Pie in the Sky Press ~ California
(Rebecca Chamlee)

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CBAA: " Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, graphic designer, printer, writer and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, hand-bound, limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Like the self-taught naturalists of the Victorian era, Rebecca’s recent work examines the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. She is inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature."
   
Stories by William Zane Chamlee  
   
at low water
an intertidal memoir

By Rebecca Chamlee
[Simi Valley, California]: Pie in the Sky Press, 2017. Edition of 60 + 5 lettered copies.

5 x 8"; 64 pages. 10 and 12 point Deepdene and the California Old Style figures were cast by M & H Typefounders, while the 14 and 36 point Deepdene italic were cast by Swamp Press. Photographs taken by a Nikon 7100 digital SLR equipped with a 60 mm macro lens and a polarizing filter mounted on a monopod. The specimen images, created using photopolymer plates made by Boxcar Press, habitat spreads, and handset type were letterpress printed on thick Awagami Kozo with Niyodo Kozo overlays using a Vandercook Universal III abp Press. Written, designed, printed, and bound by Rebecca Chamlee. Signed and numbered by Chamlee.

Standard edition (numbered 1-60): a drum leaf sewn-board style binding, gloved spine in Ginga backcloth, printed St-Armand Old Master paper covering the boards. Laid in a printed paper chemise. In slipcase of lightweight blue paper.

Deluxe edition (lettered A-E): housed in a custom clamshell box includes a suite of prints wrapped in a paper chemise, a shell, and a copy of the book "at low water" laid in box's center cavity.

Pie in the Press: "at low water was made fifty-odd years after the events documented by Rebecca Chamlee."

Rebecca Chamlee, Prospectus: "As a self-taught naturalist, my work examines the intersection of my artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. I am inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature.

"My new artist's book looks back to the beginnings of my passion for exploration and observation of native species to a time when I collected sea animals gathered at low tide to bring home and live in an aquarium in my girlhood bedroom.

"The main text recalls the story of filling the tank with mollusks, fish, crustaceans, echinoderms, and invertebrates—anything unlucky enough to be captured by my bare hands—and the life-and-death drama that took place among the captive inhabitants. A poem, told from the viewpoint of the child in the moment of discovery, runs through the book on translucent leaves that overlay closeup images of the intertidal habitat. Field notes contain data from the year spent in the tide pools of Southern California researching and collecting images for the fourteen detailed plates of marine specimens and twelve habitat images found throughout the book."

$800 standard
Deluxe edition (lettered A-E, SOLD)


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Where Stucco Meets Chaparral
By Rebecca Chamlee
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2014. Edition of 60 + 26 lettered copies.

Of the edition there are three states: Deluxe (Lettered copies); Standard (numbered 1-25); and Special (Numbered 26-60). Printed letterpress. Handset California Old Style cast by M & H Typefounders and Gothic XX Condensed wood type. Printed using photopolymer plates and hand-carved Gomuban relief plates. Signed by the artist on the colophon.

Deluxe: 6 x 9"; 104 pages. Includes a suite of additional botanical prints wrapped in a handmade Twinrocker paper chemise. Housed in a clamshell box.

Special: 6 x 9"; 96 pages. Printed letterpress on Somerset papers. Each signature consists of a folio of custom abaca paper by Katie Macgregor wrapped around a Somerset Book Wove folio with a quarto-folded sheet of handmade kozo forming the center spread. Long-stitched sewn with waxed hand-dyed linen thread through a cover of rough heavyweight Twinrocker unbleached abaca. Reinforced spine with a folded piece of green goat parchment. A bone button and braid of linen thread forms the closure. Folded map of Corriganville Regional Park laid-in. Numbered.

Standard: 6 x 9"; 108 pages. Printed on Somerset papers. Bound in simplified style with printed abaca wrapped boards and a cloth spine. Numbered.

Rebecca Chamlee, prospectus: "Like the self-taught naturalists of the Victorian era, my recent work examines the intersection of my artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. I am inspired to record, interpret, and celebrate nature.

"In my new artist's book I observe the natural world around me. Where Stucco Meets Chaparral explores the trails through the sandstone formations, chaparral, and oak woodlands that surround my home in an arid inland valley in Southern California and my connection to the landscape.

