Cheloniidae Press, 1984. Hard Cover. Number 19 of 60 copies for the Deluxe Edition with an extra suite of prints. Signed and numbered by the book artist. There were 225 copies in the standard edition. This beautiful book is in a unique custom binding designed and executed by Robert Wu at his studio in Toronto in 2018. Robert is an exceptionally talented Taiwanese-Canadian designer bookbinder and paper marbler from Toronto, where he has lived since 2006. He began binding books in the 1990s and studied with several master binders. His splendid bindings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and the United States and he has received several awards. His specialization is in the grand tradition of French Art binding - Reliure d'Art. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. The deluxe edition includes a suite of signed and numbered wood engravings and one etching by Alan James Robinson, a master printer and artist who established the Cheloniidae Press, later called The Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. The text used for this edition was first published in 1650, “corrected and much enlarged by the author.” English author Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682) was fascinated with the natural world. In this text he describes a variety of horned animals and ponders the varying medicinal value of their horns. His text has been beautifully printed and illustrated by Robinson with unicorns, horned beetles, a walrus, a narwhal, and more. Robert's imaginative and marvelous binding is in red leather with a black spine label with title in silver. The red leather binding is stamped with the title in white, black, and blind running vertically from top to bottom of both covers. The front cover has an elaborately embossed white leather inlay with a faux ivory oval ornament with an illustrated narwhale horn. The rear cover has the same inlay with a portrait of Thomas Browne in the faux ivory. Marbled endpapers from Robert's studio with his binder's seal on the rear pastedown. Printed in Van Dijck Monotype on obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue White Laid. The book, prospectus, and suite of loose plates are housed in a custom clamshell box covered in beige linen. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [56 pages] ARTB/092118. Fine.
Lucy Childs, 2016. Cloth. A unique embroidered artists’ book with a murder mystery theme. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her previous unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. Although this book is not precisely a memorial to Louisa, it does document her mysterious death. The book is held in a grey wool folded covering with Lucy’s name stitched on the first interior fold. Its front cover depicts an embroidered willow tree encircling Louisa’s name, and the interior folds are embroidered with a knife and a lake scene. The story is told mostly through images that are revealed as the book’s pages are unfolded. The first embroidered linen interior panel says “Whatever happened to Louisa?” Two knives are embroidered and lying under three purple flowering branches. The second panel has two intricately embroidered crosses, one surrounded by flowers and the other pierced by two knives on wings. The third panel also has two cross shapes: the first is a tatted insert and the second includes an embroidered floor plan of a home interior with ominous foot prints leading upstairs to a bedroom. The fourth inner panel is embroidered with a lake scene that has a mysterious object near one shore. Is it a boat or is it a coffin? The words “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” are stitched along the lake’s other bank. The book’s four outer panels are covered with light orange cloth with a small stitched cross on each and bordered by English machine crocheted cotton lace. The hand embroidery throughout uses cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester threads of various colors. The folded book measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches. it unfolds to 3.5 x 18.25 inches. The grey wool covering is 4 x 5 inches folded and 4.5 x 19 inches unfolded. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/022717. Fine.
Vermont: Bridge Press, 2001. LIMITED. Hardcover. 138/500 c. SIGNED BY ARTIST/AUTHOR. Compilation of reproductions of Cohen's beautiful and powerful black and white etchings and engravings from books and broadsides. His uses a variety of intaglio techniques in his printmaking including mezzotint, drypoint, and double printing. The results are rich and often haunting. Black cloth boards. Bembo type on Mohawk Superfine paper. Printed by The Stinehour Press. 75 pp. BOB/042707. Very Good Plus.
