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    The Artist's Own Copy in a Special Edition

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Alan James Robinson. Cetacea, The Great Whales. [Easthampton, Massachusetts: Cheloniidae Press, n.d., 1981].

    Special artist's proof copy numbered "Special Edition #1" and signed by Alan James Robinson, David Bourbeau, Gray Parrot, and Harold McGrath. A portfolio of seven bleed etchings by Robinson depicting the major species of whales. Numerous blind-stamped line cuts and two wood engravings. Images and text printed on Arches Cover Buff. Type and wood engravings by H. McGrath at the Hampshire Typothetae, and the etchings by the artist at Cheloniidae Press. Loose oblong folio-sized sheets laid in. Unpaginated. Laid in is a one-page prospectus, signed by Alan James Robinson and Gray Parrot.

    Sheets laid in a full black Niger oasis goat folder sculpted in low relief with the head of a Right Whale by David Bourbeau at the Thistle Bindery. Folder is housed in a quarter leather Moroccan goat drop back box by E. Gray Parrot, II; short split at lower joint of box. Fine condition.

    In addition to the striking large format" bleed etchings" (images of the whales "bleed" off the edge of the paper), there is biological information and twelve two-color maps showing migration routes and breeding areas. Produced in conjunction with a grant from the Environmental Marine Arts Fund, which is part of the Center for Environmental Education and the Whale Protection Fund. A beautiful production.


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