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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

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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

T. S. Eliot was arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century. He was also a well respected social critic and playwright. When T. S. Eliot died, wrote Robert Giroux, “the world became a lesser place.” Certainly the most imposing poet of his time, Eliot was revered by Igor Stravinsky “not only as a great sorcerer of words but as the very key keeper of the language.” For Alfred Kazin he was “the mana known as ‘T. S. Eliot,’ the model poet of our time, the most cited poet and incarnation of literary correctness in the English-speaking world.” Northrop Frye simply states: “A thorough knowledge of Eliot is compulsory for anyone interested in contemporary literature. Whether he is liked or disliked is of no importance, but he must be read.”

Description: First U.K. Edition. Hard bound with dust jacket. Some minor wear to dust jacket and one very small closed tear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.  An Eliot drama written about Thomas A. Becket (the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162, until he was assassinated in 1170 as a result of his conflicts with King Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church).

Bookseller Inventory # 30048

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Murder in the Cathedral
Eliot, T. S.

Publisher: Faber and Faber, London
Publication Date: 1935
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author regarded as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” has entered the English language to describe his unique style. Kafka was born in a middle class, German-speaking, Jewish family, in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He wrote his novels in German while working for an insurance company there. The Trial is his best known work, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote and inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither to him or the reader.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.S. Edition. Illustrated by Georg Salter. First published in German in 1925, the year following Kafka’s death, by his literary executor and against Kafka’s express wish that all his remaining papers be burned. This title would become one of the author’s most famous works and one partially responsible for turning the author’s name into an adjective. This copy shows some minor edge wear to boards, and slight age toning to end pages. The dust jacket shows a few very small tears, some wear and rubbing, otherwise a near fine copy, with interior clean and binding tight. A rare and sought after book, now considered to be a modern classic.

Bookseller Inventory #30047

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The Trial
Kafka, Franz

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1937
Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing of the First American Edition

The Maidstone Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the United States. Set against the Atlantic Ocean in the posh town of East Hampton, it boasts a private beach, pool, tennis house, and club house. The Club derives its name from the original name for East Hampton. Maidstone was founded as a nine hole course in 1891 and expanded to eighteen holes in 1899. The golf course was originally designed by William H. Tucker and is one of the first golf courses in the United States.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION printed by Pace Press for the members of the Maidstone Club, September 1941. LIMITED EDITION #13 of 500 printed copies. Personal copy SIGNED BY JAMES B. SKIDMORE (photo page 79) the acting secretary of the club in 1940. An extensive overview of the club from the founding families to the club’s Golden Jubilee. Illustrated with b&w photographs. This book was also printed in a facsimile edition in 1991 as part of a two volume set. Some wear to boards and sunning to edges. Corners bumped and spine edges worn. Some foxing to end pages, otherwise very good with interior clean and binding still strong. This is not the reprint, but the true first edition. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 25707

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Fifty Years Of The Maidstone Club
Rattray, Jeanette Edwards

Publisher: The Maidstone Club, Pace Press
Publication Date: 1941
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Signed: Signed by James B. Skidmore
Edition: 1st Edition

 

JOSEF_KOUDELKA_GYPSIESJosef Koudelka, a nomad at heart has wandered around Europe with his 35mm Leica and little else. He was born in the Czech Republic, and made his first photographs there while a student in the 1950s. In the 196os he lived with and photographed the Gypsies of Slovakia, and later Romania, photographing them with an intimacy only gained through their total acceptance of him as one of their own. He returned to Czechoslovakia just two days before the Soviet invasion in August of 1968. He witnessed and recorded the military forces as they invaded Prague. Koudelka’s negatives were smuggled out of Prague into the hands of the Magnum agency, and were published anonymously under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family. His pictures of the events became dramatic international symbols, and in 1969 the “anonymous Czech photographer” was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for photographs requiring exceptional courage. Koudelka left Czechoslovakia for political asylum in 1970 and shortly thereafter joined The Magnum Agency. He remains an ever elusive figure who rarely attends events or signings, preferring to remain as he has always been… perpetually in motion.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY JOSEF KOUDELKA on the title page ” to Jonas from Josef Koudelka”. Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. Koudelka’s first book, the work that sealed Koudelka’s reputation featuring 60 powerful black-and-white photogravure plates. This is the French edition of the book published simultaneously by Aperture under the title “Gypsies “. Foreword by Robert Delpire, and text by Willy Guy. Translated to French by Diane de Margerie. Some wear to corners and edges of dust jacket, and one small closed tear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 25015

