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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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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

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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

 

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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

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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


$225

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

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Slaughterhouse-Five
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

$350

From Here to Eternity
Jones, James

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

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

$550

Design: Vignelli
Celant, Germano

Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: First edition – Inscribed

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

V.
Pynchon, Thomas

SOLD

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

p1050476

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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

$1500

Category
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

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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

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Slightly Out Of Focus
Cappa, Robert

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

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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

Graham Greene considered Le Carre’s 1963 masterpiece the best spy story he had ever read. Set during the height of the Cold War, it was startling at the time of publication for the novel’s opposition to the rather one sided heroes and villains of the popular spy novels of the time. Le Carre painted a bleak landscape filled with the dubious tactics of the secret intelligence world, a world in which good does not always vanquish evil. The novel was revolutionary for its portrayal of Western espionage methods, which more often than not, were morally inconsistent with Western democracy and values. The novel for the first time showed the intelligence services of both the Eastern and Western nations as engaging in the same expedient amorality… all in the name of national security.

The author’s breakthrough third novel firmly established Le Carre’s literary career.  J.B. Priestley called it ‘a novel of the first order… superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.’ The novel won John Le Carré the Somerset Maugham Award, and later the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A monumental novel, it was the first to win both the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America Award. The Modern Library listed it as one of the 200 Best Novels in English since 1950, and Time Magazine placed it among the 100 Best Modern Novels.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first U.K. edition. Blue cloth boards with title in gilt to spine edge. Some wear and sunning to edges and corners of boards that are slightly cocked. Some minor age toning to page edges, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Unclipped dust jacket shows original 18/- net price. Some minor edge wear to dust jacket that shows a small tear to upper spine edge. Minor soiling to white rear panel of dust jacket. Slight sunning to spine edge of jacket that overall still presents well. A rare copy of the first U.K. edition of Le Carre’s landmark Spy Novel.

Bookseller Inventory # 32948

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Le Carre, John

Publisher: Victor Gollancz, London
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hard bound in dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

For more than four decades, Bruce Weber has been one of the most influential photographers in the world.  He is widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone magazines.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY BRUCE WEBER on the title page “To Jim – Bruce Weber”. Navy blue cloth with artists initials blindstamped on front board. First printing, limited to 5000 copies. Designed by John Eric Cheim. Beautifully illustrated with over 50 full-page photogravure plates of male models and actors, a few tinted with halftone colors. Sections include: Brothers, Matt Dillon, Notebook, Lifeguards, Clammers, Hall of Fame, Jeff, On Leave in Waikiki. Some soiling and minof shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise with boards and interior clean, and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 24473

$650

Bruce Weber: Brothers, Matt Dillon, Notebook, Lifeguards,
Clammers, Hall of Fame, Jeff, On Leave in Waikiki

Weber, Bruce

Publisher: Twelvetrees Press
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

The famously reclusive Paris-based jewelry designer JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) has been called “the single greatest jeweler of our time”. David Bennett, the chairman of Sotheby’s Geneva states “In terms of creativity, JAR is without peers”. His shop in Paris’ Place Vendome has no display window, no regular hours, and it never advertises. To open JAR’s door you need only an introduction, from someone in the know. For the 30 years he has been making jewelry, Rosenthal has developed a near ‘cult-like’ following of clients, dealers and collectors. It is said that there are only 250 women in the world actually possess a piece. Elizabeth Taylor & Gwyneth Paltrow are among his select group of ‘A-list’ clients. His focus is on pavé, a technique for setting small stones so close together that they form a veritable pavement of jewels. His settings are so finely wrought as to be virtually invisible, and gradations of color progress from subtle to vivid. Unlike other jewelers, he uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gems’ color. Only twice has Rosenthal displayed his jewels to the public. His waiting list a mile long… with an even longer list of people pining to get on the waiting list. Which may be why his jewelry usually sells for well above estimates when it appears at auction; that’s the only time JAR jewelry is immediately available to those who can pay the price. His one-of-a-kind jewels have fetched as much as $4.3 million at auction! 

