Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. This monumental three volume work was one of the early achievements of the renowned Kelmscott Press. This is a single sheet from the book (pages 159-160 from Volume I) with one ten-line and one six-line beautiful ornamental initials designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Small chips and light browning to margins otherwise very good condition. PRI/120518. Very Good.
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Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, . A nice collection of nine leaves from Kelmscott’s famous edition of Reynard the Fox. The pages include two copies each of pages 34-35, 139-140, 193-194 and 207-208; and one copy of pages 133-134. There is no evidence that the pages were ever bound, and leaves 207-8 are each folded in opposite ways. One 207-8 leaf has a contemporary signature of William Copeland Borlase, “Borlase, WC” but is oddly dated 1877.One of the copies of pages 139-40 has a contemporary ink note at top “Acton (Lord) Catalogue, and one of the pages 208 has “Austin Stephen” written in at the bottom and upside down. With several large initials and decorations, In Troy type on Flower paper. There is some soiling and browning to the leaves, and closed tears to page 193 but still a very good collection that would be ideal for teaching purposes. PRI/042116. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. This is an original leaf from the Kelmscott Press masterpiece, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, accompanied by an essay by the bookseller John Windle on its commercial history. The leaf is from a disbound and dispersed damaged copy. Copies were presented by Windle in a paper portfolio in 1994 as a keepsake to members of the Colophon, Roxburghe, and Zamorano Clubs. The folio-sized leaf is from pages 215-216, “The Persouns Tale.” There is no illustration, but there are one large and twelve small decorated initials. The leaf is in very good condition except for a bit of rubrication (red ink text) bleed-through on the two shoulder titles and one section heading, and a little rippling along top edge. The first page of the accompanying essay is decorated with a Burne-Jones illustration and woodcut borders reproduced from the Chaucer. The essay includes a chart comparing auction prices of the Chaucer to three other notable books, 1966-1993, on the other pages. MOR/110414. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Leaves from “The Man Who Never Laughed Again” in The Earthly Paradise that offer a wonderful example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of Morris. Pages 179-180 are from the text of the previous work, “The Story of Acontius” with a beautiful ten-line initial “I.” Pages 181-190 are from “The Man Who Never Laughed Again.” The first two leaves, pictured here, are double-page with the title and its beautiful decorative borders and a ten-line initial “A.” Golden type on Apple paper. In near fine condition. PRI/042116. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Leaves, pages 83-94, from "The Wanderers and March" in The Earthly Paradise that offer a wonderful example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of Morris. Pages 83-90 are from "The Wanderers". Pages 91-94 are from "March", with the opening text , border decoration and ten-line decorated initial "S" of March. Other pages with four and six line decorated initials. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. In near fine condition. PRI/050216. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Leaves, pages 3-14 from The Earthly Paradise. Page three has the last six lines of "November." Pages 4-14 are the first several pages of "The Story of Rhodope." It includes the beautiful two-page spread of the title page and first page, with the decorated borders of Morris and a ten-line initial "A." Also with a six-line initial. Two light creases on pages 13-14 otherwise near fine. A lovely example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of William Morris. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. MOR/060216. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Kelmscott Press leaves, pages 3-14, from The Earthly Paradise. Page three has the last lines from "September." Pages 4-14 are the first few pages of "The Death of Paris." They include the two-page title and first page of the work with the beautiful borders done by Morris and a ten-line decorated initial letter "I." There is also a six-line initial. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. A lovely example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of William Morris. In near fine condition. MOR/060216. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, . Arthur Gaskin. Five text pages plus two of the twelve full page illustrations by Arthur Gaskin. This was one of the later books of the Kelmscott Press, and it was finished several days after Morris's death on October 3, 1896. These beautiful sample pages include the first three pages for "Januarie" and the first two for March. The Januarie pages are in near fine condition but the March leaf has a tear along the bottom margin not affecting text. Each has a striking ten line first initial. The two Gaskin illustrations are printed on the versos of a bifold leaf. There is a three inch tear along the bottom of the fold not affecting the illustrations. Accompanied by a proof of the front cover showing the lettering. Very nice examples of Kelmscott Press printing and illustration. PRI/011816. Very Good.
