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Alvin Lustig is known for his expertise in virtually all the design disciplines, but his most lasting contribution could well be his work in book jacket design. He designed record albums, magazines, advertisements, commercial catalogs, office spaces and textiles. By the time he died at the age of forty in 1955, he had already introduced principles of Modern art to graphic design that have had a lasting influence on contemporary design practice. He was inducted into the Art Directors Club hall of fame in 1986.

“The words graphic designer, architect, or industrial designer stick in my throat, giving me a sense of limitation, of specialization within the specialty, of a relationship to society and form itself that is unsatisfactory and incomplete. This inadequate set of terms to describe an active life reveals only partially the still undefined nature of the designer.” – Alvin Lustig

Description: INSCRIBED BY THE EDITOR Holland R. Melson on the limitation page “The Editor to his Ghost…. Bob”. Hard bound, no dust jacket. Black paper over boards with title in white on spine and portrait of Lustig on front board. One in a limited edition of 600 printed copies. 94 pages. Introduction by Philip Johnson. Collected writings with Chronology, and list Articles. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor chipping to spine edges. Some foxing to end pages, otherwise very good. Interior clean and free of marks. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 25628

SOLD

The Collected Writings Of Alvin Lustig
Lustig, Alvin; Johnson, Philip

Publisher: Holland R. Melson, Jr.
Publication Date: 1958
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: First Edition, Limited

 

Roy DeCarava, the child of a single mother in Harlem, turned that neighborhood into his canvas. He went on to become one of the most important photographers of his generation by chronicling the lives of its ordinary people and its jazz giants. DeCarava was the first African American photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States Government. In one of the longest careers in the field of fine art photography, DeCarava produced five major books, including The Sound I Saw and The Sweet Flypaper of Life as well as landmark museum catalogs and retrospective surveys from the Friends of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Description: INSCRIBED BY ROY DECARAVA on the title page “August 21, 1982 For Cecil and Mercedes B__ Best Wishes and Thanks  Roy DeCarava”. Hard bound with dust jacket. Oatmeal cloth boards in full binding with black lettering on front and spine. 1982 Roy DeCarava book party and signing  card Laid in. Some wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound.

Bookseller Inventory #30343
SOLD

Roy Decarava: Photographs
Alinder, James; Decarava, Sherry Turner

Publisher: Friends of Photography
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Very Good
Signed: Signed & Inscribed by Roy DeCarava

 

 

friedlanderfriedlander1982_54Friedlander’s work focuses on the detached images of urban life, store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, and posters and signs all combining to capture the look of modern life. Friedlander’s images of shop windows evoke a certain ambiguity, an oscillation between reflected and actual reality, that invite inspection of the space and the meaning of the image. Similar responses are encouraged by Friedlander’s street photographs, in which shadows of figures (usually Friedlander himself) and other subjects overlap in the photographic image. The projected outline of Friedlander’s body as within the picture frame implies the notion that the photographer can be both behind the camera and in front of it.


Description
: Hard bound in blue cloth with silver-stamped front board and spine.  No dust jacket, as issued.  A scarce copy of an early exhibition of Lee Friedlander’s photographs. Published on the occasion of the July 23, 1978 Hudson River Museum exhibition. Some wear and minor sunning to cloth boards, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 20885

SOLD

Lee Friedlander Photographs
Friedlander, Lee

Publisher: Haywire Press
Publication Date: 1978
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

 

Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter who’s life was marked with controversy. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele’s work is noted for its intensity, twisted body shapes and expressive line. His paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism. His work is often erotic or pornographic, sometimes with a disturbing focus on sex & death. In 1911, Schiele met the seventeen-year-old Valerie “Wally” Neuzil, who lived with him in Vienna and served as model for some of his most striking paintings. Schiele and Wally left Vienna and went to a small town in southern Bohemia. Soon however they were driven out of the town by the residents, who strongly disapproved of their lifestyle. In 1912, the artist was imprisoned for a short period of time because of his way of painting very young nude models that was thought to be immoral. The magistrate made a point of personally burning one of Schiele’s drawings before the assembled crowd. 1915 marked a turning-point in Schiele’s life. Some time in the previous year he had met his future wife Edith, and by April 1915 he was engaged to her. In the fall of 1918 Edith fell ill with Spanish influenza and died. Almost immediately Egon came down with the same sicknes and died three days later, he was only 28.

Description: CATALOGUE RAISONNE with text in German & English. Hard bound, no dust jacket. In publishers card board slipcase, as issued. Some age toning to spine edge of boards, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. Numerous color plates, photographic illustrations. Bilingual text contributions by Otto Benesch & Thomas Messer. 559 pages. A scarce and sought after monograph on the artist!

