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        Plumb Bob. A Book Object

      Mnemonic Press Minneapolis, MN: Mnemonic Press. 2008. Artist's book, one of 25 numbered copies, from a total issue of 30, all of which are on Koch Antiqua and Fabriano Artistico paper, each signed and numbered by the artist / author, Harriet Bart. Page size: 5-1/2 x 10-15/16 inches; 42pp. Bound: brass covers with steel hinges by Jill Jevne, exposed sewn spine, endpapers with chemical symbol for lead taken from Rudolph Koch's BOOK OF SIGNS and drawn by him. The chemical symbol for lead, Pb, is also hand engraved on the front panel of the brass binding. Housed in custom-made hinged masonite and beech wood box with aluminum covers overlaid with brass hardware cloth and trimmed with brass angle and brads, brass clasp. The concept, text, and images by Harriet Bart which she says, "are based on a series of installations involving the plumb in its many guises: as a building tool, an object of initiation and divination, as a pendulum, and as a metaphor in the search for that which is timeless and true." The text is printed by Philip Gallo at The Hermetic Press See an Image.

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc. ]
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        Art & Print: The Curwen Story with original signed lithograph printed at the Curwen Studio, limited to 50 copies.

      Tate Publishing Oct 2008. A lavish production featuring over a hundred and fifty colour and black and white illustrations supporting a 30,000 word text written by Alan Powers, a leading author of twentieth century design. The coloured lithograph is signed and numbered by Paula Rego and is an impressive production measuring 85cm x 62cm (approx. 2ft 10 ins x 2 ft ins). There is a video of Paula in the Curwen Studio overseeing the production. Follow the link. http://www.tate.org.uk/tateshots/episode.jsp?item=16076The Curwen Press, set up by the Reverend John Curwen in 1863, was initially concerned with printing sheet music, but made its name in the early 20th century as a printer of superb quality limited edition books. Using the newly developed technique of lithography, in the 1920s, the Press began encouraging young artists to illustrate their books and design end-papers and was soon commissioning such leading figures in the history of twentieth century British art as Paul Nash, Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious to contribute artwork. Hugely influential in terms of book-design, many of these early editions are now highly sought after collector's items. Publicity brochures and press advertising decorated by these artists aimed, in the words of Harold Curwen, to 'put the spirit of joy into your printed work'. In 2008, The Curwen Studio celebrates its half-centenary. Established in the late 1950's in response to a rising demand for original artists prints, the Curwen Studio was set up to work with artists and photographers in developing exciting new techniques in printmaking. Soon many of the most significant artists of the time were working at the studio. They included Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Henry Moore, John Piper and Graham Sutherland, who all produced prints under the management of Stanley Jones, whose skill and passion has continued to result in the production of truly unique prints and photographs at the Studio. His memories and experiences of working with a wide range of artists (from Paula Rego to the young Tracey Emin), demonstrate the potential of lithography as an expressive and experimental medium, and the skills required to maintain this freedom in a commercial environment. 'The Curwen Story' is one of an extended collaboration between artists and craftsmen-printers, unique in the art of the twentieth century in Britain. Charting the history of both publishing and print-making at Curwen, leading author on twentieth century British design Alan Powers looks at the role the Press played in shaping ideas of book-design from the 1920s onwards, and how artists working alongside Stanley Jones at the Studio have created prints that have helped to change public perceptions about Modernism.

      [Bookseller: Robin Doughty Fine Books (member PBFA)]
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        Jane's Infantry Weapons 2008-9

      Jane's Information Group 2008. 943 pages. Folio. Bw photographs and text figures. Ex reference library. 2 labels, o/w contents fine. Seems barely used. Illustrated black boards. Small shelf label taped to bottom spine. Overall virtually as new. Very heavy ISBN: 978 0 7106 2834 3

      [Bookseller: Black 5 Books]
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        No. 10 / Supreme Virtue for double SATB choir. Autograph musical manuscript of the complete full score

      29 pp. + 2 pp. of additional manuscript apparently not included in the final version. Oblong folio (278 x 208 mm.). Unbound. Notated in pencil on 16-stave music manuscript paper. Folded. Signed and dated New York, Jan- April [19]97. . Supreme Virtue was commissioned by the Dale Warland Singers with the support of the Jerome Foundation and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. The text consists of an English translation of verses from the "Tao te Ching." It was first recorded by the Seattle-based chamber choir Esoterics on the Terpsichore label in the winter of 2008. "For a few years I was the tenor section leader of a choir in Washington, and in singing with and composing for them I'd become more and more interested in the quasi-instrumental vocal gesture. Stephen Mitchell's pellucid translation of this verse of the Tao te ching - a series of moral challenges all beginning with the words "Can you?" - spurred me to explore this idea at length. The singers, divided into two SATB choirs, intone the first question in a dusky C-minor against a sighing backdrop of wind sounds: then, as the first choir utters the text's first challenge, the second choir refracts their words into marimba-like repeated notes, as if the long lines of the first choir were subjected to a kind of aural strobe. As the questions become tougher, so do the sounds: tenors and altos stab into the texture with horn-like interruptions, and the phrase "Can you?" disrupts the unwavering four-four pulse with insistent threes and twos. At a peak of intensity, a looping soprano-alto line spirits us away from pulse and chord, leading first to a melodic meditation based on the vowels of "Can you?" and then to a cadenza, in which chords appear and vanish into a shimmering, ever-present curtain of sound. A vision of equanimity is intoned in the open fifths of (both Western and Eastern) chant: then, as if elated by its discovery ("this is the supreme virtue") the chorus reworks its "Can you?" motive: a nudging half-step expands to a whole step, the harmony brightens to B-flat, and, in rhythms now more jubilant than insistent, the score spins to closure." www.markadamo.com

