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Below is a seletion of artists' books including an oracle deck created from nursing pads, a calligraphic alphabet based on cattle brands, a book exploring how items about war and refugees have been problematically "recategorized" and labeled within institutional collections, a book about the devil, a Native American creation myth with a hand-beaded and painted binding, and more.

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35863

Unique Calligraphic Artists' Book from Argentinian Book Artist

Soria, Marina, artist and author.
The Altar in the Garden / El Altar Del Jardin.

Buenos Aires: Marina Soria, 2018.

This unique exquisite calligraphic work from Marina Soria is from her series "Books from my childhood in San Andres." In this lovely book Ms. Soria writes of her childhood memories of her grandmother's garden. She writes: "For me, it was a kind of shrine, a mixture of the Lourdes grotto with enchanted forest....I use to cut and braid leaves to create a small hole, ready to shelter an image. Anything could work....This was my little shrine, the first seed of my spirituality." The work was created using watercolors on Fabriano paper for the text and the charming small illustrations of wildlife and flowers found in the garden. It was bound by Carlos Quesada as a hard cover box made with Canson paper, bamboo, and yute ribbon, with fabric leaves attached to the yute ribbon creating a tie for the box. It can also be drapped decoratively around the box when opened. Inside the box a hole has been cut into the paper to hold a small metal sculpture of the Virgin Mary surrounded by pen nibs. Size: 12 x 32.5 cm closed, 25 x 32.5 cm open. In fine condition.

Ms. Soria, a world renowned calligrapher and book artist, considers calligraphy as a metaphor for weaving; letters as stitches and text as if it were a textile. Indeed, text and textile share the Latin root "Text." It derives from the Latin Textus, participle of “text” of the verb “Textere”, which means to weave. Just like calligraphy, the act of weaving has traditionally been carried out in a female environment. Both the calligrapher and the textile artist perceive a pleasant satisfaction in the relationship between the eye, hand, tool, and the message they want to convey. Ms. Soria's works reconnect with what is hand-made and reveals how textiles, with their designs, structures and colors can be read as a written text with signs that words cannot express. Her artworks can be found in calligraphy collections in museums, universities and libraries in Europe and the United States. A prolific artist, experimental calligrapher, and book artist, she continues to teach internationally. Her goal is to mingle diverse disciplines to challenge the limits of conceptual art and technique.  (#35863)

Price: $3,200 

35553

Artists' Book Documenting Life of a Seamstress in Russia During WWII

Akhmadeeva, Ioulia.
Libro de botones / Book of Buttons.
Aguascalientes, Mexico: National Engraving Workshop, 2017.

Special digital edition of 5 copies. This digital edition is printed on acid-free paper from the artist's original watercolor lithographs. Bound in tan linen covered boards by Alternativa Grafica in Russian linen with silkscreened title and decoration. This book "is about some moments of the life of Antonina Sidorova (1924-2013), the artist’s grandmother. Each page is a story told by Antonina to the artist. About how at the age of five a horse took her into the woods. About how she sewed her first garment destroying a new dress and hair styled her rag doll with her own recently styled hair. Difficulties at an orphanage in Leningrad with Spanish children, while her mother was imprisoned in 1936. Her marriage at age of 17 with captain Vasily Voloshin, in the first year of the Patriotic War against German fascism in 1941. About when she went with her husband to live in the Far East of the USSR and helped the Army of the Soviet front sewing military coats. The book ends with the birth of her eldest daughter Valentina, mother of the artist. The button is a conductive element in the lives of the Voloshiny women, just because Antonina was a wonderful seamstress. The fabrics that are presented on the pages are pieces of clothing made by her and her daughter" (book artist).

Created by Russian born book artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva, who has resided and worked in Mexico since 1994. She is a full professor of the book arts at the university in Morelia, Michoacá. Fine. (#35553)

Price: $450 

35551

A Mexican Artists' Book About the Devil
Created by students, poets, and artists at Michoacan University in Mexico
In 3 languages - English, Spanish, and P'urhepecha

González, Raul Eduardo, et. al.
Chamuco. El diablo anda suelto / Chamuco, the Devil Is Around.

