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Perhaps no one single person has had more widespread influence on the counter-culture of the 20th century, as the now infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. He was an English born ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he focused his attentions on mountaineering and poetry. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic. In 1912 he was initiated into another esoteric order, the German-based Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), rising to become the leader of its British branch. Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter, bisexual and an individualist social critic. As a result, he was denounced in the popular press as “the wickedest man in the world” and erroneously labelled a Satanist. The Equinox is a series of publications in book form that serves as the official organ of the magical order founded by Aleister Crowley. It is essential reading for the student of Crowley as cross-references to it are found in nearly all his writings.

Description: LIMITED HAND NUMBERED EDITION. #54 of 515 printed copies. COMPLETE 10 VOLUME SET. Hard bound, no dust jackets. Some minor wear and soiling to boards, otherwise very good. Interiors clean and bindings sound. The Equinox is arguably the single most influential journal in modern occultism, and among the most frequently cited journals in the history of western occultism. This edition features detailed supplementary tables of contents to each number. Crowley’s extensive annotations from his personal copies have been collected at the end of the set, along with biographies of the contributors. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 36250

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The Equinox: The Official Organ of the A. A.- The Review of Scientific Illuminism, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-10
Crowley, Aliester

Publisher: Samuel Weiser
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: 10 volumes
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited Edition

Helen Levitt has been called “the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time.” She was particularly noted for her street photography, in and around around New York City. A Way of Seeing” was Helen Levitt’s first published collection of photographs and features 50 incredible gravure plates of her pictures taken on the streets of Yorkville, Harlem and the Lower East Side. “Levitt’s photographs are beautiful–major underrated works. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental, always maintaining an objective distance…The casual observer of these pictures, dazzled by their poetry, could easily miss the harsher realities masked by the surface warmth and joie de vivre.”  The New York Times stated, “Helen Levitt was the first American photographer to fully comprehend the essence of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographic message and put it into practice. Like Cartier-Bresson, she understood how to combine intuition and intellect to forge sophisticated, lyrical compositions from commonplace events.”- Martin Parr

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition. Levitt’s portraits of street life in 1940s Spanish Harlem, Agee’s eloquent text.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. One of the Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory #35344

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A Way Of Seeing
Levitt, Helen; Agee, James

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1965, New York
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First edition / 1st printing

Chris van Allsburg is a Caldecott Medal award-winning author and illustrator, renowned for works such as The Polar Express, Jumanji. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi was his first illustrated book. In this extraordinary, unusual, and unique picture book, Van Allsburg explores both the real and surreal worlds with incredible deftness. In doing so, he has created exquisite and beautiful images that will continue to haunt readers long after they have left the enchanted garden of Abdul Gasazi.

Description: Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG and his wife, with a small drawing of a paw print below “To Bettina, Happy Birthday your friends Chris and Lisa [paw print] cecil”. The author’s first book and a Caldecott Honor Award winner. First Edition, First printing with number line running down to 1. Cloth boards show some minor shelf wear and soiling. Unclipped ($8.95) dust jacket shows sunning to spine edge and some minor wear, otherwise very good. “This is without question one of the best and most original picture books in years”.– New York Times Book Review.

Bookseller Inventory # 23534

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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Van Allsburg, Chris

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Hardbound
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author
Edition: First Edition

Stephen Antonakos is known internationally for his spatial redefinitions of neon and for his equally extensive investigations of formalism in his drawings. Antonakos’ interest has always centered on—in his own words—“real things in real space.” His spare, colored geometric forms—particularly his “incomplete” squares and circles in neon—have been experienced throughout the United States, Europe and Japan in hundreds of exhibitions and in almost fifty permanent public art installations.

Description: Signed by Antonakos on the half titlepage. Protected in Brodart cover. A very nice copy in near fine condition!.

Bookseller Inventory # 11357

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Antonakos
Sandler, Irving

ISBN: 1555951643
Publisher: Hudson Hills Press, Manchester, Vermont, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Artist
Edition: First Edition

Henry Spencer Moore was an English artist best known for his monumental bronze sculptures. His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore’s works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace of Yorkshire.

