Cedar Falls IA: Islam Aly, 2017. Number 4 of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practice. They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections. In his artist’s statement he writes: “When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures.” Unleash is bound in a late Coptic style with laser engraved wooden boards and leather wrapping bands capped with engraved wooden pieces in the shapes of an angel and human head. The interior pages are laser cut with words about being confined, imprisoned, and restrained. All of the words fill the reader with a negative connotation suggestive of oppression, despite the lack of context. Then an angel appears. With each turn of the page, the angel makes a path through the words and breaks them apart until it is able to free itself from the book. The resulting negative space left behind forms the shape of a human face. A powerful statement about how restraint and confinement can be broken apart to restore humanity - or perhaps to force the reader to think compassionately of people who are currently held as prisoners (both literally and through societal, political, or religious decrees). Size: 3 x 6 x 2 inches.
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 tatoo - 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.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 10 of 10 copies. This is a charming and beautifully produced book by Carolyn LaFrance, a San Diego architect who is affiliated with the gallery at the Bay Park Press. Maxine is Carolyn’s beloved feline friend and companion, and the book describes a day in Maxine’s life through text and illustrations. Maxine begins her story: “Sun’s up, I get to go out. Yes, yes, I know, ‘Be careful,’ the howling creatures may still be about. What, you think I don’t know that? What I need to know is, who has been in my yard? Mr. Smushy-face? Walter? Or that grey and white bruiser? ...” Each page includes a hand-colored intaglio print of Maxine at various moments in her day (11 prints altogether). The text is Bernhard Modern type on lovely Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper. Oblong folio bound in grey linen with black spine. Paw prints decorate the front cover and endpapers. Housed in a black portfolio with a grey cloth square label illustrated with paw prints affixed to front and cream ribbon closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072012. Fine.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Founded by Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek in 2000, the Bay Park Press produces artists’ books, offers classes, and holds book arts exhibitions. Their books address a wide range of subjects from the universe to gardening to opera to Yiddish and more. Most are letterpress printed, many have moveable pieces, and all are illustrated.Number 3 of 10 copies. In her colophon, Sibyl Rubottom gives her love and thanks “to the father I never knew who named me Sibyl hoping I would be shrewd in business. That did not occur, but I did end up making books.” This beautiful book is about five ancient Sibyls, including how they were depicted in Western art. These Sibyls are the Cumean, Delphic, Erythraean, Persian, and the Libyan. They offered prophecies, often through the use of leaves, as being from the thoughts of the gods. There is a brief description of each, accompanied by an intaglio leaf print and a reproduction of each Sibyl from the work of Michelangelo (four plates) or Velasquez (one plate). Each Sibyl is presented within a fold-out page with the description on the facing page and the plate and illustration inside the fold. Bound in red cloth with green spine, with title and author on front cover. The book was printed on Dutch etching paper in Bodoni, Bernard Modern, Albertus, and Patatino types. There are eight intaglio prints, each signed by the book artist. Housed in a brown paper covered case lined with the same red cloth as the book covers. This splendid production captures the mystery and beauty of the Sibyls legends. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOKS/080112. Fine.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2010. Hardcover. Number 4 of 10 copies. Book artist Sibyl Rubottom grew up on Long Island Sound where Esther Williams was her hero. She grew up watching her movies trying "to relive the fabulous water ballet sequences." As an adult her love of water continued and she began swimming in La Jolla Cove near her home and later in an olympic sized outdoor pool in Mission Valley. She dedicates this book to La Jolla Cove, one of her regular swimming spots when the water is warm enough. Illustrated with six etchings and three unique oil paintings on mylar. Printed on Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper using letterpress and intaglio prints, some with chine colle. Set in Bernhard Modern. Oblong folio. Housed in a blue clamshell box. Unpaginated. Fine.
