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2020 New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

2020 New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

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.

E-catalogue 59: Typography and Letterforms

E-catalogue 59: Typography and Letterforms

For our first offering of the New Year, we are taking a closer look at the basic building blocks of the printed book, as well as the arrangement of type on the page. Alphabets and type specimen books allow us to step back and consider the individual beauty of letterforms—consider, for instance, Consuelo Godinho’s figurative alphabet, one that recalls the elaborate splendor of earlier Italian rococo works but was executed in late 19th-century Portugal. Other examples, like Face the Face from Ximena Perez Grobet, play with the idea that letters contain density; and so her black-and-white block letters in a concertina format allow the viewer into the negative space between letters.

The artistic or aesthetic arrangement of type on the page is, of course, a deep well from which we have drawn some notable work for your consideration: from Leonard Baskin’s elegant Cancellersca Bastarda—one of two Gehenna books devoted entirely to typography—to Richard Bigus’s daring and controversial interpretation of Pablo Neruda’s Ode to Typography. These run the gamut in formats, ranging from a wooden horn book (containing printing from wood type, of course) to miniature books.

We thank you, as always, for taking some time to view the e-catalogue, with the hope that you find something that is just your “type”…
E-catalogue 58: American Illustrated Books

E-catalogue 58: American Illustrated Books

Over the summer, we issued several e-catalogues that explored fine printing in the British Isles, on the Continent, and in New England. However, one area that we did not cover was printing in the United States outside of New England. We hope to remedy that omission with our last e-catalogue of the year, which focuses on illustrated and private press books printed across the rest of the US. Represented among the nearly fifty items are presses from California, such as Allen and Yolla Bolly; New York, including Kaldewey and Limited Editions Club, and the Midwest presses of Perishable and Bieler. In this list, we also highlight illustrators, from Rockwell Kent and Barry Moser, to Marie Angel and Sarah Chamberlain.
E-Catalogue 57: On the Decoration of Paper

E-Catalogue 57: On the Decoration of Paper

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.

E-catalogue 56: New England Private Presses

E-catalogue 56: New England Private Presses

It’s easy to take for granted the deep impact the New England region has had upon the shape of American fine printing. Indeed, this region can boast some of the most recognizable names in the printing arts: Baskin, Dwiggins, Goudy, Moser, Rogers, Werner, to list but a few. The recent acquisition of a private collection has given us a fine representation of the fine press work from the six New England states, and we are pleased to offer this selection at the beginning of a season that is quintessential for this area.
Enjoy the bounty.
E-catalogue 55: Continental Press Books

E-catalogue 55: Continental Press Books

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.

E-catalogue 54: Presses of the British Isles

E-catalogue 54: Presses of the British Isles

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.

E-catalogue 53: Edward Gorey Sale

E-catalogue 53: Edward Gorey Sale

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.