The page for HM's ongoing cull of books & related stuff from the studio's shelves. Everything listed is net plus tracked shipping; the cost will be quoted when the order is received.
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The Wood Block Prints of Charles Greene
Andre Chaves, The Clinker Press, 2000.
Edition of 100, this is one of 5 cased in full leather. A collection of rare wood-block print images by Charles Sumner Greene (1868-1957). With letterpress card laid in, signed by author/printer Chaves and his wife (?), thanking someone (presumably the original purchaser) for visiting the press. $100
Caneuon Ceiriog Detholiad
Gregynog Press, 1925.
The third book from the press. Set in Kennerley, printed on Grosvenor Charter hand-made paper. Wood engravings by R.A. Maynard and H.W. Bray. This copy in boards badly worn along all edges, paper over boards chipped and torn. Internally it is fine, the paper & printing lovely - the binding did its job. SOLD
Birds & Animals
Wang Hui-Ming, gehenna Press, 1969.
Not to be confused with Baskin's 1974 book of the same name. This is #64 in The Work of 50 Years: 200 copies, 21 woodcuts printed in various colors on nine oriental papers. Each print signed by the artist. Box by Arno Werner. An Uncommon Gehenna item. $250
Auguries of Innocence
William Blake, Gehenna Press, 1959.
One of 250 copies printed for the Print Club of Philadelphia, and signed by the artist. Contains nine wood engravings by Baskin. Not exactly sure why I'm giving this up, but probably in part because Blake, eh. But it is an early Baskin publication that showing his typographic talent. This copy fine in wraps, in a chemise and slipcase (perfectly serviceable but not luxe) with ex libris. $700
Bresdin to Redon
Gehenna Press, 1969.
Edition of 400, this is one of 100 deluxe in full leather. This copy is fine, but the slipcase shows some (not much) of the water damage that affected this edition. The paper covering the box is torn away on the back top corners (looks to have occurred during construction, not after). With the laid-in additional impression of the frontis etching as called for in these deluxe copies, signed and numbered (but not the same number as the book). $500
The Introduction of Printing into Canada A Brief History
Aegidius Fauteux, Privately Printed, 1929.
A (thankfully) brief history of printing in Canada. Issued in several states, this one is bound in full black leather with gilt trim at top and bottom of spine, and what look to be painted endpapers. Not an uncommon book, even in this "deluxe" binding. What is uncommon is the laid-in leaf printed on vellum, which I've seen in only one other copy (i.e. my other copy). Also laid in is a publication announcement. The binding shows some wear at spine but remains solid. $100 and worth it just for the vellum leaf. SOLD
The Old Stile Press. A Bibliography 1979-1999
Old Stile Press, 2000.
Edition of 1000 numbered copies, this is one of 250 with two pieces of ephemera laid in. Fine in boards. If asked to describe the book's design, I would say ebullient. SOLD
The Technology of Hand Printing
Harry Duncan, Abattoir Editions, 1980.
FEdition of 170 copies. A great essay ("exhortation") about printing with the handpress, printed with a handpress on dampened BG handmade paper. Sewn and tacked into Japanese paper wrap. A pristine copy. I already have two (this and a variant on much heavier white paper), so this one is available. SOLD
John Anderson and the Pickering Press, an Autobiography, with a Pickering Press Bibliography
Yellow Barn Press, 1995.
Edition of 150, khaki linen boards with silver lettered leather spine label in tan cloth slipcase. I'm on record as being a fan of Neil Shaver's Yellow Barn Press, but this one never engaged me (content, not execution). SOLD
Pictures of Italy
Charles Dickens, Allen Press, 1982.
Edition of 140 copies. Cloth over boards. Fine. Like all the Allen books, it's beautifully produced. $250
Book Club of California - Annual Report, 1912
The Phelan Builiding, San Francisco, 1913.
The first report of the Book Club of California, printed on lovely English handmade paper (I can't decipher the watermark). 350 copies printed by Taylor, Nash and Taylor. Fine. Dry reading, but the paper & printing are lovely. Someone in California must want this! $50
The Odyssey of Homer
Homer; T.E. Shaw (trans), Limited Editions Club, 1981.
Edition of 2000 signed by Moser. Fine in cloth with slipcase. The last of my Lawrence collection. $50
The Emigrant's Guide to the Gold Mines
Henry Simpson, Headframe Publishing, 1978.
Edition of 250 copies designed and printed by Henry Morris of the Bird & Bull Press. Printed on the B&B paper custom made by Green! Quarter leather by E.G. (Gray) Parrot. Buy it just for the paper & printing! SOLD
Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD
Martin Aston, Friday Project, 2013.
A history of the iconic English label. This is the "deluxe" edition, with the text split across two volumes (boards with jackets), and a pamphlet designed by Vaughan Oliver with two compilation CDs. In slipcase. Edition of 1,000 copies signed by Aston and Oliver. As new. $150
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
Peter Hook, Simon & Schuster, 2012.
An autobiography by the band's bass player. Edition of 1,000 signed copies, in slipcase. As new. $125
Chapter & Verse: New Order, Joy Division & Me
Bernard Sumner, Bantam, 2014..
An autobiography by the band's guitarist/singer. First edition, signed on front flyleaf, with "Signed by the author" sticker on jacket, and a card the event at which it was signed. Originally purchased through Waterstones (mentioned on the card). $100
A Transcript of the Stationers' Registers
Paul Smith, 1950.
acsimile reprints of the late 19th century originals. All near fine (or fine) in red cloth over boards. 1554-1640 (5 volumes, 4 quarto and 1 folio) and 1640-1708 (3 volumes, quarto). Who (besides me) doesn't need this within easy reach? It was very useful for HM's Wither project, but I want the shelf space back. $250 for the set of 8
Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets
Evelyn, J. Still Point Press, 1985.
First published in 1699, an English treatise on vegetable (i.e. salad) recipes. This edition limited to 300 copies, printed by Henry Morris, with color illustrations by Tottoroto (these could be linocuts or line engravings, we're not told which). An un-numbered copy in sheets (8 sections in fours, never bound, some still uncut). $50
Three Equestrian Aquatints
Brown, Paul. Derrydale Press, 1937.
“Music Ahead,” “Hoick!” and “Kennel Bound.” Images approx. 22 x 18 inches on handmade paper approx. 31 x 23 inches. Signed & numbered. In original burled maple frames with new acid-free matting. Probably wwould cost a bundle to ship as is, so buyer may prefer to just have the prints sent rolled. Good condition, maybe a little sun fading (only apparent if taken out of the mat). Seem to have been in frames since purchase. Print seller’s ticket on back of frames. Beautifully executed prints (these images don't do them justice), I’m just not that into horses. James Cummins has two of the three listed at $3,750, and a complete set at auction in 2012 got $2,000. These three $300 each, or $750 for the trio.