Boston: David R. Godine, 1978. One of 2000 copies printed by The Stinehour Press. This fascinating work is a collaboration between Elizabeth Harris, who wrote the history and documentation of the eighteenth century wooden printing press in volume one, while Clinton Sisson provided the drawings and advice on the construction in volume two. They write together: "In drawing up these plans and instructions based on the Ben Franklin press, our aim has been not only to record the manner in which an early eighteenth-century British common press was constructed, but also to supply sources and methods that will help the user to build a replica with as little difficulty and as few special tools as possible." This reference to the Ben Franklin press is discussed by Harris in her opening pages. According to tradition, the Smithsonian's press was one used by Franklin when he worked for printer John Watts in England in 1724. There is no evidence to prove this definitively but there is no evidence to refute the story. The rest of Harris's volume provides detailed documentation of the materials, tools, and steps to take in the construction of the press. Clinton Sisson 's volume is a portfolio of his eight beautiful technical drawings that illustrate all the parts and their names, the pieces and sections of the press, and the precise measurements. Each sheet in the portfolio is folded in quarters and unfolds to twenty-two inches. There is light spotting to the first two sheets that do not at all affect the images. Both volumes have brown paper covers with the title and an illustration of the press on the cover. Except for the light spotting both volumes are in near fine condition. They are housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with the same illustration of a printing press. Volume one: 62 pages. BOB/040120.
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Jersey City, NJ: Harsimus Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 28 of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the book artist. This beautifully produced book by Barbara Henry explores the possibility of life on other planets. It recounts the discovery of a mysterious manuscript and note found on a beach in Maine by a woman named Sonia Duracote. While on a walk she finds a "strange bundle" that turns out to be a book written in the strange alphabet of a language she had ever seen before. After bringing it home, Sonia fell asleep and had a vivid dream in which she is visited by an extra-terrestrial who communicates with her through telepathy. He explained that the beautiful indecipherable text was not language as she understood it but prompts and symbols that evoke sights and sounds without ever becoming words. Following the text of Sonia's story, there is a separate section that has copy of the manuscript on a translucent paper with the text composed in Kliluk, a monotype font designed by book artist Barbara Henry for creating asemic texts as well as for decoration. Asemic means with out semantic value, a purely visual set of characters that look like language. The font is named for a lake in British Columbia that dries in summer into a series of mineral stained pools resembling polka-dots, said to be a terrestrial analog for ancient Martian lakes [artist's statement]. Bound in light blue cloth with title labels to front cover and spine. Hand set in foundry and monotype. The text is printed on Zerkall Book paper and the manuscript is printed on white Linen Wrapper from Canal Paper in Montreal. In fine condition. Measures 9.75 x 10 inches. Unpaginated. PRIVATE/111721. Fine.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
Philadelphia: Heirloom Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 4 of 5 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "Curio is a collection of quotidian objects that speaks to the idea of woman as domestic curator and as weaker vessel. Images of household vases, cups and bowls are paired with inkblots that evoke the trappings of middle-class existence" (artist's statement). Includes text adapted from the 1868 collection of articles, "Modern Women and What Is Said of Them" and the Kate Chopin novel "The Awakening." Many of the excerpts that the artist has chosen to include objectify women, likening them to jewelry, tables, and other precious possessions. For example: After scolding his wife for sun bathing, Mr. Pontellier looks "at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage." Also "The mind ought to be developed a little, and in such a way as to make the body more piquant and attractive. Like the candle inside a Chinese lantern, it may serve to lighten up and show to advantage the pretty devices outside. But the outside is the important thing, and the inside only incidental" (from "Modern Women ...). Others comment on how wives should be controlled or "managed" and the power dynamics within the home. A powerful book about the subjugation of women. Bound in full white alum-tawed leather with seven raised bands to the spine. Printed using letterpress, screenprint, and lithography on paper handmade by the artist. Size: 22 (wide) x 14.5 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
Oxford: Privately printed at the New Bodleian, 1959. Hardcover. First edition. 17 of 100 numbered copies. Signed by the author and Herbert Davis, the printer. Includes 36 poems. Bound in gray paper covered boards with printed paper label on the front board. Offsetting to endpapers and pastedowns from removed acetate dust jacket. Slight sunning to spine. Printed in Eric Gill's Joanna type from matrices lent by Rene Hague. Slight musty smell. Unpaginated. PRI/101316. Very Good.