Description: Catalogue Raisonne of Henry Moore’s Graphics from 1931-1984, complete in Four volumes. Hard bound with dust jacket, all volumes in the original cloth covered slipcases. Text is in English, French and German. 1660 pages with 749 plates, 444 in color. Published by distinguished Swiss art publisher Gérald Cramer, and his son Patrick. Some wear and sunning to cloth slip cases. Minor age toning to the spine edge of volume 1, otherwise fine copies with interiors clean and bindings tight. A rare and sought after work on the artist.

Bookseller Inventory# 30049

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Henry Moore: The Graphic Work [Complete 4-Volume Set]
Grant, Alistair & Mitchinson, David & Cramer, Gerald & Cramer, Patrick

Publisher: Patrick and Gerald Cramer, Geneva
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

Born in 1926, Harper Lee grew up in the Southern town of Monroeville, Alabama, where she became close friends with the writer Truman Capote. To Kill a Mockingbird is loosely based on Harper Lee’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was only 10 years old. The Novel was immediately successful upon publication, winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. The New Yorker declared it “skilled, unpretentious, and totally ingenious.” It has gone on to become one of the best-loved classics of all time, and has been translated into more than forty languages, selling more than forty million copies worldwide. To date, it is Lee’s only published novel, and since its publication, she has granted almost no requests for interviews or public appearances. In a rare 2011 interview she was asked why she never wrote again… she was quoted as saying “I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again”.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY HARPER LEE on the front free end page. Hard bound with dust jacket. 1oth printing of the first edition (stated on the copyright page.) in an 11th printing dust wrapper.  Wear and some minor chipping to corners and edges of dust jacket.  Some very minor foxing to page edges, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. A  signed copy of the author’s  only novel, now considered an American classic. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 33999

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To Kill A Mockingbird
Lee, Harper

Publisher: J. B. Lippincot
Publication Date: 1960
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: Good

 


Joan Miró 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. His works drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy, are some of the most original of the 20th century. 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: LIMITED EDITION / ONE OF THE 26 COPIES CONTAINING AN ORIGINAL  HAND SIGNED & NUMBERD MIRO ‘proof copy’ LITHOGRAPH along with 2 ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL MIRO LITHOGRAPHS created especially for this edition, housed in rear. Folio of Miro’s work in the Juan de Juanes collection published here in collaboration with Editirial Seix Barral, S.A. Housed in published box, as issued. 157 pages. This copy shows wear and some sunning to publishers box. Some minor damp staining to box, with torn hinges, otherwise very good. The dust wrapper, all interior pages, and lithographs still bright and clean. A VERY RARE EDITION – WITH 3 ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS – ONE HAND SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY MIRO!

Bookseller Inventory # 36511

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Joan Miro Drawings and Lithographs
Miro, Joan

 

 

Title: Joan Miro Drawings and Lithographs
Publisher: New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Connecticut
Publication Date: 1960
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as issued
Signed: Signed by Artist
Edition: 1st Edition

 

Massimo Vignelli was an acclaimed graphic designer who probably more than anyone else, is credited for introducing a European Modernist point of view to American graphic design. Vignelli’s work has been exhibited in North America and Europe. It is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, as well as museums in Philadelphia, Montreal, Jerusalem, Munich and Hamburg, Germany. He will be best remembered for his focus on simplicity, and his use of basic geometric forms, a theme throughout all of his work.

Description: INSCRIBED BY MASSIMO VIGNELLI in silver on the front free end page “To Natasha Hopkinson with congratulations –  Massimo Vignelli”. Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition.  Original black cloth, title blind-stamped on upper cover, spine lettered in white. Writing in pen on page 262, otherwise with interior clean. Vignelli Associates work in the modernist tradition, focusing on simplicity through the use of basic geometric forms. Their designs range from package design to furniture design and from public signage to showroom design.

Bookseller Inventory # 31096

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Design: Vignelli
Celant, Germano

Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Horst P. Horst was one of the most creative and prolific fashion photographers of the twentieth century. His iconic  photographs graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, & House and Garden. He is best remembered for the spare elegance and refined glamor of his fashion work, which produced icons of the genre, and also for his nudes, flower studies, and pictures of homes and gardens. His style and his exquisite compositional sense, prompted an early admirer, Janet Flanner, to characterize his work as “a linear romance.” His work influenced many younger photographers, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and Herb Ritts.

