HAMMER CREEK PRESS. ~ The Song of Solomon.
One of 40 copies. Printed in black, red and blue with gilt dot decorations on the title page. Printed on Sekishu paper. Pp. viii, 28. 12mo., original marbled paper wrappers sewn on the outside in japanese style, printed paper label on upper cover with a gilt border. An extremely good uncut copy in the original gold paste paper covered slipcase with printed paper spine label. Slipcase a little worn, otherwise very good.
John Strobble Fass (1890-1973) was a graphic designer and printer of fine press books who designed books for the leading American publishers of limited edition books. Early in his career he worked for publishing house of William Rudge where he learned a great deal from Bruce Rogers. In 1925 Fass founded the Harbor Press in New York which specialised in creating fine editioned books. This press closed in 1939 and Fass began printing exquisite books from his single-room home at the Bronx YMCA first under the name Hell-Box Press and later he began the Hammer Creek Press in the 1950s. He used an Albion which he acquired from Valenti Angelo who in turn got it from Bruce Rogers.
Hammer Creek is known for its immaculate masterpieces of letterpress printing in tiny editions. Beautifully conceived and printed, John Fass worked slowly to achieve perfection, hence the turtle press device. At this time he also produced a series of leaf prints, printing directly onto Japanese tissue.