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For more than four decades, Bruce Weber has been one of the most influential photographers in the world.  He is widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone magazines.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY BRUCE WEBER on the title page “To Jim – Bruce Weber”. Navy blue cloth with artists initials blindstamped on front board. First printing, limited to 5000 copies. Designed by John Eric Cheim. Beautifully illustrated with over 50 full-page photogravure plates of male models and actors, a few tinted with halftone colors. Sections include: Brothers, Matt Dillon, Notebook, Lifeguards, Clammers, Hall of Fame, Jeff, On Leave in Waikiki. Some soiling and minof shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise with boards and interior clean, and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 24473


Bruce Weber: Brothers, Matt Dillon, Notebook, Lifeguards,
Clammers, Hall of Fame, Jeff, On Leave in Waikiki

Weber, Bruce

Publisher: Twelvetrees Press
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

The famously reclusive Paris-based jewelry designer JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) has been called “the single greatest jeweler of our time”. David Bennett, the chairman of Sotheby’s Geneva states “In terms of creativity, JAR is without peers”. His shop in Paris’ Place Vendome has no display window, no regular hours, and it never advertises. To open JAR’s door you need only an introduction, from someone in the know. For the 30 years he has been making jewelry, Rosenthal has developed a near ‘cult-like’ following of clients, dealers and collectors. It is said that there are only 250 women in the world actually possess a piece. Elizabeth Taylor & Gwyneth Paltrow are among his select group of ‘A-list’ clients. His focus is on pavé, a technique for setting small stones so close together that they form a veritable pavement of jewels. His settings are so finely wrought as to be virtually invisible, and gradations of color progress from subtle to vivid. Unlike other jewelers, he uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gems’ color. Only twice has Rosenthal displayed his jewels to the public. His waiting list a mile long… with an even longer list of people pining to get on the waiting list. Which may be why his jewelry usually sells for well above estimates when it appears at auction; that’s the only time JAR jewelry is immediately available to those who can pay the price. His one-of-a-kind jewels have fetched as much as $4.3 million at auction! 

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in pink silk over boards, and housed in matching pink silk covered clam shell box. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition ‘The Jewels of Jar, Paris’ exhibition held by Sommerset House, London 2002-2003. The book contains 397 designs covering the period 1987-2002, beautifully photographed on black backgrounds with text in English by Joel Rosenthal and Pierre Jeannet. JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) was founded in 1977. The reclusive Paris-based jewelry designer works to the highest standards using traditional methods of craftsmanship, yet constantly pushing technique beyond its limits, to allow for increasingly unusual and beautiful pieces. Each is unique, made of precious and semi-precious stones mounted in rare and unusual metals, the stones themselves dictating the style of the piece. Some minor soiling and shelf wear, otherwise with interior clean and binding tight. A must-have book for all dealers, collectors and lovers of jewelry. VERY RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 32540


JAR Paris
Rosenthal, Joel Arthur; Jeannet, Pierre

Publisher: Art Books International, London
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard bound in pink silk, and housed in matching pink silk covered clam shell box.
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: True First edition


Jean Dubuffet was a French painter and sculptor, whose career was marked by a resistance to the conventions of artistic practice. He favored the commonplace over the rarified, and the raw over the refined. He looked to the work of untrained artists and made use of unconventional materials and techniques. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called “low art”and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making. Dubuffet’s interest in art-brut, the art of the insane, and that of the untrained person, whether a caveman or the originator of contemporary graffiti, led him to emulate this directly expressive and untutored style in his own work. His aggressively anti-cultural, anti-aesthetic attitude provided an example for members of the CoBrA group in Europe, and the American expressionist painters at mid century. He is now remembered as one of the outstanding innovators in postwar European painting.

Description: INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN DUBUFFET ON THE TITLE PAGE. Paperback copy in lithographic wraps. Text in French. The First edition of one of the first books illustrated by Jean Dubuffet, with two beautiful lithographs printed by Mourlot Frères , one in black – the cover “Cycling” (signed and dated 13 IX 44 in the plate), the the second in color, bound in as the frontispiece  “Riding Out” (signed and dated in the plate IX 44) . Limited edition, one of 140 copies printed on Arches (after 10 on japon ) for a total edition of 150 printed copies. Wear and some age toning to wrappers. Some age toning and offsetting to pages, otherwise very good. A rare Dubuffet title, exceedingly rare when inscribed by the artist.

Bookseller Inventory # 32946


L’Homme du commun ou Jean Dubuffet
DuBuffet, Jean

Publisher: Pierre Seghers
Publication Date: 1 944
Binding: Paperback copy with b&w lithograph wrapper
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited edition, one of 140 copies printed on Arches Paper

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