Charles van Sandwyk: A Guide for Collectors

Charles van Sandwyk is one of my absolute favourite artists, and I have prepared the annotated bibliography and list of Charles van Sandwyk publications below as a guide for collectors. Price guides aren’t given because they vary wildly, but there are limitation numbers and links to Abes for most books which can give you an idea of current prices – although many items were produced in such low numbers that they only appear for sale once every ten years if that, and I have only provided links where I have seen the books on the market. (You can also feel free to comment below and I can let you know what sort of prices I have seen a work sell for in recent years if there is something in particular that interests you.) Current works are typically available to the retail market via various art galleries across Canada and the US. 

► For the very keen collector, I’ve also prepared a separate page with collector’s notes on ephemera related to the books here...

References used in preparing this bibliography include private collections, the University of British Columbia Library,  the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of AlbertaSimon Fraser University Special Collections, the Heavenly Monkey and Folio Society publishers’ websites, the Joyce Williams Antique Prints and Maps Gallery, and Charles’ own CVS Fine Arts website. All artwork is copyrighted by the artist. (List last updated August 2019.)

CVS High Branch Ephemera

The Annotated Bibliography

1983 CVS Little People

Here follows a collection of little people common to the natural forest by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 1983

About the book: A collection of four sketch portraits of “little people” in sepia. Printed from a copperplate etching on a single strip of Somerset paper, folded accordion style and affixed to marbled paper covers. 6pp, 1.25 x 1 inch. Issued in three bindings: marbled paper (tied withe a green paper loop), green suede (tied with a suede cord), and tan leather. Suede-bound edition limited to 50 signed and numbered copies. Marbled paper bound copies are signed but not numbered.

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Kids’ Guide to Vancouver by Janet Lee and Rae Schidlo, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: 1983 / 1984 / 1985

About the book: The 1984, 1985 and 1986 guidebooks to Vancouver (each guide published at the end of the year preceding that of the title). 122p, 21cm.

A Selection of Neighbourly Birds of the New World (Canada) (Limited Edition) by Charles Noel van Sandwyk. Typography by Denise Carson Wilde. Bound by Rasmussen Hand Bindery.

Publication: Published by the artist, 1987.

About the book:  A selection of bird illustrations. Features nine etchings, Cloister and Hadriano capitals, printed in three colours on Somerset 100 percent rag using a Vandercook proofing press at Winter Lily Press. The etchings were printed from the original intaglio plates on a nineteenth century Kelton & Son press and hand coloured. 36pp, 25cm.  Limited edition of 126 copies, including 100 signed and numbered copies, plus 26 lettered author’s editions. Twenty of the lettered editions were bound in crimson linen with matching slipcase and marbled endpapers, and nine were bound in brown leather. 

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1988 CVS The Gargoyle cover

The Gargoyle: a study by Charles van Sandwyk

Published: Published by the artist, 1988

About the item: A hand lettered book about gargoyles. Issued in slipcase. 1 sheet folded into 11 pages, 89 mm. 

A copy of this work is available in Library and Archives Canada.

1990 CVS Parrots of the Cannibal Islands

Parrots of the Cannibal Islands – Five Endemic Species of Psittaciformes Found in the Fiji Islands

Publication: Published by the artist, 1990. 

About the item: A portfolio of eleven hand-coloured bird etchings printed from the original intaglio plates, then hand-coloured by the artist. Accompanied by letterpress observations. 16 leaves, 29cm. Limited edition of 60 signed copies (however, about half of the copies were not bound or sold).

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1991 CVS Strange Birds

Strange Birds: A Book of Nonsense by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 1991

About the book: Pen and ink drawings of exotic birds in art and poetry. Featuring French flaps, hand-sewn pages, black and white pen & ink drawings. Released in tan and maroon paper wraps. 20pp, 16cm, printed offset. 1000 copies (300 of which were in the maroon wraps). 

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1991 CVS The Affairs of the Heart

The Affairs of the Heart According to Birds by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 1992.

About the book: A story of bird courtships. A single leaf, folded into 10p. Bound in red linen with an inset image and marbled endpapers. Limited edition of 20 copies.  

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1992 CVS The Parade to Paradise trade

The Parade to Paradise: An Illustrated Fable (trade edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Summerwild (Raincoast), 1992

About the book: A flock of birds share their frustrations with life and set out to make a better existence. Text & watercolour illustrations. Burgundy cloth boards with an illustrated dust jacket. 48pp, 26cm. 5500 copies. ISBN: 0969280785

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1992 CVS The Parade to Paradise LE

The Parade to Paradise (Collector’s Edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Summerwild (Raincoast), 1992

About the book: Collector’s edition of Parade to Paradise. Linen case-bound, marbled endpapers, with a hand-etched vignette of eggs in a nest. Issued in a limited numbered edition of 250 copies. 125 limited edition prints (10″ x 14″) of images on pages 9, 11, 13, 17, 19 and 23 were also released. ISBN: 0969609728

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1993 CVS How to See Fairies

How to See Fairies (Fairy Press) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 1993/1995/1999

About the book: A story of fairies told in verse. Featuring text, pen & ink drawings and seven watercolour illustrations. With French flaps and hand-sewn pages. Three printings of 1000 copies each printing (first edition identified by burgundy card wrap, no writing under fairy press logo).

