The first-ever catalog on the work of Philip Grushkin (1921-1998), one of the most important book and book jacket designers from the 1940s through the 1980s. Among the acclaimed titles he designed for were The History of Art by H.W. Janson; The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith; Surprised by Joy, by C.S. Lewis; Here is New York, by E.B. White; The Muses are Heard, by Truman Capote; and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, by Winston S. Churchill.
Featuring over 100 full-color images of Grushkin’s printed jackets — in addition to related comps, roughs, and mechanicals — as well as examples of his corporate letterhead and logo designs and personal work from his own CapGee Press. Also included are samples from Grushkin’s extensive collection of book jackets by his teacher, and later mentor, George Salter. Noted design historian Paul Shaw provides biographical information on Grushkin, background particulars on each design, and a history of book design during the period, together with a glossary of key terms and persons of interest. Shines a long-overdue spotlight on a significant contributor to the field of graphic design in the twentieth century.
Full color; 96 pages; wrappers: $25
Tara Geer, André Gregory, Rachel Cohen
This companion edition to Tara Geer’s first East Coast solo exhibition of drawings, Carrying Silence — held at our East Hampton gallery from August 3 through September 3, 2013 — is wonderfully augmented by new texts written specifically for the book by two celebrated writers: theater director André Gregory, and art critic and author Rachel Cohen.
For over a decade, drawing and its methodology have been both subject and object of Tara Geer’s artwork. She draws in pursuit of unmediated looking, to see the world and to question how we see it. She is interested in how drawing can mine the glossed over moments – the things we might not otherwise visually absorb. From observation, Tara explores life’s quiet details, the heft of an object, the spaces between close parts, the feel of a thing – externally informed but internally impelled.
In considering Geer’s work, Gregory — co-author and star of My Dinner with André — notes, “these mysterious meditations – elegant, disturbing, quite unlike anything else I have known. What are they? Where do they come from? Totally original, they are, for me, coded messages from the innermost, distant, topography of the psyche... her drawings, while inhabited by a ferocious knowledge of the way things are, are also amazingly calm. They have a dignified peace to them. They are the darkness and the light... her work reaches us from a place we don’t yet know, or can’t yet recognize.”
Cohen, author of the critically acclaimed A Chance Meeting and the forthcoming Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade, describes Geer’s process in intimate detail: “What she is drawing is not fruit in a bowl or a reclining nude but the folds in her backpack, the tar stains on the roof of her studio building, the lean of the city buses parked in the lot across from 133rd Street. Over and over until something about line, space, shade, resonance seems telling, and then that caught stroke over and over, inverted, stretched, combined with other elements, until it has its own rightness.”
250 copies, the entire edition:
200 in wrappers: $125
45 in cloth, numbered and signed by both authors and the artist: $450
5 in cloth, numbered and signed by both authors and the artist, accompanied by an original artwork in a specially designed slipcase: $3,500
To order, please call either 212-691-9100 or 631-324-5511, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bret Easton Ellis, Matthew Brannon
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce the release of our newest publication, Mr. Bret Easton Ellis / Mr. Matthew Brannon, printed as the companion catalog to the exhibition Matthew Brannon: Midlife Crisis Intermission, being presented at our East Hampton gallery from June 29-July 27, 2013.
This stunning collaboration with author Bret Easton Ellis—considered one of the defining voices of his generation—combines letterpress excerpts from two of Ellis’ seminal works, Less Than Zero and Lunar Park, with Brannon’s vibrant and witty full-color prints of liquor bottles, cassette tapes, and other 1980s emblems of disaffected youth. The resultant combination strikes an evocative chord between leisure and anesthesia, representation and association. Ellis’ texts also inspired three new letterpress pieces by Brannon that will be shown for the first time in the exhibition.
To order, please call either 212-691-9100 or 631-324-5511,
or email email@example.com.
250 numbered copies in wrappers:
150 signed by the artist: $175
90 signed by the author and the artist in an artist-designed slipcase: $500
10 accompanied by an original artwork: $3,750
Commentary by Ed White. Introduction by John Leland.
An important collection of 43 lengthy letters and 16 postcards written from Jack Kerouac to Ed White, the majority unpublished and composed prior to the 1957 publication of On the Road. White and Kerouac met in 1946 as undergraduates at Columbia University and White’s suggestion that Kerouac spontaneously “sketch” his ideas in a pocket notebook greatly impacted his friend’s narrative style – Kerouac would later confess to Neal Cassady, “It’s the only way to write.” These letters chart an important friendship from its Columbia days onward and document the writing and publication of Kerouac’s major novels.
93 pp.; 6 x 9 inches; pictorial wrappers. $25.
Margaret Atwood, Billy Sullivan
A limited edition book featuring bird drawings by Billy Sullivan and an essay by Margaret Atwood.
