Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2013. Simon Brett. Hardcover. Endgrain Editions Four. Limited to 120 copies in the regular edition. This is the first addition to the Endgrain Editions since 2003, and it is a major return to the series. It is a celebration of the work of Simon Brett documenting his fifty plus years as an engraver. Simon is acknowledged as one of the masters of wood engraving of the past half-century. With 134 engravings printed from the wood, an introduction by the artist, and a chronological catalogue of the more than 1,000 engravings Simon has so far engraved, this is a major work of 250 pages, and is certain to be an important reference on Simon’s work as well as being a splendid book from this important private press. Text printed in Joanna with Fry’s Ornamented for display in green and black on Zerkall Cream laid with engravings printed on Zerkall White Smooth. Bound in quarter green cloth with paper patterned boards and title label to spine. In fine condition. PRI/062014. Fine.
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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.
New Haven: Yale University Press,  - 1991. Hardcover. This monumental bibliography is the essential guide to 19th century American literature. This is the complete set of 10 volumes. The first seven volumes were compiled by Blanck, a noted authority on American literature. Volumes 8 and 9 were edited and completed by Michael Winship, who also compiled the 10th volume, a selective Index of titles, publishers, and dates. The individual volumes are of mixed editions but all were published as part of a matched set with black cloth bindings with title on red cloth spine label. All of the volumes are in very good or better condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BOB/111616. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder,and Co, 1880. Hardcover. First Edition. AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “Mrs Proctor, with RB’s affectionate regards June 27 ‘80.” Anne Proctor’s husband, the barrister and poet Bryan W. Proctor (who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall), was the dedicatee of Browning’s poem “Columbe’s Birthday” (1844). The Proctors were among the Brownings’ closest friends. Proctor and John Forster anonymously edited the first selection from Browning’s works in the 1860s. Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to edges and corners. There is browning from a paper clip to the top edge of the first few pages, else the interior is very clean. 147 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements. POE/020309. Near Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2016. 3 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a whale and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Moby Dick!" Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. Limited to 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of Ophelia from Shakespeare's Hamlet and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Ophelia" Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/041317. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2016. 3 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a unicorn and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Unicorns!" Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. 1 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of wolves and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Call of the Wild" This broadside references Jack London's novel "The Call of the Wild." Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. 1 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a Tom and Huck and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Tom and Huck!" This broadside references Mark Twain's novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on on archival Cranes Lettra paper. TAKING PRE-ORDERS NOW. THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE FALL OF 2018. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. 1 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of the ancient mariner on his ship and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Ancient mariner!" This broadside references Coleridge's famous poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2017. Limited to 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. This is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of the hound from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Hound of the Baskervilles" Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/041317. Fine.
Rockville, MD: Erik Delfino, 2015. Number 5 of 10 copies signed by the book artist. A stunning production by book artist and photographer Erik Delfino. In his accompanying pamphlet about the 1964 fair, Delfino writes that his parents took him to the fair when he was four years old. His memories are still vivid and treasured, and he hopes that the photographs of the still remaining structures that he took for this book at the fiftieth anniversary celebration have captured the spirit of the fair. The photographs and text are digitally printed on loose sheets of 19 x 13 inch Epson Exhibition Fiber paper. The twenty-five striking and evocative color photographs are of the structures still remaining at the fair site. They are bold and often abstract and geometric. The photos are interspersed with text offering his brief impressions from viewing the site. The photos are followed by a leaf with pictures of Delfino and his parents on the day they visited the fair. There is a table of contents on the colophon page. The leaves are housed in a taupe cardboard folder that is housed in a blue cloth case, which is encased in a 19.5 x 14 inch stainless steel box with an impression of the iconic stainless steel unisphere. Includes a copy of Cotter and Young’s The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/112916.
