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54 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island NY 11964blackcatbooksOZ booksSince 1996 Black Cat Books has been buying and selling fine used books in their book shop, now located in the heart of Shelter Island, N.Y.  Stop by and browse over 20,000 fine and used titles, in all subject areas. From it’s inception, Black Cat Books has offered a well-chosen selection of titles for the reader and collector, presented in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The Black Cat is the a place to discover something new to read, one from your favorite author, or an out of print title you haven’t seen for years. An ever changing stock of vintage collectibles & signed first editions are presented in a well maintained and orderly shop. The second floor is now open, so please feel free to stop in and check it out. Our Summer hours are 10-5 every day, other times by chance or appointment. The owner and book buyer Dawn Hedberg is always looking to find new and collectible books in all subject areas.

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Massimo Vignelli was an acclaimed graphic designer who probably more than anyone else, is credited for introducing a European Modernist point of view to American graphic design. Vignelli’s work has been exhibited in North America and Europe. It is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, as well as museums in Philadelphia, Montreal, Jerusalem, Munich and Hamburg, Germany. He will be best remembered for his focus on simplicity, and his use of basic geometric forms, a theme throughout all of his work.

Description: INSCRIBED BY MASSIMO VIGNELLI in silver on the front free end page “To Natasha Hopkinson with congratulations -  Massimo Vignelli”. Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition.  Original black cloth, title blind-stamped on upper cover, spine lettered in white. Writing in pen on page 262, otherwise with interior clean. Vignelli Associates work in the modernist tradition, focusing on simplicity through the use of basic geometric forms. Their designs range from package design to furniture design and from public signage to showroom design.

Bookseller Inventory # 31096


Design: Vignelli
Celant, Germano

Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author and aviator. Gift from the Sea was written by Lindbergh, while on vacation on Florida’s Captiva Island in the early 1950s. Written in an essay-style, with shells on the beach for inspiration, Lindbergh reflects on the lives of  American women of the mid-twentieth century. With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth & age; love & marriage; peace, solitude and contentment during her visit. Gift from the Sea has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 45 languages. Ground-breaking for it’s time, it stands today as a seminal work of inspirational literature.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. Hard bound with dust jacket. Beige boards with decorative shells, blue cloth spine with white lettering. Meets points of issue – $2.75 price, beige boards, no additional printings listed on copyright page, author photo to rear of dust jacket. Some wear to edges and corners of boards. Minor soiling to dust jacket that shows a few small tears and chips, now in protective Brodart cover. Foxing to page edges and end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. A scarce first printing of this modern inspirational classic and perennial bestseller!

Bookseller inventory # 28519

Gift From The Sea
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow


Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: 1955
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Horst P. Horst was one of the most creative and prolific fashion photographers of the twentieth century. His iconic  photographs graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, & House and Garden. He is best remembered for the spare elegance and refined glamor of his fashion work, which produced icons of the genre, and also for his nudes, flower studies, and pictures of homes and gardens. His style and his exquisite compositional sense, prompted an early admirer, Janet Flanner, to characterize his work as “a linear romance.” His work influenced many younger photographers, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and Herb Ritts.

Description: SIGNED BY HORST P. HORST on the title page. Biography by Valentine Lawford. Distributed by Art Data. Published on the occasion of the Hamilitons of London exhibition of the same name. 41 beautiful b&w plates. Some minor age toning to wrappers, otherwise fine. A scarce signed Horst P. Horst title.

Bookseller Inventory #30170

Horst Photographs 1931 – 1986
Horst, Horst P.

Publisher: Idea Books, Milan
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing – SIGNED!

