MERMAID
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This story comes from the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest for whom storytelling is the primary way of transmitting their history, religious beliefs and myths. In the story a young girl comes to the beach in despair and find a beautiful sleeping mermaid. Upon awakening, the mermaid shows the young girl her compassion and how they are inextricably connected.

Mermaid has been made as a limited edition of eight copies during the spring of 2016. Sets of three wooden boxes each measuring 6.5 x 6.5 x 3 have been painted and fitted with mirrors and transparent sheets with the text of the myth. Charles Hobson created three monotypes for each copy which have been reproduced as high-resolution digital prints. A small volume containing the three-panel presentation of the myth has been printed on Coronado ST paper and bound in boards covered with fabric, and each copy is housed in a fabric-covered box measuring 7 x 7 x 10 inches. The edition was designed by Charles Hobson who assembled it with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

Publication Price: $3,500




THE MAN IN BOGOTÁ
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Amy Hempel's elegant and spare short story offers an insight about how fragile and often unreliable are the judgments we make about events in our lives. The question at the end of the story opens the gaze to wider possibilities that may come with reflection and time.

"How do we know what happens to us isn’t good?"

The story is a proposal to resist certitude.The design of the book connects words, photocollages and paintings of the night sky into a series that is linked to the essential meaning of the story.

The Man in Bogotá has been made as a limited edition of forty copies in the summer and fall of 2015. Each copy has been signed in the colophon by the author, artist and designer. The book measues 11 x 8.75 x 1 inches. The box measures 9.75 x 12.25 x 1.5 inches.        

Publication Price $3,000




THE WOLF WHO ATE THE SKY
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The Wolf Who Ate the Sky, a story by Anna Isabel Rauh, and her mother, Mary Daniel Hobson has been designed and illustrated by Charles Hobson.

A very hungry wolf eats the sky, plunging the whole world into darkness car, but a brave boy and a menagerie of animals are determined to bring back the light. The book includes an author's note on how the story was developed by mother and daughter and then illustrated by Anna's grandfather. You can hear Anna at 3 1/2 years old tell one version of this tale on YouTube.

This three-generation project has been published as a trade edition by Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2015.

Hardcover $16
32 pages. 10-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches.
Available at Heyday and at Amazon, or at your local bookstore.



MATISSE'S FISHING POLE
Matisse Remembers the River
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Matisse's Fishing Pole has been made as a limited edition of fourteen copies in the fall and winter of 2014. The French door binding allow half-views of three of Matisse's famous paintings of bathers which open to a 34-inch scroll  that  pictures bathers at Tresbas, a small village on the Tarn River. The book maybe reversed on its easel to show a painted monotype of a scene from the scroll. The text, imagining Matisse's relationship with the river and his bathers, has been written by Charles Hobson. The board covers on the book were made by John DeMerritt, Emeryville, California. The book structure was designed by Charles Hobson who assembled the edtion with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

The book in its box measures 17 x 12 x 3.5 inches. The scroll and the monotype are mounted on a stretched canvas that is 14 x 11 x 2 inches. The easel when assembled measures 17 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches.

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DIDEROT DECAPTIONED
A play on Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie
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The "Diderot Encyclopedia," fully entitled Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et dés Métiers, was a key work of the Enlightenment. It became famous and controversial because many of its articles reflected the attitudes of contributors such as Voltaire and Rousseau.

Diderot Decaptioned is a series of ten vovelles contained in a box covered with the image of the spines of the Diderot Encyclopédie which was published in Paris between 1750 and 1770. It was innovative in describing and depicting with 3000 engravings many mechanical processes that were to transform the world.

The book contains some of the more intriguing illustrations presented as vovelles and contains a short essay on the Encyclopédie and a folder containing the vovelles. It has been made as an edition of twelve copies in the winter of 2013-14. The book measures 13 x 9.5 x 1.5 inches and has been designed and assembled by Charles Hobson with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

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DEGAS IN ROME
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Degas in Rome is a fictional diary of Edgar Dégas covering  a week in Rome in 1857. Dégas was then only twenty-three years old and had traveled to Italy to immerse himself in its culture and artistic traditions. The diary contains imaginary entries and drawings by Charles Hobson in which a beautiful woman escorts Dégas to the City’s masterpieces and opens his eyes to the lessons they hold. As an old man Dégas said, speaking of his time in Rome, "It was the most extraordinary period of my life."

