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daverob
05-16-2017, 01:49 AM
Longtime lurker, ridiculously infrequent poster. Thought it was time to share parts of my collection. I like to include lots of photos from individual books, when it makes sense to do so, so apologies in advance if I overdo it from time to time. I'll keep the pic sizes on the smaller side.

First up is Chimera I from Centipede Press:

Slipcase:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4182/34686186485_4e976e8b34_n.jpg

Cover:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4182/34645845176_2b6e744770_n.jpg

Endpapers:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4193/34686185505_5eed73efba_n.jpg

Interior shots:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4171/34645843666_dbf7c28a3f_n.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4192/34645843236_51b1762615_n.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/34686184875_bf6dd30dd9_n.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/34645842196_b08c199ba2_n.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4189/34645840466_c723431f9e_n.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4187/34645838726_d0fd2a6723_n.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4190/34645837746_a993c58f4b_n.jpg

Martin
05-16-2017, 03:10 AM
Thanks for starting another collector's thread. Chimera is a beauty! By the way, there is no such thing as too many photo's of books so bring it on.

Sock Monkey
05-16-2017, 05:36 AM
Welcome to more active posting! I say bring on the pictures. What a great way to start your collection thread!

Theli
05-16-2017, 01:20 PM
Very nice looking edition! Thanks for sharing. Judging by the bookshelves in the background you'll have quite a few great books to share with us here!

Daninsky
05-16-2017, 02:48 PM
Off to a great start! I know much of what you have and your collection is one of the most impressive I am personally aware of, so it will be splendid to see some of these photos here. Thanks for sharing, Dave!

daverob
05-18-2017, 03:26 AM
Thank you for the warm welcome!

This one is Chimera II. The slipcase for this one is a standard Centipede slipcase, so I'll skip that pic.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4179/33916537313_999a37f08d.jpg

One of the interesting design points of this book is the paper choice. I think for text it's all Mohawk Superfine in a number of different colors and then the images are printed on heavier paper. There are a number of foldouts.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4159/34341494410_e6f467618c.jpg

Interior shots:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4158/34564129782_b7269998f8.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4188/34341492760_40a7d8d14d.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4173/34725791695_7c4589a6c7.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4173/33916535823_169d77683d.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4173/34725788765_815aa5d475.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4172/34725787395_1b95213396.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4164/33916534673_1a74fdcf12.jpg

Daninsky
05-18-2017, 05:10 AM
I am down to missing only seven Centipede Press books to complete my collection and OF COURSE you have to start out with two of them, you knave.

Seriously, though, these books look so fabulous. Thank you for sharing them. Looking greatly forward to seeing how this thread develops.

Theli
05-18-2017, 01:55 PM
I have to say I had little interest in acquiring the Chimera books. But after seeing these sumptuous photographs I am changing my mind. If only I could change my wallet.

RonClinton
05-18-2017, 02:28 PM
I have to say I had little interest in acquiring the Chimera books. But after seeing these sumptuous photographs I am changing my mind. If only I could change my wallet.

Agreed. I'd no idea they were this nice. Probably still not quite my thing, but I feel myself being swayed every time I look at those above photos. Vol. II looks particularly impressive.

Daninsky
05-18-2017, 03:56 PM
I have to say I had little interest in acquiring the Chimera books. But after seeing these sumptuous photographs I am changing my mind. If only I could change my wallet.

Wallet!? That would imply that you have a line on how to even find them. I have literally been looking for years. If I had to guess, I'd say that Dave has had both of these since they were published.

Theli
05-18-2017, 04:11 PM
Wallet!? That would imply that you have a line on how to even find them. I have literally been looking for years. If I had to guess, I'd say that Dave has had both of these since they were published.

That's a fair point. I do remember seeing one or the other showing up periodically on Abebooks a while back, but at the time I wasn't even considering it.

daverob
05-20-2017, 02:33 AM
If I had to guess, I'd say that Dave has had both of these since they were published.