This original edition was followed by a later omnibus trade edition published by Smithmark of the same name in 1999, and a different omnibus Folio Society edition in 2018. 16pp, 18cm, printed offset. 

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Also, see inside How to See Fairies in this post and video here…

1993 CVS Five Bookplates

Five Bookplates by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Printed by the author, 1993

About the book: Five bookplates contained in a decorative envelope. The prints include a bee on a blue egg, a bird eating a bee next to a pineapple, a beetle with a nest strapped to its back, an owl in front of a clock, and a mouse in front of a seed pod. 70mm x 60mm. 12 sets issued.

1994 CVS Wee Folk

Wee Folk Drawn From Life by Charles van Sandwyk. Bound by Judith Johnson.

Publication: published by the artist, 1994.

About the book: A collection of illustrations of six ‘wee folk’ observed by the artist. Both text and illustrations consist of intaglio prints, using burnt umber or moss green ink on “lana royale” paper. Each printed leaf accompanied by a guardsheet. Title vignette on front cover has onlaid copper leaf. 12 leaves, 19cm. Limited edition of 40 signed and numbered copies.

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1994 CVS Bird Bee Band

Van Sandwyk’s Bird & Bee Band by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 1994

About the book: Featuring an accordion-fold 
reproduction of an original watercolour. Released in blue and green wraps. 7pp, 11cm x 13cm. 1200 copies.

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1995 CVS Dream Island

Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds (limited edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 1995

About the book: The ‘sketchbook of a dream’. Calligraphic text and 16 watercolour reproductions along with pen & ink illustrations. Quarter-bound in black leatherette with a gilt title stamped onto burgundy cloth-bound boards. 28p, 23cm x 26cm. Limited edition of 200 numbered copies, each with an original signed etching of ‘Follow Your Dreams’ tipped-in.

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1995 CVS a selection of neighbourly birds 1 cover

A Selection of Neighbourly Birds of the New World (Canada) [anniversary edition] by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 1995

About the book: The anniversary edition of the 1987 original. A collection of illustrations about different birds seen in Canada: robin, wren, warbler, crow, heron and pelican, based on the earlier edition but with ten new colour illustrationsText offset from original letterpress. 24pp, 17cm. 2000 copies. ISBN: 0968012809

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1996 CVS Sketches from a tropic isle parrot

Sketches from a Tropic Isle (Fiji) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: published by the artist, 1997

About the book: A collection of Fijian sketches, drawn and annotated by the artist in the Fiji Islands in 1996. Calligraphic text and watercolour illustrations. Some editions have different images on the front cover, including a parrot and a turtle. Issued with an illustrated bookmark. 28pp, 18cm, printed offset. 1500 copies.

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1997 CVS Sketches from a Tropic Isle LE cover

Sketches from a Tropic Isle (Limited Edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: published by the artist, 1997

About the book: A limited edition of Sketches from a Tropic Isle, with a hand-drawn tan-coloured calligraphic ‘manuscript’ cover. 28pp, 18cm, “only a small number” produced.

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CVS Postcards from a Tropic Isle

Postcards from a Tropic Isle by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: published by the artist, 1997

About the item: Printed set of watercolour postcards issued in a paper folder to accompany Sketches from a Tropic Isle.

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1997 CVS Pocket Guide

Van Sandwyk’s Pocket Guide to the Little People by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 1997

About the book: A collection of fairy folk illustrations. Calligraphic text and pen & ink as well as watercolour illustrations. 24p, 18cm, printed offset. 2000 copies.

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Also, see inside Pocket Guide to the Little People in this post and video here…

1998 CVS Vogel Paradies

Als die Vögel das Paradies Suchten by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Middelhauve, 1998

About the book: German language edition of Parade to Paradise. ISBN: 3787695435.

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1999 CVS How to see fairies boxset 1

How to See Fairies (Stationery Box Set) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Smithmark (Raincoast), 1999

About the book: A boxed ‘treasure chest’  containing a hardcover omnibus edition of How to See Fairies and The Pocket Guide to the Little People as well as a blank journal titled ‘The Fairy Journal’ (to record your own fairy sightings), three note cards, a bookmark and a mini poster. ISBN of omnibus edition hardback book: 0765109522. 25K copies.

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1999 CVS Animal Wisdom

Animal Wisdom by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 1999/2002/2006/2010

About the book: A collection of ‘translated’ Rabbit poetry and language for humans. Calligraphic text and watercolour illustrations. First printing identified by blue wraps. 25p, 18cm, printed offset. 2000 copies each printing. 

See also the matching calendar in CvS Ephemera…

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2000 CVS An Interim Biography

Charles van Sandwyk: An Interim Bibliography 1983 to 2000 by Charles van Sandwyk and Robin Milroy

Publication: Heavenly Monkey and CVS Fine Arts, 2000

About the book: The first book published by Heavenly Monkey. It provides descriptions of the artist’s limited and trade edition books issued during the first 18 years of his career. Includes an introduction by the artist, two new copper plate engravings, and a tipped in facsimile of his miniature book “Wee Folk”. Set by hand in 12-pt Bembo and printed damp with the HM handpress on mould-made paper. (Two hors de commerce copies for the publishers were printed on damp Barcham Green paper and saved for extra binding.) Sewn as a single signature with a printed French paper wrap slipcase. 18pp, 23cm, edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. 

