THE TARANTELLA ROSE.

Santa Cruz, Calif: Peter and Donna Thomas, 1995. First edition. No. 14 of 75 copies SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHERS. (From a total edition of 82 copies as there were an additional seven copies lettered A-G and bound in morocco-backed boards with sculpted paper rose on the front cover by origami artist Chris Palmer.) A collection of six previously unpublished poems printed a year after his death. A 10" by 7" book letterpress printed on cream-colored handmade flax paper (by Peter) and bound by Donna in limp vellum with the printed pages hand-sewn onto dark rose-colored paper laces threaded into the cover, which was made by Peter from muslin rag. The sewing is left exposed on the spine. Illustrated with seven linoleum cuts by Donna, one of which, on the title page, is hand-colored. The titles, including those of the poems, were handset by the printers at Everson's Kingfisher Press using Weiss Titling, Series II. The book is housed in a custom clamshell portfolio box made by Book Lab, with covers of cream cloth, spine label and inner box of dark rose paper, edged in cloth of a darker rose shade. . Peter Thomas took a course in book making from William Everson in 1987. He then studied with Everson and eventually became his assistant until the poet's death in 1994. The book contains six poems Everson wrote in 1972-1974 for a proposed manuscript titled "Eros and Thantos." The poem "The Thing-Death," includes a remembrance of Jeffers' death. Included are two copies of the prospectus and correspondence between Mears and the Thomases. A scarce book, as new.
Item #55620

Price: $750.00