Mexico: Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, 2020.

Second edition. Number II of X artist copies. Limited to 25 copies of which 20 deluxe copies were issued in a special box with additional items. There are also 10 author / artist copies. In English, Spanish, and P'urhepecha. Includes 10 linocuts and 10 poems printed in three languages. Portrayals of the devil range from members of ICE to sex workers to millionaires. This book was created as part of a university collective project between young artists, poets, and craftspeople. "The characters from the book Chamuco, visually inspired by the polychromatic pottery of the artisans of the Ocumicho community in Michoacán, México, were engraved by 10 artists from the Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo; these are accompanied in this book by the verses expressly written for this project by six poets from the same university" (page 3). The project was coordinated by Ioulia Akhmadeeva, a book artist and professor at the University. Bound in black cloth covered boards with silkscreened illustration and paper title label to front cover. Letterpress printed with linocut illustrations on De Ponte Tamayo 300 gm paper. 24 pages. Fine. (#35551)

Price: $900 

35888

An Arabic Alphabet Book - Thuluth Script

Aly, Islam.
Statera, Mizan.

Cairo: Islam Aly, 2020.

Number 12 of 40 copies (and five proofs). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. "Statera" explores the rhombic dot system behind the Thuluth script. An Arabic, elegant, cursive writing that is used on architectural monuments and manuscripts. In Arabic, this system is called "Mizan Al Horof" (balance of letters). "Statera" shows each letter's specific structure, which is built of a significant rule: the number of dots. The 28 letters are printed in Thuluth script with vibrant red color, over regular handwritten text by ordinary people. Different styles, signatures, seals, notes, and markings from legal ledger paper contrast with the Thuluth script rules. This contrast reveals an engaging perspective hidden between the balanced letters and aged documents. The fourteen rhombus pieces of camel bone are engraved with a letter on each side, echoing the book's interior. legal ledger paper from the late 1800s and 1900s, museum board, hand-printed Arabic letters from magnesium plates, laser-engraved wooden boards, book cloth, stiff-leaf binding with leather wrappings connected to laser engraved camel bone pieces. Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.75

Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practices They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections including the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Library of Chile, Yale University, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In an artist's statement he writes: "When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures." Fine. (#35888)

Price: $800 

35889

Mediterranean Immigration Crisis
Lasercut - In English and Arabic

Aly, Islam, book artist.
Mare Nostrum.

Cairo: Islam Aly, 2022.

Number 11 of 40 copies signed, numbered, and dated by Islam Aly, the artist. Mare Nostrum" is a bilingual book in English and Arabic that spotlights the Mediterranean Immigration Crises, with people from sub-Saharan Africa, the middle and far east going to north Africa to cross the Mediterranean using primitive boats and the help from traffickers of immigrants. According to the Missing Migrants Project, more than 23,600 missing migrants have been recorded in the Mediterranean since 2014. This book records the words of some of the migrants who survived the journey. "Mare Nostrum," Latin for "Our Sea," was the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea. Also, the Italian government uses the name Mare Nostrum for the military and humanitarian operations to rescue the migrants and arrest the traffickers of immigrants. This intricate book, bound in silk-screened white and blue cloth with boat images, has several sections of eight pages, each with a quote from a migrant in English and Arabic. There is also a laser cut out of a boat and five laser cut circles. When each page of the section is turned, the text and boat image start to fade until they are virtually invisible by the last page. The book, with a Coptic binding, is accompanied by five small brass boats that are housed in a separate compartment in the book's box. The boats can be inserted to stand up in the laser cut circles. The box holding the book and brass boats is covered in dark blue cloth with title label to box lid. It has a long blue leather tie with a brass boat attached. Box size: 14.5 x 5 x 2.5 inches. The book is 9 x 4.5 inches. A beautiful production in fine condition.

Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Cairo, who studied book arts and art education at the University of Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practices They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections including the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Library of Chile, Yale University, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In an artist's statement he writes: "When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures." Fine. (#35889)

Price: $1,500 

35798

Unique Artists' Book - Native American Creation Myth

Belting, Natalia; Carol Schwartzott, book artist.
Coyote and the Shooting Stars.

Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022.

Unique artist's book. Signed by the book artist. This marvelous work is an entirely new version of a book Carol produced in 1994. Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Natalia Belting (1915-1997) taught history for 43 years at the University of Illinois until her retirement in 1985. Dr. Belting really had four careers: she was a history professor, a writer, a lay minister, and an environmentalist. She published 24 children's books about history and mythology.

The text featured in this book relates the native American themed creation myth of the origin of shooting stars. In this tale they are the falling bodies of coyotes that unsuccessfully desired to dance in the sky with stars. The striking yet simple color illustrations were created from cut and pasted images, many of which are also stitched to the pages. The text is handwritten in archival black ink. The book's covers are painted with images of dancing coyotes and the stars in the night sky. The beautiful spine is hand beaded with the title Coyote and a colorful design of stars and other images. Housed in a blue cloth clamshell box with affixed paper stars. The book was created using various papers including Rives BFK, Indian hand-marbled papers, and Japanese Momi. In fine condition. Measures 11 x 15.25 inches. Unpaginated [26 pages]. Fine. (#35798)

Price: $4,000 

35343

Items Involving War, Trauma, and People - Problematically re-categorized and labeled within libraries

Cummins, Maureen, book artist.
ReCategorized.
Maureen Cummins, 2021.

Number 8 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Maureen writes about this compelling work: "This edition is based on a unique book of the same title created for an exhibition of the artist's work, "ReReading Disaster," which was held in the spring of 2021 at Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. ReCategorized was inspired by, and made use of, original press photographs that depicted displaced war refugees. Most prints were purchased from Historic Images. The images in this edition were scanned and digitally reproduced and mounted onto handmade sheets of St. Armand black." The book explores the challenges faced by librarians in creating classification systems for materials, especially ones that involve human subjects. "While collecting documents about displaced populations for the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project, Cummins found herself intrigued by the backs of press photographs. These surfaces resembled twentieth-century collages, with pasted-down copies of printed articles, rubber stampings, and handwritten classifications for filing purposes. As she examined these texts and images, Cummins noticed not only the reporters’ red-baiting and jokey racism (the headline “Sun-thing in the air” was used to describe a displaced Vietnamese woman wearing a conical Asian hat), but another, more subtly disturbing pattern: descriptors used by cataloguers to identify subjects in the photographs, intended to facilitate easy retrieval, were later, as events progressed, crossed out and altered. For example, “KW-destinations,” “Vietnam-People,” “Germany-East-People,” and Pakistan- People,” became, respectively: “KW-Refugees,” “Vietnam-North-Refugees,” “Germany- East-Refugees,” and simply “Refugees.” In all but one of the twelve examples included in the book, the word “people” was changed to “refugee;” in other cases, nuanced descriptors such as “war” and “revolt” were eliminated, along with the names of destination countries and countries-of-origin. Like the experience of war and trauma itself, rich human lives were reduced to and defined by loss. For this edition, high quality digital prints, scanned from documents used in the original book, were tipped onto pages of St. Armand black, a deeply saturated paper handmade in France. The title page of each copy also incorporates a unique piece of printed matter pulled from a historical press photograph" [From the prospectus]. Bound in cream cloth with black cloth spine and title label to front cover. In fine condition. The book measures 11 x 15 inches. 32 pages.

Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. (#35343)

Price: $1,200 

35251

A Holocaust Story

Bergas, Hans; Maureen Cummins, book artist.
Unpublished Manuscript, 1946.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019.