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2000 CVS Gnome Kings Treasure Song

The Gnome King’s Treasure Song by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2000

About the book: The story of the Gnome King. Calligraphic text and watercolour illustrations. Issued with different cover art on the paper wraps including gnome with hap and gnome with staff. 16pp, 18cm, printed offset. 2000 copies.

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Also, see inside The Gnome King in this post and video here…

2001 CVS Three Bess cover

You Who For This Day Prepare or ‘Three Bees’ by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 2001

About this book: Includes hand-coloured copperplate etchings of bees and calligraphic text. 16pp, 20cm. Limited edition of 15 copies.

2001 CVS Minutiae

Minutiae or “The Smaller Particulars” by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2001

About the book: An accordion book of insect images, “being the smaller particulars of an etymologist’s nightmare”. Calligraphic title and 10 insect scenes. 10p, limited edition of 50 copies stated “but only five or six were made”.

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2001 CVS The Fairies Christmas alt

The Fairies’ Christmas by Charles van Sandwyk. Typography by Robert R. Reid.

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2001

About the book: A story of the fairies’ Christmas. Featuring green French flaps, hand-sewn pages, four tipped-in illustrations, story printed on caramel pages. 8pp, 18cm, printed letter press with engravings. 1000 copies. 

A special edition of 50 copies was also published including a frontispiece drawing signed by the artist, with the story printed on white pages.

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2002 CVS The Meaning of Mice

The Painter Mouse presents the Meaning of Mice ‘translated for humans’ by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2002

About the book: A short story by ‘Painter Mouse’. Calligraphic text & watercolour illustrations. Pages consist of a continuous strip of paper folded accordion-style. 11pp, 13cm, printed offset. 2000 copies.

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2004 CVS Mr Rabbit's Christmas Wish Artist's Proof

Mr Rabbit’s Christmas Wish (artist’s proof edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Produced by the artist, 2002

About the book: Artist’s proof manuscript of the later 2004 publication of Mr Rabbit’s Christmas Wish. Green cloth wrappers with onlay etching title. Contains seven etchings (including front title and title page). Most etchings were reproduced in the standard edition, but notably this edition also includes one of a mouse drinking a glass of brandy on a piece of cheese. Only 4 copies were released.

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2002 CVS A Christmas Secret

A Christmas Secret by Rollin Milroy, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Heavenly Monkey, 2002

About the book: A miniature book released to celebrate Christmas for Heavenly Monkey, created by a single sheet of folded handmade paper in cream card boards. Features two drawings plus decorations. “A few dozen copies for family, friends and patrons” were printed. 6pp. 

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The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk, introduction by Joan Aitken.

Publication: The Folio Society, 2003 (plus multiple later printings)

About the book: A collection of Andrew Lang’s fairy tales, part of the “Rainbow Fairy Books” series produced by the Folio Society, all with new illustrations commissions from contemporary illustrators. Bound in blue buckram, blocked with a design by the artist. Decorative end papers, top pages sprayed blue. Typeset in Founder’s Caslon, printed on Caxton Wove paper. 16 coloured illustrations and black & white decorations throughout the text. issued in a blue slipcase. 371p. 

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2003 CVS Affairs of the Heart

Affairs of the Heart according to peaceable creatures by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 2003/2007

About the book: A romantic set of poems told by the animals. French flaps, some pages deckled edges, calligraphic text & 14 tipped-in watercolour illustrations. 28pp, 22cm x 26cm, printed offset. 2000 copies printed, both years.

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2003 CVS A Christmas Book

A Christmas Book by Charles van Sandwyk

Production: Heavenly Monkey, 2003

About the book: A short Christmas story about the Heavenly Monkey receiving a book for Christmas. Produced as a limited edition for friends and family of the press. 8p, limited edition of 100 numbered copies.

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2004 CVS HM Annuals

Drawings by Charles van Sandwyk done for Heavenly Monkey Annuals 2001-2003 by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Heavenly Monkey, 2004

About the book: Charles contributed various drawings for the Heavenly Monkey Annuals between 2001 to 2003. This collection of his artowrk was printed for the artist’s birthday. 8pp, 18cm, limited edition of 20 signed and numbered copies.

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2014 Affairs of the Heart Deluxe

Affairs of the Heart according to peaceable creatures (deluxe edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 2004

About the book: Deluxe edition of Affairs of the Heart. Bound in maroon silk, with an original etching of ‘A Literary Hedgehog’ tipped-in and five additional pages of original sketches of animals added to the end of the book. Printed on Chanson Miteintes and Arches watercolour paper, with colour plates on Lustro cream. 38pp, 22cm x 26cm, limited edition of 200 signed and numbered copies.

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CVS Rabbits Christmas Wish

Mr Rabbit’s Christmas Wish by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 2004/2007

About the book:  A list of things Mr Rabbit is hoping for Christmas. Calligraphic text & tipped-in watercolour illustrations. 16pp, printed offset (2000 copies, both years).

