Easthampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 15 of 150 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist Alan James Robinson. This wildflower alphabet book is the first book issued by Alan’s highly regarded Cheloniidae Press in several years, and the first produced using the Giclee printing process, which he calls a “new direction” in our ever changing world. It is intended to be the first in a series of Natural History Abecedary Editions. There is also a Fine Art edition of Wildflowers with twenty-eight original watercolors. The illustrations for this Giclee edition are printed from the artwork created for the Fine Art watercolor edition. The illustrations in this edition show the lovely renditions of a flower, often accompanied by a butterfly or other insect, for each letter of the alphabet. Each page is headed by a calligraphic letter in red, designed originally by Master Calligrapher Suzanne Moore for the press’s A Fowl Alphabet in 1986. This accordion style book is bound in pale yellow cloth with the title in gilt to the front cover. It is housed in a green cloth slipcase with the title in gilt to the spine. In fine condition. 8.5 x 5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/071817. 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.
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.
Barcelona: Printed at The Folio Club for Sandra March, 2014. Hardcover. Number 83 of 100 copies signed and numbered by Sandra March. Text in Spanish, Catalan, and English. March is a talented young book and installation artist. With this work she draws a metaphorical, graphic, and auditory journey captured by words, illustrations, and sound. Thus the contents comprise the book, two posters, and a CD. She writes that this project has a scientific basis with a therapeutic and artistic impulse, starting on a subconscious level after losing both her sister and her father from heart diseases. The journey goes from a symbolic loss of the heart until its restoration, through a tour of the beautiful and varied morphology of the cardiac systems of thirty-one different animals and the sounds of their heartbeats. The heartbeat sounds are from a jellyfish, starfish, black widow spider, giant tortoise, Nile crocodile, frog, parakeet, and human being among many others There were a number of contributors to this project, including the biologist Francesc Uribe Porta, sound engineer Vicente Rosati, and illustrator Raquel Bullon. Bound in a white cardboard CD case, with posters attached to the back cover by a pink elastic band and CD held on the middle fold of the case. In fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/042715. Fine.
North Adams, MA: Messenger Press, 2004. Hardcover. Number 26 of 40 copies signed and numbered by book artist Valerie Carrigan. She won the Juror's Award for best book in show in 2014 at Pyramid Atlantic's biannual book arts fair. The book was also selected for the juried exhibition of the 100th Anniversary of the Guild of Book Workers. Valerie created this moving and compelling work in tribute to her sister after she died. Powerful close-up black and white images of birds are juxtaposed with text about encounters with birds Valerie experienced. The birds presented in the book - a barred owl, northern flicker, bald eagle, pileated woodpecker, and evening grosbeak - "are messengers, urging us to pay attention to the world around and within us". In the colophon she writes: "Wonder strikes at the soul unexpectedly against a backdrop of the common and everyday. "Messenger" was born of such moments, created for Julie Rae Carrigan who believed all living things have souls." With five loose bird images, each in a paper folder with letterpress text on the front cover. The images began as monotypes and translated to offset lithography. Printed on Arches Hot Press. Text was set in Tiepolo and printed from polymer plates on Mohawk Satin Cover. Housed in a grey silk covered slipcase with bird image inset on top. In fine condition. 11.5 x 14 inches. PRI/040615. Fine.
Newfoundland: walking bird press, 1998. Number 155 of 200 copies. An inventive work on the wonders of the earth, beautifully captured by Traherne's poem. The book comprises six laser-printed electron-micrograph images on two hexa-flexagons. Instructions are provided on how to open and read the flexagons. They are housed in a letterpress-printed wrapper with the poem's text, a description of the images, and colophon. The wrapper is printed on Environment Text with Garamond type. 6 x 6 inches closed. In fine condition. PRI/043018.
Greenstone Books, 1971. Hardcover. Scarce. A charming miniature book that describes and illustrates some of the beautiful wildflowers of the Appalachian area. They include the wild rose, American Columbine, yellow lady's slipper, dogwood and more. The hand-colored drawings appear on 10 fold-out pages with a description by Rachel Walters next to them. Bound in walnut veneer cover with hand rubbed oil finish. With a black leather spine and the title branded into the front cover. In fine condition. 2 inches xx 2 5/8 inches. PRI/112717. Fine.