San Diego: Bay Park Press / False Bay Editions, 2009. Number 12 of 20 copies. An exquisite production fr. Hardcover. Number 12 of 20 copies. Founded by Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek in 2000, the Bay Park Press produces artists' books, offers classes, and holds book arts' exhibitions. Their books address a wide range of subjects from the universe to gardening to opera to Yiddish and more. Most are letterpress printed, many have moveable pieces, and all are illustrated. This is an exquisite work from Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek. It was inspired by Sibyl’s interest in all things botanical and Jim’s family heritage. The result is what they hoped for - "a riotous colorscape for your senses” - with rich and luminous colors and beautiful illustrations. It includes 14 unbound folded folio sized leaves that are housed in a folding case. Twelve of the leaves are dedicated to different types of gardens, each in a different color, with designs and writings to reflect that garden. The gardens are: Japanese, butterfly, desert, night, orchid, primordial, mystical, rose, water, Eros, secret, and herb. Each features a poem or prose by such writers as John Milton, Rumi, Homer, Lord Byron, Robert Frost, Oscar Wilde, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The two other folded leaves are for the title and for the colophon. Printed on Fabriano Rosapina Blanco paper in Venus, Edwardian Script, and Palatino typefaces using letterpress, monoprint, and intaglio techniques. Housed in a custom box in brown cloth lined with handmade paper. The covers open from the middle with a title label on one side and a small metal rectangle with wooden peg closure on the other. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [56 pages.] ARTISTSBOOKS/081612. Fine.
Baltimore: Beeline Books, 2009. Hardcover. Fine in paper covered boards with blue title to front cover. This book features a humorous essay by the artist about her summer custom of accompanying her husband to Arundel Golf Park where she often sketches and observes the golfers. It is bound in a triptych format and appropriately features a digital reproduction of a colored pencil drawing of the golf course which was completed on site. Unpaginated. [6 pages.] ARTB/122809. Fine.
Riverside CA: Bo Press, . Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. "Catalog #305 from 1889" with Price List laid in. This inventive book is purportedly an actual catalog from Nightengale & Sons business. From the book artist: "The history of the Nightengale company began in the late16th century, when they supplied Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley with 'shew-stones' or crystal balls. The company flourished during the European alchemy boom of the late16th and early 17th century, and expanded into optical tools and occult mathematical devices as alchemy gave way to modern chemistry and the beginnings of Mad Science. In the 19th century, they achieved, if not fame, at least notoriety, as purveyors of a line of monster abatement equipment.. They also began courting collectors of antique metaphysical artifacts, and at one point had almost cornered the market in rare editions of C'thuliana. After the turn of the 20th century, Enoch Nightengale, then president of the company, became so concerned about the advent of modern rationalism that Nightengale's catalogues became difficult to come by, passing from hand to hand among the adept, with word-of-mouth their only advertising. The 1889 catalogue is the last to have achieved a general circulation, and even copies of this edition are increasingly difficult to come by. To have discovered a copy with the laid-in price list is very unusual indeed. Traces of Nightengale's continued existence occasionally turn up. Some printed items bearing their name have come to light from the Infernal Regions (see Welcome To Hell!), and their label is sometimes found on the Vampire Hunter Kits of Bo Press Miniature Books. It is to be hoped that a company as old and storied as Nightengale's is still around in some nearby dimension, ready to supply . . .the explorer of uncanny places, magimetician, philosopher, alchemist, monster hunter, or wizard." This copy is bound in Nightengale's distinctive white-on-black skeleton paper and is printed on Mohawn superfine paper. In fine condition. 80 pages 2.5 x 2 inches. PRI/121416.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Hardcover. Unnumbered limited edition. Signed by the well-known book artist, Pat Sweet This is another inventive and lovely miniature book by Pat. She writes of her book: "I saw this morning morning's minion . . ." The kestrel Hopkins saw that May morning in 1877 became one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sonnets of the 19th century. Hopkins, a great technical poet and the creator of the poetical device known as "sprung rhythm", was inspired by the sight of the hovering bird to a mystical connection with something beyond and above nature, The poem is dedicated "To Christ our Lord. " She continues: "I've tried to justice to the complexity and delight of the poem by using a complicated little dos à dos à dos binding, with the poem in the middle. The two outer folds open to reveal a pair of fold-out wings, their colors taken from the American Kestrel. The book is bound in paper printed with a blue sky with fleecy clouds. The book is enclosed in a slipcase bound in the same paper." In fine condition. 2.75 x 1.75 inches; slipcase is 3"x 1.75" x .75 inches. 32 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/090517. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, (2013). Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Number 26 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. "We all know how the story goes: Jonathan Harker leaves the inn at the beginning of 'Dracula', and is dropped off at the crossroads by the coachman, who is afraid to take him any further. But there is another part of the story, one that Stoker's editor (so the story goes) persuaded him to omit. In this version, Harker demands to be taken down a side road that leads to a long-abandoned village, with dire results. This is the story of that dangerous digression: 'Dracula's Guest', published posthumously in 1914. It may have been a part of the novel, or it may not. The narrator is never named, and seems unlike the characterization of Harker in the novel. You can be the judge" (book artist). Designed, printed, and bound by Pat Sweet. Includes 5 illustrations. and endpapers decorated with a flying bat's wing. Bound in black and gold Japanese chiyogami paper with blood red cloth spine. 74 pages. Measures 2 1/16 inches x 1 1/2 inches. PRI/121416. Fine.