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2015 CVS Mouse Lizard

The Mouse & The Lizard – A Tale of Two Bookplates. Etchings by Charles van Sandwyk. Designed by Robin Milroy. Calligraphy by Martin Jackson. 

Publication: Heavenly Monkey, 2005

About the book: In the early ’90s an American collector commissioned two etchings from Charles to be used as bookplates. The collector asked Heavenly Monkey to assemble an archive of drawings and various state prints and proofs of the commission into a publication, along with a preface by the artist. Since the type would be set anyway, and van Sandwyk had a handful of extra copies of the etchings, the commission’s chronicle was published in an edition of 12 copies, each with seven original etchings (one hand-coloured) tipped in, and reproductions of two original sketches. (The collector’s unique copy contained 15 etchings and two drawings.) The text was set by hand in 18-pt Perpetua, and printed on Arches Cover with the HM handpress. Nine of the 12 copies were bound by Claudia Cohen in full limp vellum, with a traycase. Of the remaining three copies, two were sewn on purple vellum slips, and laced into a limp case made from Reg Lissel’s faux vellum paper. The third was bound in a different wrap, which the artist embellished in watercolour. 21pp, 10in x 10in. An edition of 13 copies. 

The Painter Mouse and the Countryside CD. Narrated by Charles van Sandwyk, musical accompaniment by Chris Ludwig, directed by Frank Ludwig.

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2005

About the item: An audio CD housed in a slipcover.

2005 CVS Literary Companions

Charles van Sandwyk’s Literary Companions by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Intelligent Ink, 2005

About the item: Two bookmarks, six bookplates and an explanatory card in an envelope. Envelopes feature different images, including a ‘literary lion’ and ‘archer mouse’. 19cm x 14cm.

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2008 CVS Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds

Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 2005/2008

About the book: Features French flaps, hand-sewn pages, calligraphic text and 18 tipped-in watercolour illustrations (one a fold-out). Released with metallic brown and blue paper wraps. 28 pp, 26cm x 22cm. Offset printed, 2000 copies.

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2005 CVS Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds

Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds (limited edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 2005

About the book: Bound in black calf over gilt decorated burgundy boards in glassine wrapper. Featuring illustrated endpapers and original signed ‘Follow Your Dreams’ tipped-in etching. 28 pp, 26cm x 22cm. Limited to 200 numbered copies.

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2005 CVS Wind in the Willows FS

The Wind in the Willows (FS Standard edition) by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Folio Society, 2005 (plus multiple later printings)

About the book: The classic adventures of four anthropomorphic animals in pastoral England. Full green cloth blocked with a design by the artist, printed paper label on cover, and decorative endpapers. Features 33 coloured illustrations and black & white drawings. Released in an illustrated slip case. Typeset in Founder’s Caslon. 251p, 25cm. The edition was later revised for a limited edition in 2008. 

Note that a special illustrator’s edition of 150 signed and numbered Illustrated copies was also released in 2005 in this same binding that included an additional etching.

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Bonus: Flip through the Folio Society Wind in the Willows (YouTube)

2006 CVS How to See Fairies Limited Edition cover

How to See Fairies (Special Edition) by Charles van Sandwyk. Hand-bound by Augusto Pecorelli.

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2006

About the book: A special hardcover edition of the earlier How to See Fairies book. Olive green cloth covered boards with tipped in title image on front cover, including two original etchings and an afterword by the author. Accompanied by an illustrated bookmark. The edition states a limitation of 65 copies, however only 25 were printed. 24p, 18cm.

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2006 CVS FS Hans Christan Andersen Complete Tales

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Tales Folio Society Edition. Translated by Jean Hersholt, preface by Brian Alderson, with illustrations by numerous artists

Publication: The Folio Society, 2006.

About the book: A complete collection of Hans Andersen’s tales (156 stories, not just the fairy tales), with each tale illustrated by a different artist. Charles illustrated the tale ‘Which Was the Happiest?’ that appears in volume 2.

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Twenty-One Years, Twenty-One Prints & Suites by Charles van Sandwyk. Bound by Claudia Cohen.

Publication: Published by the artist, 2007.

About the book: A collection of over 60 sepia etchings pulled in 2006 by CVS with Waisiki Doughty, and an essay by the artist. Released in a limited edition of 10 copies, each being named for a writer or artist who had a particular influence on Charles’ life, as well as 3 hors commerce copies. 33cm. Bound in elaborately tooled leather with coloured inlays, issued in a clothbound clamshell box. Limited edition of 13 copies. 

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The Simple Line by Charles van Sandwyk. Bound by Claudia Cohen.

Publication: Heavenly Monkey Editions & CVS Fine Arts, 2007

This essay about the Charles’ approach to etching was originally written as the introduction to the  Twenty-one Years, Twenty-one Prints collection. This issue was printed at the same time with slightly reduced page dimensions as a companion volume. The essay features five tipped-in prints of Charles’ earliest etchings, plus a new etching created just for this project and a new drawing on the title page. The text was set in 18-point Centaur and printed at HM in two colours on 250g Arches Cover paper. 10p, 9in x 13in. Limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. All copies were cased by Claudia Cohen in cloth over boards, with printed spine label. Numbers 1-25 were issued through HM, and cased in natural linen; numbers 26-50 were issued by the artist, and cased in a dark red buckram.