Dégas in Rome has been made as a limited edition of 34 copies in the last months of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Five independent signatures have been sewn into an 11 x 15" accordion of BFK Rives paper. Each signature has a page-edge design from an actual Dégas sketchbook. Original drawings in the style of Dégas have been made by Charles Hobson with pencil on stained or acrylic washed paper and reproduced as high resolution digital prints that have been accented with handwork in many instances. The maps used are from the Nolli Map of 1748 by Giambattista Nolli and would have been available to Dégas as he traveled about the City in 1857.

33 pages, plus 5 inserted cards. 12 x 8.5 x 2 inches.  
Publication Price: $2,100



QUARANTINE
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Eavan Boland’s moving poem is a stark and severe depiction of the deep relationship between a man and a woman that transends the traditions of love poetry. The imagery and design of the book have been inspired by the bleak winter landscape of snow and frozen trees and by the practice of grafting.

Quarantine has been made as a limited edition accordion book in an edition of forty-two copies in the spring and summer of 2011. The images are monotypes of bundled twigs that have been printed as high-resolution digital prints with additional pastel finishing. The text is 12 point Palatino and has been printed letterpress by JR Press, San Francisco, on BFK Rives. The box was cut on a Gunnar 3001 Cutter at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California and the covers have been editioned by John DeMerritt in Emeryville, California. The book design and images are by Charles Hobson who assembled the book and the boxes with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

A stop action animation about the making of Quarantine has been created as a video on Youtube. See the video.

18 pages. 9 x 6.5 x 2.25 inches. Publication Price: $2,100        




TREES
W. S. Merwin

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W. S. Merwin’s soft and contemplative poem conveys a sense of quiet awe as he looks into trees from a mysterious time and place. The poem was first published in 1977 shortly after he settled in Hawaii. He now lives on a former pineapple plantation in Haiku, Hawaii, where he has spent years restoring the property and raising endangered palm trees. The plantation has more than 700 palms that he planted, some of them very rare.

Trees has been made as a limited edition of thirty copies in the spring and summer of 2010. The images of palm trees have been made as monotypes that have been reproduced as high-resolution digital prints on transparent film. They are hinged between pages of Strathmore 2-ply museum board and acid free foamcore with architectural model trees. The windows in the foamcore were cut at Magnolia Editions,Oakland, CA. The text pages were printed letterpress at JR Press, San Francisco, and the title on the side of the box was foil-stamped by John DeMerritt, Emeryville, California. The typeface is Poppl-Laudatio. Charles Hobson made the monotypes and designed and assembled the edition with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

A stop action animation about the making of Trees has been created as a video on Youtube. See the video.

Limited Edition of 30 copies. 16 pages. 4-1/4 x 12 x 2 inches.
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THE MAGIC JACKET
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The Magic Jacket is a short story based on a concept developed by Sandra and Charles Hobson. In the story a young mother soothes the discomfort of her son who has had a bad day at school, or rather, a series of bad days at school. She tells him about a little girl who, many years before, was also having a bad time at school. In the tale the little girl learns a vital life lesson about self confidence from her encounter with a magic jacket--a jacket her grandfather got for her when he took her to her first big league baseball game.

The images are charcoal and pastel drawings by Charles Hobson and have been printed as high resolution digital prints on an Epson Stylus 2200 printer. The text has been printed in 10-point Ariel Narrow on Coronado SST cover paper. The accordion fold structure was designed by Charles Hobson, who did the binding with Alice Shaw in the fall of 2009.

