San Francisco: Bettina Pauly, 2019. Hardcover. Edition number 12. Signed and numbered by the book artist Bettina Pauly. Pauly started an edition of miniature animal pop-ups in January 2019, The featured animal of each of these charming small books is first done as an original pen and ink drawing that is made into dry point and then printed on a pasta machine. The artist uses pen and ink to work further on the pulled image. The image is incorporated into a pop-up design, each of which is original with no two alike. Each is cut out by hand with an x-acto knife. The pop-up book is bound in lustrous reddish brown cloth with a paper title label on front that includes the animal's name in German. The book has a belly band that provides information about the opossum. The book is housed along with the colophon in a clamshell case covered with black cloth and lined with gold foil paper. In fine condition. Book measures 3 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches. ARTISTB/072419. Fine.
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Washington DC: 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 10 copies. Initialed and numbered by the book artist. Jennaway Pearson is a printmaker and book artist residing in Washington, DC. She teaches at American University and George Washington University. Her work is held in institutional and private collections across the US including the Museum for Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, and UCLA. In this provocative work, Jennaway explores the meaning of “champion” by connecting figure skater Tonya Harding with the goddess Juno, protector of women. Despite being a record-breaking skater, Harding was a victim of her family, a demanding sporting organization, a tragic marriage, and an insatiable tabloid culture. Pearson suggests that Harding, like many women, would have benefited from the protection of Juno, whom the Romans saw as presiding over all aspects of a woman’s life. The book begins with three pages of text printed as handwritten script on yellow tablet sheets. It offers a sympathetic telling of Harding's life, drawing from an early documentary and a later media reports. This is followed by striking images representing both her life and the themes of the book. The text and images are each in a gathering with a cover sheet with two white squares and black numbers representing skating competition scores. The book was supported by a grant from the College Book Arts Association. Bound in black cloth with title in blue script on front cover. In a coptic-style stitched binding. The book is entirely screen printed on Arches 88 and Rives BFK papers. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with title on front. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 13.25 inches. Fine.
Bisbee, AZ: Pequeno Press, 1997. Number 19 of 16 copies, signed by Pat Baldwin, the designer and publisher. This charming miniature book is designed as a folding box with an accordion style folded out sheet. When the box is opened it reveals a silver figure of Queen Mab riding in her polymer clay carriage with silk reins. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the character Mercutio jests with Romeo by musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. Mab first seems like a whimsical creation like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it soon becomes clear that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies. Pat Baldwin established the Pequeno Press in 1984 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She moved the press to Bisbee Arizona in 1990. The press published 71 limited edition, hand bound miniature books, two of which won the Miniature Book Society's Distinguished Book award. Book measures 2 inches square inches in a box that measures 2.25 inches square. In fine condition. MINIAT/111319. Fine.
Bronx, NY: Plotzing Press, 2008. Number 4 of 35 copies, signed by the artist. According to the artist: This book “is based on the game Rock, Paper, Scissors. I use this game as a metaphor for the simple but complicated logic of the games children and adults play. I asked friends and neighbors about this game in their home countries. Many times they remembered striking details of the game from their childhood. Often, they had some variation on the game, but with the same rules, like elephant, human, ant from India or general, gun, surrender from Burma. During the cold war era The RAND corporation [was] financed by the U.S. government [to] set up a think tank for devising mathematical calculations for trying to decide the outcome of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The beginning for this theory was called “Game Theory,” devised by John, Von Neumann. Today the threat of nuclear proliferation persists among neighboring countries. Something they all share from history is their own version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. This book is a meditation on the logic of the games we play at every level. This can be the kid who uses Rock, Paper, and Scissors to decide who will go first. Game Theory ends with thoughtful provoking questions for the logic nations decide for peace or war with their neighbors.” Bound in the accordion structure with cream paper covered boards titled in black on the front cover. A cream colored dust jacket printed with a strategy board game’s checkered pattern covers the book. The book is housed in a paper covered slipcase with printed checkerboard pattern that matches the jacket. Letterpress printed in Times and Palatino type with drypoint, mezzotint, white ground, soft ground, and etched images on Vellum Coventry paper. A graduate from SUNY College, Tammy now lives and works in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, New York. She studied with Antonio Frasoni and printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking workshop before establishing her own studio. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held in several institutional collections including Yale University, the Library of Congress, and Duke University. She has won several awards including the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. In fine condition. Unpaginated. Size: approximately 6 x 6.5 x 3.75 inches.
