An Odd Bestiary. Or a Compendium of Instructive and Entertaining Descriptions of Animals, culled from Five Centuries of Travelers' Accounts, Natural Histories, Zoologies, Etc. by Authors Famous and Obscure, Arranged as an Abcedary. Alan James Cheloniidae Press. Robinson.

An Odd Bestiary. Or a Compendium of Instructive and Entertaining Descriptions of Animals, culled from Five Centuries of Travelers' Accounts, Natural Histories, Zoologies, Etc. by Authors Famous and Obscure, Arranged as an Abcedary.

Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1982. One of six copies only, the Artist's Proof edition, from a total of 306 copies all on Rives lightweight: six artist's proof copies bound in full morocco with extra suites and original calligraphy plus alphabet hand-lettered in red around colophon, plus 62 artist's proofs, one original drawing of the giraffe, six sample pages, plus four first proofs of the Cheloniidae logo/title, the sea turtle, each plate signed and many inscribed, by the artist, in addition the colophon is signed by the artist, printer, binder, typesetter, and calligrapher. Page size: 13-1/2 inches x 9-3/4 inches. Bound by David Bourbeau: full red morocco with title blind stamped on smooth spine and Cheloniidae logo (sea turtle) and "ABC" in blind enclosed in a blind rule with another blind rule along outside edge on upper panel and "XYZ" and three blind rules on lower panel, pastepaper guards in brown/red. Suites housed in two matching morocco backed portfolios, all housed in morocco and cloth clamshell box. The text of this ABC was compiled by Laurie Block. Robinson has executed 26 initial linecuts and 26 woodengravings of animals, birds, (vampire bats to unicorns to quetzals). For the deluxe edition, calligrapher Betse Curtis has hand lettered the initial letter of each text page as well as the extra suite as well as the complete alphabet on the colophon. Printed by Harold McGrath, in Centaur and Arrighi, the text was set monotype by Mackenzie-Harris with some handsetting by Arthur Larson. Hippo, loris, dodo -- Alan's animals are better than zoo parade. This is an extraordinary book -- each page a delight. Item #4166

Price: $2,750.00