Vamp and Tramp Bookseller, LLC logo Home New Arrivals Broadsides Fine Press & Artists' Books Resource Books Search Instagram Contact Us/Order/Inquiry

Lilliput Press ~New York
(Carol Schwartzott)

 

Share this page:

   
Carol Schwartzott: "A book for me is like a journey; along the way the road twists and turns, and sometimes I get lost, but my aim is to arrive at my destination and enjoy the trip along the way. Curiosity, investigation, observation, objects, words or images, intuition, connections and creative application accompany me on my journey. Processes are part of the reason I choose to make books. I love the processes involved in researching, writing, designing, drawing, painting, printing, constructing and binding. Very often, one idea will lead to another, ... My books are assemblages of thoughts, much like the collages I make, layering pieces of fact and fancy, bits of memory, objects mixed and matched, all added (and sometimes subtracted) to explore a theme. It becomes an adventure in searching for connections."
   

The Season Series
Miniature Books

 
   

The Garden
Life & Literature

By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Carol Schwartzott, 2021. Edition of 12.

7 x 7"; 6 sections, 54 pages. Printed Mohawk #100 Superfine Vellum text, with inserts of Mohawk translucent paper. Printed with a Canon Prisma Ink printer. All illustrations were first printed black, coated with Hannemuhle Permanent Archival fixative and then handpainted with water colors/gouache. Fine detail added with Caran D’Ache watercolor pencils. Eight large and eighteen smaller graphite drawings Text is Cochin with drop caps and headings of Cinzal Decorative. Endpapers are Thai Lokta, box linings are Italion, British Museum and Indian printed papers. Bound with a spacer of Japanese paper between each section. Cloth boards with illustrated paper title on cover. In the edition there are four of each color - celadon, twilight, and eggplant/navy. Laid in drop-lid case. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carol Schwartzott: "Gardens have always been my passion….I created and submitted ( for a grant) the original 'Gardens In Literature' in 1995. This was a larger version of my tiny Garden book( 1995)….Rejected, the grant book was filed away with other working models.

"Last year, after a long hiatus from Book Arts, I rediscovered my 'Gardens in Literature' and decided it would be fun to re-work the idea….It started with a series of new graphite drawings, many of the flowers and landscapes reminiscent of our property in Ithaca NY."

The text uses extracts from "Lure of the Garden" by Hildegarde Hawthorne, 1911. Schwartzott notes that "although the illustrations were poor quality the essence of her writing was captivating and brought forth many interesting ideas."

      … a garden if the work of man. It requires human care, human companionship, human love, ..
                            ~Hildegarde Hawthorne
$350
$75 miniature version

The Garden book
Click image for more
   
   

A Brief History of the Glove
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2020. Edition of 15.

Approximate 4” x 5”x 1”; 46 pages including free end pages. Flutter book construction. Printed on mohawk cover stock using pigmented inks. Illustrations hand-colored with pencils then scanned for printing. One page of sample materials used for gloves. Boards and slipcase are paste-paper. Illustrated papers on pastedowns. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carol Schwartzott: "'A Brief History of Gloves' is a project that I began about 15 years ago….I have always been fascinated by hands. This book began with my collection of family gloves, handed down to me along with other accessories….a pair of beautiful opera length kid gloves and a pair of lace and net, both worn by my mother as a young woman. It started a journey for me, purchasing several books on history and technique. I began taking notes, checking out museum collections, and searching out all the different types of gloves and their use.

"As usual, things get in the way and I place this project on the side while I deal with other books, selling property, building a new house, moving half a year to Florida, and divesting tons of my studio equipment as I no longer have a studio just for my work. This winter, bored in Florida, I began to work again on the gloves book….and just like that, Covid appears and everyone is 'gloving up' with sterile latex, and I say, Oh Boy…..how can that be? So I proceed with my text and begin to develop my usual thematic approach….history, style, geography, timeline….and another 'Brief History' appears. "A simple fold-out accordion, very much like others in my series, 24 pages, illustrations developed by drawing over photographic images, later hand-colored with pencil."
$125

A Brief History of the Glove book
Click image for more
   
   

A Brief History of the Kimono
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2019. Edition of 12.

4” x 4” x 1/2” with digitally printed and hand-colored Japanese prints. Japanese Chiyogami papers. Boxed in a fold-out paper case with plexi rod closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carol Schwartzott: "'Kimono' uses images from the golden years of Japanese prints….Lovely geisha and other images that provide the viewer with a very brief history of the Kimono. The book has sewn segments that pull-out in an accordion to provide access to each folded and stitched segment. Each segment provides a thought statement about the kimono and uses a different chiyogami pattern. The box itself resembles a triangular wing-like design that fold origami-like to cover and protect the little book. A plexiglass rod slides across the cover to hold the flaps together."

