Vance Gerry & the Weather Bird Press: With Contributions by Vance Gerry, Simon Lawrence, David Butcher, Patrick Reagh, James Lorson and John Randle, & With a Checklist of Publications Compiled by David Butcher

By: Vance Gerry (1929-2005) et al

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Book Condition: Collectible: Like New


LIMITED EDITION of 235 copies, this is copy number 50 of 155 "C" copies set in 13-point Poliphilus with Ariston display types, printed at Whittington on Zerkal mould-made paper, pochoir reproductions and black-and-white images are printed digitally by Promprint. Folio. 13 3/16 x 9 5/8 inches. [x], (90) pp. Half-title, recto of the frontispiece is a Weather Bird linocut press mark stamped in gold ink, frontispiece is a tipped in reproduction of a Vance Gerry water-color of Mary Gerry, 61 illustrations throughout in a variety of techniques including linocuts, line drawings, wood-engravings, etc., some tipped-in, 7 photographic illustrations, checklist, index, Fair Wind bifold with color pochoir illustration tipped in after the colophon, 2 facsimiles inserted in a pocket bound into the rear paste-down; text clean, unmarked. Half red cloth, 1 of Vance Gerry's patterned papers with a culinary motif over boards, printed paper spine label, cloth-covered slip case; binding square and tight. Prospectus with color pochoir illustration tipped-on included. Fine. The text of this volume is based on interviews Vance Gerry gave at the University of California in 1989, together with a selection of his letters from then until his death in 2005 to fellow printers and booksellers, and a few personal reminiscences from those who knew him well. Also included is a checklist of Vance Gerry's publications produced over a period of more than forty years compiled by David Butcher. The book is designed as a tribute to a printer who was held in the highest regard, but who is too little known even in his native California. If Vance was little known, it was because of his temperament. Always creative, Vance Gerry worked professionally in the Animation Department at the Walt Disney Company. His printing he did mostly for his own personal pleasure, and at first, for family and friends. I first met Vance in the 1990s, working for one of the book sellers who sold his work to avid collectors who were aware of Vance's understated, beautifully printed, and ravishingly illustrated books that Vance produced with such lightness of touch. A large run of a title for Vance might be 50 copies, and the booksellers would always offer to distribute Vance's work exclusively. But Vance only doled out a few copies at a time to each of the dealers he worked with. He wasn't in it for the glory; but glory he achieved among those in the know. This is a loving, and fitting, tribute to a true character whose personality manifested itself in his quietness of speech, easy-going humor, and modest demeanor.

Title: Vance Gerry & the Weather Bird Press: With Contributions by Vance Gerry, Simon Lawrence, David Butcher, Patrick Reagh, James Lorson and John Randle, & With a Checklist of Publications Compiled by David Butcher

Author Name: Vance Gerry (1929-2005) et al

Illustrator: Vance Gerry

Categories: Weather Bird Press,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Risbury, Herefordshire, UK, Whittington Press: 2018

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: PW519-002

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