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2005 CVS Wild Gentle Ones

The Wild Gentle Ones: A Turtle Island Odyssey by Jerome “Twin Rainbow” Irwin

Publication: The Wild Gentle Press, 2005

About the book: Examines how and why human consequences, historically, has negatively impacted upon all native human and non-human species. Includes an illustration by CVS.

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2008 CVS Mr Rabbits Symphony of Nature

Mr Rabbit’s Symphony of Nature by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2008

About the book: Mr Rabbit cannot sing, so he becomes a conductor. Featuring French flaps, hand-sewn pages, calligraphic text and 11 tipped-in watercolour illustrations. Includes a folded frog bookmark. 24p, 17cm x 22cm, printed offset. 2000 copies.

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Bonus: Watch Charles read from Symphony of Nature (YouTube)

2008 CVS Afterglow

Afterglow by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press 2008

About the book: An Autumn poem about elfin revellers. Calligraphic text & watercolour illustrations. Two hand-sewn, doubled folded sheets with deckled edge, gilded title mounted on front page, bound with rainbow ribbon, including ribboned bookmark with poem. Issued in paper wraps with red or green background to the title. 8p, 18cm x 19cm, printed offset. 2000 copies.

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2008 CVS Wind in the Willows LE

The Wind in the Willows (Limited Centenary Edition) by Kenneth Grahame

Publication: The Folio Society, 2008

About the book: Hand-bound in quarter vellum, blocked on the spine in 22-carat gold, with vellum tips and paper sides blocked in three shades of metallic foil. Each copy contains a limitation spread with a signed tipped-in etching, hand-printed under the artist’s supervision. New illustrations were created for this edition (adding to those in the standard edition), with this edition containing 16 tipped-in colour plates, with gold edges and borders. Forty new pen-and-ink drawings have been added, including chapter heads and tails, and charming hand-drawn captions. New endpapers showing an architectural plan of Toad Hall have been printed by letterpress. The calligraphy has been printed letterpress by the Logan Press. Gilded top edge, 280 pages. Book size: 13″ x 9¾”. Presented in a cloth-bound solander box with gilt lettered title label. Limited to 1000 signed, numbered copies and 30 additional hors commerce  numbered in roman numerals.

A 4p illustrated letter ‘from Toad’ was also released by the Folio Society as part of its prospectus and advertising campaign – see the ephemera page for more details.

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Bonus: Flip through of The Wind in the Willows and other Folio Society limited editions of ‘cherished tales (YouTube).

2009 CVS The Philosophers Cupboard

The Philosopher’s Cupboard by Charles van Sandwyk. Bound by Waisiki Doughty and CVS.

Publication: Savuti Press, 2009

About the book: Thoughts on how our forebears live within us. Gilded cover and letterpress engravings on hand-made Italian paper (Nideggen mould-made, St Armand hand-made and Firenze Manani paper). Featuring hand-sewn pages and an original etching of ‘Three Generations” signed by the artist. 18p, 25cm. Limited to 199 numbered copies.

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2009 CVS Canadian Content

Canadian Content by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts 2009

About the book: A poem about Canada, with illustrations of Canadian animals. Featuring French flaps, hand-sewn pages, calligraphic text & watercolour illustrations. Issued with beaver lodge or bear art on the cover. 24p, 18cm x 26cm, printed offset. 2500 copies.

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Bonus: Watch Charles read Canadian Content (YouTube)…

2009 CVS Fairy Market

The Fairy Market by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2009

About the book: A visit to a fairy market, dedicated to the memory of Arthur Rackham. Featuring French flaps, hand-sewn pages, 7 tipped-in illustrations and 6 tipped-in watercolour plates. 12 p, 21cm x 26cm, printed offset. 2000 copies. 

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Also, see inside The Fairy Market in this post and video here…

The Toadish Art of Being by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 2010

About the book: A piece about various toads, including ink drawings, a short poem on green paper, and two copper plate prints from the animal wisdom collection. A handmade book with marbled brown and green paper cover. 11p, 17cm x 24.5cm.

A copy of this work is available for viewing in the Bruce Peel Special Collections.

Neighbourly Birds Remembered: twenty-five years later by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 2010

About the book: A reminiscence by the artist on his book ‘A Selection of Neighbourly Birds’. A handmade book, with marbled orange and brown paper cover. 11p, 16.5 in x 5 in.

A copy of this work is available for viewing in the Bruce Peel Special Collections.

2011 CVS Betwixt and Between

Betwixt and Between: The Art and Influence of Charles van Sandwyk (trade edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: University of British Columbia Library, 2011

About the book: The title is taken from a line from Charles’ earlier work Sketches from the Dream Isle of Birds: “The birds are above, the fish are below, and we are betwixt and between.” This is a descriptive catalogue produced to accompany the 2011 UBC exhibition of the same name that explored some of the connections between van Sandwyk and the artists, writers and teachers who inspired his artistic  career. Features French flaps and hand-sewn pages.

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2011 CVS Betwixt and Between Limited

Betwixt and Between (limited edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: University of British Columbia Library, 2011

About the book: The limited edition of Betwixt and Between. Featuring French flaps, hand-sewn pages. Also includes a signed etching of a bee holding a candle and a book. Limited to 100 signed and numbered copies.

