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Slim Aaron’s photographs, where wealthy people lounge poolside, looking effortlessly beautiful, are the definitive insiders look into the private lives of the Leisure Class of the 1950’s and 60’s. Aarons as part of the Jet-set photographed from Beverly Hills, to the French Riviera, capturing the Kennedys, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and other elite jet-setters. Aarons worked without stylists or elaborate lighting, preferring to photograph celebrities in their own clothes and own surroundings. As a faithful chronicler of the High Society he has no equal.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles. A scarce first edition of Aaron’s now iconic book. Minor sunning to spine edge of dust jacket. Foxing to title page, otherwise very good. Photographs include: the Vanderbilts,  the Rockefellers, the Duchess of Windsor, Mary Hemingway, Truman Capote, Howard Hughes, and many others. Settings include Aspen, Bermuda, Newport, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Montego Bay, San Francisco, and other places the jet set congregated.

Bookseller Inventory# 28711

SOLD

A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life
Aarons, Slim

Publisher: Harper & Row
Publication Date: 1975
Binding: Hard bound in dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Patrick Leigh Fermor widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest travel writers. Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (1915–2011) was a British author, scholar and soldier. A BBC journalist once described him as “a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene.” He played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during World War II. For a year and a half Leigh Fermor, disguised as a Cretan shepherd endured a perilous existence, living in freezing mountain caves while spying on German troops. In April of 1944, dressed as German police corporal, he stopped the car belonging to General Karl Kreipe, the island’s commander. The chauffeur disposed of, Leigh Fermor donned the general’s hat and, with his accomplice Moss driving the car, they bluffed their way through 22 checkpoints. The General meanwhile, was hidden under the back seat. For three weeks the group evaded German search parties. Hunted by German patrols, the group moved across the mountains to reach the southern side of the island, where a British Motor Launch was to pick them up. Eventually, on 14 May 1944, they were picked up and transferred to Egypt with their prisioner. Patrick Leigh Fermor was awarded a military OBE in 1943 and was appointed a Companion of Literature in 1991. He received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List, 2004.

Fermor  lived partly in Greece—in the house he designed with his wife, Joan, in an olive grove in the Mani. Roumeli is not to be found on present-day maps. It is the name once given to northern Greece—stretching from the Bosporus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth, a name that evokes a world where the present is inseparably bound up with the past. His books His books Mani (1958) and Roumeli (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. Celebrated not only for his books but for his wartime exploits, He is, perhaps, the last of a breed of writer-travelers whose reputation has an aura of genuine action and courage.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First edition stated. Wear to dust jacket that shows sunning to spine edge. Some edge wear to blue cloth boards, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Scarce! Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Roumeli takes the reader among Sarakatsan shepherds, the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora. Roumeli is not on modern maps: it is the ancient name for the lands from the Bosphorus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth.

Bookseller Inventory# 28626

$175

Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece
Fermor, Patrick Leigh

Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, New York
Publication Date: 1966
Edition:First U.S. Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Karl Bodmer was a Swiss painter of the American West. He accompanied German explorer Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied from 1832 through 1834 on his Missouri River expedition. He was hired as an artist by Maximilian with the specific intent of traveling through the American West and recording images of the different tribes they saw along the way. Karl  Bodmer produced realistic and very detailed paintings of members of various tribes and the landscapes he encountered. His style of painting, although influenced by European Romanticism, has been described as unprecedented in its realism. Today the majority of hisoriginal original water colors are located in three collections in the United States, with the majority of them located at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. They are among the most painstakingly accurate painted images ever made of Native Americans, their culture & artifacts, as well as the scenery of the pristine “Old West”.

Description: Oblong hard back in dust jacket. Bilingual Edition, with text in German & English. 81 full page, single sided prints on heavy stock, including 10 Beautiful hand colored plates! Limited edition, #366 of 1000. Some wear to dust jacket, now in protective Brodart cover. Damp staining to lower edge of green cloth boards. Some foxing to page edges. Foxing to gate-fold map, bound in. Several plats show very minor foxing, otherwise with interior clean & binding tight. Scarce and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory# 28620

SOLD

Bildatlas: Reise zu den Indianern am oberen Missouri 1832 – 1834
Picture Atlas: Travel to the Indians of the Upper Missouri 1832 – 1834
Bodmer, Karl

Title: Picture Atlas: Travel to the Indians of the Upper Missouri
Publisher: Hermann Bender, Germany
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: Limited edition #366 of 1000

Ed Ruscha has become know for his deadpan irreverence, and his Pop inspired art work. He holds the mirror up to the banality of urban life and gives order to the barrage of mass media-fed images and information that confronts us daily. Born in Omaha in 1937, He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950′s where he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute. By the early sixties he had made a name for himself for his collage, painting and printmaking, and for his association with the Ferrus Gallery group. Later he achieved recognition for his painting incorporating words and phrases and for his many photographic books.

Description: INSCRIBED BY ED RUSCHA “Best to Chris! Ed Ruscha”. First Edition 1/2000. 64 pages with 37 color plates. Published on the occasion of the 1997 Leo Castelli Gallery exhibition and in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their working relationship with Ed Ruscha. 17 “Cityscape” paintings and 20 exhibited books emblazoned with either paint or bleach by the artist to reveal the letter “O”. Some very minor sunning to edges of wrappers, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory# 26144
SOLD

Edward Ruscha: Cityscapes / O Books
Ruscha, Ed

Publisher: Leo Castelli Gallery
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition

The Algonquin Round Table was a group of journalists, writers, actors, & press agents that met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel in the heart of Midtown. After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at The Algonquin. Together they helped define American taste in the arts for about a decade. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker magazine. Though society columns referred to them as The Algonquin Round Table, they called themselves the Vicious Circle. Dorothy Parker and her friends were immortalized in 1987 in the Academy Award-winning documentary, The Ten Year Lunch. In 1994, the group was once again transported to the big screen in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker.

