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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Essex, England: Alan Brignull, 2012-2014. Softcover. Alan Brignull took over this fine little letterpress annual in 2012, which has been published since 1955. Each volume binds together the several contributions received from letterpress printers in England and the United States. The submissions vary greatly by style and layout but they all concern some aspect of printing, design, or typography. Each volume is bound in white glossy paper covers with a color linen spine. The title and issue number appear on the front cover. All are in near fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/040920. Near Fine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1982. Softcover. With reprints of eight of Morris's essays and lectures on book arts. There are numerous illustrations throughout of early printed books as well as reproductions from Kelmscott Press titles. William Peterson, who wrote the introduction, is a noted Morris and Kelmscott Press scholar and author. Softcover in blue paper covers with title and author on spine and front cover with illustration of early printing press. Slight crease to bottom edge of front cover otherwise near fine as are interior pages. 134 pages. MOR/040120. Near Fine.
Boston: David R. Godine, 2006. Softcover. First Edition. A surprisingly scarce book by master engraver Barry Moser on his craft and art. He is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished wood engraver of his time. His work can be found in collections and libraries around the world and he has won design awards for his remarkable books. In addition to teaching, Moser is the founder of the Pennyroyal Press. This book serves as a primer on the art of wood engraving, a pursuit one can "learn" in less than an hour but can master only through years of persistence, dedication, and tenacity (book flap). To quote Moser, "mastery comes only with time, work, and repetition." In the several chapters of the book he describes his tools, engraving processes, and printing techniques. There are photographs throughout of the subjects discussed along with several of Moser's work. At the end of the book is a gallery of Moser's wood engravings. A white cream softcover book with title and author in black and red on spine and front cover. Moser's illustration of Don Quixote is on the front cover and that of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs is on the back. Some indication of handling but still in near fine condition. 76 pages plus unpaginated gallery [23 images]. Near 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.
Meriden, CT: The Domesday Press, 1939. Hardcover. One of 350 copies. This handsome book pays tribute to St. John Hornby and his achievements of producing books of "distinguished beauty and beautiful distinction" [Will Ransom's note]. Bound in light red cloth with leather title label to spine. Book was designed by George Hornby at his Domesday Press. Printed in Caslon, Poliphilus and Blado types on Hurlbut Paper. Illustrations are full-tone collotypes by the Meriden Gravure Company. In near fine condition. Measures 6 x 9.25 inches. 59 pages. BOB/040520. Near Fine.
Dallas: The Bridwell Library and The Gehenna Press, 1992. Softcover. One of 2000 copies. This catalog is a fitting tribute to the monumental work done by Leonard Baskin at his Gehenna Press. His private press was one of the most successful of all time in terms of its output and longevity. This work provides a detailed bibliography of books and broadsides issued, followed by a beautiful array of illustrations and typography from the Gehenna Press. Binding is softcover with grey paper covers and white spine and decorative covers. Light signs of handling and faint speckling to top and fore-edge. Printed at the Oxbow Press using Bembo typeface. Very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. 238 pages. BOB/041320. Very Good.
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.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1957. Hardcover. Number 71 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. The text contains an address delived by the author at the university of the occasion of given an annual library award to the member of the senior class who presented the best private collection of books made while an undergraduate. Bound in brown paper with a dark brown cloth spin, with gilt titling and a decorative label on the cover with an original wood engraving by John De Pol. Several illustrations. Near fine condition. Measures 9 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. BOB/040620. Near 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.