Pré Nian Press ~ France
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Parenthesis 18 (Spring 2010_: "In 1978 Bracaval issued the first of what was to become a series of Cahiers running to number 7 in 1986 and printed on a hand press in editions ranging from 30 to 85 copies. In them a text, normally a poem, is presented in parallel with an abstract image reproduced by silkscreen. In 1982 the Cahiers were joined by, and eventually gave way to, inde­pendent volumes, created by an association — or collective — of poets and artists, all well known within the region. The emphasis on silkscreen continued, but was gradually replaced by woodcuts, linocuts and etchings, and more elaborate bindings."

   
Exhibition catalogues for Pre Nian Press  
   

The Cretan Goatherder
By Michael Andrews
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 2014. Edition of 60 + 15 author copies.

20 x 30 cm (7.9 x 11.8"); 40 pp. Handset in 16 pt. Vendome and printed letterpress. Silkscreens by Pindaros Michaeledes and Bertrand Bracaval. Each silkscreen signed by the artist. Text in English, French, and Greek. 5 booklets laid in a brown card folder with title in English on front cover. In tan board slipcase, by Jeanne Frère, with title in Greek and silkscreen design on each side. Signed and numbered by the poet.

A poem by Michael Andrews translated into Greek (by Ilias N. Pontikos) and French (by Julian Norcross), accompanied by four silkscreens. The poems are presented in five booklets, one including title page and a silkscreen, one for each of the 3 language versions (2 silkscreens in the Greek translation), and one including colophon and a silkscreen.

Pré Nian Press. "Michael Andrews is a Californian poet, photographer and publisher living in Los Angeles.

"Pindaros Michaeledes is a Cypriot artist, splitting time between London and Italy, who has exhibited in Korea, London, and Italy.

"Bertrand Bracaval is a painter, engraver, and has been the proprietor of Pré Nian Editions for 34 years."

We wake up in the morning by the river
That ties the mountain to the sea at Agios Nikolaos.
The old goatherder comes down every morning
To our camp on the beach.
He waters his sheep and goats
At the stream, and watches the morning sea.

$500


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Masques
By Paul Louis Rossi
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 2011. Edition of 35 + 10 author's copies.

9.75 x 11.75"; three sections of three folded sheets laid in white wrapper. Enclosed in gray paper covers. Window on front cover with blind stamped title showing through. Black full-page slip-in band. Laid in chip board box with title tipped on cover. Four black-and-white etchings by Bertrand Bracaval. Signed by the illustrator and poet.

A poem by Paul Louis Rossi, French critic and poet. Text in French accompanied by four etchings by Bracaval.
$650

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K. É. végakarata
Poem by Sándor Csoóri
Adaptation: André Doms et Anikó Fázsy
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 1999. Edition of 70.

21 x 21 cm (8.28 x 8.28 "); 6 leaves. Text in Hungarian and French. Woodcuts by Bracaval. In clear plexi case. Signed on the colophon by author and artist. Numbered.

Includes poem by Sándor Csoóri with four accompanying woodblock prints, including one on the book cover, by Bertrand Bracaval.

Csoóri is a Hungarian poet, essayist, writer, and politician.
$530


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Les Paupières De La Pensée
[The Eyelids of Thought]

By Werner Lambersy
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 1999. Edition of 45.

26 X 15 cm (10.2 x 5.9"); 24 unnumbered pages. Signatures loosely laid in stiff paper wrappers. Text in French. Illustrated with four silkscreens. Title and illustration blind stamped on front cover. Clear protective cover over wrappers. Numbered. Signed by the author and illustrator.

Poetry by Walter Lambersy with illustrations by Bertrand Bracaval.

Levure Litteraire: [translation] "Werner Lambersy from Belgium (Antwerp, 1941) lives and works in Paris since 1980. … An important poet in the francophone area. … His poetry, through more than 40 books, continues an uninterrupted meditation on transcendence in love and writing. "
$1,000


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Touchings
By Alistair Paterson
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 1998. Edition of 80 + 10 AC.

13.5 X 10 cm, (4 x 5"); 6 folded loose sheets. Text in English. Printed on Johannot paper. Illustrated with four silkscreens by Bracaval. Laid in four flap stiff folder with title and image on cover. Numbered. Signed by the author and illustrator.

Poetry by Alistair Paterson with illustrations by Bertrand Bracaval.

meeting contrasts ponder
ones not met
and meet on the relations of
another not yet touched

www.ukspirituality.org: "Based in Ayr and working all over the UK, Alistair Paterson is a published poet, creativity coach/trainer and creative writing tutor registered on the Scottish Book Trust’s Writers’ Register.."
$220


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Exhibition catalogues

   
Le Pavillon Davioud
Texts by Gérard Premel, Gilbert Desmée, Jacques de Longeville, Werner Lambersy, Reine Bud-Printems, Maria Desmée, Pierre-Yves Soucy, Hubert Orly
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 2013.

