[Sherman Oaks, California:]: Ninja Press, 1984. One of 275 copies in paper wrappers. Signed by Betty Andrews. Forty deluxe copies in linen were also produced. With two linocut bone designs printed in gray. Handset in Centaur and Arrighi and letterpress printed on Nideggen paper. Some foxing to front wrapper and first couple of leaves. A very good copy. With the prospectus laid in. Bound in paper wrappers handmade by Harry Reese of Turkey Press. 5 in. x 5 in. 18 pp. Item #17403
Close to the Bone was the first publication of Ninja Press. In Dispatches from the Lizard Brain: A Descriptive Bibliography of Ninja Press, Carolee Campbell writes of the project, “I was as inexperienced as I was self-assured. Three hundred and fifteen copies for a first book testifies to that.” Previously, Campbell had produced two small, unique books, Courting Sorrow and Homage, and two copies of a keepsake for Claire Van Vliet.
Campbell met Andy Blunt (a.k.a. Betty Andrews) during Campbell’s time as a student in the theater program at Los Angeles City College. The two maintained a decades-long friendship, and Campbell developed an “undying devotion” to Blunt. Andy Blunt was the first poet published under the Ninja Press imprint. The second Ninja Press book, Plowing the Wind, also features Blunt’s poems. Dispatches from the Lizard Brain: A Descriptive Bibliography of Ninja Press, A4.