Item #CNAP076b A Day in the Bleachers [book with extra print]. Arnold Hano, Andrew Hoyem, Mark Ulriksen, Foreword, Artist.

A Day in the Bleachers [book with extra print]

San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2006. Ulriksen, Mark. Hardcover. Book: large octavo, 11 by 7-1/2 inches, 172 pages plus fourteen sewn-in leaves of varying widths for the illustrations. The types are Cushing Old Style and Stationers Gothic Bold, printed by letterpress. The paper for the text is Zerkall Book Laid, a German mouldmade paper. The illustrations were printed by offset lithography on Lustro Dull paper. The running heads carry the page numbers and line score of the game, Indians on the left and Giants on the right, updating runs, hits, and errors as the game progresses. The endpapers show the complete box score. The books are hand-sewn with red linen thread (recalling baseball stitching) over linen tapes and bound in blue-grey cloth with an inset reproduction at smaller scale of Seventh-inning stretch on the front cover. The accompanying print of "The Catch" is at ninety-five percent of the size of the original painting, the image measuring 13-1/8 by 33-3/4 inches. It has been printed in continuous tone on an Epson 4000 inkjet printer on archival paper measuring 17 by 37-3/8 inches. All copies of the book are signed by the author and the artist. The edition of the print of "The Catch" is limited to forty copies for sale, numbered 1/40 through 40/40. All prints are titled, numbered, and signed by the artist. New. Item #CNAP076b

"A Day in the Bleachers" by Arnold Hano is a baseball book. It is about the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians, in which Willie Mays made his legendary over-the-shoulder catch deep in center field, known ever after as "The Catch". The Giants won in ten innings and went on to win four-straight games and thus the best-of-seven-games series.

Arnold Hano was a thirty-two year-old author and editor in September 1954, when he decided, on the night before the opening game, to try to get into the bleachers. His wife scoffed at his chances. Despite our knowing that Hano did get a ticket, the reader is held in suspense until he has found a seat. And, despite our knowing the results of the game and of its effect on the series, we are held in suspense as to its outcome until the final chapter.

"A Day in the Bleachers" was written with seeming ease in a few short weeks after the game and was published in 1955 by Thomas Y. Crowell. This is a baseball book, but more than that it is a marvelous piece of literature, worthy of a fine edition. The Arion Press offers an entirely new presentation of the book, honoring the words typographically, adding graphic devices (line and box scores) that document the course of the contest, and recreating key incidents of the "Day" in paintings by a leading artist of the present. Hano tells his own life story in a self-conducted interview. He has updated the afterword, where he tells us what has happened to the men on the field and how baseball has changed in the intervening fifty-plus years. The publisher Andrew Hoyem, a season ticket-holder at the San Francisco Giants stadium, has written the foreword.

For the Arion Press edition of "A Day in the Bleachers", Mark Ulriksen has created fourteen paintings in egg tempera on board illustrating incidents in the book. All but one were painted in shades of white to blue-grey to black, and that one is in full color. There are eight single pages, four double spreads, one triple spread, and one quadruple spread, which is the crescendo in color of "The Catch."

___POSTAGE: Please note that the print has been stored rolled and will be shipped thus. International customers, note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; 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.

Price: $3,500.00