6-1/2 x 4 3/4 x 1/2 inches. 12 pages. Limited edition of 60 copies. Publication Price: $225





RITUALS FOR LIFE MILESTONES

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For more than twenty years Sandra Hobson has traveled around the world encountering and engaging with indigenous cultures and shamanic traditions. Her travels have taken her to Nepal, Ecuador, Lapland and Tuva (in Siberia), to name a few of her destinations, as well as to Native American sites in the United States. From the travel and lessons learned in these cultures she has created rituals for contemporary life transitions and events.

Fifteen rituals are described in Rituals for Life Milestones which has been published in an edition of 500 copies in the fall of 2009.

Publication Price: $75. To order, click here.





ANCIENT MARINER
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Roger Angell, the distinguished senior editor at The New Yorker magazine, is best known outside the magazine for his writings about baseball. However, his memoir “Ancient Mariner” about sailing in Maine displays his ability to use language elegantly and precisely while conveying vivid images of his experiences of more than sixty years.

The essay by Roger Angell has been set in 18 pt Times New Roman, and was printed letterpress on BFK Rives by Les Ferriss in Healdsburg, California. The book is a large format accordion with the pages measuring 15 x 11 inches. It is bound in boards covered with reproductions of the charts used by Roger Angell and is contained in a slipcase covered in canvas to emulate sailcloth. The book is signed in the colophon by the author and the artist.

Edition of 39 copies. Publication Price: $2,500





EXPERIMENTS IN NAVIGATION
The Art of Charles Hobson

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Catalogue published by Stanford University in conjunction with the joint exhibitions at Green Library and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. Text by Charles Hobson. Preface by May Castleberry. Foreword by Roberto Trujillo. Stanford University Libraries, 2008.

64 pages, four-color throughout, die-cut soft cover, sewn binding. Publication price: $25





NELSON & EMMA
Aphrodite & Ares Contemplate Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton

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NELSON & EMMA has been made as a limited edition of thirty-five copies during the fall and winter of 2007-2008. The text has been written by Charles Hobson who also designed the edition. Concertina binding with sewn signatures, hand painted pages with digital prints on transparent sheets, lenticular photo, pop-up, and board cover, in net embossed slipcase.

41 pages. 10-1/2 x 11-1/2 x 1 inches. Publication Price: $2,750





red thread, two women
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red thread, two women,  2006, is a limited edition artists' book built around the collaborative poem by Paula Sager and Lizbeth Hamlin. Each book is constructed with two signatures sewn into an accordion structure incorporating hand-colored cotton and jute twine. The book is  bound in boards and housed in a fabric covered slip case made by John DeMerritt. Charles Hobson designed and assembled the book with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

The book measures 8 x 8.5 x 2.5 inches in its slipcase and extends, when fully opened, to six feet. 36 pages. Edition of 38 copies. Publication Price: $1,500





FIVE BEETS
Charles Hobson
Limited Edition Portfolio from red thread, two women 
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Five Beets is a portfolio of five hand-colored digital images from red thread two women in an edition of 20. Each image has been accented with pastel and has been printed on BFK Rives paper. The sets are numbered and signed by the artist and measure 12 x 8 inches and are contained in a grey presentation portfolio. Publication Price: $900

[Special Price if purchased with a copy of red thread, two women: $600]





R.O.W.
A consideration of the
Right of Way rules for sailboats
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R.O.W was made as a limited edition artists' book in 2006. The central image used in the book is a three foot square relief print which was created as part of a program at the San Francisco Center for the Book. It was originally printed in 2005 by a steamroller at Carolina and 16th Streets, San Francisco. Kay Bradner and Charles Hobson collaborated on the design of the print. Kay Bradner cut the linoleum block and printed the relief prints on Rives BFK 300 gm paper. Charles Hobson designed the book and assembled it with the assistance of Alice Shaw in an edition of 12 copies. It is covered in a transparent corrugated chemise which is closed with sailing line and a cleat.

R.O.W. measures 18 by 9 inches closed and extends, when opened fully, to a length to 7 1/2 feet. Edition of 12. Sold Out.




THE NEAR WOODS
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A BEAR came last night. It came down through the trees into the clearing around the house, most certainly in the bright moonlight.