Baltimore: Hill Press, 2014. Number 32 of 60 copies. This handsome book combines Heaver's interest in two subjects and their confluence: Dutch-Inspired type faces and English prayer books. He states in his preface that this fascination had its foundation in years of typographic contemplation and that his HIll Press, founded in 1987, was an early manifestation. In this book, Heaver and his contributors explore the early Dutch types and typographers and how the use of their types spread to other countries. The Book of Common Prayer was chosen for detailed examination because of its beauty and the need to narrow the scope of the analysis. Bound in red cloth with white titling on spine and cover labels. Printed on Twinrocker paper with Fry Baskerville type. With many illustrations and tipped in items throughout. Title page illustration by Chris Manson. In fine condition. Measures 7.25 x10 inches. 65 pages. PRI/021221.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2016. Softcover. One of fewer than 400 copies in this limited second edition of this poem in six parts. From the printer: "Matthew Hollis's first collection of poems, Ground Water, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Its follow up, Stones, is a swirling meditation on loss and recovery in six parts that asks how far must we change in order to overcome the past? And what of ourselves will we have lost in so doing? Stones is the first publication from Matthew Hollis since Now All Roads Lead to France: the Last Years of Edward Thomas was awarded the 2011 Costa Award for Biography. A longer poem of around 200 lines, it takes its setting from the Lake District where the author was living when he began work on the poem in 2006. Ten years later, after more than 300 pages of drafts, Stones was completed. It is this very element of time, and its contribution to our well being, that occupies the poem. After trauma, how can we live well in the present without doubting or denigrating the past? Or must we retain our connection to formative experience, whatever the personal cost, in order to understand the present? The first edition of Stones having sold out, Matthew Hollis asked us to print a second edition to accompany his reading the poem on the Radio 4 new poetry show, The Echo Chamber. We don't usually run to second editions, not just because our books are limited editions, but because Graham Moss the printer can't stand to print the same thing twice. On the other hand, we think Stones deserves to be in as many hands as possible. Our compromise was to design a completely new edition, keeping Paul Kershaw's lovely wood engraving of Balveen on the Isle of Skye. Letterpress printed in Monotype Bembo on Zerkall paper. The titling is DeLittle of York's Number 43, a san serif wood type. Sewn into its brown printed paper wrapper by Bill Seversen and Joanne Behm. 8 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches. In fine condition. 7 pages plus colophon. PRI/011618. Fine.
Montgomery Village, MD: Shireen Holman, 2013. Paperback. Number 15 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the artist. This complex and beautiful artist's book explores time from the viewpoints of religion, literature, science, and philosophy. The book artist, Shireen Modak Holman, has been a printmaker for more than thirty-five years and a book artist for more than twenty. She was born in India, and her work often involves the interaction of her Indian and American cultures. She states that she is fascinated by time and spent several years reading, sketching, and selecting texts to illustrate the imagery she was creating as she tried to visually express time. She has used texts from the writings of Shakespeare, Tagore, Einstein, Thoreau, Hawking, and others. As the design of the book came together, she created a full-sized colored pencil mock-up. The finished book consists of woodcuts printed onto pulp-painted handmade paper. The text was letterpress printed on gampi paper and then pasted onto the handmade sheets. The pages are folded in such a way that one can see a little of each of the subsequent pages from the current page. Thus from the beginning to the end of the book one can see a little of the future from the present. Each page has semicircular areas cut out so that the calendar at the bottom right of the colophon page is visible at all times. Housed in a cream paper clamshell box with the title "Time" in raised letters affixed vertically to the cover. Linen spine. In fine condition. Accompanied by a softcover book titled "The Making of the Artist Book 'Time.'" Unpaginated. [16 pages]. 13.75 x 19.25 inches. ARTISTS/041916. Fine.
Towson, MD: Susannah Horrom, 2014. Paperback. Limited to 25 copies. Initialed and numbered by the artist. First trade edition. A detailed drawing of a creature that is filled with "lost things" such as keys, phones, pets, money, flashlights, time, weight, and even Atlantis. This drawing was created as part of a collaborative project sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers. The first printing of this map was issued exclusively for other participants in the Atlas Project 2014 in an edition of 40. From the artist's statement: "I lose things all the time. I put down a pen, sewing needle, phone, etc. - turn my head for a second - and BAM - gone. Sometimes these mysterious disappearances are due to my clepto cats, but are largely inexplicable. What is taking my eyeglasses, spare change, flashlights, postage stamps, and half of my socks? My husband? Aliens? or more likely - a giant worm-dragon-monster that lives underground and sends up tentacles to steal my stuff..." This trade edition is inkjet printed on archival paper from the original pen and ink drawing. Includes card with artist's statement and brief biography. 8.5 inches x 21 inches. PRI/123114. Fine.
