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Peter and Donna Thomas ~ California (formerly Good Book Press)

   
Artists' Books by Peter and Donna Thomas
Miniature Edition Books by Peter and Donna Thomas

   
Each of these miniatures were produced in an edition. Please notice that several of these are now in the last few copies of the edition. They are listed chronologically.
Love of Nature
Sayings, quotes, and proverbs
 
   

Each of these miniatures were produced in an edition.
   
Song of the Open Road
Poem by Walt Whitman
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2011.
Edition of 150.

3 x 3"; 16 panels. Miniature. Accordion-folded flutter book. Letterpress printed with Goudy 30 type in red ink. Text printed on an ochre colored piece of paper handmade by Peter Thomas. Images are digital reproductions from original watercolors by Donna Thomas. Modified piano hinge binding. Marbled paper over boards with illustrated title on front cover. Numbered.

Peter and Donna Thomas: "The text is the first stanza of Whitman's well loved poem ... Eight watercolor paintings of gypsy caravans that Donna painted while at the Society for Creative Anachronism's 2010 Pennsic Wars are printed on a white sheet of Peter's handmade paper that has been handcut and laid over the text sheet. The book is bound with a unique modified piano hinge binding that Donna developed specifically for this book."
$75

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Don't Fence Me In
By Peter and Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2010. Edition of 50.

2.25 x 3"; 8 unnumbered pages. Miniature accordion with end papers attached to boards. Vintage type and photoengravings copied onto paper handmade by Peter Thomas. Wooden covers with embossed leather illustration tipped on front board.

Peter and Donna Thomas: "Text is the first line of Cole Porter's archetypal cowboy song. Images are vintage printers cuts."
$55 (Last Copy)

 


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A Gipsy Caravan
Text by Kenneth Grahame
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2010.
Edition of 150.

2.125 x 2.625"; 26 pages. Miniature accordion. Original watercolor illustrations and calligraphy by Donna Thomas color copied. Handmade paper by Peter Thomas. Case bound. Gypsy print cloth covered boards with leather spine. Porcelain medallion on the front cover made and painted by Donna Thomas. Text excerpt from Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, 1915.

The Microbibliophile, Vol. XXX No.1, January 2011, review: "Watercolor illustrations and calligraphy by Donna have been color copied on Peter's handmade paper, a treasure in itself. The paper seems to make the journey come alive on the pages. ... The illustrations are so well done that they seem to draw you into the journey of the colorful gipsy caravan, the landscapes viewed from its windows as well as the fold-up table, the lockers, and bins inside the wagon, all of the many details. You can just hear the hanging pots 'clanking' as the wagon moves down the road. The actual text is from the Wind in the Willows but is certainly representative of the journey that Peter and Donna started in April 2010, which is the adventures of the wondering book artists, crisscrossing the country in their gipsy wagon, delivering talks and workshops as well as collaborating with book artists and printers along the way. "
$75


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The Southwest
By Peter and Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2010. Edition of 50.

1.75 x 2.25"; 18 unnumbered pages. Miniature accordion with end papers attached to boards. Watercolor illustrations by Donna Thomas copied onto paper handmade by Peter Thomas. Endpage birds are created from "red dirt" from Sedona, Arizona. Bound in cover paper made with Mojave Desert yucca fiber.

Peter and Donna Thomas: "Watercolors painted on our wandering book artists' gypsy wagon trip in the Southwest." The Thomas' traveled in their homemade gypsy caravan through parks in Arizona and Utah in the Spring of 2010.
$55

 


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Train Depots
By Peter Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2008. Edition of 85.

3 x 2.25"; 44 pages. Letterpress printed with handset metal type using 14 point Centaur for the text and 24 point Old Town for the titles. Printed on Peter's handmade paper. 9 line drawing illustrations. Handbound by Peter and Donna Thomas in black leather with the title stamped on a wood panel inset in the front cover.

Peter Thomas: "This is a short history of train depot buildings in the United States. There are 9 line drawing illustrations of train depots, printed in black ink on a blue square. The blue square was printed from small blocks of wood found at the site of an old train depot in La Grand, California, and was printed so that the color offset on the reverse side of the page as well."
$75



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Miniature Leaf Books
By Peter and Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2005. Edition of 126.

2.975 x 2.25" with 30 pages. In an edition of 120 regular copies, six special copies, one vellum copy.

According to this text, there are at present four known miniature leaf books – this volume being one of the four.

Includes a definition and history of leaf books. Tipped in are leaves from three miniature books: an American “thumb” Bible published in 1831; a Bryce "Ellen Terry" book, The Shakespeares [sic] Glossary (Glasgow, 1904), and the American Tract Society's Dew Drops, circa 1847). Descriptions of each leaf sample and the book it came from.

