[Seattle:]: Holburne Press, . One of fifty copies designed and letterpress printed by Margery S. Hellman at the Holburne Press. Bonnie Thompson Norman, proprietor of Windowpane Press, assisted. The colophon also credits the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design for guidance on embroidery styles. Double-page title and colophon printed in black and rust red. With three double-page spreads, each with three levels: a base level of brown paper printed in white with biographical information on Bradstreet; a smaller white sheet stitched to the base layer and printed in rust red with sayings by Bradstreet; and two pop-up leaves cut from the second layer printed in black with the poem “An Author to Her Book.” The stitches are accurate to the embroidery of Bradstreet’s era. Printed on Canson Mi Teintes paper. A fine copy/. Quarter beige tweed over tan paper-covered boards with red title. 7 in. x 6 in.  pp. Item #16907
The present work is a tribute to the life and work of Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672), the first writer to be published in England’s North American colonies. She achieved acclaim both in England and the colonies and is considered one of the most important early writers of the colonial period.
Margery Saunders Hellman (1935 - 2012) was born in San Francisco of South African and Scottish parents. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography at Berkeley and studied at University College, London, as a Fulbright scholar. She and her husband moved to Seattle in 1967, where she began to create woodblock prints, paper collages, and handmade paper. In the mid-1990s, she began focusing on artist’s books and studied under Bonnie Thompson Norman.
Hellman established her own press, the Holburne Press, in 1995 with the goal to “combine unconventional book structures with printing classic texts so as to create a dimension beyond the words—an added visual language.” Her other projects have utilized the work of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and other poets.