Koudelka Gitans La Fin Du Voyage

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Gitans La Fin Du Voyage (Gypsies)
Koudelka, Josef

Gitans La Fin Du Voyage SignedEnglish Title: Gypsies; The Journey’s End
Publisher: Delpire Editeur
Publication Date: 1975
Edition: First French edition
Binding:
Hardcover
Book Condition:   Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

 

James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet. He is considered to be one of the most influential modernist writers of the first part of the 20th century. He will be best remembered for his ground breaking novel Ulysses (1922), a 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 original brown cloth with gilt top edge, lettering and decorations to spine and front board. Limited Edition of 800 printed copies, signed by the author, James Joyce on the limitation page! Copy #154 in a hand numbered edition. Preface by Padraic Colum. This copy shows only the most minor shelf wear only. An early published chapter from Joyce’s famous “work in progress” that would later become Finnegan’s Wake. Very Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 30034

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Anna Livia Plurabelle
Joyce, James

Publisher: Crosby Gaige, New York
Publication Date: 1928
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
No jacket
Edition:
First Edition
Signed: Signed and numbered by James Joyce

Ukiyoe Kuzushi (The folating world in disorder) is a series of photographs taken by one of Japan’s leading photographers in an attempt to reproduce the atmosphere of the lost culture of the Japanese Courtasen, and the Yoshiwara red light district of Edo era Japan. Saburuko, (ones who serve) are often referenced  in Murasaki Shikibu’s famous novel The Tale of Genji. It was this atmosphere and culture within the Yoshiwara district that spawned the highly popular ukiyo-e prints of the various inhabitants of the “floating world”.
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Description: RARE DELUXE EDITION, hard bound with dust jacket in publishers slipcase. A beautiful photographic essay on the often hidden world of the Japanese courtesan. Text in Japanese French & English. Tissue guarded JAPANESE SIGNATURE & CHOP affixed to copyright page, as issued. Some very minor rubbing to slipcase and dust jacket, otherwise near fine. Binding good and interior bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 16074

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Ukiyoe Kuzushi
Hoshino, Komaro and Fujimoto, Giichi

Publisher: Nippon Geijutsu Shuppansha
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

Lars Tunbjörk is one of Sweden’s most respected photographers. He was born in 1956 in Boras, on the western coast of Sweden. He is frequent contributor to leading international magazines and a member of the VU picture agency in Paris. Tunbjork is known for his unique vision of recreational and working environments. His more recent work is now devoted to the exploration of color, which he approaches in the style of 1970’s American photographers. This is his starting point for questioning the world, a series of interrogations more than observations, which he develops without pessimism but with an undeniable affliction softened by a biting humor. Over time, his approach has become radicalised and purified by being less and less anecdotal. Consequentially, his series no longer represents characters but rather the often absurd track of their presence and their actions. His work is among the permanent collection at MoMa and has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world, including: The ICP, Museum of Modern Art: Stockholm, Museum of Photography: Tokyo, Hasselblad Center: Sweden, and The Akademie Der Kunste: Berlin.

Description: Hard bound, no dust jacket as issued. Published in conjunction with Goteborg’s Hasselblad Center. First edition stated. 49 color photographs of elegantly detached images of Swedish housing projects, yards and interiors devoid of their occupants. Text in English. Designed by Greger Ulf Nilson. With a bibliography and exhibition history. Very minor wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. A scarce first printing! After his earlier series on leisure time and the world of office labor, Lars Tunbjark returned to his childhood neighborhood to photograph his mother’s house. The experience intrigued him, and he continued shooting in similar areas around Sweden. Saturated with other people’s personal memories, his photographs convey the peculiar atmosphere of silence familiar in middle-class housing districts, not only in Sweden but in other countries as well. If on the surface his images purport to investigate the private domestic realm in terms of architecture, home decorating styles, and garden culture, as seen in Sweden during the latest two decades, under these multiple, quiet surfaces they reveal apocalyptically more. Home is the final book in a trilogy, following Country beside Itself and Office.

Bookseller Inventory # 29819
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Home: Lars Tunbjork
Tunbjork, Lars; Odbratt, Goran


Title: Home: Lars Tunbjork
Publisher: Steidl
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Edition: 1st Edition

 

Inspired by a desire to design a new pool for her own Hamptons home, Kelly Klein sought out and put together the most arresting and iconic photographs of swimming pools. The result was this unique and stunning book. Included are pools in all shapes, sizes, colors, and settings, from Tangiers and Miami, to the ancient magnificence of Hadrian’s Villa and the Côte d’Azur. An absolutely drop-dead gorgeous book with photography by renowned photographers, including Slim Aarons, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorne, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Jaques Henri-Lartigue, and others…  Pools is a classic of modern design photography and an inspiration to aesthetes and creative homeowners alike.

Description: SIGNED BY KELLY KLEIN on the title page. Hard bound with dust jacket. TRUE FIRST PRINTING. A beautiful copy, bright and clean. 207 pages profusely illustrated with iconic images. A increasingly rare signed copy!

Bookseller Inventory# 25378

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Pools
Klein, Kelly

Publisher:  Knopf
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Hardcover: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Kelly Klein
Edition: First  Edition

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: Paperback copy. True first edition. This book is by far the most sought after Bruce Weber title! A richly produced oversize elephant folio with pictorial printed wrappers, Rio is packed with Weber’s distinctive photographs from fashion to the erotic, all printed in a variety of colors and duo tone. unpaginated – 130 plates, including several gate-folds, & with drawings by Richard Giglio. On the beach, in restaurants, at nightclubs, in their rooms, Weber’s subjects exude a beauty which is at the same time casual and self-possessed. Many of these photographs were shown in a major exhibition at the Robert Miller Gallery, New York, in September of 1986. Some edge wear to wrappers, and a few very small bumps to spine edge, otherwise a very nice copy. Interior clean and binding tight. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 32284

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O Rio De Janeiro: A Photographic Journal
Weber, Bruce

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: True First Edition
Signed: Signed by Bruce Weber on the title page!

Jose de Rivera was an abstract-expressionist sculptor, who worked in metal. He grew up on a sugar plantation and refinery in Louisiana, where his father was an engineer. The experience he gained there as a blacksmith proved useful when he later began constructing sculpture in metal. In 1930 De Rivera produced his first sculptures. These figurative pieces carved from a single brass rod, are related to the streamlined, elegant designs of Art Deco.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED, SIGNED AND DATED BY JOSE DE RIVERA on the half title page. 254 pages with 220 color and b&w illustrations. Introduction by Dore Ashton.  Edited by Manuel Padorno and William McWillie Chambers. Documentation by Grace Borgenicht Gallery Inc. Designed by Rodrigo Aleman. Very minor wear to corners and edges of dust jacket. Minor sunning to spine edge, otherwise fine.  A rare and sought after monograph on the life and sculptures of Jose De Rivera.

Bookseller Inventory # 24190

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Jose De Rivera Constructions
Ashton, Dore; Marter, Joan

Publisher: Taller Ediciones, Madrid
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Artist
Edition: First Edition

 

Everything is bigger and better in Texas. This statement has never been more convincing than when applied to the color enhanced black-and-white photographs enlarged to heroic proportion, and the exceedingly large outdoor sculptures created by internationally known artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade. Based in Austin, Wade helped define the Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture of the 1970s.

Description: HAND SIGNED & NUMBERED BY BOB WADE on the copyright page. LIMITED EDITION #20 of 50 hand made copies. HAND SIGNED LETTER and invoice for the original purchase of the book laid in. 150 individually captioned color xeroxes. Photographs of the artist’s installations & photographs of Texas. Rivet bound in branded leather cowhide with the title and Texas motifs (lone stars, horseshoes, broncos, roses) and a stamped rope border. The final plate is the book in production at a Xerox machine. “This Book is a chronological presentation of my projects about Texas, defined in this context as ideas and attitudes about scale, culture, myths symbols, artifacts, history, customs, food, animals, experiences, kitsch, machismo, cross fertilization, sign systems, tourism, country western music, the picturesque, cowboys, boundries, life and death.” – from the artist’s statement. Some wear to corners of leather. Some minor foxing to page edges and end pages, otherwise very good. Overall a nice copy of a very scarce book by a quintessentially American artist.