Eugene, OR: Knight Library Press / University of Oregon, 2000. Robin Eschner. Paperback. 62 of 125 numbered copies. Signed by the author and artist. An additional 10 lettered artist’s copies were also printed. This wonderful short story by Lopez was originally published in the Fall 1997 issue of The Georgia Review. In the story, a Peruvian man writes of the effects on his life and faith from having read at different points in his life, secret love letters written in the 17th century between Rosa and Martin. The two were later canonized as saints, and the writer comes to understand their divinity and love of God as expressed in the letters. The book is a beautiful production from the Knight Library’s fine press publishing program. It was designed, printed, and bound by Sandy Tilcok. It is printed on Heine paper using Bembo types. There are five lovely tipped-in hand-colored etchings done by Robin Eschner. Marilyn Reaves did the calligraphic title, headings, and ornaments. The colophon describes the cover as being made by laminating two handmade papers of brown and rose. The covers are fastened by thin leather straps for which instructions are provided on a laid-in card on how to re-tie them in the original intricate fashion. Unpaginated. ARTB/120209. Fine.
Knight Library Press / University of Oregon, 2002. Margot Voorhies Thompson. Flexible covers. Number 36 of 100 copies. There were 10 additional lettered copies for participants. Signed by the artist and author. A haunting essay by Pattiann Rogers about the relationship between animals and people. She describes both our love and adoration of animals but also our exploitation and cruelty: “Some of us like to sculpt them and make statues and carvings of them ... Some of us like to go out and catch them and kill them and eat them.” Pattiann has won numerous awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Lannan Award for Poetry. Bound in flexible boards with black morocco spine and red paste paper covered boards. Features four etchings by Margot Voorhies Thompson printed on Mulberry paper. Includes a CD of the author reading her work. Printed on Heinemule Heine in handset Bembo for the body text. Housed in a red cloth clamshell box. Unpaginated. Fine in fine box. PRI/033011. Fine in fine box.
[Raleigh NC]: Jon Kolkin, 2014. Hardcover. Number 37 of 50 copies. Inscribed: "May you experience Inner Harmony as you continue along your life's journey - Jon Kolkin #37/50." Kolkin is a fine arts photographer, Buddhist, and an international speaker on achieving a more enriching and balanced life. This beautiful book has thirty black and white images selected from his photographic series, Inner Harmony. The evocative and mysterious photographs were taken at Buddhist monasteries in China and Bhutan. The text is both in English and traditional Chinese with calligraphy created by Oi Yee Tai. Bound in black Japanese cloth and bound using a traditional Chinese binding technique. In fine condition. 12 x 13 inches. 72 pages. PRI/031215. Fine.
MA: Viewpoint Editions, 2012. Paperback. Number 22 of 36 copies. According to noted book artist Dorothy Simpson Krause, “This homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1947-1997) and her seminal book, The Everglades: River of Grass combines my images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents, and maps. Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half its original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass.” The book’s exquisite images evoke the beauty and mystery of the Everglades, which are “one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known” (Marjory Douglas). Printed on Yu Kou paper, on a laser printer with letterpress overlay. Interleaved with Yu Kou light tissue guards. All of the unbound pages are housed in an envelope enclosure made from brown Lokta Oil Paper to reference a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. The closure on the envelope is a native mahogany tree seedpod with rawhide and thread tie. This book was produced while Krause was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University, and was published under the auspices of Minerva: The Press at Wimberly. In fine condition. PRI/101912. Fine.
Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2011. Hardcover. Number 13 of 15 copies. This mystical book by the award winning book artist Dorothy Simpson Krause draws upon her work as a painter, collage-maker, and printmaker. The text is from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment,” composed in 1797 after an opium-induced dream. Krause’s imagery creates a vision of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and a sacred river where "the shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves.” These haunting images of submerged architectural passageways, lit from within, reflect the branches of trees and illuminate floating leaves and flowers. Bound in gold and brown Asahi fabric over boards with gold cloth spine. The title and author are stamped in gold on a gold paper label on the front board. Laserprinted with endsheets of mustard gold Lokta paper. Housed in a gold organza bag with gold drawstring ties. In fine condition. About 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100312. Fine.
New York: Privately Printed, 1916. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. 1 of 200 copies. Printed for Thomas Nast Fairbanks. White vellum backed off-white paper covered boards with black title pastedown to spine. Minor fading to spine. Interior is very clean with bright text. Printed on laid paper. 10 pp. PRI/041805. Very Good Plus.
Oxford University Press, 1931. Paper Backed Boards. 4to. 1 of 250 copies. According to the introduction, little is known of Ryle except that he was the executor of Lamb's will. Letters are the personal sort between friends. Blue and red marbled boards are faded. Blue linen spine is very good. Interior is clean and pages are unopened. 7 pages + 4 pages with facsimiles of correspondence. PRI/062307. Very Good Minus.
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.
New York: Covici Friede, 1928. Hardcover. Number 328 of 750 copiers. An additional 100 copies were signed and specially bound. A bit of a whimsy: epigrams and aphorisms by Wilde from the beyond, taken down in "automatic writing" by the otherwise unidentified Lazar. The epigrams are unfortunately not in the same league as Wilde's own trenchant observations on life and more - and Lazar would have us believe Wilde began speaking in Americanisms when he reached the other side. But as it is observed here that "pedantry is stupidity that read a book," it is probably churlish to look too closely. Set by hand in Lutitia Cursive type and printed on a Van Rees Press on Normandy Vellum paper. In tan cloth backed paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Short closed tears along the top margins of a couple pages. Clean and bright. In a good tan dust jacket with black title and design to front panel. The edges of the jacket are chipped and the spine panel is no longer present. The bottom edge of the rear panel of the jacket is dampstained, but it looks like the jacket successfully protected the book as there is no evidence of staining to the boards. 37 pages. PRI/053111. Very good in good dust jacket.
Rochester NY: Leopard, Sue Huggins, 2005. Leopard, Sue Huggins. Hardcover. 8vo. 3 of 10 copies. SIGNED BY ARTIST. Lovely work by this noted printmaker and book artist. Fine in beige cloth boards with title label on front and long beige ribbon ties. Six accordion style fold out pages reproduce stunning color prints by Huggins, each with a water theme. Unpaginated. PRI/051107. Fine.
Rochester, NY: Sue Huggins Leopard, 2005. Leopard, Sue Huggins. Hardcover. 16mo -. 19 of 50 copies. SIGNED BY ARTIST. An interesting book without words by this noted book artist and printmaker. Black and white lineleom block prints on accordian folded pages indeed depict a predatory bird stealing a baby. The primitive looking prints evoke the eeriness of the event. Inkjet printed on Kaji paper at the Weekend Print Shop. Bound in black cloth with long red ribbon ties, and signed on colophon by artist. Unpaginated. PRI/051107. Fine.