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2011 CVS Quality Time

Quality Time CD featuring Charles van Sandwyk and the Brandywine Boys

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2011

About the work: A musical CD by Charles and his band the Brandywine Boys, with cover and interior art by Charles. Contains the following songs:

1. Grandfather’s Clock (4:33)
2. Quality Time (4:36)
3. Healing Hands of Time (4:56)
4. The Imperial Clock (5:30)
5. Stardust (4:31)
6. Finale / As Time Goes By (1:06)

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Bonus: Listen to the band play their cover of Willie Nelson’s Healing Hands of Time here.

2011 CVS Will o the Wisps

Will O’ the Wisps for Tiny Hands by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2012

About the book: A collection of illustrations of tiny magical creatures. A miniature accordion-folded page book closed with a paper band, under which a signed and embossed leaf is laid. Accompanied by a leaf cutout of marbled paper, signed by the artist. Some copies are titled “for tiny hands” and some are titled “for little hands”. 9p, 62mm x 43mm. Limited to 35 signed and numbered copies.

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2012 CVS Full Moon Eyes

Full Moon Eyes: An Ode to the Wisdom and Forbearance of Owls by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2012

About the book: An owl poem with various owl illustrations (and one painter mouse). Featuring French flaps, hand-sewn pages and 15 illustrations, including a foldout triptych reinterpretation of “Life is Art” from 1997. 18pp. 16 x 23 cm. 2000 copies.

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2013 CVS i believe 1 cover

I Believe: Two Poems and a Hidden Thought (standard edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Savuti Press, 2012

About the book: Subtitle is printed backwards on the title page (i.e. in mirror writing). Maroon coloured paper wrappers and marbled end-papers, text block consists of a single gathering, with a ‘hidden’ folded printed card sewn in. Comes with a ‘literary mouse’ bookmark. 8p, 9in x 6.5in. 2000 copies.

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2013 CVS i believe 4 limited cover

I Believe: Two Poems and a Hidden Thought (Deluxe Edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Savuti Press, 2012

About the book: A signed limited edition of in green wraps, with a signed and numbered copperplate etching of “Crow with Field Guide to Humans”. 9 in x 6.5 in. Limited to 125 copies.

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Charles van Sandwyk and the Children’s Literary Tradition by University of British Columbia, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: University of British Columbia, 2013

About the book: An exhibition catalogue for the UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections exhibition, held on 1-31 October 2013. 20p, 9in x 6 in. Limited edition of 100 copies.

2013 CVS An Unexpected Gift

An Unexpected Gift: The Untold Tale of Bartholomew the Green (Cousin to our beloved Father Christmas) who left the Comforts of Antarctica to Help Restore an Old-fashioned Christmas to a Wayward and Needy World ‘translated’ by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2013

About the book: Featuring metallic gold endsheets, 16 pages of illustrations and 24 pages of text. Seven watercolour and 8 ink drawings printed on three papers. Four foil stampings on the red cover. 44pp, 16cm x 23cm, initial print run of 1500.

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2014 CVS Long Ago In Bangalore

Long Ago in Bangalore by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2014

About the work: Includes a two-page poem with two interior illustrations of dragons and books. Gilt card sleeve with tipped-on illustration on front. Contains six bookplates and five bookmarks (all with different illustrations), and a bookplate containing a short poem. 4pp, 16cm x 23cm. Two printings each limited to 100 sets (reprint has only one illustration and bookplates are on white paper).

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2014 CVS Long Ago In Bangalore ALcuin

Long Ago in Bangalore (Alcuin Edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Alcuin Society, 2014

About the work: The original poem by the artist, printed in two colours as a keepsake for the Alcuin Society’s Annual General Meeting on 9 June 2014. 4pp, 16cm x 23cm. Limited edition of 70 signed and numbered copies.

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2014 CVS Alices List 1

Alice’s List: a.k.a. ‘Alice’s Illustrations in Wonderland’ by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Printed by the author, 2014

About the item: Original marble wrappers with laid on title. An annotated list of 30 illustrations to be completed by the artist for his Folio Society book “Alice in Wonderland”. One sketch of the Cheshire cat. 8 leaves, 22cm. A “small number of copies” was produced. 

2014 CVS Alice in Wonderland Time Flies Curiouser

Curiouser and Curiouser: The White Rabbit Method for Telling Time by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the author, 2014

About the book: Based on the limited edition of the Folio Society Alice in Wonderland, including a signed print of the White Rabbit. Originally planned as a limited edition of 100, but only a small number of artist copies were released in green, red or black wraps. 8 pages, 23cm. A small number of unnumbered copies released.

2014 CVS Time Flies cover

Time Flies: The Incongruity of Timelessness Explained With Eight Etchings by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the author, 2014

About the book: A collection of eight etchings. 20 x 24 p. Limited edition of 10 holographic copies.

A copy of the work is available at the W. A. C. Bennett Library (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby)

2014 CVS Beatrice M van Sandwyk

Beatrice M Van Sandwyk May 25th 1932 to January 5th 2014

Publication: Published by the author, 2014

About the item: A tribute to Charles Van Sandwyk’s mother, Beatrice M. Van Sandwyk. Includes memories from loved ones, images of her life, and a few touching stories. Two sketches, one of an angel child on the first page, another of a sleeping mouse on a candlestick with a book. Metallic wrappers, with a photo of Beatrice laid on the cover. 14p, 9 x 5.5 in. Limited edition of 100 copies.