One of 15 copies signed and numbered by the book artist Maureen Cummins. This powerful production was initially realized as a unique object in the spring of 2019, the book was later editioned in the fall of 2019. Throughout the piece, Cummins uses simple typographic means to explore issues of anti-Semitism, denial, and the erasure of cultural memory. Unpublished Manuscript, 1946 came out of the research phase of the Friends, Peace and Sanctuary Project, in which artists were asked to spend two weeks in the Special Collection archives at Swarthmore College. Cummins was immediately drawn to a collection of materials relating to the life of Hans Bergas, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Cummins writes: "Following the war he and his family relocated to the United States, to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Gertrude Weaver, a German language high school teacher. In response to her request, Bergas began corresponding with Weaver’s students, a process that led to his writing a full-length memoir. Hoping to see the manuscript published, Weaver sent the manuscript to Grace Naismith, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest magazine. In a brief, typewritten response, Naismith thanked Weaver for her submission while unequivocally rejecting it as unsuitable for publication: “…the day has passed,” she wrote, “when people will read any more about Buchenwald or German atrocities…we have been so surfeited with Fascist horror stories, movies, and Nuremberg trial testimonies, that I’m afraid a present sale is most difficult.” In this artist's book, Cummins painstakingly surprints Naismith’s letter, using no more than a few words at a time, over copies of Bergas’s manuscript. In this way, Naismith’s decision to reject the manuscript is given the full weight and consequence it deserves. Reading the texts side by side also highlights the contrast between the editor’s polite, patrician language and the horrific events and experiences described in the memoir: 'Death by starvation. Death by illness or execution.'" Both visually and emotionally, the reader/viewer is invited to witness the collision of worlds.

Printed on a variety of translucent papers, including vintage onionskin. The memoir was digitally reproduced, while Naismith’s letter was printed letterpress using photoengraved plates. Also included are two documents contained in Bergas’s original manuscript: a map of Buchenwald that he drew for the Chester high school students, and a page of family photographs. Each book is held by a vintage clip board. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches. In fine condition. 79 pages. (#35251)

Price: $1,500

35277

Lives and Loves of two Algerian Women - told through text and papercuts

Coron, Béatrice (book artist); Isabelle Eberhardt.
Pleurs d'Amandiers.

New York: Béatrice Coron, 2002.

One of 3 copies created by the well-known artist Béatrice Coron. This is an evocative tale in French about two elderly Algerian women remembering their young lives and loves. It was written by Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904). Eberhardt was a Swiss explorer and writer who lived a life of adventure in north Africa before her tragically early death. The poignant story, which translates as "The Tears of the Almond Trees, is inkjet printed on blue handmade paper and illustrated with papercut images by Coron. A small gilt charm of a hand is attached to the red thread binding. The book is housed in a gray corded paper folder. In fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated [13 pages] 

Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging." [From her website]. (#35277)

Price: $620 

35247

Oracle Cards - Created from Nursing Pads & Handsewn During Pandemic

Greenwood Anne.
The Lunar Maria.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, [2020].

One of 12 deluxe copies. The original deck that this edition was reproduced from was handsewn on nursing pads that were made from an old wool blanket. Greenwood embroidered, appliqued, and dyed the forty-four wool ovals over a period of five years. This deluxe edition of 12 unalike copies was digitally reproduced and hand embroidered with a whipstitch along the edges of each oval during the Covid-19 pandemic in an online stitching group that met once a week. Edition size: 12 5.5”x 7.5”x 2” finished bag w/ contents, 4”x 5.5” cards & booklet, 20”x 20” cloth. In fine condition.