Description: SIGNED BY HORST P. HORST on the title page. Biography by Valentine Lawford. Distributed by Art Data. Published on the occasion of the Hamilitons of London exhibition of the same name. 41 beautiful b&w plates. Some minor age toning to wrappers, otherwise fine. A scarce signed Horst P. Horst title.

Bookseller Inventory #30170
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Horst Photographs 1931 – 1986
Horst, Horst P.

Publisher: Idea Books, Milan
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing – SIGNED!

The Hungarian-born architect, & furniture designer Marcel Breuer is one of the masters of Modernism. His early study and teaching at the Bauhaus in the twenties introduced the wunderkind to the older giants of the era of whom three – Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius – were to have life-long influence upon his professional life. Breuer extended the sculptural vocabulary he had developed in the carpentry shop at the Bauhaus into a personal architecture that made him one of the world’s most popular architects at the peak of 20th-Century design.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition. An in depth look at one of the great Architect / Designers of the 20th century. Breuer’s work is illustrated throughout with B&W photographs. Works from 1921-1970. Minor wear to edges f boards. Interior clean. The dust jacket shows wear and some chipping to edges. Some age toning to spine edge, otherwise good. A scarce and sought after Breuer title.

Bookseller Inventory # 31097

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Marcel Breuer: New Buildings And Projects
Papachristou, Tician; Breuer, Marcel

Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Hard Bound In Dust Jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First edition

August Sander was one of the most important German portrait photographers of the early twentieth century. In 1904 he opened his own studio in Linz, Austria, where he met with success. He began to photograph the rural farmers nearby, and soon abandoned his urban studio in favor of photographing in the field, finding subjects along the roads he traveled by bicycle. Sander photographed subjects from all walks of life and created a typological catalog of the German people. Although the Nazis banned the portraits in the 1930s and destroyed many of his negatives, Sander continued to make his photographs. His efforts grew into an ambitious social-documentary project he entitled People of the 20th Century, eventually encompassing more than 600 photographs divided into 45 portfolios.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Introduction by H. Lutzeler. 80 plates with facing captions. Some wear to dust jacket and a few closed tears, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 25653

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Deutschenspiegel
Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts Einleitung von H. Lutzeler
Sander, August

 

Publisher: Sigbert Mohn
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

 

Mid-Century design at its finest. Knoll Design was founded in New York City by Hans Knoll in 1938. Hans, along with his partner and wife Florence, embraced the creative genius at the Bauhaus School and together they helped create a new type of furniture for the home and workplace. In part they defined the mid-century modern approach to design. The company still manufactures furniture for the home by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll , Frank Gehry, Maya Lin and Eero Saarinen, all under the company’s KnollStudio division. Over 40 Knoll designs can be found in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

Description: An in depth look at some of the greatest mid-century design. Illustrated throughout with B&W photographs. A rare and sought after design title. An early catalog with strong Bauhaus influence – chairs, tables, interiors, chests, cabinets, beds, textile, photographs of layouts plus measurements; blue/red/yellow colorations and silver flexible board covers. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 34299

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Knoll Index Of Designs 1950
Knoll

Publisher: Knoll Design
Publication Date: 1950
Binding: Original spiral bound first edition
Book Condition: Very Good
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. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 33532

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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

 

Mickey Mantle was perhaps the greatest switch-hitter to ever play the game of baseball. Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956. He was an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player 3 times, and All-Star 16 times. He played in 19 of the 20 All-Star games he was named to, and appeared in 12 World Series. He still holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). Whitey Ford refered to him as “a superstar who never acted like one. He was a humble man who was kind and friendly to all his teammates, even the rawest rookie. He was idolized by all the other players.” Mickey Mantle’s #7 was permanently retired by the New York Yankees in 1969.

Description: SIGNED BY MICKEY MANTLE on the title page. Hard bound with dust jacket. Third printing of the first edition – stated on the copyright page. Previous owners name and 1967 date to the front free end page. Some minor foxing to the page edges. Wear to edges of boards, otherwise very good. This was Mantle’s first book and he includes lessons on the art and techniques of playing baseball. 16 pages of b&w photos. A Rare signed copy!

