Welcome to Of Interest, what we hope to be a pretty regular offering featuring the latest items that turn our page from all corners of the book universe.
From new books to collectible books, from book arts to artists books, original art to photography, design to furniture. If it has a book slant it is Of Interest.
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One of 125 copies!
Churchtown Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1915. Hardcover. 1/125 numbered copies. $1250.
Offered with “Plates to accompany ‘Reveries over childhood and youth.’ which contains three plates – a reproduction of a Jack B Yeats watercolor, and two engravings – one after a drawing by John B Yeats, and one after a watercolor by John B Yeats. Both books in Fine condition, and the two housed together in a custom drop-spine box.
Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing
Edited by Leonard Koren. Venice, Ca.: Wet Magazine, 1978. $75.
Twelfth issue of the legendary art periodical, everybody’s favorite magazine about bathing. Many other issues available here
Snowblind by Damien Hirst, Robert Sabbag & Howard Marks
Edinburgh: Rebel Inc. , 1998. Bound in mirror metal mirror boards and printed slipcase, with facsimile credit card on a ribbon as well as a real $100 bill rolled up and housed into the interior. One of 1000 copies, the entire edition, signed by all three contributors. $1500.
Overwrought, ridiculous and still somehow sublime reprint edition of the classic account of the cocaine trade. Each of the $100 bills included in the book was obtained directly from the US treasury, and the last three digits of the serial number matched the limitation number of the book.
The Blue Roofs of Japan: A Score for Interpenetrating Voices by Robert Bringhurst
Vancouver, BC: William Hoffer, 1986. 1/150 numbered copies signed by the author. $125.
One of two editions printed by the Barbarian Press; this is ‘state B’, one of 150 copies hand-numbered in Arabic numerals and issued with the William Hoffer imprint (there were 100 copies numbered in Roman numerals and issued under the Barbarian Press imprint)
Early Seventies – San Francisco
Membership Folder for The Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA)
San Francisco: SECA/Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, 1973. $125.
Decorated folder containing 8 biographical sheets of SECA artist, among them David Jones, James Pomeroy, David Anderson, Wayne Campbell, James Reineking, William Allan, Peter Zecher and Mel Henderson. Limited edition of 150 copies, this copy signed by James Pomeroy.
A “small” history of the popular caramel-covered popcorn
Cracker Jack Chronicles
San Antonio, TX: Windcrest Press, 1985. accordion fold in printed facsimile of Cracker Jack box. Miniature book (5.3 x 3.6 cm), accordion fold in printed facsimile of Cracker Jack box. One of 25 copies. $35.
One of 150 copies
The Life and Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
London: J.C. Nimmo and Bain, 1883. With eight etchings by Damman from Original Designs by Harry Furniss. $175.
An attractive late-nineteenth century edition, printed on heavy paper with large margins, in a nice three-quarter binding.
Over 600 unseen drawings created between 1982 and 2011 makes this a must-have collectible for every Crumb fan.
Edited by Dian Hanson. Taschen, 2012. Limited Edition with signed print and handwritten introduction by Crumb. $1250.
Boxed set, 6 hardcover volumes in slipcase with print in portfolio [8.1” x 10.6”]. Limited to 1,000 copies, this is copy #144. Full color illustrations throughout. Still housed in publisher’s shipping box. The set
includes a hand-written introduction by Robert Crumb. Each set of this 1,000-copy limited edition also includes a signed color art print of the Crumb original “The Little Guy That Lives Inside My Brain.”1,344 pages of Crumb’s hand-picked selections from his notebooks.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
London: Heinemann, 1962. First UK Edition. First Issue. $1850.
Burgess’ best-known and most provocative novel, basis for the 1971 film directed by Stanley Kubrick
Lead title, and it’s a good one, from a new imprint of ORO Editions that features works of Visual Literature, and books on Art, Design, and Popular Culture.
A LIFE IN BOOKS by Warren Lehrer. Novata, CA, goff books, 2013.
One illuminated novel containing 101 Books within it – each with Its First Edition cover design, catalog copy & select excerpts.
Wow! 101 times.
Saltfront: Studies in Human Habit(at)
Salt Lake City, UT: Saltfront, 2013. Issue #1. $12
Saltfront is an arts and literary journal for a radically new type of ecological storytelling; searching for the newest and most vibrant eco-lyrical expressions, new ways to tell stories of what it means to be human amidst the monumental ecological transformations taking place on this planet.
Contributors to issue #1: Emerson Andrews, Ty Bain, Frank Carter, Louis Gakumba, Annie Gilliland, Erin Halcomb, Michael McLane, Jeff Metcalf, Julia Pace, Jesse Don Peterson, Eric Robertson, Resford Rouzer, Kelsey Sather, Stinne Storm, Maximilian Werner, Brooke Williams, and Terry Tempest Williams.
Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles De Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess.
Boston: Little, Brown Company, 2014.
This full-color, illustrated companion novel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest from two masters of modern fantasy. A captivating adventure about magic, family, and the power in believing.
Latest from Sherman Alexie
What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned
Brooklyn: Hanging Loose Press, 2014.
Alexie returns to his first publisher for his latest book of poems.
Here’s a taste:
Jesus at the Bethlehem B&B
I didn’t rise from the tomb
To share a goddamn bathroom.
POP-UPS FROM PRAGUE: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE GRAPHIC ARTISTRY OF VOJTECH KUBASTA
New York: The Grolier Club, 2014. $30.
Catalogue of a lively public exhibition at the Grolier Club, held January 23 thorough March 15, 2014
Best known for his puppet theater-like pop-up books, Kubasta’s background in architecture and puppetry is evident in his imaginative children’s books and advertising material, revealing the artist’s joie de vivre and sly wit.
Now that’s a good start!