Omaha. NE: Abattoir Editions, The University of Nebraska, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 56 OF 200 COPIES. Olive green cloth with black title to white label on the spine. Label darkened at lower edge, otherwise fine, without printed dust jacket, as issued. In glassine dust jacket. Vietnam War poetry. PRI/102416. Near Fine.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 9 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This beautifully designed book is in the special collections at the Library of Congress. It is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. In this accordion style book she has printed her hand carved letters of the alphabet in a bold orange. There is one letter to a page. They have been carved our of linoblock, pine, basswood, and plywood. Printed on Lettra 220 paper and bound in orange Mulberry paper with debossed titles in gilded orange on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 11 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This boldly designed book is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade wooden type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. In this accordion style book she has printed her hand carved wood numbers from 1 to 0 in various bright colors either on a single page or on a fold-out page. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in orange on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. In a protective stiff plastic case. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 11 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This striking book is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade wooden type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. This accordion style book juxtaposes a shape as a white space on a blue, grey, or orange background on one page with the shape in that color on a white background on the facing page. Shapes include a circle, square, triangle, arrow, heart, star, and hand. Bound in grey cloth with orange title on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. In a protective stiff plastic case. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Harpers Woods, MI: The Adagio Press, 1969. Hardcover. INTERESTING ASSOCIATION COPY WITH RELATED MATERIAL LAID IN. This beautiful copy is inscribed by author John Dreyfus to noted Chicago book collector and philanthropist Samuel R. Rosenthal, "for Sam R Rosenthal after a splendid evening John Dreyfus 16 December 1978 Chicago." Rosenthal and his wife, Marie-Louise, had a pre-eminent book collection that concentrated on livres d'artistes, illustrated books, and private press. This is 39 of 75 folio copies issued with one vellum leaf and one handmade paper leaf laid in from books printed at the Doves Press. There were 329 copies originally printed of this Adagio Press edition (although fewer than 180 were offered for sale), each with two Doves Press leaves: 12 with both Doves Press leaves printed on vellum; 75 with one leaf on vellum and the second on handmade paper; and 242 with both leaves printed on handmade paper. This copy has an octavo vellum leaf from Goethe's "Faust," issued in 1906, and a folio double leaf on paper with Leviticus 16-22 from the famed Dove's Bible. The Adagio Press was founded in the late 1950s by Leonard Bahr, who signed the colophon. In Roderick Cave's The Private Press, second edition, he cites the Bible as the most substantial title printed by the press. In 1970, Strouse had sent two letters to Rosenthal, included with this copy, offering C-S The Master Craftsman. Strouse said that he would make Rosenthal's copy "a little special" by putting in a double leaf from the Bible. Two letters dated 1978 are laid in from Dreyfus to Rosenthal and his wife. These letters and the 1978 inscription indicate that he got to know Rosenthal around this time. In one letter, Dreyfus expresses his appreciation for their expressions of sympathy over the tragic death of his son. There are a few handwritten additions to the text of Dreyfus's essay in this copy, which may have added when he inscribed the book, but this is conjecture. The book is hand sewn and bound in quarter vellum with Cockerell marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. It is printed in red and black Palatino Roman and Pascal types on handmade Tovil paper. In addition to the Doves Press leaves, laid in are the prospectus, a mounted photograph of Cobden-Sanderson with Emery Walker developed from the original negative, a smaller copy of the photo, and a pamphlet issued in 1971 titled "A Letter from Stella." This pamphlet reprints the text of the last letter written by Cobden-Sanderson to his daughter, Stella, a few hours before he died, with an introduction by Strouse. [54 pages.] PRI/042309. Fine.