"Where Stucco Meets Chaparral is a printed herbarium of local California native plants with stories of local and natural history and personal observation gathered during many years of daily walks. Detailed images of seven indigenous plants are letterpress printed in multiple colors in tight registration through their seasonal life cycles that contrast hand-carved representations of the environmental context where they prevail."

Rebecca Chamlee, blog: "Tucked into the back cover of the Special edition and sewn into the Standard edition, there is a map of the trails of Corriganville Regional Park. It also shows the collection locations of the specimens in the book. Also, all the sites of the old movie sets from when the area was a popular movie ranch and location for many cowboy movies and television shows."

$ 1250 Deluxe (Last two copies)
$ 750 Special (Last three copies)
$ 600 Standard (10 copies remaining)


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A Reason of Water
By Barbara Maloutas
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2011. Edition of 30.

6.25 x 9.5"; 18 pages. Printed on a Vandercook 4 flatbed cylinder press from Frank Hein's Tribute type, assorted wood type, and linoleum cuts. Printed on Rives heavyweight paper. Sewn Board Drum Leaf binding with a cloth spine. Boards covered in pastepapers made by the binder. Signed by poet and artist.

Rebecca Chamlee: "Barbara Maloutas’ poem A Reason of Water is a poetic and visual exploration of the poet/book artist as archivist. Practical Housekeeping, a 1883 publication that holds tried and true recommendations covering everything from the latest household gadgets to instructions on how to revive a drowning victim, provides some of the words and phrases in the lyrical prose poems.

"The 'cuts' (illustrations) from Practical Housekeeping that occasionally migrate into the pages are rendered as abstracted forms along with the text of the poems and pulled phrases. The objects are lightly used and repetitious enough to suggest the playfulness of the modern woman, who might do well to learn some of the determination, craft, and skill of a plucky 1883 housewife (to whom Practical Housekeeping is dedicated). Pulling words or phrases from the poems is a way to create interest and hierarchy on the page and with the very non-hierarchical poems and provide another method of working and presenting a new archive."

The PIP (Project for Innovative Poetry) Blog: "In 1988, [Barbara] Maloutas began teaching design and typography at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and in 1996 became Assistant Chair in the Communication Arts Department. She started writing during the years she was studying design in Basel, Switzerland, and in 1994, while working at Otis and attending classes there, she had begun writing poetry and composing artist books. Her work has been published in several journals, including American Tanka, Aufgabe, Free Verse, Segue and Tarpelin Sky. Her first book of poetry, In a Combination of Practices was published by New Issues Press, and a chapbook, Practices, was published by The New Michigan Press."
$250


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my partial tongue
By Martha Ronk
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2011. Edition of 25.

9.25 x 13.5"; 40 pages. Letterpress printed on Rives BFK paper with 14 point, 36 point and 72 point handset Bodoni. Images printed from multiple photo polymer plates in tight registration. Bugra endsheets. Rolled leather endbands. Bound in the separate board style with the text block sewn on ramic tapes. Boards covered in paste paper with a goat leather spine.
Design, photography, hand typesetting, presswork, paste papers, and binding by Rebecca Chamlee. Signed by the poet and artist.

Rebecca Chamlee: "my partial tongue by poet Martha Ronk uses phrases from an essay on gardens and plants by Sir Thomas Brown, a 17th-century essayist who wrote about the order in nature. The poems have a great deal of space in them, space suggestive of what is missing and of silence, and reflect a feeling of distance from the natural world that seems to be disappearing. ... I created photographs of plants and feathers that reflect the content of the poems. The images were digitally manipulated and separated then printed in tight registration on Rives BFK."

The images are listed here with botanical name and/or common name and the corresponding poem. All flowers are found in Chamlee's garden.