Bookseller Inventory # 25900 SOLD

Bob Wade’s Texas
Wade, Bob

Publisher: Daddy-O Productions
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Bound in Leather
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition, Limited

Henry Miller was an American novelist known for developing a new sort of ‘novel’ that was a mixture of autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, and surrealist free association. Around 1930 Miller moved to Paris where he would live until the outbreak of  WWII. This period was highly creative for Miller, and many of his best known works were written during his time there. In 1940 Miller returned to the United States, settling in Big Sur, California. Henry Miller’s work challenged contemporary American cultural values and was banned in the United States on the grounds of obscenity. His novels were smuggled into the country, building Miller an underground cult reputation. He would go on to become a major influence on the new Beat generation of American writers, most notably Jack Kerouac. Miller also wrote travel memoirs, essays, and was an accomplished painter. It is estimated that Miller painted 2000 watercolors during his life.

Description: SIGNED BY HENRY MILLER! Hand bound hard back copy with green cloth backed paper over boards, & paste down spine label. No dust jacket. #197 in a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Henry Miller. Printed by Mackintosh & Young. Six essays including, “On Seeing Jack Nicholson for the First Time.” A nice copy with only the most minor wear to boards. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory #30171

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Gliding into the Everglades and Other Essays
Miller, Henry

Publisher: Lost Pleiades Press
Publication Date:
1977
Binding:
Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First Printing – SIGNED!

Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592) the father of Modern Skepticism, was the most influential writer of the French Renaissance. He is primarily known for the creation of the essay as a literary genre, and his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes. His massive volume Essais contains to this day some of the most widely influential essays ever written.

Description: THE 1910 EMERSON EDITION of the The Works of Michel De Montaigne, COMPLETE IN TEN VOLUMES. An out of sequence copy in a LIMITED EDITION of 1050 printed copies. Translated by Charles Cotton. Revised with a preface by William Carew Hazlett. Introductory essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson. All ten volumes are bound in 1/4 blue leather and French paper. Each spine edge has five raised bands, decorated with 4 gilt fleurs-de-lis, and gilt title. Top edges gilt. Red & black lettering on title pages. Each volume has both a b&w tissue-guarded frontispiece and then a hand colored tissue-guarded color frontispiece of the same engraving following it. There are many additional b&w tissue-guarded illustrative plates throughout each volume. Some minor chipping to heads of volume 1 and 10. Some minor rubbing to edges and corners. The front board of volume 1 disbound, but present. Hinges weak but holding well. Text blocks clean and square.

Bookseller Inventory # 25080

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The Works of Michel De Montaigne
Montaigne, Michel de; Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Publisher: Edwin C. Hill
Publication Date: 1910
Binding: 10 volumes bound in 1/4 Leather
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited Edition

Barnett Newman was one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters. Newman was a member of the Uptown Group, along with Motherwell, Pollock, Ad Reinhardt & others. His rejection of the expressive brushwork employed by other abstract expressionists, and his use of hard-edged areas of flat color, can be seen as a precursor to post painterly abstraction and  minimalist work. Newman’s mature style is characterized by the zip, a thin, vertical line that zips through large areas of color. Despite changes in his color palette, zips remained a fundamental aspect of Newman’s work, simultaneously creating spatial divides and uniting the canvas. A well-respected writer and critic, he also organized exhibitions and wrote catalogs. Newman was unappreciated as an artist for much of his life, being overlooked in favor of more colorful characters such as Jackson Pollock. The influential critic Clement Greenberg wrote enthusiastically about him, but it was not until the end of his life that he began to be taken very seriously.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Cream color cloth boards with white titles. 260  pages with 270 illustrations, including 131 in color and 5 gate-fold plates. Contains color reproductions of many privately owned paintings. An exhaustive monograph on Newman. Rosenberg begins with a detailed account of Newman’s watercolors, lithographs, etchings, sculpture, and architecture, fully illustrating each section with clear, sharp photographs. Includes chronology , list of illustrations, appendix, and fully researched bibliography. Newman was one of the most influential American painters of the modern era. Now, within this text, his career has been carefully researched and thoroughly documented. This edition brings together for the first time reproductions in color of almost every one of Newman’s paintings, as well as most of the drawings, watercolors, works in mixed media, sculpture, etchings, lithographs, and architecture. Some minor foxing to cream colored cloth boards. The dust jacket shows some shelf wear and one small chip to edge. Now in protective Brodart cover. SCARCE!