Riverside CA: Bo Press, 2010. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This inventive limited edition book is designed to explain little books, or rather, little case-bound books. Case-binding constructs the body of the book separately from the covers, and combines them at the end of the binding process. It is a quick and reasonably sturdy way of bookbinding, and almost all commercial hardbound books are produced like this. Every part of this book’s binding is labeled, and the back cover is left unglued to show the inner workings of the spine and hinges. The pages of the book itself contain publication data, each page labeled as itself, all the way from half-title to colophon. The book artist Pat Sweet included all she could think of that a book might possess: a tipped-in plate and barrier sheet, a fold-out diagram of the relative sizes of books (from double elephant folio to 64mo), a laid in list of extraneous matter which includes the list itself, and a note on the type, written in the typefaces used in labeling the book’s parts. The book also has examples of things attached to books: a dust jacket, a bookplate, an interior pocket containing a miniature Bo Press bookmark, a binder’s ticket, a slipcase, and a vellum belly band. This is a wonderful self-referential little reference toy for lovers of publishing and binding alike. In fine condition. 2 3/16 x 1 11/16 inches. PRI/121516. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Softcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Signed by the book artist. Bound in white paper wraps with title to front cover. A photographic image of a Christmas cookie is printed on each page of the book and the reader is instructed to fold down the corner of each page. After each page has been folded, the book fills out to form the 3-D shape of a Christmas tree. Includes a small wire topped with a star to be used as the star for the tree. This copy has not been folded, but the book artist encourages the collector to go ahead and fold the pages as intended! Measures 2 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide. Unpaginated. PRI/022216. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Small open edition. "A study of the headgear of Avian royalty. The birds come from the beautiful portraits of the Bird's Peerage of Aves, A Natural History of the Birds, W. Derham & E. Albin. (3 vols. London, 1731-1738). The still, beady-eved stare of these aristocrats make the immense pomposity of the crowns faintly comic, but not more so than the Hapsburg's" (Pat Sweet). Bound in decorative paper covered boards over white leather spine with paper title labels to spine and front cover. Slight glue mark to leather on front cover. A fun book that includes 30 illustrations of birds wearing crowns. Size: 2 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches. 48 pages. ARTB/061316. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, circa 2015. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Open edition. According to the book artist: "No phrase is quite so evocative of the Middle Ages in Europe than 'a knight in shining armor.' This book follows the arming, or as Shakespeare called it, the 'accomplishing', of a knight: from the medieval underwear called braies, through the many padded layers of wool and linen that absorbed the blows of battle and the scraping of the armor, through the overlapping layers of metal plates that, when properly tied to the arming clothes, would protect the knight from anything that could be thrown at him until the introduction of the longbow and firearms." Bound in marbled paper covered boards with black title to spine. In translucent dust jacket with title printed on spine and front panels. This charming book of knightly fashion includes 48 illustrations of a knight, showing each garment worn with a description on the facing page. Each plate is preceded by a translucent overlay of the featured garment, and each plate builds on the next, so you can see the progression of the knight's dressing piece by piece. Also includes an introduction with several illustrations. 114 pages. Size: 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches. ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, circa 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Small open edition. “John Napier (1550 - 1617) was an extremely clever Scottish mathematician, most famous for inventing natural logarithms. The computing device he developed for lattice multiplication, known as Napier’s Rods or Napier’s Bones, is much more well-known, and more fun.” (Pat Sweet). This book art object includes a miniature copy of E.W. Hobson’s 1914 lecture “John Napier and the Invention of Logarithms 1614” as well as a miniature set of Napier’s Bones. The “Bones” are ten four sided sticks with numbers on each side plus one index stick. The book and bones are contained in a two-sided book-like container, which is covered in marbled paper with paper title label on the spine panel. In fine condition. Size: 1 5/8” x 1 3/16” x 3/4” inches. ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2016. