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.
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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.
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.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, . Number 23 of 25 numbered copies signed by the author and the photographer. In this remarkable edition, environmental scientist Gretchen C. Daily and photographer Charles J. Katz describe how one relic tree, the magnificent Ceiba pentandra in the village of Sabalito, Costa Rica carries physical and spiritual importance far out into the world. In poetic language interwoven with scientific fact, Daily also describes the historical and natural history of this tree and of the ceiba species in general. Katz's photographs of the tree and village amplify this message quietly yet forcefully. Gretchen Daily is the recipient of the Blue Planet Prize, the world's most prestigious award for environmental sustainability [Description from Marquand Editions]. This powerful artist's book by Daily and Katz is created in the form of text, 9 color photographs and a wood carving of the magnificent tree. The carved tree is folded down to fit into a semicircular insert box to be pulled out and detached from the container slipcase. It opens up to reveal the One Tree (attached to the lid by a string that lifts it upright as the lid is lowered). The tree is cut from 3 layers of plywood laminated together and attached tongue-in-groove to the center edge. The photographs and 2 letterpress printed booklets reside in a cut-out recess. beneath the folded tree. The indentation is also made of built up, laminated layers of plywood. The inside of the lid is illustrated with a watercolor print. The first booklet of 14 pages contains Daily's essay about the tree, with an additional signature by the author. The other supplementary booklet of 9 pages One tree / Gretchen C. Daily, Charles J. Katz Jr., contains the foreword by Charles J. Katz Jr., acknowledgments, and artist biographies. Accompanying the booklets are the nine numbered color photographs by Katz. The book is in a semicircular shape measuring 11.5 x 22.5 inches. It is housed in a rectangular slipcase. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/042219. 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.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 163 of 200 copies. "The Essence of Beeing" is an account by Michael Lenehan of two beekeepers: one who has hives on the roof of his apartment building in the city, and one who keeps bees on his farm in the country. In the process of describing the beekeepers and their work, the book tells a great deal of what is known about bees and honey. It was written by Michael Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, where it appeared originally in 1977. Mr. Lenehan has contributed many pieces to the Reader during his more than 30-year association with it; he has also published elsewhere, notably in the Atlantic Monthly. Here, Alice Brown-Wagner has illustrated the text with drawings of the tools of beekeeping. "The laid-back style of the narrative belies well-packed information....It is a delightful essay....Binding and type were well and sensibly chosen. Any beekeeper would enjoy this for a generous present—as has, indeed, this reviewer. Others may find it tempts them toward one of the world’s absorbing occupations." —Colin Franklin, Bookways. The book was designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in 12 and 14 point Cooper Oldstyle by Alice Brown-Wagner, Kate Friedman, and Bob Mcamant, and printed on Fabriano Roma Michelangelo by Bob McCamant. It was casebound, cloth over boards, by Ann Repp, and has a dust jacket of blind-embossed Roma Raffaello. 45 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 inches. Published in 1992, numbered but not signed. PRI/031620. Fine.