"Or" - Antheropeas or Woolly Daisy
"By parallaxis" - Common Pheasant (hen) tail feathers
"My partial tongue" - Pole bean seedlings
"The particular state wherein you reside" - Blue and gold macaw feather
"The stalks of mint" - Spearmint
"Alpines" - Gaura or Lindheimer's Beeblossom
"The fold" - Viola or Johnny Jump Up (occasionally Jolly Jump Rope)
"Refusal" - Jasmine Polyanthus or Pink Jasmine
"The bittern" - Guinea fowl feathers
"Incision" - Rose or Ballerina
"Indistinguishable" - Erigeron or Santa Barbara Daisy
"Position" - Cranesbill or Bleeding Heart
"Sound" - French Lavender
"Tendrils" - Wild Cucumber (also known as Manroot)

Martha Ronk (1941) graduated from Wellesley College, and Yale University with a Ph.D. She taught at Colorado University, Otis College of Art and Design, and Naropa University Summer Writing Program. Presently she is Professor of English at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Martha Ronk has published 7 books of poetry. This is the first publication of this set of poems.
$500


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study for the possibility of hope
By Dennis Phillips
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2010. Edition of 25.

6.5 x 6.5"; 36 pages. Handbound and printed on a Vandercook 4 and Vandercook 219 from Goudy Old Style, Futura wood type, and photopolymer plates on Somerset Book Wove paper. Cloth case binding with the text block sewn on ramie tapes into a Bugra concertina. Lettered copies are bound in full goat leather. A limited number of printer's proof have been left in sheets for bookbinders.

Rebecca Chamlee, blog: "Paul Vangelisti [poet, editor, educator] writes, 'Dennis Phillips, in study for the possibility of hope, embarks on a speculative and finally optimistic version of the pastoral, examining the poem’s (and our) place in the natural world. As he was also at the time working on his novel Hope (Green Integer, 2007), one can’t help noting the aptness of some of the poet’s musings in relation to that other world of language. For the poet, Hope becomes both a device and a destination: ‘a boat moored in a glassy cove.’ In this book, with ‘slow surface,’ its careful and often droll meanderings, Dennis Phillips shows himself to be a poet’s poet, a true, in Heidegger’s words, ‘shepherd of Being.’ The images of native California plants and the San Gabriel Mountains on double gatefold spreads reference the view from the poet’s porch where the poems were conceived.”
$300 (numbered copy)


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Azusa: a Sequel
By Paul Vangelisti
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2009. Edition of 30.

6.5 x 10"; 44 pages. Printed on a Vandercook 4 hand-operated flatbed cylinder press on Rives Heavyweight paper. Text digitally set Seria Sans printed from photo-polymer plates. Of the edition of 30: 1 - 25 standard; 26 - 30 deluxe.

Standard: sewn on ramie tapes with printed endsheets, rolled endbands, cloth Bradel case binding with a printed label.
Deluxe: full leather case binding, text block sewn on cords with printed endsheets and handsewn silk endbands.

Poets & Writers: "Paul Vangelisti is the author of twenty books of poetry, as well as being a noted translator from Italian. Most recently, Days Shadows Pass was published by Green Integer in 2007. His and Lucia Re’s translation of Amelia Rosselli’s War Variations (Green Integer, 2005) won the 2006 Premio Flaiano in Italy and the 2006 PEN-USA Award for Translation. From 1971-1982 he was co-editor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City and, from 1993-2002, edited Ribot, the annual report of the College of Neglected Science. Vangelisti is chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art & Design."

An alphabet book of poetry by Vangelisti printed by Rebecca Chamlee.

another porch light burning ....

busted, cracked the mirror ...

zounds, you exclaim ...

$275 standard (Last 4 copies)
$750 deluxe (Last Copy)

 


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Further Apocrypha
By Ray DiPalma
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2009. Edition of 40.

5.5 x 10.75"; 52 unnumbered pages. Printed on a Vandercook 4 flat bed cylinder press from digital 12 point Centaur and 24 point Arrighi types.
Collages by the poet using photo polymer plates on Zerkall Nideggen paper. Sewn on ramie tapes with printed Hahnemuhle Bugra endsheets. Of the edition: 35 standard, 5 deluxe. Standard copies with a quarter cloth case binding with sides covered in pastepaper made by the binder and an inset printed label. Deluxe copies bound in full leather with embossed airplane image on front cover in cloth covered clamshell box with embossed airplane images on cover.

