[Easthampton, Massachusetts:]: Cheloniidae Press, 1986. One of two hundred copies (this copy unnumbered). Accordion format with elaborate blindstamped letters designed by Suzanne Moore. Printed by Harold P. McGrath on T.H. Saunders cold-pressed watercolor paper. Designed by Arthur Larson and James Robinson. Slight rubbing to front joint near head of spine, else a fine copy of this lovely collaborative production. Bound by Claudia Cohen in shimmery marbled paper made by Faith Harrison. Printed paper label on spine. In the brown paper chemise with blindstamped paper label. 3 in. x 5 in. Item #17064
Cheloniidae Press was founded in 1979 by Alan James Robinson and Joel Ginsburg. The original name of the outfit was ABCedary Press, and it was eventually renamed to the Press of the Sea Turtle after a lengthy run under the name Cheloniidae. The press garnered a reputation for maritime-themed books, though some of its best-known productions are An Odd Bestiary (1982), which compiles five hundred years of travelogue descriptions of creatures (some real and some imagined), and a beautiful, richly illustrated printing of Poe’s The Raven. Along with their collaborations with Claudia Cohen and Suzanne Moore, Cheloniidae Press also worked with preeminent book artists and printmakers like Leonard Baskin, Barry Moser, and Clare Leighton.