Newtown, Pennsylvania: Bird & Bull Press, 2002. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 99 of 150 copies, folio size, 100 pp., plus 32 pieces of press ephemera and specimens. Fine. Item #18011603
Henry Morris' Bird & Bull Press is renowned for the beauty and precision of their printing, and their focus on papermaking and marbling. In 2013 Mr. Morris (then turning 87 years of age) announced he was printing his last book; Princeton University, in sharing the news, quoted Jane Rodgers Siegel's words when presenting Henry Morris with the 2008 American Printing History Association Award for "distinguished contribution to the study, recording, preservation or dissemination of printing history": "Morris started Bird and Bull, one of America’s oldest private presses, in 1958 as an outlet for his new-found interest in hand papermaking - an interest sparked by a piece of fifteenth-century paper. Indeed, his strong interest in the art and history of handmade paper has resulted in a variety of books on Western, Japanese, and Chinese papermaking, and marbled and decorated papers...Morris's publishing program has been a boon to the historian of the book. He is correct when he writes, 'It pleases me to know that without the Bird & Bull, many books on worthwhile, albeit esoteric subjects would probably never have beeen published'. And all these works have been printed by letterpress from metal type on either Henry’s own handmade or on imported mould-made papers." (N.B., from the web site of Princeton University.) This comprehensive and beautifully printed bibliography covers the work of the Press in detail for the years 1988, picking up where the prior bibliographies ended, through 2002, with a short check-list at the end of previous works. With a generous sampling of specimens in a portfolio which will delight both the mind and heart of any fan of the Bird & Bull Press.___DESCRIPTION: Quarter brown morocco and green cloth with a green morocco label stamped in gilt on the backstrip, fore- and tail-edges uncut, title page with printer's device in red, with numerous facsimiles and specimens tipped-in; composed in Dante types, Arches mouldmade paper, folio size (12.75" by 9.25"), [1-6] 7-99 [1 colophon] pp., limited edition, number 99 of 150 copies. Accompanied by a matching green cloth portfolio which houses the loose ephemera, both housed in a matching green cloth fall-down-back box which itself has a brown morocco label stamped in gilt on the spine.___CONDITION: Volume fine; the covers clean and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The matching porfolio and specimen pages also fine, the box near fine, strong and sturdy, clean and the cloth unrubbed/unfrayed; a bump to one corner, else fine.___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.