Bronx, NY: Plotzing Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 21 of 35 copies. A graduate from SUNY College, Tammy Wofsey now lives and works in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, New York. She studied with Antonio Frasoni and printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking workshop before establishing her own studio. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held in several institutional collections including Yale University, the Library of Congress, and Duke University. She has won several awards including the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Her beautifully constructed books often address such societal issues as war, climate change, and with this book, the food we eat. She writes: "Mankind is now at the helm of deciding what the future will be with the food we eat. The animals eating junk food represent the global problems created by genetic engineering and monoculture farming. The wild animals in this book are smart enough not to consume our creations. Once set in motion there will be no way to revert the changes corporations are making to our food chain. The animals leave the colorful junk food for the natural world leaving behind the question only the future will tell, what will be the color of regret?" The book is an accordion-fold with the pages unfolding to reveal Tammy's etched and watercolor images of animals and plants. They are printed on Coventry Medium paper with the text in Times New Roman. The cream color boards are covered with a cream dust jacket with delicate dry point illustrations of plants on the front and back flaps. The book is housed in a bright hand painted Japanese Paper Box with hand made paper, by Dieu Donne. The book measures 6 x 6 inches. The box measures 6.25 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. Fine.
Glen Echo, MD: Popular Kinetics Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 9 of 25 copies, signed by the artist. "Land Forms and Air Currents is my most ambitious work to date. This accordion book travels across time and space, through beautiful layered landscapes accompanied by spare, image-filled poems. Stretching over 250 inches in length when fully opened, it incorporates scanned images of my original watercolors with floating pop-up additions. This limited edition of twenty-five copies is the culmination of 3 years of work." (Carol Barton). This is a fanciful, sometimes poignant collection of poetry about volcanoes, hills, storms, caves, the earth, and more. "The coastline dances along the main highway, sometimes following the road's straight-line lead, then moving in and away in a jitterbug step, twice dipping under a stretch of bridge - a tango flourish. On a map the shore's edge is a fixed line. But in reality she's a ballerina, gliding, then rising on her toes with the tide" is illustrated with a somber watercolor of a road and a pop-up spiral representing the undulating coastline. Bound in tan cloth boards with colored paper pastedowns to front cover and spine. Bound in an accordion structure, the book can either be read as a traditional codex or expanded to its full length with all pages viewed at the same time. Archivally printed in full color after the original watercolor and gouache illustrations on acid-free Strathmore paper. Includes eleven pop ups. Carol Barton is a book artist, curator, and teacher who has published several editions and has organized both local and national shows. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC. She has also had several international residencies. Her workbooks on paper engineering, "The Pocket Paper Engineer" series, have garnered numerous awards for their effective instruction on how to design and construct pop-up sculptural pages. Size: 8 x 12 x 1.5 inches closed. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/071018. Fine.
Middletown, CT: Robin Price, Publisher, 2007. Hardcover. Number 49 of 86 copies. Robin Price has designed, printed, and published books for over twenty-five years. Her works can be found in university and public library collections throughout North America and Europe. This book is particularly personal, as well as complex and mysterious. Ms. Price says that “Text excerpts from 86 books significant to me - mostly other artist’s books - were gathered using formulas based on the number 43, which was my age at the genesis of the project.” In her announcement for this book, she says that simple formulas, using modular arithmetic with the number 43, were applied to categories such as page number, paragraph, sentence, line of poetry, etc. The text is grouped by subject matter into sixteen page spreads. Titles of spreads include “Water,” “Counting,” and “Flora.” Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and also hinged together as an accordion. A Legend Card and supplemental Annotated Bibliography are included. The unusual double-layer accordion is housed in an olive green cloth covered clamshell box with a river section printed in blue, and a map-paper spine label. The book was co-designed and co-produced with Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage. The typefaces are handset ATF Garamond and Kabel. Six colors are printed letterpress. All additional printing within the structure is also letterpress, except for the laser-printed text sheets of the 32-page bibliography. 11.75 x 8 x 1.5 inches, opens to 20 feet wide; 32 pages with supplemental 32 page booklet. ARTISTSBOOKS/012011. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 18 of 60 copies. A beautifully crafted datebook for 2013. Each binding is unique with different colors of leather and threads. Bound in full orange leather with a black leather tie. The interior is printed in week-at-a-glance format on repurposed nautical charts with wood type that is over 100 years old. The datebooks are a tradition for the Purgatory Pie Press - they have been producing limited edition datebooks since 1980! The leather is slightly discolored on the bottom edge of the rear cover. Designed by Esther K Smith, hand-set by Dikko Faust, and printed on a Vandercook 4 letterpress. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2010. Paperback. Number 70 of 150. Each card was set and printed by Dikko Faust. A collection of 12 postcards contained in a box labeled "Elongated Postcards." The designers include: Elizabeth Duffy, Mike Topp, Marc Nasdor, Bryan C. Baker, Rosamond S. King, Jessi Nebraska Gifford, Eve Eisenstadt, Kit Kennedy, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Dikko Faust, and anonymous. Each card is signed by the printed and designer. Each card is printed on a different type of paper. Some designs are typographic, one is printed on velvet, one is embossed, most are humorous, all are interesting. Housed in a white cardstock envelope with a velcro closure. [12 pages.] PRI/010213. Fine.
