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Phoenix

The American David Simaleavich found Amsterdam to be the place where he wanted to live in the 1970s – he was in his twenties and a brilliant bookbinder and enterpreneur. In the early 1980s he started his own company: the Phoenix Bindery.

David specialized in sewing and binding small bibliophile editions in a professional way. Often he bound older bibliophile books in leather-backed boards, vellum or marbled wrappers. He always searched for nice and original ways to treat books.

For fun, David often issued little books himself. He asked a bibliophile printer to make (for instance) a New Year’s Wish or some other festive book. Often these where phoenix-themed. David sought out the paper and made the brochure or the binding. Here are a few of these – his self-published books. (I worked with David for three very nice years, 1983-1986, as a spine title setter, and in various other functions).


1. (ALICE). CARROLL, Lewis Jabberwocky. (With a signed silkscreen print by Hans LANDSAAT). Amsterdam, (Phoenix editions), 1985. Original wrappers. 12 p. In the original English. Set by hand and printed by Hans van Eijk (= In de Bonnefant) in 65 numbered copies. Cover a bit discoloured (as often).
€ 150
* Attractive bibliophile edition. Jabberwocky’s famous first verse (‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/ Did gyre and gimble in the wabe…‘) was fittingly printed on the cover in mirror.
This is number 1 of the print run, provided with an extra copy of the silkscreen, signed and numbered ‘I / VII’. With the prospect. The first seven copies of the edition were to undergo a luxury treatment, as yet unknown at the time the colophon was printed: a half-leather binding, or a special decoration. ‘Seven copies containing an additional print were uffishly altered by the publisher-binder’ – after a citation about the poem’s hero, ‘And, as in uffish thought he stood …’ But due to a lack of time it didn’t work out, and in the end, the seven deluxe copies only were provided with an extra print of the silkscreen. Still: number 1 of an extremely rare Lewis Carroll!

2. (ALICE). CARROLL, Lewis Jabberwocky. (Met een gesigneerde zeefdruk in kleuren door Hans LANDSAAT). Amsterdam, (Phoenix editions), 1985. Original wrappers. 12 p. In the original English. Set by hand and printed by Hans van Eijk (= In de Bonnefant) in 65 numbered copies. Cover a bit discoloured (as often).
€ 45
* With a prospect.

3. CAPELLEVEEN, Paul van Lord of Dantras. Amsterdam, Amor Vincit, [1987]. Sewn in cover. (16) p. Hand-set and printed [by Drukkerij Rustenburg] in blue-grey and black in an edition of 53 numbered copies. 1st edition.
€15
* Three poems (in Dutch). Amor Vincit 3.

4. CAPELLEVEEN, Paul van Prototype. (Amsterdam), Phoenix Editions, 1991. Sewn with cover. 35.5 x 18.5 cm. 16 p. Printed according to typographical instructions by Ton Leenhouts by Hein Elferink in purple and black in an edition of 35 numbered copies. 1st edition.
€30
* Long poem, a book in a striking format and with a special, purple and white cover. An attractive edition, the beauty of which is difficult to describe. Enclosed: prospectus for this issue.

5. CORET, Peter (Pseudoniem van Cees van der PLUIJM) O, dat je doodgaat. [Amsterdam, Amor Vincit], (1986). Original wrappers. (12) p. Hand-set and printed by de Veerpers in lilac and black in an edition of 45 numbered copies. 1st edition.
€15
* “O, that you are dying”. Poem published on the occasion of the first lustrum celebration of the Society for Unnatural Literature on March 29, 1986. Amor Vincit 1.

6. DRUKWERK IN DE MARGE, STICHTING Bladwijzerproject. (Santpoort, Mercator Pers, 1987). Title, colophon and 30 (of 32) bookmarkers of 20 x 7 cm in cardboard holder, set in a beautiful, black Perspex pillar (Bindery Phoenix). Manufactured in an edition of 90 pillars. The cardboard holder has (as usual) come loose from the base, but that can easily be glued at home (we would also like to do that for you, but we cannot guarantee that the glue will survive the shipment).
€125
* “Bookmarker project.” This lapidary column hides a small, but fine project by Stichting Drukwerk in de Marge, which unfortunately lacks two bookmarks. Contains printed matter from, among others, In de Bonnefant, Pastei, Mercator Pers, The Cherub Press, Rosmarijn Pers, Bucheliuspers, Cicero, Exponent, De Ammoniet, Clipeus Pers, Eric van der Wal, De Lange Distance, De Oude Degel, Hein Elferink, Avalon Pers and The Alembic Press.

7. FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence Christ Climbed Down. (With an illustration by Paul Snijders – yes, that’s me). [Amsterdam], Binderij Phoenix/Phoenix editions, 1985. Folding leaf in cover of botanical paper. [Printed by Ger Rustenburg in a very limited edition].
€30
* ‘Christ climbed down/From his bare tree’. Poem by Ferlinghetti (1919-2021). New Year’s gift from Bindery Phoenix for 1985/1986.

8. HERINGA, P.M. (As:) LEBERECHT A phoenix too infrequent. (With an original, numbered and signed drypoint etching by Hans Abbing). Amsterdam, Phoenix Editions, (1984). Original wrappers, sewn with red thread. (6) p. Hand-set from the Spectrum and printed in red and black on Barcham Green in an edition of 65 numbered copies. In the box on the cover some lines handwritten by the author, signed in red: ‘Leberecht’. 1st edition.
€40
* Dutch poem. A pun on the play A Phoenix Too Frequent by Christopher Fry, according to Peter Heringa (who regularly visited the Phoenix Bindery during this time) the title of his poem refers to a lack of erections. Phoenix editions 5. Breugelmans 110.

9. LACTANTIUS (It seeks a certain palm with lofty top…). (With an illustration by Bob van Blommestein). [Sub Signo Libelli,] (1981). Folding leaf. Set by hand and printed by Ger Kleis in a limited edition.
€15
* This copy was only printed in black and the illustration remained unsigned. Publication (and also invitation) on the occasion of the opening of Phoenix Bindery. Breugelmans 67.

10. LACTANTIUS Within the forest a thick place remote (…). (With an original etching by Hans den Tonkelaar). [Amsterdam], (Phoenix Bindery), [1981]. 35x22cm. Folding leaf in cover. (4) p. Hand printed by Thomas Gravemaker (Dynamo Press) in a limited edition.
€35
* New Year’s gift 1981/1982 (giant size!).

11. LANKERN, Anton Zandvoort-Sommer. (Bilingual edition with a Dutch translation by Joep Jaspers and Nop Maas). [Amsterdam], Amor Vincit, 1991. Sewn with cover. (8) p. Printed on Japon Nacré in beige and black by Rob Cox (De Veerpers) in an edition of 55 numbered copies. 1st edition.
€18
* Beautiful book production on beautiful Imperial Japanese paper, in a sumptuous cover of Indian paper with leaf parts. Publication on the occasion of the second lustrum of the Society for Unnatural Letters. One of the most beautiful products of the collaboration between David Simalavich and a Dutch private printer. Amor Vincit 5.

12. MANN, Thomas Tristan. Eine Novelle. Amsterdam, Phoenix Editions, 1983. 25 x 16 cm. Halb-Vellum, die Deckel mit grober Thai-Eri-Seide bezogen. 66 S. Auf Deutsch. Gedruckt bei Joh. Enschede & Zonen in Haarlem mit der Trinité roman wide 3, entworfen von Bram de Does. Redaktion G.A. von Winter. Typografie Karina Meister. Das Frontispiz ist eine Fotografie einer Seite aus der Originalpartitur von Tristan und Isolde. Gedruckt in 125 nummerierten Exemplaren. Mit Prospekt, ohne Schuber. Sehr schönes Exemplar.
€190
* Eines von 35 Deluxe-Exemplaren, gedruckt auf Saunders Creamlaid Bookpaper mit wunderschönem blassviolettem Einband. Hier kam erstmals die Trinité roman wide 3 zum Einsatz.

13. MANN, Thomas Tristan. Eine Novelle. Amsterdam, Phoenix Editions, 1983. 25 x 16 cm. Boards (paste paper or Kleisterpapier; Binderij Phoenix). 66 p. Set from the Trinité and printed in an edition of 125 numbered copies. Entirely in German. Editorial G.A. von Winter. Typography Karina Meister. Frontispiece: a leaf from the original score of Tristan und Isolde. Printed in 125 numbered copies. This is one of 90 on Zerkall Bütten-Werkdruckpapier. Nice copy.
€45
* First application of the Trinité novel wide 3 by Bram de Does. Typographically design by Karina Meister, typeset by Enschedé, printed by Jan de Jong and bound by Phoenix Bindery.

