Fairfax, California: Jungle Garden Press, 1990. First edition. One of twenty sets printed and packaged by Marie C. Dern. A second edition of fifty-five sets appeared in 1991. One card for each letter of the alphabet, plus title card and colophon. Each card printed on a Chandler & Price letterpress in Caslon with a large initial, a caption (e.g., A. Caslon A approached by airplanes), and text ornaments. Text in black with most ornaments in color. The paper is Strathmore cover Bristol. A fine copy. Enclosed in a green paper chemise (4 ” x 5 ”) with printed paper label. Caslon type piece attached to the chemise on a length of twine. Twenty-eight cards (5 ” x 4”). Item #17007
Marie C. Dern (1936 – 2020) started Jungle Garden Press in her basement in 1974. She went on to produce beautiful and innovative artist’s books like Stone Soup (1997), issued in a metal box with an actual stone; The Book of Mormon: An Account by Marie C. Dern (2004), created to mark the occasion of Dern’s excommunication from the Mormon church; and the elaborate fold-out production The Wreck of the Hesperus (2016). She also published beautiful editions of work by Emily Dickinson, Kay Ryan, Molly Fisk, and others.
Poulton, Luise. “In Memoriam,” (May 22, 2021). J. Willard Marriot Library blog.