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Ben Shahn, the Lithuanian-born American painter, photographer, graphic artist is best known for his works of social realism, and his interest and involvement in politics. His vision included themes on modern urban life, labor, immigration and injustice, always with compassionate tone. He identified himself as a communicative artist, who challenged the esoteric pretensions of art, which he believed disconnect artists’ and their work from the public. As an alternative, he proposed an intimate and mutually beneficial relationship between artist and audience.

Description: Limited Edition, #7 of 150 printed copies. Hard bound in full parchment covered boards by Russell-Rutter, housed in paper-covered slipcase with printed label. Printed on Arches paper. Lithograph signed by Ben Shahn, laid-in as called for. Illustrated throughout with many drawings by Ben Shahn, many of which are full page, printed by offset lithography in ochre. A beautiful production produced at the Thistle Press. The work deals with the mind and body in myth and experience in vastly differing cultures. The first part is devoted to the heritage of the Western World, particularly Hebraic and Hellenistic traditions; the second ranges pre-Columbian America. Some minor wear to publishers slipcase, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 39999


The Sorrows Of Priapus
Shahn, Ben & Dahlberg, Edward

Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 1957
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Very Good
Signed by both Ben Shahn & Edward Dahlberg
First Edition, # 7 in a limited edition of 150


Frank Budgen was an English painter who might best be remembered for his friendship with the author James Joyce. Frank Budgen the English Painter and the Irish writer James Joyce met almost daily to walk, talk, and drink wine; their talk, among other things, was of the complex novel Joyce was then writing. This captivating study is the record of these conversations, and of a continuing friendship, as well as an acute critical commentary on the work itself. The Irish novelist and poet James Joyce is considered to be one of the most influential modernist writers of the first part of the 20th century. Ulysses is his landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. His fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there; Ulysses in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.S Edition. (James Joyce and the Making Of Ulysses, With a portait of James Joyce and four drawings to to Ulysses by the author). Some wear and age toning to dust jacket. Minor chipping to edges of dust jacket, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. The only first-hand account available of the growth of Ulysses. An important work for Joyce collectors.

Bookseller Inventory # 30054


James Joyce and the Making Of Ulysses by Frank Budgen
Budgen, Frank

Publisher: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas
Publication Date: 1934
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
Very Good
First Edition


Thomas Mann was the 1929 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist. He will be best remembered  for his series of highly symbolic and often ironic epic novels and novellas. Lynd Ward was and American artist known for his wordless novels told entirely through dramatic wood cuts. His Art Deco style was very popular in the 1920s, and his work is still highly sought after.

Description: 1934 limited edition hardcover in decorated boards, housed in published original slipcase as issued. #384 of 1000 copies signed by Thomas Mann on the limitation page! Lithographs by Lynd Ward.Three short stories that had not previously appeared in English. Some minor wear to cloth boards. The slipcase is in fair condition, with wear to edges, and top edge detached. The slipcase of this edition is seldom found in reasonable condition.Interior clean & binding still tight. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory #30050



Publisher: Equinox Cooperative Press
Publication Date: 1934
Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition – #384 in a Limited edition of 1000
Signed: Signed by Thomas Mann

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