14. PENNA, Sandro Felicità più tardi mette le ali/ Later krijgt geluk vleugels. [Poems by Sandro Penna translated by Eric M. Moormann]. [Amsterdam, Amor Vincit-Phoenix Editions], (1989). Oblong. Gilt vellum-backed boards (Phoenix Bindery). (16) p. Hand-set and printed [by Hein Elferink] in an edition of 55 numbered copies.
€125
* One of 10 deluxe copies on handmade paper and bound in half parchment. This is a hors commerce copy. Particularly beautiful, unconventionally designed booklet. The poetry is in Italian and Dutch. Amor Vincit 4.

15. PENNA, Sandro Felicità più tardi mette le ali/ Later krijgt geluk vleugels. [Poems by Sandro Penna translated by Eric M. Moormann]. [Amsterdam, Amor Vincit-Phoenix Editions], (1989). Oblong. Original stiff wrappers (Phoenix Bindery). (16) p. Hand-set and printed [by Hein Elferink] in an edition of 55 numbered copies.
€25
* Particularly beautiful, unconventionally designed booklet, the cover of heavy Indian paper by David Simalavich titled with the gilting press. The poetry is in Italian and Dutch. Amor Vincit 4.

16. (PHOENIX) Collection of prospectuses and other various printed matter from Bindery – and Publisher Phoenix. Prospectuses, Bibliofiele Begeerten and Miscellaneous. Approx. 15 pcs.
€25

17. (PHOENIX) Collection of publications and other printed matter. CAPELLEVEEN, Paul van: Lord of Dantras. Amor Vincit, 1987.
CLAUDIAN: A secret light there streams… (From Henry Vaughans Phoenix, after Claudius), New Year’s Wish for 1983.
CORET, Peter (= Cees van der PLUIJM): Oh, that you die. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Society for Unnatural Literature, 1986. With handwritten dedication by Cees van der Pluijm.
EIJK, Hans van: Books have their time as well as cucumbers. Flyer, 1984.
FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence Christ climbed down. (With an illustration by Paul Snijders). New Year’s Wish for 1986. Without cover.
HARRIS, Ella Isabel: [Phoenix]. New Year’s Wish for 1984.
HOLTHUIS, Fokas: Bibliofiele Begeerten. 1986.
LANKERN, Anton: Zandvoort Sommer. Amor Vincit 1991.
LAWRENCE, D.H.: Phoenix. New Year’s Wish for 1985. Card in cover.
Domaine de PHOENIX LYS D’OR 1991. Wine label for David.
PLUIJM, Cees van der The Child the Fish. (With three drawings by Ciska Muller).
SHAKESPEARE, William: The Quintessence of Dust. Due to the exhibition April’s Fool, 1985. Regular copy (1/80 exx.) and deluxe copy (with etching by Hans Abbing, 1/20 exx.) in original cover.
SIMALEAVICH, David: The Big Three-Five. Invitation to David’s 35th Birthday, beautifully printed by Rob Cox.
SIMALEAVICH, David: From the Mouths of Mutes. Due to David’s farewell to Phoenix and the Netherlands. On Shiny Japanese, 1991.
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord: Tears, Idle Tears. 1/50 exx. 1986. At the fifth anniversary of Bindery Phoenix. With a sample page of the deluxe edition (5 exx.) on handmade Wookey Hole
Prospectus:
April’s Fool
CAPELLEVEEN, Paul van: Prototype
CARMIGGELT 70
On CONSTANT
CORET, Peter: Goffert
NOOTEBOOM’S HOTEL (mottled)
PLUIJM, Cees van der: Het kind de vis.
STOUTE, René, & Joost VEERKAMP: Werklust
VRIES, Theun de: Het hert
Price list Phoenix & Co., ca. 1986. Two variants.
Price list Amor Vincit, 1986.
€140
* With a generously sorted, nice assortment of the small publications (just something for David to add printed matter to everything), some proofs and personal occasional prints.

17. PLUIJM, Cees van der Het Kind de Vis. (With three drawings by Ciska Muller). Amsterdam, Phoenix Editions, 1991. Paperback with dust jacket (drawn by Krystel Simalavich (born 1985!)). 20 p.m. Hand-set and printed by Hein Elferink in an edition of 77 numbered copies. 1st edition.
€15
* “The Child The Fish”. The author previously published under the pseudonyms Peter Coret and Paul Lemmens.

