New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2004. Slipcased. Number 71 of 100 copies. An inventive and interesting work from the Purgatory Pie Press, designed by Esther Smith and typeset and printed by Dikko Faust. The book compiles quotes on infinity from such figures as Aristotle, Georg Cantor, Einstein, and Dan Quayle. The book is done in accordian style with cutouts on dark blue paper, with the writings and designs in gold and orange. It is covered in lovely orange silk and housed in a stiff blue paper slipcase. In fine condition. 2 x 9 inches. PRI/010213. Fine.
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New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2011. Paperback. Number 176 of 200. Signed by the authors and printer (Dikko Faust). This book features the New York City Gotham Golem who "will save America with creativity and art." This modern Golem is based on the creature from 16th century Prague which was created to save the Jews. A political piece which states that "the Art Party is a response to the Tea Party ... rather than cutting social programs, the Art Party advocate creative cultural solutions to rebuild America." Fine in white paper wrappers with blue title (Join the Art Party) to front panel. Unfolds to reveal a poster of the golem printed on top of a map of New York City. Unpaginated. [8 pages plus poster printed on verso]. PRI/010213. Fine.
Cambridge: Riverside Press for Houghton Mifflin, 1905. Hardcover. Number 12 of 430 copies. This is a fine press edition of the Song of Songs as published in 1680 by Quarles in his Divine Poems. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Fading to spine and a few markings to front cover. Printed on laid paper with untrimmed edges. Pages remain unopened. 125 pages. PRI/032013. Very Good.
Copenhagen: Razorback Press, (1980). Limited Edition. Paperback. ONE OF 250 COPIES. 8vo. Side stapled brown textured paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Lightly bumped at the upper corner of the front wrapper, otherwise fine. Pristine interior. First Razorback Press edition (originally published by Burning Deck in 1979). Unpaginated. Housed in white envelope with typed title and author on upper left hand corner. PRI/102816. Near Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2007. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original olive green cloth covered slipcase with decorative white paper covered side panels featuring green illustrations of leaves. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Arion Press, Blue Pearl Press, The Hill Press, Incline Press, The LaNana Creek Press, Midnight Paper Sales, The Petrarch Press, Port Press, Red Dragon Fly Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2008. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original gold cloth covered slipcase with brown paper covered side panels featuring illustrations of mice. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Belle Weather Press, Black Rock Press, Indian Mountain Press, Intima Press, Leopard Studio Editions, The Printery, Ree Heights Institute Press, Shinola Press, Sherwin Beach Press, Sun Hill Press, Tight Squeeze Press, Jim Westergard, David Wolske, and Warwick Press (paper for slipcase and design for portfolio page). Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2009. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original red cloth covered slipcase with decorative orange and yellow paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Atelier Press, Blackbird Press, Gehenna Press, Harsimus Press, Mixolydian Editions, Moving Parts Press, Port Press, Ree Heights Institute Press, The Tight Squeek Press, Three Sheets Letterpress, Turtle Island Press, Warwick Press, West Meadow Press with orange compass / paste paper designed by Elizabeth Hyder of Brookfield Paperworks (and printed). Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2009. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original black cloth covered slipcase with decorative blue and green paste paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Contre Coup Press, Pelican's Way Press, Warwick Press, Ninja Press, Chester Creek Press, Blackbird Press, Peter Koch, Three Sheets Letterpress, Green Cat Press, Otis College of Art and Design, Caliban Press, with pasted paper designed by Leight McLellan of the Meadow Press. Clean and bright. 72 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2011. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original navy blue cloth covered slipcase with decorative dark green paste-paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Sea Dog Press, Horton Tank Graphics, The Marsolais Press, Shinola Press, Port Press, Red Howler Press, The Lone Oak Press, Midnight Paper Sales, Letter Press, with paste papers made by Sarah Creighton Bookbinding. Clean and bright. 72 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
US: Fine Press Book Association, 2012. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original olive green cloth covered slipcase with green paste paper covered side panels. Includes supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: (lacks contents for portfolio) - Three Sheets Letterpress, Terhorst, Anagram Press, Richard Seibert, Ninja Press, Kelly-Winterton Press, Greenboathouse Press, Blackbird Press, Aliquando Press, Barbarian Press, et. al. Clean and bright. 56 pages. BOB/102721. Fine.
London: George Allen, 1898. Hardcover. 4to. 93 of 300 copies. A beautifully illustrated collection of poetry featuring angels, hell, tombs, soldiers, knights, cemetaries, shipwrecks, and more. Black and white illustrations on each page by Anna Richards, wife of the celebrated American landscape painter, William T. Richards. Their daughter Anna Richards Brewster was also a painter. Religious sonnets printed in calligraphic style on fine woven paper.This volume has been rebound in full dark grey leather with five raised bands to spine with no lettering to it or front board. The interior is lovely save for some light offsetting to many pages caused by facing illustrations. Previous ownership inscription dated 1899, gifted to Esther Morton Smith to front free endpaper. Smith (1865 - 1942) was an American poet and artist. 57 pages plus 3 page index of first lines. PRI/031308. Near Fine.
n.p. . A lovely lithograph printed in green ink by Charles Hazelwood Shannon. It is an image of three bending nude female figures and appeared in #2 of "The Dial." Shannon and Ricketts were artistic and personal partners for more than fifty years. They designed and illustrated books, founded "The Dial" magazine and Vale Press, and were key figures in the London cultural world. The 4 x 5.5 inch print is on a sheet of 11 x 14 inch paper. There are a few small creases and light brown spots along the paper margins, not affecting the illustration. Said to be from the collections of T. Sturge Moore and his daughter Henrietta but there is no evidence of provenance. Very good condition. ORIG/092413. Very Good.