Yes, that correct. I bought these both direct from Centipede when they were published. I've seen them come up for sale once or twice over the years, but they don't show up that often.

daverob
05-20-2017, 04:08 AM
I like to pick up ARCs from time to time. Here are a couple from Cemetery Dance:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4170/34341497970_5cef0b4e4e.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4182/34341497400_51c0e3d70d.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4163/34341496620_0a0c9f7e65.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4187/34341495570_e6f037c2d6.jpg

daverob
05-20-2017, 11:48 PM
Next up is The Colour Out of Space by HP Lovecraft from Amy Borezo at Shelter Bookworks. I really dig the design of this book. The papers for the covers are handmade, so each book is unique. Same look and feel, but slight differences. I met Amy Borezo at CODEX 2017 and she had a couple of other copies with her. While I really like mine, she had one there where the I liked the cover even more.

The material that the spine is made out of is a buffalo suede. This book also has a very unique design element that I haven't seen anywhere else, in which the spine "intrudes"on the pages. If I remember correctly, the publisher said in an interview that this was intended to reflect the invasive subject matter of Lovecraft's story.

This is a tougher book to photograph because of the colors and textures in some of the paper, so I had to open up the blackout curtains and get some momentary daylight assistance.

Traycase - closed
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4164/33942859944_388fb3cd4a.jpg

Tracycase - open
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4185/33942859624_f3642a150e.jpg

Cover
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4173/33942858564_40d314b1d8.jpg[/url]

Spine - close up
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4158/33942858004_732fb16fdc.jpg

One of the title pages - this is difficult for me to photograph due to the way the paper reflects the light
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4188/33942857514_775decf071.jpg

Text with one of the "intrusions" from the spine:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4274/33942861794_4a5b67c8b5.jpg

Detail on the design element:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4192/33942860974_3333951461.jpg

One more view from above:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4275/34622620562_5e761c1238.jpg

Some more art:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4195/34622621322_d701e3c7e7.jpg[/url]

Limitation page:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4173/33942860374_a9b3e19dbf.jpg

Theli
05-21-2017, 01:01 AM
That my friend is what book making as an art form is all about. Amazing!

Daninsky
05-23-2017, 05:54 AM
Truly an inspiring piece of craftsmanship.

daverob
05-27-2017, 11:20 PM
My wife was given her uncle's personalized 1974 Heritage Club edition of Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles". This one joined our collection this past week. Inside the book, we found the corresponding newsletter from the Heritage Club and invitation to someone's Halloween party.

Cover:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4276/34892920506_65b368cb26.jpg

Look what we found inside!
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4227/34769756982_2bc164d612.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4198/34546170060_d63878ecb9.jpg

Nice inscription from Bradbury:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4221/34892919996_83eb8ec8f7.jpg

Interior shots:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4269/34546169670_2fdb41fea7.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4271/34892919156_f03a468fc7.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4201/34892918896_328658e920.jpg

Yeah, I thumbed this one a bit:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/34546168440_c5f3f3c864.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4223/34892918456_8afd15e063.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4244/34892918026_eec0f6d59a.jpg

mhatchett
05-28-2017, 12:32 AM
Excellent and I Love the Halloween invitation!

bookworm 1
05-28-2017, 02:33 AM
My wife was given her uncle's personalized 1974 Heritage Club edition of Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles". This one joined our collection this past week. Inside the book, we found the corresponding newsletter from the Heritage Club and invitation to someone's Halloween party.

Cover:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4276/34892920506_65b368cb26.jpg

Look what we found inside!
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4227/34769756982_2bc164d612.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4198/34546170060_d63878ecb9.jpg

Nice inscription from Bradbury:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4221/34892919996_83eb8ec8f7.jpg

Interior shots:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4269/34546169670_2fdb41fea7.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4271/34892919156_f03a468fc7.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4201/34892918896_328658e920.jpg

Yeah, I thumbed this one a bit:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/34546168440_c5f3f3c864.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4223/34892918456_8afd15e063.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4244/34892918026_eec0f6d59a.jpg

This is so awesome and amazing. I am so jealous. Very nice.

daverob
05-29-2017, 03:30 AM
Thank you! I have to say that I haven't been a huge fan of the style of art used in the Bradbury book, mostly because so much work in this style uses color palettes that just aren't to my liking. But the work in this printing really pops. I was surprised how much I liked it.

