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Woody Allen is an Academy Award winning screenwriter & director, as well as an accomplished  jazz musician, author, actor and playwright. Woody Allen has won three Academy Awards and been nominated a total of 21 times! He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer. Best know for his known for his New York comedies, he as synonymous with Manhattan as yellow cabs and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated First Printing. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Front dust jacket flap has 10/67 on bottom right, and $4.50 price to upper edge. Bound in beige backed blue cloth bound boards. Woody Allen’s first published book, a play. Boards bright and clean. Some minor edge wear and age toning to dust jacket, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 26993

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Don’t Drink The Water
Allen, Woody

Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1967
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Joan Miró drew from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy, his works are some of the most original of the 20th century. He was among the first artists to develop automatic drawing as a way to undo previous established techniques, and with Andre Masson represented the beginning of Surrealism as an art movement. However, Miró chose not to become an official member of the Surrealists in order to be free to experiment with other artistic styles. He pursued his own interests in the art world, ranging from surrealism, to expressionism and color field painting. Miró was born April 20, 1893, in Barcelona. He studied at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts and the Academia Galí. He moved to Paris in 1920, where, under the influence of surrealist poets and writers, he evolved his mature style. The forms of his lithographs are organized against flat neutral backgrounds and are painted in a limited range of bright colors, especially blue, red, yellow, green, and black. Amorphous amoebic shapes alternate with sharply drawn lines, spots, and curlicues, all positioned with seeming nonchalance. Miró later produced highly generalized, ethereal works in which his organic forms and figures are reduced to abstract spots, lines, and bursts of colors.

Description: ORIGINAL JOAN MIRO LITHOGRAPH wrapper produced by Studio Arte in Paris, for this edition. (unfolded it measures 12 1/4″ high x about 28″ wide, suitable for framing) Published on the occasion of the May 1973 exhibition and the artists 80th birthday. Paintings, Gouaches, Sobreteixims, Sculpture, Etchings. Illustrated in color and b&w. Scarce!.

Bookseller Inventory # 27160

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Miro: Paintings, Gouaches, Sobreteixims, Sculpture, Etchings
Daupin, Jacques; Miro, Joan

Publisher: Pierre Matisse Gallery
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

Description: Hard bound, no dust jacket. Rebound in tan cloth. ILLUSTRATED WITH 34 BEAUTIFUL HAND COLORED PLATES and b&w frontis engraving (Portrait of Ulysses Aldrovan). 310 pages of text. some sunning to cloth boards. Previous owners stamp to front free endpage, otherwise good. William MacGillivray was a Scottish naturalist and friend of John James Audubon. He wrote a large part of Audubon’s Ornithological Biographies from 1830-1839. A rare edition with beautiful hand colored plates.

Bookseller Inventory # 24274

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A History of British Quadrupeds
Macgillivray, William

Publisher: W. H. Lizars
Publication Date: 1838
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Walker Evans was one of the 20th century’s most influential photographers. For three years beginning in the winter 1938 he rode the Lexington Avenue Local along with the photographer Helen Levitt, Evans with his 35mm camera hidden between the buttons of his coat. He surreptitiously photographed the subway passengers in his quest to document the “real”. Evans had developed his unique style of photography while working for the Farm Security Administration, photographing the rural poor of the deep south. Like Dorothea Lang and Margaret Bourke White, Walker Evans created some of the most iconic images of the depression era. He attempted to show his subjects without their “mask on”, in the still moments of quiet introspection when their guard was left down. The photographs lay unpublished for 25 years. In 1966 ninety were chosen from over six hundred and paired with an essay written by James Agee in 1941. Evan’s body of work went on to inspire a generation of photographers. Each portrait captures a real person within a singular moment, as unique as a thumb print or a snowflake.

Description: Hard bound first printing, no dust jacket. Black cloth boards with titles in white. 178 pages. Text by James Agee. Some minor rubbing to boards, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. One of the most iconic photography books of the 20th century!

Bookseller Inventory # 17149

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Many Are Called
Walker Evans

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1966
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Missing Original Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition

William S. Burroughs is considered to be one of the most politically subversive, culturally influential, and innovative writers of the twentieth century. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author who affected popular culture as well as literature. Much of his work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived and worked is various parts of the world, such as Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, and most famously Tangier.

Description: SIGNED BY WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS on the title page. Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated first printing. Some minor wear to orange cloth boards. End pages show some offsetting and previous owners book plate affixed to front fixed end page, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Minor edge wear to dust jacket, now in Brodart protective cover.  A scarce copy SIGNED BY BURROUGHS.

