[London]: Susan Allix, 2021. Number 10 of 14 copies signed and numbered by the book artist on the colophon. Susan Allix is a widely known and celebrated book artist. From her website: "Susan Allix uses the book as a creative medium. Limited editions from her private press are made with original prints, letterpress printing and hand binding to achieve a harmonious artwork. The complexity of her handmade books offers an unending variety of possibilities in interpretation and structure, along with a wide choice of texts, materials and media which are reflected in the published works." Allix wrote about the genesis of this interesting work in her May 2021 online newsletter: "The book began with Mr. Crow. An experienced leather man, he would often stop for a cup of tea if he was bringing me a binding skin....One day he appeared unexpectedly at the window, waving an old supermarket bag which he left without speaking and disappeared. I emptied the bag and out came a shower of dirt with a heap of shiny black crocodile skins of all shapes and sizes, left-overs from the cutting of designer bags and shoes. The pieces were beautiful and fascinating...With this armor it is not surprising crocodiles have survived so long." She also notes that her other inspiration was The History and Description of the Crocodile, written by Amable Michel in 1799. She writes: "This curious account was put together by an artist who owned a stuffed crocodile in his home in Piccadilly that was available for the public to view." She continues: I added another short account to that of Mr. Michel, both for variety and unexpected nature of meetings with crocodiles, for they deserve attention, respect, and an unmolested life." This beautiful made book is bound in mottled black and blue-green quarter goatskin with hand-decorated white J. Green paper boards. Overlaid with black crocodile skin. With silver-dusted handmade Japanese endpapers. Handset and letterpress printed in Gill and Gill Shadow type on Zerkall papers white and tinted in green, also Tosa Shi molded green, reminiscent of alligator skin, and handmade Japanese paper. There are eight prints, five of which are in Allix's signature carborundum style. The prints are done with etching, linocut, and archival inkjet with tissue guards. Housed in a green cloth clamshell case with a goatskin and crocodile clasp. In fine condition. Measures 6.75 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [25 pages].
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New York: New York Times Book Co., 1979. Hardcover. John James Audubon is considered one of the finest painters of American wildlife. This publication was the first to bring together his 655 octavo-sized Birds and Quadrupeds in full size and full color. Quarto. Red paper-covered boards with tan cloth spine. White dust jacket with illustrations to front and back; black title to front and spine. Pages are fine and bright. Cover is fine. Minor wear to edges of dust jacket, including a few short closed tears and minor browning. 674 pages. NAT/052622. Fine / Very Good.
Albuquerque, NM: Peoples Gallery, IMS Corporation, 1972. Paperback. Reproduced from original, which was printed in 1895. This large, full color poster depicts a large variety of animals and groups of costumed dancers (Native Americans, Middle Eastern, and others). The bottom caption reads "A Glance at the Great Ethnological Congress and Curious Led Animals as Seen in the Spacious and Colossal Menagerie Tent." A few spots of foxing to white margins of poster along with a few small chips to edges, and minor discoloration to one corner (affecting the white margin only), but clean and bright overall. A large poster measuring 33 x 25 inches. PRINT/081517. Very Good.
n.p. Cheloniidae, n.d. State Proof. This marvelous black and white etching of a walking hippopotamus is a one of a kind print signed by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson, particularly well known for his depiction of animals, birds, and nature. He founded the Cheloniidae Press in 1979, and his work can be found in many public and private collections around the country. The hippo appears to be walking toward the viewer with his head done in particular detail. In fine condition. 22 x 28.5 inches. PRINTS/072517. Fine.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1978. State Proof. One of only a few copies printed for Robinson's Masters Thesis Show in 1978. With title, state proof, and signature in pencil on the lower margin. This striking black and white print of Robinson in turtle armor and with an image of a turtle and its skeleton next to him anticipates his founding of the Cheloniidae Press the following year. Cheloniidae is the name given to a family of Sea Turtle species. Robinson is shown in profile up to his shoulders and his turtle armor on his head and body given him the air of a Renaissance man. The turtle images are meticulously and realistically depicted. Image is 17.5 x 23 inches on heavy paper measuring 21 x 27 inches. In fine condition. ORIGART/073117. Fine.
Santa Cruz: n.d. This is an undated original photograph taken by Bill Richards, a Santa Cruz fisherman and photographer. The mounted photograph captures a blue whale breaching almost its entire length amidst sea birds swimming and fluttering over the water. On the back of the photo is a mimeographed sheet of paper recounting how Richards captured the picture after trying for over fifty years to "jump" his own whale out in the ocean and photograph him. Finally the day came. While out fishing off the coast of Santa Cruz, Richards spied a sooty cloud of "whale birds" through his binoculars and knew they must be following a whale. And so they were - a big "Sulphur Bottom Bull - a blue whale - all of seventy feet long and easily weighing seventy-five tons. Richards was able to get within 200 feet and watch him feed on thousands of sardines. But then a life or death drama ensued. A pair of killer whales, orcas, went by the boat toward the blue whale. Orcas are fast and ferocious and travel in small pods. Although much smaller, a few of them are capable of killing the largest of whales. They attacked this whale, causing him to rise out of the ocean in a mighty effort to escape. It was during this battle that Richards was able to get his prized photograph. The combat was continuing as the boat returned to shore. Richards writes that this was "probably the only photograph ever secured of the largest living creature know, taken in his native element, in a battle for existence." Given the mimeographed text and reference to Plastigmant camera lenses, the photograph probably dates from the 1950s. The photo is mounted on a bedraggled piece of grey cardboard, with the inscription "To my friend Charlie Bosworth from Bill Richards" written in white ink under the photo. The photo is in very good condition save for three marks that might have occurred during processing. They do not affect the image of the whale. It measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches. A unique item in very good condition. PHOTO/062719. Very Good.
1818-1837. These hand-colored lithographs are from the work entitled Histoire Naturelle des Mammiferes avec les figures originales d'apres des animaux vivants, a work produced by the combined efforts of Geoffrey St. Hilaire and Georges Cuvier. Hilaire was a forerunner to later evolutionary biologists, such as Darwin. As his theories grew, his reputation and academic positions followed. From 1798-1801, Hilaire was a member of Napoleon's scientific staff during the attempted conquest of Egypt. After returning to France, he produced Philosophie Anatomique (1818-1822) and this Histoire Naturelle des Mammiferes (11818-1837). They are the most important works with which he had a part, as they "were the sounding board through which he developed the most important components of his transcendental biology: the law of connections (‘analogous' organs retain the same connections amongst themselves), the law of permanence (new organs are not created), and the law of balance (the development of one organ is made at the expense of another)." (American Philosophical Society) These magnificent prints are on chain linked, watermarked paper. Framed. #37219. Fine.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. This is a leaf from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Frederick Warne & Co., printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes, Limited, Beccles and London. “Nutkin became more an more impertinent – “Old Mr. B! Old Mr. B! Hickamore, Hackamore, on the King’s kitchen door.” Nutkin danced up and down like a sunbeam, but still Old Brown said nothing at all.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46251. Very Good.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. This is a leaf from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Frederick Warne & Co., printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes Limited, Beccles and London. “Twinkleberry and six other little squirrels each carried a fat minnow; but Nutkin, who had no nice manners, brought no present at all. He ran in front, singing – “The man in the wilderness said to me, “How many strawberries grow in the sea?’ I answered him as I thought good - ‘As many red herrings as grow in the wood.” But old Mr. Brown took no interest in riddles – not even when the answer was provided him.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46252. Very Good.