Featured Acquisitions | Private Press 2018

We present a selection of American, Australian, New Zealand and European private press publications.

  • # 20415

    LONEY, Alan; CAMPBELL, Marion May; MORRIS, Miriam

    if not in paint

    Melbourne : Electio Editions, 2011. Octavo, publisher’s paper wrapper, simple stab binding, housed in a yellow cloth covered folding clamshell box, 24 pp., with numerous illustrations; internally pristine, a fine copy. Number 7 of 40 copies. Poetry by Marion May Campbell, with drawings by Miriam Morris. “Electio Editions is delighted to present the second book …

  • # 13065

    SHEAD, Garry, b. 1942

    The apotheosis of Ern Malley. Etchings & drawings by Garry Shead.

    An interpretation, by a great contemporary artist, of Australia’s most infamous literary hoax. Sydney : Monogene, 2006. Tall folio (44 cm high), black canvas with illustrated onlay housed in a red canvas clamshell box; 32 pp, with numerous full page colour plates and one large double foldout plate; introduction by art historian Sasha Grishin; includes three large signed …

  • # 13883

    BAUDELAIRE, Charles;

    Spleen de Paris.

    Edition illustree etornee par le peintre d'Essertine [Illustrated and decorated edition by a painter of Essertine]. Theoule sur Mer [France] : Phillipe Gonin, 1942. Quarto, original hand-lettered wrappers, collated in sections (as issued), pp 81, bookplate to colophon leaf. Housed in faux leather portfolio with hand-lettered spine (hinges split), original faux leather slipcase. Consists of 13 …

  • # 14698

    LONEY, Alan and GIMBLETT, Max

    Searchings. Selections from the artist’s journals

    Auckland : The Holloway Press, 2005. Quarto, quarter buckram over blue lettered boards, unpaginated, illustrations by Gimblett. Limited to 80 copies of which 64 were for sale. This is a copy reserved for the contributors. “This book is the result of three years research and study of the Journals of one of the most significant …

  • # 14696

    LONEY, ALan and GIMBLETT, Max

    Fishwork (deluxe edition)

    Foreword by John Yau. Auckland : The Holloway Press, 2009. Quarto, gilt-lettered quarter buckram over metallic papered boards, unpaginated, illustrated with drawings by Gimblett. The deluxe edition with an original signed drawing by Gimblett. Limited to 30 copies (there was also a standard edition of 50 copies) “On a visit to New York in 2005, …

  • # 10804

    BARNETT, P. Neville


    Sydney : privately printed at the Beacon Press, 1938. Limited to 200 copies signed and numbered by the author. Small quarto, quarter-vellum over gilt-lettered boards, original card slipcase (short splits at corners), illustrated endpapers, pp 45, [1] colophon, illustrated with 20 chuban woodcut prints after Hiroshige, tipped in (some ghosting from the glue as usual); …

  • # 13886

    BYRON, Lord

    [FANFOLICO PRESS] Manfred: A tragedy (deluxe edition)

    Decorated by Frederick Carter. With an introduction by the artist. London : The Fanfrolico Press, 1929. Quarto, gilt-decorated vellum, all edges gilt, unpaginated, illustrated. The deluxe edition, limited to 30 copies, signed by the artist, specially bound, printed on Japanese vellum, and with two additional wood engravings. A standard edition was also published in an …

  • # 15369

    IRIBE, Paul (1883 - 1935)


    Paris : Editions Iribe, [1930]. Quarto, lettered boards with glassine cover (small loss to lower corner of front panel), spiral bound, pp. 32; 7 gold and silver foil plates with acetate overlays (the metallic plates corroded, as always), else very good. An icon of art deco design by the legendary Paul Iribe. Limited to 800 …

  • # 20052

    LONEY, Alan; KERR, Donald

    Open sky : a homage to Ruth Dallas

    Dunedin : Otakou Press, 2008. Quarto, publisher’s silver-lettered blue cloth, with yellow buckram spine, [28] pp, printed decorations; internally clean, a good copy. No. 4 of 90 copies for sale, signed by Alan Loney. Foreword by Donald Kerr.

  • # 8180

    WALLACE-CRABBE, Chris; LETI, Bruno


    Melbourne : the artist, 2011. Quarto, decorated boards, bound by Wolfgang Schaefer, [36] pp., decorated endpapers, housed in a perspex slipcase. ‘Camaldulensis was designed by Bruno Leti using his own paintings and photographs. Chris Wallace-Crabbe responded to these images with a series of pastoral lyrics and essay. The printing was executed by the artist, and …

  • # 19846

    The first six books of the elements of Euclid

    Köln : Taschen, 2010. Two volumes, large octavo (260 x 210 mm), publisher’s black cloth over boards with paperback supplementary volume, in decorated black cloth solander box, xxix, 268 (hardcover), 95 (softcover) pp, with colour illustrations throughout; internally pristine, a fine copy. The first volume is a facsimile of the first edition of Byrne’s work on Euclidean geometry, …

  • # 19842

    FRYER, B. N.; JOHNSON, James; JOHNSON, Cecil

    The obelisk, Macquarie Place

    Sydney : B.N. Fryer, 1937. Octavo, publisher’s paper wrappers (a little wear), sewn binding, 13 pp, with autographed colour frontispiece woodcut by James Johnson, errata note and press history inserted; occasional light marks, otherwise internally clean, a fair copy. Number 28 of 60 copies. “Written from Mitchell Library records and printed in an edition limited …

  • # 19779

    CARTER, Sebastian

    A printer’s dozen

    Cambridge : The Rampant Lions Press, 1993. First edition. Large quarto, publisher’s quarter navy cloth with Cockerell marbled paper over boards, black morocco spine label gilt, in beige cloth-covered slipcase, unpaginated; pristine, a fine copy. One of 200 standard copies, from a total edition of 211. The work is comprised of sample spreads of experimental settings …

  • # 19836

    JOHNSON, James; JOHNSON, Cecil

    The Book of Ruth

    San Francisco : The Windsor Press, [n.d.]. Duodecimo (130 x 100 mm), publisher’s original parchment paper over boards, printed in orange, blue, and gilt (cracking between spine and upper board, slight creasing to bottom right corner of boards, some discolouration around edges), [30] pp, with frontispiece etching in 4 colors, text printed in black and …

  • # 19791

    LOWRY, Martin

    Venetian printing : Nicolas Jenson and the rise of the Roman letterform

    Herning : Poul Kristensen, 1989. Folio, publisher’s stiff wrappers with gilt lettering, gilt to spine (slight wear), 104, [8] pp., with 8 coloured plates; three light water marks to front free endpaper, otherwise internally very clean, a good copy. One of 850 copies. Text in English and Danish. The two essays, from slightly differing viewpoints, both …

  • # 19788


    The sound of one hand : Max Gimblett’s calligraphy practice

    Milano : Charta, 2014. Large quarto, white glossy heavy card boards with black lettering, white lettering to green spine, 200 pp., 196 colour and black and white plates; inscription to title page, internally very clean, a fine copy. This is the first publication to focus entirely on the sumi ink paintings of American-New Zealand artist …