"A Brief History of the Kimono" is a return to Schwartzott' s interest in this form of Japanese clothing. The use of paper and design for this new work is just as compelling as her earlier more structural book "Kimono/kosode: a decorative study of the kimono".
$175

A Brief history of the Kimono book
Click image for more
Click here for the link to Instagram
   
   

Spix's Macaw
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2008. Edition of 7.

Assemblage housed in 8 x 10 x 4" painted wooden box. Materials include a used picture frame, paper cut-outs of Macaws, glass bottles containing an assortment of found and collected items including birdseed, parakeet feathers, nuts, dried moss, remaindered book, paint, thread, ribbon.

Carol Schwartzott: "A modern curiosity cabinet, I like to think of it as a contemporary 'time machine' that visualizes the environment and habits of Spix's Macaw, an endangered and extinct in the wild bird."

Techniques: Original maps and bird illustrations from the artist's personal collection of old books were scanned and printed on an Epson Photo 2000 using archival inks and paper. These scans were later hand-embellished using paint, colored pencils, graphite, and inks. Stencils are the artist's hand-cut original designs, printed using water based paints. Shelves and stops are constructed of archival foam core, covered first with japanese paper and recovered with a variety of printed and hand modified papers. The box houses two layers: above is the book [Spix's Macaw: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird by Toney Juniper (Atria Books, 2002)] and below the cabinet with contained ephemera and three-dimensional exhibit.

This work originally created for a fund-raising auction. "Faces in the Wild is an annual artist auction aimed at raising awareness and funds for wildlife protection. When I came across Spix's Macaw I immediately thought of presenting this endangered species within a cabinet, a technique that I began using early on in my career as a book artist and continue to enjoy. I frequently find small stashes of interesting materials and am also the recipient of many delightful hand-me-down gifts from friends and very often they seem to find a use in my art. So, the Spix's Macaw project soon housed not only the remaindered book I found on EBay, but a collection of molted feathers from a parakeet, nuts and seeds from some old pot-pouri, dried moss from last summer's flower arrangements, and any number of stencils and paper trimmings that I recycled from past projects."
$475 (Last 2 copies)

Spix's Macaw book
Click image for more
 

Carol Schwartzott: "The first miniature books I made were very small, one-of-a-kind pieces that I wish I still had.…They were very textural, with layers of gossamer papers, interesting images and sewing. A very good friend who was a gardener for the Shaw Festival Theatre in Canada saw them and suggested I come up with an idea for a little book about the Shaw grounds. After playing with ideas, pricing, packaging, etc. I came up with the format that I later used for … books. These were all offset printed (Edition 500) and the printer cut them down and scored them for easy folding. Each book had something handmade about it."
   

The Garden
Life & Literature

By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Carol Schwartzott, 2021. Edition of 20.

3" x 3"; 72 pages. Printed Mohawk #100 Superfine Vellum text, with inserts of Mohawk translucent paper. Printed with a Canon Prisma Ink printer. Illustrations scanned from original drawings. Slipcased. Signed and numbered by the artist.

This is a miniature version of the artist's book "The Garden".

Carol Schwartzott: "Gardens have always been my passion….I created and submitted ( for a grant) the original 'Gardens In Literature' in 1995. This was a larger version of my tiny Garden book( 1995)….Rejected, the grant book was filed away with other working models.

"Last year, after a long hiatus from Book Arts, I rediscovered my 'Gardens in Literature' and decided it would be fun to re-work the idea….It started with a series of new graphite drawings, many of the flowers and landscapes reminiscent of our property in Ithaca NY."

The text uses extracts from "Lure of the Garden" by Hildegarde Hawthorne, 1911. Schwartzott notes that "although the illustrations were poor quality the essence of her writing was captivating and brought forth many interesting ideas."

      The perfect garden should give something of tis fragrance and beauty to the world at large …
                                            ~ Hildegarde Hawthorne
$75

The Garden minituare book
Click image for more
   
   

ABC of Birds
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2020. Edition of 25.

2 x 3 x 1.5" miniature book, flutter construction; 30 pages not including free end pages and pastedowns. Digitally printed with pigmented inks. 26 Individual collages with text on reverse side. 28 pocket pages (collages plus title page and colophon) with inserts. Signed and numbered by the artist. In the edition of 25, 20 slipcased and 5 "Cabinet of Curiosity" format.

