Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2013. Simon Brett. Hardcover. Endgrain Editions Four. Limited to 120 copies in the regular edition. This is the first addition to the Endgrain Editions since 2003, and it is a major return to the series. It is a celebration of the work of Simon Brett documenting his fifty plus years as an engraver. Simon is acknowledged as one of the masters of wood engraving of the past half-century. With 134 engravings printed from the wood, an introduction by the artist, and a chronological catalogue of the more than 1,000 engravings Simon has so far engraved, this is a major work of 250 pages, and is certain to be an important reference on Simon’s work as well as being a splendid book from this important private press. Text printed in Joanna with Fry’s Ornamented for display in green and black on Zerkall Cream laid with engravings printed on Zerkall White Smooth. Bound in quarter green cloth with paper patterned boards and title label to spine. In fine condition. PRI/062014. Fine.
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New York and Roslyn, N.Y. The New York Public Library and The Stone House Press, 1989. Hardcover. Limited Edition, #196 of 200 copies. SIGNED by Printer and Compiler. Fine red buckram backed gray & white patterned paper boards, 8vo. Bright gilt to spine; very light rubbing to spine ends. Interior is like new: crisp, clean and bright. Strong, tight binding, protective mylar cover. Publisher's ephemera laid-in. 113 pp. Books on Books. BOB/12163. Fine.
Montclair, NJ: Caliban Press, 1991. Softcover. Number 65 of 100 copies numbered and signed by the book artist. This early book from Mark McMurray's distinguished Caliban Press celebrates its achievements thus far, offers McMurray's philosophy of book design and content, and serves as a reference catalog for the press. To these ends, he has written and printed this handsome type specimen book from the many types he has purchased or received by donation. There are sections on text faces such as Garamond, Caslon, Palatino, and Weiss; cursives; display initials such as Erasmus and Caxton; sans serif; and wood type. They are followed by a bibliography of the sources used to research the description and history of each of the types and sample pages from previous Caliban Press publications. There are displays of versions of a type in various point sizes, often accompanied by texts from literary sources. These are printed on different colors and types of paper. The book was hand-set and printed on a Vandercook proofpress and bound by McMurray in stiff white paper covers with a stiff paper dust jacket in a colorful splatter design. The papers used are Curtis Rag, Mohawk Letterpress and Tyvek machine mades; Nideggen mouldmade; and Bhutan Resho, Iyo Glazed, Barcham Green, and Fabriano Roma handmades. A beautiful production in fine condition. Measures 9 x 12.5 inches. 52 pages plus six sample pages from the press. PRI/032519. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press and Wonder Books Editions, 2019. Letter K of 26 lettered copies, lettered and signed by the book artist and Roberts of Wonder Books Editions. This portfolio is an impressive new production from Alan James Robinson's and his Cheloniidae Press. The press has issued many fine limited edition books since its founding in 1979 by master printer and artist Robinson. Now he and Roberts and letterpress printer Arthur Larson have collaborated to create this homage to great books and authors that have influenced and changed lives. The portfolio has a suite of letterpress broadsides each beginning with the phrase "If there were no books." They honor Hound of the Baskervilles, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Unicorns, Moby Dick, Headless Horseman, Nevermore, Black Cat, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Ophelia, Alice in Wonderland, Call of the Wild, and Jabberwocky. There are one hundred broadsides to be sold individually and an additional thirty available in portfolios, lettered A-Z , with four Artist Proofs. Each portfolio has twelve broadsides from original pen and ink drawings by Robinson. He has lettered and signed each one. This special set also includes copies of two of the illustrations that are hand watercolored by the artist - Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky. There is an additional suite of twelve different illustrations for these works that will only appear in print in these thirty portfolios. The type and illustrations are printed from polymer plates on Cranes Lettra paper. The two suites are each in a stiff paper folder housed in a tan linen portfolio and housed in a linen clamshell box with a paper title label affixed to front cover. They are accompanied by a title page and colophon. In fine condition. Measures 11 x 14 inches. PRI/121219. Fine.
Tuscaloosa, AL: Hand Papermaking / Word Way Press, 1998. Paperback. Number 91 of 150 copies. "Between 1984 and 1996, Dorothy traveled to Nepal four times. She sought out those who have preserved Nepalese papermaking and she visited new mills, some of which practice traditional Nepalese methods, others using adaptations and imported techniques. While in Nepal, she met with papermakers, discerned their methods, and collected their papers. The samples she assembled, many made using traditional lokta fiber, make up the specimens in the portfolio" (introduction). A portfolio of 18 sheets of handmade paper created in Nepal with an accompanying booklet that supplies descriptions for each sample as well as an introduction and an extensive essay about Nepal and its paper. The yellow paper wrapper covering the booklet is letterpress printed. The images within are from traditional Nepalese woodblock prints and were designed by Berinji Narayan Shrestha. Each paper sample is mounted within a folder labeled from A to P. The accompanying booklet and mounted samples are all housed in a red clamshell box with paper title label to spine. Each paper sample is approximately 7 x 10 inches or smaller. The box is 11.5 x 9 x 1.5 inches. The booklet is 40 pages. PRI/050218. Fine.
