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Andre Masson (1896–1987) studied art in Brussels and Paris. His early works display an interest in cubism. He later became associated with surrealism, and he was one of the most enthusiastic employers of automatic drawing, making a number of automatic works in pen and ink. Masson would often force himself to work under strict conditions, for example, after long periods of time without food or sleep, or under the influence of drugs. He believed forcing himself into a reduced state of consciousness would help his art be free from rational control, and hence get closer to the workings of his subconscious mind. From around 1926 he experimented by throwing sand and glue onto canvas and making oil paintings based around the shapes that formed. By the end of the 1920s, however, he was finding automatism rather restricting, and he left the surrealist movement and turned instead to a more structured style, often producing works with a violent or erotic theme, and making a number of paintings in reaction to the Spanish Civil War

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket in publishers slipcase, as issued. Signed by the publisher Patrick Cramer. 300 pages profusely illustrated. Catalogue raisonne of the illustrated books, albums and catalogues of Andre Masson. Very detailed descriptions of 120 works with full color reproductions of the original artwork. an exhaustive survey. A very nice copy with almost no visible wear.

Inventory # 16824

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Andre Masson the Illustrated Books : Catalogue Raisonne
Cramer, Patrick  &  Saphire, Lawrence

Publisher: Patrick Cramer
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Description: A classical & beautifully illustrated monograph, describing in detail the art of traditional Japanese packaging. Hard bound with original white glazed boards and dust jacket. Double-spread and tinted endpaper maps. Foreword by George Nelson. 203 pages profusely illustrated with rich black&white plates after photos by Michikazu Sakai. Text on the plates by Hideyuki Oka at end (also illustrated)

Bookseller Inventory # 21131

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How To Wrap Five Eggs: Japanese Design in Traditional Packaging
by Oka, Hideyuki

Publisher: Harper and Row
Publication Date: 1967
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U. S. Edition

p1050576The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian Tsars. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great’s original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt. The storming of the palace in 1917 became an iconic symbol of the Russian Revolution.
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Description: Hard bound in publishers pictoral clam shell box. No dust jacket, as issued. 299 pages profusely illustrated with watercolors from the collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. Aqua boards show minor rubbing. Interior clean and binding strong. Wear to edges and corners of publishers clam shell box, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 18823

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The Winter Palace: Saint Petersburg
Alain De Gourcuff Editeur, Paris

ISBN: 2909838137
Publisher: Alain De Gourcuff Editeur, Paris
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Danny Lyon’s documented the large-scale demolition of several Manhattan neighborhoods in 1967 in order to make way for construction of the World Trade Center. Included are photographs of soon to be demolished streets and buildings, portraits of the neighborhood’s last remaining stragglers and pictures from within the demolition sites themselves. Thirty-eight years after these photographs were made, many of them are the only record that survives of entire blocks of mainly nineteenth century buildings that once lined Fulton Street, and West Street along the Hudson. Because of the disaster that would strike the city a generation later, New Yorkers have taken on a renewed and fervent interest in the architecture of their city.

It was a huge story in New York City at the time . . . and this was the most historic part of Manhattan. The oldest part of Manhattan was vanishing… and it was an ignored story at the time, or I wouldn’t have done it. Part of how I saw myself, as a journalist, was finding the truth and delivering it to the American people.
-Danny Lyon

Description: Hard bound first printing in dust jacket. Some wear to edges of dust jacket that shows a few small chips to edges. Interior clean and free of marks. VERY RARE first printing of this sought after monograph!

Bookseller Inventory # 18233

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The Destruction of Lower Manhattan
Lyon, Danny

Publisher: Macmilan
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

john-chamberlain-2John Chamberlain attended the Art Institute of Chicago from 1951 to 1952. At that time, he began making flat, welded sculpture, influenced by the work of David Smith. Starting in 1955 Chamberlain studied and taught sculpture at Black Mountain College, near Ashville, North Carolina, where most of his friends were poets, among them Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, and Charles Olson. By 1957, he began to include scrap metal from cars in his work, and from 1959 onward he concentrated on sculpture built entirely of crushed automobile parts welded together.

