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Long After Ecclesiastes:

Ray Bradbury: Joe D'Ambrosio

Published by Gold Stein Press, Santa Anna California (1985)

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Item Description: Gold Stein Press, Santa Anna California, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 3"x2.5". In this beautiful little book, ray Bradbury took the Ecclesiastes passage from the Bible and set it forward in time. The scheme of the book is to show its roots. It is done so in subtle ways within the story, and overtly on the front cover. To indicate antiquity, the bottom edges of the pages are torn so they would appear somewhat frayed, and using Roman Numerals instead of Arabic for page numbers. This is contrasted by colored nova-like graphics within the text. Master book artist Joe D'Ambrosio augmented Bradbury's poetry with a subplot using debossed designs for a shadow effect. The subplot stresses the human element when influenced by the text's predicted forward thrust into the future. The front cover utilizes the Hebrew verson of Ecclesiastes debossed into concentric Christian arches of silver tea chest paper to stress its religious roots. The silver tea chest endpapers pick up the tone of the front cover and carry the reader into the text. The French marbled paper slipcase visually adds to a past era. This miniature edition of Long After Ecclesiastes is limited to 75 numbered copies and 10 artists proofs. This copy is # 71. The type used is 8pt. Centaur on Rives paper. The binding is Gray kid and silver tea chest paper over boards; French marbled paper over boards slipcase.The book was printed on a #3 Vandercook proof press, The colors are by serigraph. The book is signed by Ray Bradbury and Joe D'Ambrosio with a special inscription and small drawing on first free end paper to ., two ardent and long time collectors and collaborators. This Miniature masterpiece represents the very top of artistic and design prowess. Signed by author and illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000837

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The Twilight of Orthodxy in New England

William Nykamp

Published by Santa Susana Press, Northridge, California (1987)

ISBN 10: 0937048380 ISBN 13: 9780937048382

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Item Description: Santa Susana Press, Northridge, California, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). 1st Edition. The Book designed by the late great Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, deals with issues arising in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century in the New England clergy. such subjects as infidelity, orthodoxy, and heterodoxy. infidelity in most cases dealt with men refusing to recognize the trinity, orthodoxy is used broadly to designate those who continued to hold the fundamental doctrines of the Cristian religion, and heterodoxy carries much the same meaning that has been assigned to infadelity.This amazingly beautiful and evocative book is quarter bound in black leather designed into hinges over black marble covered boards with a magnificent die-cut centerpiece of 23ct. gold leaf covered flames set into cover. End papers are made of the same marbled paper as the cover. The book has been designed, printed and bound by D'Ambrosio using hand set 14 pt. centaur type, and printed on Johannot paper with a Vandercook proof press exclusively for Santa Susana Press under the direction of Norman E. Tanis, Director of Libraries, California State University, Northridge. There are wood block portraits of Thomas jefferson and Thomas Paine and a period church signed and numbered by D'Ambrosio. The book is limited to sixty copies, this is #27. If you are a collector of finely crafted works of art in book form and a collector of D'Ambrosio, this is a must collectible. Inscribed by Book Designer. Bookseller Inventory # 000902

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Anamorphosis of Eve: a poem created in serigraphy

Joseph D'Ambrosio & F. B. Cornell

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois (1974)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois, 1974. Soft cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. This book is limited to 200 copies of which this is #60. This is the first book designed, printed, and produced, but did not author by the late great book artist Joe D'Ambrosio. "Since this poem is written in unbroken sections, my design plan was to design a resting gap between a section with a graphic print.Thus the graphics carry the reader from section to section without relying on the words to do so. Several of the seigraphs from this book have been printed and framed in small editions (20 to 50). There are 35 leaves consisting of various Japanese, Basingwerk and Strathmore papers. The binding is Japanese stab; two colors of gray felt over clear acetate tied with black thread: the first fo copies in a plastic slipcase. The binding is creatively hinged with felt hinges. Book is protected in mylar and flawless. This work of art is signed by both the author and the artist. A very rare and beautiful collectible. Signed by author and illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000806

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Mr. and Mrs. Potato

D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.