New York City: Purgatory Pie Press, 2013. Hardcover. Number 54 of 75 copies. Signed by the printer, Dikko Faust. A geometric story from a wood block pattern. Fine in black paper boards with white spine panel and black title to spine. A square window is cut from the front board to reveal an image on the first page. Accordion binding with illustrations printed in black and red. [10 pages.] PRI/062113. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 87 of 200 copies. Signed by author, designer, and printer. An unusual "first novel" by Holly Anderson, this work is about Lily Lou, who suffers from a mysterious ailment causing recurrent vomiting. Her malady suddenly ends when she loses her virginity. The book is supposedly presented in the author's writing class, so the text of the novel, the classroom instructor's comments, and others are printed in different types, including Folio Bold, Optima, and Weiss Roman. Printed on Rosapina paper with Amora endsheets and Rives de lin paper covers.In glossy cream paper dust jacket with illustrative design in red and green, and the author's photos on the front flap. In fine condition. 6 x 12 inches. PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1983. Hardcover. Number 75 of 85 copies bound into hard covers. 95 additional copies were issued in wraps. Signed by the author, printer (Dikko Faust), and designer (Esther K. Smith). An inventive collection of eight tales in which portions of the story have been replaced by lines of color allowing the reader to make up their own stories utilizing the given words. A vibrant book printed in red, yellow, green, blue, and black. Fine in yellow paper covered boards with red title to spine and front cover. Printed at the Center for Book Arts on Lana Laid all rag with red Kozo endsheets. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] PRI/010212. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1994. Number 100. Signed by the book artists. An old record that has been re-produced by the Purgatory Pie Press with a new label printed on both sides: "Roberta 'N' Rob Smith - Lame!" and "Roberta 'N' Rob Smith - Worse!" This "random re-issue" pokes fun at bad records with lots of typos, slogans, and gimmicks. The words 'Lame / Stale' and 'Worse / Fukt-Fi' have been scratched into the record. The record sleeve is printed with information about the fictitious Roberta N Bob fan club and is also signed by them. The plastic bag that covers the sleeve has several stickers which further emphasize the poor record quality "30 years after ... New British Infestation", "This record waz wuns mor popular than it is NOW", etc. The label, sleeve, and stickers are letterpress printed. PRI/010213. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2003. Paperback. Limited Edition. Written, illustrated, and printed with linocuts by Georgia Luna Smith Faust. The Purgatory Pie Press is run by Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith in New York City. This book was created by their daughter. A do-si-do binding featuring a poem and a short story - one about a magical walk through New York City and the other about a ride on the subway. Bound in stiff green paper wrappers with red cowboy boot linocut on front cover and brown hands linocut on the rear cover. The interior includes a pop-up illustration of a flying cowboy boot. Letterpress printed. PRI/122812. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2004. Paperback. Number 172 of 200 copies. Each page features a linoleum cut of a different character including G-Squirt, Drip Nose, Jolly Notso, Scrubby, and more. The face of each member is depicted in a cartoonish, grotesque style. The verso forms a different book - Team Evil - with an additional set of grotesque characters. Fine in off white paper wrappers with yellow illustration and red title to front panel. Unpaginated. [8 pages]. PRI/010212. Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2005. Paperback. Number 167 of 200 copies. Signed by book authors: Gifford, Esther Smith, and Dikko Faust. Jessie Nebraska Gifford conceived of this work, which utilizes MRI scans of her brain and spine, taken as part of her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. The book is done with one sheet of folded dark blue green paper with cut-outs and the images in silver. In near fine condition. PRI/121312. Near Fine.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 2001. Number 41 of 100 copies. This inventive work by book artist Susan Happersett is based on the Mobius strip, discovered by German mathematician August Mobius. A Mobius strip can be described as a single loop of paper with one twist. It has only one side and one edge. Susan calls hers a single surface Moebius strip folded to reveal two distinct chiaroscuro faces. - with two faces, two sides, and oneendless surface! Her six inch strip is pleated, with black symbols on one side of the pleat and white ones on the other. The accompanying brochure claims that the Happersett Accordion, invented by the eminent pataphysic authority, is a topological transgression in typography that creases the time-space continuum, and is a non-Euclidean prescription for reality-based inflammation and an antidote to time related illnesses. Brochure and strip are letterpress printed and housed in a black slip box with title and mobius based design in silver. Signed on box by book artist, typesetter, and printer. In fine condition. PRI/120312. Fine.