Bookseller Inventory# 28562

SOLD

Egon Schiele: Oeuvre-Katalog der Gemalde
Kallir, Otto

Title: Egon Schiele: Oeuvre-Katalog der Gemalde
Publisher: Paul Zsolnay
Publication Date: 1966
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 1st Edition

Theodore Roethke was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and teacher. Roethke’s historical significance rests both on his established place in the American canon and on his influence over a subsequent generation of award-winning poets that include Robert Bly, James Dickey, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton. Roethke had close literary friendships with fellow poets W. H. Auden, Louise Bogan, and William Carlos Williams. He taught at various colleges and universities, including Lafayette, Pennsylvania State, and Bennington, and worked lastly at the University of Washington, where he was mentor to a generation of Northwest poets. He was afflicted with bouts of an undiagnosed mental illness. On November 11, 1935, he suffered a breakdown. What occured during that cold night is confusing, but Roethke later described having a “mystical experience” during a walk. After returning to the Michigan State University campus, he caused a scene in the dean’s office and had to be led away to an ambulance. His book, The Waking: Poems 1933-1953 received the Pulitzer Prize in spring of 1954. His next book Words for the Wind, published in 1958, was awarded the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize. One story has Roethke teaching a class when he learns he’s won the Bollingen Prize. He reportedly announced, “I’ve just won the Bollingen. To the Moon!” .  The Blue Moon Tavern, was one of Roethke’s favorites, in Seattle’s University District. Roethke’s legacy is a diverse and lyrical body of poetry. He could be somber or playful, surrealistic or erotic or romantic, or many of these things at once. One example of this dexterity is his poem, “I Knew a Woman:

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one;
The shapes a bright container can contain!
Of her choice virtues only gods should speak,
Or English poets who grew up on Greek
(I’d have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek).

Description: SIGNED & DATED BY THEODORE ROETHKE on the blue front free end page “Theodore Roethke March 31, 1960”. This copy was signed at the March 31, 1960 Poetry Center reading held at the 92nd street YMCA, NYC, in association with The Kaufmann Art Gallery. Hard bound in price clipped dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with title in silver on spine edge. First Edition stated. Roethke’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems. This copy has the Poetry center label affixed to the front fixed end page. A news clip photo of Roethke is affixed to the front free end page. and below a previous owners gift inscription “For Jack on his Birthday, January 22, 1954 – from Hilton”. List of poems read by Roethke at the Poetry Center reading is penciled in on the rear free end page. Some wear to dust jacket that shows minor sunning. Interior clean and binding tight.

A RARE SIGNED COPY OF HIS PULITZER PRIZE WINNING BOOK!

Bookseller Inventory # 29186

The Waking
Roethke, Theodore

SOLD

Title: The Waking
Publisher: Doubleday & Co., Garden City, New York
Publication Date: 1953
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition

Bill Brandt was Britain’s most admired photographer of the 20th century. He was known for his high-contrast images of British society and his distorted nudes and landscapes. Bill Brandt is widely considered to be one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, and in 2004 he received a major retrospective exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 105 pages, 100 black and white illustrations. The most comprehensive collection of his nude work. Many of the photographs first appeared in Brandt’s Perspective of Nudes, 1961, although over a third were until this time unpublished. Wear and some very minor chipping to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 20204

SOLD

Bill Brandt: Nudes 1945-1980
Brandt, Bill

Publisher: New York Graphic Society
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hardbound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Robert Frost was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, who wrote many popular and often quoted poems including The Road Not Taken, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, and Wild Grapes. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work employed settings from rural New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. His poetry has been called traditional, experimental, regional, universal, and even pastoral. Robert Frost was, quite simply, America’s most popular 20th century poet.

Description: INSCRIBED BY ROBERT FROST “To Barbara My inspiration for wild grapes 11-17-62”. (Wild Grapes is the poem printed on page 240) Hard bound in dust jacket. 17th printing, December 1964. Wear and some chipping to edges of dust jacket. Green cloth boards show some wear. Front hinge weak, but holding well. A scarce signed copy, with a warm inscription to the woman who inspired these lines in his poem wild grapes… ” Wearing a thin head-dress of pointed leaves, And heavy on her heavy hair behind. Against her neck, an ornament of grapes.”

Bookseller Inventory # 28712

Complete Poems Of Robert Frost
Frost, Robert

SOLD

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York
Publication Date: 1964
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Robert Frost to the woman who inspired his poem wild grapes
Edition: First Edition, 17th Printing

 

Connie Imboden’s photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1993, Connie Imboden won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt  (The Most Beautiful Book in the World)” Award for this book of images entitled “Out of Darkness”. She teaches photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where her experience as a photographer began, as well as many workshops around the world.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 129 pages with Afterword by the photographer. INSCRIBED BY CONNIE IMBODEN ” For Mark, Your openness and great energy are a terrific combination. Stay on the path! with all my best, Connie Imboden CPW 8/07″ Essays by A. D. Coleman & Arthur Ollman. This exquisitely printed monograph of renowned photographer Connie Imboden is a collection of images from the past fifteen years of her career. Both ethereal and strong, Connie Imboden’s photographs are a study in transformation and mutation of the human form. Imboden’s nudes floating in water are an unprecedented exploration of the human body. A RARE SIGNED COPY.

Bookseller Inventory # 22473
CONNIE IMBODEN

$250

Beauty of Darkness
Imboden, Connie

Publisher: Custom & Limited Editions
Publication Date:
1999
Binding:
Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition:
Near Fine
Signed:
Inscribed by Photographer
Edition:
First Edition

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