Carol Schwartzott: "This Abecedarium is a sweet little miniature book … Twenty of these are book cloth covered boards with printed label, boxed in a paste paper slipcase. The binding style comes from Hedi Kyle, a simple fold-out with pockets. Paper is transparent vellum, each pocket contains one collage, with a special saying about birds on back.

"The collages themselves were done as original art, each 4 x 6” centered on a larger sheet of Rives BFK. There are 26 of these. All are reduced to miniature format, and a graphic letter in an interesting font completes the image. Each of these little cards can be removed from the book.

"Five of these books are contained within a miniature 'Cabinet of Curiosity' housing with a glass front containing an additional collage with actual objects. Each Cabinet has a different artwork contained within. The boxed book slips into a fixed case that is behind the window …"
$250 Cabinet edition (Last Copy)
$150 slipcased edition

ABC of Birds book
Click image for more
   
   

Time is but the Stream
Text by Henry David Thoreau
Artwork and Design by Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2020. Edition of 6.

2” x 3” x 7/8” miniature; 18 pages with one fold out page. End pages and pastedowns of recycled map pages. Processed: Collage; letterpress; digital print with pigmented ink; sewing. Signed and numbered by the artist. Laid in drop-lid box with paper title on spine.

The text is an excerpt from Henry David Thoreau' "Walden" – " Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains … "

Carol Schwartzott: "Images are printed on Rives BFK, printed as a broadside for the Wayzgoose annual book fair in Grimsby Ontario. These left-overs were hand torn into 3” strips, and accordion folded. Images were machine sewn on and further embellished with ink, colored pencil, and other papers. Seven pages with additions of smaller added pages with the text."

This is a lovely miniature from Schwartzott and puts me in mind of her 2005 work "Beyond Ichthyology".
$125 (Last 2 copies)

Time is but the Stream book
Click image for more
   
   

Dancers
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2019. Edition of 10.

3.5” x 2”; 112 pages. Accordion structure. Digitally printed. Collage with hand-embellished color. Contained in altoid tin with marbled paper decorated interior and exterior and paper title on lid. Signed and numbered by the artist. Slipped in felt bag with ribbon drawstring closure.

Carol Schwartzott: "' Dancers' is … accordion fold-out that celebrates dance…..A series of ballerinas carefully cut out, like tiny paper dolls…..each shows us a particular style of dancer….Another fun project using marbled papers, and collage."
$150

Dancers book
Click image for more
Click here for the link to Instagram
   
   

Palmistry
The Language of the Hand

By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2019. Edition of 10.

3.5” x 2”; 10 leaves including front and back. Digitally printed. Hand-embellished hand illustrations. Contained in altoid tin with paper decorated interior and exterior and paper title on lid. Signed and numbered by the artist. Slipped in felt bag with ribbon drawstring closure.

Carol Schwartzott: "This original concept began with my collection of old altoid tins….I decided to create a tiny book that would fit inside. Nine pages, each attached to an accordion fold-out to produce a pull-out presentation. Text and old illustrations of hands, used for reading the 'nature' or personality are scanned, reduced and printed, hand-colored with inks and paint, and glued onto each page. A sort of 'steam-punk' funky little fun book."
$150

Palmistry book
Click image for more

Click here for the link to Instagram
   

The Season Series

Carol Schwartzott: "These were all offset printed (Edition 500) and the printer cut them down and scored them for easy folding. Each book had something handmade about it: The Garden has an embossed cover; April Rain was painted and had die-cut windows; Autumn had a hand-marbled cover; and Winter had a transparent cover and was printed in four colors. I called this group 'The Seasons.'"

   

 

Click each individual image for moreThe Season Series
The Series

The Garden book
The Garden

The Shades of Autumn book
The Shades of Autumn

A Winter Song book
A Winter Song


 

The Garden
With quotations by Gertrude Jekyll and Thomas Reinhardt.
Niagara Falls, NY: Lilliput Press, [1994]. Second Edition of 500.

2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold miniature book tied into paper wraps with ribbon. Printed offset. Original drawings by Schwartzott. Embossed cover. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott. Signed and numbered by the artist.

One in a series of four miniatures that the artist called "The Seasons." This one is the summer book. Even though printed offset, each book has something handmade about it — "The Garden" had embossed covers.

