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Archive for November, 2010

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Steve Wheeler was an American abstract painter who in part founded the movement known as the “Indian Space Painters”. The movement began in the 1930’s by a small group of painters living in New York, Steve Wheeler, Robert Barrell and Peter Busa, were among it’s earliest members. Steve Wheeler would go on to be the group’s most famous member. Influenced by Native American art and spirituality, much of his work is totally abstract with puzzle-like compositions and wild animation. In many ways the Indian Space Painters may be considered the forerunners of Abstract Expressionism.

INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY STEVE WHEELER to the Russian born painter, teacher and poet NAHUM TSCHACBASOV “…IN APPRECIATION OF OUR MUTUAL INTERESTS AND LONG FRIENDSHIP”. Quarter-bound in blue/brown paper covered boards with red cloth spine. No jacket, in publishers slipcase, as issued. Front panel has multi-colored silk screen decoration and gilt stamped titles. Gilt stamped titles on spine. Frontispiece and 13 photo-silk screen print & silk screened end papers. Glassine tissue guards. Preface by the artist. A work of prose by John Storck, and an essay by Adam Gates. #21 in a limited edition of 513 copies. Spectacular with rich photo silk-screen printing on heavy stock paper. A entirely beautiful edition! Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 20947

Hello Steve


Hello Steve
Wheeler, Steve

Publisher: Press Eight, New York
Publication Date: 1947
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued

Description: Hard bound in black cloth with jacket. Decorative green dust jacket with gilt tiles. Published on the occasion of the May 12th, 1988 auction held Hotel Richemond, Geneva. Full page full color plates. Stars include a 142.2 cts. Art Deco Emerald brooch and the Magnificent 33.13 cts. Aga Khan III Diamond. red silk ribbon/ paper bookmark. All lots sold to benefit the Bellerive Foundation, Geneva. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory# 25037


Magnificent Jewels From the Collection of His Highness Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III
Christie’s Geneva

Publisher: Christie’s Geneva
Publication Date: May 12th, 1988
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

John James Audubon was renowned for his adventurous nature, artistic genius, and his obsessive interest in birds. His Magnum opusĀ  Birds of America consists of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species, made from engraved copper plates. The pages were organized for artistic effect and contrasting interest, as if the reader were taking a visual tour. The cost of printing the entire work was $115,640 (about 2 million dollars today), paid for from advance subscriptions, exhibitions, oil painting commissions, and animal skins which Audubon hunted and sold. A remarkable accomplishment, Birds of America took more than 14 years of field observations and drawings, plus his single-handed management and promotion of the project to make it a success.

Description: DELUXE EDITION of the Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio. Limited to 2500 copies, this copy #979. SIGNED BY BOTH ROGER & VIRGINIA PETERSON editors of the “Peterson guidebooks”. Hard bound in full leather with gilt title and raised bands to spine edge. Decorative gilt design to front board. Marbled end pages and silk ribbon book mark. 435 pages with 917 illustrations, including 482 in full color. Very minor wear to corners and edges of boards, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 23670


Audubon’s Birds of America
Audubon, John James; Peterson, Roger Tory; Peterson, Virginia Marie

Publisher: Abbeville Press
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Editors
Edition: First Edition Thus

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