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Bibliography of The Arion Press: The First One Hundred Books

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A comprehensive portfolio collection and documentation of the publisher's first hundred books including press, typography and bibliographic entries.

  • Sold as a set of 2.
  • Arion Press (American).
  • Bibliography of The Arion Press: The First One Hundred Books.
  • San Francisco: Arion Press, 2015.
  • 308 pages with color photographs.
  • Accompanying the book and portfolio is the original prospectus.
  • Bound in full cloth with endpapers printed by letterpress.
  • Bound in publisher's natural linen with leather spine label.
  • Housed in cloth slipcase.
  • Portfolio issued in box.

From the publisher: The set of leaves from the one hundred books, each imprinted with its publication number in brackets, with a title and documentation sheet, are housed in an acid-free box with title label on the top lid. Historically, bibliographies of fine presses have contained reproductions of pages from the books. Our predecessor, the Grabhorn Press, in its three-volume Bibliography (1940, 1956, 1977) tipped-in actual leaves or reprinted pages from selected publications. We decided to illustrate this bibliography with color photographs of each publication and to provide complete sets of leaves from all the books as an option for our avid collectors and for libraries wanting to use this material for exhibitions. The leaves are identified by publication number, imprinted in brackets, generally in the lower right corner. The publications are listed below in chronological order. Some books are represented by single leaves, many by four-page signatures or eight, twelve, sixteen, or twenty pages, including illustrations, prints, and photographs. The largest item, one of the color plates from Birds of the Pacific Slope, #20, has been slightly cut down to fit the box. Two items, for The Apocalypse, #10, and The Boobus and the Bunnyduck, #80, had to be reprinted for inclusion. The Jim Dine woodblock print from The Apocalypse had been cancelled, and thus is not an original print, and the type for the text on reverse has been reset; however, the paper is the French handmade Richard de Bas Apta wove from the 1982 edition, printed damp. The leaves are placed in the box by size, not in chronological order, because the formats of the books vary greatly, an arrangement that saves space and also protects the leaves from damage in handling and transport.”

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In publisher's original shipping box.

Height: 11.5 inches / 29.21 cm
Width: 8 inches / 20.32 cm
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