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2014 CVS Tree Whispers Trial Cover

Tree Whispers (trial edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the author, 2014

About the book: A trial publication for the later full-size 2015 edition, with oatmeal painted paper wraps, gold foil endpapers. 6 pages. 16cm x 23cm. Limited edition of 8 copies.

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2016 CVS Tree Whispers

Tree Whispers (standard edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Savuti Press, 2015

About the book: A poem written by the author, accompanied by his delightful illustrations. Maroon wrappers with a string-tied fold-over brown paper jacket featuring a mounted colour illustration on the front cover with a gold and black decorative border surrounding and continuing to the back page. Features two tissue printed illustrations, with several other colour illustrations throughout the text. 24 pages. 16cm x 23cm. 600 copies.

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Bonus: Watch Charles read from Tree Whispers (Youtube)…

2016 CVS Tree Whispers LE

Tree Whispers (Deluxe Edition) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Savuti Press, 2015

About the book: Deluxe edition of Tree Whispers, with a green fold-over paper jacket and including an original signed limited edition print. 24 pages. 16cm x 23cm. Limited edition of 120 copies.

Eight 6-page ‘trial’ publications for this title were also released, with oatmeal coloured painted wrappers and gold foil endpapers.

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2015 CVS The Golden Key

The Golden Key by George MacDonald, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk. Designed by Mike and Rita Tortorello.

Publication: Pegana Press, 2015

About the book: Hand-printed with hand-set Goudy and Civilite types on a Vandercook SP 15 press on Hanhnemuhle and Canson papers; hand bound in soft yellow cloth with printed paper title label on spine, decorative Florentine endpapers, pictorial label mounted on front panel. Watercolour frontispiece and interior pen and ink illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk. Each frontispiece has been hand signed by Charles and Giclee printed. Printed in sections of French and German paper with hues of rose, custard, soft green, and blue. A small letterpress print of The Old Man Of The Sea was also included with the book. 44p, 24cm. Limited to 80 copies plus six out-of-series artist copies bound in leather. 

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2016 CVS FS Alice in Wonderland cover 2

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (FS Limited Edition) by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk.

Publication: The Folio Society, 2016.

About the book: Quarter bound in vellum with vellum tips, blocked on the spine in 24-carat gold, case sides blocked in four foils on Merida paper. Limitation spread blocked in two colours on two shades of Hahnemühle Bugra Butten laid paper, inset with a hand-printed etching hand-printed on Somerset Velvet Buff hand-made paper; signed and numbered by the artist. Eleven plates printed in full colour with gold borders on Art paper, tipped into the text within ornamental gold borders and nine scraps printed in full colour on Art paper, individually cut out and tipped in place. Set in Founders Caslon types, with hand-drawn initials and circa 50 line-drawings; printed in warm black and gold inks on Ambassador Cream twin-wire laid paper. Endpapers printed letterpress in dark red ink on Hahnemühle Bugra Butten laid paper. Issued in Solander Box bound in Paradise cloth, lined with Hahnemühle Bugra Butten, spine titling label blocked in two colours on laid paper. Gilded top edge, 172 pages, 13″ x 9¾”. The edition is limited to 1000 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on the etching, and 30 hors commerce copies numbered in roman numerals.

A 2p illustrated ‘proclamation’ by the White Rabbit was also released by the Folio Society as part of its prospectus and advertising campaign – see the ephemera page for more details. 

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Bonus: Flip through Alice in Wonderland and other Folio Society limited editions of ‘cherished tales (YouTube).

2016 CVS Letters from Fairyland

Letters from Fairyland by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2016

About the book: Original pale sage green linen-textured pictorial card covers with decorated turn-ins on cream linen-textured stock. Front and rear covers both affixed with marbled card pockets containing a neatly folded letter (with delightful facsimile stamps and postmark) purportedly from Emma Gladstone to the artist and printed in van Sandwyk’s characteristic calligraphy; the rear pocket containing an accordion-folded 6-leaf panorama of Little People Common to the Natural Forest printed throughout in colour to both sides; also included are 4 other loose inserts in pockets including a letter; illustrated fairy bank notes; a Royal Summons from the King of the Woodland Gnomes; and a note written on a folded paper leaf. Includes three folded letters, three postage stamps, one leaf-shaped letter, and one accordion-folded illustration.  12p, 23cm. Limited edition of 200 copies.

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Also, see inside Letters from Fairyland in this post and video here…

2017 CVS Fairies in Fijiland | beautifulbooks.info

Fairies in Fijiland by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Fairy Press, 2017.

About the book: A tiny glimpse into the lives of the most diminutive race in the Enchanted Isles of Fiji. Original hand-marbled card covers, with decorated paper label laid on, individually hand-sewn with bronze metallic inner covers; Printed on apricot and cream card with additional bound-in pictorial tabs, a 4-page transformational scene of a landscape, pictorial title in colours, and 2 finely etched fairyland plates in sepia on hand-made paper with untrimmed edges and protective cobweb tissues. Issued with an accompanying bookmark printed with an owl in olive green and hand-numbered with the limitation details. 20p, 22cm. Limited edition of 100 copies.