-- from The Near Woods

In the year 2000 Barry Lopez wrote an essay, The Near Woods, which described the elusive and magical space between the wild, deep woods and the civilized space of humans. Jerry Reddan, a master letterpress printer and typographic designer, came upon the essay and published it in a small edition of 165 copies in paper covers through his Tangram Press in 2005. He also printed and left unbound an additional twenty-six copies to be made into a special edition.The special edition has been designed by Charles Hobson and has been published by Pacific Editions in the summer of 2006 and is signed by the author and the artist. 10 x 7 inches. Edition of twenty-six lettered copies signed by the author and the artist. Sold Out.





THE MAPPIST, 2005
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Barry Lopez's multi-layered short story has been made into a limited edition of forty-eight copies in the summer and fall of 2005 with images and design by Charles Hobson. Images of hands emulating gestures of a map maker at work have been reproduced as digital pigment prints on transparent film. Each book has been assembled using original USGS maps for the concertina binding and selected pages, and the cover has been wrapped with a reproduction of a 1911 map of Bogotá from the collection of the Library of Congress. Landscape images and the images pencils from Barry Lopez' writng desk have been created as monotypes with pastel and printed as digital pigment prints. The text has been printed letterpress by Les Ferriss on BFK Rives using a Garamond Narrow typeface. John DeMerritt made the slipcase and board covers with the assistance of Kris Langan. Edition of 48. 11 x 10 x 1.25 inches. Publication Price: $2,100




THE WRITER, 2004
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This two-part limited edition artist’s book with images and design by Charles Hobson has been inspired by Richard Wilbur’s warm and gentle poem conveying a parent’s respect and love for his child as she begins the voyage into adulthood. The two volumes are housed in a clamshell box with the larger volume containing the text of the poem set in 14-point courier and printed letterpress on BFK Rives paper. The smaller volume is a flip book, or rather a "flutter book," and contains selected words taken from the poem that reprise the poem with a new cadence. The edition in its box measures 12 x 12 x 1-1/4 inches. Edition of 54 copies. Out of Print.


THREE KISSES, 2004
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THREE KISSES is a handmade limited edition book that has been made from postcards, translucent envelopes, various papers and features the photographs of Robert Doisneau. Each envelope contains a photograph and a fictional story by Charles Hobson about the persons in the photographs. A pastel monotye by Charles Hobson has been reproduced as a digital pigment print with hand coloring. The book is bound as an accordion and has a corrugated board slipcase which measures 5 1/2 x 4 x 3/4 inches. Edition of 90 copies. Publication price: $275



POEMS FROM THE HEART, 2004
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POEM FROM THE HEART is a hand made artist's book picturing the heart sculpture by Charles Hobson which contains eighteen poems by children about love and the heart. Each book has been hand sewn into a painted cover and mounted in a folded corrugated folder. It contains digital pigment prints from an Epson 2200 printer which portray the printed books and poems used on the heart sculpture. Sales of the book, Poems from the Heart, benefit the San Francisco General Hospital through its "Hearts in San Francisco" project. The poems have been used with the kind permission of the poets which have been made available through the California Poets in the Schools. 24 Pages. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Publication Price: $25


ADAM & EVE, 2003
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EXTRACTS FROM THE DIARIES OF ADAM & EVE as translated by Mark Twain was made as a limited edition of 38 copies during the summer and fall of 2003. The images of a running man and woman created as pastel monotypes by Charles Hobson are printed as digital pigment prints and are based on the human motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge made in 1901. Additional versions of the Muybridge studies have been collaged onto each page and contain the handwriting of Mark Twain and Livy Clements from letters they exchanged in 1903. The concertina and French door structure with cut-out pages and collaged folded sheets has been designed by Charles Hobson and assembled with the assistance of Alice Shaw. John DeMerritt made the board covers and slipcase. 13 x 5-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches. 46 pages. Out of Print.