High Fall, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2010. Hardcover. Number 28 of 30 copies. Signed by the artist and writer. A powerful work on the famed Salem witch trials that is the result of a decade’s long collaboration between the book artist, Maureen Cummins, and poet Nicole Cooley, based on their research at the American Antiquarian Society while resident artists. The book pairs Cooley’s cycle of poems, written specifically for this book, with images from a penmanship book of stern biblical commandments kept by a Salem boy, Josiah Peele, in 1808-09. The book seeks “to trace the psychic reverberations of the witch trials on subsequent generations” (artist’s statement). Each of Cooley’s thirteen poems is written from the voice and perspective of one of the participants in the trials. They represent the accusers and accused, survivors and condemned, focusing primarily, as the trials did, on the women. They are presented chronologically, beginning with the slave Tituba, the first accused, and ending with the girl Susannah Martin, who refused to confess to being a witch. Printed on Johannot paper with the endpapers done on a handmade Belgique sheet. The poems are printed offset with the titles in letterpress. The images are silkscreen printed. She states that the covers are like vintage writing slates such as Josiah Peele might have used. The book’s binding allows for multiple structures - that of a codex or concertina, or as a “theater in the round” that presents the chorus of voices within. Housed in a black linen box decorated with the marks of the accused, who were unable to sign their names. Maureen’s work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Size: 7 x 8 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated (45 pages). ARTB/041317. Fine.
2005. Hardcover. Dean Dass is a noted artist, printmaker, and book artist. There have been many exhibits of his work, which can be found in both public and private collections. He has taught at the University of Virginia since 1985. Until this book, all of his books were manuscripts and thus unique. The Age of Partial Objects is his first editioned book. He worked on it for 18 months. For him the tension between the unique and the reproducible is vital. According to his artist’s statement, this book turns Melanie Klein’s clinical term “partial objects” into a metaphor for an age consisting of fragments and fragmented knowledge. The result of his efforts is a stunning book that conveys mystery, the incomplete, and the melancholy of existence. On various papers, Dass used gouache, collage, pencil, inkjet, etching lithography, Xerox and Xerox transfer, and letterpress to create this book. Bound in grey and silver paper laminated on cotton with letterpress text of title on cover. Quarto in fine condition. 150 pages. ArtistsBooks/110910. Fine.
Pasadena, CA: Deeply Game Productions, 2012. Hardcover. Number 1 of 7 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Sara Press is a photographer, printer, and book artist whose work addresses science, nature, and the intricacies of our culture. This is a suite of four etchings by Ms. Press that depict contemporary mixed-martial-arts fighters. The accompanying text has been appropriated from a panther / bear fight advertising poster from the 1850s. The text describing animal fights is juxtaposed with the prints of human fighters to make an important statement on violence. The typeface is designed by Dan Mayer. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook No. 3 Proof Press. The loose prints and text pages are housed in a solid maple box with title burnt into the lid. This book was made in California and East Coast humidity has caused the box lid to warp a little along the edges. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOKS/030613. Near Fine.
Rockville, MD: Erik Delfino, 2015. Number 5 of 10 copies signed by the book artist. A stunning production by book artist and photographer Erik Delfino. In his accompanying pamphlet about the 1964 fair, Delfino writes that his parents took him to the fair when he was four years old. His memories are still vivid and treasured, and he hopes that the photographs of the still remaining structures that he took for this book at the fiftieth anniversary celebration have captured the spirit of the fair. The photographs and text are digitally printed on loose sheets of 19 x 13 inch Epson Exhibition Fiber paper. The twenty-five striking and evocative color photographs are of the structures still remaining at the fair site. They are bold and often abstract and geometric. The photos are interspersed with text offering his brief impressions from viewing the site. The photos are followed by a leaf with pictures of Delfino and his parents on the day they visited the fair. There is a table of contents on the colophon page. The leaves are housed in a taupe cardboard folder that is housed in a blue cloth case, which is encased in a 19.5 x 14 inch stainless steel box with an impression of the iconic stainless steel unisphere. Includes a copy of Cotter and Young’s The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/112916.
Paperback. A unique artists’ book about the concept of time, using quotes that are taken from various sources including Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Franklin, Euripides, and more. The work was created with paste paper, stamping, transfer, and calligraphy. In fine condition with purple handmade paper covers with black title and illustrations of timepieces to covers. A small metal replica of a timepiece is affixed to the front cover. The background of the interior has been hand painted in gold and purple. Stamps depicting clocks and the hand written calligraphic quotes decorate the interior. The book is an accordion construction with 10 pages. Housed in a purple handmade paper case which is secured by multi-colored yarn and a button depicting a watch face. A metal butterfly charm hangs from one end of the yarn. An appealing book. 5.75 by 6.25 inches. ARTB/112008. Fine.
