Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Number 60 of 300 copies signed and number 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 is a miniature alphabet book printed with letters that were hand carved in wood by the artist. Each letter is a differently designed capital letter printed in orange. Done in an accordion structure and bound in orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Size: 2 x 1.75 inches. [30 pages.] ARTB/040723. Fine.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Number 61 of 300 copies signed and number 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 is a miniature alphabet book printed with letters that were hand carved in wood by the artist. Each letter is a differently designed capital letter printed in orange. Done in an accordion structure and bound in orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Size: 2 x 1.75 inches. [30 pages.] ARTB/040723. Fine.
San Jose, CA: Prose and Letters Press, 2004. Hardcover. Number 24 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This printed book is based on a unique hand painted book by the artist. Bound accordion style in Lokta paper covered boards with hand painted gold accents and leather and bead closure. The inspiration for this book was the Lithuanian-American archaeologist, Marija Gimbutas (1921 - 1994), known for her research on the Neolithic and Bronze age cultures of Europe. Gimbutas theorized that the first writing predated Sumerian businessmen by a few thousand years, and instead grew out of symbolic marks on ritual objects made to venerate the Great Goddess in Old Europe. Artist, Cari Ferraro, was heavily influenced by this theory and created an alphabet style based on Marija's catalog of marks which she has used in this book. The background painting on all of the pages uses symbols found in the 5000-year passage grave Newgrange in Ireland, whose meaning has never been fully understood. The design is intended to feel like a cave wall with ancient symbols and writing. The text reads "The first writing/ not merely scribble/ devised by accountants to track livestock or record property/ the first writing/ made to track the moon/ inscribe spirit/ praise for the great mother." An attractive book. [10 pages] ARTB/042108. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2022. Number 2 of 8 copies (in this binding), signed and numbered. Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal, polymeric clay or 3-D prints. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. A playful alphabet book with something embedded in both covers, causing it to rattle when read. There are delightful illustrations with alliterative phrases (many comical) for each letter such as: Angel's Acorns for A, Creeping Cats, Delightful Desire for D, and Ugly Unicorn for U. The book has a special folding design that seems to unravel as you open each page. It must be turned and flipped as you read in order to see all of the letters in order. This sculptural book is 3-D printed in the shape of a tower. It has been hand painted in metallic gold and bronze. The book is held closed with braided brown cord straps that affix to a ball near the base of the tower. In fine condition. A triangular book measuring: 4.5 inches tall x 2.5 x 2.5 x2.5 inches.ARTB/112923. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2023. Hardcover. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal, 3-D printing, or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. An inventive miniature book. It is an impressive sculptural accordion book featuring an elaborate 3-D model of a cone shaped tower on the front cover. Each page features an elaborate letter form depicting the 33 calligraphic characters from the Russian alphabet, which are not necessarily recognizable as so many "branches" and lines are twined around it. The design of both 3-D printed sculptural covers match the aesthetic of the interior. Brown braided cord wraps around tower to hold it closed. Sitting alone, this magical object looks more like a mysterious alien artifact or a steampunk object, than a book. There is also a mysterious - something - that rattles inside the structure. Another delightful creation by Russian book artist, Emile. Note: to open book, first slide cord off of feet on base. To close, first loop cord around top cone, then hook it over the feet on the base. In fine condition. Size: 3.75 x 2 x 2 inches. ARTB/112923. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2009. Paperback. "U unwillingness, slowness to learn. V is the vomitting the great fish is forced to make our hero change and turn, if only stumblingly, mind not yet open. W's the whale and the gobbling worm. X is exposure to why, Yahweh. Z is the zeal that makes Yahweh squirm" (last page). A chapbook issued to celebrate The Books of Jonah, the summer exhibition at Chetham's Library in Long Millgate, Manchester. Letterpress printed with metal type and illustrated with wood cuts printed in various colors. Bound in marbled paper wrappers with yellow title label to front cover. Clean and bright. Size: 4.5 x 3.5 inches. [8 pages] PRI/120518. Fine.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1981. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by Anita Lobel with a small illustration. First edition, second printing. "Here is a world of wonders from A to Z. Inspired by seventeenth-century French trade engravings, Anita Lovel's brilliant paintings of the shopkeepers on Market Street - each composed of his or her wares - will provide blissful hours for all who join the Lobels on an unforgettable shopping spree" (jacket). Cream cloth over blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright aside from a smudge mark on the last page. In a white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket. Unpaginated. Includes a folded poster for the book laid into rear. CHILD/122023. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Sarah Plimpton, 2021. Number 2 of 8 copies written and illustrated by the artist. Sarah Plimpton was born in New York City and divides her time between New York and France. She works in several media; oil painting, printmaking and artists’ books and is also a poet. Her books are in such collections as The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The New York Public Library, The Morgan Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this handsome work, Plimpton illustrated each letter of the alphabet with a drawing and wrote a few poetic words for each on the page following. She did the original drawings for this during the Covid lockdown. She found the thought of doing all of the letters daunting but is pleased that they are now in a book. Set in Caslon 540 type and printed on Somerset paper. The images were printed by Erik Hougan at LESP and the text was printed by Brad Ewing at The Grenfell Press in NY. The book is softcover bound with a Coptic style binding and housed in a green clamshell box with black titling. Both were made by Claudia Cohen. In fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/070522. Fine.