Bookseller Inventory # 33907

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The Education Of A Baseball Player
Mantle, Mickey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1967
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Mickey Mantle

James Baldwin broke new literary ground with his exploration of racial issues. Baldwin was profoundly marked by three distinctive identities in his life…  being black… being poor, and being homosexual. Social discrimination would be a recurring theme throughout  his work, especially his writing on the black experience in America. Baldwin became one of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement, and along with Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, became spokesman for the entire generation of black writers. Blues For Mr. Charlie is James Baldwin’s best known play. Baldwin said it is based distantly on the true story of the Mississippii youth Emmett Till, who in 1955 was murdered for whistling at a white woman.

Description: SIGNED BY JAMES BALDWIN on the front free end page. Hard bound with original Bernard Brussel-Smith designed dust jacket. First edition, with $3.95 on inner front flap of dust jacket.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound.

Bookseller Inventory # 33906

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Blues For Mister Charlie
Baldwin, James

Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: 1964
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by James Baldwin

 

Slaughterhouse-Five is Vonnegut’s most influential and popular work. It is a satirical novel about the World War II experiences and journeys of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut himself was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and imprisoned beneath the city of Dresden by the Germans as a POW.  He was there on Feb. 13, 1945, when the Allies firebombed Dresden in a massive air attack that killed 130,000 people and destroyed the landmark of no military significance. Slaughterhouse-Five (or The Children’s Crusade) is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it also stands apart, not unlike Catch- 22, as an eloquent and deeply funny plea against war. The story is told in a nonlinear order and events become clear through various flashbacks (or time travel experiences) from the unreliable narrator who describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes himself to have been in an alien zoo and to experience time travel. Kurt Vonnegut will be remembered not only for his unusual writing style, but also as a life long Humanist.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing stated on the copyright page. Some age toning to dust jacket, that shows some minor sunning to spine edge. Edge wear to dust jacket. One small mark in pen to the margin, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. The author’s best-known title, the story of Billy Pilgrim’s experience as an American soldier in Europe during World War II. The plot centers on the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany, in 1945, an event Vonnegut experienced himself during the war.

Bookseller Inventory # 33907

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Slaughterhouse-Five
Vonnegut, Kurt

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good

 

The 1952 National Book Award winning author James Jones was known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath. His wartime experiences inspired some of his most famous works, the so-called war trilogy. He witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to his first published novel, From Here to Eternity (1951). The Thin Red Line (1962) reflected his combat experiences on Guadalcanal and Whistle was based on his hospital stay in Memphis, Tennessee, recovering from surgery. James Jones died in 1977 before finishing Whistle. The final three chapters were completed by Willie Morris based on taped conversations with the author and extensive notes he’d already written. Jones expected that his novel would say, “Just about everything I have ever had to say, or will ever have to say, on the human condition of war.”

Description: First Edition – Limited Presentation Edition.  #179 of 1500 Numbered Copies Signed by James Jones. Black boards show some wear. Some minor foxing to page edges, and end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding tight. The dust jacket shows some wear, foxing and a few small closed tears. The author’s first book & winner of the 1952 National Book Award.  Noted as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library and a key title in the literature of the Second World War. Adapted into the Academy Award-winning Fred Zinnemann directed film with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine. A scarce title.

Bookseller Inventory #34067

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From Here to Eternity
Jones, James

Publisher: Scribners
Publication Date: 1951
Binding: Hard Bound
Condition:
Very Good
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by James Jones
Edition:
First Edition, #179 of 1500 Numbered Copies Signed by James Jones!

 

Thomas Pynchon is the most famous literary recluse of our time. Very little is known about Pynchon, the author of some of the most mysterious and generally difficult works of 20th century fiction. His work demonstrates a strong affinity with the practitioners and artifacts of low culture, including comic books, animated cartoons, pulp fiction, popular films, television programs, urban myths, conspiracy theories, and folk art. He often delves deep into the realms of human sexuality, psychology, sociology, mathematics, science, and technology, and these themes recur throughout Pynchon’s work. This blurring of the conventional boundary between “high” and “low” culture,  is one of the defining characteristics of postmodernist writing. With novels that some critics have called “unreadable”, paired with his highly reclusive nature, Thomas Pynchon has obtained a mythic cult-like status as a writer.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. Hard bound with dust jacket. True 1st printing of the first edition. Blind stamped pale lilac cloth, with title in silver to spine edge. Wear and some sunning to edges of boards. The un-clipped dust jacket shows some wear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. The first novel by Thomas Pynchon, who is  widely considered the best writer of the latter Twentieth Century. V. is Thomas Pynchon’s, published in 1963. It describes the exploits of a discharged U.S. Navy sailor named Benny Profane, his reconnection in New York with a group of pseudo-bohemian artists and hangers-on known as the Whole Sick Crew, and the quest of an aging traveler named Herbert Stencil, to identify and locate the mysterious entity he knows only as “V”.  Pynchon’s V. won the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year, and was nominated for the National Book Award. This novel introduced his signature style: strange characters (often with stranger names), obscure references and oddball humor, all piled into a story presented in an often complicated style. The novel has gone on to achieve a sort of cult status, and the first edition is highly sought after.

