The return of baseball and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair are two signs that spring is just around the corner. This year, the Fair celebrated its 60th Anniversary and took place from March 5-8 at the Park Avenue Armory. We exhibited newly-acquired items from across our specialty areas, including two pieces of Edward Gorey original art, a selection of items by Dard Hunter, an exceptional illustrated Haggadah printed on vellum, and a family-owned copy of Glimpses of Authors by Caroline Ticknor, extra-illustrated with manuscript materials from authors, such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
We are pleased to offer a well-balanced collection of books on the subject of paper decoration—from marbling in all its forms, to paste-paper. The bulk of the material in this collection came from the library formed by Charles A. Rheault, past president of the Society of Printers, and an old friend and longtime customer. Charlie worked at Riverside Press in his early years as a printer, where he also, according to his own notes, spent some time in the bindery marbling the edges of the giant unabridged Webster’s Dictionary. That experience formed the basis of his interest in marbling, and he sought out books outlining techniques for paper decoration, the history of the craft, and sample books from well-known marblers and paste-paper artists, such as Karli Frigge, Christopher Weimann, and Claire Maziarczyk.
As a follow-up to our list of press books published in the British Isles, we present an offering of fine printing produced in Continental Europe between 1920 and the close of the twentieth century. What can be found by clicking the link below is a nice cross-section of books bearing the Bremer Press imprint, as well as that of Hans Mardersteig’s Officina Bodoni, among many others.
When viewed in conjunction with our previous list, one can see how profoundly printers, typographers, and designers influenced one another across the Channel: from the diffusion of the Arts & Crafts aesthetic to many German fine presses during the era leading up to the Second World War, to Christian Heinrich Kleukens's homage to the Doves Press in his Ernst Ludwig Presse edition of Shakespeare’s Works.
This list serves as a gentle reminder that however divided the world may seem, there is unity all around if one simply looks hard enough.
Amid the noise emanating from recent news about the countries that comprise the British Isles, we offer a small oasis in the form of the following e-catalogue, celebrating the region's many contributions to fine printing. We have gathered together examples of fine printing from across the principal countries of the British Isles; and although this list is heavily weighted toward English presses, we have included work from the Foulis Press of Scotland, the Dolmen Press of Ireland, and the Gregynog Press of Wales.
Summer in Massachusetts is synonymous with Cape Cod. It is also the sale season. In light of this confluence, we are pleased to present our summer sale list, the subject of which is the Cape's best-known resident, Edward Gorey. The majority of his works in our shop are now on sale for 40% off, including newly added groupings of ephemera, calendars, periodicals, and more.