Helen Levitt has been called “the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time.” She was particularly noted for her street photography, in and around around New York City. A Way of Seeing” was Helen Levitt’s first published collection of photographs and features 50 incredible gravure plates of her pictures taken on the streets of Yorkville, Harlem and the Lower East Side. “Levitt’s photographs are beautiful–major underrated works. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental, always maintaining an objective distance…The casual observer of these pictures, dazzled by their poetry, could easily miss the harsher realities masked by the surface warmth and joie de vivre.”  The New York Times stated, “Helen Levitt was the first American photographer to fully comprehend the essence of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographic message and put it into practice. Like Cartier-Bresson, she understood how to combine intuition and intellect to forge sophisticated, lyrical compositions from commonplace events.”- Martin Parr

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition. Levitt’s portraits of street life in 1940s Spanish Harlem, Agee’s eloquent text.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. One of the Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory #31647


A Way Of Seeing
Levitt, Helen; Agee, James

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1965, New York
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First edition / 1st printing

The Hungarian-born architect, & furniture designer Marcel Breuer is one of the masters of Modernism. His early study and teaching at the Bauhaus in the twenties introduced the wunderkind to the older giants of the era of whom three – Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius – were to have life-long influence upon his professional life. Breuer extended the sculptural vocabulary he had developed in the carpentry shop at the Bauhaus into a personal architecture that made him one of the world’s most popular architects at the peak of 20th-Century design.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition. An in depth look at one of the great Architect / Designers of the 20th century. Breuer’s work is illustrated throughout with B&W photographs. Works from 1921-1970. Minor wear to edges f boards. Interior clean. The dust jacket shows wear and some chipping to edges. Some age toning to spine edge, otherwise good. A scarce and sought after Breuer title.

Bookseller Inventory # 31097


Marcel Breuer: New Buildings And Projects
Papachristou, Tician; Breuer, Marcel

Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Hard Bound In Dust Jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First edition

Henry Spencer Moore was an English artist best known for his monumental bronze sculptures. His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore’s works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace of Yorkshire.

Description: Catalogue Raisonne of Henry Moore’s Graphics from 1931-1984, complete in Four volumes. Hard bound with dust jacket, all volumes in the original cloth covered slipcases. Text is in English, French and German. 1660 pages with 749 plates, 444 in color. Published by distinguished Swiss art publisher Gérald Cramer, and his son Patrick. Some wear and sunning to cloth slip cases. Minor age toning to the spine edge of volume 1, otherwise fine copies with interiors clean and bindings tight. A rare and sought after work on the artist.

Bookseller Inventory# 30049


Henry Moore: The Graphic Work [Complete 4-Volume Set]
Grant, Alistair & Mitchinson, David & Cramer, Gerald & Cramer, Patrick

Publisher: Patrick and Gerald Cramer, Geneva
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

Loretta Lux is a fine art photographer known for her surreal portraits of young children. She was born in Dresden, East Germany and currently lives and works in Monaco. Stare at a Loretta Lux portrait long enough, and you’re bound to feel completely mesmerized. Lux does not strive to create faithful photographic representations of her young subjects. Instead, each image is painstakingly composed and manipulated to create psychically charged explorations of the nature of childhood. The consistently forlorn expressions of her models combined with the hyperreality of the image create portraits that transcend their subjects and remind us that childhood is as chaotic and multidimensional as any other part of life.

Description: SIGNED BY LORETTA LUX on the title page. INSCRIBED BY LUX TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID GAMBLE on page 5 “This book is for David Gamble 10th May 20054. East Hampton Please sign anything”. Hard bound, no dust jacket as issued. 45 color plates. Introductory essay by Francine Prose. Biographical notes, exhibition history. A selection of the surrealistic photographic portraits of children by Loretta Lux in which the subjects are posed and then digitally altered. Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. A rare signed association copy.