Artist Billy Sullivan lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, NY. He has exhibited extensively since the early 1970s, and is in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Sullivan has been documenting the avian activity in his wooded backyard from his East Hampton dining room table since 1990. In these drawings, Sullivan captures the social goings-on of East End birds in much the same way he has chronicled family and friends in his paintings.
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. An avid birder and respected conservationist, Atwood is co-honoary president -- with her partner Graeme Gibson -- of the Rare Bird Club within BirdLife International.
The entire edition, published in conjunction with the exhibition BILLY SULLIVAN: BIRD DRAWINGS, consists of 450 copies, 350 in wrappers, and 100 deluxe cloth-bound copies signed by both the writer and artist.
27 pp.; 9 x 6 inches
Deluxe edition of 100 cloth-bound copies, signed by artist and author, $275
An important collection documenting the life and work of Virginia Woolf, the woman who helped to bring literature -- and women -- from the Victorian age into the modern era. Beekman's collection spans Woolf's entire life, shining a light into her youth and adolescence, her familial and romantic relationships over time, her printing and publishing work at The Hogarth Press and, of course, her own writing.
Featuring original color photographs by David Levinthal.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Virginia Woolf: The Flight of Time, at The Forbes Gallery in New York City, from November 21, 2011 – January 14, 2012 and Woolf at the Beach in our East Hampton gallery July - August 2012.
134 pp.; 9 x 6 in., pictorial wrappers, $65
Deluxe limited edition, one of 25 copies, slipcased with a limited print numbered and signed by Levinthal. $2500
From the library of scholar Marcella Spann Booth, a collection of Ezra Pound books given to her by the author. As a graduate student, Booth was introduced to Pound while he was incarcerated at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C. She became his student and the books from her shelves are rich with his legacy.
red paper boards; in full color; gilt stamping.$15.
For a month in the summer of 2010 I lived in Shimla, in the old Viceregal Lodge. I had a suite of rooms, with a terrace that looked out onto the Himalayas. I was carrying a copy of Basho with me and somehow felt his lines would help me in my journey. Sometimes I would sit on the terrace and write, sometimes in the shadow of a pipal tree. Images came to me as I walked on the twisting paths. Other places are also evoked in this cycle of poems : Lodi Gardens in Delhi, where I used to live; Bryant Park, a place I love in New York City; Sendai in Japan which I could only imagine.
~ Meena Alexander, New York City, April 2012
Shimla includes "Lady Dufferin's Terrace," which appeared in The New Yorker in September, 2011. It is available as follows:
25 signed copies, letterpress, in patterened cloth, $125
125 signed copies, letterpress, in red handmade paper, sewn, $40
Books from the collection of Richard Frary
An important collection of twentieth-century Southern literature, including landmark publications from the Agrarian and Fugitive movements and notable association copies from key figures.
31pp.; green paper covers. $15
Features over 100 books, letters, photographs, and manuscripts by and about James Joyce and covering all corners of his life and work: books he presented to friends, volumes from his personal library, letters to his family, and archives from his publishers. Acquired mainly between 1998 and 2010, the items come from the collection of Alexander Neubauer. Featuring original color photographs by David Levinthal.
147 pp.; 7 x 10 in., cloth, $125.
Deluxe limited edition, one of 25 copies, with a numbered, signed Levinthal print. $2500.
The Letters of Jack Kerouac
A publication of 76 excerpted manuscripts and letters to and from Jack Kerouac, the majority of them unpublished. The book includes his selected correspondence with individuals such as Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. While this title "represent[s] only a fraction of the hundreds of letters and journal entries Kerouac wrote during his lifetime; nonethless, they contain the essence of what we need to know about him as a writer and as a man" (from the introduction by Joyce Johnson).
93pp.; 6"x9"; black paper wrappers.
Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, Abby Mann
A history of Miller’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe, told through the archive of material he devoted to working out that relationship after her death through writing and revising the autobiographical play After the Fall and then in adapting for the screen with Oscar-winning screenwriter Abby Mann. 2,000 copies.
19pp., one photographic illustration. 6” x 8½” Wrappers, $25
Both sides of this vital dialogue between Malcolm Lowry – dissolute, destitute, and laboriously writing Under the Volcano (1947) – and Conrad Aiken: his literary mentor, financial resource, an emotional security blanket, and friend.
37pp., three illustrations. 6” x 8½” Wrappers, $25
A listing over 400 books from the Trillings’ library; each book includes a specially made bookplate.
47pp., 8½” x 11” Wrappers, $25
Richard Howard trans.
Howard’s translation of Mallarmé’s poem. 125 signed copies, of which 25 have been specially bound.
9pp., 6¼” x 9½” Wrappers, $75; Cloth, $350
Carl Anthony, Jacqueline Kennedy
A history of Kennedy’s interaction with Carl Anthony’s typescript chapter devoted to her for First Ladies (Vol. II. NY: William Morrow, 1991). Kennedy’s copiously annotated copy in effect creates a third version of the text. 1,500 copies.
19pp., one photographic illustration.6” x 8½” Wrappers, $25