Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Arts of the Book Center, 2014. Number 15 of 20 copies. (20 additional copies were created and exchanged between the participants). This remarkable collaborative artists' book tells the tragic stories of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City and the 2012 Tazreen Fashions Factory fire in Bangladesh through the powerful assemblage in a "sewing box" of artifacts and mementos ostensibly collected over three generations that document the two tragedies. From the introduction: "In creating the contents of this box, we decided we would create a story to convey some of our own notions about greed and the value of a human life, about women's changing roles at home and in the workplace and about the increasing distance between consumers and producers. ... We named our primary character Rosie ... Rosie, her sister Kate, niece Rose, grandniece Rachel, and great-grandniece Katya, and other associated with them are composites of other historical and invented characters. 'Notions' is best read through the objects and the stories we've imagined that gather around them. It is framed like a quilt--an assemblage of many small pieces that stitched together tell a human story about workers here and elsewhere, now and in the past, who sew the clothes we wear. It is also an artists' book that expresses some of our own notions about how and why we make art, and how and why we use art to explore our humanity and comment on the human condition." The 23 objects in the sewing box, each by different artists, include postcards, an embroidered shirtwaist collar, a jar of buttons with modern label, reprints of historic news articles about the fire, letterpress printed cards, a paper doll, quilted lace, a vintage photo, a sewing booklet, and numberous other art objects. The sewing box itself has a pair of scissors and an empty thread spool laid in along with the art objects. It is a Kraft papier mache box painted with red acrylic, wrapped with a giclée-printed band of advertising art, and lined with sewing pattern tissue; original art on lid is letterpress printed. It also includes a small book describing the history of the tragedies and each of the items in the collection inside the box. In fine condition. Box is 12 inches in diameter and 6 inches high.Detailed list of the 23 items:Postcard from Rosie's fiancé - an antique postcard image giclée printed on Arches watercolor paper, hand-tinted with watercolors, and letterpress printed on back by Yolanda Merrill; Rosie's ruined piecework - white cotton shirtwaist collar, machine-stitched, with hand-embroidered inscription by Lotta Helleberg and Dorothy SmithRosie's charm string and button jar - buttons strung, knotted and saved in jam jar with original label art and Dickens quotation handset and letterpress printed by Janet Eden and Frank RiccioSmocking for Mrs. Vanderbilt - cotton embroidery floss on muslin) by Barbara Payne"Sewn in my own heart's blood" (letterpress printing on newsprint with hand-sewn embellishment by Dorothy SmithSmoldering fire - reprint of historic New York Times article accompanied by song lyrics typed on manual typewriter by Barbara Payne and Laura SprungRachel's yarn card - letterpress printed card with vintage yarn by Janet EdenLue's letter to Rachel - original letter reproduced on old book paper, vintage photo enclosed with letter by Rachel SingelBetsy McCall moves forward - vintage Betsy McCall paper doll enclosed in a cardstock folder imprinted with an original story and art) by Dorothy Smith and Cecilia SorochinMill migration postcards - letterpress printed duotone images on Crane's 90# Pearl White Wove and Rives Lightweight papers by Kristin Adolfson and Lotta HellebergDéjà vu: 9/11 and 1911 - reprint of a newsletter chronicling the experiences of former Peace Corps volunteers teaching in New York City public schools during 9/11 by Michael SwanbergSomething old, something new - hand-quilted pieces of lace sewn onto a card; original art and calligraphy letterpress printed by Cecilia SorochinTarzeen redirect - digital printing of designs and original artwork) by Garrett Queen and Lana LambertTazreen button card - letterpress printing with watercolor by Angie HoganMourning our loss - recreated historic newspaper articles printed on hand-stained paper with decoupage roses and black lace embellishment by Cecilia Sorochin"Plus change" mourning card - digital printing of graphic elements, including photo by Donna KnoellRosie's needle book - letterpress needle book with tea stains, hand sewing, and a hidden message by Kevin McFaddenKate's matchbox catch all - letterpress printed labels on die-cut matchboxes by Bonnie Bernstein and Yolanda MerrillConscience pin cube - letterpress-printed labels on papered boxes with ball head pins by Bonnie BernsteinRed Threads care instructions - color-printed on canvas and machine-stitched in red thread by Bonnie BernsteinOld Wavy hang tag - letterpress printed on on Crane's 100% cotton paper by Kristin AdolfsonMayn Rue Platz/My resting place - letterpress printed cabinet and card with photograph and music CD by Bonnie Bernstein, Stacey Evans, Nancy KoberLives beyond measure - a timeline charting family and labor history printed on canvas with aluminum embellishments in the form of a measuring tape) by Nancy Kober.
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Rutherford, Madison, Teaneck and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Associated University Press, (1978). Hardcover. 8vo. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Very good in very good off-white illustrated dust jacket with black and blue title to front panel and black title to spine. Minor edgewear and foxing to dust jacket. Small damp stain to foot of spine that also effects about an inch of the edges of the pages. Does not effect the interior of the book. Inscription to front free end page reads "Dear Sally, With best wishes. Affectionaly, Lynne." Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 190 pages. WOM/032317. Very Good / Very Good.
Greenwich, Conn. Climax Molybdenum Company, No date. Hardcover. 8vo. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with white title to spine and illustration to front board. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations throughout. Dr. Janet Zaph Briggs was an american metallurgist and the first woman to earn a mining engineering degree from Stanford University. 197 pages. WOM/032317. Fine.