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.
Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey, 2019. Hardcover. Number 25 of 55 copies. This is one of 30 standard copies. There were also 20 deluxe copies and five hors de commerce. This beautifully produced leaf book begins with Pollard’s essay that was written for the catalogue of William Andrews Clark Jr.’s renowned book collection, published in 1921 by John Henry Nash. "Rather than a straight historical account of the two presses, Pollard offers a meditation on their influences and influence, particularly in matters of design and typography. It is embellished here with calligraphy by Martin Jackson, and accompanied by a leaf from both of the presses: the Kelmscott's Golden Legend and the Doves' English Bible." [Publisher statement] "Heavenly Monkey is the imprint of publisher Rollin Milroy, dedicated to creating books for people interested in contemporary applications of traditional book crafts: handmade papers, letterpress printing, and bindings that emphasize both aesthetic and structural integrity. Our books are designed as objects to be experienced both intellectually and physically; innovative use of technology from any era, and its skillful application are the studio's guiding principles." [Publisher website] Bound in blue paper covered boards with dark blue cloth spine and with titling and cloth title label to front cover. Printed in Centaur type and with calligraphy in red by Martin Jackson from polymer plates on dampened Arches paper. In fine condition. Measures 10 x 15 inches. 18 pages plus leaves and colophons. PRI/022819. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2012. Hard Cover. Number 118 of 250 copies. Heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, E.R.Weiss (1875 – 1942) was a multitalented German artist who painted watercolors and murals, and also designed furniture, fabric, stained glass, ceramics, wallpaper, and books. This book focuses on Weiss’s book artistry including his typographic designs, calligraphy, book jacket designs, illustrations, and more. It took printer Graham Moss of the Incline Press over fifteen years to research, compile, and print this impressive collection of Weiss’s book works, which features numerous tipped-in reproductions and several original pieces. It is a large folio bound in brown paper covered boards with vellum spine and design in red to front cover. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with black cloth edges and title label to spine. In fine condition. 178 pages. PRI/062415. Fine.
Newton, IA: Tamazunchale Press, 1983. Number 221 of 250 copies. Author and publisher Charlotte M. Smith had been a long time collector of miniature books when she decided to start publishing them as well. She and her husband founded Tamazunchale Press in 1983 (named after a town in Mexico where they spent a night of their honeymoon) and BOOK interlude was the first book they produced. When they decided on what book to print they met with a descendant of the founder of the Enschedé firm in Haarlem, a printing company they admired. After discussing costs we selected paper, leather, end papers, and printing fonts for the printing and binding of our first publication. The book describes a book-filled 1977 visit the Smiths made to England. They toured the home of William Morris, visited antiquarian bookshops, toured the bindery of Sangorski and Sutcliffe, and bought marbled papers from Cockerell, run by the nephew of Edward Cockerell. This beautiful book was bound by Reliure d'Art de Centre in full maroon leather with gold stamping and all edges gilt. With red, white, and maroon Cockerell end papers. in fine condition. Measures 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. 44 pages. PRI/103017.
Liberty, WI: The Heavy Duty Press, 2018. Softcover. Number 8 of 26 copies. This charming and beautifully printed book is a fitting tribute to the art of fine printing. It reprints an article by master printer Stan Nelson that originally appeared in Parenthesis in 1999. The article described the pleasurable steps and details of typesetting and hand printing. Stan wrote that the essence of fine printing "is really the marriage of the right paper, excellent presswork, perfect type, and good typography." The Heavy Duty Press has produced a book that fulfills Stan's criteria for fine printing. The text is printed on both translucent and opaque sheets that allow the words on separate pages to show through and continue the flow of sentences. Interspersed are designs showing snow through a window. Tipped in is a small facsimile of a letter sent by Stan to Mike Koppa in 1998 about printing. Printed in 10 pt. Century Old Style type on Zerkall Laid and Classic Crest papers on a Vandercook press. The book is hand bound and inserted into one-of-a-kind covers, constructed without adhesive, featuring designs taken from the Specimen Book and Catalogue of the American Type Founders Company. In fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/050719. Fine.
England: The Whittington Press, 2016. Softcover. One of 660 copies. Another interesting collection of articles on various aspects of fine press printing, with many examples of typography, paper, and illustration. Contributors for this edition include Nicholas Barker, Simon Brett, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Cinamon, Nick Gill, Peyton Skipwith, and Paul Whitfield among many others. John Randle and Michael Taylor offer articles on the third annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair. In black and white illustrated paper boards with brown paper dust jacket with photograph of Matisse affixed to front cover. In fine condition. 168 pages. BOB/121216. Fine / Fine.