The 1965 United States Dante Stamp

By Christopher D. Cook

"Shows just how much you can convey and learn about a single ... postage stamp; and it shows how a book retelling the story of that single artful stamp can practically be a work of art in itself." — Jeff Stage, The American Philatelist, March 2018

Recipient of Silver Award, 16th New Zealand National Philatelic Literature Exhibition, 2019

The 1965 United States Dante Stamp explores in detail the background, production, and issuance of the country's commemorative postage stamp honoring Italian poet Dante Alighieri on the septicentennial of his birth. The author's extensive research using government documents, archival resources, and specialist literature provides a complete and illuminating narrative of the stamp's history.

Profusely illustrated in color, the volume includes a gallery of first day covers, a sample cover, and a sample plate block from the stamp issue. Limited to 50 signed and numbered copies, the book was printed by Kenwel Printers in Columbus, Ohio, and bound by Lincoln Bookbindery in Urbana, Illinois. Each letterpress dust jacket, printed by Igloo Letterpress in Worthington, Ohio, includes a mounted stamp.

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Format: Hardback with dust jacket
Pages: 88
Size: 7.25 × 10.4 in.
ISBN: 978-0-9991137-0-7
Published: December 10, 2017

Glory o' the Dawn and Gloucester—Offshore 

By Harold T. Pulsifer | Edited and with a biographical note by Christopher D. Cook | Cover art by Winslow Homer

In Glory o' the Dawn, a short tale of coastal Maine, an outcast craftsman is caught up in a small-town curfuffle when he builds an exquisite but ill-fated model of a ship. Harold Pulsifer weaves diverse threads about ships and the sea, small town society, near-obsessive perfectionism, nostalgia, and letting go. When these threads are pulled together, the reader is left to contemplate the meaning of human dignity. In Pulsifer's "Gloucester—Offshore" the author waxes philosophical while recounting a perilous night at sea in dense fog.

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Price: $12.99 +SH
Format: Paperback
Pages: 56
Size: 5 × 8 in.
ISBN: 978-1-5227-8163-9
Published: February 17, 2016