West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1977. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Dark mustard yellow wraps with Helen Siegel wood cut printed in blue-gray on cover. Helen Siegl's wood cuts illustrate the text. Edition was handset in Bembo, titles in Mehart Uncial, printed on Kozu with Strathmore covers. Limited to 300 copies. Inscribed in pencil by Janus Press Founder Claire Van Vliet at the colophon. Fine.
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West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1975. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. An anthology of texts: The Legend of the Chin by Sir James George Scott; the Genesis text on the Tower of Babel; The Great Wall and the Tower of Babel, The Tower of Babel, The Pit of Babel, and The City Coat of Arms by Franz Kafka; and Builders of Babel. Signatures loose, as produced, in paper chemise with gray cloth covered clamshell box in Fine condition with paper label at spine. Lithographs printed from stone on Zerkall Butten paper, set in Monotype Spectrum. Lithographs and single wood-engraving by Claire Can Vliet.
110 copies produced: 100 numbered, 10 copies "hors commerce", this being number 18 of the numbered copies and signed by the artist at colophon. Fine.
West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1977. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Heavy purple wraps with Helen Siegel wood cut of two doves over a cross printed in black on cover. Helen Siegl's wood cuts illustrate the text. Edition was handset and printed on Korean with Strathmore covers. Limited to 350 copies, inscribed in pencil by Janus Press Founder Claire Van Vliet at the colophon. Fine.
Portland, ME: The Gorges Society, 1893. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xii. 166 pp. Black & White Illustrations, folding genealogy of the Levett Family. Blue three quarter leather binding with gold lines to edges, blue and bold marbled paper inset in front and rear cover, same paper used for pastedowns. Spine has five raised bands, leather has faded to a rich brown, two burgundy leather patch titles with gold embossed titling with light scuff on main title patch, "Gorges Society" also stamped in gold at foot of spine, light crease lines at hinges. Light age toning to frist few pages front and rear due to original wraps paper quality, clean within.
Originally published in wraps, the limited edition was published in an edition of 200...
New York: Random House, 1929. Hard Cover. First Edition. First US Edition. Light scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, minor sunning to spine, now in mylar cover. Blue cloth covered boards with black cloth spine with gold embossed lettering to cover board and spine. Profusely illustrated and limited to an edition of 1040 copies. Very Good / Very Good.
Newark, VT: The Janus Press, 1992. Wraps. First Edition. Printed on heavy white Royal Watercolour Society paper and illustrated with skull drawings by Ruth Fine, bound in a non-adhesive structure and encase in a two-part slipcase that uses shaped drum vellum for the sliding lid. This edition inscribed to the original recipient and signed by Clifford Burke, Ruth Fine, and Claire Van Vliet. One of 150 copies. Fine.
Bramanti, Bruno. New York/Verona, Italy: The Limited Editions Club/Officina Bodoni. Hardcover. xxvii, 228 pp. 4to. Quarter cloth binding with brown cloth spine and gold embossed titling, paper covered boards with a blocked print design. Light sunning to spine. Interiors clean and crisp. Original descriptive piece for this edition laid in.
Printed by Giovanni Mardesteig at The Officina Bodoni with woodcut illustrations by Bruno Bramanti, produced in an edition of 1500 copies, this is copy # 825 signed by Mardesteig & Bramanti at the colophon. Very Good.
Burlington, VT: University of Vermont Libraries, 1992. Hard Cover. First Edition. Dark mustard cloth covered boards with an exposed linen stitch binding at spine. This is one of 100 copies of this publication published by the University of Vermont Libraries to accompany an exhibition of the same name that was bound by Stephanie Westnedge for friends of the Janus Press.
This edition signed by Westnedge and inscribed by Janus Press founder Claire Van Vliet to the recipient. Fine.
New York: The Japan Society, 1913. First Edition. Limited Edition. 52 pp. Folio. Gray paper covered boards with brown cloth covered spine with gold embossed titling. Minor scuffing to cover boards and bumping to corners from shelf wear. Light age toning to endpapers, minor staining from glue quality at hinge of front and rear pastedown.
Printed on beautiful laid paper, with 24 color prints tipped in to illustrate the text, by the De Vinne Press in an edition of 1,000 copies, of which this is #255. Artists represented in plates: Harunobu, Moronobu, Kiyomasu, Masanobu. Toyonobu, Kiyomitsu, Koryusai, Shunsho, Buncho, Kiyonaga, Shuncho, Eishi, Sharaku, Utamaro, Toyokuni, Hokusai, and Hiroshige.
San Francisco, CA: The Arion Press, 1998. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Brown paper wraps with titling to cover in dark brown. A Keepsake printed by the Arion Press in an edition of 350 coies, 125 were presented to the members of the Roxburghe and Zamorano clubs at their joint meeting in Los Angeles in October of 1998, remaining copies for subscribers to the Arion Press. Fine.
Dine, Jim. San Francisco, CA: The Arion Press, 1997. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Arion Press Edition. 68 pp. Gray/green cloth covered boards with titling to cover and spine in dark green ink, gray laid paper endpapers. Includes a photo of the figurine that was the artist, Jim Dine's inspiration tipped in at page 19, and a photogravure of a portion of the artist's sculpture at page 22. Printed in Times New Roman type on Hahnemuhle Biblio paper.
