The Small Garden of Gloria Stuart

By: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (1934-2009)

Price: $900.00

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LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies and 10 artist's proofs, this is copy number 14, printed on a Vandercook No. 3 proof press on Mouette paper handmade in France and special papers handmade by D'Ambrosio which include bougainvillea bracts and various other flowers, using hand-set 14 and 12 pt Centaur type. Small 8vo. 6 3/8 x 4 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [xvi, 46] pp. The first signature consists of a variety of handmade colored papers inviting "the reader to travel through a forest during all the seasons of the year before discovering that the story is about botanical miniatures (bonsai plants)", 2 title pages debossed with various images, the first title page SIGNED AND NUMBERED by D'Ambrosio, the second title page is enhanced seriographically, with gold-leaf globs, which occur elsewhere in the text, serigraphs are also used throughout the text, 2 silkscreen illustrations within the text "Satsuki" in fifteen colors and a portrait of Gloria Stuart in 11 colors both numbered and SIGNED by D'Ambrosio, color flower ornaments frame the text, color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Binding of gold kid leather with rounded corners, the front cover has an open window through which the reader can see the opening signature of colored papers, and also contains a cast-paper image of 3 anthropomorphic tree trunks (2 female, 1 male), these cast-paper images have crinoline backing for support, although not all copies have the crinoline backing; binding square and tight. Comes in the original black-cloth-covered clam-shell box with printed paper spine label which is the size of a standard book, the box designed to make the smaller-than-a-standard book within seem smaller still, an aspect of the overall design to emphasize the small size of the bonsai trees in Gloria Stuart?s garden; spine of box faded, else fine. SCARCE. Very Good. This book is a satire written by Joseph D'Ambrosio about "the Hollywood movie system, the star Gloria Stuart [1910-2010], and her bonsai garden. Anthropomorphically, her botanical community is suddenly thrown into the human trauma of success and failure within the spiteful Hollywood milieu. The result is tragicomic and very human in spite of roots and leaves and limbs and trunks." D'Ambrosio. REFERENCE: D?Ambrosio, A Memoir of Book Design, pp. 84-90. 8 copies WorldCat.

Title: The Small Garden of Gloria Stuart

Author Name: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (1934-2009)

Illustrator: Joseph J. D

Categories: Artist's Book,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Sherman Oaks, CA, D'Ambrosio: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: JAR1018-002

Keywords: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, The Small Garden of Gloria Stuart, Artist's Book, Limited Edition