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.
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Bryn Mawr: Kurios Press, 1974. Hardcover. "Here is a book that is destined to lead millions to feeling the joyful omnipresene of the Lord in their own lives" (jacket). First printing, Number 5 of 100 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author with love and best wishes. This book was conceived of in the author's hospital room after suffering and recovering from back surgery. Yellow cloth boards with blue title to spine and front cover. A few spots of foxing to covers. In yellow illustrated dust jacket with blue title to spine and front cover. Light foxing to jacket and endpapers, else clean and bright. Includes many photographic images, mostly in black and white with a few in full color. Text is Bible verses and religous inspired poetry and thoughts. In yellow paper covered slipcase with minor soiling to top panel and inner edges. REL/030719. Very Good.
Washington DC: Kristin Gubrandsdottir, 2010. Soft cover. Number 10 of 11 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Kristin is a book artist, furniture maker, and teacher from Iceland. Her works typically address feelings, memory, and experience. She studied book arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC where she made this book. She currently resides in Brussels. Awakening is a powerful photobook done in response to the loss of friends that "left me wondering about the meaning of our existence and why some leave too prematurely." The photographs and text address these questions and the strange feelings that arose in her at night that left her waking up "knowing that one day I will die." The twelve evocative color photos are reproduced in an oblong accordion style book and juxtaposed with letter press text. Printed on Soberest paper using Minion Pro Regular and Medium Italic fonts. Bound in white stiff paper with titling on front cover. In fine condition. Unpainted. PI/022119. 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.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 58 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/031620. Fine.
Rockport, ME: Two Ponds Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 264 of 300 copies signed by the poet and photographer. This compelling book was created as a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. In it, Blanco's powerful poetry is juxtaposed with Hessler's evocative photographs. From the Prospectus: "Blanco's poems and Hessler's phonographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among many others; they challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines - both historic and current - that shadow America and perpetuate an us vs. them mindset by inciting irrational fears, hate, and prejudice. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are - fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of indeed becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world." Bound in black cloth with silver design across the covers and silver title to spine. Printed with Gotham and Baskerville types on Mohawk Superfine Cover, Ultra White, Eggshell paper. Presswork was executed by Puritan Press. Housed in a red cloth slipcase. Accompanied by the prospectus. In fine condition. Oblong measuring 9.75 x 14 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/071922. Fine.