Derry, PA: Rook Press, (1976). Published as Rook Folios First Series. Number 38 of 250 copies. Issued as twelve individual broadsides with a poem, each numbered and signed by the poet and illustrated by William Lint. Poets include William Heyen, Czeslaw Milosz, Paul Zimmer, Jon Anderson, Sandra McPherson, Daniel Halpern, Gerald Costazo, Mark Halperin, Ed Ochester, James Tate, William Stafford, and Frederick Morgan. The poems were selected by Ernest and Cis Stefanik. The loose cream colored broadsides, each 8.5 x 11 inches, are housed in a red folder, also numbered 38. A fine production in fine condition. POE/100214. Fine.
Toronto: The Aliquando Press, 1987. Softcover. One of approximately 100 copies bound in Mayfair Goldenrod covers, out of a total edition of about 235 copies. A charming chapbook designed and collaged by William Rueter with a series of black and white collages produced for the 1987 Grimsby Wayzgoose Anthology and the Typocrafters. In wraps. A fine copy. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [8 pages]. PRI/032521. Fine.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
Germany: John Gerard, 2006. LIMITED. Paper Wrappers. 8 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by artist. Sonnet LXXVI, with a pulp paper painting by Gerhard van der Grinten. Hand printed in 14 pt. Caslon. Lovely paper with swirling multi-colored pastel pulp painting. 2 pages plus colophon. PRI/041807. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, n.d. Open edition of this beautifully crafted origami-designed book. This collaborative book was made to commemorate Carolyn's experience living in Okinawa for three years. The folds of the book reflect traditional patterns from Edo craftsmen. These fine patterns represent the distinguishing tastes of Edo including stylishness, sophistication and refinement. The haiku created by Victoria describe their reverence for our home and harbour, Earth (from colophon). Digitally printed on Epson Matte and Japanese Washi paper. The boards are covered in lovely Genji cloth with paper title label, with ribbons to close the book or to hold the pages open. 4.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTS/062819. 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.
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 McCamant, 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.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2008. Hardcover. Number 18 of 50 copies. Signed by the author and the bookmakers. With numerous family photographs provided by Nina Sandlin. Lee Sandlin (1956-2014) was an award winning journalist and essayist. This is his story of the extraordinary life and bewildering illness of Sandlin's father-in-law, Russian immigrant Nick Cherniavsky (1924-2007), who grew up in China. "The defining event of Nick’s life happened before he was born. The Russian Revolution was one of those vast historical calamities that most Americans have been spared: it was a time when people who never thought of themselves as political, who never thought they’d have to choose sides about anything, were forced to make political choices that could easily cost them their homes, their families, and their lives. This was how it was for Nick’s parents." This beautiful book iwas designed by Martha Chiplis, set in Monotype Ehrhardt by Winifred and Michael Bixler, and printed by Martha Chiplis on handmade Twinrocker Taupe paper. Photoetchings from family photographs are printed on Hosho, inset into the book in debossed panels. A map of Nick's lifetime of travel, drawn by Deborah Reade, serves as the front endpaper. Trisha Hammer has designed and executed a hidden crossed-structure binding in Nigerian goatskin with endpapers of Japanese silk, housed in a silk drawstring bag. An impressive production In fine condition. 9 1/2 x 11 x 2 inches. 100 pages. PRI/072115. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 65 of 75 copies. Signed by author. Morris Fuller Benton was the most prolific type designer of the hot metal era, but unlike Frederic Goudy, Bruce Rogers, or William Dwiggins--whose ideas about type design are well documented -- Benton wrote nothing about his own work, nor was it the subject of analysis by others. Benton (1872-1948) headed the design department of American Type Founders for over forty years and designed hundreds of typefaces. Juliet Shen has made a meticulous study of his work, including a new enumeration of designs appropriately attributed to him. She gained access to papers from the ATF library, now housed at Columbia University. Shen places Benton in the context of American life at the turn of the 20th Century, when branding, advertising, and marketing were first becoming major factors in the economy. She compares his typefaces to similar ones from the same period, discovering the elements which he found important. There are dozens of reproductions of typographic specimens from Europe and North America. As Roger Black says in the introduction, "Benton's lean, driving, consistent style took over American printing in the pre-war era, and remains the bedrock of American typography." The book is designed by Robert McCamant, set in Cloister Oldstyle cast by the Dale Guild Type Foundry from ATF matrices and typeset by Art Larson and Rose Wisotzky at Horton Tank Graphics. It is printed on Mohawk Superfine, with letterpress by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press, and offset illustrations and captions by Capitol Offset. Trisha Hammer designed and executed the black cloth binding with red stitching to open spine. In fine condition. 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. 58 pages. PRI/072915. Fine.