Boreas Fine Art will be exhibiting at the ABAA/ILAB California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Please stop by Booth 418 in order to see the books shown below:

Bruggeman, IngeA STUDY OF BLUE.  [Portland]: [Ink-A! Press].  2002.

This small portfolio in an elegant blue box portrays the word “Blue” in orange and blank embossing, thus deconstructing the word as a symbol of its associative color.

Chen, JulieCAT’S CRADLE.  Berkeley: Flying Fish Press.  2013.

This work was created with the artist’s Ideation Cards, an earlier work produced in collaboration with Barbara Tetenbaum. These cards comprise both specifications for a book’s material construction and fifty-four descriptive adjectives (including three wild cards). This remarkably beautiful sculptural book,  displayable both linearly and circularly, is the surprising result of Chen’s own random drawing.


[ Chillida, Eduardo ] Racine, Charles. LE SUJET EST LA CLAIRIÈRE DE SON CORPS. [ Paris ] : Maeght Editeur. 1975.

This volume features poems in French by the Swiss poet Charles Racine accompanied by abstract illustrations by sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Chillida has created a suite of four black-and-white hors texte aquatint etchings, printed by Atelier Morsang, that exhibit his architectural approach to scuplture and drawing.

[ Clemente, Francesco ]  Pound, Ezra.  CATHAY – POEMS AFTER LI PO.  [ New York: ] Limited Editions Club.  1992.

Early in his career, Ezra Pound undertook the translation of a number of Tang Dynasty Chinese poems which he published in 1915 as Cathay. This abridged edition of that book, published by the Limited Editions Club, contains eighteen translated poems and seven hors texte color woodblock prints created by renowned painter Francesco Clemente.  It is signed by the artist at the colophon.

[ Dalí, Salvador ]  Malraux, André.  ROI, JE T’ATTENDS À BABYLONE.  Geneva: Albert Skira.  1973.

Written by literary gris éminence André Malraux, who served as Charles de Gaulle’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, this book is about the events of May 1968 and de Gaulle’s fall from power. It contains twelve original drypoint etchings on parchment by Salvador Dalí and is signed by the author, artist, and publisher.

Dubuffet, Jean. PARCOURS.  [ New York ] : Pace Editions. 1981

This nineteen-foot scroll features a collage-like sprawl of imagery in the artist’s signature style. Dubuffet chose twelve black-and-white drawings as the basis for the scroll and with them created a lively procession of figures and patterns.

[ Frankenthaler, Helen ]  Williams, William Carlos.  VALENTINE FOR MR. WONDERFUL.  New York: Tyler Graphics.  1995.

This book features a single poem by William Carlos Williams and seven color intaglio prints by the highly influential painter Helen Frankenthaler whose lyrical compositions, filled with her signature soft washes of color, suggestively complement Williams’ theme of love.  The book is signed and dated by Frankenthaler on the folio.

[ Hobson, Charles ]  Boland, Eavan.  QUARANTINE.  San Francisco: Pacific Editions.  2011.

In her Against Love Poetry (2001), Boland sought to escape the effusive courtliness or previous European love poems and to embrace the love of “dailiness,” or the ordinariness that provides much of the beauty in most peoples’ lives. Quarantine is a profoundly moving poem from this collection.

[ Hockney, DavidSpender, StephenCHINA DIARY.  London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.  1982.

A record of a trip taken by David Hockney and Stephen Spender, this 1982 book features the masterful writing of Stephen Spender and 158 reproductions of illustrations painted, drawn, or photographed by David Hockney.  Signed by Hockney and Spender.  It also includes an original lithograph signed and numbered by Hockney.

Ipoustéguy, Jean RobertLEADERS ET ENFANTS NUS.  Paris: Éditions du Soleil Noir.  1970.

This is a puzzle-like sculptural book created by renowned French sculptor Jean Robert Ipoustéguy. The sculpture consists of a polished aluminum box which opens two ways to reveal two different books. The inner book is signed and dated by the artist at the colophon. The artist’s signature is also etched inside the aluminum box at a corner of the cover.

[ Katz, Alex ]  Creeley, Robert.  THINKING.  Calais, VT: Z Press.  2000.

This book is the third and last collaboration between the painter and printmaker Alex Katz and the poet Robert Creeley. It features a single poem by Creeley and a single original woodcut by Katz. The book is signed by the author at the colophon and by the artist on the print.

[ Maret, Russell ] Æschylus and Henry David Thoreau, trans. PROMETHEUS BOUND. New York: Russell Maret. 2007.

This version of Prometheus Bound, the famous play by Aeschylus, was created by Russell Maret using Henry David Thoreau’s 1843 translation.  It’s design juxtaposes the lines of the characters on a central axis down the middle of the page, made possible by the fact that there is never more than two characters on stage at one time. This innovative design arrangement is accompanied by an original frontispiece drawing by Maret.

