The Notorious Jumping Frog by Mark Twain, Deluxe Limited Edition, 2 of 50
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
Illustrated by Alan James Robinson
Cheloniidae Press, Deluxe Limited Edition, 1985, 2 of 50
Includes Separate Suite of Illustrations Signed by Alan James Robinson
“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was published by the Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton in 1985 with a limitation of 250 regular copies and 50 deluxe copies containing an additional suite of prints each signed and numbered by Alan James Robinson this being number 2 of 50.
The Cheloniidae edition of the Jumping Frog is from "Mark Twain's Sketches, New and Old," as it was first published in complete form in 1875 by the American Publishing Company. It contains three versions of this notorious and celebrated tale: the original version, the version translated into French (inadequately so, according to Twain), and, lastly, the version "restored to the English after martyrdom in the French" by an exasperated Twain. The afterword, "The Private Printing of the 'Jumping Frog' Story," by Samuel Clemens, first appeared in the North American Review in 1894. Twain describes this arduous process, "In English, then in French. Then clawed back into a civilized language once more by patient, unremunerated toil."
Measuring approximately 8.5” by 6”, the book which is signed and numbered by Alan James Robinson is bound in quarter green morocco leather over gray wood-pattern boards with silver titling to the spine. The suite of signed and numbered illustrations are contained in a linen chemise. The book was printed on Saunders paper in Centaur and Arrighi types at Wild Carrot Letterpress with the assistance of Harold Patrick McGrath and Arthur Larson and the 15 wood engravings were printed by Harold Patrick McGrath. The book and illustrations are both housed in a clamshell box that is made of the same material as the chemise and features a wood pattern spine with gold gilt titling. The original prospectus which is signed and numbered is loosely laid into the clamshell box.
About the Cheloniidae Press: Alan James Robinson founded the Cheloniidae Press with Joel Ginsburg in 1979 after receiving his MFA in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1989 he also founded ABCedary Productions with author Mark Philip Carol. Both of these presses merged in 1992 to form The Press of the Sea Turtle. Robinson designs and illustrates all of the books in collaboration with numerous artisans and craftsman, mostly from Western Massachusetts, a center of book-arts activity. All of Robinson's works are printed by celebrated master printer Harold P. McGrath.
Condition Report: The book, chemise and clamshell box are in FINE condition with a minor mark to the top of the spine of the clamshell box.
Photographs of the binding, chemise, and clamshell box as well as some of the signed illustrations appear in the photo section of the listing.