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Item Description: 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. No Jacket. Limited Edition. Limited First Edition. One of 50 copies of this artist's book. A miniature measuring 2 ¼ in. x (just under )3 in. The covers are made of cotton (to imitate mashed potatoes) and brown leather (to imitate gravy). 13 pp. In a brown paper covered chemise with title label on the spine, and in a matching slipcase. Signed on the colophon by the author. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10623586140

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Mr. and Mrs. Potato

D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.

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Item Description: 2003. Book Condition: Like New. Limited First Edition. One of 50 copies of this artist's book. 13 pp. No copyright claimed, with it expressly stated that the story was lifted from the Internet! The delightful short short story revolves around the upbringing of Mr. and Mrs. Potatos daughter, Yam, and the punchline turns on a pun! An inimitable miniature book, in pristine condition. Quarter Morocco, with Linen linters-formed Mashed Potato, With slipcase and sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 002244

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Ninetine Years and Counting: A Retrospective Bibliography 1969-1988

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, California (1989)

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Item Description: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, California, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The beauty of this book is hard to put in words. it is hand printed and limited , hand bound in beautiful copper and marbled boards with marbled paste downs and ffep and lfep. The hinged spine is in fine leather and the top, bottom and fore edges are neatly untrimmed. The book lists forty two projects, each with one or two sample illustration in color (60 total) , which will give the reader a small insight into the author/artists brilliance. The book maker/author/illustrator has demonstrated his work of his first 19 years. Sadly Joe died a few years ago and will be missed by his many admirers. This edition of Nineteen Years and Counting has been printed with hand set Della Robbia type on Johannot paper with a Vandercook No. 4 proof press, and is limited to 75 numbered copies and 10 artist proofs. This is copy 63. The hand marbled endpapers by Iris Nevins were generously donated to this project by Rose Marie Dawes of The Paper Source. A remarkable piece of art for the lovers of the best in small edition press books. Bookseller Inventory # 000744

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You Dress "Funny": An Experience.

D’AMBROSIO, Joseph J. (1934-2009).

Published by Joseph D’Ambrosio, [No location given]: (1970)

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Item Description: Joseph D’Ambrosio, [No location given]:, 1970. hardcover. 11 Limited edition of 100 copies; this is an artist proof copy. Author’s first book, which resulted in enough critical acclaim to encourage D’Ambrosio to continue as an artist and letter press printer for the remainder of his life. Printed on an Adana Press. "The graphics reflect and heighten the emotional conflict between two views. In one section, the text is presented in theatrical form. This is meant to suggest that the characters’ lives are rote and void of logical sense " From the collection of Wally E. Dawes, of The Paper Source, who had a close relationship with D’Ambrosio for many years as his decorative paper supplier. 8vo. (16 x 18 cm). 44 ff. Printed using a variety of papers and textures, including tracing paper, newsprint, silver foil, gold foil, machine-copy paper, black construction paper, and clear acetate, with serigraphic graphics. Quarter brown cloth over silver cloth, screwed holed binder; brown cloth gently rubbed. The author later had many copies rebound in silver cloth over boards, but this copy is in the earlier format. SIGNED by author. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # LV1772

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NINETEEN YEARS AND COUNTING A Retrospective Bibliography 1969 to 1988

D'AMBROSIO, [ Joseph J.]

Published by Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, No place (1989)

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Item Description: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, No place, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: as new. photographs (illustrator). First, Limited edition. Octavo, 129pp., leather, copper, and marbled paper; Italian linen & paper dj D'Ambrosio's second bibliography of his work, bringing it up-to-date. This one gives a much fuller account of the genesis and processes of each of his works, with laser-printed color photographs of the books, some of which are limited to only one copy! Indispensable to the appreciation of the artistry and the artist. Laid in is the original announcement for this work. Bookseller Inventory # DEMO013090I

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YOU DRESS "FUNNY," AN EXPERIENCE.

