A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 2

{Ed. Note: This is part 2 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared.  See here for part 1.}

One wonderful aspect of the Shiff-era Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications is the focus  put on important works of writing and art done by African-Americans. Some stand-out examples previously reviewed on Books and Vines include Bookmarks in the Pages of Life by Zora Hurston and art by Betye SarrFor My People by Margaret Walker with art by Elizabeth CatlettLetter from Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. with art by Dr. Faith Ringgold, and the art of Jacob Lawrence in Hiroshima and Genesis. In this article, Books and Vines presents other fantastic African-American focused works done by the LEC:

Shiff’s attention in providing these wonderful writers and artists the finest of editions to showcase their talent has provided a lasting testament to the greatness of these artists and their works, helping cement their place in the Western Canon, and has exposed such works to an audience (lovers of fine press classics and LEC collectors) that probably had not often been exposed to such works, at least in their fine press collections.

{Ed. Note:  Readers should contact Jeanne Shiff at the Limited Editions Club at 212-737-7600 or 800-701-8870 to inquire about availability and pricing if interested. As of a few months back, I believe they had a few copies of remaining of each of these books.}

Pictures

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{Ed. Note:  Apologies for the somewhat poor quality of the pictures here, as well as the small number of them. I was at the tail end of my visit to LEC, had to snap these quickly without attention to lighting, and my ‘good’ camera was out of battery power! If and when I get to LEC again, I will focus on giving these works the time they deserve and will update the pictures.}

Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul by Maya Angelou. 2003.

  • Written by Maya Angelou, a first edition written especially for the Limited Editions Club
  • With six color etchings and an afterword by Dean Mitchell
  • Issued with a compact disc containing a new original recording by Wynton Marsalis, with Maya Angelou reading the poem
  • Peter Petengill made the plates and editioned Mitchell’s  prints at his Wingate Studios in New Hampshire
  • Hand-swen and bound in beige Japanese linen, with the same fabric covers the boxes for both the books, with their CD’s and for the portfolios
  • 23″ x 20″
  • Signed by Maya Angelou, Dean Mitchell and Wynton Marsalis
  • Limited to 400 copies
Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul, Limited Editions Club, Solander Box
Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul, Limited Editions Club, Frontispiece and Title Page
Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul, Limited Editions Club, Sample Text
Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul, Limited Editions Club, Sample Illustration #1 with Text
Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul, Limited Editions Club, Colophon

Down by the Riverside by Richard Wright. 2001.

  • With four etchings and an afterword by John Wilson
  • Etchings have been editioned at the Center Street Studio by James Stroud
  • Typesetting and letterpress printing by David Wolfe in Portland, Maine
  • Hand-made paper
  • Handbinding by Carol Joyce at her Academy Bindery
  • Text composed in Monotype Plantin and printed at Wolfe Editions
  • Binding is a deep blue linen echoing the blue of Wilson’s colored etchings
  • A blue fabric covered and lined box protects the book
  • 17″ x 13″
  • Limited to 300 copies
  • Signed by John Wilson
Down by the Riverside, Limited Editions Club, Solander Box
Down by the Riverside, Limited Editions Club, Book in Solander Box
Down by the Riverside, Limited Editions Club, Frontispiece and Title Page
Down by the Riverside, Limited Editions Club, Sample Illustration #1 and Text
Down by the Riverside, Limited Editions Club, Sample Illustration #2 and Text
Down by the Riverside, Limited Editions Club, Colophon

Poems of Leopold Sedar Senghor. 1996.

  • Leopold Sedar Senghor was the first Black member inducted into the French Academy and in 1960 was elected the first president of Senegal
  • Edition includes four poems in the original French and in an English translation
  • With five silkscreen prints by Lois Mailou Jones, one of America’s most celebrated African-American artists
  • Type hand-set in English Monotype Bodoni
  • Bound in purple linen with a black linen-covered box
  • Translation by John Reed and Clive Wake
  • 17 1/4″ x 22 1/4″
  • Signed by the Leopold Sedar Senghor and by Lois Mailou Jones
  • Limited to 300 copies
Poems of Leopold Sedar Senghor, Limited Editions Club, Front Cover
Poems of Leopold Sedar Senghor, Limited Editions Club, Frontispiece and Title Page
Poems of Leopold Sedar Senghor, Limited Editions Club, Sample Illustration #1 with Text
Poems of Leopold Sedar Senghor, Limited Editions Club, Colophon

Poems of the Caribbean by Derek Walcott. 1983.

  • Poems by 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Derek Walcott
  • Illustrated by Romare Beardon
  • Prints reproduced at Seaboard Lithograph Company of New York
  • Each edition contains one of eight original lithographs by Beardon (each limited to 250); The Blackburn Studio of New York printed the eight original lithographs by hand on Roves paper
  • Text set in 16 point Bembo, with two points of leading space, by Michael and Winifred Bixler
  • Printed at Anthoensen Press in Portland, Maine under the supervision of Harry Milliken
  • Eighty pound wove letterpress paper made at the Mohawk Mills in Cohoes, New Tork, in pure untoned white
  • Bound in 100% cotton cloth over heavy boards by Robert Burlen and Son on Hingham, Massachusetts
  • Binding material designed especially for this edition by Romare Beardon and was executed at Ratti d, Lake Como, Italy
  • Introduction by Joseph Brodsky
  • Signed on the colophon by Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden
  • Limited to 2000 copies
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Slipcase Spine
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Front Cover
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Frontispiece and Title Page
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Sample Text #1
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Sample Illustration #1
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Sample Text #2
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Sample Text #3
Poems of the Caribbean, Limited Editions Club, Sample Illustration #2 and Colophon

4 thoughts on “A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 2

  1. The only one I have is Poems of the Carribean. The loose litho I have is diferent from the one posted. I think different lithos weere sent out with the book as litho copies ran out.

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