Description: Hard bound, no dust jacket. 310 pages. First printing.  INSCRIBED BY THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL’S OWNER – Ben B. Bodine, THE FRONT DESKMAN of more than 40 years – Alfred F. Mitchell, AND THE HEAD WAITER – Raul, dated March 16 – 51. Illustrations by Al Hirschfeld. The story of the Algonquin Round Table.  This copy shows some wear and minor soiling to boards. Interior clean and binding still tight. A RARE ASSOCIATION… and a bit of New York History.

Bookseller Inventory # 24177

SOLD

The Vicious Circle: The Story of the Algonquin Round Table
Harriman, Margret Case

Publisher: Rinehart & Co., New York
Publication Date: 1951
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First edition
Book Type: Inscribed Association Copy

lothar-baumgarten-portrait_thumb_mediumsoo_line_railroad_and_burlington_northern_railroad_platine_diamond_savanna_carroll_countyLothar Baumgarten is a combination anthropologist, photographer, poet, storyteller, and installation maker. He has traveled in many a remote and outwardly inhospitable part of the world, aiming to live among its inhabitants as a concerned but invisible presence. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles commissioned Baumgarten to create a work that incorporated photo documentation. The focus was the artist’s research of the American railroad system. The work takes material form by integrating given structures into a complex whole and by creating a canon of references among individual, site-specific elements. — its tracks, bridges, signals, locomotives, rolling stock, stations, marshaling yards, logos, names and crossings on remote country roads. The photographs were later published along with eleven short stories in an artists’ book titled “Carbon.”

Deascription: Hard bound in dust jacket. 118 b&w and white color photographs. Published on the occasion of the Apr. 8 – Jun. 17, 1990 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles exhibition. INSCRIBED BY LOTHAR BAUMGARTEN in pencil on the limitation page ” For  H_ S_  21.7.93  N.Y.C  Lothar Baumgarten”.  Limited printing, 1 of 1750 copies. SIGNED Text pamphlet laid in at the rear.  Very minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Dust jacket shows wear , a few small chips and closed tears, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory# 22906carbon

SOLD

Carbon
Baumgarten, Lothar

Publisher: Pentti Kouri / The Museum of Contemporary Art, L. A.
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: inscribed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

asw2Aldo Sessa is undoubtedly the most recognized photographer in Argentina. Born in Buenos Aires in 1939, he started his long career of creative work drawing and painting at the “De Ridder” Atelier at the age of 10. He later specialized in graphic arts, design, and photography. His works are included in private collections and in museums in Argentina and around the world. He has performed more than 250 exhibitions and published 40 art books.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. SIGNED IN BLACK PEN BY ALDO SESSA on the titlepage. 47 beautifully haunting and surreal full page photographs. A scarce signed copy!

Bookseller Inventory # 19217

9509140449

$200 

Sesiones y Fantasmas / Seances & Ghosts
Bradbury, Ray & Sessa, Aldo
Publisher: Sessa Editores
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

Gerhard Richter has never committed himself to one artistic style. He began working with artists such as Sigmar Polke and Georg Baselitz. Their work, and Richter’s in particular, began to have an impact in Germany, and eventually international art circles. Richter’s beliefs are credited with refreshing art and rejuvenating painting as a medium during a period when many artists chose performance and ready-made media. Together with Polke and Fischer-Lueg, Richter formed a group called the Capitalist Realists. The Capitalist Realists were satirical, often deriving subject matter from print media. Richter began to see art as something that had to be separated from art history; he believed that paintings should focus on the image rather than the reference, the visual rather than the statement.

Description: 3 hard bound volumes with dust jackets in publishers slip case, as issued. Catalog Raisonné – Complete Works  Volume #1 Katalog der Ausstellung / Exhibition Catalogue, by Suzanne Page. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. Published on the occasion of a travelling exhibition originating at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris September 23 – November 21, 1993. 195 pages with text in German, English & French. Volume #2 Texte, by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Peter Gidal and Birgit Pelzer. Interview with the artist. 112 pages with text in German only. Volume #3  Werkubersicht, Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1993, Catalogue Raisonne of works between 1962-1993. Biography, Solo and Group Exhibition history, Selected Texts., Selected Films, 234 pages with text in German, English & French. Some minor shelf wear to publishers slip case. Upper edge of slipcase with one small tear to paper, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 28219

SOLD

Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1993 (3 volumes)
Richter, Gerhard

 

Title: Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonne
Publisher: Edition Cantz, Germany
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

somethingsgottagive1Description: Hollywood East… New York’s “good life”… Shingle style, blue & white, Seagrass with coral and twig. Share the fantasy of the dream homes beyond the privet, presented through the eyes of 24 top designers. Hard bound in white cloth with white stamped letters to the spine and cover. Illustrated endpapers. Intro by Mayer Rus.  A beautiful survey of contemporary design in the Hamptons. Over 300 pages lavishly illustrated in full color!  Intro by Mayer Rus. Designers included: Jamie Drake, Thomas O’brien, Mark Zeff, Randy Kemper, Enrico Boetti & Dominic Kozerski, Thom Filicia, Kelly Graham, Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan, Vicente Wolf and more. Minor wear to boards. Dust jacket shows somw sunning. Scuff and one small closed tear to upper spine edge of dust jacket, otherwise fine. Now out of print and exceedingly scarce!

Bookseller Inventory #23728927b

SOLD

Designing The Hamptons: Portraits Of Interiors
Rus, Mayer & Lind, Diana

Publisher:   Edizioni Press, New York
Publication Date:   2006
Binding:   Hard Bound
Book Condition:   Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition:   First Edition

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