Theli
05-29-2017, 02:35 PM
It really is quite the outstanding edition and quite the nice gift! I dig the art quite a bit. The Martian Chronicles was the first Bradbury I read many moons ago when I was in high school.

Brian861
05-29-2017, 02:48 PM
Very nice!

daverob
06-03-2017, 10:37 PM
Some pics from Centipede Press' Edgar Allan Poe The Man That Was Used Up.

Front cover, spine, and back cover

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4262/34929504961_94bfd52d6e.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/34929504701_42021a9517.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4240/34929504351_e8733e140f.jpg

Endpapers:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4209/34929500601_16e8f3c911.jpg

Interiors:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4288/34929504031_027945a13a.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4285/34929503721_3d3b00ac9c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4276/34929503411_c10d523f05.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4198/34929503061_ed6ac6c279.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4197/34929502661_21bcc8b8c5.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4278/34929502131_2e09c90a4f.jpg

daverob
06-03-2017, 10:42 PM
...and a few more pics:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4264/34929501841_db819d42a8.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4260/34929501611_c8cde7e81f.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4203/34929501331_2760c7db3e.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/34929501121_5cbd81a49a.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4277/34929500891_9ae9d4b77c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4269/34929500131_a2e091520e.jpg

This pic has a pinkish tint to it. The fault is mine. It's not the book...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4206/34929500691_a6b08bcff6.jpg

Martin
06-04-2017, 05:51 AM
Another fantastic edition from Centipede Press.

RonClinton
06-04-2017, 09:23 AM
Oh man, that's one I've been after for a long while. A big congrats (even as I seethe with jealousy ;-)). Those pics make it looks as good as I'd always imagined.

Theli
06-04-2017, 01:16 PM
Looks like an amazing book. Even better than the usual from CP. Great pics too!

daverob
09-24-2017, 10:47 PM
I like to compare how different designers/publishers approach the same work. Here's a look at two different editions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide. The edition on the left is from Hand & Eye Letterpress (who went small for their edition) and on the right is the Centipede Press edition (who went big). I admire them both for different reasons. The Hand & Eye has been on my list for quite, so I was quite happy to finally track one down.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4409/37081694362_f6040b799e_c.jpg

Hand & & Eye does not have a slipcase, while Centipede does:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4349/37081688652_390208f980_c.jpg

A text sample from Hand & Eye:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4397/37081697972_e55f77c025_c.jpg

The same text from Centipede:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4369/37081693812_0a49a18619_c.jpg

Hand & Eye endpapers:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/37081699852_47a6ea70f3_c.jpg

Centipede endpapers:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4397/37081690392_1be45d6953_c.jpg

Hand & Eye limitation and sig sheet:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4351/37081695892_f2b230ba85_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4403/37081695332_82511a251a_c.jpg

Centipede limitation/sig sheet

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4372/37081690682_c2431c392f_c.jpg

daverob
09-24-2017, 10:54 PM
Some of the artwork from Hand & Eye

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4452/37248719866_dd8c082df3_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4424/37438439475_e08140c535_c.jpg


and some from the Centipede edition:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4442/37081692532_22945304f1_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4338/37081691102_afcd57b329_c.jpg

Martin
09-25-2017, 04:32 AM
I like to compare how different designers/publishers approach the same work. Here's a look at two different editions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide. The edition on the left is from Hand & Eye Letterpress (who went small for their edition) and on the right is the Centipede Press edition (who went big). I admire them both for different reasons. The Hand & Eye has been on my list for quite, so I was quite happy to finally track one down.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4409/37081694362_f6040b799e_c.jpg

Hand & & Eye does not have a slipcase, while Centipede does:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4349/37081688652_390208f980_c.jpg

A text sample from Hand & Eye:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4397/37081697972_e55f77c025_c.jpg

The same text from Centipede:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4369/37081693812_0a49a18619_c.jpg

Hand & Eye endpapers:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/37081699852_47a6ea70f3_c.jpg

Centipede endpapers:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4397/37081690392_1be45d6953_c.jpg

Hand & Eye limitation and sig sheet:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4351/37081695892_f2b230ba85_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4403/37081695332_82511a251a_c.jpg

Centipede limitation/sig sheet

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4372/37081690682_c2431c392f_c.jpg

Those are both fantastic editions. Love the comparative views.