Bookseller Inventory #30131


Loretta Lux
Lux, Loretta & Prose, Francine

Publisher: Aperture
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hard Bound, no dust jacket as issued
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Signed: Signed & Inscribed by Loretta Lux

David Garnett was British Writer and a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group. He ran a bookshop near the British Museum with Francis Birrell during the 1920s. He also founded (along with Francis Meynell) the Nonesuch Press. Garnett had relationships with several members of the artistic and literary Bloomsbury Group including Francis Birrell & Duncant Grant. As a child, he had a cloak made of rabbit skin and thus received the nickname “Bunny”, by which he was known to friends and intimates all his life.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.K Edition. Some wear and age toning to dust jacket, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. A wonderful collection of notes from a diary kept while learning to handle an aeroplane. Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 30053


A Rabbit in the Air
Garnett, David

Publisher: Chattos & Windus, London
Publication Date: 1932
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

Mid-Century design at its finest. Knoll Design was founded in New York City by Hans Knoll in 1938. Hans, along with his partner and wife Florence, embraced the creative genius at the Bauhaus School and together they helped create a new type of furniture for the home and workplace. In part they defined the mid-century modern approach to design. The company still manufactures furniture for the home by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll , Frank Gehry, Maya Lin and Eero Saarinen, all under the company’s KnollStudio division. Over 40 Knoll designs can be found in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

Description: An in depth look at some of the greatest mid-century design. Illustrated throughout with B&W photographs. A rare and sought after design title. An early catalog with strong Bauhaus influence – chairs, tables, interiors, chests, cabinets, beds, textile, photographs of layouts plus measurements; blue/red/yellow colorations and silver flexible board covers. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 34299


Knoll Index Of Designs 1950

Publisher: Knoll Design
Publication Date: 1950
Binding: Original spiral bound first edition
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition


Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself. Significant members of the art world, such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau,  Antonin Artaud, & Dali all posed for his camera.

Description: Original spiral bound color photographically illustrated stiff wrappers. Wear to wrappers, with original spiral binding damaged. Some minor foxing, otherwise very good. This important work is Man Ray’s first monograph. It begins with a portrait drawing of Man Ray by Pablo Picasso and consists of 104 photographs divided into five sections. The Man Ray photographs contained in this edition are regarded by some as the greatest of the twentieth century. As thos was Man Ray’s first monograph, his friends pulled out all the stops to herald it. It contains poetry and essays by the leading figures of the Dada and Surrealist movements: André Breton, Paul Éluard, Marcel Duchamp (written under his famous pseudonym “Rrose Selavy”) and Tristan Tzara. Containing 84 stunning full page black and white monochromes (photographs) and 19 rayographs. Very rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 34298


Man Ray Photographs 1920-1934
Ray, Man

Publisher: James Thrall Soby
Publication Date: 1934
Binding: Spiral Bound
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition / First printing

Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) was one of the great Japanese print artists of the 19th century. He is considered to be among the greatest artists of his time, including Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kunisada. A prolific and multi-talented artist, Kuniyoshi portrayed the historic heroes of Japan’s warrior past like no artist had before him. Kuniyoshi’s sense of humour surfaces in his prints of comical or satirical subjects (giga-e). In his more traditional rendering of beauties and actors, his strong and transparent style always shines through. He will be best remembered however for his Samurai warriors & ghosts. 

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Published on the occasion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, exhibitions. Some wear to dust jacket edges. Front hinge weak, but holding. 280 pages. Profusely illustrated in full color. By using over 300 examples from public and private collections, the author has managed to produce a comprehensive overview of the artist’s abilities. Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 31925


Heroes & Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861
Schaap, Robert

Publisher: Hotei Publishing
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Bound In Dust Jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First edition

Gerhard Richter has never committed himself to one artistic style. He began working with artists such as Sigmar Polke and Georg Baselitz. Their work, and Richter’s in particular, began to have an impact in Germany, and eventually international art circles. Richter’s beliefs are credited with refreshing art and rejuvenating painting as a medium during a period when many artists chose performance and ready-made media. Together with Polke and Fischer-Lueg, Richter formed a group called the Capitalist Realists. The Capitalist Realists were satirical, often deriving subject matter from print media. Richter began to see art as something that had to be separated from art history; he believed that paintings should focus on the image rather than the reference, the visual rather than the statement.

