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Book Arts

Book arts go far beyond the cover art on the dust jacket. Words are not the only kind of content in books, and illustrations, photographs, and inserts are just a few of the differing types of artistic expression that can be found in books. The bindings and and typography of books are also considered book arts, as are zines and how-to guides. Fore-edge paintings, or the illustrations that can be found on the very edges of the pages themselves, are an excellent example of book art. Additionally, books that are bound in unusual materials, such as jewels or even human skin, can be considered book art.

And of course, unique books like miniatures are also some of the best-known examples of collectible book art. Handcrafted or hand-painted illustrations almost always raise the value of books, and they can be a fun and vibrant addition to any collection.

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Brush.
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Brush.

by [Dobbin Books] Robbin Silverberg.

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Used
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Series of 3
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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Brooklyn, New York:: Dobbin Mill ,, 1995-96.. Series of 3. 8 x 5" paper-covered wrap around case with magnetic closure. Two books, each 2 x 4.25", 28 pages, and each laid in a slide out drawer. Dobbin Books: "Two matchbox-like containers are held together by the concertina-form made of human hair looking like an exquisite brush. The boxes each contain a book, bound on leather cords with waxed linen thread. The texts within each book, sewn with human hair and copper wires, resonate in their similarities but, like the expansion and compression of the ‘brush,’ vary in their meaning and intention. "Text 1: I feel only sadness after I speak to her. Softly. "Text 2: I feel only sadness when I speak to her. Gently. Robbin Silverberg: “Brush is an early work that focuses on word cognition. In this case, can words really communicate deep feelings? By changing two minor words in an emotionally charged sentence, the meaning and intention is altered.… Read More
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The Boy Who Liked to Eat.
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The Boy Who Liked to Eat.

by [Transformer Press] Lise Melhorn-Boe.

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Used
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Edition of 10
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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North Bay, Canada:: Transformer Press,, 2002.. Edition of 10. 10 x 7.5" with eight spreads. Accordion book with handmade paper pages and hard covers. The text is rubber-stamped and the images colour-copied. There are five very simple pop-ups. Tall tales and (possibly) true stories told to Lise Melhorn-Boe as a child are combined to create a fairy-tale version of her father's immigration to Canada, presented as a quest for food. The pages get more colourful and dimensional as the story progresses. Lise Melhorn Boe: "My father grew up during World War I in Germany, the third youngest of nine. So he remembered not having enough to eat. He was a good storyteller, so I've just put together a number of his tales. The photos are all really of him and his family. It was very hand that my grandfather actually was a poor shoemaker with many children, considering that I was trying to make it like a fairy tale. When I was away from home at university My father would always ask… Read More
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Miniature History of the Button: Part 2
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Miniature History of the Button: Part 2: Vols. 4, 5, 6

by [JUSTARIP Press] Maryann Riker.

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Used
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Edition of 8
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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Phillipsburg, New Jersey:: Maryann Riker,, 2009.. Edition of 8. Three 1" circular button books; 6 pages each. Accordion structure with pastedowns as pages. Each book cover an actual button. Housed in 2.875 x 2.875 x 1.75” cloth and paper covered box with attached lid. Paper title label on exterior of lid with colophon on the opposite side of the lid. Maryann Riker: "When I was young, I spent many a rainy afternoon picking through my mom and aunt’s button jar and button box. I loved the variety--each one its own special work of art. These little gems have always held my fascination. The second part of the Miniature History of the Button is a brief history on the button’s use and types. This is then my ode to their noble purpose in making our lives simpler and easier in keeping our clothes in their proper place.
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Seven Maine Ferns.

Seven Maine Ferns.

by Goodale, Rebecca.

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Used
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Edition of 5
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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$1,250.00
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Portland, Maine:: Rebecca Goodale,, 2003.. Edition of 5. 9.5 x 12 x 1"; 13 leaves. Handcolored silkscreen prints on handmade paper (including pastedowns). Accordion construction. Green silk cloth-covered boards with illustrated handmade paper on front board. In matching green cloth-covered slipcase. Goodale uses the accordion book structure for bringing attention to these seven ferns on Maine's Threatened & Endangered list. She lists the individual species' names under the name of the genus Woodsia. Her vigorous painting strokes and bold design seem to bring the page alive with ferns.
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Ice Melts.
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Ice Melts.

by Goodale, Rebecca.

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Used
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Edition of 5
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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Portland, Maine:: Rebecca Goodale,, 2009.. Edition of 5. 12 x 15.5"; 43 unnumbered pages, many of which fold out from the main text block. Block printed with rubber stamped letters. Cloth bound. Rebecca Goodale: "This book unfolds to reveal a vernal pool with the four indicator species and a poem about mating season." An indicator species is often the most sensitive species in the region and acts as a warning to monitoring biologists. The indicator species of the vernal Maine pool are fairy shrimp, blue salamanders and yellow spotted salamanders, and wood frogs.
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INSECTA.