Bookseller Inventory # 28561

Barnett Newman

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Barnett Newman
Rosenberg, Harold

Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Anias Nin, feminist icon, diarist, model and dancer is probably one of the finest writers of female erotica of the last century. Known for her elegant and sensual style, she has the ability to convey the most intimate of thoughts in a way that we can almost feel. Winter of Artifice, a trio of novellas, the second work of fiction by Nin, was first published by the Obelisk Press in Paris during the summer of 1939. Shortly after the book’s publication, her publisher, Jack Kahane died, and World War II broke out. Nin moved to New York; taking a few copies of the book with her. Knowing censorship laws would prevent her from issuing an unexpurgated version in America, she deleted one of the stories and revised the other two. Still unable to find a publisher, she acquired a used printing press, and, with the help of Gonzalo Moré, her current companion and lover, she produced the book herself. Although Nin would later publish a few books, written by herself and some friends, under the name of the Gemor Press, this title was the first she produced, and, like much that happened in those early years of the Second World War, more an accident of fate than an intentional act. Accordingly, there is no publication information.

Description: Hard bound with printed boards. Limited edition of 500 printed copies self published by the author. No dust Jacket, as issued. The colophon states: “The present edition is limited to five hundred copies. It has been set by hand and printed by the author in Spartan type of twelve points on Copper Plate paper.” Line engravings by Ian Hugo.  Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory #28966

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Winter Of Artifice
Nin, Anais

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 1942
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No dust jacket, as issued
Edition:
1st U.S. Edition

 

fleur-cowles-flair-magazine-coversFleur Cowles’s legendary magazine Flair is remembered for its blend of cosmopolitan sophistication, innovative design, and its intuitive discovery of many artists and writers well before they achieved fame and fortune. The magazine was celebrated not only for its content but also for its lavish production. Unfortunately the magazine was short lived, 2 monthly issues were published from February 1950 to January 1951. It was the resulting cost of production that killed the magazine, since the expensive special costs (for cover cut-outs for some issues, for example) could not be supported in the long run. Among the many contributors were John O’Hara, Saul Steinberg, Gypsy Rose Lee, Margaret Mead, Tallulah Bankhead, Salvador Dalí, Colette,  Flannery O’Connor and countless other writers and artists. The first issue issue featured Auden, Cocteau, Lucian Freud, Tennessee Williams, Angus Wilson.

Description: Hard bound with die-cut dust jacket, in original red cloth clamshell case. A beautifully produced edition with tipped-in booklets, tissue guarded reproductions of famous die-cut covers, fashion, décor, and everything that Flair was famous for. Stated first edition. Wear and minor soiling to publishers clam shell case. Some minor wear to dust jacket, otherwise flawless. This lavishly produced collector’s item combines the best material from Flair, the landmark magazine of the ’50s, with the singular design that made it so illustrious. Forty-five years after it ceased publication, Flair is still one of the most talked-about and influential magazines. It is remembered for its innovative design and production quality, its superb coverage of the arts and its intuitive discovery of artists and writers well before they achieved fame and fortune. When Flair was conceived in 1950 by Fleur Cowles and her then-husband Gardner Cowles, founder of Look magazine, it was truly on the cutting edge, with postcard inserts, die-cut covers and specially tipped-in booklets and fold-outs. However Flair published only 12 issues from February 1950 to January 1951, issues that remain treasured by those who saved them and sought by many others. The Best of Flair is beautifully illustrated in full color and produced with all the unique features of the magazine, including the best pieces from the original 12 issues and a selection of the famous die-cut covers, fold-outs and self-contained booklets.

Bookseller Inventory # 26912

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The Best Of Flair
Cowles, Fleur

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition


tn_0019tn_0020tn_0028Joan 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: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the French edition with 11 ORIGINAL FULL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS, including 5 double page printed by Mourlot, Paris. 233 pages. Text in French. Cream cloth boards with title in black on spine edge. FOLD OUT LITHOGRAPH DUST JACKET in protective Brodart cover. RARE!.

Bookseller Inventory # 20795

miro-litographies-opus-854-1972

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Joan Miro Lithographies
Leiris, Michel  &  Mourlot, Fernand

 

Publisher: A. C. Mazo
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition:
Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

 

 

Marc Chagall took inspiration from Belarusian folk-life, and portrayed many Biblical themes that reflected his Jewish heritage. In the 1960s and 1970s, Chagall engaged in a series of large-scale projects involving public spaces and important civic and religious buildings. Chagall’s artworks are difficult to categorize. Working in the pre-World War I Paris art world, he was involved with avant-garde currents, however, his work was consistently on the fringes of popular art movements and emerging trends, including Cubism and Fauvism, among others. He was closely associated with the Paris School and its exponents, including Amedeo Modigliani.