London: Martin Secker, 1929. Hardcover. First Edition. DEDICATION COPY, inscribed “W. Sorley Brown from his friend Alfred Douglas.” The printed dedication page reads “To William Sorley Brown,” whose ownership stamp is present on the front pastedown. An ardent admirer and long-time friend of Douglas, Brown published a brief work titled The Genius of Lord Alfred Douglas in 1913 with the intention of highlighting Douglas’s poetical prowess at a time when most people knew him only for his scandalous affair with Oscar Wilde. Editor and owner of The Border Standard, Brown was known primarily for being a journalist. He is mentioned on page 268 and 292-3 of this book. Near fine condition in the original blue cloth with gilt title to spine and front board. This book has been expertly recased using the original cloth. Light rubbing to spine ends, hinges, and corners. Browning to a few pages where a bookmark was once laid in and light rubbing to pastedowns; otherwise, the interior is clean. Includes frontispiece photograph of Douglas. 340 pages plus index. LIT/020309. Near Fine.
Victoria, Australia: Electio Editions, 2013. Paperback. Number 13 of 26 copies, of which 22 were offered for sale. Numbered and signed by the printer. According to the foreword, “this work has its origins in an abandoned printing of Nicholas Jenson’s last will and testament, illustrated with Jenson’s Greek letters.” It includes quotes from Jenson in Greek from Noctes Atticae and quotes from other scholars in English. It also includes original poetry by the printer, some of which was created from words excerpted from Jenson’s will and translated into English. Bound in orange handmade Cave paper with “I, Nicholas Jenson alien & printer of books” printed in red and silver inks across the rear, spine, and front panels. A small spot of foxing to a few pages, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated with hand drawn Greek letters by Deirdre Hassed and printed from magnesium blocks. The binding style was created by Keith Smith. The book is housed in a blue cloth covered clamshell box with a magnetic folding closure. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/111616. Fine.
Foolscap Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 16 of 100 copies. The Snails is a short story by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) about giant snails with huge teeth that inhabit a remote island. When an out-of-shape professor decides to visit the island in hopes of capturing one of the snails in order to secure fame for himself, his plans go awry. A seemingly peculiar topic for a story, it was perfect for Highsmith who kept snails as pets and was known to take them to parties on leaves of lettuce in her handbag. The book is housed in a brick red cloth box with a cast-paper sculpture of a snail shell to the top cover. The book is bound in tan cloth with an illustration of a snail pasted down to the front cover. Within the folds of the accordion structure binding are smaller gatherings of pages, which include the text. Illustrations of snails roaming the island and encountering the professor are printed on the larger pages. An interesting structure, as is frequent with books issued by the Foolscap Press. Letterpress printed from polymer plates. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [44 pages] PRI/022217. Fine.
Paris: Goupil and Cie; Manzi, Joyant and Cie, 1907. Hardcover. Number 107 of 300 copies. A beautiful and sumptuous work in French on the life and art of the great Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. In his preface, the author describes his careful research and authentication process on the artist’s work, saying it was necessary because Botticelli had so many disciples who imitated his style. There are 70 plates, of which nine are in color, plus a color frontispiece of a Botticelli self-portrait. For each work there is a plate of the full painting, followed by one or more plates with details from it. The color plates are all details of Botticelli’s exquisite portraiture. Plates 1-66 follow the text pages; plates 67-70 are bound in with the text. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper covered boards and raised bands and gilt title to spine. Original paper covers bound in. Some staining to edges of some of the text pages, not affecting the plates. Each plate has a tissue guard printed with the title and location of the painting. Ownership signature in red ink on half title. In very good condition. Elephant folio. 83 pages plus plates. ART/091012. Very Good.
2014. A beautiful calligraphic manuscript of William Morris’s poem “Love Fulfilled.” Maryanne Grebenstein is a professional calligrapher who studied under many other notable calligraphers. She teaches calligraphy and manuscript gilding at the Massachusetts College of Art (Boston), the North Bennet Street School (Boston), and the Abbey Studio in Marblehead, MA. This lovely lyric was published in Morris’s last book of poetry, Poems by the Way, in 1892. A contemporary critic described this late work as still marked by a pervading intensity of human feeling found in his early poetry. The title and decorated capitals are 23 Karat gold leaf. Thirty-five lines with the calligrapher’s signature in pencil below the border. The text is in Moon Palace sumi ink and the color is in Winsor & Newton gouache on Crane’s 100% cotton stock paper. Archivally matted. Measures 17 x 22 inches including mat. Fine.