Oakland CA: Littoral Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 6 of 125 copies. This is one of the ten copies from the Deluxe Edition that are signed on the colophon by sixteen of the seventeen contributors to this poetry and prose anthology (alas, not Frida Kahlo). They include Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Claribel Cone, Martha Gies, Robert Hass. Steve Hellman, Marie Howe, Frida Kahlo, Vickie Karp, Stephen Kessler, Rachel Loden, Jane Miller, Janell Moon, Sharon Olds, LIsa Rappoport, Mark Salerno, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young. Rappoport writes that this book "is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future separation of the two." She has been a book artist for almost twenty years and her books can be found in many institutional collections. This beautiful accordion book is bound in red and black Thai Unryl reversible paper with a black title label to front cover. Printed with handset Garamond type on Johannot paper with black and blood-red ink. Each volume has unique pastepaper endpapers. With title page drawing of a heart in flames by Bobbe Besold. The book is 11 x 7 folded and 18 feet long unfolded. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [25 pages] PRI/030915. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2015. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 57 of 300 copies. Signed by both artists. A charming book about a small church located in Gloucestershire, England near the renowned Whittington Press. This collaboration between American artist Abigail Rorer and English artist Miriam Macgregor is based on shared admiration for the beauty, architecture, and serenity of this thirteenth century church. The text includes personal commentary, historical facts, and anecdotes. Abigail engraved scenes from the inside of the church and Miriam engraved scenes of the exterior. Bound in cream paper covered boards with red cloth spine, which has a paper title label. Clean and bright. Housed in an orange paper covered slipcase. Printed by Patrick Randle at Nomad Letterpress in Whittington England on Zerkall paper in Van Dijck type. Includes prospectus. Oblong, measures 9 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100616. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2012. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 12 of 14 deluxe copies. A total of 60 copies were printed. Numbered and signed by the book artist. “In the Lone Oak Press book Mimpish Squinnies we focused on fourteen plants that British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880 - 1920) disliked with a passion. In this new book, we join Farrer on a journey to the Alps in his quest to see in situ one of his most beloved plants, Eritrichium nanum, also known as King of the Alps” (prospectus). In addition to the book, this deluxe edition includes an essay by book artist Abigail Rorer discussing the trials and tribulations of trying to grow Eritrichium nanum, a botanical illustration in watercolor of the King of the Alps, a pseudo herbarium specimen of Eritrichium nanum, and an extra suite of prints from the book with an experimental print using various engravings from the book and related material. All housed within a large black cloth clamshell box with black leather spine titled in silver. A splendid work by this noted wood engraver. In fine condition. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2009. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 26 of 66 copies. Signed by the artist. A poignant poem about a beautiful tree that is slowly dying and reflections by the author on her own mortality. Illustrated by the author with five wood engravings. In the enclosed afterword the artist elaborates on her relationship with the tree: “One day we were surprised to discover a string of scarlet beads hanging on our beloved tree. They didn’t seem to belong there. After work on The Matriarch of the Forest [a book about this favorite tree] was complete, the engraving of the branch with the beads reminded us of the garish red polish painted on the fingernails of an elderly friend who was approaching the end of her life. She was unable to articulate her wishes any longer ... and we knew she would have hated [the red polish]. It diminished her dignity in the same way the scarlet beads defiled the tree.” Fine in blue paper wrappers with cream cloth and paper title label. Wood grained endpapers. Housed in a grey cloth covered slipcase with a copy of the paper-bound two page afterword included. Unpaginated. [10 pages.] PRI/100616. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2005. Hardcover. Number 9 of 70 signed and numbered copies. There were also 14 deluxe copies with an extra set of prints and an original block. This beautiful production from master printmaker, Abigail Rorer, is a tribute to Henry David Thoreau and his celebration of the wonders of nature. In Ms. Rorer's description of her book, she says that "woodland pools, spring-holes, and ditches are all terms used by Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders....In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. The book comprises selected entries from Thoreau's Journal for the months of March, April, and May  to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life...at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one woud see, hear, and feel when out in nature at this time of the year." The enlightening introduction is written by renowned Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean. Accompanying the text are twenty-eight marvelous wood-engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Ms. Rorer. They are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored. The book was designed and printed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press on Zerkall Book in Baskerville type. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book in quarter brown morocco leather with marbled paper by Iris Nevins for the covers. Housed in a grey-green cloth clamshell box with the same marbled paper on the edges and spine. The result of the collaboration of these book artists is this stunning edition. 92 pages. PRI/081417. Fine.