Chamberlain’s work was widely acclaimed in the early 1960s. His sculpture was included in The Art of Assemblage at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1961. From 1962, Chamberlain showed frequently at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, and in 1964 his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale. While he continued to make sculpture from auto parts, Chamberlain also experimented with other mediums. From 1963 to 1965, he made geometric paintings with sprayed automobile paint. In 1966, the same year he received the first of two fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he began a series of sculptures of rolled, folded, and tied urethane foam. These were followed in 1970 by sculptures of melted or crushed metal and heat-crumpled Plexiglas. Chamberlain’s work was presented in a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1971.
In the early 1970s, Chamberlain began once more to make large works from automobile parts. Until the mid-1970s, the artist assembled these auto sculptures on the ranch of collector Stanley Marsh in Amarillo, Texas. These works were shown in New York, and in 1973 and at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, in 1975. His next major retrospective was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 1986; the museum simultaneously co-published John Chamberlain: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculpture 1954–1985

Description: Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. Catalogue raisonne to the year 1985. Over 800 pieces! 239 pages profusely illustrated. Published in association with the Museum of Contempoary Art, L.A. A very nice copy of a scarce hard bound edition, bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 16413

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John Chamberlain: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Sculpture, 1954-1985
Sylvester, Julie

Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

mike_disfarmer_fMike Disfarmer (1884-1959) was an American photographer who maintained a portrait studio in his hometown of Heber Springs, Arkansas, where he  photographed members of the local community for a small fee. Disfarmer’s reclusive and eccentric personality made him somewhat of an oddity to others. Born Mike Meyer he was taken by the idea that at birth a tornado had carried him away from his birth parents only to deposit him in Arkansas with the Meyer family. Since he was not a Meyer or a farmer, he explained, he would be a “dis” farmer, and so he legally changed his name. Having your picture taken at Disfarmer’s studio became one of the main attractions of a trip into town. His photographs capture the essence of a small town Arkansas with piercing solemnity and a touching simplicity. His genius was the ability to capture without judgment, the essence of a people and a time. His portraits are included in the permanent collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Arkansas Arts Center Museum and the International Center of Photography.

Description: Hard bound in blue cloth with mylar dust jacket. (missing original dust wrapper) 136 pages. Illustrated with over 100 black & white portraits taken in rural Arkansas by the native photographer Mike Disfarmer.   Some minor wear to boards, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 18490

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Disfarmer: The Heber Springs Portraits, 1939-1946
Scully, Julia

Publisher: Addison House
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. L’arredamento Moderno / the Modern Furnishing  (6th series – 1955) Profusely illustrated with photographs of mid-century Italian furniture design and interiors. 471 pages. Text in Italian with English translation on pages 425 – 443, and German 445 – 463. Minor wear to blue cloth boards. Dust jacket shows wear with edges chipped. Interior clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 23074

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L’arredamento Moderno / the Modern Furnishing
Aloi, Roberto

Publisher: Ulrico Hoepli
Publication Date: 1955
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

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Description: Hard bound third printing with dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY SAUL BELLOW TO THE ARTIST FUMI KOMATSU on the front free endpage ” To Fumi Komatsu fellow artist and best of friends. With good wishes and much affection Saul Bellow”. Wear and a few closed tears chips to dust jacket edges. Some minor foxing, otherwise very good. A RARE INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY!.

Bookseller Inventory # 18359

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The Adventures of Augie March
Bellow, Saul

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1953
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author
Edition: Third Printing

REM KOOLHAAS

Description: Created by Rem Koolhas with Toronto-based designer Bruce Mau. 1344 pages profusely illustrated! A huge collage splicing freewheeling essays, diary excerpts, photographs, architectural plans, sketches, cartoons and surreal montages of images. There’s also a running glossary of Zen-like definitions, plus fables and parables intended to shake modern architects out of conventional thinking and to dispel urban despair. That approach seems compatible with his own innovative, eclectic vision as head of the Dutch firm Office of Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.), whose houses, villas, office towers, libraries, colleges, cultural complexes and other projects are showcased here. While some readers may be mystified by a nonlinear hodgepodge, architects, planners and designers will find this frequently outrageous assemblage a provocative repository of ideas. Minor wear to edges and corners of bards, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 17679

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S,M,L,Xl
Koolhaus, Rem and Mau, Bruce

ISBN: 1885254865
Publisher:
Monacelli Press, New York
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
Hard Cover
Book Condition:
Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
No Dust Jacket
Edition:
Second Edition

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 194 pages with 200 full color illustrations. For the first time, the entire history of the exclusive, jeweled creations of Buccellati appears in a brilliantly illustrated volume. Since 1919, when Mario Buccellati opened his first store near La Scala opera house in Milan. his Jewelry has been highly sought for the luxury of its stones, its perfect craftsmanship, and most importantly, the recognized genius of its designer. Mario Buccellati reveals the shimmering stones and delicate settings that have made Buccellati the Jeweler of choice for European royally, Oriental princes, and other wealthy style makers. Very minor wear to corners and edges of dust jacket, otherwise fine. SCARCE!.