      [Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC ]
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        The Wind in the Willows

      London: Folio Society, 2008.. Illustrated by Sandwyk, S. First Edition. Quarter Vellum. Fine. Centenary edition, limited to one thousand copies, this being number 754. Signed by Charles van Sandwyk on a specially commissioned etching which is hand printed on Somerset velvet buff 100% cotton mould paper. Original hand bound vellum backed pictorial cloth with gilt title on spine and vellum tips. Top edge gilt. Gilt illustrations on front and rear boards. Complete with publishers dark green cloth-covered solander box having spine label with gilt title. Comes with the original packing box. Contains over 100 illustrations by Sandwyk with sixteen tipped-in colour plates printed on Hello matt art paper by beacon Press. This copy also contains 4 copies of a letter from Toad introducing or advertising the volume to members of the Folio Society and containing 7 illustrations made especially for it. Pp. [8], 265, [7]. Heavy book.

      [Bookseller: Old Books and Maps]
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        Wind in the Willows: Centenary Edition

      London: Folio Society, 2008.. Illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk. Hardcover. Fine/Fine (slipcase). Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Limited Edition No. 539 of 1000 copies. A fine copy of this exquisite Folio Society edition which was justifiably their fasting-selling, limited edition of all time. Measuring 13" x 9¾", the folio is handbound in quarter vellum, blocked on the spine in 22-carat gold, with vellum tips and paper sides blocked in three shades of metallic foil. Top edges gilt. The calligraphy has been printed letterpress by the Logan Press. A wealth of new llustrations have been created by Canadian artist, Charles van Sandwyk. The book contains 16 colour plates, all tipped in by hand, with gold edges and exquisite gold borders; forty pen-and-ink drawings, including chapter heads and tails, as well as charming hand-drawn captions. Endpapers showing an architectural plan of Toad Hall have been printed by letterpress. Each copy contains a limitation spread with a tipped-in copperplate etching, hand-printed under the artist's supervision and signed by him with the limitation number. The volume is presented in a cloth-bound solander box, both of which are in fine condition. The book has been looked at (as it deserves to be!) so the binding is not tight as when new. There is a faint 1 cm surface scratch to the lower board; and a slight wave to the gilt page edges at the front and the back of the book both of which are really only noticeable when looking for defects. Other than those minor ones, there aren't any, and this is a superb copy of this hard-to-find limited edition. Heavy/oversize book. Additional postage charge may be required.

      [Bookseller: Bath and West Books]
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        PRIVATE TYPECASTERS, PRESERVING THE CRAFT OF HOT-METAL TYPE INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

      Bird & Bull Press Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press. 2008. small 4to., quarter morocco with Japanese cloth sides, leather spine label. 194 pages.. First edition, limited to 150 numbered copies. The private press has been with us in one form or another for 200 years or more. The equipment for a small private press was inexpensive, required little space and almost anyone could learn to do basic printing in a short time. Private typecasting is entirely different. A single machine weighs almost a ton and a lot of practice and experience is required in order to decently produce the most basic work. This once-costly equipment came into the hands of printing enthusiasts when hot-metal typesetting was forced into decline by the computer. The members of this hot-metal fraternity comprise a network of small shops using the machines and matrices which once supported the hot-metal letterpress era. They are, in effect, a group of small, working museums. The work of fifteen of these typecasters has been gathered into the pages of this book. Here you will see unknown, newly-created types, ancient types cast from 200-year-old matrices, proprietary types and a beautiful Civilité face designed by Hermann Zapf, which was never released to the commercial market. There are five fold-out pages, two of which open together to make a 32-inch spread. One of the fold-outs is a recreated page from the 36-line Gutenberg Bible with rubrication. It took six months to turn the printed images on the original page into a complete font of hand-fitted metal types. Printed on dampened handmade paper, this leaf required a week's work, and handling it is as close as most of us will get to experiencing the genuine page. A biographical sketch of each contributor precedes his alphabets and the specimen pages which show the alphabets in use. Produced over a 14-month period, the labor and expense lavished on this work exceeds any previous book from Bird & Bull Press. The Private Typecasters, a 194-page small folio printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, is beautifully bound in quarter morocco with Japanese cloth sides and leather spine label. The same cloth and spine label are used on the clamshell case which houses the book. .

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press ]
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