Jan 29, 2019 - Sale 2497

Sale 2497 - Lot 21

Price Realized: $ 1,875
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Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(ABCedary LETTERPRESS. / ALAN JAMES ROBINSON.) Carol, Mark Philip. Ancient Needs. Deluxe edition and publisher's mock-up. 11 color aquatint and drypoint etchings, and 5 wood engravings by Alan James Robinson, printed by Harold McGrath, blue printed Japanese Moriki paper letter guards; additional Signed suite in chemise in rear. Folio, binding by Claudia Cohen of white vellum with cutout illustrating a seal's face; both laid into blue silk clamshell box. From the collection of Richard Callaway. Easthampton, Massachusetts, 1989

Additional Details

letter b of only twenty-six lettered deluxe copies of the inaugural work of the press. with an additional original watercolor drawing on vellum of a harp seal,Signed by Robinson, plus an additional suite of signed plates. The colophon is Signed by Carol, Robinson, and McGrath. The book and suite are accompanied by a special, separate complete mock-up of the work in separate printed wrappers, in a matching blue cloth folding box, and an Autograph Letter Signed by Robinson to Callaway: "Between this and the bound copy people should get the idea." A sumptuous production and heartwarming, poignant tale about Harp seals.

This and the following lots are from the collection of the late Richard Lee ("Dick") Callaway, a longtime friend and admirer of artist Alan James Robinson. Through their relationship, Callaway became involved in The Press of the Sea Turtle–an incarnation of the Cheloniidae Press–and collaborated on numerous publications with Robinson as his representative on the West Coast under his business "Richard Lee Callaway Rare Books and Autographs. Several of these books are specially presented to Dick and assembled for him with additional suites and original works of art.