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

Price: $4,500.00

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Book Condition: Collectible: Like New


(Risbury, Herefordshire): The Whittington Press, (2018). 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. Full orange Oasis goatskin, spine titled in gilt, front and rear leather paste-downs, 1 of Vance Gerry's patterned papers for the free end-leaves; binding square and tight. Housed in an orange-cloth-covered solander box with gilt-stamped leather spine label and leather lining inside the box covers. Inside the box are 1) a portfolio of 22 items of Weather Bird Press ephemera; several pieces of the printed ephemera arrived dog-eared during shipment; 2) a second portfolio with 15 facsimile pieces of correspondence between John Randle and Vance Gerry, October 12, 1990 - February 5, 2005 and an invitation to a gathering of friends to celebrate the live of Vance Gerry, Pasadena, 11 March 2005; and 3) a portfolio with a label entitled Jazz printed on the same paper as the included facsimile copy of Vance Gerry's Jazz Instruments: A Weather Bird Press Picture Portfolio (1 of 60 facsimiles produced for this publication) which includes a bifoium "Intro", and 11 folders each with the name of the instrument on the front cover in red and an imaginative pochoir illustration of the respective instrument. PW819-010. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 235 copies, this is copy number 14, 1 of 40 "A" 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. The "A" copies include 22 items of Weather Bird ephemera found in Vance's workshop after his death, a facsimile edition of Jazz Instruments, and a portfolio of 15 facsimiles of Vance's letters. The text of this volume is based on interviews Vance Gerry gave at the University of California, Los Angeles 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: BIB-WEEK-VBF,

Edition: First Edition

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

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: PW819-010

Keywords: Vance Gerry, Vance Gerry & the Weather Bird Press, Simon Lawrence, David Butcher, Patrick Reagh, James Lorson, John Randle, David Butcher, Bibliography, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Whittington Press