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This is the single best reference for the modern photography book collector. In 2001 at the beginning of the photo book craze Andrew Roth put together his list of the 101 most influential photography books of the last century. Beautifully designed and profusely illustrated, with essays by curators, critics, and other academics, it still stands as an invaluable reference and is an essential purchase for any serious photography book collection.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 305 pages. Gray cloth boards. Profusely illustrated with b/w & color photos. First trade edition with some wear to corners to dust jacket, otherwise very good. very scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 18378


The Book of 101 Books:
Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century

Roth, Andrew

Publisher: Roth Horowitz
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hardbound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition


With the Bauhaus in Dessau, Walter Gropius created one of the most influential architecture and design schools of the 20th century. During the few years of its use as a school, until it was closed down by the Nazis in 1932, it had also become a center for the creative forces of its time. Born and educated in Germany, Walter Gropius worked under the German architect Peter Behrens from 1907 untill 1910, his fellow employees at this time included Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. As the founding director of the Bauhaus, Gropius made inestimable contributions to his field, to the point that knowing his work is crucial to understanding Modernism. The Bauhaus revolutionized art training by combining the teaching of the pure arts with the study of crafts. Gropius aimed to unite art with technology, and he educated a new generation of designers and architects to reject historical precedents and adopt the ideology of modern industry. For the Bauhaus, Gropius wrote the curriculum, designed the building, and he assembled its faculty: an extraordinary group that included Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy, and Marcel Breuer.

Description: Hard bound first printing bound in yellow cloth with red lettering. No dust jacket. Text in German. 221 pages, profusely illustrated. #12 in the series -bauhausbucher. Very progressive architecture for the time, showing the most early ideas of modernism in architecture. The most sought after title in the series. Some wear and minor soiling to cloth boards. Interior clean and binding tight. RARE hardbound copy!.

Bookseller Inventory # 16908


Walter Gropius : Bauhaus Bauten Dessau
Gropius, Walter

Publisher: Albert Langen Verlag
Publication Date: 1930
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition:Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: First Edition

Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948. Their working method was based on spontaneity and experiment, and  drew inspiration from children’s drawings, primitive art forms, and the work of Paul Klee and Joan Miró. Cobra was a milestone in the development of European abstract expressionism.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Blue-grey cloth over boards with lettering in blind on upper board and spine. A lavishly illustrated volume. Covers Appel’s childhood, his work as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam (here presented for the first time), his revolutionary works from his time with the COBRA group, and his informal paintings during the ‘Art Autre’ years. Complete with documentary references, including excerpts from manifestoes, art reviews, and artists’ letters, as well as some of Appel’s poetry, this volume presents a comprehensive account of the artist’s life during the war and postwar years. A few small closed tears to dust jacket, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 25277


Karel Appel The Early Years 1937-1957
Ragon, Michel

Publisher: Galilee
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Dorothea Tanning in the most important living surrealist painter, as well as an accomplished sculptor, designer and poet. Tanning moved to New York in the early 1930s where she discovered Dada and Surrealism. By the early 1940s Tanning was working on her own surreal paintings while supporting herself as a commercial artist. in 1942 she met Max Ernst, they played chess, fell in love, and were later married in a double wedding along with Man Ray and Juliet Browner.  She has developed her own individual style over the course of a career that spans seven decades. On August 25, 2010, she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket, in publishers slipcase as issued. An exhaustive monograph with hundreds of plates, many in color, with contributions in prose and poetry by John Cage, James Merrill, with an Afterword by Tanning. Chronology, Bibliography, and Index of plates. This is a great monograph on the artist!

Bookseller Inventory# 25309


Dorothea Tanning
Tanning, Dorothea; Bailly, Jean Christophe; Morgan, Robert C.

Publisher: George Braziller, N. Y.
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition:    1st Ed.

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