INSECTA.

by [Broadfoot, Linda] A. S. Byatt.

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Used
Edition
Edition of 50
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Hoover, Alabama
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Atlantic Beach, Florida:: Linda Broadfoot,, 2005.. Edition of 50. A combination of handset letterpress and computer generated work. Letterpress was used to print the text using metal type on a flat bed press on a Vandercook Universal III using Hahnemuhle Biblio and Copperplate papers at the Letterpress & Foundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler. Then digitally reproduced small Giclée prints of the artist's original 20 x 24" Polaroid image transfers were printed archivally on Crane's Museo paper using an Epson 4000 printer. A modern day Cabinet of Wonders. Broadfoot uses A. S. Byatt's "Things Are Not What They Seem" to accompany her images as "a numinous guide to viewing" these wonders of nature. The insects shown were selected from the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Broadfoot: "In the spring of 2001, I began to borrow insect specimens from the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Carefully transporting this delicate cargo to… Read More
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10 Edible Maine Mushrooms.
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10 Edible Maine Mushrooms.

by Goodale, Rebecca.

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Used
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Edition of 5
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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Portland, Maine:: Rebecca Goodale,, 2016.. Edition of 5. 7 x 9.25"; 20 pages. Pop-ups. Flutter book construction. Monotype silkscreen prints and monotype gelatin plate prints. Handcut and handcolored with ink and colored pencil. Handwritten text. Cloth bound flat-backed case with an onlay beneath the cloth on the front cover. Rebecca Goodale: "After years of walking in the woods, studying, and eating mushrooms, this is my first book about some of the most delicious mushrooms in my town."
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Beyond Boundaries.
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Beyond Boundaries.

by [Full Plate Press] Lynn Agnew, Robin Hruska, Susan Lange, Mary Jeanne Linford.

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Used
Edition
Edition of 16
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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$900.00
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Kingston, Washington:: Full Plate Press,, 2016.. Edition of 16. 6.5 x 9"; 28 pages including pastedowns. Double-sided accordion. Image pages printed relief. Fabriano Artistico Traditional White hot-press watercolor paper with a variety of colored papers used in the pop-up sections. Tahoma typeface. Bound in cloth boards. In cloth slipcase. Numbered. Includes 8 page pamphlet of Production Notes. Colophon: "Beyond Boundaries is a collection of poems and images which are reflections upon the boundaries we have encountered in our lives. Some of these boundaries are physical borders, others are internal guilts, philosophical divides, cultural differences, or emotional and intellectual edges. We have found that some boundaries, lines, or borders hold us back or contain us, while others beg to be crossed, and in crossing them we find ourselves set free of the constraints in our lives. We ask the reader to enjoy this book with an eye to examining the boundaries in his or her own life, and to… Read More
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String Bean Theory: Lessons on Nature's Economy.
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String Bean Theory: Lessons on Nature's Economy.

by Thielen, Beth.

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Used
Edition
Edition of 5
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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$2,800.00
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[Chatham, New York]:, 2016.. Edition of 5. 11 x 11.5 x 2.25" custom box containing book and four groups of beans. Four 2 x 2: 1.4" holes contain dried beans: Blue Lake Snap; Kentucky Wonder; Scarlet Runner; and Purple Podded. Finger hole for pulling book from container. Paper title label on lid. Handwritten paper title labels in each bean housing. Materials: Prismacolor pencil; papers - Arches Cover, Color Aid, Crane's soft white 28 lb. text, methyl cellulose paste paper; Charbonnel Aqua Wash etching ink; Jade 403 PVA Glue; Acid free Binder's board; Canapetta linen bookcloth; Asahi silk bookcloth. Book: 6 x 6" closed; origami fold. Bound in green cloth boards. Printed on an HP Envy 7640 with Garamond Premier Pro font. Signed and numbered by the artist. The origami structure can either be read (carefully) by working through the folds or exposed as a growing, twisting, climbing vine (like, not surprisingly, a string bean vine). Beth Thielen: "Artist books are so… Read More
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Paintings
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Paintings

by McCartney, Paul

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  • Fine
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Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Las Vegas , Nevada
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New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2000 First printing of the first American edition. Signed by Paul McCartney directly on the half-title page. Faint shelf wear, else book and dust jacket in fine condition.
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Avalanche Safety
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Avalanche Safety: Rocky Mountains and Chamonix Alps 1934 - 1937 Book One

by [Set in Motion Press] Casey Gardner.