Letterpress printed on (according to the printer) a cranky old Pearl treadle press using Joe Halton's linotype for the text and handset Neuland for the titles. Text paper by Peter Thomas from bleached denim rag; the endpages have flecks of paper from Keble's Reports (1686). Case-bound using Peter Thomas’s handmade paper toned brown with a wash of raw umber. The title on the cover, the paper the title is mounted on, and the sample on the title page are all from "Keble's Reports." Text written in 1997, set in type in 1998, but not printed until 2005. Although Peter Thomas wrote the text, the research is based largely on information provided by John Class.
$75


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An Aesop's Fable: The Donkey & the Thistle
By Tanya and Suzanne Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Just For Fun Press, 1993. Edition of 175.

3 x 2.5"; 12 pages. Paper made, type set, printed, and bound by the Thomases. Numbered.

Tanya and Suzanne are the daughters of book artists Peter and Donna Thomas. The sisters had their own imprint: Just for Fun Press. This was the second book they produced under the Just For Fun Press imprint.

Aesop's "The Donkey & the Thistle" is here retold by Tanya and Peter Thomas. Illustrations by Suzanne and Donna Thomas.
$55

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Love of nature is reflected in many of the Thomas’s’ books.
   
Tree
Text excerpt by John Muir
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2012.
Edition of 100.

3 x 2.25"; 11 pages. Miniature. Accordion structure. Images from original watercolors by Donna Thomas. Reproduced on handmade paper by Peter Thomas. Bound in a leather wrapper with wood panels on the front and back covers. Stick closure slides through slits at the foreedge. Numbered.

A quotation from John Muir’s book is illustrated by watercolor paintings and calligraphy by Donna Thomas.

Peter and Donna Thomas: "Original watercolor paintings and calligraphy by Donna reproduced on Peter's handmade paper, then attached to a pleated spine made from Peter's handmade paper that is green with images of trees made by spraying paper pulp through stencils."

Winner of the 2013 Miniature Book Society Distinguished Book Award .
$75

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Beauty
Text by John Muir
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2009.
Edition of 100.

2.25 x 2.875"; 18 unnumbered pages. Miniature. Accordion with end papers attached to boards. Watercolor illustrations copied onto handmade paper. Casebound with printed paper covers and red leather spine. Handmade paper by Peter Thomas. Illustrations by Donna Thomas.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread ..."

Peter and Donna Thomas: "The text is a quote by John Muir. The text was hand drawn in Donna's 'Freesans' calligraphic type face. There are 10 full page watercolor illustrations of ripe Sierra berries."
$75


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Wilderness
Sigurd Olson, quotation by
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2009. Edition of 50.

3 x 2.875"; 16 unnumbered pages. Miniature. Accordion with end papers attached to boards. Casebound with marbled paper boards and leather spine. Illustrated title label on front board.

Wilderness is more than lakes, rivers & timbers along the shore ...
It is the sense of the primeval, of space, solitude, silence, and the eternal mystery.

Colophon: "Watercolors painted while on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. The quote is from an article in Naturalist magazine."
$75 (last copy)


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In the San Joaquin Valley
Text by John Muir
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2008. Edition of 51.

2.9 x 1.6"; 12 pages. Accordion miniature. Letterpress printed using handset metal Canterbury type. Floral cloth covered boards with paper title.

Peter Thomas: "The text is a quote by John Muir, written in 1868, about his walk across the then wildly verdant San Joaquin Valley. There is a line drawing illustration, by Donna Thomas, of the landscape Muir described. It is woven through the text, and runs along the bottom of the accordion pages. The illustration is printed with a rainbow roll, and the color gradates from red/brown in the mountains to brown/green at the ground. The paper was handmade by Peter from cotton rag, with sprays of flowery pulp painted colors splashed across the sheet. The book is bound with flowery cloth covered boards with is a paper label on the front. The book was secretly made for Donna’s 51st birthday and so there are 51 copies."
$75 (Last Copy)


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Nature Paints
Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2008. Edition of 50.

1.75 x 2.25"; 18 pages. Accordion with endpages bound in. Four double-spread inkjet reproductions from original watercolors. Calligraphy, binding, and original paintings by Donna Thomas. Handmade paper by Peter Thomas. Wooden boards with paper title on front cover.

The North Yosemite sites: Tower Peak, Matterhorn Canyon, High Emigrant Lake, and Otter Lake.

Peter Thomas: "The text is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The original was calligraphed onto paper panels that were glued onto maps showing the areas where the drawings were made. There are 4 double-spread watercolor paintings of Sierra scenes that were painted on site in the Sierra while she was backpacking. This edition was color copied onto handmade paper Peter made specially for the project."
$75
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Half Dome:
A Climbing History

By Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2000. Edition of 130.

