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Joan Mitchell (1926-1992) was one of the few women artists accepted among the Abstract Expressionists. She expanded upon the visual language of New York artists including her mentor Willem de Kooning. She outpaced all but a handful of her male mentors and counterparts. Although well regarded by critics, fellow artists, and the general public, Mitchell’s achievement has never received full recognition. In 1955, Mitchell moved to France to join Canadian painter Jean-Paul Riopelle, where she continued to paint until her death in 1992. John Ashbery called her ” …a tough lady, a hard drinker, hard on her friends and harder on herself”.

Description: Paperback copy published on the occasion of the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes exhibition “Joan Mitchell, works from 1951 – to 1982” June 24 to September 26, 1994 & the Paris, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume exhibition “Joan Mitchell, the last years (1983-1992)” June 22 to September 11, 1994. Some minor wear to wrappers, otherwise very good. Text in French. 143 pages. Illustrated in full color. Some minor wear to wrappers, and sunning to spine edge, otherwise very good. Interior clean, and binding strong. SCARCE!

Bookseller Inventory # 23710

Joan Mitchell
Mitchell, Joan; Storr, Robert; Michaud, Yves

Publisher: Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes / Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Good

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. He is best known for his timeless and visually stunning photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. Adams founded the Group f/64 along with fellow photographers Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham, which in turn created the Museum of Modern Art’s department of photography. His lasting legacy includes helping to elevate photography to an art comparable with painting and music, and equally capable of expressing emotion and beauty. As he reminded his students, “It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium.”

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated first printing. SIGNED BY ANSEL ADAMS on the dedication page in black pen. 109 stunning black and white plates reproduced by extended range photolithography, closely supervised by Adams. Selected Photographs Made from 1928 to 1968 in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Mesa Verde, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, etc. Statement by the Photographer and An Essay on The Land by Lawrence Clark Powell. Some wear to corners and edges. Minor foxing to half title page, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 24206


Photographs of the Southwest
Adams, Ansel; Powell, Lawrence Clark

Publisher: New York Graphic Society
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

Ernest Hemingway was the most influential writer of the last century. An American author and journalist, his distinctive style was characterized by economy and understatement. The Old Man and the Sea was the final work published during Hemingway’s lifetime, and won for him the Nobel Prize.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the First edition. Meets all points of issue. Scribner’s “A” on copyright page, no mention of Book of the Month edition or Pulitzer Prize. Original $3.00 price in inside flap of dust jacket, and brown tinted author photo to rear of dust jacket. Sea blue cloth boards show minor wear to corners and edges. Slight offsetting from dust jacket to endpages. Minor foxing to insidr flaps of jacket. Previous owners name and 1952 date to front fixed endpage, otherwise a tight and clean copy. Dust jacket shows some wear to edges and corners, and one small chip to upper spine edge, otherwise fine. An increasingly scarce copy of a seminal work of modern fiction.

Bookseller Inventory # 24397

The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest

Publisher: Scribner’s
Publication Date:
Dust Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Book Condition: Very Good
First Edition

Count Hubert de Givenchy is a French aristocrat and fashion designer, and arguably one of the most successful couturiers of all time. He found his start with Balenciaga, and later as a assistant designer to Schiaparelli and in 1952 founded The House of Givenchy at the age of 24. Givenchy is  the original couturier to the stars of Hollywood, designing much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. SIGNED BY HUBERT DE GIVENCHY on the half title page! 208 pages. Profusely illustrated in full color. The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy. His style was marked by innovativeness, contrary to the more conservative designs by Dior. Audrey Hepburn, later the most prominent proponent of Givenchy’s fashion. Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, The Duchess of Windsor, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were other famous customers of Givenchy’s. Boldly signed on the half title page. A very nice copy, bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 23040


The Givenchy Style
Mohrt, Francoise

Publisher: Vendome Press
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U. S. Edition

Murano ‘900

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket, in publishers pictoral slipcase. Limited edition of 1000 printed copies. Text in English and Italian. 419 pages. Preface by Reino Liefkes. An exhaustive work, profusely illustrated. Minor shelf wear to publishers slipcase, otherwise fine. Rare in the United States.

Bookseller Inventory # 24162

Murano ‘900
Deboni, Franco

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

Susan Meiselas is best known for her documentation of political upheaval and human rights issues in Latin America. She first gained recognition for her work in El Salvador. During the civil war there she photographed the uncovered graves of four murdered American nuns. The circulation of these images prompted a Congressional investigation into El Salvador’s right-wing death squads and the United States involvement in the war. “Susan Meiselas’ photographs of the revolution in Nicaragua form an extraordinary narrative, starting with a powerful and chilling evocation of the Somoza regime, following the course of the popular resistance that led to an insurrection, and ending with the triumph of the revolution” – Martin Parr. Meiselas joined the Magnum group in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer ever since. Now 30 years after the publication of  Nicaragua she has become a leading figure in the field contemporary photojournalism.

Description: Oblong hard back with dust jacket. Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in white on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Susan Meiselas. Some wear and a few small closed tears to dust jacket, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 23780


Nicaragua, June 1978 – July 1979
Meiselas, Susan

Publisher: Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
Edition: First U. K. Edition

Metzker has quietly been making extraordinary photographs for the better part of six decades. Metzker’s photographs strike a unique balance between formal brilliance, optical innovation, and a deep regard for the world. Today, he is recognized as one of the great masters of American photography. His images question the nature of  photographic “reality” through his use of formal inventions such as photomontage, solarisation, multiple exposures and unique perspectives. Approaching 80 years of age, Ray Metzker remains  one of the most dedicated, innovative, and influential American photographers of the last half century.

Description: Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. Design by Vignelli. INSCRIBED BY METZKER TO THE PHOTO-MONTAGE ARTIST VAL TELBERG. Small season’s greetings card signed by Metzker laid in. Published on the occasion of the 1985/86 touring exhibition in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Essay by Anne Wilkes Tucker. 143 pages profusely illustrated. Some minor wear to dust jacket, otherwise very good. A nice photographic association copy, scarce!.

Bookseller Inventory # 17645

Unknown Territory
Metzker, Ray K.

Publisher:    Aperture
Publication Date:    1984
Binding:    Hardcover
Book Condition:    Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:    Very Good
Signed:    inscribed by Photographer
Edition:    First Edition

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