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.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1997. Paperback. Number 127 of 250 copies. Signed by the designer (Esther K Smith), printer (Dikko Faust), and paper marbler (Lauren Rowland). According to the designer, this project was inspired by 'those folded religious pamphlets.' Each of the five artists has created and signed his or her card or the box. Each card has a different theme ranging from sexual experience to a subway mosaic. All are housed in a marbled paper covered card stock box with silver title to front panel. PRI/010213. Fine.
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.
Baltimore: Sarah Robbins, 2012. Hardcover. Unnumbered edition of 8 copies. According to English folklore, red dragonflies (sometimes referred to as "devil's darning needles") sew shut the mouths and sometimes the ears and eyes of people who misbehave. This carousel book celebrates the myth with comically disturbing illustrations of people who have thread twined around their eyes and lips. Clear plastic printed with red dragonflies overlays the illustrations. The book is bound in light grey paper covered boards with red title to front cover and artist's name to rear cover. It is silkscreen printed in turquoise and red inks. A red twine closure wraps around the book when not in use and can also be tied to hold it open in carousel format. "Sarah Robbins is an illustrator, printmaker, and book artist living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work focuses on feminist themes, visual journalism, and a love for folklore and the natural world. She co-runs PaperBase, a community letterpress shop and studio space, often combining her talents with other artists to create collaborative work which bridges the commercial illustration and fine art printmaking worlds" (book artist). Her illustrations have been featured in several periodicals including the New York Times and Baltimore Magazine. [6 pages.] ARTB/051016. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2019. An accordion bound miniature book with white paper covered boards that are overpainted with a metallic colors technique developed by the artist. The interior pages feature pasted down metallic objects arranged in an artful manner. No text or titling. This is one in a series of six similar books, each with different cover designs and interiors. Size: about 2 inches.A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Signed by the artist. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Institute of Design (India). She has created 250 bookworks to date. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. ARTISTSBOOK/052119. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2004. A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Signed by the artist. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Institute of Design (India). She has created 250 bookworks to date. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. She writes: "Pentimento" refers to the idea of re-appearences manifested by employing the use of transparency, multiplicity, interpenetration. These factors result in the concept of indeterminacy influenced by my association with John Cage whom I first met in 1979. The work includes excerpts from a reassembled 1939 typing workbook. The workbook belonged to my father, who taught typewriting and stenography. He used this workbook in his classes. It illustrates the designs that can be created on the old typewriters where one could control the carriage for desired effects. Included are corrective strips from my mistakes on the typewriter. Images are printed on transparencies with metallic overlays with crystal beads and monofilament." In fine condition. Size: 8.5 x 6.5 inches closed. ARTISTSBOOK/032918. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2009. A unique book created as part of a series about Venice. The book artist describes this beautiful and mysterious work as an homage to the city of Venice, Italy, where she was awarded three residencies in 2009, 2012, and 2015. During these residencies, she pursued her research on the waters and gardens of the city. Following her residencies, in addition to her books about Venice, she produced two short videos: "The Waters of Venice: Remembering Henry James" and "Water Veils". The MAPPA ANTICA VENEZIA images are printed on transparencies, with embedded monofilaments and small crystals on the filaments or embroidered on the pages. Images of the churches of Venice are printed on the side edges of two of the pages with metallic overlays. Claire states: "PENTIMENTO refers to the idea of reappearences manifested by employing the use of transparency, multiplicity, interpenetration. These factors result in the concept of indeterminacy influenced by my association with John Cage whom I met in 1979." A native of Brooklyn, Claire Jeanine Satin's talent was first recognized when she was just 8 years old. After high school she continued her education at Brooklyn Museum of Art School and Sarah Lawrence College. Her mentor, Theodore Roszak, shepherded Claire into the MFA program at Pratt Institute, and recommended her for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in sculpture, which she was awarded. In the late 70s, while teaching in the Art Department at Broward Community College (now Broward College), she met the composer John Cage, and also the minimalist composer Steve Reich and the avant garde filmmaker Stan van der Beek. Claire became a follower of Cage's theories and his concept of indeterminacy and her work has been largely devoted to the concept of chance/indeterminacy, allowing this idea to take precedence over other pursuits of art-making in bookworks and related objects. To date, she has created 250 bookworks. Her work can be found in numerous international collections including: The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty, MOMA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, National Institute of Design (India), and The King Stephen Museum (Hungary). Book Size: 11 x 13 inches open. ARTISTSBOOK/030118. Fine.
Niagra Falls, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 1994. Number 126 of 500 copies. Signed by the artist. A sweet little book with a poem about flowers and illustrations of flowers, umbrellas, and rain with peek-through holes cut into some pages. Accordion bound in yellow paper wrappers with yellow ribbon fastening cover to text block and dark grey title label pastedown to spine. Housed in a blue cardstock box with grey title label to spine panel. Unpaginated. [32 pages.] Size: book is about 3 x 2.75 inches; box is about 3 x 3 inches. ARTB/121619. Fine.