3 x 2.25", 32 pages. Two black and five 3 color block print illustrations by Donna. Hand set, letterpress printed on paper handmade by Peter Thomas. Coptic bound with redwood boards.

A story about Yosemite’s Half Dome, its discovery and first ascents, is told in a footnoted text.
$75


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Song of Creation
By John Muir
Illustrated by Donna Thomas.
Handmade papers by Peter Thomas.
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 1999. Edition of 500.

2.75 x 2.125”; 10 pages. Color-copied illustration. Ten-page double pop-up accordion structure bound in covered boards.

Love of nature is reflected in every facet of the book, from Donna's panoramic watercolor view of Yosemite Valley—by her reckoning the most majestic bit of nature on earth—to the plant fibers in the green, handmade cover paper and, of course, Muir's timeless text.
$75

 


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Several of the Thomas’s’ books are based on quotes from an admired person from history. Or, sometimes a proverb will surface to be a lovely book.
 

Love is Everlasting:
Traditional Hawaiian Proverb

By Peter and Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2003. Edition of 100.

1.25 x 1.3", 10 accordion pages. Color copied onto paper handmade by Peter Thomas. Accordion bound between covers wrapped with Hawaiian tapa cloth (a traditional cloth-like material made by pounding the inner bark of the
mulberry tree). Paper band with title slips over book.

Originally a one-of-a-kind book that Donna Thomas had hand painted and hand lettered. The proverb is in Hawaiian and English: "Love is worn like a wreath through the summers and the winters, love is everlasting."
$50


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Peter and Donna Thomas Miniature Books Out of Print Titles:

• A Brief History of the Ukulele
• Accordion to Zither: A Musical ABC
• Alphabet People
• Cannery Row
• Four Views of Kealakekua Bay
• The Papermaking Rhyme
• Paradise
• Pencil
• Wildflowers of the John Muir Trail

 

   
   

Landscape of the John Muir Trail
By Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2002. Edition of 150.

24 accordion pages, 2.63 x 2.13". Bound in painted handmade paper with a paper slipcase.

In 2002 Donna once again hiked the 218 mile John Muir Trail. She hiked 29 days and painted a landscape picture a day. Her paintings have been reproduced as beautiful color copies on Peter’s handmade paper (made from cotton rag and the shirt Donna wore on the trail).
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No Form of Love: A quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2004. Edition of 47.

2.13 x 1.63" with 21 inch scrolling page. Letterpress printed on Peter's handmade paper, using old wood and various metal typefaces, with a rainbow roll of ink that goes from red to purple. No two copies are exactly the same. The back of the scroll was printed with hearts that were carved in a linoleum block by Donna for Peter on Valentine's Day. The scroll is wrapped around a capped brass shaft. This scroll unit is slipped inside a hole that was drilled into a small paduk wood block. This block was in turn glued as a textblock into the covers of the book. The outside cover is made from Peter's handmade paper. It has a title label glued on the front cover. This label which depicts violets and the script initials "E.R.", as E.R. signed her letters, was printed from a linoleum block carved by Donna: ER states that in her day it was the custom to give violets as a token of affection to ones' lovers.

The book was made as an expression of love: love of material possessions, book structures, words of wisdom, complex ideas and freedom of choice. The text was taken from one of Eleanor Roosevelt's personal notebooks. It was written as a comment on a book she was reading at the time, as a statement that one should be free to choose whom one loves.
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Spring Wildflowers ABC
By Peter and Donna Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2006. Edition of 150.

2.875 x 2.1875". Images color printed on accordion-folded handmade paper. The book is case bound in a full paper binding painted and decorated with stenciled images of plants. Paper all handmade by Peter.

Twenty-six watercolors of wildflowers native to the California coast range painted on site by Donna Thomas.
$75
(SOLD)

 

 


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TIME I$
By Ben Franklin, Mark Twain and Peter Thomas
Santa Cruz, California: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2003. Edition of 100.

2.5 x 2", 5 pages. Letterpress printed, on Peter's handmade paper, using old wood and metal types and images of clocks which Donna carved out of linoleum. The cover and end pages both required at least ten press runs to print all the different clocks and the various settings of "time is time." The binding, made with wood and Peter's handmade paper, is another variation in their series of "Stick Structure" books. The printed pages are folded and glued over wooden dowels which have been painted gold. These "pages" can turn: they are set in holes drilled into a wooden framework which has also been painted gold. This differs from previous "flap books" as it has the text mounted inside the back cover. A space has been created behind the text to hold a one dollar bill, which can be removed. The one dollar bills were ordered direct from the US Treasury and are sequentially numbered, thus the number on the bill matches the book's edition number.

This book is about time and money. On one side of the page is what Ben Franklin has to say, what Mark Twain has to say is on the other side. Peter's text is on the cover, end pages and the one dollar bill.
$100 (SOLD)

 


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