Description: 3 hard bound volumes with dust jackets in publishers slip case, as issued. Catalog Raisonné – Complete Works  Volume #1 Katalog der Ausstellung / Exhibition Catalogue, by Suzanne Page. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. Published on the occasion of a travelling exhibition originating at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris September 23 – November 21, 1993. 195 pages with text in German, English & French. Volume #2 Texte, by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Peter Gidal and Birgit Pelzer. Interview with the artist. 112 pages with text in German only. Volume #3  Werkubersicht, Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1993, Catalogue Raisonne of works between 1962-1993. Biography, Solo and Group Exhibition history, Selected Texts., Selected Films, 234 pages with text in German, English & French. Some minor shelf wear to publishers slip case. Upper edge of slipcase with one small tear to paper, otherwise fine. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 33532


Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1993 (3 volumes)
Richter, Gerhard


Title: Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonne
Publisher: Edition Cantz, Germany
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition


Born in 1926, Harper Lee grew up in the Southern town of Monroeville, Alabama, where she became close friends with the writer Truman Capote. To Kill a Mockingbird is loosely based on Harper Lee’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was only 10 years old. The Novel was immediately successful upon publication, winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. The New Yorker declared it “skilled, unpretentious, and totally ingenious.” It has gone on to become one of the best-loved classics of all time, and has been translated into more than forty languages, selling more than forty million copies worldwide. To date, it is Lee’s only published novel, and since its publication, she has granted almost no requests for interviews or public appearances. In a rare 2011 interview she was asked why she never wrote again… she was quoted as saying “I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again”.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY HARPER LEE on the front free end page. Hard bound with dust jacket. 1oth printing of the first edition (stated on the copyright page.) in an 11th printing dust wrapper.  Wear and some minor chipping to corners and edges of dust jacket.  Some very minor foxing to page edges, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. A  signed copy of the author’s  only novel, now considered an American classic. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 33999


To Kill A Mockingbird
Lee, Harper

Publisher: J. B. Lippincot
Publication Date: 1960
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: Good


Mickey Mantle was perhaps the greatest switch-hitter to ever play the game of baseball. Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956. He was an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player 3 times, and All-Star 16 times. He played in 19 of the 20 All-Star games he was named to, and appeared in 12 World Series. He still holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). Whitey Ford refered to him as “a superstar who never acted like one. He was a humble man who was kind and friendly to all his teammates, even the rawest rookie. He was idolized by all the other players.” Mickey Mantle’s #7 was permanently retired by the New York Yankees in 1969.

Description: SIGNED BY MICKEY MANTLE on the title page. Hard bound with dust jacket. Third printing of the first edition – stated on the copyright page. Previous owners name and 1967 date to the front free end page. Some minor foxing to the page edges. Wear to edges of boards, otherwise very good. This was Mantle’s first book and he includes lessons on the art and techniques of playing baseball. 16 pages of b&w photos. A Rare signed copy!

Bookseller Inventory # 33907


The Education Of A Baseball Player
Mantle, Mickey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1967
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Mickey Mantle

James Baldwin broke new literary ground with his exploration of racial issues. Baldwin was profoundly marked by three distinctive identities in his life…  being black… being poor, and being homosexual. Social discrimination would be a recurring theme throughout  his work, especially his writing on the black experience in America. Baldwin became one of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement, and along with Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, became spokesman for the entire generation of black writers. Blues For Mr. Charlie is James Baldwin’s best known play. Baldwin said it is based distantly on the true story of the Mississippii youth Emmett Till, who in 1955 was murdered for whistling at a white woman.

Description: SIGNED BY JAMES BALDWIN on the front free end page. Hard bound with original Bernard Brussel-Smith designed dust jacket. First edition, with $3.95 on inner front flap of dust jacket.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound.

