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Judy Christensen Book For a Buck Click here for a larger image
Book For A Buck, 1999
By Judith Christensen
Limited Edition of 6
$1200 (plus $100 shipping)
 
Step right up and buy a book!
This highly unusual book work by Judith Christensen has got to be the very last word on the book as commodity.
Yes, it really works! Just put four quarters (US) in the dispenser and out pops a book in its own protective capsule. These handmade books are a serious edition work entitled The Travel Series and each dispenser contains multiple copies of 15 different books.
Acquire Book For A Buck for your own collection or as a fund-raiser gift for your favorite special collections library.
Book For A Buck stands 55 inches tall and the base is 16 inches wide. The dispenser top measures 10 by 10 inches by 25 inches tall and holds 180 two-inch capsules.
Each book measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/2 inches, opening to an 11 1/2 inch concertina.
Additional books or book editions suitable for dispensing are available by special arrangement with the artist. Please allow 6 weeks for delivery.


John Dingman
A Bibliophile's Portfolio
A Bibliophile’s Portfolio of Quotes, 1993
By John Dingman
Portfolio: 8 1/4 by 10 1/8 inches
14 sheets of quotes plus Contents and Preface: 8 by 10 inches
Letterpress
Edition of 150
  $75
"My love of books brought about a desire to search out and print a few meaningful quotes about them. This portfolio format provided the opportunity to use various typefaces, layouts, inks and papers. It has also permitted experimenting with many fleurons and ornaments—they undoubtedly will tickle the printer's fancy."
        —The Preface, by John Dingman
John Dingman was a printer's printer and a gentleman. His Posthorn Press was known by many Californian fine printing collectors. He left a rich legacy of printed works as well as the legacy of his vast knowledge shared with any who would ask him a question. Before his death a few years ago, John generously gave part of his excellent collection of type to Iron Bear Press.
Each page, a work of art.


Al and Josie Rodriguez
Bridges from my Kayak
Bridges From My Kayak: 1993-1997, 2000
2 1/8 by 2 1/8 inches, opens to 20 inches
8 pages, with seven original black and white contact prints by Al
Paste paper covers and text pages also by Al
Edition of 12, signed and numbered
  $48
"These photos were taken in San Diego and Mission Bay and are contact prints. The Kayak and the bridges—two modes of travel—one hard, one soft; one angular, one level; one noisy, the other quiet. I prefer the soft, the level, and the quiet."
Join Al in his kayak once more and see some of San Diego's graceful bridges (including the famous Coronado Bridge) from a unique point of view—Al's!



Cantaloupe Cantaloupe, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
21/8 by 27/8 inches
14 pages, with six digital prints
Marbled cover paper also by Al
An edition of 25, signed and numbered
  $24
Mouthwatering, luscious, delicious, edible . . . well, almost - are these photos of a cantaloupe and its four raspberry friends. After seeing this book you'll never forget the color of . . . cantaloupe!



Dia de los Muertos Dia de los Muertos: An Exhibition of Altars at the
Sherman Community Center,
2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 1/8 by 2 7/8 inches
14 pages, with ten digital prints by Al
Marbled cover paper also by Al
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
  $24
The Dia de los Muertos is a popular holiday celebrated on November 1st in Mexico and many communities in Southern California. In the Mexican tradition, it honors with personal altars those gone but not forgotten. The altars seen in these photographs were at the Sherman Community Center in San Diego.



Fortune Tea
Fortune Tea: A book of mixed media collage art, 2001
By Al and Josie Rodríguez
4 1/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches with hanging tag
32 pages, sewn binding and book design by Al,
digitally printed, with nine full color collages by Josie
  $40.00
What could be cozier than a cup of tea and a couple of fortune cookies? If you are the kind of person who saves your restaurant fortunes only to find them months later in a pocket or purse, then you'll be totally enamored with this charming book by Al and Josie, featuring Josie's collages. Plus, there's a little history of the fortune cookie thrown in just so you'll feel all educated too!



Iceland Poppies
Iceland Poppies, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
1 1/4 by 1 3/8 inches, opens to 17 inches
21 digital images of poppies
in a wrapper with hand drawn motif
Edition of 15, signed and numbered
  $48
Al’s garden is rich with red, as seen in these 21 views of Iceland Poppies. This very petite package explodes into a whole bouquet of poppies! A meditation in shades of pink to rich deep red.



Manipulated SX-70 Polaroids Manipulated SX-70 Polaroids, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 1/2 by 2 7/8 inches
16 pages, with fourteen digital prints
Marbled cover paper also by Al
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
  $48
Here's what happens when Al goes wild with all his toys—and we're so glad that he did!! Each image in this amazing book is a riot of color and texture. Al's masterful way with composition is fully expressed in these images. Get this one. You'll be glad you did.