[ Maret, Russell ] Strand, Mark. NOCTURNES. Brooklyn: Russell Maret. 2011.

For this book, Maret chose twenty-three works from former United States Poet Laureate Mark Strand and designed the typeface wryly called Strand Serif especially for this publication. Unlike some of Maret’s other books, this work features no illustrations, allowing Strand’s brief, poetic vignettes, characteristically surreal in their imagery, to speak for themselves.

Maret, Russell. THE BOOK OF JONAH. [ New York ] : Russell Maret. 2012.

The familiar Biblical story of Jonah is interpreted in this book by artist and printer Russell Maret who used a horizontal format, the King James translation of the Bible, and a spiky typeface called Nicolas from the Dale Guild Type Foundry which in turn is based on lettering from the 12th century.

[ Maret, Russell ] Euclid and Sir Thomas Little Heath, trans. INTERSTICES & INTERSECTIONS, OR AN AUTODIDACT COMPREHENDS A CUBE. [ New York ] : Russell Maret. 2014.

Featuring commentary and illustrations by the artist, this large-scale accordion book explores the principles of geometry on a mathematic and personal basis. Maret’s layered printing process results in illustrations that have a distinctive, luminous quality and are masterpieces of printing virtuosity. Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, has called this book “a tour de force of color printing.”

[ Maret, Russell ] Schneider, Nina. PRESSED FOR TIME: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WORK OF RUSSELL MARET. New York: Russell Maret. 2014.

This richly illustrated and handsomely produced bibliography describes the work of artist and printer Russell Maret. Covering Maret’s manuscripts and printed books, as well as commissioned works, broadsides, and ephemera, it is also highlighted with tipped-in specimens of leaves and ten pages of four-color photographs of the artist’s books by his wife Annie Schlecter.

Maret, Russell, ed. HUNGRY BIBLIOPHILES : AN EXPERIMENT IN UTILITARIAN BOOKMAKING. [ New York ] : Russell Maret. 2015.

Instigated by a series of conversations between printer Russell Maret and paper scholar and MacArthur Grant winner Tim Barrett, this unusual fine press book was created to test the durability of paper handmade by Barrett using papermaking methods believed to have been used in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Both typefaces used in this volume were designed by Maret based on earlier ecclesiastical and secular designs.


[ Matta, Roberto and Gerard Charrière (binding) ]  Ritsos, Yannis.  Jacques Lacarrière, translator.  GRÉCITÉ.  Montpelier: Fata Morgana.  1968.

This unique book features the poetry of Yannis Ritsos (as translated into French by Jacques Lacarrière), an original color etching by celebrated painter Roberto Matta, and a stunning fine binding by Gérard Charrière. The etching is numbered and signed by Matta and the binding is tooled with Charrière’s name in gold.

[ Milroy, Rollin ]  Kelly, Brigit Pegeen, with aquatints by Briony Marrow-Cribbs.  ISKANDARIYA.  Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey.  2007.

In this edition of the prose poem Iskandariya, poet Brigit Pegeen Kelly has collaborated with artist Briony Morrow-Cribbs and the Rollin Milroy at the Heavenly Monkey press to produce a small but thoroughly lovely work.


Palermo, Blinky. MINIATUREN II. [ Munich ] : Galerie Heiner Friedrich. 1975

Miniaturen II was Blinky Palermo’s final book. Published two years before his death at age thirty-three, it features very small prints, as the title implies, that showcase his signature style of geometric abstraction on an intimate scale.

[ Righi, François ] Grégoire, Marie. HEURES DISPERSÉES. [ Paris ] : François Righi. 2014.

This book features drawings and thoughts inspired by the coffered ceiling in the oratory of the Hôtel Lallemant, a Renaissance-era building in Bourges. The coffers decorated with crests and cherubs are the stimulus for Righi’s intricate drawings, calligraphies, and engravings.

[ Rivers, Larry ]  Singer, Isaac Beshivis. THE MAGICIAN OF LUBLIN.  New York: Limited Editions Club.  1984.

This book combines Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel with three color lithographs by Larry Rivers, hors texte, one of which is printed as a foldout sheet. The books is signed by both the artist and the author.

Ruscha, Edward  EVERY BUILDING ON THE SUNSET STRIP.  Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha.  1966.

This iconic democratic multiple from the 1960s depicts only what the title proclaims: every building on the Sunset Strip. It is a self-referential work of art in the form of a mass-produced commodity.


Ruscha, Edward. THIRTYFOUR PARKING LOTS IN LOS ANGELES. [ Los Angeles ] : [ Edward Ruscha ]. 1967.