Bookseller Inventory # 22487
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Mario Buccellati: Prince of Goldsmiths
Corgnati, Martina; Majno, Giorgio; Buccellati, Mario

Publisher: Rizzoli, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

p10505331The installation “Surrounded Islands” was completed on May 7, 1983 in Biscayne Bay, between the city of Miami, North Miami, the Village of Miami Shores and Miami Beach.  11 of the islands situated in the area of Bakers Haulover Cut, Broad Causeway, 79th Street Causeway, Julia Tuttle Causeway, and Venetian Causeway were surrounded with 585,000 square meters (6.5 million square feet) of pink woven polypropylene fabric covering the surface of the water, floating and extending out 61 meters (200 feet) from each island into the Bay. The fabric was sewn into 79 patterns to follow the contours of the 11 islands.

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Description: Hard bound in gray cloth binding in publishers pictoral slipcase. No dust jacket, as issued. 696 pages. Introduction & picture commentary by David Bourdon. Profusely illustrated with full-page plates, Contains bound in fabric sample. Sunning to spine edge, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 19048

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Christo: Surrounded Islands
Christo  and Jeanne-Claude

Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

operaJessica Tan Gudnason studied photography at the International Center of Photography. Her abstract photographs in platinum-palladium and color have been featured in solo and group exhibitions. She lives in New York.

opera-portraitsDescription: A collection of beautiful close-up portraits of performers in the opera house during rarefied, private moments. SIGNED BY JESSICA TAN GUDNASON on the limitation page. Hard bound in red Japanese linen with gilt titles. Gilt to all page edges. Special hand numbered edition in publishers red linen clam shell box. #353 in a limited edition of 500 printed copies. Essay by Charles A. Riley II.

Bookseller Inventory # 21123

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$350

Jessica Tan Gunderson: Opera Portraits
Riley II, Charles A.

Bibliographic Details

Publisher:  North 8 Editions
Publication Date:  2008
Binding:  Hard Bound
Book Condition:  As New
Dust Jacket Condition:  No Jacket, As Issued
Signed:  Signed by Photographer

Murano glass has been hand-crafted on the Venetian island of Murano for over 8 centuries. Fearing fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wooden buildings, the Venetian Republic ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to the island Murano in 1291. Murano’s glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these century-old techniques, crafting everything from art glass and figurines to  glass chandeliers.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 232 pages. Text in English, German & Flemish. An important overview of the art glass of Murano 1910-1970, from craft to design. Profusely illustrated. Companion volume to Art Glass from Murano / Glas-Kunst Aus Murano 1910-1970 by the same author.  Marc Heiremans discusses the masterly glass-working techniques of Murano, along with their all but forgotten techniques. A very nice copy with only the most minor wear to edges of dust jacket, otherwise fine. A rare and sought after guide.

Bookseller Inventory #24161

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Murano-Glas in 20. Jahrhundert / 20th Century Murano Glass
Heiremans, Marc

Publisher: Arnoldsche
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition:  Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

 

 

 

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 376 pages with 425 color illustrations! Text in English with staple bound German translation laid in. A rare and sought after guide. Minor wear to dust jacket, otherwise fine. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 24159
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Art Glass from Murano / Glas-Kunst Aus Murano 1910-1970
Heiremans, Marc

Publisher: Arnoldsche
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

Edith Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature. She was born Edith Newbold Jones to a wealthy New York family, and first gained attention for several influential design books including her first published work, The Decoration of Houses (1897). In  1901 she built The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. There she wrote The House of Mirth (1905) and the Pulitzer Prize winning The Age of Innocence (1920). She entertained authors, and Henry James was a close personal friend. In addition to her famous novels, Wharton wrote at least 85 short stories. She was a highly regarded garden designer and wrote the classic design book Italian Villas and Their Gardens (1904). Wharton in part helped chronicle New York’s upper-class and  their vanishing world in the first part of the 20th century.

Description: Hard bound in red cloth with gilt titles. True first edition published September, 1908. Collected short stories. A nice clean copy with only the most minor sun fading to spine edge. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 13737

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The Hermit & the Wild Woman
Wharton, Edith

Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
Publication Date:
1908
Binding:
Hard Cover
Book Condition:
Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
No Jacket
Edition:
First Edition

Dino Martens (1894 – 1970) was first a painter, although he will be best remembered for his glass design. He exhibited his paintings at the Biennale di Venezia between 1924 and 1930. Upon his return from the African War in 1939, he became artistic director of the Venetian glass factory Aureliano Toso. From 1946 to 1960 Martens designed an incredible series of works for Toso. Using traditional Venetian techniques, he was able to obtain strikingly original effects combined with particularly daring asymmetric shapes, marked by difficulty of execution.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 204 pages. Profusely illustrated. The first complete catalogue of all work in glass. reproduced in 355 historical archive photographs. Text in English, German & Italian. The definitive catalogue of Dino Martens’ work in glass.