Rebecca Chamlee: "Further Apocrypha contains twenty-seven previously uncollected poems written by Ray DiPalma between 1993 and 2009. These writings, both sensuous and lyric in their philosophic concerns, reflect what has often been noted as DiPalma's finely tuned ear and his preoccupation with testing the limits of language and form. Six of his original graphic works accompany the poems."
$325 standard
$550 deluxe (Last Copy)

 

 


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Rebecca Chamlee has produced two books on William Zane Chamlee, her father.
   
Cowboy Pride 1880
By Rebecca Chamlee
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2012. Edition of 35.

5 x 7"; 10 pages. Accordion structure. Printed on a Vandercook 4 on Stonehenge and Hbutan paper. Letterpress printed using handset Centaur, Arrighi, Onyx, and wood type "with a couple of cowboy cuts thrown in for good measure." Bound in paper over boards. Signed and numbered.

Rebecca Chamlee: "This is an excerpt from The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee, written by my dad about the pride that a cowboy has for his boots."

$150

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Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee
By William Zane Chamlee
[Simi Valley, California]: Pie in the Sky Press, 2012. Edition of 33.

6.75 x 8.5"; 37 pages. Letterpress printed with hand set Centaur and Arrighi, Massey Initials and ornaments on handmade Khadi paper. Map background is a suicide linoleum block. Map details and photographs are printed from polymer plates. Bound into a bison leather cover with a wrap band, ties, tackets, and deer horn buttons. Map slipped into front flap.

Rebecca Chamlee, Colophon: "This book marks the 40th anniversary of the death of my father, William Zane Chamlee, the author of this story. At the same time, I hope to honor the memory of Floyd Chamlee, my father's first cousin, who died in July 2008. An excerpt of a letter written by Floyd is quoted in the foreword."

Folded and tucked into the leather binding is a letterpress printed map showing the journey west that young Dave Chamlee followed. The trail begins in Sweetwater, Tennessee, then continues through Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and New Mexico.

A bildungsroman, pardner. After minimal background on young Dave Chamlee, the majority of the book recounts his years as a cowboy in Texas — gunfights, boots, and cowboy hats.

Rebecca Chamlee, blog: "The binding of the new book is long-stitch sewn into a limp bison leather cover with sheep leather head and tail ties and deer horn buttons. There is a strip of leather on the spine that helps it to hold its shape. There is a pocket inside the front cover to hold a map. The binding takes parts of the ancient Nag Hammadi Codices where the cover is bound with a wrap band as well as ties on top and bottom and tackets in the corners for reinforcement."
$625


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Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee
By William Zane Chamlee
Simi Valley, California: Pie in the Sky Press, 2008. Edition of 10.

6.5 x 9.375 x 1"; 40 unnumbered pages. Printed on a Hewlett Packard 9180 with archival ink. Type: Tribute, designed by Frank Heine. Bound in orange pastepaper with brown kangaroo leather spine. Housed in burnt orange cloth covered clamshell box with marbled paste paper lining.

Colophon: "This book marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the death of my father, William Zane Chamlee, the author of this story. At the same time, I hope to honor the memory of Floyd Chamlee, my father's first cousin, who died in July 2008. An excerpt of a letter written by Floyd is quoted in the foreword. "

Rebecca Chamlee: "... a book about my great grandfather told by my father in a Humanities term paper he wrote when he attended Claremont Men's College in the '50s."

A bildungsroman, pardner. After minimal background on young Dave Chamlee, the majority of the book recounts his years as a cowboy in Texas —gunfights, boots, and cowboy hats.
$225


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Pie in the Sky Press Out of Print Title:
   

Vanity
By Rebecca Chamlee
Los Angeles: Pie in the Sky Press, 1988. Edition of 25.

l4.75 x 10"; 12 unnumbered trapezoidal pages in which the top edge has been trimmed on an angle. Accordion structure. Text composed in Spartan, Futura, and Baskerville types. Printed on Roma paper. Zinc cuts colored using a letterpress method developed by Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press. Written, designed and bound by the artist. Bound in cloth covered boards.

From Chamlee's Seven Deadly Sins series.

The narrator [Chamlee?]: "What I can't master I disdain." She decides "after 34 year of relative inactivity and about 20 years of cigarette smoking" to become a bicycle racer. Vanity, vanity, all is …
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