Newcastle UK: Theresa Easton, 2012. Printmaking and artist’s books provide a platform for Theresa Easton’s interpretation of social history and cultural commentary. As an artist with a socially engaged practice, Easton enjoys a collaborative approach to making artwork and developing ideas alongside other participants. Travels in Time was exhibited at the Great North Museum in Newcastle UK in 2012 along with other work by Theresa. The book is a reflection of the museums World Culture’s section and the presentation of animals within cultures from around the world. Designed to be unfolded, the book delivers surprising insight into micro rituals" (from her website). This miniature book is 3 x 2.25 x .25 inches when folded. When opened the pages fit next to each other to form a large page that illustrates various items used in old rituals. Housed in a blue paper covered box. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/062918. Fine.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2010. Hardcover. Number 32 of 66 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. The Raven is bound in full black leather with tan and black leather inlay forming the image of a raven on both boards. The binding is a dos-a-dos structure printed in English and in Hebrew. The English text was hand set in Alt-Mediaval type and the Hebrew text was set in Margalit type. It is printed on Bavaria-Butten paper and illustrated with a paper cut of a raven. Housed in a white cloth slipcase with paper title label with light, ghostly visibility under the white cloth. In fine condition. Unpaginated. Fine.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2009. Someck, Ronny. Hardcover. Numbered and signed by the author and printer. A collection of five poems by Ronny Someck about ballet with two hand-colored illustrations. Someck is an Israeli poet, musician, and artist who has won multiple awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister's Award, the Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry, and the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry. He is internationally renowned with poems published in over thirty-five languages and ten books of poetry published in English. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. Pointe Shoes is a dos-a-dos structure printed in both English and Hebrew. It is bound in black cloth boards with inset cloth ballet slippers to both boards and decorative pink and black ribbons to spine. The center of both signatures features four black and pink flourishes. Printed on Grandee paper and handset in Alt-Mediaval and Margalit type. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. A fine production. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] PRI/032713. Fine.
San Jose, CA: Prose and Letters Press, 2004. Hardcover. Number 24 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This printed book is based on a unique hand painted book by the artist. Bound accordion style in Lokta paper covered boards with hand painted gold accents and leather and bead closure. The inspiration for this book was the Lithuanian-American archaeologist, Marija Gimbutas (1921 - 1994), known for her research on the Neolithic and Bronze age cultures of Europe. Gimbutas theorized that the first writing predated Sumerian businessmen by a few thousand years, and instead grew out of symbolic marks on ritual objects made to venerate the Great Goddess in Old Europe. Artist, Cari Ferraro, was heavily influenced by this theory and created an alphabet style based on Marija's catalog of marks which she has used in this book. The background painting on all of the pages uses symbols found in the 5000-year passage grave Newgrange in Ireland, whose meaning has never been fully understood. The design is intended to feel like a cave wall with ancient symbols and writing. The text reads "The first writing/ not merely scribble/ devised by accountants to track livestock or record property/ the first writing/ made to track the moon/ inscribe spirit/ praise for the great mother." An attractive book. [10 pages] ARTB/042108. Fine.
San Jose, CA: 2007. Paperback. A UNIQUE ARTISTS’ BOOK which has been signed and dated by the artist. The words “Star Spell” are written largely in resist and have been watercolored over to reveal the words across the twilight sky background. The familiar rhyme reads: “Star light / star bright / first star / I see tonight / I wish I may / I wish I might / have the wish / I wish tonight.” Fine in grey paper wrappers with white hand lettered title to spine and silver star to front panel. The interior is bound accordion style and is hand painted and lettered in white on Zerkall Book paper. This is a charming book by well known calligrapher, Cari Ferraro. In addition to her unique artists’ books and small limited editions, she has written several books detailing her calligraphy techniques. [16 pages.] ARTB/012408. Fine.
