“Artist books” are hard to define. There are artist books which are created as a work of art the way a painting, pushing the boundaries of what a book can do. There are others that are facsimile works such as the Henry Moore 1926 sketchbook published in 1976 by the Ganymede Press and Fischer Fine Art in a limited edition.
The Terry Frost portfolio of his eleven favourite Garcia Lorca poems are each accompanied by a lithograph, numbered, as is the book, in a limited edition. There is another book is “Terry Frost Works on Paper” by Mel Gooding with an original lithograph, published by the Belgrave Gallery.
There are whole portfolios such as Horace Brodzky’s 21 linocuts published in New York in 1920 by Edmont Arens, copies of the whole set can be found at the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, New York Public Library to mention but a few.
Another complete set of lithographs is Josef Herman’s Song of the Migrant Birds, each of the 52 plates – one for every week – signed in pencil in 1998 by the artist.
Epstein illustrated the Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire in a limited edition of 300 with 21 images reproduced by offset lithographs. We also have a French equivalent facsimile edition illustrated by Rodin. Also illustrated by Epstein is The Book of Affinity by his patron and friend Moshe Oved, also in limited edition.
Meninsky‘s Mother and Child book is another and very rare treasure published in the 1920s.
Jacob Steinhardt‘s woodcuts is another interesting art book as is Paul Renouard‘s Dreyfus case lithographs of the trials, in an edition of 150, (ours is no36) but sadly, ours is not complete.
Bomberg‘s Poems published by Gillian Jason Fine Art is a must for Bomberg fans.
Finally we would like to draw your attention to a living artist, Debbie Lee whose Book of Alice in an edition of six , one of them in the collection of the British Museum, is just delightful as is the dry point, numbered and signed, accompanying a catalogue of an exhibition of Anita Klein.