AN ODD BESTIARY
AN ODD BESTIARY Or a Compendium of Instructive and Entertaining Descriptions of Animals, Culled from Five Centuries of Travelers Account, Natural Histories, Zoologies, Etc. by Authors Famous and Obscure, Arranged as an Abecedary l983. Illustrated with 26 initial linecuts and 26 woodengravings by Alan James Robinson with text compiled and annotated by Laurie Block. The text is the first known description or an English translation of the first known description for each animal. An informative 13 page annotated bibliography follows the text. Bound in quarter red Moroccan goat over natural linen sides by Gray Parrot, printed on Rives lightweight.
34 x 24.5 cm l60 pp
Regular edition 200 copies $1250*
*A few are currently available.
Deluxe edition 50 copies OP ($675-$2500)
Bound as above, and includes an extra suite of the woodengravings and 26 linecuts with initial letters (A - Z) calligraphed by Betse Curtis; all in a quarter Moroccan goat drop back box.
Full leather edition 50 copies OP ($1000-$5000)
Bound in full red Moroccan goat with paste endpapers, blindstamped and hand tooled by David Bourbeau. Suite of 26 woodengravings and 26 initial line cuts with a calligraphed letter laid in chemise. The initial letters (A-Z) and a full alphabet on colophon page in the book have been calligraphed by Betse Curtis for this very special edition.
Very rarely comes up for resale.