Bookseller Inventory # 33906


Blues For Mister Charlie
Baldwin, James

Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: 1964
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by James Baldwin


Slaughterhouse-Five is Vonnegut’s most influential and popular work. It is a satirical novel about the World War II experiences and journeys of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut himself was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and imprisoned beneath the city of Dresden by the Germans as a POW.  He was there on Feb. 13, 1945, when the Allies firebombed Dresden in a massive air attack that killed 130,000 people and destroyed the landmark of no military significance. Slaughterhouse-Five (or The Children’s Crusade) is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it also stands apart, not unlike Catch- 22, as an eloquent and deeply funny plea against war. The story is told in a nonlinear order and events become clear through various flashbacks (or time travel experiences) from the unreliable narrator who describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes himself to have been in an alien zoo and to experience time travel. Kurt Vonnegut will be remembered not only for his unusual writing style, but also as a life long Humanist.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing stated on the copyright page. Some age toning to dust jacket, that shows some minor sunning to spine edge. Edge wear to dust jacket. One small mark in pen to the margin, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. The author’s best-known title, the story of Billy Pilgrim’s experience as an American soldier in Europe during World War II. The plot centers on the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany, in 1945, an event Vonnegut experienced himself during the war.

Bookseller Inventory # 33907


Vonnegut, Kurt

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good


The 1952 National Book Award winning author James Jones was known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath. His wartime experiences inspired some of his most famous works, the so-called war trilogy. He witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to his first published novel, From Here to Eternity (1951). The Thin Red Line (1962) reflected his combat experiences on Guadalcanal and Whistle was based on his hospital stay in Memphis, Tennessee, recovering from surgery. James Jones died in 1977 before finishing Whistle. The final three chapters were completed by Willie Morris based on taped conversations with the author and extensive notes he’d already written. Jones expected that his novel would say, “Just about everything I have ever had to say, or will ever have to say, on the human condition of war.”

Description: First Edition – Limited Presentation Edition.  #179 of 1500 Numbered Copies Signed by James Jones. Black boards show some wear. Some minor foxing to page edges, and end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding tight. The dust jacket shows some wear, foxing and a few small closed tears. The author’s first book & winner of the 1952 National Book Award.  Noted as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library and a key title in the literature of the Second World War. Adapted into the Academy Award-winning Fred Zinnemann directed film with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine. A scarce title.

Bookseller Inventory #34067


From Here to Eternity
Jones, James

Publisher: Scribners
Publication Date: 1951
Binding: Hard Bound
Very Good
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by James Jones
First Edition, #179 of 1500 Numbered Copies Signed by James Jones!


umblulrg1thumChristo and Jeanne-Claude are a married couple who create environmental installation art. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile-long curtain called Running Fence in Marin and Sonoma counties in California, and most recently The Gates in New York City’s Central Park.

Although their work is visually impressive and often controversial as a result of its scale, the artists have repeatedly denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to make the world a “more beautiful place” or to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. Art critic David Bourdon has described Christo’s wrappings as a “revelation through concealment.” To his critics Christo replies, “I am an artist, and I have to have courage … Do you know that I don’t have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they’re finished. Only the sketches are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”

The temporary large-scale environmental works (both urban and rural environments) have elements of painting, sculpture, architecture and urban planning. Once the work of art has been read for what it really is, then the process preceeding the completion is easily understood. Nobody discusses a painting before it has been painted. Our projects are discussed and argued about, pro and con, before they are realized. To understand our work one must realize what is inherent to each project However there is an important diffrence between our works of art and the usual architecture and urban planning, we are our own sponsors and we pay for our works of art with our own money, never accepting any grants nor sponsors.

