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.
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Pittsburgh: Dorrance Publishing Co., 2020. Paperback. In this book, author Luz Damron shares her experience with a cat colony in Baltimore and her relationships with the rescuers. It is vastly underestimated by the general population how much work is required to care for these animals, and Damron shares the joys and struggles associated with this important work. In caring for these cats, the communities of diverse neighborhoods grew closer and, not only was a great deal learned about the cats, but also about the people of Baltimore" (rear cover). Quarto. Bound in glossy white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Fine.
London: Chaucer Press, (2004). Hardcover. 4to. Black paper covered boards with silver title to spine and to front board. Pristine interior filled with full color illutrations. Black and green illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and white title to green spine. 158 pages. CATS/102609. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
London: Grange Books, (1995. Hardcover. 4to. Beige illustrated paper covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to top edge of front board. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Beige illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Index, 128 pages. CATS/102709. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
2011. Hardcover. Hand-lettered Manuscript. Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created a unique manuscript containing Pangur B'an, a ninth century poem written by an Irish monk. The poem is a playful story, told by the monk, of the similarities between his work and that of his cat, Pangur B'an. The artist successfully captures the playful tone of the poem with her calligraphy, layout, and embellishments.Bound by Bexx Caswell at the White Sparrow Bindery (Somerville, MA) in green and black paper covered boards with hand written title label pasted down on the front cover. The paper used for the cover was handmade by Cave paper. The manuscript was hand lettered in the Uncial style, using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Soennecken pen nibs on Ingres d'Arches MBM text paper. It is decorated with raised 23 karat gold leaf and Winsor & Newton gouache. Each page contains a unique layout. The manuscript is signed and dated by the book artist and binder, and described in the colophon. Measures 10 inches by 7 inches. [16 pages.] Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
Karen Hanmer, 2019. Paperback. Limited to 50 copies, of which about 8 were issued in miniature. This book binder's cat has amazing dexterity and a passion for teaching bookbinding best practices. Accordion book. Integral wrapper consolidates pages for reading, quickly unfolds to full length for exhibit. Created for Once Upon a Book, an exhibition of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers at the Free Library of Philadelphia in conjunction with the 2019 Standards of Excellence Seminar. Epson P5000 prints on Hahnemuhle Bugra aquamarine blue. Edited by Jill Krase. Fine.
E.P. Dutton, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition Thus. Near fine blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Very good black illustrated jacket with white title to spine. Minor wear to edges of jacket and light rubbing to panels. 96 pages. CATS/110409. near fine in very good jacket.
New York: Crown Publishers, (1989). Hardcover. Scarce. 4to. Blue paper covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior with lovely illustrations throughout. Cream colored illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Unpaginated. CATS/102709. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Glitterati Incorporated, 2017. Hardcover. "Now, for the first time, some of the most beloved bookstore cats are collected in one adorable compendium, making the perfect gift for cat lovers, book lovers, shoppers, and the generally curious worldwide" (jacket). Included within are our very own cats - Pierre and Sinclair! Read about them and many other fine bookstore cats. Includes many sweet cat stories as well as popular cat poems, cat trivia, and full color photographic illustrations. Fine in illustrated paper covered boards with white title to spine. In matching dust jacket with white title to olive green spine panel. White ribbon bookmark bound in. 160 pages. CAT/120617. Fine / Fine.
Chartwell Books, Inc., (1991). Hardcover. 4to. White paper covered boards with green title to front board and to spine. Interior is clean and bright and filled with color illustrations. Partial book plate to rear paste down. White illustrated dust jacket wtih green title to front panel and black title to spine. Light edge wear to jacket. Index 128 pages. CATS/101409. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ.