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Dreaming on the Edge: Poets & Book Artists in California., Alastair M. Johnston (b. 1950).
1 Alastair M. Johnston (b. 1950). Dreaming on the Edge: Poets & Book Artists in California.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2016 First Edition Hardcover New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. Oblong 4to. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. 230, (2) pp. Illustrated throughout mostly in color, list of sources by chapter, index; text clean, unmarked. Red cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Brand-New. Fine. This books documents 150 years of the book arts in California, it is a kaleidoscopic view of the printers, artists, and poets that where active in the state from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. Alastair Johnston was the editor of The Ampersand, a book arts quarterly, from 1986 to 2004. He has written extensively about small presses, printers, poets, and artists and interviewed many key figures in the field. His knowledge of the book arts, along with a passion for history, uniquely qualifies him to write about the art of the book in California. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Ten Views from Lake Tahoe: A Portfolio of Wood Engravings by John Balkwill., John Balkwill.
2 John Balkwill. Ten Views from Lake Tahoe: A Portfolio of Wood Engravings by John Balkwill.
Reno, NV: The Lumino Press, First Edition Hardcover New Hardcover Signed by Illustrator
LIMITED EDITION of 175 copies of the 10 engravings, with 1-60 reserved for collection in portfolios. John Balkwill?s woodcut interpretations of Lake Tahoe. Text pages printed letterpress using handset metal type, Montoype Dante and ATF Twentieth Century. The wood engravings in this portfolio were printed by the artist from end-grained maple blocks using a Vandercook 4 cylinder press, printed on Basingwerk Heavyweight paper. Each print represents a different aspect of Lake Tahoe landscapes, the images are 6 x 8 inches and printed in black on a 14 x 18-inch sheet of pH neutral Basingwerk paper. Portfolio. 18 1/4 x 14 3/8 inches. 5 unnumbered letterpress leaves; 10 signed, unnumbered leaves with numbered prints. The printed text leaves include the title page (with a small woodcut vignette in blue, A Statement by the Artist, list of engravings, acknowledgements, and colophon, 10 woodcut illustrations with the title, number (19/175), and the artist's signature; text clean, un-marked. Housed in a cloth portfolio of Dutch Linen covered boards with printed cover label; binding square and tight. SCARCE. Fine. John Balkwill is a book artist and graphic designer residing in Santa Barbara, California where he operates the Lumino Press, which is dedicated to producing handprinted and hand-bound limited edition books. His training includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of the Book Arts at the University of Alabama, where he studied under the internationally recognized private press printer, Gabriel Rummonds. Balkwill learned the techniques of wood engraving from John DePol, and studied Japanese woodblock printmaking with Akira Kurosake. Balkwill's graphic art and limited-edition books have been exhibited at the Book Club of California, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Occidental College and the Nevada Museum of Art. His graphic art is collected at Stanford University, the Library of Congress, the University of Michigan, Brown University and the Book Club of California, among other institutions. 
Price: 1100.00 USD
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A la Orilla Azul del Silencio.  On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda.  Translations from the Spanish by Alastair Reid., Mary Heebner (b. 1951).
3 Mary Heebner (b. 1951). A la Orilla Azul del Silencio. On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda. Translations from the Spanish by Alastair Reid.
Santa Barbara, CA: Simplemente Maria Press, 2001 First Edition Hardcover New Hardcover Mary Heebner. 
LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies, this is number 38. Folio. 14 x 11 inches. [8] pp. Title-page printed in black and blue inks with printer's device in blue, 12 giclee prints on Somerset Velvet 330 paper using Pinnacle Gold inks printed at the Duganne Atelier, Santa Moncia, CA under the direction of Mary Heebner which are tipped into double-fold sheets of Fabriano Tiepolo, the text is printed on handmade linen paper produced by the artist with the assistance of Pat Almonrode at the Dieu Donne Mill in New York City the text printed by John Balkwill at The Lumino Press, Santa Barbara, digitally typeset using Adobe Jenson for the English text Arrighi for the Spanish, and Trajan for titling and tipped-in to the Fabriano sleeves, the English on the left and the Spanish on the right to complete the 12 triptychs, the whole enclosed in an individually pulp-painted chemise; text clean, unmarked. All housed in a handmade case constructed with imported Japanese bookcloth over boards and wood produced at The Lumino Press; binding square and tight. Fine. In 1999, Mary Heebner visited Pablo Neruda's home, Isla Negra, where she spent time with Alastair Reid, listening to Reid speak of his friendship with Neruda and selecting poems to be used in this work. Upon returning to California Heebner composed a series of collage paintings, inspired by the Pacific Ocean and several visits to Neruda's home in Chile. These paintings then became the templates for pigment prints that were paired with 12 poems by Pablo Neruda that allude to the sea; the poems are printed here in Spanish with English translations by Alastair Reid. The 12 triptych folios and hand-sewn booklet are gathered in an individually pulp-painted chemise, and placed in a handmade wood and cloth box. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Island: Journal from Iceland, September 1995., Mary Heebner (b. 1951).
4 Mary Heebner (b. 1951). Island: Journal from Iceland, September 1995.
Santa Barbara, CA: Simplemente Maria Press, 1999 First Edition Hardcover New Hardcover Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 60 copies, this is number 44, numbered and SIGNED by Mary Heebner, each illustration is hand-touched with watercolors. Folio. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches. Title-page printed on hand-made Abaca paper with introduction, 12 original watercolor monotypes scanned to produce a suite of giclee prints on Somerset rag paper, each print inserted into a hand-made Abaca paper folio created by Rie Hachiyanagi, and letterpress printed from photo polymer plates by Lucy Brown in Galliard types, colophon also printed on an Abaca paper folio; text clean, unmarked. All housed in a chemise wrap designed by Mary Heebner and Sandra Liddell Reese consisting of white Kyoseishi and indigo Kozo paper over onyx board with a silk ribbon tie to hold all in place, this in turn is housed in an acrylic sleeve titled in blue on the spine; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Mary Heebner on the colophon. Fine. Mary Heebner only muses upon consequential subjects. In the late summer of 1995, Heebner spent three weeks in Iceland; instead of reading fiction or sagas, Heebner found herself reading geology texts. She learned that while the island of Iceland is 16 to 18 million years old, it was only occupied by humans in 850 CE. She trekked across land that was only 500 years old, full of minerals and redolent with stunning colors, chartreuse, ochre, cobalt green, viridian and violet. The original text and abstract artwork in this portfolio reflects the feelings evoked on the artist?s visit to this new land; the artwork is suitable for framing. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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An ABECEDARIUM For The Makers of Artist's Books., Nancy Trottier.
5 Nancy Trottier. An ABECEDARIUM For The Makers of Artist's Books.
Deep River, Ontario: Ducks in a Row Press 2009 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Nancy Trottier. 
LIMITED EDITION of 26 copies (plus 4 proof copies), this is copy number 19, printed in Caledonia and Bulmer types set at the Firefly Press in Boston by John Kristensen, Massachusetts and printed by Nancy Trottier in her studio in Cambridge, MA. Designed, printed, and hand-bound at Trottier Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Handmade Artist's Book. 5 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches. Unpaginated. [59, 1 blank] pp. Asian-style rubber stamp on the title page, colophon with 2 asian-style rubber stamps, linoleum Ducks in a Row Press printer's mark, mounted "In My Soul I Am Free" calligraphy opposite with sealing wax, dedication page with black-and-white portrait of Edward M. Catich, 26 letters of the alphabet with accompanying text and sample tipped-in; occasional glue residue causes minor adhering, some stray ink marks both of which are byproducts of the hand-make nature of this book. Hand-bound in full patterned cloth over boards, printed paper top cover and spine labels; binding square and tight. Housed in a matching-cloth slip case with printed paper spine label. Fine. 26 openings provide a mounted multi-colored artists' rendering of each letter, and opposite a tipped-in sample of the concept under discussion, for example, "M" is for "marbling" with a sample of marbled paper and below that, a wax seal with the corresponding letter. Dedicated to Father Edward Michael Catich (1906-1979) with a black-and-white portrait. "His favorite words to use were: 'Art is not freedom from discipline, but rather, disciplined freedom.'" No copies Worldcat. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Jack the Ripper: A Bloody Alphabet. With Illustrations by Kristi Wyatt., Sean E. Richards.
6 Sean E. Richards. Jack the Ripper: A Bloody Alphabet. With Illustrations by Kristi Wyatt.
Norman, OK: Byzantium Studios Limited, 2014 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Kristi Wyatt. Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 95 copies, this is one of 20, SIGNED and Numbered 14, and housed in a human-heart-shaped box, and includes a wooden anatomical specimen stand for display. 32mo. 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.Unpaginated. [50] pp. Engraved illustrations throughout, including facsimiles of 2 letters written at the time of the murders;text clean, unmarked. Hand-bound by Sean Richards in gilt-ruled red morocco, raised bands, marbled end-papers; binding square and tight. Housed in a box built up with papier-mache into the shape of a human heart, covered with red morocco onlays, two brass hinges are embedded and pinned into the papier-mache upon which are hinged two doors that open forward to reveal the morocco-lined box that holds the little book. Comes complete with a wooden anatomical specimen stand hand-turned by a local wood-worker. Fine. This artist's book reflects Sean Richards' life-long fascination with Jack the Ripper and his years of research on the Victorian crime spree attributed to this shadowy character. It also displays Richards' virtuosity as a visionary artist and creative bookbinder, who manifests his ideas in leather and papier-mache. Sean Richards is the director of Byzantium Studios, Ltd. in Norman Oklahoma, where he provides the very best in rare book restoration and replica bindings, including design bindings, archival enclosures, and hand-made brass and silver hardware. Among his many awards is the Historical Binding First Prize awarded at the Society of Bookbinders International Competition in 2015. 
Price: 5500.00 USD
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Fortress Marin: An Aesthetic and Historical Description of the Coastal Fortifications of Southern Marin County., Tom Killion.
7 Tom Killion. Fortress Marin: An Aesthetic and Historical Description of the Coastal Fortifications of Southern Marin County.
Santa Cruz: The Quail Press, 1977 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Tom Killion. Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 240 copies, hand-printed from the original blocks, this is number 111, SIGNED by Tom Killion on the colophon. 4to. 11 1/16 x 8 1/4 inches. [58] pp. Double-spread title-page illustration in two colors, 16 lino-cut illustrations in blue ink, table of construction, 1 red initial, two-page map tipped-in at the rear; text clean, un-marked. Quarter brown cloth, red paper over boards, printed paper front cover label; binding square and tight. "Tom Killion and The Quail Press" letterpress printed business card laid in. SIGNED by the artist on the colophon. An exceptionally clean copy. Fine. Fortress Marin was hand-printed by the author at the Quail Press, Santa Cruz, in the Fall of 1977. It is the second book printed at the Quail Press. The prints are all lino-cuts, and the reverse, or "ghost" image which backs most of them is intentional; it represents the original block. The paper is Japanese hosho; the type-face is Bembo. Designed by Richard Bigus. Tom Killion combines sensitive prose with superb linoleum block cuts to describe Fortress Marin on two levels: a lyrical walking tour along the cliffs and a short history of the fortifications that guarded San Francisco Bay. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee., William Zane Chamlee.
8 William Zane Chamlee. The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee.
Simi Valley, CA: Pie in the Sky Press, 2008 Second, De Luxe, Edition. Collectible: Like New Signed
SECOND EDITION, DE LUXE, limited to 33 copies, this is number 24, printed in handset Centaur and Arrighi types. Small 4to. 5 5/8 x 6 3/8 inches. (32) pp. Text printed in black, green, and terra cotta inks, with typographic borders and fleurons in green, 4 photographic images printed in color inks, decorative Massey initials on handmade Khadi paper; text clean, un-marked. Bound in tan buffalo hide that wraps around the text block to form a pouch like one would place into one's saddle bags while traveling by horseback, dark brown leather ties on 3 sides, dark brown strip tied to the spine with 2 deerhorn decorative buttons, a pocket is sewn into the inside of the front cover holding a color folding map that shows the travels of Dave Chamlee that was printed from a suicide linoleum block; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Rebecca Chamlee on the colophon. Fine. The contents of this book were originally written for a term paper for Sophomore Humanities Class at Claremont Men's College around the year 1950. This edition was printed to honor the fortieth anniversary of the death of the author, who was the father of the printer, and the memory of William Zane Chamlee's first cousin, Floyd Chamlee; an excerpt of a letter from Floyd is quoted in the foreword. Based on research in family history including research notes by William F. and Adelle A. Chamlee conducted in 1998, this fascinating story tells about the attitudes and values of the Texas cowboy in the period of the American Civil War to the 1880s. It is a story of primal values attached to honor, boots, and hats, and is a loving tribute to ancestors. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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