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1929. Hardcover. First American edition (English sheets). Author’s second book. Considered to be a Modernist, Proletarian novel, this is a social satire about the lives of Birmingham factory workers during the 1920s. Bound in green cloth lettered in black on the spine. Wear to the head and tail of spine and corners. Ownership stamp on the front endpaper and back pastedown. Browning to margins, else clean interior. 269 pages. LIT/111116. Very Good.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2011. Hardcover. Chicago binder, book, and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text. Number 2 of 3 copies. A sculptural book featuring text from Jane Austen’s archetypal romance, Pride and Prejudice, with heart shaped cut outs to reveal illustrations clipped from the covers of modern day romance novels. This book can be displayed in a star format using two included cloth clips or as an accordion. According to the book artist: The “background pattern references Regency era roller-printed textiles. This piece was created from a minimum quantity of recycled and already-purchased materials and with limited use of electricity for Sustainable Book and Paper Arts, a 2011 exhibition curated by Shawn Sheehy and Melissa Jay Craig.” Inkjet printed with found images. It is housed in an archival grey folding case with artist’s contact information stamped to front panel. Size: 6.75 x 4.25 x 3 inches, closed; 6.75 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches, open. Fine. Fine.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2011. One of 20 copies. Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto and artist Barbara Westman as seen reflected in the space of their New York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play. Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and “games” referring to both Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections. The box contains laser-etched glass with a plan view of the apartment. Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur, Barbara and their apartment, a hand-bound codex filled with photographic illustrations and brief text, a glass block laser-etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman, two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer holds a folio of letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman, and an introduction by David Carrier. A fascinating way of documenting the lives and personalities of this interesting couple. In fine condition. Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches. PRI/041111. Fine.
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
MA: Viewpoint Editions, 2012. Paperback. Number 22 of 36 copies. According to noted book artist Dorothy Simpson Krause, “This homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1947-1997) and her seminal book, The Everglades: River of Grass combines my images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents, and maps. Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half its original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass.” The book’s exquisite images evoke the beauty and mystery of the Everglades, which are “one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known” (Marjory Douglas). Printed on Yu Kou paper, on a laser printer with letterpress overlay. Interleaved with Yu Kou light tissue guards. All of the unbound pages are housed in an envelope enclosure made from brown Lokta Oil Paper to reference a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. The closure on the envelope is a native mahogany tree seedpod with rawhide and thread tie. This book was produced while Krause was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University, and was published under the auspices of Minerva: The Press at Wimberly. In fine condition. PRI/101912. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2009. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 26 of 66 copies. Signed by the artist. A poignant poem about a beautiful tree that is slowly dying and reflections by the author on her own mortality. Illustrated by the author with five wood engravings. In the enclosed afterword the artist elaborates on her relationship with the tree: “One day we were surprised to discover a string of scarlet beads hanging on our beloved tree. They didn’t seem to belong there. After work on The Matriarch of the Forest [a book about this favorite tree] was complete, the engraving of the branch with the beads reminded us of the garish red polish painted on the fingernails of an elderly friend who was approaching the end of her life. She was unable to articulate her wishes any longer ... and we knew she would have hated [the red polish]. It diminished her dignity in the same way the scarlet beads defiled the tree.” Fine in blue paper wrappers with cream cloth and paper title label. Wood grained endpapers. Housed in a grey cloth covered slipcase with a copy of the paper-bound two page afterword included. Unpaginated. [10 pages.] PRI/100616. Fine.
Cambridge: Published by John Owen, 1843. Hardcover. First edition. Originally published in Graham’s Magazine (1842), this comedic play reflects Longfellow’s experiences in Spain. According to the preface the play “is taken in part from the beautiful tale of Cervantes, ‘La Gitanilla’.” Rebound in white parchment over boards with maroon leather label on the spine. New endpapers. The paper covering the internal front hinge is split; however, the binding remains tight. Foxing to edges of endpapers, edges of covers, and spine. Small dark marking to front cover and a few spots to interior, but clean and bright overall. 183 pages. DRA/101816. Very Good.