Ichikawa City, Japan: Kotosubo, 2014. Softcover. 1 of 60 copies. An exquisite handmade notebook with a silk binding and Japanese paper created by Japanese miniature book artist Miyako Akai. Miyako delights in the miniature book form and has won awards for her work from the Miniature Book Society. The 60 books in the edition have covers done with various Japanese silk patterns. This copy has a brown and cream repetitive design. The binding is stitched together with thin color ribbons. The book's pages have no text but most are printed with delicate designs, ornaments, or illustrations in different colors. The front pastedown has the name of the press and the date, while the rear pastedown has text in Japanese. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated [62 pages] PRI/080117. Fine.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1982. Hardcover. One of 650 copies but also a unique copy with a commissioned custom binding by Constance K. Wozny, a well known hand bookbinder whose studio is in Eastwood, Kentucky. She studied with several prominent hand bookbinders and is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers and the Hand Bookbinders of California. Signed and dated (2011) by her on colophon. Laid in is a holograph note in pencil: " Of all the bindings I did - this is one of my favorites thank you Connie." This beautiful binding is in full-grain Indian red goat leather, with titles stamped in black on front cover, and a wraparound flower pot design composed of decorative onlays in orange, yellow, and ochre calf. The leather covers wrap around and serve as the front and rear pastedowns. Red paper free front and rear endpapers. The top edges are speckled red and brown. Housed in an orange custom clamshell box designed by the binder with title and author blindstamped on spine. Book and box in fine condition. Juan Bautista Alvarado (1809 - 1882), a Californian, led a coup to seize Monterey and declared himself governor. He declared independence for California, but ultimately was persuaded to rejoin Mexico and served as Governor of Las Californias from 1837 - 1842. This book includes a biographical introduction to Alvarado's life; and a translation of his autobiography and his account of events in California prior to Don Luis Antonio Arguello's governorship. 38 pages plus three page bibliography. PRI/041619. Fine.
Lexington KY: Anvil Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 11 of 100 copies. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. This Greek tragedy in five acts, written in verse, was composed by Racine at the age of 27 and performed at the Court of Louis XIV. Bound with black cloth spine and red paper covered boards with red paper title label to spine. Pristine with numerous illustrations by Fritz Kredel, a prolific German artist who emigrated to the United States during World War II. In matching red paper dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Creasing to jacket and minor wear to edges. Printed in red and black inks at the Windell Press in Victor Hammer’s American & Andromaque uncial types. 51 pages. PRI/031314. Fine / Very Good.
West Chester, PA: Aralia Press, 2008. Hardcover. 1 of 200 copies. Translated by a renowned American poet, James Merrill (1926 - 1995). An avid traveller to Athens, Merrill wrote often of Greek locales and themes, so it is appropriate that he chose to translate the work of one of the finest Greek poets, C.P. Cavafy (1863 - 1933). These were the only four poems by Cavafy that Merrill chose to translate. Fine in black cloth backed marbled covered boards with white title pastedown to spine. Printed from Bembo and Romulus Open types on Rives Heavy paper by Jon Mooallem, Michael Peich, and Dan Stone. Beautifully bound by Lawrence Yerkes. A lovely copy in near fine condition. Unpaginated. [10 pages.] PRI/121216. Fine.
West Chester University: Aralia Press, 1991. Softcover. One of 200 unnumbered copies. There were also 50 signed press copies and seven presentation copies. A moving collection of seven poems published after the death of Gioia's infant son and dedicated to him. Gioia is a noted poet and critic and was the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2009. He is currently a professor at the University of Souther California. Bound in handmade flax papers. Beautifully printed by Michael Peich on Vandercook Universal I press from Spectrum and Hunt Roman types on Umbria paper. With black and white drawing by Testa on title page. 7.5 x 12 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/062118. Fine.