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. “It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople now, but from the 11th century BCE and the foundation of the Thracian settlement known as Lygos, the world’s richest and best-defended city has stood at the meeting point of Europe and Asia. Sailing To Istanbul is a history of the city told in maps, from the earliest known depiction of the city in the Tabula Peutingeriana to the modern map of the Istanbul rapid transit system. The maps, both Eastern and Western, speak volumes about the city’s history, past, and future” (Pat Sweet). Bound in blue and gold Italian marbled paper covered boards with paper title labels to spine and front cover. This book features an overflap binding style that was inspired by a 17th century edition of Reis’s Book on Navigation. It includes twenty-eight tipped-in folding maps, ranging from the Nuzhat map of 1154 to the map of Constantinople by Christoforo Buondelmonte - the first map of the city itself. A map by the explorer and artist Piri Reis makes an appearance, and one of the loveliest maps, by an unknown hand, is from the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. The most unsettling map, an Ottoman Empire census map from 1914, shows the proportional population figures of Muslims, Armenians, and Greeks. It also contains a fold-out timeline of the city, and a copy of Yeats’s famous poem ”Sailing To Byzantium,” from which this little map collection gets its name. In fine condition. Size: 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches. 74 pages. ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside CA: Bo Press, 2014. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. A tellurion is an apparatus for showing the manner in which the diurnal rotation and annual revolution of the earth and the obliquity of its axis produce the alternation of day and night and the changes of the seasons. Pat Sweet creates delightful miniature limited edition models of tellurions and orreries, which are models of the solar system. This tellurion is brass, with a candle and reflector and wooden earth covered with paper gores. The earth has a black and white moon in orbit around it. The ends and base are covered in glazed red and black chiyogami paper, and the tellurion rests on a black painted wooden base of two levels. The glass tellurion case has a glass floor through which gears and gold metallic coin paper can be seen. The gears and the celestial bodies don’t move, however. In fine condition. 2 x 3 3/8 x 1 3/8 inches. Fine.
Brian Ralph, 2005. Paperback. 1of 30 copies. Variable Edition. Bound in cream paper wrappers with blue title to front cover. An interesting book filled with comical imagery of food including some vicious looking broccoli captioned ' eat your broccoli (before it eats you)', a large apple captioned 'apples are tasty,' pizza captioned '...mmm cold breakfast pizza,' grapes captioned 'grapes of wrath,' and much more. One page features a pasted in tootsie roll wrapper and another has a pasted bag of candy called 'zoo-yums' which remains unopened. A fun picture book. Unpaginated [28 pages.] ARTB/061011. Very Good.
New York: Caliban Press, 2013. Paper. Number 39 of 48 copies. Initialed by printer. Mark McMurray founded the Caliban Press in 1985 after studying letterpress printing with the Red Ozier Press and bookbinding with Timothy Ely. Mark is the special collections librarian at St. Lawrence University, where he also teaches courses in book history and printing. This inventive and moving production joins Buddhist and Tibetan sutras – Sanskrit for an aphorism, saying, or collection of same – with contemporary environmental themes. The sayings are from sources that include Indian and Tibetan sutras, American authors, and the Adirondack Mountains region and are printed with metal and wood types on a variety of beautiful handmade papers. Many of the papers were dyed, dipped, and/or floated in an indigo dye bath. Includes a volvelle made from area maps, an ecoprint by Velma Bolyard, and a mountain paperscape. Housed in a stiff paper box with bone clasps. With colophon and table of contents and order. Pages are about 4.25 x 14 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/100813. Fine in Fine Box.
Canton, NY: Caliban Press, 2015. Paperback. Number 20 of 45 copies, numbered and signed by the artist and printer. "The Kumano Kodo is a series of pilgrimage routes crisscrossing the Kli Peninsula in Japan that have been in use for over a thousand years. Sacred to both Buddhist and Shinto traditions, the three main shrines were registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2004. They are notable for their remoteness and undeveloped beauty" (Mark McMurray). This striking four panel tunnel book features forest imagery from the Kumano Kodo by English artist David West. He traveled to portions of the Kumano Kodo in 2008 and later created a series of wood cut prints inspired by his journey. The accompanying Japanese poem is by Gusai (1284 - 1376), a Zen monk. The book is printed from wood blocks on St. Armand and Nepali papers in English and Japanese with English text set in Weiss with Optima titles. Housed in a brown paper covered box. Measures 27 x 20 x 1 centimeters and extends to 10 centimeters. PRI/051517. 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.