Place and Imprint: San Francisco: Henry Evans, Printmaker, 555 Sutter Street, 1970.
Edition: First edition, one of only 16 copies for subscribers.
Condition: A few small specks of foxing; fine copy.
Book ID: 28584
Physical DescriptionFolio Japanese stabbed binding, 53 x 38 cm, green paper wrappers, on the upper wrapper is a large a paper label printed in black over a block print. 24 linoleum block prints inserted, all signed in pencil and dated by Evans.
CommentsIn 1961 when Henry Evans was beginning the transition from his career as a bookseller-publisher-printer to becoming a printmaker himself, he began assembling portfolios of his botanical prints, as he completed them, to sell them to subscribers. These almost always consisted of 24 large linoleum block prints - limited by the number of leaves in the Japanese stabbed bindings that he purchased from a local art supply store. At the time the first of these portfolios were produced Evans wrote that he hoped they would become a long series of books of prints, and indeed they did. Over the next 30 years Evans produced 50 of the volumes in the Botanical Print series, always issued in highly limited editions for subscribers only. This volume is number 25 and reflects Evans at mid career as a artist, before he began using the smoother and brighter English printmaking papers, which were characteristic of his later work. These volumes, when found, are often incomplete due to prints being removed for framing, a fate of many of Evans’ portfolios. Complete examples are rare. This copy is from the library of Judith Evans Legman, Henry Evans’ daughter and an early collaborator with him and her mother Patricia at the Peregrine Press and Porpoise Bookshop.