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Used
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Edition of 39
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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Berkeley, California:: Set in Motion Press,, 2020.. Edition of 39. 7 x 14"; Accordion-bound folios with pamphlet-stitched interior booklets. Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates and carved linoleum. Digitally printed inserts. Paper, made of cottom and flax ,is Moulin due Gué. Other papers are Zerkall Book, German Etching, and Curious Metallic. Typefaces used are Cheltenham, Kabel, Gill Sans, Futura and Bodoni. Drawings by the artist. Animal wildlife is vintage line art. The "Atlas Biographic" folio features images from the Library of Congress: "1877 Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado" surveyed by F. V. Hayden and photograph of a 19th century silver mine on Aspen Moutain. Bound in Iris bookcloth at corners with letterpress printed papers over boards. Numbered. Set in Motion Press: "Set in the precarious time of the 1920s, living on the brink of human-triggered catastrophe, two young people explore their relationship with naure amid hidden and… Read More
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Save the Rhinos.

Save the Rhinos.

by [Shattuck Studio & Gallery] Carolyn Shattuck.

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Used
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Edition of 5
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Hoover, Alabama
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Rutland, Vermont:: Shattuck Studio,, 2020.. Edition of 5. 13.5" x 7.5"x 3": flag book. Images: 3 rhinos, 3 wildebeests, 1 acacia tree, 2 bushes, 1 giraffe. Origami figures. Papers: Canson Mi Teinte, Lokta origami, Strathmore watercolor, Lama Li. In slipcase. Paper title on slipcase and on front cover of flag book. Signed and numbered by the artist. In "Save the Rhinos" by Carolyn Shattuck, rhinos, a giraffe and wildebeests walk the grasslands of Africa seemingly unaware that poachers and even world environmental issues threaten their existence. Carolyn Shattuck, introduction: "Rhino poaching is an ongoing and increasing issue in Africa. The rhino horn is a valuable trafficked commodity worldwide. In Vietnam, the powdered horn made from keratin is believed to treat hangovers, fever and gout and terminal illnesses. There is no evidence of any healing traits. In addition, the rhino horn is valued in traditional Chinese culture as a symbol of wealth. The Rhino… Read More
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The Garden
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The Garden: Life & Literature

by Schwartzott, Carol.

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Used
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Edition of 12
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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Freeville, New York:: Carol Schwartzott,, 2021.. Edition of 12. 7 x 7"; 6 sections, 54 pages. Printed Mohawk #100 Superfine Vellum text, with inserts of Mohawk translucent paper. Printed with a Canon Prisma Ink printer. All illustrations were first printed black, coated with Hannemuhle Permanent Archival fixative and then handpainted with water colors/gouache. Fine detail added with Caran D'Ache watercolor pencils. Eight large and eighteen smaller graphite drawings Text is Cochin with drop caps and headings of Cinzal Decorative. Endpapers are Thai Lokta, box linings are Italion, British Museum and Indian printed papers. Bound with a spacer of Japanese paper between each section. Cloth boards with illustrated paper title on cover. In the edition there are four of each color - celadon, twilight, and eggplant/navy. Laid in drop-lid case. Signed and numbered by the artist.. Carol Schwartzott: "Gardens have always been my passion….I created and submitted ( for a grant) the original… Read More
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Bank Tellers of America versus The Aryan Republican Army (1992-1996).
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Bank Tellers of America versus The Aryan Republican Army (1992-1996).

by Starr, Tyler.

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Used
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Edition of 15 + 2 AP
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Hardcover
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Hoover, Alabama
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North Carolina:: Wobble Press,, 2021.. Edition of 15 + 2 AP. 8.75" x 10.25" x 1.25"; 72 pages. Pigment prints on Moab Entrada Rag Bright 190 gm. Custom hardcover case binding with hinged foldout front and back covers using inlaid magnets. Custom slipcase with inlaid label. Signed and numbered by the artist. Tyler Starr: "'The Aryan Republican Army (ARA) committed 22 armed bank robberies in the Midwest from November 11,1992 to December 19, 1995. The objectives of its leaders, Richard Lee Guthrie and Peter Kevin Langan, were to raise funds for the white supremacist movement and overthrow the U.S. government. The ARA was part of the broader movement of white supremacist terrorism that weaves its presence through American history to the present. Since 2019, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI began to officially acknowledge that white supremacists are the top domestic terrorism threat. "By transforming text from FBI documents into images, this book… Read More
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The One Show, Volume 28 (One Show)
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The One Show, Volume 28 (One Show): Advertising's Best Print, Design, Radio, And TV

by The One Club Yash Egmi

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Used - Good
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Hardcover
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Los Angeles, California
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The One Club Volume 28 Large Folio Hardcover Good Condition Good Dust Jacket Clean 524 pp Color and B/W Plus Accompang Bonus Radio CD. Some shelf wear else Good+. NO Writing inside. NOT A LIBRARY COPY..Stunning Visuals... See our Three Geese in Flight Book Scans.
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