San Jose, CA: Prose and Letters Press, 2007. Paperback. Limited edition of 53 copies of which this is number 16 of the standard edition. Signed and numbered by artist. Included in the 53 are the deluxe edition numbered 1 - 13 and the standard edition numbered 14 - 53. Pages have been printed digitally on both sides of Zerkall book paper with archival inks. This book is based on the unique hand painted original with several notable differences including the size of the book, the background painting, font, text, and endpages. The following text: "Ground. Invoke divinity. Focus thought. Repeat a rhyme. Make magic." is added to the last page of this edition. Also, if unfolded, the reverse side reveals hidden words. It is bound in grey paper wrappers with white hand lettered title to spine and silver star to front panel. The end pages are sheer Japanese unryu "cloud dragon paper" with silver and gold flecks. The printed interior is bound accordion style with the words "Star Spell" printed in light blue across the twilight sky background of all pages. The familiar rhyme in the foreground reads: "Star light / star bright / first star / I see tonight / I wish I may / I wish I might / Have the wish / I wish tonight." A charming book about the secret and ordinary ways of magic by well known calligrapher, Cari Ferraro. In addition to her collection of unique artists' books and small limited editions, she has written several books detailing her calligraphy techniques. [16 pages.]. Fine.
Washington DC: Library Fellows, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1992. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist with an original drawing in a separate portfolio. Audrey Flack (1931-) is an important American artist who is nationally recognized and whose works are in major collections throughout the world. She is known as a pioneer in Photorealism and has also been inspired by Baroque art. This book is the third volume in the artists' book series published by the Library Fellows of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The sketchbook records Flack's travels from 1985-89, which included trips to Paris, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. The terra cotta pencil sketches that fill the sketchbook are beautifully rendered and often intimate. They are reproduced to scale. The book and the portfolio for the illustration are bound in a green, black and orange marbled cloth. Save for light creases on the free endpapers the book is in fine condition. The original drawing is a portrait from a Baroque sculpture and measures 4 x 6 inches. Both are housed in a brown cloth box with black leather title label affixed to a strip of the marbled cloth used for the binding. A lovely copy of this now rare book. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/102612. Fine.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 48 of 100 copies. A fascinating and personal production from Julie Chen's renowned press. "Based on a personal experience of loss, View is a bookwork that deals directly with ideas of coming to terms with mortality" (Julie Chen). View includes two books and a miniature three dimensional landscape scene enclosed within an innovative box structure. One book contains poignant text about a dream of a recently deceased loved one wading through water towards a distant shore. The second book describes the haunting after-image of the dream and the author's interpretation. Appropriately, the miniature scene, which the reader can view through a window in the box, depicts a portion of the dream. The box is enclosed in a cloth covered outer case with a magnetic closure featuring the title of the book. Letterpress printed and beautifully crafted. In fine condition. Outer case size: 6 ¾ inches x 14 inches x 5 inches; Box Size: 6 3/8 inches x 13 5/8 inches x 4 ½ inches; Book size when closed: 3 5/8 inches x 6 1/8 inches x 1 1/8 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/112118. Fine.
Baltimore: Flying Fox Press, 2017. Paperback. 1 of 25 copies, initialed and numbered by the artist. Linocut of an imaginary serpent-bird printed archivally in dark green ink on tan paper. Printed at PaperBase with Sarah Robbins. Thirty-seven additional copies were printed for the Guild of Book Workers "Bird in Hand" annual collaborative project. Ten percent of each sale will be donated to Bat Conservation International. Size: 8 x 8 inches. PRI/090117. Fine.