The Lunar Maria (pl.) or Mare (sing.) are large dark basaltic plains on the Earth’s Moon formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. These plains Oceanus (Oceans), Mare (Seas), Lacus (Lakes), Palus (Marshes), and Sinus (Bays) were named by Giovanni Battista Riccioli in 1651 after states of mind and conditions of water. I have editioned three decks of 44 oracle cards named after the Lunar Maria: one wool hand-embroidered original, twelve cotton digitally printed, finished w/ hand-stitching, and 100 paper digitally printed. All the decks include a letterpress printed, hand-bound booklet, and indigo dyed bag and cloth with machine stitched text. The booklet describes how to use the cards and includes 44 poetic fragments that correspond to each basaltic plain and embroidered image. The booklet, centerfold, and card enclosure were designed, printed and bound by Daniela Del Mar. This project was conceived in the midst of studying magical tools and practices with Colette Gardiner in her Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon, working as an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textiles Center in Blönduós, Iceland and learning from Carmen Spagnola's Numinous School of Intuition Development. The combination of these experiences helped me further understand, connect and embed my ancestry, place and natural world within my art practice. Ten percent of all sales from this deck, and funds generated from any readings will be donated to The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs which directly benefits the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water.
(#35247)

Price: $300 

35587

A Book of Geometry with Movable Parts

Hiebert, Helen, book artist.
Tangential.
Red Cliff, CI: Helen Hiebert Studio, 2017.

Number 25 of 30 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Helen Hiebert is a noted paper artist who constructs installations, sculptures, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and online, and is the author of the several how-to books about papermaking and papercrafts.

Hiebert writes of this fascinating production: "After viewing the 1570 edition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, I was drawn to Chapter 11, which focuses on polyhedra - platonic solids. I find it interesting to imagine how Euclid constructed his ideas in the physical world, since paper was invented later. I am intrigued by the many ways in which a flat sheet of paper can transform from two- into three-dimensions. I was drawn to the tiny flaps glued into the pages of the old copy of Euclid’s Elements, which allow the reader to explore the physical relationships between lines, angles and surfaces. I built the basic polyhedra into the pages of the book (which are double-sided cotton handmade sheets). Each form lies flat on the page (like an architectural floor plan) with visible cut and score lines. The shapes can be lifted from the page (but not removed) and folded to create each polyhedra. The text is adapted from Euclid’s Elements and is direct, simple and didactic. The text is letterpress printed, and I hand stitched the name and a flat rendering of each three-dimensional shape (tetrahedraon, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron) on a sheet before each shape. Each folio is double sided. The color sequence (most visible on the spine) flows through the ten chromatic color fields, appearing sequentially. The geometric shapes begin flat and white, but when folded into their solid forms, they appear as colored shapes. As the pages turn, the shapes become more complex, beginning with four triangles that fold up into a tetrahedron and ending with a 20-sided icosahedron. The shapes in this book are meant to be formed on the page and then unfolded, allowing a mental image of each polyhedra to live in the mind beyond the physical experience."

All of the papers in this book were created by Hiebert using 100% cotton rag fiber. The text was printed by Tom Leech at the Press at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in Dante type. The geometric shapes were hand cut and scored. Claudia Cohen bound the book and made the black cloth box in which it is housed. In fine condition. Box size: 12-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1 inch. Book size is 12 x 9 inches. (#35587)

Price: $2,400 

35499

Climate Change - A Hand-painted Book of Warnings

[Luminice Press]
Williams, Thomas Parker, concept, design, and illustrations.
Undercurrent.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2021.

A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country.

In this beautiful yet chilling work, Williams depicts the catastrophes that are bound to befall our planet due to the stubborn indifference of so many to the effects of climate change. He is equally concerned with changes in American life, in particular the explosion of hatred in our communities. Most powerfully, he examines both without words. The book comprises fourteen original illustrations. Seven are in dry pigments in alkyd medium on watercolor paper, while seven are in ink and wash on Twinrocker handmade paper mounted on black cover weight stock. The paintings first show landscapes and a pretty seaside community but then show the weather disasters they experience. The ink and wash illustrations reflect the existential rift that is occurring in American society in a less representational but equally meaningful way. The title page is black ink on Classic Linen paper and the endpapers are Sapphire Texture paste paper by Claire Maziarczyk. Bound in black paper on Davey board, with a goatskin spine and endbands. Housed in a light blue paper covered box. A stunning production in fine condition. Book measures 7.5 x 18 x 1 inches closed. (#35499)

Price: $6,000 

35872

Calligraphic Alphabet - Inspired by Cattle Brands

Soria, Marina.
Just Letters.