6 x 8.25"; 24 pages. Four black and white reproductions of Bracaval images. Printed on Arches paper. Text in French. Saddle stich (staple) binding with matching book cover.

Printed for the exhibition of Bracaval prints and Pré Nian editions at Davioud Pavilion Luxembourg Garden from August 14 to 25. At the exhibition opening several authors read poems for the occasion. These were published in this 24 page booklet.
$13

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Bracaval et les editions Le Pré Nian
Museé departemental Stéphane Mallarmé
Introduction by Vincent Eblé and Lionel Walker
Essay by Vincent Rousseau
[Brest]: [Centre d'art Passerelle], 2012.

8.25 x 9"; 53 pages. Perfect bound. Color illustrations. Includes bibliography of Bracaval. Illustrated paper wrappers.

Exhibition catalogue of work by Bertrand Bracaval and his press Le Pré Nian. Stéphane Mallarmé Museum celebrates Bracaval’s work in painting, silkscreen, and wood and metal engraving.
$20

 


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Le livre, l'objet, le sens
By Bertrand Bracaval
Nantes, France: Petit Vehicule, 2012.

6 x 8.4"; 139 pages. Stiff wrappers. Text in French. Japanese stab binding.

Bertrand Bracaval discusses the history of his press, Pré Nian Editions, as well as his inspiration behind all of his books.
$25

 


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Le rêve et la méthode Pré Nian trente années d'édition.

Foreword by Kenneth White
Rétaud, France: Pré Nian Press, 2008.

6.5 x 9"; 64 pages. Offset printing. 23 reproductions of press work. Errata slip laid-in. Perfect bound.

Exhibition catalogue for the 30th anniversary of Pré Nian Press. Foreword by Scottish poet and essayist Kenneth White. Includes poems and texts by several authors who collaborated with Bertrand Bracaval during the first 30 years of the press.

Lindsay Newman, review excerpt "Pré Nian Bertrand Bracaval, Le rêve et la méthode, Pré Nian: trente années d'édition Pré Nian, 2008": "In 1978 Bracaval issued the first of what was to become a series of Cahiers running to number 7 in 1986 and printed on a hand press in editions ranging from 30 to 85 copies. In them a text, normally a poem, is presented in parallel with an abstract image reproduced by silkscreen. In 1982 the Cahiers were joined by, and eventually gave way to, inde­pendent volumes, created by an association — or collective — of poets and artists, all well known within the region. The emphasis on silkscreen continued, but was gradually replaced by woodcuts, linocuts and etchings, and more elaborate bindings.

"The most widely-celebrated author in the field of geopoetics to join Pré Nian was the Scotsman Kenneth White, who published in French before writing in English and who contributes a foreword to this catalogue. White had grown up in Fairlie, a village on the west coast of Scotland, just south of Largs, and so felt at ease in Nantes. In addition, two of his poems are used as the title of the book under review. ...

"The modesty of this small catalogue of artists' books belies their longevity and range. It serves as an excellent reminder of the exhibitions or as a short history of the press for those who have not seen them. What we miss despite the cover, which evokes a fine drizzle, and the, generous number of reduced colour reproductions, are the tactile elements — the voluptuous feel of hand-made paper and the kiss of the type on it."

$13


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HISTOIRE DE LIVRES D'ARTISTES
Pré Nian: douze années d'activité
Introduction by Bertrand Bracaval
Nantes, France: Pré Nian , 1991.

4.5 x 7.75"; 32 pages. Stiff wraps.

Texts and images of Kenneth White, Olivier Cadiot, Raquel, François Jacqmin, Eugène Savitskaya, Paul Louis Rossi, Marie Etienne, Hermann Amann, Jacques de Longeville, Gilbert Desmée, Daniel Giraud, Gilles Cyr, Paul Chanel Malenfant.
$9

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A Geometry of the Abyss
Essay by Kenneth White
Glasgow / Nantes, France: Open Circle / Pré Nian Editions, 1990. Edition of 600 + 50 with an original silkscreen.

10.25 x 7.25"; 8 pages. Saddle stitch (staple) bound. Text: French and English. Black & white wrappers.

Catalogue for "A Geometry of the Abyss" presented by Open Circle Scotland LTD No 98685 5th May - 28th June 1990 Hillhead Library, 348, Byres road, Glasgow G12".

Introductory essay by Kenneth White: "In Bracaval's studio, at Nantes, I saw recently a series of large black and white canvases evocative all at once of a nothingness and a dawn, a stammering of sounds in the dark, a smattering of distant lights - and a great deal of silence ..."
$9

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