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Kat Ward, Alice Simpson: Masterpieces & Ballrooms, Hometown Pasadena: " Each book that Alice makes is a treasure of secret treasures, a marvel, and a surprise. The ingenuity, craft, and details are hypnotizing. Her books are reflections of history and commentary about contemporary life. They are observations and statements. They 'speak' of life, love, longing, dreams, and the act—and the art—of being."
Still Dancing!

By Alice Simpson
New York: Alice Simpson, Edition of 4.

3.1 x 3.1 x .5" opens to 43", an accordion fold book. Digital prints tipped in on Chapin Twinrocker's handmade paper. Includes Simpson's pastepapers, a resin molded cherub, Swarovski amber crystal beads on gold silk thread.

The prints for this alphabet are from original cherub drawings that the artist has developed over the past twenty years. The original pen and walnut ink drawings are six by six inches on Stonehenge paper and based on a seventeenth century European style alphabet.
$500 (Last Copy)

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Alice Simpson, Still Dancing!  

One for the Book:
Hal Sherman Eccentric Dancer Vaudeville Star

By Alice Simpson
New York: Alice Simpson, 2005. Edition of 30.

5.5 x 5.5" opens to 27.5". Accordion-fold. Offset printed in LunalTC Bold typeface on 80 lb Monadnock Silk Cover. Original caricatures by artist based on illustrations by Hynes that appeared in London's The Bystander in 1926. Text from 1928 Parisian review translated by Elizabeth Blackert. Includes 1939 Vitaphone film clip “One for the Book" on DVD produced by Michael Simpson (Dustbrothers). Housed in an origami folded sleeve.

Alice Simpson: "My father, Hal Sherman, (1897-1985) was an internationally renowned, rubber-legged 'eccentric' vaudeville dancer in the 1920s through the early 1940s and was often compared to Charlie Chaplin. The tradition of eccentric dancers is as old as Pantomime & the Commedia dell’Arte and firmly rooted in the French & English Music Hall. The 'Moonwalk' is an eccentric dance step, which he danced in the 1920s.

“Much adored by Europeans, including the Prince of Wales…with gold headed walking stick, three-piece suits, two Russian borzois and touring car - he was quite the dandy. Frequently a headliner at London's Piccadilly and Kit-Cat Club, he spent late hours at Maxim's. A Broadway sensation in ‘hell-za-poppin,' with top billing, he was the focus of an Al Hirschfeld caricature which appeared in the NY Times in the 1940s.

“Growing up after vaudeville, I'd never seen my father dance anywhere other than in our living room. Therefore, it was thrilling several years ago to come across the 1939 Vitaphone film 'one for the book,' as part of a documentary about 'eccentric' dancers.”
$100 (Last three copies)




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Sold and Out of Print titles by Alice Simpson:
• I Ask My Mother to Sing
• Tango Bar 2001



The Dancing Chancellor
By Alice Simpson
New York: Alice Simpson, 2012. Edition of 60.

7 x 14"; 12 pages. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Printed letterpress with 17th Century Print typeface on a Vandercook Universal. Printed on Rives BFK tan mould paper. Original illustrations by the artist with 16th-century historical prints. Colophon tipped on back pastedown. Signed and numbered by the artist. Hand bound in iridescent brown blue Asahi silk. Laid in matching cloth covered clamshell box with foil stamped illustration.

Alice Simpson: "Music, dance and performance have inspired my books for more than two decades. Discovering Merriam's notation in 2001, I began to research, write, design, and illustrate this somewhat whimsical letterpress limited edition about dance and the romance between Elizabeth I and Sir Christopher Hatton.

"Every aspect of The Dancing Chancellor has been created by hand. The exquisite letterpress printing by Dee Cutrona. The stunning 'Bronze Diamond' paste papers for endpapers and box lining, echoing my illustrations, were especially created by Claire Maziarczyk. Each edition was masterfully hand bound, and then encased in an elegant foil-stamped, clamshell box in Asahi blue brown silk by Bruce Kavin of Kater-Crafts Bookbinders.

"Prompted by the celebration of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, it seems an excellent time for this limited edition about her predecessor and her dancing chancellor."

Christopher Hatton (1540~1591) was the finest dancer in all of Europe. At the age of 24, at a court masque, he caught Her Majesty's attention."...being young and of a comely tallness of body and countenance, he got into such favour with the Queen that she took him into her band of fifty Gentlemen pensioners." ~ THE DANCING CHANCELLOR





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