Washington DC: Blue House Press, 1989. Softcover. Number 34 of 500 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Nancy Garruba is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer. Her artists' books have been collected by many museums and libraries. This scarce work is a meditation on birth and death after the loss of a baby. The contemplative text is accompanied by monochromatic photographs of sky, clouds, water, along with that of a woman giving birth and a solitary unmoving figure. The book can be opened as a codex or fanned out in carousel fashion to see all of the pages at once. Transparent covers reveal the photographic paper boards with title. In near fine condition with slightest wear to corners of covers. 7.5 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated. PI/050218. Near Fine.
[Raleigh NC]: Jon Kolkin, 2014. Hardcover. Number 37 of 50 copies. Inscribed: "May you experience Inner Harmony as you continue along your life's journey - Jon Kolkin #37/50." Kolkin is a fine arts photographer, Buddhist, and an international speaker on achieving a more enriching and balanced life. This beautiful book has thirty black and white images selected from his photographic series, Inner Harmony. The evocative and mysterious photographs were taken at Buddhist monasteries in China and Bhutan. The text is both in English and traditional Chinese with calligraphy created by Oi Yee Tai. Bound in black Japanese cloth and bound using a traditional Chinese binding technique. In fine condition. 12 x 13 inches. 72 pages. PRI/031215. Fine.
New Haven: Meredith Miller, 2017. Number 23 of 25 copies signed by the artist. This interesting book of seemingly abstract black and white photographs reflects on the history and meaning of books in a totally new and inventive way. Meredith Miller describes her book as follows: "In my role at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, I capture hundreds of images of the pages of each individual book every single day. As they are photographed, the books often shed bits and pieces of their bindings and flecks from their brittle pages. I started documenting these bits and pieces within the course of my regular work day. At the end of a session, after I have photographed a book, I capture what remains on the bed of the copy stand before I sweep it up and dispose of the residue. These bits and pieces from rare and seminal works are at once precious and incidental. The resulting photographs leave the imagination open to both the presence and the absence of the object and in the process create abstract illusions." Each of the photos includes the name of the book from which the bits and pieces creating the image are from. Photographer and artist Meredith Miller received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art from the University of Chicago before earning an MFA in photography from Yale School of Art. Meredith’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout New England as well as in New York and in California. Her photographs are included in the collections of the Danforth Museum of Art and the Yale Art Gallery. Meredith currently works as a photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and teaches at Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale School of Art where she was appointed lecturer in photography in 2013. Bound in black paper covers with title and author in silver to front cover. Each copy includes a small envelope affixed to the rear inside cover that holds a bit or piece. In fine condition. 8.5 x 8.5 inches. 58 pages. PRI/100118.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 54 of 200 copies. This powerful and poignant book, written in 1983, and first published in the Chicago Reader, is the story of people living, or trying to live, on General Assistance, a now-discontinued Illinois program that was the last resort of those who did not qualify for other more ‘generous’ forms of welfare. Each person developed a personal strategy to circumvent the system and get by on the state allotment of $144 a month. Many turned to Marillac House, a settlement house on the West Side of Chicago, for emergency food and clothing. Author Bogira does a remarkable job of getting his subjects to tell their own stories. The book also contains four portraits by photographer Mike Tappin. The pictures reinforce the sense of dignity felt in the subjects’ words. Selected as one of 48 books exhibited in ‘Dressing the Text’ at the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County. Also selected as one of 44 books exhibited in the book design section of Felice Feliciano in Verona, Italy. Designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in Century Expanded by Jennifer Hughes and printed on Johannot paper by Jennifer Hughes and Martha Chiplis. The photographs were printed in duotone lithography by Rohner Printing of Chicago. Bound in grey soft cover paper wrappers. Signed by the designer. In fine condition. 24 pages, 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. PRI/062615. Fine.