Paris: L'Adventurine, (2000). Paperback. Very good in dark grey illustrated wrappers with light green title to spine. Laminate is peeling slightly along bottom edge of front wrapper. Light rubbing to covers. Pristine interior featuring examples from eight centuries of ornamental lettering. 379 pages. BOB/102209. Fine.
The Moveable Book Society, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 2000 copies. From the introduction: "Our 25th anniversary collection, A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering, looks ahead to the next generation of paper engineers. The artists were given freedom to explore the mechanism revealing the essence of each letter form. This juried collection was selected from the contributions of many qualified candidates. The collected works of the best and brightest artists hold promise to inspire the future wave of paper engineers." This boxed alphabet production contains 26 folding pop-up cards, each featuring a different letter of the alphabet designed by a different artist. It also includes an introductory pamphlet and a pop-up title page. Each card contains a pop-up letter and on the back includes a photograph of the designer as well as a brief statement about the letter and design choice. Contributors include: Simon Arizpe, Camille Magaud, Peter Dahmen, Dorothy Yule, Eric Broekhuis, Yoojin Kim, Jess Tice-Gilbert, Angelo Ferrari, Lena Ignestam, Hiromi Takeda, Rob Kelly, Courtney McCarthy, Wai-Yin Kwan, Kelli Anderson, Kyle Olmon, Maike Bierderstaedt, Aurore Le Vilain, Julie Charvet, Isabel Uria, Sheila Hirata, Shelby Arnold, Damien Prudhomme, Shawn Sheehy, Katherine Belsey, Tina Yeung, Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, and Bruce Foster. The box and logo were designed by Isabel Uria. The box is approximately 8.5 x 6.5 x 4 inches. It is covered in glossy blue paper with gilt title to spine and front panels. It has a magnetic closure and a pull ribbon attached to the clasp. Minor rubbing to panels of covers and some cards. Unpaginated. ARTB/101718. Fine.
Washington: Wiesedruck, 2018. Hardcover. Number 31 of 40 copies that included five deluxe copies. Vogel Totentanz is a bird dance of death alphabet book inspired by Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death woodcut alphabet. After the Black Plague ravaged Europe in the late 14th century, death as inevitable regardless of status or age became a pervasive motif in art and literature. My present-day Totentanz is a reflection of that idea in context of our environmental crisis. Birds are indicator species for overall environmental health and human well-being [from the artist's website]. The 29 etchings were drawn from specimens at the Cashmere Museum, the Wenatchee Valley College collection, and the Burke Museum in Washington State along with other found remains. Diotima types were used throughout. The text was letterpress printed on Zerkall Book paper by Arthur Larson of Horton Tank Graphics. This regular edition is bound in a bird-footprint-etching printed blue paper and housed in a slipcase. Binding and slipcase by Claudia Cohen. In fine condition. Measures 6.875 x 5.5 inches. Etchings are 2.5 x 2.5 inches. [60 pages.] Sarah Horowitz has been awarded multiple grants and has held residencies at several arts centers including ArtBellwald in Switzerland. She taught printmaking at Portland State University for over ten years and was a member of Atelier Mars printmaking workshop during her time in Portland. Her press is named for the Wiese stream that runs through her grandparents backyard near Basel, Switzerland. Much of her work is printed on a Charles Brand Press once owned by Leonard Baskin. Her work is held in private and institutional collections across the U.S. PRI/122121. Fine.