Bookseller inventory #33676

V.
Pynchon, Thomas

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Publisher: J. B. Lippencott
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

PeterBeardInternationally recognized photographer Peter Beard first visited Africa in 1955. After graduating from Yale, he returned to Africa and worked at Kenya’s Tsavo Park, during which time he photographed and documented the demise of over 35,000 elephants and 5000 Black Rhinos. The work done there led to the publication of The End of the Game books.

“When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. Kenya’s population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless ‘wild—deer—ness’ – it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game – so enormous it appeared inexhaustible. Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya’s population of over 30 million drains the country’s limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.” -Peter Beard

Description: INSCRIBED BY PETER BEARD WITH DRAWING. No Jacket, as issued. First printing of the 1977 revised edition published on the occasion of the I.C.P. exhibition in New York.Very good hardback as issued without dust jacket. The gray boards have some sunning and wear. This is a lovely edition of this rare Beard classic & the most difficult Beard title to find SIGNED & INSCRIBED!

Bookseller Inventory #19114

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The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise A Pictorial Documentation of the Origins, History and Prospects of the Big Game in Africa
Beard, Peter H.

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1977
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition Thus

 

Edward Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his macabre pen-and-ink drawings of beady-eyed Edwardian characters. He was first noticed in The New Yorker in 1959. His work has been described simultaneously as both an artist who wrote and a writer who drew. By the age of 20, Edward Gorey was studying French Literature at Harvard where he was befriended by future poet Frank O’Hara, who called Gorey “the oddest person I’ve ever seen”. One thing that Edward Gorey was decidedly fond of was ballet. He spent 30 years attending very nearly every performance by the New York City Ballet. His costume design for the Broadway production of “Dracula” won a Tony Award in 1978. Mr. Gorey also wrote at least 90 books and illustrated 60 others. Gorey left the bulk of his estate to a charitable trust benefiting cats and dogs, as well as other species including bats and insects.

Description: HAND SIGNED AND LETTERD BY EDWARD GOREY. Copy ‘C’ of the 26 lettered copies reserved for the author. Part of the of the deluxe edition, signed by the artist and specially bound, and limited to 100 copies. Hard bound, no dust jacket, and housed in publishers slipcase, as issued. Blue cloth over boards with paste-down title label to spine edge. A Gorey favorite, with fifty numbered cats, pictured in color, and posed in various settings and manners. The original drawings of these cats were done to accompany the limited edition of Amphigorey. Spine edge of blue cloth faded, otherwise very good with interior pages bright and clean.  Some minor soiling and age toning to slipcase, otherwise very good. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 32092

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Category
Gorey, Edward

Publisher: Gotham Book Mart
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: Hard bound, no dust jacket, and housed in publishers slipcase, as issued.
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: One of the 26 lettered copies reserved for the author

 

Alexander Anderson has long been considered the father of wood engraving in America, being the first in this country to adopt the technique developed in England by Thomas Bewick. Wood engraving produces a finer image than the standard woodcut by working on the denser end-grain section of the wood. Anderson acknowledged his debt to Bewick in 1804 by creating an American edition of Bewick’s A General History of Quadrupeds (1790) with his own re-engraved blocks, adding “some American animals not hitherto described.” A General History of Quadrupeds was really the result of an increasing popular interest in natural history towards the end of the 18th century. Evidence of this interest can be seen by other notable publications at the time such as Gilbert Whiteís Natural History of Selborne (1789) and the wonderful works of Thomas Pennant, whose own General History of Quadrupeds in two volumes, illustrated with fine copper engravings, had first appeared in 1781.

