Letterpress & Binding Studio


Odds, ends & de-acquisitions from the HM collection

The page for HM’s ongoing cull of books & related stuff from the studio's shelves. The listings are broken into two parts:

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HM SINGLES & EPs 2012-2021
A collection of 11 single-signatures items (with one exception) produced at HM between 2012 and 2021. Five sets (four offered for sale, now O.P.) were assembled, with a descriptive contents sheet set in Perpetua, and presented in a clamshell box (approx. 7 x 10 inches) covered in black cloth. Each box included:

Types Paper Print (pieces)
8 x 12 inches. Frontis wood engraving by Shinsuke Minegishi, title page, printer’s three-page foreword, all printed on Arches wove, followed by: last page of the foreword printed (i.e. repeated) on Guarro laid; three leaves with the pages displaying Optima and Perpetua repeated on Arches wove, Guarro laid & HM Text (to demonstrate how the appearance of a type is affected by the paper on which it is printed). Three copies, each sewn on four vellum slips & laced into a limp paste-paper case. $150

Colorful Fortune
Harold Budd. The first published collection of Budd’s poetry. Deluxe issue: one of 10 copies (from the edition of 50) bound by Claudia Cohen in quarter leather with paste paper sides. Bound into these copies are four intaglio prints of preliminary arabesques that Harold drew for the project, but which were not used in the final layout; and one of the 14 original drawings reproduced in the book, signed and dated by Harold on the verso. With a matching clamshell box. $1,000

HM Checklist No. 3
A bibliographic list of the 32 titles issued during HM’s first decade, with brief commentaries for each title. Includes tipped-in pages from six of the books: Francesco Griffo da Bologna (1999); The “Innsmouth Look” (2003); The Garden of Good & Evil (2004); A Letter from T.E. Lawrence (2005); The Girl with the Mask of a Crow (2005); and Iskandariya (2007). Edition of 26 copies press-lettered (A – Z); this copy marked TEST (as in “test binding”). $500


The Alembic Press Bibliography 1978-1988
Alembic Press 1989. 8vo. Edition of 100 copies, with various samples tipped in. NF in quarter cloth. They never really mastered printing, as this book & samples inserted attest, but published some interesting books. $100

Roller Printed Paste Papers for Bookbinding
Bird & Bull 1975. Edition of 215 copies. Quarter vellum. I detest oblong books. Fine $200

[Bruce Rogers]
Three items, each 8vo, in a mailed envelope addressed to H. Hugo at Meriden Gravure Co:
• Reprint of a review of L. Wroth’s Types & Bookmaking from NY Herald Tribune, 1943. (4 pp) in printed wrap [with] A prospectus for the book (4 pp)
• Prospectus for B. Rogers’ Paragraphs on Printing (4 pp)
• An extract from Paragraphs on Printing “Paper – Important” issued by the Hurlbut Paper Co. Similar format to the book’s prospectus; probably also printed by Rudge.
The set $40

The Lion & the Lamb
Ambrose Bierce. Archetype Press 1939. Broadside 9.5 x 24.75 inches. Edition of 50 copies. Printed by Wilder Bentley, inscribed (1978) by artist ‘Hans’ Hoff. Sunned from being in a frame, spot (foxing?) lower right, “millenium” consistently mis-spelled. $75

[Hill Press]
A small group of items: an off-print of Two Speeches of Abraham Lincoln (2000); Some Arabesque Combination Ornaments (1994); a keepsake for a Typophiles talk (2003); Reynard the Fox (2002); small broadside, “This printed matter is sent to you...”; a sample sheet ( 4 pp) from Dutch Types; a list of books in print (2005, two copies); and a letter to subscribers (2013). All in a plain handmade paper envelope. $50

Dutch Types used in the English Book of Common Prayer 1911–1930
Hill Press 2014. 8vo. Edition of 60 numbered copies. Cloth over boards. Fine $300

A. Bregman. Bird & Bull 2007. 8vo. Edition of 140 copies, a leaf from a 1589 edition of Andra Alciato’s collection of emblems. Quarter leather with cloth, in slipcase. Fine. $300

The Wood Block Prints of Charles Greene
Andre Chaves. Clinker Press 2000. 8vo. Edition of 100 copies, this one of five cased in leather. Signed by someone, you could make an argument that it looks like andrechives (the printer) all run together. With a note on a printed card from the printer laid in. Fine $100 Buy this book & I’ll find a few extras to send in thanks!

