[An Odd Bestiary, Or a Compendium of Instructive and Entertaining Descriptions of Animals from Five Centuries of Travelers' Account, Natural histories, Zoologies, Etc by Authors Famous and Obscure, Arranged as an Abecedary] A Collection of Artist’s Working Drawings and Maquettes Eventually Published as An Odd Bestiary.

Easthampton: Cheloniidae Press, 1983.

Price: $7,500.00

About the item

Robinson, Alan James. Collection of 3 mock-up books in varying stages. Includes 41 pen and pencil drawings by Alan James Robinson and binder’s dummy signed David Bourbeau. 1 vols. Folio. MOCK-UP, 41 DRAWINGS, BINDER'S DUMMY. One mock-up in quarter red morocco over linen cloth, bound by Gray Parrot, gilt lettering on spine. Binder's dummy of full red morocco, blind-stamped and hand tooled by David Bourbeau. Unbound leaves contained in chemises. All in cloth clamshell box with inset paper label on spine with calligraphic title by Susanne Moore. Fine, with some minor discoloration to clamshell box.

Item #248133

Dummy is inscribed and signed by late David Bourbeau: “for Cheloniidae Press in appreciation for the tremendous boost you’ve given my career by giving me such great work to do David 11.26.82” and “this dummy was made without the benefit of seeing the finished layout or prints from the finished book. Thistle Bindery Easthampton. MA. 1982 DPB.” With his notes at the back "Thistle Bindery 2-17-82....the tube on this dummy is made of 'Gehenna Shakespeare ' paper which appears a bit heavy-go to a lighter weight hand-made..."

WITH the typescript, annotated, etc.

Bound mock-up contains title "The Odd Bestiary."

This collection provides unprecedented insight into the evolution of one of the most successful books of the Cheloniidae Press.