18. RIDLER, Anne The Phoenix answered. Amsterdam, Phoenix Productions, 1988. Original wrappers. (16) p. In the front an image of a phoenix rising from its ashes in Art Nouveau. Hand-set and printed by Hein Elferink in an edition of 100 numbered copies. Inserted is a greeting card.
€15
* New Year’s gift from Phoenix Bindery. Anne Ridler (1913-2001) was an Oxford poet associated with the Inklings, friends with C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot.

19. RIDLER, Anne The Phoenix answered. Amsterdam, Phoenix Productions, 1988. Original wrappers. (16) p. English poem. In the front an image of a phoenix rising from its ashes in Art Nouveau. Hand-set and printed by Hein Elferink in an edition of 100 numbered copies. Insert is a greeting card.
€25
* This is number 1 of the edition! New Year’s gift from Phoenix Bindery.

19. RIDLER, Anne The Phoenix answered. Amsterdam, Phoenix Productions, 1988. Gilt limp vellum. (16) p. In the front an image of a phoenix rising from its ashes in Art Nouveau. Hand-set and printed by Hein Elferink in an edition of 100 numbered copies. Inserted greeting card.
€200
* This is one of seven deluxe copies, printed on Japanese Gampi (a dark glossy, honey-colored paper that keeps you engrossed) and bound in full parchment. Moreover, this is number 1 of the edition! New Year’s gift from Phoenix Bindery. Anne Ridler (1913-2001) was an Oxford poet associated with the Inklings, friends with C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot.

20. SHAKESPEARE, William The Phoenix and the Turtle. [Amsterdam, Phoenix editions], 1984. 20,5 x 13 cm. Gilt limp vellum (Binderij Phoenix). (20) p. Hand-set by Paul Snijders and printed by Rob Cox in an edition of 100 numbered copies.
€180
* This is one of the seven deluxe copies on heavy laid paper and beautifully bound in full unborn calf vellum (this is an H.C. copy). The deluxe version is a lot bigger than the regular edition. Publication on the occasion of the three-year anniversary of Phoenix Bindery.

21. SHAKESPEARE, William The Phoenix and the Turtle. [Amsterdam, Phoenix editions], 1984. Sewn with flaps. (20) p. Hand-set by Paul Snijders and printed by Rob Cox in 100 numbered copies.
€15
* Publication on the occasion of the three-year anniversary of Phoenix Bindery.

22. SHAKESPEARE, William The Quintessence of Dust. (With an original, numbered and signed etching by Hans Abbing). [Amsterdam, Phoenix Editions, 1985]. Folded sheet in a cover of handmade Indian paper. Hand-set and printed by Peter Yvon de Vries in an edition of 100 numbered copies.
€50
* Publication on the occasion of the opening of April’s Fool, a retrospective exhibition of work by Phoenix Bindery. One of 20 deluxe copies with a numbered and signed etching by Hans Abbing. An ordinary copy without etching is for sale for € 15.

23. SIMALEAVICH, David (Binderij PHOENIX) From the mouths of mutes. [Amsterdam], Phoenix Editions, 1991. Folding leaf. Printed on glossy Japanese paper.
€20
* Long poem announcing his departure to the United States and the resurrection of Phoenix with Philipp Janssen as the new pilot. Also includes an invitation to ‘one hell of a party’ on September 8, 1991. ‘Bring your dancing shoes!’

24. TENNYSON, Alfred Lord Tears, idle tears. Amsterdam, Phoenix Productions, 1986. Original wrappers. (12) p. Set by hand and printed by the Veerpers in black and gray in an edition of 55 numbered copies.
€15
* Publication on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Phoenix Bindery.

25. VASALIS, M. Phoenix. (With a drawing by Siegfried Woldhek). Amsterdam, (Bindery Phoenix/Phoenix Editions) 1983. Sewn with dust jacket. (12) p. Hand-set from the Lectura by Hans van Eijk (= In de Bonnefant) in red and black in an edition of 125 numbered copies.
€32
* One of 118 Arabic numbered copies on Zerkall-Bütten.

26. VEERKAMP, Joost, and René STOUTE Werklust. With a drawing by Joost Veerkamp. Amsterdam, Phoenix Editions, 1985. Paperback. 48 pp. Printed in 100 numbered copies. With a prospect.
€35
* This is one of 67 numbered and signed copies.


Various things happened, one of them being that his Phoenix Bindery was not lucrative enough to have a family modestly living from it, and personal life things, and in 1992 David decided to go back to the USA. He lives in California now and is sorely missed, as a pacesetter for bibliophile life and as a friend.

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