D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.:

Published by [No place: Printed and Published by the Author, 1970]. (1970)

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Item Description: [No place: Printed and Published by the Author, 1970]., 1970. Square small octavo. Plain cream boards. Some modest darkening to a portion of the text due to the paper stock utilized, small smudge at lower edge of front free endpaper, otherwise near fine in torn unprinted Japanese paper wrapper. First edition. One of one hundred numbered copies, of which this is copy "zero seven six." The first book publication by the book- artist and binder, produced completely by hand, and illustrated via "sundry silk screen techniques" in a number of colors. D'Ambrosio achieved wider notice for his participation in the Compulsive Printer editions of Joyce's MOOKSE AND THE GRIPES and THE ONDT AND THE GRACEHOPER, and his series of miniatures. Bookseller Inventory # WRCLIT 56737

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ANAKED, one: A personal statement on the subject of love, The Little Sand Crab

Joseph D'Ambrosio

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Item Description: Privately Printed, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The wonderful piece of art is in an edition of 200 copies, this is #152. The book is set in 10pt. Century Schoolbook Bold and 12pt. Americana. It has 24 leaves consisting of art paper and id bound accordion-style: Yellow cloth over boards tied with green thread. Book is internally beautiful and binding is very fine. The book has 9 striking serigraphs each signed and numbered by D'Ambrosio. Anaked one is a two part story. The second story, part two, The Little Sand Crab starts on the last page of the first and cleverly the reader goes backwards through the book to complete the second story, which ends on the first page of the previous story. To quote the D'Ambrosio " In ANAKED, one, printed on the Adana press, I wrote two separate stories sandwiched between the beginning and the end of a third story. The word 'ANAKED is a composite of " ankh" and "naked," pronounced Ah-nah-ked. First, the reader finds the story of Anaked. The story is written in a manner which allows the reader to assume that it has ended. Then the second story. Emily and Oscar, appears. At the conclusion of Emily and Oscar, and the apparent end of the book, the reader finds on the very last page, the title page for yet another story, The Little Sand Crab. And since I bound the book in an accordion fashion, by continuing to turn the pages, the story unfolds." Readers had asked the author/artist for art to hand on their walls, all the serigraphs are tipped in with library tape for easy removal. Also included in this books one block print printed in orange ink. ANAKED one is one of Joe' most ambitious projects and is a must for D,Ambrosio collectors and collectors of very fine book art. The book is signed by D'Ambrosio and also inscribed to . Signed by author and illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000901

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Krome, A furthur Experience

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Portage indiana (1971)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Portage indiana, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. No Jacket. Joeseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). 1st Edition. krome, a further experience is D'Ambrosios second book which follows, You Dress Funny, an experience. This is one of the great book artists second limited edition (100 copies) This copy is # zero-zero- one and inscribed warmly in 1991 to great friends and collectors Pat and Trudy Magarick, on ffe and also signed on the limitation page. The book is set in 10 pt. Century Schoolbook Bold and has 46 leaves consisting of parchment paper, art paper, machine-copy paper, orange felt, silver foil, red tissue, black construction paper, and green florist's tissue. The book is bound in silver foil over boards. Book has 34 wonderful contemporary silk screened leaves interspersed with printed pages in black and green ink. Krome is D'Ambrosios second book and shows some experimental refinements. A wonderful and rare collectible to both artists and collectors of the finest book art. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000772

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Oaxaca and the Seguaro Cactus

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Studio D'Ambrosio, Phoenix, AZ (1996)

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Item Description: Studio D'Ambrosio, Phoenix, AZ, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. This special edition of Oaxaca and the Saguaro Cactus is bound in Clansman Niger Goat and limited to only 25 copies of a total edition of 125 copies. It contains inclusions which are not in the regular edition. They include: Title page- metal tunic underlaid with 23K gold leaf, Page 8 Quezalcoatl underlaid with copper leaf, page 9 Coatlicue underlaid with aluminum leaf, Page 18/19 Quetzal Bird color feathers keyed to actual bird, Page 48/49 Goddess primary pheasant feathers. The book has been letterpress printed on two colors of confetti paper using a Vandercook #14 letterpress and handmade "paper" printing plates and a multitude of printing ink. Laid into book is a letter signed by D'Ambrosio to two of D'Ambrosio's most ardent admirers and good friends asking for a critique as to the pricing of the new book (1996). Also enclosed is a full page handwritten by the author, which deals with a " very successful" slide show in California and comments as to the time it takes to put together this book and the " non-profit" nature of the books as art business. There is also some personal text as to his health and tests he will be taking. Also enclosed is an announcement from the Studio D'Ambrosio introducing this book. This book is astonishing and a joy for any serious collector, and affiliated items is virtually unread. I have read it as has the original owners and is mint in mint clam shell box. Signed by author, Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 000804