Miniature Portfolio
A Miniature Portfolio of Twelve Manipulated Polaroid Prints, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
Prints: 2 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches
Portfolio box: 2 5/8 by 3 3/8 inches
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
  $75
Enter a fantasy world and escape everyday problems! The heightened reality offered by Al's manipulated Polaroid prints in this amazing portfolio is a wonderful one—an umbrella tree, nasturtiums, angel's trumpets, yellow callas, and goldfish. Rich, deep colors will delight your eye! This is one to keep for yourself.



My Garden My Garden, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 1/8 by 2 7/8 inches
14 pages, with ten digital prints
Marbled cover paper also by Al
Open edition, signed
  $20
Enjoy the delights of Al's garden and you'll see the succulent, the snowbush, a Double Delight rose, a tuberous begonia, and more. These close-up photos breath in every detail, giving you an insect's-eye view.


Sepia Sepia, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 5/8 by 2 3/4 inches
8 pages, with six prints by Al
Concertina in pamphlet style binding
Miniature edition of 20, signed and numbered  
  $48
These photographs were taken on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in 1994 with a Hasselblad and T-Max 400 film. Contact prints were scanned and "sepia toned" in Photoshop. These breathtaking rock formations leave you yearning for a road trip!



Shots From My Kayak Shots From My Kayak, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 1/8 by 2 1/4 inches
10 pages, with seven original black and white contact prints
Marbled cover paper
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
  $48
"These photographs were taken from my kayak in San Diego and Mission Bay and in the ocean off the coast of La Jolla from 1993 to 1998 with a Nikon FM using a Tamron 35-80 lens on Tri-X film. The images are contact prints." (from the colophon.)
Take a trip around and through the waterways of San Diego with Al in his kayak!



35 mm Film Canister Pinhole Camera Images
35 mm Film Canister Pinhole Camera Images, 2001
By Al Rodríguez
3 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 , by 1 inch deep
12 pages, 10 pinhole camera images
accordion binding uses opened film canisters taped together
  $125
Al shows us his ingenuity in this fascinating little book! What he's done is take apart metal film canisters to use as the backing for his binding of a collection of photos he took using a pinhole camera made out of the plastic container the film comes in! The subject matter of the photos ranges from Al, himself, to the San Diego Harbor. You won't be disappointed with this one!



Twenty Views of Tulips Twenty Views of Six Tulips, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 1/4 by 2 1/4inches
22 pages, with twenty prints by Al
Marbled cover paper also by Al
An edition of 10, signed and numbered
  $48
The elegance of six tulips languishing in a vase is a subject up to the challenge of Al's creative urges in Photoshop! You'll never tire of looking at each of these twenty versions of the same photo. And when you get to the end of this little gem, you'll find that you have an uncontrollable desire to start all over at the beginning! (Just see if you don't!!)



The View from Crystal Pier The View From Crystal Pier, 2000
By Al Rodríguez
2 1/16 by 1 1/4 inches
8 pages, with six original black and white contact prints
Hand marbled cover paper
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
  $48
"These photos were shot from Crystal Pier in the first month of the new millennium. The low angle of the winter sun imparts a luminance to the water which I never tire of seeing." (from the colophon)
The Crystal Pier is a Pacific Beach landmark. Al has captured everything but the roar of the ocean in these wonderful little photos. Watch out for the sea breeze and ocean spray!



Winter Solstice I Winter Solstice I, 2002
By Al Rodríguez
1 7/8 by 2 7/8 inches
9 pages, with seven original black and white contact prints
Embossed paste paper covers
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
  $75
"I tell my students that photography is about an awareness of light—its quality, intensity and direction. During the winter months, the angle of the sun is very low and casts long, dark shadows—as if it were afternoon all day long." (from the colophon)
These low-key photos capture the subdued midwinter ambience of the Southern California shore. You'll want to take time out from the stress and pace of daily life to comtemplate the measured flow of the sun, the seasons, and the cycles of nature.


Genie Shenk and Jim Machacek
An Interpretation
An Interpretation of Walt Whitman's A Font of Type, 1996
By Genie Shenk and Jim Machacek

Broadside opens to 8 by 16 1/2 inches
Hand set letterpress, printed in five colors
In a 4 1/2 by 8 inch paper wrapper
Numbered edition of 60
  $40
This engagingly graphic broadside gives voice to Whitman's observations on the pure potential of a font of type ready to launch into action. It couldn't be lovelier!