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Brooklyn Bridge: A Love Song

Donald Glaister

Brooklyn Bridge: A Love Song

The Brooklyn Bridge has, since its opening in 1883, inspired many writers and artists: Hart Crane and Walker Evans perhaps the most famous of these. The bridge was, on completion, the first Steel Cable Suspension Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, and the first major bridge to use multiple pneumatic caissons. Designed by John Roebling and completed by his son, Washington Roebling, the bridge still inspires, perhaps more so as the country's vision of one of their national monuments changed on September 11, 2001. Donald Glaister, one of the world's pre-eminent designer bookbinders has, for the first time, created an edition book and it is a beauty. In materials that are not what one would expect for a book - but completely in keeping with the subject of the book - it is contemporary book art of the very highest quality.

One of 60 copies, each signed and numbered by the artist / author, Donald Glaister; 10 of which HC, all on 10 mil aluminum. Page size: 14 x 12"; 28pp. Bound: quarter leather grey Nigerian goatskin with aluminum onlays on front and back. The aluminum pages are set on paper hinges for ease of opening. Endpapers of coarse black textured paper.

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Gifts of the Leaves

Dan Carr (Donald Glaister, binding)

Gifts of the Leaves

In the Preface Dan Carr states he views "the poems are collected as an alphabet." The collections of verse, he goes on, are about "transformation found in the seasons of a year...my poems revealed a kind of stations of the soul, the cycle of the seasons of frost and sun." Julia Ferrari's etchings in somber shades of gray redolent with organic imagery complement the text as does her monotype in blue, red and green.

One of 26 lettered "de tete" copies from a total issue of 100, all on Arches paper, each signed and numbered or lettered by the author and type designer, punch cutter and printer, Dan Carr, and the artist, Julia Ferrari. Bound: sculptural binding in full gray morocco with title and author and artist in gold gilt on smooth spine which is recessed to hold images of trees - trunks and leaves made of onlays of wood veneers painted to be tree trunks, leaves made of cork onlays in green, red and bare branches under several layers of transparent mylar, representing ice, with ghost images of leaves in a slightly paler gray painted on the morocco, all against a ground of gold gilt dots.

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The Warrior Ant

Lee Breuer (Vincent FitzGerald & Co.)

The Warrior Ant

Lee Breuer, one of the pre-eminent figures in contemporary theater, was a former chair of the Directing Department at Yale University's School of Drama. He was commissioned by the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to write The Warrior Ant to be staged as part of the innovative productions of this theatre arts festival in 1983. Once again, Vincent FitzGerald has integrated an avant-garde collaboration in the performing arts with the book arts, rewarding the reader / viewer with text, images, and concepts that challenge and intrigue.

One of 40 copies only, all on handmade paper by Paul Wong of Dieu Donne Papermill, each copy signed by the artist, Susan Weil, and author, Lee Breuer. Page size: 10 inches x 10 inches. Bound: handmade paper wrappers in custom box by BookLab, fine. The etchings were editioned by Marjorie Van Dyke and Vincent FitzGerald at The Printmaking Workshop and the text printed letterpress in Bembo by Dan Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress. The calligraphy is by Jerry Kelly.

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Full Circle

Julie Chen (Flying Fish Press)

Full Circle

The "atomic" looking circles on the top face read, in part, "Things I believe in," "Things I Try to Believe In," "Things I would like to Believe In," "Things I Subconsciously Believe In," etc. Here is a beautiful object, exquisitely made, carrying to us Julie Chen's observations on the most basic human concerns - the nature of belief and the divine. A most beautiful and provocative book.

Artist's book, one of 100 copies, on various papers printed letterpress using photopolymer plates, and signed and numbered by the author / artist, Julie Chen. Size: housed in 15 x 15 inch box in turquoise and coral silk, the cover lifts off and the colophon is on blue-green papers cut in a ring laid down on lime-green paper. The top of the bottom half of the box has a paper circle printed in blue-green on coral, yellow, and paler blue green ribbons of color forming kaleidoscope on coral printed grid. There is a brass nail in the center and there are four see-through boxes.

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Hunkering, the Last Gabberjabb

Walter Hamady (Perishable Press)

Hunkering, the Last Gabberjabb

The reader will understand something new each time this book is opened. For instance, there is a paragraph about text and printing and letters and space that is dazzlingly simple and simply dazzling. The last signature includes all the footnotes from all the previous Gabberjabbs and these footnotes are hand-set in six point. There were numerous press runs - at least 284 - to make this book, as well as applications of the following procedures: collage (six times), perforation, rubberstamping (18 times), drilling, notching, ticket punching, numbering (nine times), signing, grommeting, scribing (40 times), ear-tattooing, ponce-wheeling, time-clocking 12 times), dog-earing, embossing, shorthand, corner-rounding.  The book is a very wonderful cap to a legendary series.

One of 108 copies on various papers (hand, mould, machine-made and even crush or mull) numbered (nine times) and signed by the author / publisher / designer / printer, Walter Hamady as well as "augmenters" eight times. Page size: 10-1/8 x 7 inches; 160pp. Bound: brown cloth over boards with rondel / cameo in dark blue in middle of binding with silhouette of Hamady within triple-ruled frame containing author's name and The Perishable Press Ltd., marbled endpapers, new. 

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El Aleph

Jorge Luis Borges (Ediciones Dos Amigos)

El Aleph

Started in 1984 and finished 13 years later under the direction of Samuel Cesar Palui and printed by Ruben R. Lapolla. Palui and Ernesto Lowenstein published this book to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Jorge Luis Borges in 1999. The artwork was created by Gabriela Aberastury, who chose to explore and reveal the Borgesian universe. She used different techniques: oil, acrylic, lacquer, engraving, gofrado, pencil working with the typographer / printer Ruben Lapolla to create pages that appear to have no beginning and no end. Truly a masterpiece of book arts.

One of 25 copies, but each copy unique, all printed on cream Velin d'Arches paper. Etchings and aquatints by Gabriela Aberastury, this copy is one of the publisher's, unsigned and unnumbered. Page size: 13-1/4 inches x 10 inches; 176pp; each page an original print - and many times several different print processes. Bound: loose in original gray wrappers, blind-embossed with the titles of the 18 stories that are contained in the book. Author, title in dark gray printed on spine and front wrapper. Housed in gray cloth over boards. Clamshell box with original etching on front of box, title printed in black on the spine, box a bit dinged at edges, book fine.

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