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Daisies Never Tell

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks, California (1982)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks, California, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. This is a story of love and sadness. Nell in the story is the grandmother of the author and illustrator and designer of arguably one of the most beautiful books by D'Ambrosio and of all his works not only of masterfully created pieces of book art but broadsides and prints, this is my personal favorite. I have many D'Ambrosio pieces and have sold may, but I have never called one or another my favorite. This is it. This book was a painful project by the artist and is an homage to both his grandmother and his mentor and fellow printer Mr. Mundell as D'Ambrosio refers to the man who taught him how to use an Adana letterpress. This book is limited to 50 copies and 10 A/P. It is set in 14pt. Joanna and contain, 20 leaves. Each leaf, printed on Rives BFK, is a printed over serigraph. All Serigraphs are produced by hand from handmade stencils. Some of the serigraphs are delicately produced one color flowers and some are as many as ten colors. The first five leaves are hand cut in the form of daisies, which peak through glass portals embedded in the front or the cove. Quite a remarkable presentation.The binding is dark green cowhide and glass over boards; Natsume end papers; clam-shell box of green Canson paper over boards with green felt. This is copy 48 of fifty and is signed by the artist/author on the two leaf title page, which opens to a hand cut garden of daisies. If you are wondering why I would sell my favorite book, it is because I have another copy with a personal inscription. This is a truly wonderful collectible of fine printing/bookmaking and creativity by one of the great book artists of our time, the late Joe D'Ambrosio. Signed by author and illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000834

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You Dress "Funny." An Experience

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois (1970)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Joe D'Ambrosio (illustrator). 1st Edition. Joe D'Ambrosio was one of America's finest and most innovative printers and book designers. He was also a fine artist and a master at silk screening and serigraphs. This volume of story-graphics was produced completely by hand, type is set in 10pt. Century Schoolbook Bold using a flat bed printing press and sundry silk screen techniques. This is the artists first book in a long line of work spanning three decades. This book is number zero zero one of 100 copies. The first. Signed by D'Ambrosio on colophon page and inscribed to collectors Pat and Trudy Magarick in 1991. I would assume this book is from the artist personal collection, given to his good friends of many years. The book is bound in silver cloth, and consists of 44 leaves which are produced with art paper, tracing paper, newsprint, silver foil, gold foil, machine-copy paper, black construction paper and clear acetate. The book was originally bound in white cloth, which the artist located and rebound them in silver paper. There are approximately 19 silk screens applied to various surfaces. A great book artist showing his wonderful skills in his first book A very rare and wonderful find. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000771

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The Ondt and the Gracehoper from Two Tales of Shem and Shaun

Joeseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois (1975)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. What a remarkable work of art! This edition of The Ondt and the Gracehoper, limited to fifty numbered copies (41) and five artists proofs, has been set in 18pt Bulmer and printed by The Compulsive Printer of Portage Indiana, on a Number three Vandercook proof press. The serigraphs which are quite striking, block prints and presentation case were all prepared by the artist, the late, great Joe D'Ambrosio The cover relief serigraph is gilded with 23 K gold. The story is taken from Two Tales of Shem and Shaun by james Joyce. The book appears to be a bound book, but is really a case and the pages are loose within it. The cover relief-serigraph was produced with 26 layers of silkscreen ink, and then gilded with 23K gold leaf. The last coat of ink is red and lies just below the top layer of gold. As the gold wears away, a red patina will slowly emerge allowing this edition to age gracefully. This device is fro the Italian gilder's craft of gold leaf over red clay. The binding is dark green Ultrasuede over board framing; pinwale corduroy sides and lining. A great piece of art and a great Joyce collectible. Internally flawless the framed clamshell box has small bump on front lower corner a little warped and slight rubbing due to the nature of ultrasuede. Signed by Publisher. Bookseller Inventory # 000820