San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Number 343 of 400 numbered copies. Signed by the artist. From the acclaimed Arion Press: "Cane is regarded as the highest literary achievement of the Harlem Renaissance and a masterpiece of African-American writing. To call it a novel is misleading, for the book is made up of many parts, by turn fiction, poetry, drama, set in rural Georgia, urban Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. To say it was first published in 1923 is misleading, too, for parts were published earlier in magazines. While it may seem at first a collection of writings, it is a highly experimental novel, novel in concept and form, and is a unified artistic whole. Cane was praised when issued but sold few copies. Toomer isolated himself after the book was published, and it was not rediscovered until the 1960s with the rise of academic interest in black history and culture. Jean Toomer (1897-1967) wrote several autobiographies, other fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, but published only one other book, Essentials, a collection of aphorisms, in 1931. Leon Litwack is an eminent historian of the black experience in America. In his essay on Cane, Litwack shows how the book addresses the racial situation in the early twentieth century. 'In coming to grips with the present, Jean Toomer insisted on confronting the past and exploring the heritage of slavery to its very roots, in ways that would avoid both condescension and romanticization. Looking about him, he sensed an agrarian folk culture deeply rooted in the slave experience. There was still time, he thought, to explore that culture, indeed the very soul and spirit of the black South, before urbanization and industrialization rendered it unrecognizable.' Martin Puryear is a leading American sculptor. He read Cane for the first time when he was teaching at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and living in the South for the first time. The book has been important to him ever since. His woodcuts for Cane are on two scales. The seven larger images are abstract portraits of women characters in the book; the three smaller blocks are reinterpretations of the enigmatic arcs that Toomer placed on pages dividing sections in the first edition." Bound in full tan linen over limp boards with brown ties. The text type is Times New Roman composed by Monotype and printed on Biblio mouldmade paper from Germany. The display type is Lucian Bold, composed by hand. The prints are on handmade Kitakata paper from Japan. Oblong measuring 111/2 by 13 7/8 inches. Includes prospectus and box in which mailed. In fine condition. PRIV/091818.
Oregon: Artistically Declined Press, 2013. Hardcover. One of 20 copies signed by the poet, Hosho McCreesh who describes himself as a drunken poet. From reviews: "In the footsteps of Charles Bukowski comes Hosho McCreesh’s magnum opus of drunk poetry. Mammoth in size and scope, A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is unlike any of McCreesh’s previous collections. Because writing and drinking go hand in hand, it may seem an impossible challenge for a poet to offer new perspective of this well-worn, symbiotic relationship. But McCreesh does, and in this brilliant collection he uses subject matter that might feel old and tired in the hands of a less capable poet and turns out exciting and irresistible poems. A perfect elegy to the illusions and delusions of alcohol." This is from the edition of 20 described by the press as "The DrunkSkull Flask Clamshell." It includes a handmade hardback book housed in a clamshell box custom-made by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. Hidden within the clamshell is the coup de grace - an 8 ounce black flask, engraved with the book's DrunkSkull logo, which is housed in a wood insert, along with some pieces of promotional ephemera that include two letterpress broadsides of unpublished drunk poems signed by McCreesh, a ticket also signed, and a third unpublished broadside hand written and painted by the poet. Hidden under the flash is a patch, a sticker, and a removeable tattoo - all featuring the DrunkSkull logo. The text of the book is printed offset and is bound in grey paper boards with black spine label and skull logo on the front cover. On the back cover is printed: "glister like remnant embers of all you've burned away in your mad and drunken joy." The clamshell box has a black cloth spine and grey paper covering the front and rear panels. The front panel features a reproduction of the book's cover and the spine panel has a matching grey paper title label. Box is 10 x 7 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 359 pages plus acknowledgments and colophon. ARTISTSBOOK/042016. Fine.
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1925. Hardcover. 1 of 200 copies printed on paper. There were also fifteen copies printed on vellum. Printed by C. H. St. J. Hornby on the banks of “sweet Thames” with the help of I. Jenkins, Compositor, and G. Faulkner, Pressman. Printing began in May 1924 and was finished in July 1925. This superb book is a large folio bound in the original full vellum boards with brown leather spine titled in gilt. Raised bands and six compartments to the spine. Minor bumping to the corners of front board and minor rubbing to boards and hinges. The hinges near the foot of the spine were starting and have been professionally restored. The interior is beautifully and elaborately printed in black, red, and blue in the Subiaco type created by the press. Creasing to front endpaper and occasional light smudge marks to the interior, else very clean and bright. A fine production from this monumental private press. 216 pages. PRI/011513. Very Good.