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THE TEMPEST by  WILLIAM (CALIBAN PRESS).  SHAKESPEARE - ONE OF 125 COPIES - 2001 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST15816-16)


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Canton, NY: Caliban Press, 2001. ONE OF 125 COPIES. 310 x 215 mm. (12 1/8 x 8 1/8"). 117 pp.Designed, printed, and bound by Mark McMurry. Original lavender handmade paper boards backed with purple morocco, lettering showing through cut-out on upper cover. In the original matching box with cut-out figure pasted onto front cover, paper label on spine. Illustrated with woodcuts printed in various colors, gatefolds, pop-ups, and paper onlays. Printed on various handmade papers by Velma Bolyard, La Papeterie St. Armand, and Barcham Green. In mint condition. This is a beautifully printed production of the play that gave the Caliban Press its name. Mark McMurray studied letterpress printing at the Red Ozier Press and bookbinding with Timothy Ely before founding the Caliban Press in 1985. McMurray received his master's degree in library science from Columbia University in 1989 and spent nearly 30 years working as a special collections librarian, while running the Caliban Press on the side. In 2018, he retired from his academic position to focus on making books full time. To date, the Caliban Press has issued more than 40 titles. "The Tempest" is one of McMurray's most elaborate efforts, with text printed on various types and sizes of paper, enhanced by woodcuts and paper art.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-264) and index.


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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]