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Al Aafaaf

Edgar Allan Poe

Published by Livre d' Art by D'Ambrosio (1995)

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Item Description: Livre d' Art by D'Ambrosio, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 10.5" L x 6.5" W x 4.75" D. A star was discovered by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) which appeared suddenly in the heavens and attained. in a few days, a brilliancy surpassing that of Jupiter. Then, as suddenly, it disappeared and has never been seen since. He named it.Al Aafaaf. Al Aafaaf by D'Ambrosio is a fabulous tour de force by master artist/bookmaker/printer the late Joe D'Ambrosio. The book/art masterpiece is complex in it's construction built in the form of a pyramid in which the base and sides and top are detached leaving the book. D'Ambrosio is masterful in his beautiful choice of the materials used( see pictures) The object de art is quarter bound in blue Moroccan leather with a 1/2" wide velum label followed by glass mirrored boards which are bound in blue board material. This edition of Poe's Al Aaraaf was letterpress printed on Lana Royal Classic paper from computer generated plates using the Black Chancery font. Notes to Al Aaraaf are included separately and can be found inside the back cover. This copy is an artist proof of a run of 50 copies. The book is inscribed to two of the artists most ardent collectors. The printing is not only beautiful it is very cleverly laid out on pages, some of which are embossed, some of which have wonderful serigraphs underlying the printing. The "trifles are collected and republished chiefly with a view to their redemption from the many improvements to which they have been subjected while going at random 'the round of the press.' I am naturally anxiour that what I have written should circulate as I wrote it, if it circulate at all.with me the poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion;" Edgar Allen Poe. If Poe were alive today and he saw the homage paid to him by this piece of book art, he would by it. A wonderful collectible. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000833

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Zarathustra: after Richard Strauss with repact to Nietzsche

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois (1973)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois, 1973. Soft cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Joe D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. This story-graphic has been produces completely by hand: serigraph stencils' techniques and printing; block prints cut and executed; type set and printed on a Adana flatbed press. This is copy 15 of 50 signed by author/artist and further inscribed " to my good friends, . Joe D'Ambrosio 1991. Book contains 20 incredible printed pages as a prelude to 14 amazing serigraphs each titled and signed and numbered by D'Ambrodio (1934-2009). Binding is another print signed and dated by the artist and cased in a plexiglas box. One of the most ambitious and wonderful books as art, I have ever experienced. A special treat for collectors of fine art and fine craftsmanship. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000803

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Daisies Never Tell.

D’AMBROSIO, Joseph J. (1934-2009).

Published by Joseph J. D’Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks, CA: (1982)

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Item Description: Joseph J. D’Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks, CA:, 1982. hardcover. 1 Limited edition—14 of 50 numbered copies. Central "Ladies of the Garden" section presents four ORIGINAL SERIGRAPHS, each signed and numbered. The story is about D’Ambrosio’s grandmother, "Nell" (in the text) who was dying at the time of publication, and the children are the author and his relatives. The book was crafted and written with great difficulty. "The binding was designed to allow a reader to ‘walk through a field of daisies’ before the text begins . Daisy petals are cut out of the edges of the endpaper and the first few pages of the book including the double title page." 8vo. (16 x 22.3 cm). [Not paginated]. Preliminaries feature cut-out flowers and fan-fold action elements. Dark green cowhide with 2 glass windows showing folded paper daisies from pages within, housed in green paper clamshell slipcase lined in green felt; box worn at spine edges, else fine. SIGNED by author at title-page. Bookseller Inventory # LV1770

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Three by D'

Joseph J D'Ambrosio

Published by The Sunflower Press, The Compulsive Prinrer, Joeseph D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks California and Portage Indiana (1980)

