FOLIO OF PRIVATE PRESSES; [thirty-six keepsakes by thirty-six presses]. Charles Antin.
FOLIO OF PRIVATE PRESSES; [thirty-six keepsakes by thirty-six presses].
FOLIO OF PRIVATE PRESSES; [thirty-six keepsakes by thirty-six presses].
FOLIO OF PRIVATE PRESSES; [thirty-six keepsakes by thirty-six presses].

FOLIO OF PRIVATE PRESSES; [thirty-six keepsakes by thirty-six presses].

[New York]: (Serendipity Press, 1978). First edition. One of 150 copies in slipcase per the publisher (copy of "Bookways" article in which the publisher states there were 150 copies included). The complete collection of 36 small pamphlets and broadsides printed as keepsakes by presses in the U.S., Canada and UK, at the request of Charles Antin of Serendipity Press who assembled them in 1978 in a slipcase with an insert explaining the project and, according to his "Foreword," donated them to libraries and institutions with graphic arts collections. The contents vary and the keepsakes are "rich in variety and eloquent in their expression of why individuals devote long hours to the joy of printing" (from Antin's "Foreword"). A number of the keepsakes are dated 1977, mention Antin, and are limited to 200; but limitations range anywhere from 150 to 300. Presses included are Bird & Bull, Cuckoo Hill, Cummington, Four Ducks, Grace Hoper, Peter Koch, Glad Hand, Nightowl, Oliphant, Sumac, Weatherbird, Whittington, et al. Keepsakes are each approximately 4.5 x 7" and range in length from a single leaf to 16 pages. Also includes publisher's 4-page insert explaining the project and listing the presses. Housed together in publisher's blue cloth slipcase with white label printed in black. Keepsakes and publisher’s insert are fine. Slipcase label not holding but otherwise fine with tips just slightly rubbed. OCLC records 50 copies in libraries. No other copies online and only one copy recorded at auction back in 1980. Scarce to rare on the open market.
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Price: $750.00

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