Description: SIGNED “Christo and Jeanne-Claude” on the half titlepage. Paperback copy with text in German and English. The Umbrellas, Wrapped Reichstag, and the Wall all reproduced in photographs and sketches. 160 pages. Minor wear to wrappers, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 15401


Christo and Jeanne-Claude Gasometer, Oberhausen 1999
Christo & Jean-Claude

Publisher: Taschen
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Artist

Thomas Pynchon is the most famous literary recluse of our time. Very little is known about Pynchon, the author of some of the most mysterious and generally difficult works of 20th century fiction. His work demonstrates a strong affinity with the practitioners and artifacts of low culture, including comic books, animated cartoons, pulp fiction, popular films, television programs, urban myths, conspiracy theories, and folk art. He often delves deep into the realms of human sexuality, psychology, sociology, mathematics, science, and technology, and these themes recur throughout Pynchon’s work. This blurring of the conventional boundary between “high” and “low” culture,  is one of the defining characteristics of postmodernist writing. With novels that some critics have called “unreadable”, paired with his highly reclusive nature, Thomas Pynchon has obtained a mythic cult-like status as a writer.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. Hard bound with dust jacket. True 1st printing of the first edition. Blind stamped pale lilac cloth, with title in silver to spine edge. Wear and some sunning to edges of boards. The un-clipped dust jacket shows some wear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. The first novel by Thomas Pynchon, who is  widely considered the best writer of the latter Twentieth Century. V. is Thomas Pynchon’s, published in 1963. It describes the exploits of a discharged U.S. Navy sailor named Benny Profane, his reconnection in New York with a group of pseudo-bohemian artists and hangers-on known as the Whole Sick Crew, and the quest of an aging traveler named Herbert Stencil, to identify and locate the mysterious entity he knows only as “V”.  Pynchon’s V. won the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year, and was nominated for the National Book Award. This novel introduced his signature style: strange characters (often with stranger names), obscure references and oddball humor, all piled into a story presented in an often complicated style. The novel has gone on to achieve a sort of cult status, and the first edition is highly sought after.

Bookseller inventory #33676

Pynchon, Thomas


Publisher: J. B. Lippencott
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

PeterBeardInternationally recognized photographer Peter Beard first visited Africa in 1955. After graduating from Yale, he returned to Africa and worked at Kenya’s Tsavo Park, during which time he photographed and documented the demise of over 35,000 elephants and 5000 Black Rhinos. The work done there led to the publication of The End of the Game books.

“When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. Kenya’s population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless ‘wild—deer—ness’ – it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game – so enormous it appeared inexhaustible. Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya’s population of over 30 million drains the country’s limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.” -Peter Beard

Description: INSCRIBED BY PETER BEARD WITH DRAWING. No Jacket, as issued. First printing of the 1977 revised edition published on the occasion of the I.C.P. exhibition in New York.Very good hardback as issued without dust jacket. The gray boards have some sunning and wear. This is a lovely edition of this rare Beard classic & the most difficult Beard title to find SIGNED & INSCRIBED!

Bookseller Inventory #19114



The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise A Pictorial Documentation of the Origins, History and Prospects of the Big Game in Africa
Beard, Peter H.

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1977
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition Thus


Edward Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his macabre pen-and-ink drawings of beady-eyed Edwardian characters. He was first noticed in The New Yorker in 1959. His work has been described simultaneously as both an artist who wrote and a writer who drew. By the age of 20, Edward Gorey was studying French Literature at Harvard where he was befriended by future poet Frank O’Hara, who called Gorey “the oddest person I’ve ever seen”. One thing that Edward Gorey was decidedly fond of was ballet. He spent 30 years attending very nearly every performance by the New York City Ballet. His costume design for the Broadway production of “Dracula” won a Tony Award in 1978. Mr. Gorey also wrote at least 90 books and illustrated 60 others. Gorey left the bulk of his estate to a charitable trust benefiting cats and dogs, as well as other species including bats and insects.