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Item Description: The Sunflower Press, The Compulsive Prinrer, Joeseph D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks California and Portage Indiana, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). 1st Edition. Three By D', Joseph j. D' Ambrosio is a special handmade clamshell box containing three miniature books. The box is quarter bound in black Morocco over hand made marble papers with black Morocco tips. There is no indication how many of these sets were created. It may be a one of a kind designed for special friends of D'Ambrosio and collectors of his legendary work. 1) The first book is Masks by Carol Cunningham who signed the book. It is #19 of an addition of 115 and 10 A.P. The book is 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 The binding is cloth over boards with 3- dimensional mask in front cover; slipcase of Ingres paper over boards with acetate window. Carol and Joe collaborated on this work " Carol is an excellent writer and printer, but her bindings at that time fell short of her other talents" " Placing the mask within the front cover gave the book a bulky appearance. I visually reduced the bulk by placing three 'steps' in the spine area. The 'steps' also serve as a handy place for one's fingertips when reading the tiny object" the book is in new condition as is the stepped slipcase. The book has been signed by the authorCarol Cunningham.There are 25 striking serigraphs of masks representing the Pacific Northwest, South America and Asia. There is no indication who drew and designed the masks, but they appear to be the work of both Cunningham and D'Ambrosio. What this fabulous miniature lacks in stature in more than makes up for in soul. 2) The Little Sand Crab by Joe D'Ambrosio # 27 of 75 plus 10 A.P. 2 3/8 x2 7/8 This wonderful miniature is set in 8pt. Bulmer type and has 20 leaves of Ingres oyster paper. The binding is red cloth over boards framing a 23K gilt sunburst exposing Cockerell end paper between it's rays; gold leaf ornament at head of spine; cutaway slipcase of black Ingres paper over boards. This book represents D'Ambrosio's long association with his friend and mentor "Mr." Mundell who passed away a year later. The book is new and was produced in 1982 in Sherman Oaks California. Besides the spectacular binding there are three nice prints on the interior. Each print is signed and numbered by the author/artist. the book is additionally inscribed to his friends and collectors extraordinar,Pat and Trudy Magarick with an extra small hand drawn picture of a little Sand Crab. 3) The Crusader by Mary jane Hammett ( Dashiell Hammett writing under a pseudonym).The book is a limited edition of 85 copies and 5 A.P. this in # 16. The type is 10 pt. Bakerville and the 20 leaves are printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. The binding is White linen and clear acetate; black paper over boards make up the slipcase.D'Ambrosios friend and mentor and fellow printer " Mr." Mundell who signed this miniature urged D'Ambrosio " to Produce this eerie profile of an upstanding citizen who in his private life is a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The story begins quietly and then becomes terribly alarming as the citizen's private life is bared.D' Ambrosio to literally attack the wood blicks that were cut for the prints to reflect the terror.The binding is a virtual metaphor of white for purity. D' Ambrosio states seriously " this story frightens me, and I produced it for the same reason Hammett wrote it: Revelation of evil in man, masked by a mantle of piousness." The story appeared in the Aug. 1923 issue of The Smart Set, The Aristocrat Among magazines. Book is new and each of the 8 provocative prints are signed and lettered by D'Ambrosio. the book is also inscribed " To my dear friend Pat." The set of books are wonderful collectibles to be cherished by serious collectors of masterpieces of fine printing in miniature. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000849

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Circ Cric Cric Trapeze Circus Circus

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joe D'Ambrosio, Portage indiana Chicago Illinois (1976)