WHY I LOVE BOOKS
The Artworks of Charles Hobson, 2003
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A fifty-six page exhibition catalogue with an introduction by Barry Lopez covering more than fifteen years of the artist's books and related work. The catalogue contains 110 four-color images and has been printed in an edition of 2000 copies, 100 of which have been specially bound in hard cover with hand painted papers and include a limited edition pigment print signed by the artist. Catalogue $20. Limited Edition version $150.

Publication Price: $20





TAKING OFF EMILY DICKINSON'S CLOTHES, 2002
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This book is built around Billy Collins' extraordinary poem and has been produced as a limited edition of thirty copies. It employs buttons, ribbons, feathers and lace and a pastel monotype by Charles Hobson with a feather sewn to it. Accordion binding. 8 1/2 x 7 x 1 inches (closed). Seven pages with hidden definitions and fold out stanza from an Emily Dickinson poem. Out of Print.


ANOTACIONES, 2001
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ANOTACIONES is a one-paragraph fiction with sixteen footnotes by Barry Lopez. The footnotes have been printed on laser cut puzzle pieces, all contained in a cigar box with chemise. Assembling the puzzle organizes the footnotes in order to be read. Ink jet monotype, Color Xerox and offset litho. 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 2.5 inches (size varies from box to box.) Seven pages and a fold out version of assembled puzzle. Edition of 30. Out of Print.



SEEING STARS, 2001
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SEEING STARS uses die cut cards, a flashlight and a small story book to introduce children and adults to several prominent constellations. Greek stargazers in the 4th century BC gave the names of characters in the Andromeda myth to six constellations clustered together near the North Star. As a parent reads the myth a child can use the flashlight to shine the shape of each character's constellation on the ceiling, wall or table. Later, looking at a night sky, the constellations can be found by following instructions given in the book, conveying an understanding of how the stars have fascinated human beings and how accessible are their patterns. For ages 6 and up. $14.95 at your local bookstore; or order from Amazon.com or directly from Chronicle Books at 1-800-722-6657.



DANCING WITH AMELIA, 2000
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Six short fictions and twelve IRIS prints taken from six mixed media drawings of dancing couples by Charles Hobson. The cover is constructed of laser cut boards printed with cut-out images of contrasting clouds, and the book is protected by a cloth covered chemise. Edition of 38. Size: 6-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches closed (7 feet long when extended). 36 pages. Out of Print.



WRITING ON THE BODY, 1999
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Writings by Edgar Degas about how to draw the human figure accompanied by eight handcolored photogravure etchings by Charles Hobson. Limited edition modified accordion book in slipcase with typography by Jack Stauffacher. Edition of 45. Size:11-1/2 x 7-3/4 x 3/4 inches. 18 pages. Out of print.



HUMAN TOUCH, 1999

Seven reproduced drawings of hands by Charles Hobson printed on hand-painted Rives heavyweight paper. Imitation vellum overlays of words from such sources as Ecclesiastes, Buddha, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more. Stab binding. Edition of 30. Size: 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. Out of print.


ANDROMEDA IMAGINED, 1998

Limited edition concertina book by Charles Hobson with six monoprints over star atlas drawings from 1690, six IRIS prints from mixed media drawings, and six hand-punched constellations. Edition of 30. Size: 11 x 10-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. 32 pages. Out of Print.



FRESNEL'S TOWER, 1997
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Limited edition sculptural book by Charles Hobson with photogravure, stacking cylinders with hand-colored diagrams and laser prints. Fabric covered box. Edition of 38. Size: 5-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 6 inches. Out of Print.



SHIPWRECK STORIES, 1996
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Limited edition accordion book by Charles Hobson with seven photogravures, hand-colored charts, and mylar drawings. Edition of 28. Size: 10-1/4 x 8-3/4 x 1 inches. Out of Print.



MAGRITTE'S BUCKETS, 1995

Two pastel monotypes by Charles Hobson mounted in buckets made from board, copper, wire, brass tubing & bamboo, with small book describing relationship between Isaac Hawkins and Rene Magritte. Edition of 10. Size: 4 x 4 x 2-1/2 inches. Out of Print.