New York: David McKay Company, 1968. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author "For Pauli Murray with many thanks, Caroline Bird, June 19, 1968." The recipient, Pauli Murray (1910 - 1985), was a civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, priest, and author. She was born in Baltimore and was the first African American to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School. She was also the first African American to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. She was one of the first to publically criticize the sexism present in the civil rights movement and coined the term "Jane Crow." Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to corners and minor wear to edges of boards. Several passages underlined in pen, else clean interior. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Wear to edges of jacket including several short closed tears. Minor rubbing and smudge marks to jacket, which is now in a protective plastic covering. 288 pages. WOM/051017. Very Good / Very Good.
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co, circa 1900. Hardcover. Scarce. Inscribed by the author "For the mother of Mary Matthews with best wishes of the Author - Alice Brooks / Written by the Great Great Aunt of Mary Matthews." on the front free endpaper. Alice Brooks was a Baltimore author who often wrote under the pseudonym "ALIX." A collection of advice for young mothers, most involving when and how to discipline kids - each with real life examples. The author notes that "most of the articles in this little volume have been published in Parish Visitor. The material, for many of them, has been gathered from the wise teachings of my mother, to whose memory I lovingly dedicate it." Bound with red cloth spine and corners over white cloth boards. Title in black to front cover with silver flower. Dampstaining and discoloration to covers and spine. Minor wear to corners and edges. Clean interior. 119 pages. LIT/041718. Very Good.
Atlanta: Scholars Press, (1988). Paperback. Number 60 from the American Academy of Religion Academy Series. Fine in black and white paper wrappers with green title to front wrapper and and white title to black spine. Pristine interior. "A pioneering and multi-dimensional work, Black Womanist Ethics is at once a study in ethics, gender, and race." 183 pages. WOM/032317. Fine.
Boston: Hill and Company, (1988). Hardcover. 4to. PRESENTATION COPY from authors. Near fine in black cloth backed lavender paper covered boards with blue title to spine. Minor fading to edges of boards. Interior is clean and bright with black and white photographic illustrations on every page. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow and purple title to front and spine panels. 134 pages. Women's Studies. WOM/702. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Boston: An Atlantic Monthly Press Book, Little, Brown and Company, (1976). Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in very good black and yellow dust jacket with brown title to front panel and white title to black spine. Minor rubbing to dust jacket. Pristine interior with many photographic illustrations by the author. 228 pages + photos. Women's Studies. WOM1/3252. Near Fine / Very Good.
Maureen Cummins, 2018. Number 17 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Maureen Cummins. Secretary deconstructs the life and death-by-suicide of the artist's mother, Dolores Cummins, a brilliant woman, aspiring artist, and housewife for twenty-five years. It is this story that inspired Cummins's later book Crazy Quilt, as well as all the subsequent work that she created around marginalized populations. This book is the first of several around this common theme that Maureen has become well-known for. Secretary is made even more powerful by the structure and composition. It was letterpress printed on sheets of Asian lined paper resembling a steno pad, with titling redacted by hand in graphite. The type used appears to have been typed on an old typewriter. Each section of the book is preceded by a ghostly photographic image of Cummins's mother from that period of her life, reprinted from originals in the artist's possession. The text pages are bound in the style of a stenographer's notepad. It is housed in a stiff grey paper folder. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her 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. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 14.5 inches. ARTB/100119.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, (1987). Hardcover. Very good in very good black illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing to rear panel of dust jacket. Minor toning to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright. Index, 273 pages. WOM/032217. Very Good / Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in very good grey illustrated dustjacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to dust jacket includes edgewear and one closed tear along the spine that has repaired with tape on the inside. Index, 333 pages Women's Studies. WOM2/2152. Near Fine / Very Good.
San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat, 2018. Number 20 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by Rhiannon Alpers, the book artist. Rhiannon has been a book artist, maker of paper, and bookbinder based in San Francisco for almost twenty years. She is fascinated by structures and boxes, and much of her work is focused on nature. This beautifully designed and executed book is emblematic of Rhiannon's artistic interests and aesthetics. She writes of her book, which was inspired by author Glynis Ridley: "When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard. This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book." The book has a removable magnetic spine binding that opens completely back-to-back, with a digitally produced specimen chart hidden within. Hahnemuhle Bugra Fawn folio maps are letterpress printed from polymer plates, adapted from French expedition maps from the published logs “Voyage Autour du Monde par la Frégate du rio la Boudeuse et la Fluté L’Etoile.". Crane’s Lettra Ecru 90lb specimen folios letterpress printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates. Plant outlines are laser cut and secured with Japanese tissue. Laser cut specimens were adapted from the original plant specimens collected by Commerson and Baret on the expedition, archived in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Interleaved vellum sheets with macro photography by the artist laser printed on Neenah UV Ultra II. Spine bound with Gmund Bier Paper [colophon]. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1973). Hardcover. Scarce edition. Near fine in very good orange and white dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Fading to spine panel, minor chipping and creasing to edges and minor soiling to dust jacket. 379 pages. WOM/032817. Near Fine / Very Good.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1(979). Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in very good orange illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to dust jacket includes edgewear and fading to the spine. Pristine interior with many photographic illustrations. 252 pages. Women's Studies. WOM1/2192. Near Fine / Very Good.
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.