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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London: Design for Today, . Number 17 of 100 copies signed by the illustrator Alice Pattullo. The limited edition of this printed paper replica of English artist Edward Bawden's Brick House in Great Bardfield. For several years in the 1930s, Bawden shared Brick House with artist Eric Ravilious, his longtime friend from the Royal College of Art and the Curwen Press. "At weekends artist friends would visit, and they too settled in Great Bardfield, establishing a thriving artists' colony in this corner of North East Essex." This playful and charming model of the house includes paper dolls of Bawden, Ravilious, their cat, and detailed interiors featuring Bawden's original wallpaper designs and personal collections of art, books, and decorative objects. It was inspired by the midcentury printmaking of the Great Bardfield Artists. The folding house is printed on card stock, with color lithographed front and back, with a sheet of cut-out dolls and props laid in. Both the limited and trade editions are out of print. In fine condition. Measures 10 x 8.25 inches folded, 10 x 16.5 inches when open. Fine.
Washington DC: Library Fellows, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1992. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist with an original drawing in a separate portfolio. Audrey Flack (1931-) is an important American artist who is nationally recognized and whose works are in major collections throughout the world. She is known as a pioneer in Photorealism and has also been inspired by Baroque art. This book is the third volume in the artists' book series published by the Library Fellows of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The sketchbook records Flack's travels from 1985-89, which included trips to Paris, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. The terra cotta pencil sketches that fill the sketchbook are beautifully rendered and often intimate. They are reproduced to scale. The book and the portfolio for the illustration are bound in a green, black and orange marbled cloth. Save for light creases on the free endpapers the book is in fine condition. The original drawing is a portrait from a Baroque sculpture and measures 4 x 6 inches. Both are housed in a brown cloth box with black leather title label affixed to a strip of the marbled cloth used for the binding. A lovely copy of this now rare book. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/102612. Fine.
England: The Fleece Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. The artist Leslie Cole, who trained under Bawden and Ravilious at the Royal College of Art in the 1930s, produced some of the finest wartiime paintings after appointed an Official War Artist, his watercolors being particularly fine, many in a Ravilious influenced style. Cole travelled through Germany (recording the scenes of horrific trauma at Belsen a week after its liberation), France, Malta and the Far East, where he recorded the action in Borneo and Singapore, a theatre of the war largely forgotten by Europeans today. Cole’s work was the equal of any other war artist, and yet he was unable, for personal or other reasons, to maintain the momentum after the war, when he seems to have slid very slowly downhill, and his early promise was unfulfilled. The book also writes of Cole’s wife Brenda . She had a very colorful teenage history, being the chief prosecution witness for the Church of England when they prosecuted the Rector of Stiffkey for importuning young girls. She disguised this past very ably through her life, even changing her name, and may not even have told her husband. Her true identity was revealed to friends before she died. This handsome work was designed and type set by Simon Lawrence, the publisher. Bound in quarter dark blue cloth with beautiful blue marbled paper made by Louise Brockman for the front and rear covers. . Printed in Miller display type. Over 130 illustrations of Cole's works and photographs of him and his wife.198 pages including index. PRI/011311. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Private Space for Sandra March, 2012. One of 100 copies. This collection of booklets is the catalogue for Projecte Antomica, an inventive and thought-provoking project by Spanish book and installation artist, Sandra March. The booklets feature images of chastity belts, anatomical drawings of figures in enticing positions, altered historical paintings to depict dissections of breasts, and much more. One collage of nude self-portraits bears the slogan "My body is your battleground." This is a disturbing but fascinating project. March describes it as a "work that operates somewhere between the old and the new, plays with the imagination, and uses irony to discuss the excessive aestheticism of the current era,demystifying it. It consists of different parts organized around two themes, the representation of the human body and anatomy. The project and the book consist of eight pieces that are numbered and correlated. They allow the project to be considered as a whole or as independent parts. Various media were used in this project, including drawings, computer graphics, photography, and sculpture. The catalogue also includes two additional booklets - the prologue and the documentation. The latter has a bibliography and a physical description of each part of the catalogue. Text is in Spanish, Catalan, and English. In fine condition. The ten booklets are housed in a brown paper envelope that in turn is in a tulle bag. Each piece is 8 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/120414. 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.
Newfoundland: walking bird press, 2018. One of 120 copies. Facades for Mark Rothko is a poem in eleven parts by writer, proprietor of the Barbarian Press, and some times actor Crispin Elsted, accompanied by a ‘Note About the Poem’ by the poet. The beautiful and densely layered poem creates a connection between the Rothko paintings seen by Crispin in the Tate Modern and his experiences in the outside world–a stile between fields, as he states in his notes. Rothko once described his paintings as facades, and the there are enigmatic illustrations representing his facades. Bound in lovely lightly gilt cloth with the title in relief on the cover. The text is hand-set in Van Dijck monotype cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed on Zerkall Book Laid. Maple blocks for the monochrome "facades" were cut type-high by Ken Holden. Jerry Kelly penned the calligraphic title; Brian Roberts executed the covers and casing-in. Book design, letterpress printing, and stitching were completed by Tara Bryan, a proprietor of walking bird press. A recording of Crispin Elsted reading this and other poems comes with the book as a digital download. A CD is also being produced. Purchasers of the book can contact Tara Bryan for the download key for the digital download of Crispin's recording of the poem (www.tarabryan.com). Measures 8.50 x 12.25 inches. Includes prospectus. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/120318. Fine.