Brian861
09-25-2017, 05:39 AM
Very nice!

RonClinton
09-25-2017, 05:43 AM
That comparative visual analysis was great, really enjoyed it -- thanks for posting it! I definitely prefer the Centipede edition but do see the appeal of the other.

Theli
09-25-2017, 07:39 PM
Thanks for the comparative pictures. It's hard to pick a prefered edition. Both look fantastic. I love the paper and font in the Hand and Eye edition, the limitation sheet is very sharp and clean too. The CP edition is really grandiose though, much nicer endpapers too. Both have stunning art.

daverob
09-29-2017, 01:28 AM
Thank you Brian, Ron, and Theli for the kind words. The Centipede edition wins hands down in terms of content and completeness, but I really do love the Hand & Eye. The choice of paper in the Hand & Eye is exquisite and the artwork is lovely. I wish I had a better way of conveying more about the paper in photos.

Daninsky
09-29-2017, 05:18 AM
Dave, any idea who that third signature is from on the CP limitation page? My Limited has it, as well, but according to the page it's only supposed to have two, Moser and McGrath. Gogos only signed the deluxe, not the Limited. And that third sig (at the bottom) doesn't look like any of the above three anyhow. Any idea or is it another Centipede Mystery Special?

daverob
09-29-2017, 01:22 PM
Dave, any idea who that third signature is from on the CP limitation page? My Limited has it, as well, but according to the page it's only supposed to have two, Moser and McGrath. Gogos only signed the deluxe, not the Limited. And that third sig (at the bottom) doesn't look like any of the above three anyhow. Any idea or is it another Centipede Mystery Special?

You know, it never even occurred to me who that might be. Let me see if I can figure this out.

daverob
09-30-2017, 02:23 PM
Dave, any idea who that third signature is from on the CP limitation page? My Limited has it, as well, but according to the page it's only supposed to have two, Moser and McGrath. Gogos only signed the deluxe, not the Limited. And that third sig (at the bottom) doesn't look like any of the above three anyhow. Any idea or is it another Centipede Mystery Special?

Confirmed that the third sig is from Aeron Alrey, who did some black and white art in the book.

daverob
01-20-2018, 08:43 PM
In response to the "Your Holy Grail" thread, I am posting a lot of pics of one of mine. This is the ICHTHYIC edition of Lovecraft's Shadow Over Innsmouth from Heavenly Monkey (number X of XXV). As one person on this forum can probably attest, my initial reaction to this book was a bit hesitant. But I have grown to appreciate its many charms and its one of my favorites in my collection.

Its structure and casing are different from any book I have owned before or since. The casing is made of of a parchment paper. The printing on the cover and spine are underneath the outer layers of the casing, but somehow a part of it all. The quality of paper and printing on the inside are exquisite.

The book is slipcased in two paper cases, the outermost being purple with no printing on it, leaving the spine and fore-edge of the black inner case exposed. The black inner case has printing on the spine and the cover image of the book on the front.