Description: Hard bound in full leather. Stated “First American edition, with an appendix containing some American Animals not hitherto described”. Printed by G. & R Waite, No. 64, Maiden – Lane. 1804.  531 pages with hundreds of woodcuts by Anderson. Wear and deterioration to leather. Front board detached, but present. Missing front free end pages to title page. Minor foxing throughout. Head and tail chipped, with text block and binding tight. A scarce copy of a classic of natural history, and wood block illustration.

Bookseller Inventory # 24322

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A General History of Quadrupeds:
The Figures Engraved on Wood, Chiefly Copied from
the Original of T. Bewick, By A. Anderson
Anderson, A.

Publication Date: 1804
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: First America

Robert Capa was one of the important war photographers of the twentieth century. He was a storyteller par excellence, and the combination of his photographs, and his account of personal adventure, make this one of the most sought after photobooks ever published. It was cited as one of the 101 seminal photographic books of the 20th Century by Andrew Roth. There are halftone photographs throughout, some full-page and others smaller, taken in Europe and North Africa from the summer of 1942 until the end of the war. After covering five wars, Capa stepped on a landmine in Vietnam in 1954 and died at age 41, the first American correspondent killed in Vietnam.

Description: Hard bound with price clipped dust jacket. Orange cloth covered boards, with titles in black. Capa’s account of his experiences as a photographer on the European and North African fronts during the Second World War. General shelf wear to boards, and slight age toning to pages. Interior clean and binding tight. The dust jacket shows wear, tears and large chips. Now protected in clear removable Brodart protective cover. Scarce!

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Slightly Out Of Focus
Cappa, Robert

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: 1947
Binding:Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Good
Edition: First edition

 

Pablo Picasso was the most influential artist of the 20th century. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century art world. Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. Picasso’s final works were a mixture of styles, his means of expression in constant flux until the end of his life. From 1968 through 1971 he produced a torrent of paintings and hundreds of copperplate etchings. Only later, after Picasso’s death, when the rest of the art world had moved on from abstract expressionism, did the critical community come to see that Picasso had already discovered neo-expressionism and was, as so often before, ahead of his time.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY PABLO PICASSO! Black paper covers with gilt design of a bird, white lettering, with each plate on a separate page, 2 pages of English text. Published on the occasion of the November 1971 exhibition in association with The Weintraub Gallery, New York. Mild edge wear, mild interior foxing. Text block is separating from spine, visible at interior front hinge. Minor wear to wrappers and 2 small creases, otherwise very good. Inscribed to the previous owner and signed with Love, Picasso!

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Picasso: Histoire Naturelle De Buffon
31 Cancelled Original Copper Plates
Picasso, Pablo

Publisher: Weintraub Gallery, New York, New York
Publication Date: 1971
Signed: Inscribed & signed by Pablo Picasso
Size: 9 & 1/4 inches – square

Graham Greene considered Le Carre’s 1963 masterpiece the best spy story he had ever read. Set during the height of the Cold War, it was startling at the time of publication for the novel’s opposition to the rather one sided heroes and villains of the popular spy novels of the time. Le Carre painted a bleak landscape filled with the dubious tactics of the secret intelligence world, a world in which good does not always vanquish evil. The novel was revolutionary for its portrayal of Western espionage methods, which more often than not, were morally inconsistent with Western democracy and values. The novel for the first time showed the intelligence services of both the Eastern and Western nations as engaging in the same expedient amorality… all in the name of national security.

The author’s breakthrough third novel firmly established Le Carre’s literary career.  J.B. Priestley called it ‘a novel of the first order… superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.’ The novel won John Le Carré the Somerset Maugham Award, and later the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A monumental novel, it was the first to win both the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America Award. The Modern Library listed it as one of the 200 Best Novels in English since 1950, and Time Magazine placed it among the 100 Best Modern Novels.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first U.K. edition. Blue cloth boards with title in gilt to spine edge. Some wear and sunning to edges and corners of boards that are slightly cocked. Some minor age toning to page edges, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Unclipped dust jacket shows original 18/- net price. Some minor edge wear to dust jacket that shows a small tear to upper spine edge. Minor soiling to white rear panel of dust jacket. Slight sunning to spine edge of jacket that overall still presents well. A rare copy of the first U.K. edition of Le Carre’s landmark Spy Novel.

Bookseller Inventory # 32948

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Le Carre, John

Publisher: Victor Gollancz, London
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hard bound in dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First U.K. 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

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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

 

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