InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

InsideOUT

 

Lucky me! I got my catalogue early. Another example of my motto: You Don’t Ask; You Don’t Get. To tell the truth, I asked for something totally outrageous and impossible. Sayaka Fakuda, who is doing much of the administrative work for the exhibit on behalf of Designer Bookbinders, let me down gently and offered some nice consolation prizes. One was an advance copy of the exhibit catalogue. I cannot thank her enough. It is delicious. I can’t stop looking at it. These bindings are sexy. I want to fondle them.

So I took a leap of faith. Even though I cannot be at the collector’s preview at St. Bride’s on May 14th from 4:30-5:45, when the books can be fondled, sorry, examined, I have submitted a lottery form for a binding. That’s right. Just based on the book that was bound, two photos of the binding, and a description, I am attempting to purchase a binding by a binder whose work I have never seen in person. When I say “attempting,” I mean that it’s a lottery. If my form requesting this binding is picked out of a hat first, I get to purchase it. If another collector’s form is pulled first, with the same binding listed as first choice, I lose. Keep your fingers crossed for me. It’s the only one I want.

 

 

Claudia Cohen Eye Candy

Rudolf Koch, Schriftgiesserei im Schattenbild, 1936 Bound in full black Morocco; edges rough cut; sewn on three frayed-out cords; paste paper endleaves with sewn leather inner hinge; handsewn red silk endband; décor of gold and blind tooling with red leather onlays; title in gold on spine. 19 x 25.5 x 1 centimeters. Created n.d. GBW 100th Anniversary
Rudolf Koch, Schriftgiesserei im Schattenbild, 1936
Bound in full black Morocco; edges rough cut; sewn on three frayed-out cords; paste paper endleaves with sewn leather inner hinge; handsewn red silk endband; décor of gold and blind tooling with red leather onlays; title in gold on spine.
19 x 25.5 cm GBW 100th Anniversary

 

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Claudia Cohen. Chasing Paper. Heavenly Monkey Editions, 2007. Edition binding
Each copy is laced into a heavy paper wrap (some white, some dark gray) featuring multi-color paper strips woven through the front board, and issued in a cloth-covered clamshell box.

 

Imp and Fiends. Northampton, MA: Gehenna Press, 1976. Out-of-series copy signed by the artist. Full black morocco with red and black leather onlays, gold tooling; sewn on flattened hemp cords; top edges gilt, leather endbands. 304 x 215 mm Bound in 1982. Contemporary American Bookbinding no. 16
Leonard Baskin. Demons, Imps and Fiends. Northampton, MA: Gehenna Press, 1976.
Full black morocco with red and black leather onlays, gold tooling; sewn on flattened hemp cords; top edges gilt, leather endbands. 30.4 x 21.5 cm Bound in 1982.
Contemporary American Bookbinding no. 16

 

Donna and Peter Thomas. Paper: A collection of Papers from Hand Papermills in the United States of America. Covered in a limp Barrett UICB papercase paper; sewn longstitch; decor of woven Dieu Donné blue and Barrett paper; title as cutout on spine. 11 ¾  by 9 ¼  inches  Bound ca. 1995 GBW exhibit Paper Bound
Donna & Peter Thomas. Paper: A Collection of Papers from Hand Papermills in the United States of America. Covered in a limp Barrett UICB papercase paper; sewn longstitch; decor of woven Dieu Donné blue and Barrett paper; title as cutout on spine. 11 ¾ by 9 ¼ inches
Bound ca. 1995
GBW exhibit Paper Bound

 

 

Bradford Morrow. A Bestiary. Grenfell Press, 1990. Edition binding. Full leather split board case binding. Black spine with inlays and onlays of scarlet, yellow, blue, purple, green, and orange leather. Pink leather head and tailbands. Sewn on 5 linen tapes. Somerset endpapers with sewn Japanese linen hinge. 39 x 28.5 x 6.5 cm. Bound in 1991. Fine Printers Finely Bound Too, no. 14A
Bradford Morrow. A Bestiary. Grenfell Press, 1990.
Edition binding.
Full leather split board case binding. Black spine with inlays and onlays of scarlet, yellow, blue, purple, green, and orange leather. Pink leather head and tailbands. Sewn on 5 linen tapes. Somerset endpapers with sewn Japanese linen hinge. 39 x 28.5 x 6.5 cm. Bound in 1991.
Fine Printers Finely Bound Too, no. 14A