Buenos Aires: Marina Soria, 2018.

A unique book from renowned calligrapher and book artist Marina Soria. She has created for it a calligraphic alphabet that was inspired by cattle brands that are used at ranches in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The letters are done in watercolor, ink, and silver leaf on paper. Beads and nylon fishing line weave together the various letters into a grid framed by the book's edges. Bound in white cloth with attached tiny images of actual brands on the cover. Accompanied by a card with the books description and signed by the artist. In fine condition. Size: 20 x 20 cm.

Ms. Soria considers calligraphy as a metaphor for weaving; letters as stitches and text as if it were a textile. Indeed, text and textile share the Latin root "Text." It derives from the Latin Textus, participle of “text” of the verb “Textere”, which means to weave. Just like calligraphy, the act of weaving has traditionally been carried out in a female environment. Both the calligrapher and the textile artist perceive a pleasant satisfaction in the relationship between the eye, hand, tool, and the message they want to convey. Ms. Soria's works reconnect with what is hand-made and reveals how textiles, with their designs, structures and colors can be read as a written text with signs that words cannot express. Her artworks can be found in calligraphy collections in museums, universities and libraries in Europe and the United States. A prolific artist, experimental calligrapher, book artist, she continues to teach internationally. Her goal is to mingle diverse disciplines to challenge the limits of conceptual art and technique. Fine. (#35872)

Price: $500 

35484

Shell Etchings with Introduction by Edgar Allan Poe

[Wiesedruck]
Horowitz, Sarah, etching and design; Edgar Allan Poe, essay.
CONCHYLIORUM: On Investigating Shells and Collecting.
Washington: Wiesedruck, 2020.

Number 21 of 40 copies, including five sold out deluxe copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. Poe's introduction to "The Conchologist's First Book: Or a System of Testaceous Malachology" is presented within along with forty-one etchings of fifty-six shells by artist Sarah Horowitz. She writes about this exquisite book on her website: " I received two large cardboard boxes of individually wrapped shells eight years ago after the death of my paternal grandmother. Each shell was in a cellophane bag, stapled shut with a fortune-­cookie-­sized strip of paper on which was typed the Latin name and origin of the shell. My grandparents had purchased the shells in the Philippines where they lived in the late 1960s. Their house was a veritable cabinet of curiosities which was magical to me. I am engrossed by collections, particularly those of complex organic objects, and by the books that document these collections. This book is as much about the history of collecting and the act of recreating my grandparents’ collection, as it is about shells. This text by Edgar Allan Poe was written as an introduction to The Conchologist’s First Book, first published in 1839 and adapted from Thomas Wyatt’s Manual of Conchology. It was intended to be a cheaper, more concise version of Wyatt’s book for use in schools. Poe was paid to have his name on the title page in order to help sales, but he also wrote an original preface and introduction, and edited and re-­organized the text. Poe had an interest in shells from time spent on the South Carolina coast while in the US Navy, and considered the study of shells to be one of the most important branches of natural history. Wyatt’s original text borrowed much material from The Conchologist’s Textbook by naturalist Thomas Brown who derived his work from the writings of Jean-­Baptiste Lamarck and Carl Linnaeus."

Orange leather spine with decorative printed paper covered boards and gray leather title label to spine. Housed in a cloth covered box with matching paper covered edges. Letterpress printed by Arthur Larson of Horton Tank Graphics on Phoenix paper made specifically for this project by Gangolf Ulbricht in Berlin, Germany. Identification pages are printed on Kaji Natural paper. Housed in a gray cloth slipcase. Binding and slipcase by Claudia Cohen. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. Unpaginated. Fine. (#35484)

Price: $3,500

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