Bookseller Inventory # 24157

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Dino Martens
Heiremans, Marc

Publisher: Arnoldsche
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition


 

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cormac2An American classic, The Orchard Keeper is the first novel by one of America’s finest novelists and author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller All the Pretty Horses. The novel is set in a small, isolated community in Tennessee, during the inter-war period. It is the story of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger, who has killed Rattner’s father, a fact to which both are oblivious. Woven in beautiful description of harsh surroundings, sudden actions (a swing of a tire iron, a porch falling off a building, or a car falling into a creek) become a turning point changing everything the way a lever’s action is altered by a fulcrum. These unexpected changes become the new environment in which the characters evolve.

Description: Hard bound SECOND PRINTING with price clipped dust jacket. INSCRIBED to the New York collector Dan Frueh on the half title page, and SIGNED BY CORMAC MCARTHY on the front free endpage. A very nice copy brightn and clean in like jacket. A very scarce SIGNED copy of the authors first novel.

Bookseller Inventory# 20036cormacjacket1

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The Orchard Keeper
McCarthy, Cormac

Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1965
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition, Second Printing

FEATURED: HIRO

Yasuhiro Wakabayashi, professionally known as Hiro, is a “photographer’s photographer”. He was born in Shanghai in 1930 to Japanese parents. In 1956 he began working for Richard Avedon. Around the same time, Hiro encountered Alexey Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar, and worked as his assistant for a time. Hiro has shown a very distinctive vision, and his work in fashion and still life from the mid 1960s onward has spawned many imitators and remains a lasting influence.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED and dated by HIRO on the front free endpage. Very minor edge wear, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 16599

$150

Fighting Fish/Fighting Birds
Hiro and Moore, Susanna

Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: inscribed by Artist
Edition: First Edition

walking-bygiacometti5331Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. In 1922 he moved to Paris to study under Auguste Rodin’s associate, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. It was there that Giacometti experimented with the cubist method. In 1927 his brother, Diego Giacometti, joined him as his assistant. Drawn to the surrealist movement, Alberto displayed his first surrealist sculptures at Salon des Tuileries, Paris, later that year. Before long, he was regarded as one of the leading surrealist sculptors of the day. Living in the creative community of Montparnasse, he associated with artists Joan Miro, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Balthus, plus writers Samuel Beckett, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard and Andre Breton. From 1935 to 1940 Giacometti concentrated his sculpting on the human head, focusing on the model’s gaze, followed by a unique artistic phase in which his statues became stretched out — their limbs elongated. Obsessed with creating his sculptures exactly as he envisioned through his unique view of reality, he often carved until they were as thin as nails and reduced to the size of a pack of cigarettes, much to his consternation. A friend of his once said that if Giacometti decided to sculpt you, he would make your head look like the blade of a knife. After his marriage his tiny sculptures became larger, but the larger they grew, the thinner they became. Giacometti was a key player in the Existentialist movement, but his work resists easy categorization. Some describe it as Formalist, others argue it is Expressionist. The intention of his sculpting was usually imitation, the end products were an expression of his emotional response to the subject. He attempted to create renditions of his models the way he saw them, and the way he thought they ought to be seen. Giacometti’s figures reflect the view of 20th century modernism and existentialism. Alberto Giacometti’s 1960 sculpture of a spindly man, “Walking Man I,” sold for £65 million ($104.3 million) in a Sotheby’s auction, shattering the record price for a work of art at auction to date!

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 328 pages profusely illustrated.4 full color tipped in plates. An exhaustive monograph on the artist. Giacometti: A Biography In Pictures narrates an informal exploration of one of the twentieth century’s greatest sculptors. The text is interspersed with wonderful snapshots of the artist at work in the studio with reproductions of individual works. Some minor wear to dust jacket and some minor tanning to spine edge of dust jacket, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 17538

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Alberto Giacometti
Hohl, Reinhold

Bibliographic Details:

Publisher: H. N. Abrams, New York
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. 472 pages.Profusely illustrated. Annie Leibovitz through 15 years, presidents, actors, authors, war orphans, sports stars, musicians, and her own children. A nice copy, bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 22756
Annie Leibovitz
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A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005
Leibovitz, Annie

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Description: Hard bound with decorative pastedown to front and rear boards. SIGNED BY MIKE SLACK ON THE TITLEPAGE. Polaroids by Los Angeles’ own Mike Slack. A nice copy with only the most minor wear.

Bookseller Inventory # 18927
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Slack, Mike

Publisher: J&L Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Book Condition:
Very Good
Signed:
Signed by Photographer
Edition:  First Edition

0847819442

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Mies in Berlin

0810962160

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10 X 10

0714839221

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