In the 1960s, artist Ed Ruscha created a series of now-iconic photographic artist’s books using low cost means of production and distribution, and Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles is one of them.  These emotionally flat, documentary-style photographs present a stark contrast to fine art photography of the time in which Ruscha had no interest. They simply but obliquely document a critical aspect of the Los Angeles area and of the life style of the people who live there.


Ruscha, Edward. Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell. Royal Road Test. Los Angeles: [ Edward Ruscha ]. 1967.

One of the highly influential photographic books created by Ed Ruscha in the 1960s, Royal Road Test documents the wreckage of a typewriter thrown from a speeding car. This project was the result of a spontaneous action by Ruscha and his friends Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell, and in the book the perpetrators make an express reference to the Dada art movement which began fifty years earlier.

[ Schäpers, Veronika ] Grünbein, Durs. 26°57,3'N, 142°16,8'E. Tokyo: Veronika Schäpers. 2007.

Designed and created by book artist Veronika Schäpers, this book features three poems by the German writer Durs Grünbein with a Japanese translation by Yuji Nawata. The title of the book refers to the coordinates at which Japanese biologist Tsunemi Kubodera took the first photographs of a living giant squid, the Architeuthis. Schäpers has illustrated these poems by drawing on scientific data and nautical charts and by choosing elegant and rare local materials.


Sheehy, Shawn. A POP-UP CULINARY HERBAL. [ Chicago ] : Paperboy Press. 2013.

Like many of Shawn Sheehy’s distinctive pop-up books, this book about plant lore concerns the intersection of the natural world and human culture. It describes and illustrates twelve heirloom varieties of vegetables with a twist: while the cultivars and their nutritional information are described accurately, their curative qualities are invented by the artist.


Smith, KeithBOOK 91, STRING BOOK.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1982.

This truly remarkable book has attracted much critical attention.  In The Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections: An Illustrated Guide (1992), the book was cited as an example of the boundless creativity contemporary artists’ books have embraced.  It is devoid of text and printed image, relying solely upon the movement of strings through die-cut holes.

Smith, Kiki. FOUNTAINHEAD. [ Columbus, Ohio ] : Logan Elm Press. 1991

A classic example of artist Kiki Smith’s investigation of human anatomy, Fountainhead is an artist’s book that depicts various body parts emitting their associated bodily fluids. The prints include eyes leaking tears, a mouth dribbling saliva, an ear oozing wax, and more.

Strand, PaulTHE MEXICAN PORTFOLIO.  New York: Da Capo Press.  1967.

This is a new and in Strand’s opinion better edition of his seminal 1940 portfolio Photographs of Mexico. Both editions contain twenty revealing photogravures of Mexico’s landscape, people, architecture, and folk art. This is one of 250 copies each signed by Strand.

[ Adams, Ansel ]  Austin, Mary.  TAOS PUEBLO.  Boston: New York Graphic Society.  1977.

This book is a reprint of Adams’ 1930 Grabhorn Press edition of the same name. These photographs document both the timelessness of UNESCO World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo and the roots of Adams as a young photographer following a pictorialist tradition. This is a limited edition of 950 copies each signed by Adams.

[ Van Dongen, Kees ] Baudelaire, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal. Paris-Bievres: [ Pierre de Tartas. ] 1947.

This group of largely erotic poems not only solidified Charles Baudelaire’s reputation among his contemporaries as a degenerate but added criminal prosecutions for blasphemy and obscenity to his resumé.  This classical livre d’artiste edition by Kees van Dongen evocatively captures the eroticism of the poetry.  It is one of fifty copies on Vélin d’Arches with an extra suite of the illustrations which were printed at Atelier Crommelynk.

[ Janus Press and Theodore Press ]  Shakespeare, William.  THE TRAGEDIE OF KING LEAR.  Bangor: Theodore Press.  1986.  (Woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet.).

In this edition of King Lear the spelling, lineation, use of italics, and punctuation follow closely the printing of Shakespeare’s First Folio in 1623.  The text was printed by Michael Alpert at the Theodore Press in Bangor, Maine, and the woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet were printed by the artist at the Janus Press.


[ Wagener, Richard ]  Parmenides.  Robert Bringhurst, trans.  THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES & AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION.  Berkeley: Editions Koch.  2004.

This stunning bilingual edition of this philosophical poem features twenty fragments translated by Robert Bringhurst.  It has five color wood engravings by Richard Wagener.  Each opening features the original Greek set in a digital typeface designed by Christopher Stinehour and the translation set in a new roman typeface by Dan Carr.

Zimmermann, PhilipHIGH TENSION.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1993.

The unusual size and shape of this autobiographical book, its use of vibrant color and metallic ink, its edgy imagery, and the pointed reference in the title to high tension power lines all suggest an electrically charged explosion.

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