Bolinas, California: Bolinas Museum, 2002. Hobson, Charles. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 56 of 100 special edition copies with original artwork, duodecimo size, 55 pp., signed by the artist. Fine. Item #CNJL629
Charles Hobson (b. 1943) is an artist and printmaker who constructs images for books and works on paper through monotype and printmaking; he has published more than forty contemporary artists’ books under the imprint of Pacific Editions since 1986. Often utilizing literary or historical themes, his work addresses such diverse topics as famous couples who met in Paris and Mark Twain’s imaginary diaries of Adam and Eve. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the New York Public Library; the Whitney Museum, New York; and the National Gallery, Washington, D.C. (n. b., info from SFAI website).
This volume describes Hobson's work in printmaking and book arts; it is a fascinating account in the artist's voice of his love for bookmaking and his development of the image and the book over his career. Included also is a piece of original artwork by Hobson, signed and numbered.
___DESCRIPTION: Paper covered boards with overall abstract watercolour design, small onlay tipped onto the front board within a recessed rectangle, black cloth spine with silver lettering, black endpapers, colour reproductions of Hobson's work throughout, the piece of original artwork in blue, black, and white slipped inside flaps on the rear pastedown, signed and numbered by the artist; duodecimo size (7.25" by 7.25"), pagination: [1-3] 4-50  52  54 , one of 100 copies of a special edition with original artwork, this number 56 (2000 copies total), signed by the artist both in the book and on the artwork.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. Original artwork is fine also, clean and bright with no creasing or wear. The entire presentation clean, crisp, as new.
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