MAN RAY'S KISS, 1995

Pastel monotype by Charles Hobson and acccordion book of handwritten text on hand-painted BFK Rives, toghether with metronome and small book describing relationship between John Harrison and Man Ray. Edition of 4 variations. Size: 9 x 5 x 5 inches. Out of Print.



BRETON'S DREAM, 1995

Pastel monotype by Charles Hobson with text on mylar, mounted on black lacquer miniature ship, with small book describing relationship between Andre Breton and Admiral Sir Clowdishley Shovell. Edition of 4. Size: 16 x 12 x 5 inches. Out of Print.



CLOUDS & DREAMS, 1995

Stacking accordion book in black linen case with photographic reproductions of cloud images by Charles Hobson and portraits of Surrealists as Longitude Prize Seekers. One of three versions. Size: 10 x 8 x 2-1/2 inches. Out of Print.



PARISIAN ENCOUNTERS, 1994
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French door format book by Charles Hobson with monotype/pastel portraits of eight famous couples who met in Paris, includes maps and eccentric biographies. Chronicle Books trade edition. Size: 6 x 11 inches. Out of print, but available from the artist at $25. Signed copies available.

Publication Price: $25



IMPROMPTU, 1994

A collaborative poem by Tom Centolella and Kathy Evans with six images each by Kay Bradner and Charles Hobson. Photo-offset. 7-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches. Out of Print.



BALZAC'S COFFEE POT, 1994

Honoré de Balzac's wry comment on the importance of coffee, together with a reproduction of his handwritten sentence and a pastel monotype by Charles Hobson of his coffee pot. Accordion format. Edition of 5. Size: 8 x 8 inches. Out of print.



THE UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE, 1993

A new translation of the Honoré de Balzac story illustrated by six soft ground etchings with engraving and 6 photolithographs, all by Larry Thomas. Bound in quarter leather with chemise. Edition of 35. Size: 18 x 12-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Out of Print.



REASONS & SECRETS, 1993

Two volume accordion book with handwritten poems and collagraphs by the Squeak Carnwarth inked à la poupée and overprinted with lithographs. Co-published with Magnolia Editions. Edition of 30. Size: 11 x 9 x 1 inches. Out of Print.



DEGAS DANCING: Lessons & Fragments, 1991

A fragmentary biography of Edgar Degas with five portrait monotypes by Charles Hobson accompanied by the writing of Degas and of others marking key passages in his life. Easel Accordion. Edition of 10. Size: Size: 15-1/2 x 11-3/4 x 1 inches. Out of print.



VARIATION ON THE WORD "SLEEP", 1991

Margaret Atwood's poem, entitled "Variation on the Word Sleep," accompanied by an accordion monotype by Charles Hobson, boxed in a black, lacquered wood box. Edition of 20. Size: 7-1/4 x 5-1/8 x 1 inches. Out of Print.



LEONARDO KNOWS BASEBALL, 1990
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An accordion book juxtaposing excerpts from Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks on how to draw the human figure with five soft ground colored etchings of baseball figures by Charles Hobson.
Limited edition of 20. Size: 10 x 8 x 1/2 inches. Out of Print. Trade Edition published by Chronicle Books, 1991. $95.



FLAUBERT & LOUISE: Letters and Impressions, 1988

A portfolio of five monotypes by Charles Hobson accompanying the exchange of letters between Gustave Flaubert and Louise Colet in the 1840's. Co-published with Limestone Press. Edition of 18. Size: 15 x 12 x 3/4 inches. Out of print.



LEAVES OF THE TREE, 1988

Letterpress editon of Benedict Kiely's essay entitled "Leaves of the the Tree," with a photo engraving from an etching by Gordon Cook. Co-published with Grace Cathedral. Edition of 350. Size: 9 x 6-1/4 inches. $35.



QUARTET: Essays by Lewis Thomas, 1986

Four essays by Lewis Thomas, each illustrated by a color etching by Joseph Goldyne. Housed in a drop leaf box with an additional etching in a folder. Edition of 130. Size: 8-1/4 x 12 x 1-1/4 inches. Sold out.