Winter of Artifice - Anaïs Nin - 1942
First Edition limited to 500 copies. It has been set by hand and printed by the author in Spartan type of twelve points on Copper Plate paper.
For the engravings on copper in the test and cover Ian Hugo has used the technique which William Blake called 'revealed' because it was revealed to him by his brother in a dream. This is the first time this technique, as developed by S.W. Hayter, has been employed since Blake invented it.
Several Have Lived - Hugh Chisholm - 1942
This edition is limited to 500 copies. It has been entirely set by hand in Spartan type of twelve point and printed on Zurich paper. Typography and printing by the Gemor Press.
The cover of this book is completely blank except a small mounted plate. In the book there are two spectacular mounted plates all illustrated by Andre Masson.
The book contains prose & poetic work of American surrealist Hugh Chisholm. I do not know if this or Winter of Artifice was the first book printed at Gemor Press. Both were runs of 500 and used the same Spartan font. It was not until 1944 that Futura Light 14 was used.
Misfortune Of The Immortals - Max Ernst, Paul Eluard - 1943
Designed and published by Caresse Crosby of the Black Sun Press this book was printed at Gemor Press. Hand set in Spartan type 12 point, limited to 610 copies of which, 600 are regular ones such as this and 10 copies special bound on rag paper and signed by the artist.
This is one of the earliest books printed at Gemor Press and one of my favourite not written by Nin. It is a reprint from the 1920 Paris edition and includes translations done by Hugh Chisholm. This book got me into the expensive habit of collecting Black Sun Press books. I only own a few and they are spectacular. I will set up a separate section on the website one day to show them off.
I did not include all of the pictures as there is one on every second page, just a few that I found interesting.
Alphabet Du Décor - Berthie Zilkha - 1944
The present edition is limited to three hundred copies, printed on Gilpin paper and set in Futura Light 14 point. Design, typography and printing by the Gemor Press. New York City, August 1944.
The pen drawings are done by Madison Wood.
I know very little about this book except what is written inside. There is no information online and I have only ever seen this one copy for sale. Unfortunately it's not in the best of condition as the cover is made out of a velvety material which has mostly rubbed off.
If you have any information about this book or if you see one for sale anywhere please let me know.
Under A Glass Bell - Anaïs Nin - 1944
Second Edition limited to 800 copies. It has been set in Ligth Vougue Italic, ten point. Design, typography and printing by the Gemor Press. The cover and nine engravings by Ian Hugo have been printed in relief directly from the original plates.
This copy belonged to author Scott Cunningham, who wrote a few books on Wicca and other interesting topics. Anais must have missed the spell check as she has "sei" instead of "set" on the description page.
I have been looking for a first edition copy of this book for a while. They do come up but people are asking over a grand and I am broke from buying too many books. One day I will find a bargain.
This Hunger - Anaïs Nin - 1945
The printing of this book was completed on the fifth of September 1945. It consists of one regular edition of 1000 copies, and one limited deluxe edition of 50 signed copies printed on Eururia paper, illustrated with 5 colored wood block prints by Ian Hugo. Design, typography and printing by the Gemor Press. New York City
This is the regular edition. If you have one of the 50 deluxe editions, Please let me know as I would like to have pictures of it.
Moods and Melodies - Henriette Reiss - 1946
Not much information about this book. It says its a second edition but I think it is second after the edition published by Valencia Press in 1933. This is the only copy I have found for sale online. Its not as high quality as other books printed at Gemor press. The paper is quite thin and the cover is very fragile.
Rendezvous with Spain - Bernardo Clariana - 1946
Rendezvous with Spain: A poem: Bernardo Clariana: Translated by Dudley Fitts and illustrated by Julio de Diego.
This first edition of Rendezvous With Spain is limited to 520 copies, of which 100 copies have been printed in Black and White, 400 in color, and 20 deluxe copies have been hand colored by the artist. This edition has been printed on Corsican antique white paper. Design, composition and printing by the Gemor Press. New York May 1946.
This copy is one of the 400 color editions. The color on the inside art is very bright and attractive. If you see one of the hand colored deluxe editions please let me know.
House of Incest - Anaïs Nin - 1947
House of Incest is a slim volume of 72 pages written by Anaïs Nin. Originally published in 1936, it is Anaïs Nin's first work of fiction. But unlike her diaries and erotica, House of Incest does not detail the author's relationships with famous lovers like Henry Miller, nor does it contain graphic depiction of sex. Rather, House of Incest is a surrealistic look within the narrator's subconscious mind as she attempts to escape from a dream in which she is trapped, or in Nin's words, as she attempts to escape from "the woman's season in hell."
This copy is very attractive and signed by the author on the first page. I am unable to find information on how many were printed. There were 50 deluxe editions printed which I have seen pictures of and would like to like to own someday.
Preface To Henry Miller's Tropic Of Cancer - Anaïs Nin - 1947
I do not know much about this one or even for sure that it was printed at Gemor Press. The date, font and general feel of the pamphlet tells me it was. If anyone has any solid evidence that this was printed elsewhere please let me know.
Inside is a beautiful picture of Anais herself and a few advertisements for other books. I have both "Realism and Reality" printed at Alicat Book Shop and a copy of "Ladders to Fire" printed at E.P. Dutton & Co. One day I will make a non Gemor section on the website and post all my other interesting Anais Nin treasures.
Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo - Gonzalo More - 1949
I am a bit confused by this book and can find no record of it anywhere. It has Gemor Press on the back and title page but its obviously printed somewhere else. Its not printed like other Gemor Press books. Its much larger and has lithographs inside. It is however very beautiful and well put together. I did not take pictures of all the pages but there are many pictures of ballerinas and Salvador Dali prints.
I have only ever seen this one copy and have been unable to find any information on it. It's printed in french which I can not read but I will try and get it translated. If you have any information on this book I would like to hear from you.
QUINQUIVARA - C.L. Baldwin - 1944
This First edition is limited to 300 copies. It has been set in Futura lite italic 14 point and printed on Glasiator paper. Five of the engravings by Ian Hugo have been printed from reproductions of the originals and the one corresponding to the poem Once Upon A Time directly from the original copper plate. Design typography and printing by the Gemor Press New York City December 1944.