signed first edition Hardcover
2021 · Santa Cruz, CA
by Peter Thomas (b. 1954) and Donna Thomas (b. 1957)
Santa Cruz, CA: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2021. First Edition. Hardcover. New. Donna Thomas. Signed. Housed in an Archival Box. 16 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 2 inches. Printed front cover label with lino cut illustration of the artists, printed paper spine label. Inside is an 8-page pamphlet, 15 x 10 1/2 inches.  pp. Title page printed in colors with a lino cut self-portrait of the artists, multi-color printed headpiece using wood types and lino cut showing the artists at work, colophon with another multi-color lino cut showing the artists posing before their book arts gypsy caravan; text clean, unmarked. Wrappers of blue-gray hand-made paper, front cover printed label stitched into place, binding is hand-stitched; binding square and tight. Also included are 2 4-flap portfolios, 1 labelled Overruns, and the other labeled Ephemera. These both measure 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Both with printed paper labels stitched onto the front covers. Overruns contains 52 sample pages from their printed books with a 2-page inventory of the contents keyed to the numbers of the publications in the new bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Ephemera contains 59 items of ephemera printed on various occasions, including prospecti, post cards, business cards, broadsides for various occasions and much more, many of which contain pencil notations and dates, and signatures including one SIGNED by William Everson. RARE. FT421-001. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 30 numbered copies, this is number 25, letterpress printed on Peter's handmade paper using hand set Centaur and Gothic wood type, lino cuts by Donna. This is a gathering of samples of printed pages from the Thomas's limited edition books and press ephemera, made as a companion to The Legacy Press' recently published trade book, "Peter and Donna Thomas: Bibliography, 1974-2020." The title, "Evidence," is due to the contents being evidence of what the Thomases have been doing over the last 40 years. The 8-page pamphlet describes the project. Overruns contains examples of printed pages from their books, and each copy has a list of the items included. Ephemera contains ephemeral items that the Thomases printed or had printed; the ephemera is not numbered or described, nor are the contents listed. The lower the copy's number in the edition, the more samples and ephemera in the portfolios. The Thomases sold out copies 1 through 24 upon announcing the project, and kept 2 copies for themselves. Only 4 copies have made it into the market.
(Inventory #: FT421-001)