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Mr. and Mrs. Potato, D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.
1 D'Ambrosio, Joseph J. Mr. and Mrs. Potato
2003 Limited First Edition Quarter Morocco, with Linen linters-formed Mashed  Like New 
One of 50 copies of this artist's book. 13 pp. No copyright claimed, with it expressly stated that the story was lifted from the Internet! The delightful short short story revolves around the upbringing of Mr. and Mrs. Potatos daughter, Yam, and the punchline turns on a pun! An inimitable miniature book, in pristine condition. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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The Small Garden of Gloria Stuart, D'Ambrosio, Joseph J.
2 D'Ambrosio, Joseph J. The Small Garden of Gloria Stuart
1986 Limited First Edition With Box Like New 
No. 49 of 50 copies of this artist's book inspired by the movie star Gloria Stuart (1910 -2010). Ms. Stuart was a leading lady in the 1930s and early 1940s, best known then for her roles in "The Invisible Man", and many decades later, after a long retirement from the movies, for her role in "Titanic" in 1997. Ms. Stuart, though, was far from idle during her many years away from acting, and her multifarious productivity away from the camera are every bit as fascinating as her Hollywood career. Besides being a political activist sympathetic to liberal causes throughout her life, Ms. Stuart was active in the decorative arts as a designer and business owner, and she enjoyed considerable success as a primitivist painter as well. Most pertinent to this book, Ms. Stuart became both an ardent gardener and an artisan printer, producing artist's book in which she did virtually everything, including the writing, the designing and the printing. While this book was written and produced by Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, a celebrated California book artist, it is a celebration and homage to Ms. Stuart's achievements, and some of the elements in the book such as the overlay of foliage imagery are a nod to Ms. Stuart's own work. This D'Ambrosio creation impresses with many other clever effects such as its intricate paper cuts of the preliminary pages to conjure up a three dimensional illusion of forest and trees, with the foreground a caryatid of two tree trunks shaped like women's bodies. D'Ambrosio has bestowed on us an object of revelatory beauty, and while the aesthetic is unabashedly modernist, the spirit is traditional artistry and artisanship at its best. The book, which is modest in size, a little over 6 inches tall, is in mint condition, and it is protected with a cloth box that contains a felt repository or well in which the book resides. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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3 Ragnand, Tintrim Hu÷nn Four whimsical vertical leporellos housed in a Shimmelpenninck Cigarette Tin
1982 Limited Edition Tin Box Near Fine 
No. 1 or 2 of 50 limitation. Closed, 8 by 6 cm. When open, with nine pictorial panels, 54 by 8 cm. The playful panoramas are a daisy chain of free flowing imagery. So one, when closed, showing webbed feet at the bottom and a giraffe neck and head on the top, has the a goose head on the top, webbed feet on the bottom, and in between, as if a single object, a knotted tube with penis tips, a salamander, a gecko or other such reptile, human acrobats, human hands, etc. The potpourri of imagery, or its cumulative effect, is a challenge to capture in words. The others are loosely plant-life related, beverage-related, and acrobat themed. While there were apparently 50 copies issued, we have been able to locate no other copies of this, and as far as we can tell, there was no title. We have to assume the group is complete. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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4 van Egten, Henriette ST . . . . . . . UTTERED
Amsterdam Boekie Woekie 1983 Limited Second Edition NA Very Good 
No. 16 of 50 limitation. 50 hand-colored cards depicting word beginning with "St" in English, such as "Stray", "Still", "Start", "Stitch", "Straw", etc. The playful cards are illustrating either the word formed out of the letters following the "st", the word formed with "st", or both words at once. An example of the last category is "Still", which shows an ill person still in bed. Van Egten was a founder of the Artist Book Collective. The cards are each 8 by 6.5 cm, and they come in a clear plastic box. The box opens stickily. There are a few stains on the two title cards. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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