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Item Description: Joe D'Ambrosio, Portage indiana Chicago Illinois, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Joe D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Trapeze. THINK CIRCUS, is a tour-de-force by master artist, bookmaker and author, the late great Joe D'Ambrosio." I hoped to bridge the gap between the Fine Arts and the Book Arts". This has been masterfully done by using a wonderful eye for color and shapes with an engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.The artist shows off his printing ability by " using two extremely different type faces which work well together because they have different design functions on the same page. He shows his ingenious feats of engineering in the manner in which he bound the book. " The threads which hold the pages in place exit through the spine of the book and become the straining ropes for the circus tent serigraphed on the front cover. The treads had to be waxed so their 90-degree angles remained rigid in the travel from spine to front cover. Otherwise the book would sag when the book was opened and the tension is removed. Trapeze has 19 fabulous serigraphs each one a work of art on it's own. Most are printed using several colors, red, blue, green, brown yellow gold leaf and others. There are also several black, white and gray prints.This book is #23 of 50 and 7 artist proofs and has been set in 18pt Centaur and 24pt P.T. Barnum ( an idea of printer Elmore Mundell), and printed on Rives BFK hand made paper by the compulsive printer, Portage Indiana.The boards are covered in tent canvas amd the paste downs are of handmade paper.The slipcase is handmade paper over board and allows the book to slip in either way. There is one unique and wonderful print at the beginning of the book dedicated to two of the authors most ardent supporters on the celebration of their wedding. The book is signed by both D'Ambrosio and printer Elmore Mundell. For the discerning collector of Fine Art and Fine Bookmaking this very special item has it all. Signed by author, Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 000835

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Trapeze

D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.

Published by Chicago: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (1976)

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Item Description: Chicago: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Limited Edition. Copy No. 12 of an edition of 50 copies. Approx. 10 1/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. 47 leaves numbered with roman numerals, with an unnumbered colophon leaf which shows the signatures of Elmore Mundell, the printer, and D'Ambrosio. 20 color serigraphed prints, signed and numbered by D'Ambrosio, one of which is also signed by Mundell. The front cover is a book sculpture of a circus tent. A very fine copy in a very fine slipcase. D'Ambrosio, "Nineteen Years and Counting," p. 45. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # A&D 112

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The Mookse & the Gripes

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio: James Joyce

Published by Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois (1977)

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Item Description: Joesph J. D'Ambrosio, Chicago, Illinois, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. Elephant Folio - over 15 - 23" tall. The Mookse & the Gripes, from Two Tales of Shem and Shaun by James Joyce. This limited edition 75 of which this is #4 is presented in a manner similar to The Ondt & the Grasshopper by brilliant and sadly deceased (1934-2009) book designer, printer and artist extraordinare, Joe D'Ambrosio. The pages for this wonderful book are sewn within the box-like structure. A coat of red silks screen ink lies just below the 23K gilt surface of the cover relief-serigraph. D'Ambrosio and his mentor and fellow printer who he refers to as Mr. Mundell, printed the text from type which they set. D'Ambrosio printed the graphics and bound the book. The first 25 copies of this edition are presented in a lined clam shell box of paper over boards, This box slips into a much larger container of paper over boards which houses a special serigraph not included within the book. This serigraph is cleverly hidden within the container, it took me a while to find it. It depicts the "Mookse" confronting the " gripes" from the opposite side of a flowing river. In the background , a female form within a cumulus cloud sheds water and is the apparent source of the river. The next 50 copies are presented only in an unlined clam-shell box of paper over boards. D'Ambrosio states that he could not comprehend what message James Joyce was trying to communicate in writing the story. D'Ambrosio who was given an article by Mr.Mundell his mentor and the person who coaxed him into doing this book explaining Joyce's symbolism in this work. Once enlightened, he joined Joyce in his satire of Pope Adrian IV ( Nicholas Break-Spear) , and hence the papal red velvet and gold leaf cover. This fabulous collectible has been set in 18pt Bulmer and printed on Rives BKF paper by the Compulsive printer, Portage Indiana, on a #3 Vandercook proof press. Book is 8vo, total package is folio (15 1/2" x 11 1/2". All Serigraphs, block prints, and binding is by D'Ambrodio. Condition externally and internally is flawless. This is a book to be cherished for a lifetime. Signed by author and illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000878

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The Small Garden of Gloria Stuart

D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.