The Paste Papers of the Golden Hind Press
J. H. Fraser. Fairleigh Dickinson University Library, 1983. Slim 4to. Beautifully printed by Leonard Seastone at his Tideline Press, on handmade Fabriano Pace paper. Edition of 70 copies. Quarter cloth. Slight (possible) discoloration on rear board, but it could be in the paper. Fine $400

The Book Club of California
Board Members, By-laws, etc etc. BCC 1913. 8vo. Appears to be the formal record of the club’s creation. Edition of 350 copies (nicely) printed on handmade by Taylor Nash & Taylor. Sewn in printed wrap. A bit dull reading but beautifully produced. NF $40

F. Greville. Gregynog Press 1936. 8vo. A good example of Gregynog printing & binding. I have the confidence to call this copy near fine. $250

George W. Jones Printer Laureate
Plough Press / Mark Batty 2004. 8vo. This is one of 45 copies half-bound in leather, with an accompanying portfolio containing six samples of Jones’ printing. Fine $200

D. H. Lawrence. Cheloniidae Press 1983. Sm. 4to. Edi- tion of 300 copies, signed by the artist. Printed on lovely T. Ed- monds paper. One of 200 copies quarter bound in vellum by Gray Parrot. The upper tips look like they’ve been very slightly bumped but I think it’s the way the paper was turned in, not an actual bump. I’ll call it NF so we don’t argue. $250

Twenty-five Years of the Weather Bird Press
Weather Bird Press, 1993. 8vo. Ed. of 120 copies, this one signed by Gerry on the colophon. Fine in jacket. This seems to be an uncommon book. $300 For an extra $50 I'll add a copy of The San Pasqual Press (Weather Bird 1986, fine in jacket)

The Poet & The Printers
W. Ritchie. Laguna Verde 1980. 8vo. Edition of “nearly” 50 copies. A good example of Ritchie’s retirement handpress printing. Quarter leather with marbled paper. The leather is showing the tiniest spots of wear at the head of the spine; I suspect dressing it would reverse this, but will leave that up to someone else. $950

Bulletin in Bold Characters. A Bibliography of the Seton Village Press
M. Taylor. Press of the Palace of the Governors 1980. 8vo. Edition of 165 copies signed by Maurice & Marceil Taylor. Printed by Pamela Smith on Rives wove paper. A typically well-produced & lively production from this imprint, and an interesting slice of private press history. Quarter leather. Fine $75

Manuale Typographicum

Manuale Typographicum

Manuale Typographicum

Manuale Typographicum

Manuale Typographicum
Hermann Zapf, Z-Presse 1968
Edition of 975 numbered copies signed by Zapf. Quarter vellum with Japanese cloth. Wear to lower tips. In what appears to be an original clear acetate jacket (has bar code sticker on back). Better than very good but I can't call it near fine. Interior - the important part - is spotless. $250

Morton Feldman Says

Morton Feldman Says

Morton Feldman Says. Selected Interviews & Lectures 1964-1987
Hyphen Press
I can't find the publishing info in this book! But it came out in 2006. A typical example of Hyphen Press's tasteful productions. For reasons not entirely clear to me, it became scarce very quickly and has not been reprinted. This copy NF in jacket, but for a couple of blue ink spots on the back (wtf?). $250

New Order

Chapter & Verse
Bernard Sumner, Bantam, 2014
Signed first edition, fine in jacket. Signed at a promotional event, with event card laid in. $75

Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures
Peter Hook, Simon & Schuster, 2012
First edition, 1/1000 signed (very tight) in slipcase. Fine. $150

Paul Brown Aquatints

Paul Brown Aquatints

Paul Brown Aquatints

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.