Flowers from the garden illustrated by Carol Schwartzott are presented in cut-out frame pages. The book begins with a quote from Gertrude Jekyll (Home and Garden, 1990) "The first purpose of a garden is to give happiness and repose of mind..."; it ends with a quote from Thomas Reinhardt, Landscape Architect, "A garden is a maze of experience that grows out of the past and builds on the present."
$25 (Last Copy)

 
 

The Shades of Autumn
Text by Lana LaForest
[Niagara Falls, NY]: Lilliput Press, [1994]. Edition of 500.

2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold book tied into hand-marbled paper wraps with ribbon. Printed offset. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott. Numbered and initialed by the artist.

One in a series of four miniatures that the artist referred to as "The Seasons." This is the fall volume. It contains illustrations with autumn hues and items associated with autumn foliage and harvest. It also includes a quotation from Lana LaForest on the first and last pages.
$25 (Last Copy)

 
 

A Winter Song
Poems by Eileen Mathias and F. Ann Elliott
Niagara Falls, NY: Lilliput Press, 1994. Edition of 500.

2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold book tied into paper wraps with ribbon. Printed offset. Cover wrappers are white vellum paper with ribbon tie. Title label on spine. Numbered. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott.

One in a series of four miniatures that the artist referred to as "The Seasons." This is the winter book. The illustrations are bookended with poetry. The first poem is by Eileen Mathias who wrote poetry for children. This poem is often found in children's poetry anthologies. The poem at the end of the book is by F. Ann Elliott. Carol Schwartzott has complimented the text by illustrating each letter of the title with winter remembrances.
$25 (Last Copy)

 

Liliput Press Out of Print Titles:

 
   

April Rain
By Robert Loveman
Niagara Falls, NY: Lilliput Press, 1994. Edition of 500.

2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold book tied into paper wraps with ribbon. Printed offset. Die-cut windows. Hand painted end pages as well as two spreads of flowers. Book design, binding, and illustration by Carol Schwartzott. Signed, numbered. and dated by the artist.

One in a series of four miniatures that the artist referred to as "The Seasons." This is the spring book. Even though printed offset each book had something handmade about it — "April Rain" was painted and has die-cut windows.

The accompanying text is a poem by Robert Loveman (1864-1923). UA Library blog: "During his years at The University of Alabama [Loveman] wrote his famous 'Rain Song' poem, inspired by the gardens surrounding the house. That poem later served as the inspiration for the famed Al Jolson song 'April Showers.'”
(SOLD/Out of Print)

April Rain book
Click image for more
   

The Blind Men and the Elephant
By John Godfrey Saxe
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Lilliput Press, [1994].
Letterpress edition of 100.

Letterpress edition: 1.5 x 1.5" accordion-fold flutter book. Bound cloth with patterned end-papers. Card slipcase with image of elephant on front. Laid in clear acrylic snap case. Book art, design, and hand-colored illustrations by Carol Schwartzott. Numbered and signed by the artist. These are artist proof copies.

American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based "The Blind Men and the Elephant" on a fable from India. He used it as a means to put forth a little of his own view of the world.

Carol Schwartzott: "I found some wonderful tiny boxes at Pier I. They were made in India and one had an Elephant on it, and the other a Camel. I bought all they had! I then proceeded to create a tiny book that would fit inside. I hand-printed (letterpress) and then hand-colored 100 of each of these, but only 25 or so were the 'specials' placed inside of those tiny boxes that I re-painted and gilded. I liked ' The Blind Men and The Elephant' so much that I actually printed another edition offset."
(SOLD
)

The Blind Men and the Elephant book
Letterpress Edition
Click image for more
   

The Blind Men and the Elephant
By John Godfrey Saxe
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Lilliput Press, [1994]. Offset edition of 500.

Offset Edition: 2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold flutter book. Printed offset with hand-colored illustrations. Bound in paper wraps with elephant illustration on front cover. In matching paper slipcase with paper title label on spine and elephant illustration on cover. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott. Signed and numbered by the artist.

American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based "The Blind Men and the Elephant" on a fable from India. He used it as a means to put forth a little of his own view of the world.

Carol Schwartzott: "I found some wonderful tiny boxes at Pier I. They were made in India and one had an Elephant on it, and the other a Camel. I bought all they had! I then proceeded to create a tiny book that would fit inside. I hand-printed (letterpress) and then hand-colored 100 of each of these, but only 25 or so were the 'specials' placed inside of those tiny boxes that I re-painted and gilded. I liked ' The Blind Men and The Elephant' so much that I actually printed another edition offset."
(SOLD/Out of Print)

The Blind Men and the Elephant book
Offset Edition
Click image for more

   

A Brief History of the Fan
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, NY: Lilliput Press, 2003. Edition of 30.

