A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano
Illustrated with Thirteen Duotone and One Color Painting by Mark Ulriksen
Arion Press, 2006, Signed Limited Edition, 247 of 400
Signed by Arnold Hano and Mark Ulriksen
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “A Day in the Bleachers” published by the Arion Press in 2006 with a limitation of 400 with this being number 247. From the publisher, “A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano is a baseball book. It is about the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians, in which Willie Mays made his legendary over-the-shoulder catch deep in center field, known ever after as “The Catch”. The Giants won in ten innings and went on to win four-straight games and thus the best-of-seven-games series.
A Day in the Bleachers was written with seeming ease in a few short weeks after the game and was published in 1955 by Thomas Y. Crowell. This account of one of the most famous games in the history of the sport, told from the perspective of a fan in the stands, soon came to be recognized as a classic of the genre. It has been in print almost continuously over the past fifty years. The book is full of humor, wisdom, and information for those who know a little or a lot about ballparks, plays, players, and statistics. It is welcoming to first-time readers and rewarding to re-readers.Publisher Andrew Hoyem's design for the book recognizes the theme of Arcadia that is reflected in its title, the debates over style in the history of the English garden. The landscape format and fold-out illustrations are an allusion to the presentation books of the garden designer Humphrey Repton, referred to in the stage directions for the play, and whose imaginary counterpart, the landscaper Richard Noakes, launches Act One by turning the pages of his book of proposals for the Sidley Park gardens. The illustrations show the reader the larger setting for the play, exterior to the stage set, referred to but unseen by the audience.”
For the Arion Press edition of A Day in the Bleachers, Mark Ulriksen has created fourteen paintings in egg tempera on board illustrating incidents in the book. All but one were painted in shades of white to blue-grey to black, and that one is in full color. There are eight single pages, four double spreads, one triple spread, and one quadruple spread, which is the crescendo in color of “The Catch.” The publisher Andrew Hoyem, a season ticket-holder at the San Francisco Giants stadium, has written the foreword.
The book is large octavo in format, 11 by 7-1/2 inches, 172 pages plus fourteen sewn-in leaves of varying widths for the illustrations. The types are Cushing Old Style and Stationers Gothic Bold, printed by letterpress. The paper for the text is Zerkall Book Laid, a German mouldmade paper. The illustrations were printed by offset lithography on Lustro Dull paper. The running heads carry the page numbers and line score of the game, Indians on the left and Giants on the right, updating runs, hits, and errors as the game progresses. The endpapers show the complete box score. The books are hand-sewn with red linen thread (recalling baseball stitching) over linen tapes and bound in blue-grey cloth with an inset reproduction at smaller scale of Seventh-inning stretch on the front cover.
The book is signed by Arnold Hano and Mark Ulriksen.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
The publisher’s stock photographs of the book and examples of illustrations in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."