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Northampton, Massachusetts: Pennyroyal Press, 1982. No. 189 OF 350 COPIES (300 for sale), SIGNED BY BARRY MOSER. Hardcover. 425 x 279 mm (16 3/4 x 11"). 2 p.l., 145, [6] pp. Preface and notes by James R. Kincaid. Text edited by Selwyn Goodacre. No. 189 OF 350 COPIES (300 for sale), SIGNED BY BARRY MOSER. Original purple half morocco over marbled paper by Gray Parrot (his ticket on rear pastedown), flat spine with gilt titling accented by daisy tools, endpapers with key motif from the illustrations printed in yellow; the volume, along with extra plates (in folders) contained in the original matching folding box of coarsely woven linen with a gilt-titled (lightly sunned) morocco spine. The volume itself WITH 75 WOOD-ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS (one folding), as usual, AND WITH AN ADDITIONAL SUITE OF PLATES, EACH SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, the latter including a printed broadside, signed by Moser, about damage to the woodblocks. Printed in red and black. A hint of discoloration from glue to edges of endpapers, otherwise pristine. This extremely appealing "Alice" is the product of some of the finest book craftsmen in the United States. The letterpress was composed and cast in Boston by Michael and Winifred Bixler; the hand composition and printing were done at Pennyroyal by Arthur Larson and Harold McGrath on handmade paper from Strathmore Paper Company; and the binding came from the Massachusetts workshop of Gray Parrot. Pennyroyal was founded in 1969 by artist Barry Moser, who studied with George Cress, Leonard Baskin, Fred Becker, and Jack Coughlin. The press issued modest books until Moser decided--fresh off his success as the illustrator of the Arion Press "Moby Dick" for Andrew Hoyem--that he would produce more ambitious work. With the encouragement of a cadre of supporters and collaborators, chiefly the outstanding printer Harold McGrath, Moser circulated a questionnaire in the book world asking which among a small group of potential titles would be a choice to print in a special edition. "Alice" won the vote, and the rest is history: the book won the National Book Award for design and illustration in 1983, and a number of impressive large-format projects followed, all meeting with general applause. The illustrations done for our book prompted the poet John Ashbery (writing in "Newsweek") to call Moser's work "never less than dazzling." Others have been as complimentary: according to Nicholas Basbanes, "Barry Moser is probably the most important book illustrator working in America today," and the "American Book Collector" has said that "Moser has the technical virtuosity to pull more out of a piece of wood than any other contemporary American engraver.
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