“The only one comparable in our time with Picasso as a graphic artist is Chagall, and nothing even the former has done as a graphic artist quite matches in intensity or integrity these illustrations of Chagall’s for the Bible.”
– Clement Greenberg (1957)

Description: A Rare and sought after book which first appeared as a double issue of Verve (Verve Vol. VII, No’s 33 and 34)  16 lithographs in color + the cover, 12 lithographs in black, and 105 heliogravures in black. All color lithographs and black and white lithographs by Marc Chagall are present and in excellent condition. First printing of the first American edition, published by Harcourt, Brace and Comapny in 1956. Lithography printed by Mourlot in France. Text by Jean Wahl, with an appreciation by Meyer Schapiro. Hard bound, no dust jacket. Missing backstrip, with front board detached, but present. The bards show wear with some chipping to corners and edges. Interior clean with all lithography fine. Several of the pages with heliogravures show light foxing, as do the end pages. This landmark book of lithography is rare and sought after by both art and print collectors, and routinely sells for thousands of dollars

Bookseller Inventory # 30941

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Illustrations for the Bible By Marc Chagall
VERVE 1956 #33/34

Chagall, Marc

 

Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company, New York
Publication Date: 1956
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good+ / with Lithographs Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Missing original jacket.

 

Gilbert & George work together as a collaborative duo, and are known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner and their brightly colored graphic-style photo-based artworks. They began working together in 1967 when they met at St Martins School of Art, and from the beginning, in their films and ‘living sculpture’ they appeared as figures in their own work. The artists believe that everything is potential subject matter for their work, and they have always addressed social issues, taboos and artistic conventions. Gilbert & George have confronted many of the fundamental issues of existence: sex, religion, corruption, violence, hope, fear, racial tension, patriotism, addiction and death.

Description: DARK SHADOW: GEORGE & GILBERT THE SCULPTORS. Signed and Numbered by the Artists. London: Art For All & Nigel Greenwood Inc., 1976. First Edition  8vo. Gilt Embossed red & black Linen Over Boards. Fine / No Jacket – As Issued. 288pp, 128 b&w illustrations.  #233 in a limited edition of 2000 hand signed and numbered copies. This beautifully bound 1976 artists’ book is by British conceptual duo sculpture Gilbert & George. It contains eight chapters entitled “Gordon’s Gin”, “Dark Shadow”, “Broken Hearts”, Bloody Life”, “Balls Bar”, “Bad Thoughts”, “Inca Pisco”, and “Human Bondage” – each of which consists of sixteen pages of text alternating with sixteen photographically based images. A bright and clean copy of this rare and sought after title. (cited on page 153 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s “The Photobook: A History Volume II)  SIGNED AND NUMBERED (233/2000) by Gilbert & George in red, as issued.

Bookseller Inventory #30932

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Dark Shadow: George & Gilbert The Sculptors
Gilbert & George

Publisher: Art For All & Nigel Greenwood Inc.
Publication Date: 1976, London
Binding: Hard bound, no dust jacket as issued
Book Condition: Fine
Signed: Hand signed in red pen by Gilbert & George
Edition: Limited Edition

Andy Warhol is arguably the most recognizable artist of the second half of the 20th century! He was a painter, filmmaker and the leading figure of the POP Art movement. Appropriating images from popular culture, Warhol created many paintings that remain icons of 20th-century art, such as the Campbell’s Soup Cans, Disasters, and Marilyns. He was known in the late sixties and early seventies as resident host at his studio, The Factory. Warhol also made several 16mm films which have now become underground classics.

Description: One of the rarest Warhol exhibition catalogs! Paperback 3rd edition, with illustrated color wraps of his flower silkscreens. Published on the occasion of the of the major exhibition of the late artists work  held at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in 1968. There is no text except for some of Warhol’s most famous quotes. Profusely illustrated with 100’s of b&w photos of his work and superstars, life and work at the factory, & stills and candids from his influential underground films. This copy shows wear to wrappers with a few small tears and one small chip. Damp stain to lower right hand corner, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Now protected in removable clear mylar wrapper. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory #30130

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Andy Warhol (Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1968)
Warhol, Andy

Publisher: Boston Book & Art
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 3rd Edition

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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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