Bookseller Inventory # 26991

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Nova Express
Burroughs, William S.

Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: 1964
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First U.S. Edition

Robert Indiana is an American artist associated with the Pop Art movement. Indiana’s work often consists of bold, simple, iconic images, especially numbers, and is best known for his work “LOVE”.  Robert Creeley was an American poet and author of more than sixty books. He is usually associated with the Black Mountain poets.

Description: Brown paperback in publishers black slipcase, as issued. Limited edition of 2500 printed copies, with 500 printed for sale in Germany and 2000 for sale in the U.S. 10 FULL COLOR SILKSCREEN PRINTS BY ROBERT INDIANA printed by Domberger bound in. 68 pages. Robert Creeley’s poems printed in German and English. Previous owners inscription. Some wear and tanning to spine edge, otherwise very good. Interior clean and prints vibrant. Slipcase shows some wear, with one small tear to upper spine edge.

Bookseller Inventory # 22570

SOLD

Numbers
Indiana, Robert; Creeley, Robert

Publisher: Edition Domberger/Galerie Schmela
Publication Date: 1968
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Good
Slipcase Condition: Good

Louise_NevelsonLouise Nevelson was known for her monumental box-shaped sculpture, and her signature use of monochrome. Born in the Ukraine in 1899 she emigrated to the United stated in 1905 where her family settled in Rockland, Maine. In 1920, she married Charles Nevelson and moved to New York. In her formative years she studied with Hans Hofmann, and worked as an assistant to Diego Rivera. In the mid-thirties she began to gather wooden objects on the streets of New York, transforming them into elegant objects of mystery.

Description: SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY LOUISE NEVELSON. Deluxe limited edition, #293 in a limited edition of 500 printed copies. 2 paperback volumes bound back-to-back, alond with an audio cassette containing “A Conversation with Barbara Diamondstein”, all housed in the publishers Clam shell box. Published on the occasion of the June 2 – 27, 1980 New York exhibitions held by the Pace Gallery, and the Wildenstein Gallery. Some wear to publishers box with one small tear to paste down label located on the front of the publishers box. Front hinge of publishers box weak but holding well. A scarce signed Nevelson title.

Bookseller Inventory # 26885

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Wood Sculptures and Collages
Maquettes for Monumental Sculpture
Nevelson, Louise; Shirey, David L.; Diamonstein, Barbaralee

 

Publisher: The Pace Gallery / The Wildenstein Gallery
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Signed: Signed by Artist
Edition: 1st Edition

william-s-burruoughsWilliam S. Burroughs is considered to be one of the most politically subversive, culturally influential, and innovative writers of the twentieth century. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author who affected popular culture as well as literature. Much of his work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived and worked is various parts of the world, such as Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, and most famously Tangier.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First Printing of the First American Edition with $6.00 price on inside flap of dust jacket. Black boards and black topstain, with tile in gilt to spine edge. Dust jacket shows a few small chips to edges and minor sunning to spine edge. Notation and underlining in pen to several pages and rear end page, otherwise a good working copy with binding tight. One of the greatest and most controversial novels in American literary history. Originally published in 1959 in Paris. It was not published in the US until 1962 due to US obscenity laws. Published by Barney Rosset, of Grove Press, in a tiny edition of only 3500 copies. It won the last major literary censorship battle in America. A landmark work! A scarce first edition of this seminal Beat novel.

Bookseller Inventory # 26009

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Naked Lunch
Burroughs, William S.

Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: 1959
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U.S. Edition

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Diana Vreeland was the beginning and the end in all things chic. Her persona and dictums were not to be overlooked or ignored. Diana Vreeland was the twentieth century’s greatest arbiter of style and elegance. As fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar for twenty-five years, Editor in Chief of Vogue and as creator of fantastic exhibits for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute, Diana, with her passion for living, her legendary wit and charm energized the world of style and fashion for over fifty years. Vreeland set about reinventing the job of fashion editor. Richard Avedon credits Vreeland with starting “a totally new profession”. She had the unique ability to always think outside the box. Even the decor of her Park Avenue apartment was an original. Billy Baldwin, the famous New York decorator who actually worked with her on the project, Diana said that she wanted her apartment to look like a garden in Hell. Diana Vreeland will always be remembered as a visionary and a pioneer in the world of style, elegance and fashion.

Description:
Hard bound first edition with dust jacket. SIGNED BY DIANA VREELAND on the half title page with her full name in green ink.  Wear and sunning to red cloth boards. Some edge wear to dust jacket, otherwise good.  A SCARCE SIGNED COPY!

Bookseller Inventory # 26915

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D. V.
Vreeland, Diana

Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition

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