I finally have a camera that can reasonably capture some of the details of this book. It's not an easy book to photograph. Hope you find this interesting:

In the slipcases:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4765/39092922304_9af32849ab_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4718/28024552899_545e53ac8b_c.jpg

Outer case removed, inner case still on:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4748/39092920914_931960bb3f_c.jpg



Spine and front of the actual book, after the cases have been removed:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/24932621627_3dff1a83fd_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4659/39771317142_1410f3bd8f_c.jpg


Some shots of the paper. I'm a sucker for interesting paper choices:


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4740/39771315922_3b463d96cb_c.jpg


Finally, some interior shots:


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/25930524658_204c9dd392_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/25930523538_783d32192a_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4742/25930523998_08206dfed4_c.jpg


Close up of the colophon:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4740/39803053361_8c7f46b7a0_c.jpg

Martin
01-20-2018, 10:40 PM
In response to the "Your Holy Grail" thread, I am posting a lot of pics of one of mine. This is the ICHTHYIC edition of Lovecraft's Shadow Over Innsmouth from Heavenly Monkey (number X of XXV). As one person on this forum can probably attest, my initial reaction to this book was a bit hesitant. But I have grown to appreciate its many charms and its one of my favorites in my collection.

Its structure and casing are different from any book I have owned before or since. The casing is made of of a parchment paper. The printing on the cover and spine are underneath the outer layers of the casing, but somehow a part of it all. The quality of paper and printing on the inside are exquisite.

The book is slipcased in two paper cases, the outermost being purple with no printing on it, leaving the spine and fore-edge of the black inner case exposed. The black inner case has printing on the spine and the cover image of the book on the front.

I finally have a camera that can reasonably capture some of the details of this book. It's not an easy book to photograph. Hope you find this interesting:

In the slipcases:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4765/39092922304_9af32849ab_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4718/28024552899_545e53ac8b_c.jpg

Outer case removed, inner case still on:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4748/39092920914_931960bb3f_c.jpg



Spine and front of the actual book, after the cases have been removed:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/24932621627_3dff1a83fd_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4659/39771317142_1410f3bd8f_c.jpg


Some shots of the paper. I'm a sucker for interesting paper choices:


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4740/39771315922_3b463d96cb_c.jpg


Finally, some interior shots:


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/25930524658_204c9dd392_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/25930523538_783d32192a_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4742/25930523998_08206dfed4_c.jpg


Close up of the colophon:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4740/39803053361_8c7f46b7a0_c.jpg

That book looks amazing!

Sock Monkey
01-21-2018, 12:14 AM
What an interesting edition! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

daverob
01-21-2018, 12:44 AM
Thank you both!

RonClinton
01-21-2018, 03:55 AM
Thatís really something ó amazing to see what a piece of art a book can become in the right hands.

Daninsky
01-21-2018, 06:13 AM
Stunning photos. I'm thrilled to hear that it grew on you! But if your wife starts complaining about your walleyed stare or malodorous abyssal reek, you'd better get rid of the cursed thing! I'll volunteer myself to jump on the grenade and take it off of your hands before harm is done. I'm a good friend like that.

mhatchett
01-21-2018, 11:02 AM
Very neat!

Brian861
01-21-2018, 03:06 PM
Cool looking book! Congrats!

daverob
01-21-2018, 07:20 PM
@Daninsky Hahahaha! She might think a walleyed stare an improvement!

@mhatchett, @Ron, and Brian861: Thank you very much!

daverob
02-10-2018, 10:04 PM
For those of you who might be interested, Heavenly Monkey updated their Book descriptions, so there is additional information into how the Lovecraft book is made. Quoting from their site:

"Ichthyic (25 copies, I-XXV, with the imprint Heavenly Monkey) printed on Nideggen, a laid sheet suitably tinted for the story's abyssal theme. These were hand-bound at the Heavenly Monkey studio: sewn on black vellum slips and laced into a traditional limp case made from a handmade abaca-based paper with the texture and look of vellum. The case is lined with a sheet of handmade cotton paper that has had a large linocut printed on the front, the title on the spine, and our press device on the back. These can be seen through the semi-transparent paper case, to greater or lesser degrees, depending on how it is held. This issue also includes proofs of the engravings printed from the original blocks on handmade gampi paper, interleaved through the text, with the colophon signed by Shinsuke Minegishi. Seven of these copies (two hors commerce) had the proofs hand colored by the artist; these were sewn on purple vellum slips. With a black paper slipcase on which the title and lincout have been printed in black."