New York: House of Books, Ltd., 1939. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. NUMBER 68 OF 250. Small 8vo. Near fine in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor browning to front free end page. Else is pristine with untrimmed pages. In original glassine dust jacket with a few small closed tears to the edges. Unpaginated. PRI/102016. Near Fine / Very Good.
Omaha: Abbattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1979. Number 156 of 235 copies. This book is by Ben Howard, an American poet, essayist, scholar and critic. This copy is unique, with a stunning custom designer binding by renowned English bookbinder David George Sellars (1949-2015). Sellars started his bookbinding career at the age of fifteen and quickly became most interested in the artistic side of binding. He had a varied professional life that included setting up his own studio, teaching, and serving as the President of Designer Bookbinders. By the end of the 1990s, Sellars focused on creating design bindings on commission, special designs for limited editions for small presses and publishers, one-off commissions for authors and special presentation bindings for publishers. His work is represented in most major libraries in the world and many private collections. This beautiful leather binding marries different green and brown shades and varied textures of leather along with copper strands of thread to express the movement of water. The title and author are debossed on the spine. The page edges have a decorative pattern. With suede pastedowns, and Sellars's monogram on rear pastedown. Housed in a custom clamshell box covered in black cloth with white title label to spine. In fine condition. Book measures 5 x 7.5 inches.
Benjamin Iluzada, 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 15 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. A collection of memories from the author about the places he's lived and his experiences ranging from a tarantula on his head when he was a child to adventures in sledding to noisy neighbors making love in the apartment above him. While each memory is very personal, anyone reading it can immediately relate to this nostalgic memoir. Letterpress printed with linoleum cuts, Resingrave engravings, pressure plates, and polymer plates on Fabriano Rospina paper. Created and printed for Sarah Nicolls' MFA Letterpress class at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA. Benjamin Iluzada is an up and coming printmaker currently working on his MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Size: 5 x 5.25 inches. PRI/070219. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press. Hardcover. Number 32 of 160 copies signed by the artist. This is a handsome book with striking prints from artist Nick Wonham. From the press: "Collective nouns, the stuff of schooldays, always seem to amuse us. A parliament of magpies has to be a favourite, especially if you’ve heard a group of them cackling together in the Springtime. But we prefer the alternative, a charm of magpies, which certainly suits this poem better. It is one version of a folk rhyme which has many local variants, all superstitiously foretelling the future through random occurrence. Although Iona & Peter Opie’s Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes does not include it amongst the counting rhymes. It makes a nice counting or even skipping song, and we present it thus, with the numeral and its word facing each picture to encourage learning by mixing reading with the action of counting. Magpies are often known a thugs in the garden, stealing eggs and chasing off their more delicate rivals. As printers, though, we have a fondness for them because of their “ink on paper” plumage and their latin name pica pica, which recalls the printshop unit of measure. The heart of our book is the ten two-colour linocut prints. Each one 8 x 6 inches, their bold, dense colours add to the edgy feel of the images. Hand set in Monotype Bemb from 24 to 72 points in size. The numerals are Winchester 30-line woodtype from Stephenson, Blake. The paper is Zerkall. Bound with a dark blue cloth spine and light blue printed paper over boards with specially printed endpapers by Roger Grech at his Papercut Bindery. In fine condition. Measures 14.5 x 10.25 inches. Unpaginated [27 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2009. Paperback. "U unwillingness, slowness to learn. V is the vomitting the great fish is forced to make our hero change and turn, if only stumblingly, mind not yet open. W's the whale and the gobbling worm. X is exposure to why, Yahweh. Z is the zeal that makes Yahweh squirm" (last page). A chapbook issued to celebrate The Books of Jonah, the summer exhibition at Chetham's Library in Long Millgate, Manchester. Letterpress printed with metal type and illustrated with wood cuts printed in various colors. Bound in marbled paper wrappers with yellow title label to front cover. Clean and bright. Size: 4.5 x 3.5 inches. [8 pages] PRI/120518. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Hardcover. 