Rosendale, NY: Women's Studio Workshop, 1991. Limited to 200 copies. California visual artist, Cheri Gaulke (1954 - ), is best known for her role in the Feminist Art Movement in southern California in the 1970s, including performance art pieces. She has received numerous awards and grants and has exhibited her work around the world. This is an artist's book about women's feet and the abuse of footwear including the Chinese custom of footbinding and the Western tradition of wearing high heel shoes. Features quotes from "Chinese Footbinding: The History of a Curious Erotic Custom" by Howard S. Levy and "The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe" by William A. Rossi. Silkscreen and letterpress printed on various papers including a handmade paper created with toenails and hair embedded. With one pop-up that holds a seed packet (pop-up designed by Kim Knox of Nexus Press). The packet (which includes a small metal high heeled shoe) instructs the gardener to plant the "seed" using their feet, being sure to "wiggle your toes in the dirt." The packet also includes a card measuring 4 inches that reads "This card is the approximate size of a bound foot. Hold the card up to your own foot. Imagine your foot being that size. Have you ever diminished yourself to fit the will of another?" Approximately 16 pages. ARTB/021918.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Features text from a biblical verse. Taking inspiration from a 15th century manuscript, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created an unique book that has been lettered, decorated, gilded, and bound by hand. Using the same materials and techniques employed by scribes for centuries, Grebenstein carefully letters each word, uses raised 23K gold leaf, and hand paints each border decoration. The page proportions are kept to the traditional ratio, utilizing the centuries old ‘gold rule’ established during the Renaissance. Each page has a similar but not identical border design, following the design principal utilized in the prayer book. Written on Zerkall ingres paper. Beautifully bound by Samuel Feinstein in full blue Niger Oasis goatskin with gilt title to spine and front cover. The front cover features a rose onlay in red and green leather. A gilt stamp of the rose appears on the rear cover. Marbled endpapers by Cockerell Marblers. Signed by the artist and binder. Measures 9.5 inches x 13 inches. Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) founded The Abbey Studio, which offers professional calligraphy services and classes, and also Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
2008. Hardcover. A unique hand written manuscript describing the legend of the Sawfish, a medieval tale about resisting evil temptations. This book includes two hand written pages with a history of the Sawfish legend on the first page and an illustrated passage in Latin on the facing page. The six line Latin passage begins with an illuminated initial and beneath it is a hand painted miniature illustration of a ship with a saw fish flying above it. The illustration is based on a medieval miniature. This book has been hand lettered on exquisitely prepared calfskin vellum. It was lettered and decorated with 23K gold leaf over gesso, Winsor and Newton designers gouache, Moon Palace Sumi ink, and Soennecken pen nibs. Bound in red silk by Bexx Caswell of the White Sparrow Bindery (Somerville, MA). Signed and dated by the artist. Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. ARTB/092911. Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Number 16 of 20 copies. One unique hand lettered copy was also issued. This is a small prayer book containing The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Middle English (John Wycliffe version), and the Revised Standard Version. In this limited edition the black text is printed and the decorations are hand colored with the illuminations in gold or silver pen. Each book is hand bound and colored differently, so that the 20 copies all have a completely different look. 3 x 3 inches. Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Number 3 of 20 copies. One unique hand lettered copy was also issued. This is a small prayer book containing The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Middle English (John Wycliffe version), and the Revised Standard Version. In this limited edition the black text is printed and the decorations are hand colored with the illuminations in gold or silver pen. Each book is hand bound and colored differently, so that the 20 copies all have a completely different look. This copy is bound in lavender leather with an inlaid cross to both covers and title in gold. Binding by Samuel Feinstein. 3 x 3 inches. Fine.
2011. Hardcover. Unique Artists' Book. Signed and dated by the book artist and binder. This is a hand-lettered manuscript of Poe's classic poem "Annabel Lee" which was designed, hand-written, gilded, and decorated by Maryanne Grebenstein. Each page is decorated with an elaborate floral motif border with flourishes and initials in gold. Bound in three quarter purple cloth with marbled paper covered boards by Elizabeth Rideout of Charlotte, VT. This manuscript was hand lettered in the Italic style using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Leonardt and Soennecken pen nibs on Pergamenata stationery weight paper in antique. The gold leaf is 23.75 karat on gesso and the decorations are with Winsor & Newton gouache. Unpaginated [8 pages]Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. ARTB/081711. Fine.
2011. Hardcover. Hand-lettered Manuscript. Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created a unique manuscript containing Pangur B'an, a ninth century poem written by an Irish monk. The poem is a playful story, told by the monk, of the similarities between his work and that of his cat, Pangur B'an. The artist successfully captures the playful tone of the poem with her calligraphy, layout, and embellishments.Bound by Bexx Caswell at the White Sparrow Bindery (Somerville, MA) in green and black paper covered boards with hand written title label pasted down on the front cover. The paper used for the cover was handmade by Cave paper. The manuscript was hand lettered in the Uncial style, using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Soennecken pen nibs on Ingres d'Arches MBM text paper. It is decorated with raised 23 karat gold leaf and Winsor & Newton gouache. Each page contains a unique layout. The manuscript is signed and dated by the book artist and binder, and described in the colophon. Measures 10 inches by 7 inches. [16 pages.] Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.