Catalogue 38 – Summer 2010
Twenty-five years ago we started our catalogue One off with a few fine books by Eric Gill. Now, after giving a recent talk on Gill’s work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the mounting of an important show of Gill sculpture at the Royal Academy, London, we decided to list 30 of his books to start off this new catalogue. Item #7 is a rare set of the first editions of Gill engravings; #23 is an excellent reproduction by Gill’s nephew – Christopher Skelton – of the Golden Cockerel ”Four Gospels” bound by his daughter Clare.
In our Preview Catalogue over the best-forgotten Winter, we paid homage to the work of the late and much missed Jim Trissel. His work at the Press at Colorado College is legend – and we are privileged indeed to show twelve examples of his fine work at the Press (#40-#51).
We are featuring the work of several German artist/printers: John Gerard (#55-#61); Ines von Ketelhodt (#71-#82); Peter Malutzki (#83-#94); Otto Rohse (#109-#113) and a stunning Artist’s Book by Helmut Schulze: #114. These books give some idea of the expertise and great sense of design of these talented printers working in Germany today – and are an inspiration to all who come into contact with their work.
We have also included a new binding by Masterbinder Frank Mowery on an excellent T.E. Lawrence text (#95). A new binding is always cause for celebration as it is now seldom that Mowery has time from his conservation work to take on a new commission.
Two other important American designer binders are featured – the beautiful works by Donald Glaister (#62 & #63) and two early bindings by the talented Daniel Kelm (#66 & #67).
We were privileged to be able to acquire an interesting group of Wayzgoose Press titles (#120- #131) from Jadwiga Jarvis’s father’s “bottom drawer”. Mr. Jarvis – now in his 90s – decided that it was time for others to enjoy his daughter’s stunning creations – hence the headline to the Wayzgoose entries “The Last Hurrah” – the press has now sadly stopped further production – and the whole archive has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria.
Last but not least, in our Addendum secition we are fortunate to have a copy of Susan Allix’s new work “Rosas” with its unique binding. A real stunner. There are only ten copies of this small edition – each copy will have a unique binding and an original watercolor (#132).
Enjoy this catalogue with over 140 books; getting it together was like running the marathon!
Joshua and Phyllis Heller.