1 of less than 240 copies printed of which only 50 (including this one) were bound for subscribers. This book was produced to commemorate Boccaccio's 700th anniversary in 2013 for the international conference and exhibition 'Locating Boccacio in 2013,' held at the John Rylands University Library and Town Hall in Manchester. This is an excerpt from De mulierbus, the first collection of biographies of women in Western literature. Fine in beige paper covered boards with red cloth spine. The text is printed on blue paper with Poliphilus type. Includes woodcut frontispiece illustration of Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily (1541), initials, and head and tailpieces. In a fine tan dust jacket with red title to spine panel. 22 pages. PRI/092013. Fine / Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2010. Paperback. One of 140 copies published for the Summer Fair at Greenside Primary School Shepherds Bush London. A charming collection of poems for children. Poets include W.B. Yeats, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll. Printed with Poliphilus type on Somerset Text Laid paper. Green Indian decorated paper wrappers with handsewn binding. In near fine condition. Unpaginated [18 pages]. PRI/033015. Near Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2001. Hardcover. Number 16 of 250 regular copies. English illustrator Thomas Lowinsky (1892-1947) was a good friend of Charles Ricketts and frequently worked with other friends including Sacheverell, Edith Sitwell, Oliver Simon, and Francis Meynell. He was a founding member of the Double Crown Club, a dining club for printers, publishers, book designers, and illustrators. This fine book features more than ninety illustrations, including all of his surviving unpublished illustrations, an autograph poem and ink sketch made while he was in the army, two woodcuts, and all of his patterned paper designs and publishers' devices. Also included are reproductions of his Double Crown Club menus, facsimile illustrations from the eighteen books that he illustrated, a previously unpublished studio portrait of Lowinsky, a memoir written by his daughter, a biography, and bibliography. Fine in grey cloth with pattern paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Printed on Magnani paper in Monotype Fournier. Housed in grey and dark blue cloth covered slipcase with paper title label to spine panel. Pristine. A beautifully printed collection. 124 pages. PRI/051216. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2015. Paperback. Limited Edition of under 250 copies. Out of Print. Hans Fallada (1893-1947) was a famous German writer in the first half of the 20th century. His most significant work was the 1947 novel Every Man Dies Alone, written by Fallada in a feverish heat in only twenty-four days, dying just weeks before its publication. This Anti-fascist novel was based on a true story of a couple whose grief for their murdered son led them to launch a clandestine resistance campaign in Nazi Germany. In her new introduction for this translation, Jenny Wilson says that Fallada turned to writing for children in the 1930s when his novels came under scrutiny by Nazi authorities. Among his works for children was this charming and poignant story of young Tom and his beloved stuffed dog, Hoppelpoppel. This 21st New Year Book from the Press is printed in Sabon and Centaur types on Zerkall Paper. Frontispiece illustration by Jennie Malbon. Bound in pred paper wrappers with decorative covers and paper title label. 4 x 8.5 inches. In Fine Condition. 18 pages. PRI/032415. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Paperback. Number 30 of about 200 copies. A sweet love song with a note about its history and the author of the reprise. Fine in blue paper wrappers with light blue paper title label to front cover. Printed in red and black inks with several illustrations on fine paper. Unpaginated. [12 pages.] PRI/092013. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2015. Number 33 of 150 copies. Signed by poet McKendrick. A fine craft-made book from the press. The poem is printed on separate pages in English, French, and Italian. Printed in Lectura, Centaur, and Arrighi types on Zerkall-Butten paper. Pages were folded and sewn by hand with blue paper wrappers. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072015. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2015. Number 48 of 150 copies. Signed by poet McKendrick. A fine craft-made book from the press. The poem is printed on separate pages in English, French, and Italian. Printed in Lectura, Centaur, and Arrighi types on Zerkall-Butten paper. Pages were folded and sewn by hand with blue paper wrappers. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/080316. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2015. Paperback. One of about 250 copies of this chapbook written and illustrated by English poet and printmaker Jo Reed. Blue paper wrappers with hand-sewn accordian folded pages of text and print. Handset in Bodoni types. In fine condition. 4 x 8 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/072015. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2006. Softcover. One of about 200 copies published as the twelfth New Year booklet by the press. Bound in a multicolored paisley design paper covers. With two pages of text and five charming color wood engravings by Waddington printed on rectos only. Printed on Zerkall paper in Monotype Baskerville type. With gift card and a notice of availability of the illustrations as prints. In fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 10.5 inches. Unpaginated [10 pages]. PRI/081420. Fine.