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There is a lot of discussion going on about what an artists' book is. Like trying to define "What is art?", there is no single right answer. For us the term artists' book simply means a book made by an artist; a book made as a work of art rather than as a literary artifact. In this case we use the term to denote both one-of-a-kind and edition books. Some of these artists books are for sale, some are in exhibits, some have been sold and some we are not ready to sell.

 

 

Sierra Point (2011) Thomas, Donna. 5 by 4 ¼ inches. 10 accordion pages. 4 panel watercolor illustration. Sold

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The History of the Accordion Book. (2013) 13 by 15 by 6 inches. A book made out of an accordion with images of accordion players and hand written text with a history of the accordion and accordion book. One-of-a-kind. $1850.

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Ficciones (2006) by Jorge Luis Borges.
The universe (which others call the library) is composed of an indefinite, perhaps an infinite, number of hexagonal galleries...One-of-a-kind $800

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The Train Comes to Wichita. by Peter Thomas (2004). 7 by 3 by 2 3/4 inches. Five 15 inch scrolling pages. 20 copies. $245
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A Brief History of the Ukulele. Ukulele Series Book number 23. (2003) 18 by 6 by 3 inches, $1250. Edition of fifteen copies.
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Artist's Book-O-Meter (2003)
A div ice for testing if an artist book works or not. On permanent display at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
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Three Kinds of Magic (2000) Unique structural book. 6 by 4 by 2.5 inches. $1850.
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Mac’s ABCs (1996) 7.25 by 5.5 inches. A alphabet primer for baby computers. $1900.
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One of a kind books that have sold:  
In The Middle. Compiled and edited by Peter and Donna Thomas (2004) 11 1/4 by 8 1/8 inches. 14 pages and 12 scrolls. 24 copies. Sold out.
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Escape (2001) By Donna Thomas. 5 5/16 x 5 1/4 inches. An accordion book with watercolor paintings of nudes and small landscape painting .Clamshell box.$3000. Sold.
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Yellowstone (2011) Donna Thomas 6 ¼ x 9 3/8”. Medieval wooden board binding, 7 full page illustrations plus more. $2975. Sold


concertina

The Real Concertina Binding (2001)
These books were made as a response to the confusion among book artists as to what a concertina book is and what an accordion book is. The terms are often used interchangeably and as these artists' books show, a concertina book would be hexagonal and an accordion book rectangular. The text of the concertina book is a collection of limericks about the concertina Unique book: SOLD
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accordion The Real Accordion Book (2001). Sold
Ditty of First Desire (2007) A poem by Federico Garcia Lorca. 5.5 x 5 .5 inches. A unique "cootie-catcher" shaped book made using paste papers with paintings of nudes. Clamshell box. Sold.
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Nature (2006) A quote by Van Gogh. 4" X 3 1/4". Accordion pop-up structure. Water color paintings of rivers. Clamshell box. Redwood covers with carving on front. SOLD.
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Wildness (2002). Quotes by Thoreau and Muir. 8 x 5 inches. This is a giclee copy of the original book. Slipcase with title on the front and spine. Sold.
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Plutarchs History for Young Men (2003) 8 by 6 by 1.5 inches, 1 scrolling page, Unique book. SOLD
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California Dreaming (2003) 3 by 6 by 3 inches, 1 scrolling pages, 1 title panel. Unique book.SOLD
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Salt is Good by Peter Thomas (2004) 3 1/8 by 1 inch, one 11 inch scrolling page. Hand lettered and altered photocopy text by Peter Thomas. Unique book. Sold
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The History and Dangers of Flight (2003) 20 by 20 by 5 inches, 3 scrolling pages, unique book. $2400
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