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2017 CVS Northern View of the Eclipse cover

Northern View of the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 witnessed at the sovereign state of Brandywine Cottage, Deep Cove, British Columbia by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the author, 2017

About the book: An illustrated diagram showing the travel path of the eclipse from Brandywine Cottage to Fiji (taking in Owyhee and Christmas Island). Hand-marbled card covers seamed with gilt, with onlaid pictorial roundel of the moon assembled from marbled blue and cream card with title in red and black and a vignette in colours; illustrations of the transit of the moon after pen-and-ink drawings; one of Brandywine Cottage; one coloured vignette of the sun; another tiny coloured pictorial label; and a full-page image of an owl at the rear, in colours; also with, bound at the centre, two pictorial roundels on coloured card recreating the eclipse and, loosely attached to the rear cover, a folding 3-panel. 16p, 17cm. Limited edition of 150 copies.

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2017 CVS Random Thoughts

To: Random Thoughts, Esq by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 2017

About the item: A cream coloured printed letter (42cm x 14cm unfolded) with 7 illustrations, describing Charles’ thoughts on pen and ink.. Folds into the shape of an envelope replicating the style of a 19th century letter, wrapped by a ribbon with a sliding wax seal (14cm x 10cm folded). Limited edition of a 125 copies of which 25 are hand-coloured by the artist. 

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2018 CVS Fairies Folio Society

How to See Fairies, and Other Tales by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: The Folio Society, 2018

About the book: A collection of Fairy poems and vignettes – originally printed as individual volumes by The Fairy Press – gathered together here for the first time. Includes a new Preface, and reproduces The Fairy Market, How to See Fairies, The Gnome King’s Treasure Song, Pocket Guide to the Little People, Afterglow, Wee Folk, and The Fairies’ Christmas. 

Bound in blocked cloth with a printed inset paper label,  set in Calson. 72 integrated colour and 30 black & white illustrations, illustrated endpapers. 128 pages plus a 3 page fold-out,10” x 6¾”. Issued in decorative slipcase.

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2018 CVS Here Follows A Collection of Little People

Here Follows A Collection of Little People Common to the Natural Forest (‘the enlarged edition’) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2018

About the book: An imagining of inhabitants of the fairy realm, featuring a  reproduction of the ‘enlarged edition’ of the panoramic chapbook that  first appeared in Letters From Fairyland, folded in a small pocket. Original marbled covers over brown card with a metallic copper finish, with onlaid pictorial label to upper panel, handstitched to spine; 3 exquisite illustrations (2 in colours and one series in sepia) together with a 6-leaf accordion-folded panorama of 11 fairy folk in full colour within a tipped-in marbled card pocket affixed to one page, with calligraphy throughout. 4p, 22cm.

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2018 CVS Splendid Crow Booklet

Splendid Crow: Life is Art; Art is Life (a.k.a. A Field Guide to Decent Humans) by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2018

About the book: A single sheet of cardstock, folded to make 6 pages, sewn into paper covers. Colour illustration tipped-on to the front cover, three tipped-on colour illustrations to the inner triptych, as well as black and bronze illustrations throughout. Some variants have bronze wraps, some have black, string and paper bindings also vary. A limited collection of 20 string-bound sets containing all 4 variants was also released.

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CVS Conversation with old St Nick

A Conversation With Old St Nick at the North Pole by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the author, 2018

About the book: Includes the business card of Father Christmas, inserted into pocket. 8pp, 23 cm.

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2018 CVS Little Folk cover

Little Folk by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2018

About the book:  Little folk “drawn from memory at Brandywine Cottage, Autumn, 2018”. Volume consists of a single signature, with hand-drawn, hand-coloured illustrations. Sewn into marbled paper covers. 8 unnumbered leaves, 20cm.

2018 CVS Days Are A Dream cover

Days are a Dream by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: Published by the artist, 2018

About the book: An excerpt from Charles’ Fiji diary. Manuscript book consisting of a single signature of text, followed by a single sheet folded accordion-style with 3 etchings. Sewn together and bound in gold cloth. Gilt accents. 14p, 20cm.

2018 CVS 8 Literary Companions cover

Eight Literary Companions by Charles van Sandwyk

Publication: CVS Fine Arts, 2018

About the book: Consists of a single signature containing 8 etchings and some handwritten text. Each etching has a small amount of gilt decoration. Bound in gold-coloured cloth, with endpapers marbled by Waisiki Doughty. 12 unnumbered leaves, 8 illustrations, 26 cm. Limited edition of 10 copies, printed, lettered, hand-decorated and bound by the artist.

A peek inside the books...

I have linked several of the books above to videos that offer a flip through them, and I am working on creating more of these (particularly for the very rare works that you are unlikely to encounter ‘in the wild’). But in the meantime, if you want to peek inside some more of the books (bearing in mind respect for the artist’s copyright), I have created a short carousel below for you to scroll through and enjoy. The images below are swapped out regularly for new content.

Collecting Charles van Sandwyk Artist Books

An illustrated guide of Charles van Sandwyk's hand-made books for collectors

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