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in pink silk over boards, and housed in matching pink silk covered clam shell box. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition ‘The Jewels of Jar, Paris’ exhibition held by Sommerset House, London 2002-2003. The book contains 397 designs covering the period 1987-2002, beautifully photographed on black backgrounds with text in English by Joel Rosenthal and Pierre Jeannet. JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) was founded in 1977. The reclusive Paris-based jewelry designer works to the highest standards using traditional methods of craftsmanship, yet constantly pushing technique beyond its limits, to allow for increasingly unusual and beautiful pieces. Each is unique, made of precious and semi-precious stones mounted in rare and unusual metals, the stones themselves dictating the style of the piece. Some minor soiling and shelf wear, otherwise with interior clean and binding tight. A must-have book for all dealers, collectors and lovers of jewelry. VERY RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 32540

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JAR Paris
Rosenthal, Joel Arthur; Jeannet, Pierre

Publisher: Art Books International, London
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard bound in pink silk, and housed in matching pink silk covered clam shell box.
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: True First edition

 

Jean Dubuffet was a French painter and sculptor, whose career was marked by a resistance to the conventions of artistic practice. He favored the commonplace over the rarified, and the raw over the refined. He looked to the work of untrained artists and made use of unconventional materials and techniques. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called “low art”and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making. Dubuffet’s interest in art-brut, the art of the insane, and that of the untrained person, whether a caveman or the originator of contemporary graffiti, led him to emulate this directly expressive and untutored style in his own work. His aggressively anti-cultural, anti-aesthetic attitude provided an example for members of the CoBrA group in Europe, and the American expressionist painters at mid century. He is now remembered as one of the outstanding innovators in postwar European painting.

Description: INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN DUBUFFET ON THE TITLE PAGE. Paperback copy in lithographic wraps. Text in French. The First edition of one of the first books illustrated by Jean Dubuffet, with two beautiful lithographs printed by Mourlot Frères , one in black – the cover “Cycling” (signed and dated 13 IX 44 in the plate), the the second in color, bound in as the frontispiece  “Riding Out” (signed and dated in the plate IX 44) . Limited edition, one of 140 copies printed on Arches (after 10 on japon ) for a total edition of 150 printed copies. Wear and some age toning to wrappers. Some age toning and offsetting to pages, otherwise very good. A rare Dubuffet title, exceedingly rare when inscribed by the artist.

Bookseller Inventory # 32946

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L’Homme du commun ou Jean Dubuffet
DuBuffet, Jean

Publisher: Pierre Seghers
Publication Date: 1 944
Binding: Paperback copy with b&w lithograph wrapper
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited edition, one of 140 copies printed on Arches Paper

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


$1200

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

T. S. Eliot was arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century. He was also a well respected social critic and playwright. When T. S. Eliot died, wrote Robert Giroux, “the world became a lesser place.” Certainly the most imposing poet of his time, Eliot was revered by Igor Stravinsky “not only as a great sorcerer of words but as the very key keeper of the language.” For Alfred Kazin he was “the mana known as ‘T. S. Eliot,’ the model poet of our time, the most cited poet and incarnation of literary correctness in the English-speaking world.” Northrop Frye simply states: “A thorough knowledge of Eliot is compulsory for anyone interested in contemporary literature. Whether he is liked or disliked is of no importance, but he must be read.”

Description: First U.K. Edition. Hard bound with dust jacket. Some minor wear to dust jacket and one very small closed tear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.  An Eliot drama written about Thomas A. Becket (the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162, until he was assassinated in 1170 as a result of his conflicts with King Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church).

Bookseller Inventory # 30048

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Murder in the Cathedral
Eliot, T. S.

Publisher: Faber and Faber, London
Publication Date: 1935
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author regarded as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” has entered the English language to describe his unique style. Kafka was born in a middle class, German-speaking, Jewish family, in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He wrote his novels in German while working for an insurance company there. The Trial is his best known work, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote and inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither to him or the reader.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.S. Edition. Illustrated by Georg Salter. First published in German in 1925, the year following Kafka’s death, by his literary executor and against Kafka’s express wish that all his remaining papers be burned. This title would become one of the author’s most famous works and one partially responsible for turning the author’s name into an adjective. This copy shows some minor edge wear to boards, and slight age toning to end pages. The dust jacket shows a few very small tears, some wear and rubbing, otherwise a near fine copy, with interior clean and binding tight. A rare and sought after book, now considered to be a modern classic.

