Posts Tagged ‘fine press’

Hollywood Star Turned Book Artist Celebrates her 100th Birthday!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

What to Humphrey Bogart, The Titanic, Christopher Isherwood, Robert Oppenheimer, the Marx Brothers, and printer Ward Ritchie have in common? The answer: they all played a role in the life of Hollywood star turned book artist Gloria Stuart, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday this July 4th. Two celebrations are planned:

On July 22nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences—the very Academy who nominated Gloria for best supporting actress for her role in James Cameron’s The Titanic—is throwing a party for Gloria. For more information, please contact the Academy at 310 247 3000 or via their online form.

The other celebration will take place at ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills on July 4th at 3:30 p.m. There, Gloria will greet the public and display her books, paintings, art furniture, and bonsai, the last of which is part of the permanent collection at the LA County Arboretum. All are welcome but you must RSVP to

For those who can’t make either party, don’t worry: the fall 2010 issue of Parenthesis (#19) will feature an illustrated profile of Gloria and her Imprenta Glorias press. Since all of Gloria’s books are published in extremely limited editions, this profile will offer a rare glimpse into the vivid artist’s books Gloria has produced over the past 28 years. Join the FPBA now to receive your subscription to Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association.

— Paul Razzell

The private-press spirit in a nutshell

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

“I decided simply to publish an edition, if for no other reason than that I would then have a copy myself.”

This quote, from Jason Dewinetz of Greenboathouse Press, really sums up the private-press spirit. The edition Jason is referring to is Felice Feliciano’s Alphabetum Romanum, “an instructional treatise on the correct rendering of Roman capital letters, written by Feliciano in 1463.” Jason is redrawing Feliciano’s letters from scratch, and will issue a new edition of the work in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. You can learn more about Jason’s work on the Alphabetum Romanum and other Greenboathouse Press projects on his blog.

Above: A page from the original 1463 manuscript (left), the 1960 Officina Bodoni edition (centre) and a working drawing for the Greenboathouse Press edition (right).

—Paul Razzell