 

Barbara Hodgson and Claudia Cohen. The Temperamental Rose &   Other Ways of Seeing Colour. Heavenly Monkey Editions, 2006. Three-piece case, with leather spine and fore edges. The boards are covered in an early 20th century European embossed paper, over which a number of different circular leather overlays are placed. 7 x 9 inches.
Barbara Hodgson and Claudia Cohen. The Temperamental Rose & Other Ways of Seeing Colour. Heavenly Monkey Editions, 2006.
Edition binding.
Three-piece case, with leather spine and fore edges. The boards are covered in an early 20th century European embossed paper, over which a number of different circular leather overlays are placed. 7 x 9 inches.

 

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Haruki Murakami, Sleep, Kat Ran Press, 2004. 7.5 x 10 inches.
Haruki Murakami. Sleep. Kat Ran Press, 2004.
7.5 x 10 inches.
Edition binding.

 

Barbara Hogson and Claudia Cohen. Occupied by Color. Heavenly Monkey Editions, 2012. 7 x 8.5 inches.
Barbara Hogson and Claudia Cohen. Occupied by Color. Heavenly Monkey Editions, 2012.
7 x 8.5 inches.
Edition binding.

 

Dean Koontz, Book of Counted Sorrows, Charnel House Press, Lynbrook, NY, 2003
Dean Koontz. Book of Counted Sorrows. Charnel House Press; Lynbrook, NY, 2003
Edition binding.

 

 

Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books, Part 2

Here are the books that have been bound, and the number of copies of each book submitted. The binders were giving so many great choices. These are all beautiful publications.

Printed in the United Kingdom

INCLINE PRESS

E. R. Weiss – the Typography of an Artist (2)

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E R Weiss: the Typography of an Artist by Gerald Cinamon

Steel Horizon – poems of the North Sea (5)

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Linocuts by Nick Wonham

Danger and Destiny – folktales of the Brothers Grimm (2)

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Hand-colored woodcut by Fritz Kredel.

THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

Palladio’s Homes (2)

Illustrations by Carlo Rapp
Illustrations by Carlo Rapp

Tonge’s Travel (2)

Watercolors by John Watt
Watercolors by John Watt

Antigone (2)

Images by Inger Lawrance.
Images by Inger Lawrance

THE OLD STILE PRESS

See images at web site above

Lens of Crystal (2)

Richard Barnfield’s Sonnets (1)

Land, Poems selected by Eric Williams, illustrated by Garrick Palmer (1)

Taliesin and the Mockers (1)

The Journey of Thomas the Rhymer (1)

TSAREVICH or THE PARADISE DRIVER (1)

THE WHITTINGTON PRESS

Lost and Found (3)

Wood engravings by Rachel Reckitt

Midwinter (6)

Wood engravings by Miriam Macgregor
Wood engravings by Miriam Macgregor

Printed in North America

ARION PRESS

The Moonstone (1)
Illustrations by Stan Washburn
Illustrations by Stan Washburn
Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin (1)
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks (3)
Photographs by Michael Kenna
Photographs by Michael Kenna
Journey Round My Room by Xavier de Maistre (3)
Photographs by Ross Anderson
Photographs by Ross Anderson

The Wasteland (1)

Images taken from R. B. Kitaj If Not, Not, 1975 - 1976 Oil and black chalk on canvas 60 x 60 inches (152.40 x 152.40 cm) Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Images taken from
R. B. Kitaj
If Not, Not, 1975 – 1976
Oil and black chalk on canvas
60 x 60 inches (152.40 x 152.40 cm)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
The Silverado Squatters (1)
Photographs by Michael Kenna
Photographs by Michael Kenna

BARBARIAN PRESS

Simon Brett: An Engraver’s Progress (3)

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MIDNIGHT PAPER SALES /GAYLORD SCHANILEC

Mayflies of the Drifters Region (4)
Color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec
Color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec
The Bicycle Diaries (5)
Color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanliec
Color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec
New York Revisited (1)
Color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanliec
Color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec

SHANTY BAY PRESS

CIRCUS:The Artist as Saltimbanque (3)

Illustrations by Walter Bachinski
Illustrations by Walter Bachinski

THE LONE OAK PRESS

King of the Alps (1)

Illustrations by Abigail Rorer
Illustrations by Abigail Rorer

Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes, and Ditches (3)

Illustrations by Abigail Rorer
Illustrations by Abigail Rorer