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Umberto Eco is an Italian novelist, essayist, philosopher, literary critic. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.

Description: (The Name of the Rose) Text In the original Italian. Hard bound in dust jacket. Gilt stamped red cloth. Signed & Inscribed by Umberto Eco on the front free end page. SIAE 1 edizione sticker, numbered 004995 on copyright page. Showing L10.000 original price on dust-jacket. This copy shows some minor age toning to pages, otherwise clean. The jacket shows some minor sunning to spine edge, and a few chips to edges. This now classic mystery is set within a medieval monastic library. In 1327, a time of tension between the Pope and the Holy Roman Empire, the English Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate heresy among the monks at an Italian abbey. His task is overshadowed by a series of bizarre murders. This is a tale of books, librarians, patrons, censorship and the search for the truth. Basis for the 1986 film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Winner of the Premio Strega, Prix Medicis Etranger and Premio Anghiari awards.

Bookseller inventory # 28519

Il Nome Della Rosa (The Name of the Rose)
Eco, Umberco

$850

Publisher: Romanzo Bompiani
Publication Date: 1980 Milano, Italy
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 2nd Edition – First Printing of the Second edition

umblulrg1thumChristo and Jeanne-Claude are a married couple who create environmental installation art. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile-long curtain called Running Fence in Marin and Sonoma counties in California, and most recently The Gates in New York City’s Central Park.

Although their work is visually impressive and often controversial as a result of its scale, the artists have repeatedly denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to make the world a “more beautiful place” or to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. Art critic David Bourdon has described Christo’s wrappings as a “revelation through concealment.” To his critics Christo replies, “I am an artist, and I have to have courage … Do you know that I don’t have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they’re finished. Only the sketches are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”

The temporary large-scale environmental works (both urban and rural environments) have elements of painting, sculpture, architecture and urban planning. Once the work of art has been read for what it really is, then the process preceeding the completion is easily understood. Nobody discusses a painting before it has been painted. Our projects are discussed and argued about, pro and con, before they are realized. To understand our work one must realize what is inherent to each project However there is an important diffrence between our works of art and the usual architecture and urban planning, we are our own sponsors and we pay for our works of art with our own money, never accepting any grants nor sponsors.

Description: SIGNED “Christo and Jeanne-Claude” on the half titlepage. Paperback copy with text in German and English. The Umbrellas, Wrapped Reichstag, and the Wall all reproduced in photographs and sketches. 160 pages. Minor wear to wrappers, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 15401

$200

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Gasometer, Oberhausen 1999
Christo & Jean-Claude

Publisher: Taschen
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Artist

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

$650

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

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Paul Ickovic has traveled the world extensively; recording his story through the photographs he takes. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1944, he left as a boy for Canada and then Latin America before finally moving to the United States, where he acquired his education and found his calling as a photographer. His photographs are included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, and the National Gallery in Prague.

Description: Boldy signed by Ickovic on the title page. Lavishly illustrated with full page (14 1/2” x 10”) photographs. Text by David Mamet. Photographs in the tradition of Josef Koudelka and Henri Cartier – Bresson. This copy as new still in publishers box, as issued.

Bookseller Inventory # 007480

Paul Ickovic

$650

Kafka’s Grave and Other Stories
Ickovic, Paul  &  Mamet, David

Publisher: Okapi Editions, New York
Publication Date:
1987
Binding:
Hard Cover
Book Condition:
As New
Dust Jacket Condition:
No Jacket, As Issued
Signed:
Signed by Author
Edition:
First Edition

Kenro Izu has been photographing the world’s holy places for over four decades. He shoots with a large-format camera custom fitted to make 14 x 20 inch negatives, which he prints on watercolor paper hand-coated with platinum/palladium emulsion, a painstaking, three-day process. For this book he carried over 200 pounds of gear on foot deep into the still-treacherous Cambodian jungle. The reproductions in this book are themselves rich, the blacks saturated and gradation of grays without limit. Profusely illustrated with the beautifuly printed photographs of the architecture of Angkor.

Of the many sacred sites that Kenro Izu has photographed, Angkor Wat has undoubtedly become his most significant spiritual and psychological subject. During a series of photography trips to Cambodia’s Angkor monuments, Izu became deeply moved by his encounters with children disfigured by landmines and desperate need of medical care. As a way of returning something to Cambodia he founded a not-for profit organization, Friends Without A Border and built Angkor Hospital for Children in 1999. He has been responsible for its operation since.

Description: Signed and dated by Kenro Izu. Paperback copy with some tanning to the edges white wrappers. Previous owners name to front fee end page, otherwise fine. Interior clean and binding tight. A very scarce signed edition.

Bookseller Inventory # 17073

$75

Light Over Ancient Angkor
Izu, Kenro

Publisher: Friends Without a Border
Publication Date:
1996
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition:
Very Good
Signed: Signed

New York based photographer Bruce Davidson began his career as a freelance contributor for Life Magazine in the 1950’s. In Paris met Henri Cartier-Bresson, and later would join him as a member of Magnum Photos. Throughout the 1960’s he helped document the civil rights movement, and in 1963 he was awarded the first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent the next several years documenting the human struggle within one city block in Manhattan; East 100th in Harlem.