Description: HAND SIGNED AND LETTERD BY EDWARD GOREY. Copy ‘C’ of the 26 lettered copies reserved for the author. Part of the of the deluxe edition, signed by the artist and specially bound, and limited to 100 copies. Hard bound, no dust jacket, and housed in publishers slipcase, as issued. Blue cloth over boards with paste-down title label to spine edge. A Gorey favorite, with fifty numbered cats, pictured in color, and posed in various settings and manners. The original drawings of these cats were done to accompany the limited edition of Amphigorey. Spine edge of blue cloth faded, otherwise very good with interior pages bright and clean.  Some minor soiling and age toning to slipcase, otherwise very good. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 32092


Gorey, Edward

Publisher: Gotham Book Mart
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: Hard bound, no dust jacket, and housed in publishers slipcase, as issued.
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: One of the 26 lettered copies reserved for the author


Alexander Anderson has long been considered the father of wood engraving in America, being the first in this country to adopt the technique developed in England by Thomas Bewick. Wood engraving produces a finer image than the standard woodcut by working on the denser end-grain section of the wood. Anderson acknowledged his debt to Bewick in 1804 by creating an American edition of Bewick’s A General History of Quadrupeds (1790) with his own re-engraved blocks, adding “some American animals not hitherto described.” A General History of Quadrupeds was really the result of an increasing popular interest in natural history towards the end of the 18th century. Evidence of this interest can be seen by other notable publications at the time such as Gilbert Whiteís Natural History of Selborne (1789) and the wonderful works of Thomas Pennant, whose own General History of Quadrupeds in two volumes, illustrated with fine copper engravings, had first appeared in 1781.

Description: Hard bound in full leather. Stated “First American edition, with an appendix containing some American Animals not hitherto described”. Printed by G. & R Waite, No. 64, Maiden – Lane. 1804.  531 pages with hundreds of woodcuts by Anderson. Wear and deterioration to leather. Front board detached, but present. Missing front free end pages to title page. Minor foxing throughout. Head and tail chipped, with text block and binding tight. A scarce copy of a classic of natural history, and wood block illustration.

Bookseller Inventory # 24322


A General History of Quadrupeds:
The Figures Engraved on Wood, Chiefly Copied from
the Original of T. Bewick, By A. Anderson
Anderson, A.

Publication Date: 1804
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: First America

Robert Capa was one of the important war photographers of the twentieth century. He was a storyteller par excellence, and the combination of his photographs, and his account of personal adventure, make this one of the most sought after photobooks ever published. It was cited as one of the 101 seminal photographic books of the 20th Century by Andrew Roth. There are halftone photographs throughout, some full-page and others smaller, taken in Europe and North Africa from the summer of 1942 until the end of the war. After covering five wars, Capa stepped on a landmine in Vietnam in 1954 and died at age 41, the first American correspondent killed in Vietnam.

Description: Hard bound with price clipped dust jacket. Orange cloth covered boards, with titles in black. Capa’s account of his experiences as a photographer on the European and North African fronts during the Second World War. General shelf wear to boards, and slight age toning to pages. Interior clean and binding tight. The dust jacket shows wear, tears and large chips. Now protected in clear removable Brodart protective cover. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory #31651


Slightly Out Of Focus
Cappa, Robert

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: 1947
Binding:Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Edition: First edition


Pablo Picasso was the most influential artist of the 20th century. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century art world. Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. Picasso’s final works were a mixture of styles, his means of expression in constant flux until the end of his life. From 1968 through 1971 he produced a torrent of paintings and hundreds of copperplate etchings. Only later, after Picasso’s death, when the rest of the art world had moved on from abstract expressionism, did the critical community come to see that Picasso had already discovered neo-expressionism and was, as so often before, ahead of his time.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY PABLO PICASSO! Black paper covers with gilt design of a bird, white lettering, with each plate on a separate page, 2 pages of English text. Published on the occasion of the November 1971 exhibition in association with The Weintraub Gallery, New York. Mild edge wear, mild interior foxing. Text block is separating from spine, visible at interior front hinge. Minor wear to wrappers and 2 small creases, otherwise very good. Inscribed to the previous owner and signed with Love, Picasso!


Picasso: Histoire Naturelle De Buffon
31 Cancelled Original Copper Plates
Picasso, Pablo

Publisher: Weintraub Gallery, New York, New York
Publication Date: 1971
Signed: Inscribed & signed by Pablo Picasso
Size: 9 & 1/4 inches – square

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