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Item Description: 1986. With Box. Book Condition: Like New. Limited First Edition. No. 49 of 50 copies of this artist's book inspired by the movie star Gloria Stuart (1910 -2010). Ms. Stuart was a leading lady in the 1930s and early 1940s, best known then for her roles in "The Invisible Man", and many decades later, after a long retirement from the movies, for her role in "Titanic" in 1997. Ms. Stuart, though, was far from idle during her many years away from acting, and her multifarious productivity away from the camera are every bit as fascinating as her Hollywood career. Besides being a political activist sympathetic to liberal causes throughout her life, Ms. Stuart was active in the decorative arts as a designer and business owner, and she enjoyed considerable success as a primitivist painter as well. Most pertinent to this book, Ms. Stuart became both an ardent gardener and an artisan printer, producing artist's book in which she did virtually everything, including the writing, the designing and the printing. While this book was written and produced by Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, a celebrated California book artist, it is a celebration and homage to Ms. Stuart's achievements, and some of the elements in the book such as the overlay of foliage imagery are a nod to Ms. Stuart's own work. This D'Ambrosio creation impresses with many other clever effects such as its intricate paper cuts of the preliminary pages to conjure up a three dimensional illusion of forest and trees, with the foreground a caryatid of two tree trunks shaped like women's bodies. D'Ambrosio has bestowed on us an object of revelatory beauty, and while the aesthetic is unabashedly modernist, the spirit is traditional artistry and artisanship at its best. The book, which is modest in size, a little over 6 inches tall, is in mint condition, and it is protected with a cloth box that contains a felt repository or well in which the book resides. Bookseller Inventory # 002221

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David

Joseph J. D'Ambrosio

Published by Joe D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks California (1993)

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Item Description: Joe D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks California, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Joe D'Ambrosio (illustrator). Limited Edition. 10x13. One of 25 Copies (#1). In a binding of cast paper and white Masonic Sheepskin in a specially fitted side-hinged box of black cloth over archival boards. Hand printed on a Vandercook #4 letterpress. Opening leaves with striking dovetailed bas-reliefs of Michelangelo's sculpture of David, text with a variety of decorations and illustrations. This is the latest as well as the most delightful of D' Ambrosio's (1934 -2009) inimitable bibliophilic masterworks. Produced and partly written by D. Ambrosio, the book is done on handmade paper by Madeleine Pestiaux and contains photographs by Wallace Rhodes. The cast paper cover represents the marble slab out of which Michelangelo's David will emerge, and with each succeeding turned leaf at the beginning of the book, the reader sees the rock transformed, from a roughly hewn image at first and finally into the finished statue. The way in which these opening leaves demonstrate Michelangelo's notion that a sculptor discovers or reveals or brings out a statue from its confinement within a slab is absolutely delightful. Like D'Ambrosio"s other works, this oblong folio is cleverly designed and reflects a great deal of work and imagination. The typographic display of the various texts is expressive in itself as well as quite pleasing, and there is a good deal of decoration ( embossing, serigraphs, paste ons) within the text. The book is of obvious interest for its innovative design and charm, but the text, which occupies almost 70 pages, is substantial as well. It is a pastiche that consists of a kind of modern love story which finds resonance in poetry, mostly by Michelangelo, but also by S' Ambrosio and David Michael Soloman. The story and poems are displayed on the page in such a way as to indicate their interconnection. The whole package deals with the profoundly important variates of life: love of various kinds, sexuality, the pressure of societal values, freedom, and death. A magnificent tour-de-force by one of the great book artists. Also enclosed is an ALS by Joe asking two of his most fervent supporters ( my mother and father) what they thought about various aspects of the book, pricing, displaying etc. Signed by illustrator. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000747

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Krome, a further experience. Intended as a sequel to You Dress "Funny," an experience

D'AMBROSIO, Joseph J.

Published by (Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, [No place] (1971)

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Item Description: (Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, [No place], 1971. Hardcover. First edition. 12mo. Silver foil boards. Illustrated with original silk-screens. Fine. D'Ambrosio's second book. One of 100 numbered copies Signed by the artist. "This volume of story-graphics was produced completely by hand, using a flat bed printing press and sundry silk screen techniques." Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 311909

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