Fan with box dimensions 2.75 x 2.13 x 9". Miniature flutter book 2.4 x 1.75 x .6". Fan dimensions 7.5" high with 12" spread when opened. Fan constructed of rag matboard. Printed on Japanese Yohko, which has been dyed & waxed. Text printed on an Epson Photo 2000 with archival inks. Slipcase and bookboards covered with a combination of hand-dyed and Chiyogami papers. Includes bibliography. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Sixth in a series of Brief Histories by Carol Schwartzott. Both an object and a book. Hidden inside a tall slipcase, the fan emerges. When unfolded, the fan contains the rules of fan etiquette on its paper-fan pages. At the top of the slipcase is a tiny lid; within is a miniature book which describes with text and illustration a brief history.

Toronto Public Library, exhibition "Art Under Cover" 2008: "This expanding book is a literal re-creation of a fan, a subject that is well suited to the challenges of folding paper sculpture. It is accompanied by a miniature book that describes the history of the fan from 3200 B.C.E. to the present. It is one of a series of histories in miniature produced by noted book artist Carol Schwartzott."

Cerritos Public Library, "Art of the Book: The Book as Art": "This piece, designed and constructed by Carol Schwartzott, features a cylindrical box that contains a miniature book entitled, A Brief History of the Fan. The miniature book provides a definition of the fan, plus a detailed history of it from 3200 BCE to the 1900s vaudeville fan dance star Sally Rand. A short bibliography of primary sources on the fan is also included.

"The other end of the cylindrical box contains a stand, which holds the fan and several cardboard dividers describing different ways and symbolisms of holding and moving the fan."
(SOLD
)

A Brief History of the Fan book
Toronto Public Library archives

 

 

   

A Brief History of the Fan
By Carol Schwartzott
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2003. Edition of 30.

Miniature flutter book 2.4 x 1.75 x .6". Letterpress printed on Japanese Yohko paper. In slipcase. Includes bibliography. Signed and numbered by the artist.

A Brief History of the Fan was the sixth in a series of Brief Histories produced by Carol Schwartzott. It was a folding paper sculpture which included this miniature book describing the history of the fan from 3200 B.C.E. to the present. The paper structure edition of "A Brief History of the Fan" was 20 books. The miniature included as part of that structure was an edition of 30. Please note: this is only the miniature book.
(SOLD/Out of Print)

A Brief History of the Fan book
Click image for more
 

A Brief History of Knitting
By Carol Schwartzott
2006. Edition of 50.

4 x 4 x 2", 37 pages. Housed in drop-lid box. Color Laser printed on acid-free paper. Partial accordion-fold construction, with spine incorporating miniature knitting needles (in a piano hinge construction).

A revised edition of the original published in 1999. This newer version contains the same information, uses the same piano hinge construction and drop-lid box as the original, but employs more color. Tidbits of historical information are accompanied by twelve illustrations and three fiber samples of knitting and felt.
(SOLD)

A Brief History of Knitting book
Click image for more
   

The Envious Camel
By Beha-Ed-Din Zohein
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Lilliput Press, 1995. Edition of 80.

2 x 2.25" hexagonal miniature. Printed letterpress. Hand-colored illustrations. Bound in paper covered boards with hand colored floral illustration on front cover. Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist. In paper slipcase with matching floral illustration on cover. Paper title label on spine. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott.

This story is based on the Aesop Fable "Jupiter and the Camel." The camel wanted horns like a bull, but instead of horns its ears were cropped. The moral of the tale: Value what you have.
(SOLD)

The Envious Camel  book
Click image for more
   

The Nightingale
By Hans Christian Andersen
Niagara Falls, New York: Lilliput Press, [1996]. Edition of 100.

2 x 2.5"; 104 pages (97 numbered). Computer imaged. Printed on Bodleian moldmade and Japanese papers. Cochin Italic typeface. Pape-covered boards with label containing image of a bird. Decorated papers asendpapers. In matching paper-covered slipcase with paper spine label. Signed and numbered by the book artist, Carol Schwartzott.

A miniature-book version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Nightingale," a story about an emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. The story is presented identically in each book of the edition, but the papers for the binding and slipcase vary.
(SOLD/Out of Print)

The Nightingale  book
Click image for more
   

Haiku Poems: Two
By Carol Schwartzott
2004. Edition of 50.