Description: Hard bound first printing in dust jacket. This copy was inscribed by Davidson to the photographer Paul Ickovic for his help and oversight in the publication process. Inscribed on the half title page “To Paul Thank you for making this book reproduction possible Bruce Davidson 79′ “. Very minor tanning to spine edge of white dust jacket, otherwise very good.  A rare photographic association copy.

Bookseller Inventory # 13746

$900

Bruce Davidson Photographs
Davidson, Bruce

 


Publisher:
Agrinde
Publication Date: 1978
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Photographer
Edition: 1st Edition

sarahmoonpirelli1972agentleeflickr1Sarah Moon, who was born in Britain has worked as a model, film-maker, and lastly a fashion photographer. Her carefully staged images are mysterious, nostalgic, and surreal. Her photographs often utilize sepia tones or muted color, diffused by heavy grain. Her work evokes a fairy tale, encapsulated within a dream like softness.

Description: Hard bound first printing inscribed on the half title page by Sarah Moon to the photographer Paul Ickovic and his wife “To Paul and Sarah These IMPROBABLE MEMORIES as a souvonier. with love Sarah Moon”. Some very minor wear to dust jacket, otherwise very good. A nice association copy!

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Bookseller Inventory # 13777

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$900

Improbable Memories
Moon, Sarah

Publisher: Matrix
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U.S. Edition

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Description: Commissioned by the Crown Prince of Morocco, the Scottish born photographer Albert Watson worked in Morocco from September 1997 through May of 1998. The result was a series of classic and  timeless portraits, landscapes and still lifes.  From Casablanca to remote villages, Watson captures the soul of Moroccans from all walks of life in his portraits and extraordinary photographs. 140 stunning duotone illustrations. Hard bound with white pictorial boards in matching dust jacket. BOLDLY SIGNED BY ALBERT WATSON ” For Wendy, Albert Watson – New York 1999″. A beautiful book produced by Fabio Fasolini in Milan, and designed by Giovanni C. Russo, New York. Some minor wear to corners and edges of dust jacket, otherwise fine. A RARE signed copy!

Bookseller Inventory # 32494

0847821617

$350

Maroc
Watson, Albert

Publisher: Rizzoli, New York
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

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

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

Bookseller Inventory # 22473
CONNIE IMBODEN

$250

Beauty of Darkness
Imboden, Connie

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

In 2003 Hilary Thayer Hamann self published an ambitious coming of age novel that went on to become an underground classic. Anthropology Of An American Girl, Hamann’s breakout first novel explores the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herself.  At it’s core it is a moving depiction of first love, following Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, through her early adulthood in the high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s. Now revised and reissued by Spiegel & Grau, it has gone on to rave reviews, and is a current best seller.

Description: SIGNED BY H. T. HAMANN on the front free end page. TRUE FIRST EDITION of the now classic novel. Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated First edition with # line 10-1. Published September, 2003. Green cloth with gilt title to spine edge. Rare first state with “E”  for “Eveline” stamped in gold foil to front board. Very minor edge wear to dust jacket, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory# 23071

$150

Anthropology of an American Girl
Haman, Hilary Thayer

Publisher: Vernacular Press
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hardbound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

FEATURED: HIRO

Yasuhiro Wakabayashi, professionally known as Hiro, is a “photographer’s photographer”. He was born in Shanghai in 1930 to Japanese parents. In 1956 he began working for Richard Avedon. Around the same time, Hiro encountered Alexey Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar, and worked as his assistant for a time. Hiro has shown a very distinctive vision, and his work in fashion and still life from the mid 1960s onward has spawned many imitators and remains a lasting influence.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED and dated by HIRO on the front free endpage. Very minor edge wear, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 16599

$150

Fighting Fish/Fighting Birds
Hiro and Moore, Susanna

Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: inscribed by Artist
Edition: First Edition

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cockrell3Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell (1866-1948) was an American Zoologist. He was author of more than 2200 articles in scientific publications, and some 1700 additional authored works, including treatises on social reform and education. He was one of the most prolific taxonomists in history, publishing descriptions of over 9,000 species and genera of insects alone, some 6,400 of which were bees, and some 1,000 mollusks, arachnids, fungi, mammals, fish and plants. in 1904 he became lecturer on entomology and in 1906 professor of systematic zoology, at the University of Colorado. Even after retiring from the university, Cockerell pursued his interest in the natural history of all organisms, and continued to publish numerous notes and articles until his death at his home in 1948.

Description: Hard bound in dark green cloth over boards with titles in black. No dust jacket. 558 pages + index. Illustrated edition. Orange and black “yin/yang” to front board and spine edge. INSCRIBED AT LENGTH BY BOTH T. D. A. COCKERELL AND HIS WIFE W. P. COCKERELL on the front free endpage. Previous owners name and Colorado address to front fixed endpage and title page. ORIGINAL POEM BY T. D. A. COCKERELL to front free endpage. HAND SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH laid in.  Some minor wear to boards, otherwise very good. A sound copy with a warm inscription. SCARCE!

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Bookseller Inventory # 23004

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$150

Zoology
Cockerell, T. D. A.

Publisher: World Book Company
Publication Date:
1922
Binding:
Hard Bound
Dust Jacket Condition:
No dust jacket
Book Condition: Good

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