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.
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.
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.
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.
Our first miniature book list in several years, this e-catalogue includes featured items ranging from the Alembic Press’s handsome Te Deum Laudamus to a 19th-century octagonal manuscript Koran, highlighted in gold and housed in a silver box. We also produced a second list of over 100 miniature books priced below $200, which can be viewed here.
The books we read as children shape how we see the world. Whether it is an illustration that forever captured a certain character, or the manner in which the story itself is told, these helped us hold the narrative in our developing minds, with lasting impact. In view of this, we present our latest e-catalogue, the first part of which is devoted to original art by Barry Moser for several of the children's books he illustrated. Moser is the featured artist in our gallery, and his detailed, character-driven watercolors add a certain playfulness, even hilarity, to his children’s books. About two-thirds of this list is comprised of recent acquisitions: from illustrated chapbooks with their simple stories, to the visual magic of movable books.