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    One of Only Four Artists' Proofs, with a Stunning Original Bronze Sea Turtle

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Alan James Robinson. Cheloniidae - Sea Turtles. [Easthampton, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1987.

    Artists' proof copy of the special deluxe edition, limited to four copies, this being number IV/IV, signed by Alan James Robinson. Accompanied by a statement signed by Robinson reading: "The edition of the deluxe Cheloniidae books was fifteen and four artists' proofs. The four artists' proofs differ having a bronze casting of the sea turtle mounted on the cover." The deluxe edition is bound by Daniel E. Kelm of the Wide Awake Garage in quarter leather over cloth, with a leather panel to the front board, and a cast bronze sculpture of a sea turtle mounted to the cover. With an extra suite of prints that has been water-colored and laid in a folder, all numbered IV/IV and signed by Robinson. Design by Alan James Robinson. With a portfolio containing seven etchings and two woodcuts produced by Alan James Robinson and printed by Greta Lintvedt at Cheloniidae. Type set by Mackenzie-Harris of San Francisco, with additional hand composition by Arthur Larson. Papers are Rives BFK and Japanese Moriki. Folio.

    Bound in quarter green morocco over taupe cloth, with a green morocco panel to the front board, and a cast bronze sculpture of a sea turtle mounted to the cover. Etchings printed on green paper, text on white. The extra suite of water-colored prints laid into a cloth portfolio, with a green morocco label to front. Also included is an original pencil diagram for the construction of the bronze turtle, signed by Robinson. All housed in a tray case by Peter Geraty and Linda Lembke. Fine.

    Each print depicts a single species of sea turtle: the Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Atlantic Ridley, Pacific Ridley, and Flatback Turtles. The text was excerpted from Johnson's Natural History by S. G. Goodrich, 1870. An exceptionally lovely example of book arts and fine printing, with a fine original bronze casting by Alan James Robinson.


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