226 copies produced, of the 200 offered for sale, 75 reserved for the companion volume, "Ape & Cat", 26 lettered copies "hors de commerce", this is copy 95 of 125 offered to the public. Four sheet accordion fold prospectus included. This does not include the even more...
West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1979. Loose Leaf. First Edition. One page Keepsake of an Open House at the Janus Press on September 29, 1979. Illustrated with a woodblock print of Helen Siegl's that was created for the book under production at the time, "The Dialogues of Creatures Berball". Printed on a thin rag paper with a deckled edge. Two parallel creases where it was folded to fit in a mailing envelope which can be easily removed. Suitable for framing. Photographs gladly provided. Fine.
Newark, VT: The Janus Press, 2007. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. A stunning work in very few words and somewhat abtract images on the dangers of nuclear waste and its storage in plastics. Wraps are an iridescent plastic with varying patterns that shape the light and images beneath in interesting ways. Dust Jacket is the plastic with "cover boards" the same plastic in a different pattern with a woven, non-adhesive binding of sliver/gray paper woven into the signatures, single sheets of the patterned plastic separate each printed sheet. All is contained in plexiglass slipcase in Fine condition. Printed on a Barcham Green Cambersand and Cairo papers in an addition of 150 copies of which this is number 40. Fine / Fine.
Burlington, VT: The Robert Hull Fleming Museum, 1975. Hard Cover. First Edition. 42 pp. Most likely bound by The Janus Press as a keepsake for subscribers and friends, although composed and printed by the Stinehour Press. Paper covered boards with a brown cloth spine and small applied paper label to title. Gift inscription dated 1976 from Claire Van Vliet on second free endpaper. An exceptional copy of the catalog raisonne of the first twenty years of The Janus Press.
London/Newark, VT: Gefn Press/Janus Press, 1990. Hard Cover. First Edition. Unpag. Oblong folio. Dust Jacket, if you would like to call it that, is a crumpled linen napkin wrapped around the edition with a long cord tie that winds around to secure the cloth. Genius! Boards have an applied acrylic with a rough texture, and a linen backstrip. The book consists of a poem by Meynell with six sepia still lifes of cherries, sausages, and white bread. Susan Johanknecht designed the piece and set the text, recipes written out by Alix Meynell.
This is #51 of 150 copies and is signed by Johanknecht and Meynell at the colophon. Fine / fine.
Levine, Jack. New York: Maecenas Press/Random House, 1970. Folio. First Edition. Stunning folio set of drawings with text by James A. Michener and lithographs and woodcuts by Jack Levine enclosed in a silk covered clamshell box with a large belt-like closure on the front cover. Box has light age toning that is not evident until the belt closure is unclasped and the slightyl lighter original cover underneath is revealed. Michener's text and the four individual lithographs on Rives paper are encased in a folio matching the clamshell box with the same belted closure. The fifty-four watercolors, gouaches and drawings from Levine's sketchbook are printed on Ingres paper and are encased in a black leather folio. The Prospectus for this edition laid in the clamshell box...
San Francisco, CA: The Arion Press, 2004. Hard Cover. First Edition. 107 pp. Bound in a shimmering purple silk book cloth with "Tartuffe" pressed in gold in lower left corner of front cover boards. Clear plastic dust jacket. Drawings by William Hamilton, a regular New Yorker contributor, illustrate the text. Set in Van Dijk type with Fontanesi for display on French Arches paper. 326 copies produced, 300 for sale and 26 lettered copies hors de commerce. This is copy "S" of the hors de commerce copies. Signed by Williams and Hamilton at the colophon A beautiful production. The sixty-eighth publication of the Arion Press.
Signed by Artist. Fine / Fine.
Newark, VT/London: Gefn Press Unlimited, 1998. Facsimile. Originally published in 1985 by the Gefn Press of London in an edition of thirty copies with lithographs of handstamped text and images drawn by Susan Johanknecht. This is a half-size facsimiled printed offset by The Stinehour Press and under the imprint Gefn Janus Unlimited. Accordian fold binding with no use of adhesive or stitching, quite simple and ingenious. Wrapped in a scarf-like red wine-colored paper and nestles in a two part white box with a gold sleeve that slips over the boxes with titling black at cover and spine. Photographs gladly provided. An ode to shoes. Fine.
San Francisco, CA: The Arion Press, 2002. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. 4to. Blue paper wraps, pamphlet sewn at spine. A Keepsake produced in an edition of 400 copies sent to Arion Press subscribers and friends. Laid in is the cover letter from publisher Andrew Hoyem that accompanied the pamphlet. Fine.
Newark, VT: The Janus Press, 1980. Soft Cover. First Edition. Large gray accordion fold folio, deckled edge, with relief plates by Claire Van Vliet on paper made by Van Vliet and Kathryn Clark at the Twinrocker Handmade Paper Mill, Brookston, Indiana. Piece printed in both English and French, and illustrated throughout. Stunning! In custom made box that includes, in the base of the tray, an LP recording of the performance by the Bread and Puppet Theater. The box is covered in a light tan buckram cloth with a silk-screened tree design that mimics the forest of trees in which the players pose on the cover of the LP. This edition also includes an additional LP in its original printed sleeve. Fine.
Berkeley, CA: The Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1989. Printed Wraps. First Edition. 88 pp. Keepsake 37 issued by the Friends of The Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley. Light gray paper wraps with titling to cover in black and red. A series of letters and stories by Kipling during sojourns in California. Designed and printed by the Arion Press. Fine.