Bookseller Inventory #30047

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The Trial
Kafka, Franz

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1937
Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing of the First American Edition

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

$300

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

The Maidstone Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the United States. Set against the Atlantic Ocean in the posh town of East Hampton, it boasts a private beach, pool, tennis house, and club house. The Club derives its name from the original name for East Hampton. Maidstone was founded as a nine hole course in 1891 and expanded to eighteen holes in 1899. The golf course was originally designed by William H. Tucker and is one of the first golf courses in the United States.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION printed by Pace Press for the members of the Maidstone Club, September 1941. LIMITED EDITION #13 of 500 printed copies. Personal copy SIGNED BY JAMES B. SKIDMORE (photo page 79) the acting secretary of the club in 1940. An extensive overview of the club from the founding families to the club’s Golden Jubilee. Illustrated with b&w photographs. This book was also printed in a facsimile edition in 1991 as part of a two volume set. Some wear to boards and sunning to edges. Corners bumped and spine edges worn. Some foxing to end pages, otherwise very good with interior clean and binding still strong. This is not the reprint, but the true first edition. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 25707

SOLD

Fifty Years Of The Maidstone Club
Rattray, Jeanette Edwards

Publisher: The Maidstone Club, Pace Press
Publication Date: 1941
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Signed: Signed by James B. Skidmore
Edition: 1st Edition

 

JOSEF_KOUDELKA_GYPSIESJosef Koudelka, a nomad at heart has wandered around Europe with his 35mm Leica and little else. He was born in the Czech Republic, and made his first photographs there while a student in the 1950s. In the 196os he lived with and photographed the Gypsies of Slovakia, and later Romania, photographing them with an intimacy only gained through their total acceptance of him as one of their own. He returned to Czechoslovakia just two days before the Soviet invasion in August of 1968. He witnessed and recorded the military forces as they invaded Prague. Koudelka’s negatives were smuggled out of Prague into the hands of the Magnum agency, and were published anonymously under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family. His pictures of the events became dramatic international symbols, and in 1969 the “anonymous Czech photographer” was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for photographs requiring exceptional courage. Koudelka left Czechoslovakia for political asylum in 1970 and shortly thereafter joined The Magnum Agency. He remains an ever elusive figure who rarely attends events or signings, preferring to remain as he has always been… perpetually in motion.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY JOSEF KOUDELKA on the title page ” to Jonas from Josef Koudelka”. Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. Koudelka’s first book, the work that sealed Koudelka’s reputation featuring 60 powerful black-and-white photogravure plates. This is the French edition of the book published simultaneously by Aperture under the title “Gypsies “. Foreword by Robert Delpire, and text by Willy Guy. Translated to French by Diane de Margerie. Some wear to corners and edges of dust jacket, and one small closed tear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 25015

Koudelka Gitans La Fin Du Voyage

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Gitans La Fin Du Voyage (Gypsies)
Koudelka, Josef

Gitans La Fin Du Voyage SignedEnglish Title: Gypsies; The Journey’s End
Publisher: Delpire Editeur
Publication Date: 1975
Edition: First French edition
Binding:
Hardcover
Book Condition:   Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

 

James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet. He is considered to be one of the most influential modernist writers of the first part of the 20th century. He will be best remembered for his ground breaking novel Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. His fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there; Ulysses in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city.

Description: Hard bound in original brown cloth with gilt top edge, lettering and decorations to spine and front board. Limited Edition of 800 printed copies, signed by the author, James Joyce on the limitation page! Copy #154 in a hand numbered edition. Preface by Padraic Colum. This copy shows only the most minor shelf wear only. An early published chapter from Joyce’s famous “work in progress” that would later become Finnegan’s Wake. Very Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 30034

SOLD

Anna Livia Plurabelle
Joyce, James

Publisher: Crosby Gaige, New York
Publication Date: 1928
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
No jacket
Edition:
First Edition
Signed: Signed and numbered by James Joyce

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Paul Ickovic has traveled the world extensively; recording his story through the photographs he takes. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1944, he left as a boy for Canada and then Latin America before finally moving to the United States, where he acquired his education and found his calling as a photographer. His photographs are included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, and the National Gallery in Prague.

Description: Boldy signed by Ickovic on the title page. Lavishly illustrated with full page (14 1/2” x 10”) photographs. Text by David Mamet. Photographs in the tradition of Josef Koudelka and Henri Cartier – Bresson. This copy as new still in publishers box, as issued.

Bookseller Inventory # 007480

Paul Ickovic

$650

Kafka’s Grave and Other Stories
Ickovic, Paul  &  Mamet, David

Publisher: Okapi Editions, New York
Publication Date:
1987
Binding:
Hard Cover
Book Condition:
As New
Dust Jacket Condition:
No Jacket, As Issued
Signed:
Signed by Author
Edition:
First Edition

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