Monday, November 26, 2012

House by the Sea by Penny Bihler (1975)

House by the Sea
Penny Bihler
From Here Press
Paterson, NJ

35 pages staple-bound chapbook. Penny Bihler was the romantic interest of William J. Higginson. Together they were intimately involved with the operation of From Here Press and Old Plate Press in the Paterson, NJ area from the mid-1970s till as recently as 2007. The cover stock and font are quite recognizable. Penny Bihler also was published as Penny Harter. A unique slice of New Jersey poetics.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Open-Book: an Illustrated Essay by M. Kasper (2010)

Open-Book: an Illustrated Essay
M. Kasper
Ugly Duckling Presse
Brooklyn, NY

Straight from the website of Ugly Duckling Presse, "Open-Book, An Illustrated Essay, is an accordion-fold book of eleven five-line observations on an ancient form of interior d├ęcor, a sublime aspect of authority, known as marble revetment. The texts in Open-Book float on marble simulations made using the drawing and filtering functions of photo-manipulation software."

I would add that it has a generic cardboard cover with a special black paper wrap to hold it in place. Not everything that UDP does is a hit.

The Calvert Mansion Riverdale (1958)

The Calvert Mansion Riverdale
The Maryland National Capital
Park and Planning Commission
Prince George's County Regional Office
1958 - 3rd printing

Beautifully made historical chapbook. Images of the founding families and of the mansion of itself. 40 pages. Staple-bound. Image of mansion on front and back covers. Great supplemental resource material. Anyone with an interest in Maryland history should have this item!