5.5 x 5" in box. The book box is a small folio design, covered and lined in Japanese dyed papers with tie closure of a wooden dowel and waxed linen thread. Text and labels are printed letterpress in black and gold. Type used is Gill Sans and ITC Kendo. papers are a combination of Japanese chiyogami, hand dyed Japanese papers, Indian papers, and archival papers. Hand decorating techniques used include stencil, stamp, gocco-printing, and dyeing. An expandable accordion structure of nine folios is used. Each folio contains a decorative paper, paper slip and a set of haiku poems with crest. The book may be viewed by turning each folio as a page or by pulling to expand the format to view all nine folios at once.

Carol Schwartzott produced her first Haiku book of poetry in 1994, an edition of 50. This is a new book of Haiku, again in an edition of 50.
(SOLD)

Haiku Poems: Two book
Click image for more
   

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Translated by Edward FitzGerald
Freeville, New York: Lilliput Press, 2007. Edition of 25.

11 x 6.5"; 50 leaves. Text pages: Mohawk Via vellum. Printed on an Epson 2000P using archival pigmented inks. Illustration portfolios: Moab Entrada with original art, scanned and printed on an Epson 2000P. Overprinted with a linocut to produce opacity and pattern. Additional applications of paint, colored pencil, and graphite used to heighten color and detail. Finished with gold and silver leaf. Lasercuts: Glama natural clear vellum. Lasercut archways with repeat patterns printed on an etching press using polymer plates. Marbled dividers: hand-marbled on Kozuke Japanese paper. Cover: a laser book board painted and fauxed. Title label underneath with brightly colored background behind the floral window. Housed in 12 x 7.5” drop-lid box. Book boards and box bound in Japanese book cloth. Box liner: Ingres Rag paper, handprinted as a collagraph using the positive shapes from the archway of cover.

Artist's statement: "The Rubáiyát began as a thought ... How ... finding a beautiful little leatherbound version at a secondhand bookstore. As my collection of Rubáiyáts slowly expanded I toyed with the possibility of creating my own version....

"The book is divided into seven segments, each separated by a divider of hand-marbled Japanese paper. The first contains the title page and introduction and the last an artist's statement, bibliography and colophon. The remaining five are dedicated to the seventy-five quatrains of FitzGerald's first edition. Each contains a vellum window, reminiscent of a Persian archway that opens to reveal my version of a miniature painting."

Carol Schwartzott: "This edition of the Rubáiyát uses the 1st edition of FitzGerald's translations. Although it is not considered the best of the translations, it is the original. The completion of this book ends my journey of almost ten years. Interestingly, as I worked on its design and reason I really felt it become a more timely piece. For me the Rubáiyát encapsulates the beauty, intellect, and mysticism of the Persian world. How lovely to focus on what a culture brings to others instead of the brutality, fear, anger, and enormous sadness that the war in Iraq has conjured up and bestowed upon all of us. I wanted the book to be calm, serene, ethereal, peaceful, tranquil. I chose a quiet solution for the typography, the layers of the illustration portfolios peel away like veils, and little dots of color here and there, along with the gold and silver leaf represent the jeweled covers and illuminated miniatures of rare Persian books. Since marbling was an art invented and developed by the Persians, I used it for a segment divider. A simple binding and protective box completed the presentation."
(SOLD/Out of Print)

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám book
Click image for more

 

 

   

The Shaw Festival Garden
By Carol Schwartzott
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Lilliput Press, [1993]. [Edition of 500].

2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold flutter book. 24 unnumbered pages including paste downs, 8 of these (4 pairs of 2 pages each) have a rectangular cutout window that provides a frame for images made from artist's original drawings. Printed offset. Floral wraps with glitter accents and paper title label on spine. In matching paper slipcase. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carol Schwartzott: "The first miniature books I made were very small, one-of-a-kind pieces that I wish I still had ... They were very textural, with layers of gossamer papers, interesting images and sewing. A very good friend who was a gardener for the Shaw Festival Theatre in Canada saw them and suggested I come up with an idea for a little book about the Shaw grounds."

"The Shaw Festival Garden" miniature begins with a quote from Christopher Newton, Artistic Director, and ends with one from Ingrid Riedke, Head Gardener.
(SOLD/Out of Print)

The Shaw Festival Garden book
Click image for more

 

Page last update: 10.01.2021

 

   
                                                         
Home | About Us | Contact Us | New Arrivals | Fine Press & Artists' Books | Broadsides |Resource Books | Order/Inquiry

                                                          Copyright © 2021 Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC. All rights reserved.