "at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage." Also "The mind ought to be developed a little, and in such a way as to make the body more piquant and attractive. Like the candle inside a Chinese lantern, it may serve to lighten up and show to advantage the pretty devices outside. But the outside is the important thing, and the inside only incidental" (from "Modern Women ...). Others comment on how wives should be controlled or "managed" and the power dynamics within the home. A powerful book about the subjugation of women. Bound in full white alum-tawed leather with seven raised bands to the spine. Printed using letterpress, screenprint, and lithography on paper handmade by the artist. Size: 22 (wide) x 14.5 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
New York: Privately Published, 1942. Special edition bound in full leather, unnumbered. This is one of 50 copies specially bound in leather by Russell-Rutter Co. Inc. There was also a regular edition of 349 copies. Printed from type by the H. Wolff Book Manufacturing Co., Inc with illustrations printed in offset lithography by the Zeese-Wilkinson Co. According to the acknowledgment and thanks: "All materials and services have been contributed to the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, sponsors of this special edition. All proceeds from the sale of this edition will be turned over to the Committee, whose work is to arrange for the transporation to Mexico of victims of the Fascist terror in French concentration camps." This play has the theme of anti-fascism. Bound in full dark brown leather with raised bands, gilt title and author to spine. Gilt dentelles and brown cloth endpapers. Rubbing to leather on hinges and spine bands, and edges. Smudge mark to title page and minor toning to pages, else clean. Includes multiple full page illustrations by a variety of artists including Fritz Eichenberg. Unpaginated. DRA/111122.
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.
Baltimore: Hill Press, 2014. Number 32 of 60 copies. This handsome book combines Heaver's interest in two subjects and their confluence: Dutch-Inspired type faces and English prayer books. He states in his preface that this fascination had its foundation in years of typographic contemplation and that his HIll Press, founded in 1987, was an early manifestation. In this book, Heaver and his contributors explore the early Dutch types and typographers and how the use of their types spread to other countries. The Book of Common Prayer was chosen for detailed examination because of its beauty and the need to narrow the scope of the analysis. Bound in red cloth with white titling on spine and cover labels. Printed on Twinrocker paper with Fry Baskerville type. With many illustrations and tipped in items throughout. Title page illustration by Chris Manson. In fine condition. Measures 7.25 x10 inches. 65 pages. PRI/021221.
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.
Omaha: Abbattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1979. Number 156 of 235 copies. This book is by Ben Howard, an American poet, essayist, scholar and critic. This copy is unique, with a stunning custom designer binding by renowned English bookbinder David George Sellars (1949-2015). Sellars started his bookbinding career at the age of fifteen and quickly became most interested in the artistic side of binding. He had a varied professional life that included setting up his own studio, teaching, and serving as the President of Designer Bookbinders. By the end of the 1990s, Sellars focused on creating design bindings on commission, special designs for limited editions for small presses and publishers, one-off commissions for authors and special presentation bindings for publishers. His work is represented in most major libraries in the world and many private collections. This beautiful leather binding marries different green and brown shades and varied textures of leather along with copper strands of thread to express the movement of water. The title and author are debossed on the spine. The page edges have a decorative pattern. With suede pastedowns, and Sellars's monogram on rear pastedown. Housed in a custom clamshell box covered in black cloth with white title label to spine. In fine condition. Book measures 5 x 7.5 inches.
East Aurora, NY: The Roycroft Shop, 1908. Hardcover. Author's Edition. Each of the three volumes are numbered 491 of 1,000 copies. All are signed by Hubbard. Illustrated. These three volumes include writings from Hubbard's Little Journeys series which discusses authors, artists, politicians, and other people of note. All volumes are bound in three quarter navy blue leather over blue paper covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Rubbing, wear, scuffing, minor soiling, and fading to boards and edges. Interiors are clean and bright overall; however, there are occasional smudges to margins and illustrations are toned. Dampstaining to top corners of most pages in second volume. Volume I is 281 pages; Volume II is 313 pages; Volume III is 320 pages. PRI/062922. Very Good.
Benjamin Iluzada, 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 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/070219. Fine.