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

Description: 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

 

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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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

hlhumes_author_photo2H. L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton founded The Paris Review in 1953. He studied writing with Archibald MacLeish at Harvard, graduating in 1954. A Scientist, novelist, activist, inventor, filmmaker, architect, prophet, healer, madman, Harold “Doc” Humes was, by all accounts, an exhilarating, infuriating and terrifyingly brilliant man. He participated in Leary’s LSD experiments and later continued his own experiments, guiding the first LSD experiences of several famous literary friends. He reinvented himself as a “guru on campus”, a self-appointed visiting professor, and spent the next 20-odd years living on or near-campus at Columbia, Princeton, Bennington, and Harvard.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Meets points of issue – First Edition with “4/58” date code and $4.95 price on flap, no mention of any later books and no reviews. This is one of Random House’s known anomalies, with no statement of printing evident on the copyright page. Blue cloth boards with title in gilt to spine edge. Front board blind stamped with the image of the Eiffel tower. Red top stain. Some wear to spine edge of boards. Dust jacket with several large chips and a few small closed tears, now protected in removable clear dust jacket cover. 755 pages. Ownership book plate of the New York literary agency “McIntosh, McKee & Dodds” affixed to front free end page. The author’s elusive first novel, a tale of the French underground during the last years of WWII. Humes, along with Peter Matthiessen & George Plimpton, founded the Paris Review. For many years he slipped into obscurity; this novel has only recently been reissued to glowing acclaim. The true first edition, and a  scarce copy from a legendary forgotten novelist!

Bookseller Inventory # 29821

$225

The Underground City
Humes, H.L.

Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1958
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

Antoni Tàpies gained worldwide fame in the 1950s for his “matter” paintings: relief-like works composed of dry pigments, sand and marble dust, and paint, which he scrapes, incises, and pierces. Tàpies helped co-found the first Post-War Movement in Spain known as Dau-al-Set which was connected to the Surrealist and Dadaist Movements. Tàpies early works were influenced by Paul Klee and Joan Miró; but statrted working in a style known as “Arte Povera”, in which non artistic materials are incorporated into the paintings such as clay, dust, paper, and string. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, a museum dedicated to the artist’s work, that he founded in Barcelona in 1984, has gone on to become one of that city’s most vital cultural institutions. In 2010, he was given the title of Marquess de Tàpies in the Spanish nobility. That same year, Fundació Antoni Tàpies reopened after a huge remodeling. In New York, Mr. Tàpies had one-person shows at Dia:Beacon in 2009 and at the Museum of Modern Art in 1992. Antoni Tàpies, the painter from Catalan who straddled both modernist and postmodernist aesthetics, has died this week according to Pace, the artist’s gallery in New York. He was 88.

Description: Hard bound art exhibition catalog published on the occasion of the landmark Jan. 27, 1999 exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum. Presents the essence of Tàpies’ monumental achievement “an original and extraordinary use of texture and materials coupled with an expression of strongly felt intellectual, political, and artistic beliefs.” This volume also includes an overview of the artist’s life by the famed art historian Dore Ashton, as well as translations of four of the artist’s principal writings on art.

Bookseller Inventory # 16509

$250

Tapies
Gimenez, Carmen

Publisher: Abrams, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
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

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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

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

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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

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was an English author, feminist, publisher, and is regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society, and probably the best known member of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1917 along with Leonard Woolf she founded the Hogarth Press, which subsequently published Virginia’s novels along with works by T.S. Eliot, Sigmund Freud, and others. Throughout her life, Woolf was plagued by periodic nervous breakdowns and associated illnesses. Though this instability often affected her social life, her literary productivity continued with few breaks until her suicide on 28 March 1941. After the final attack of mental illness Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home where she drowned. Woolf’s suicide, like Sylvia Plath’s, have much colored the interpretation of both her work and her life.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.S. Edition. V. Bell designed dust wrapper. Some wear and age toning to dust jacket that shows chipping to edges. Offsetting from news paper to front end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Her second collection, which includes the essays, The Niece Of An Earl, Beau Brummell, Dr. Burney’s Evening Party, How Should One Read A Book, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Bookseller Inventory # 30051

$150

The Second Common Reader
Woolf, Virginia

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York
Publication Date: 1932
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First U.S. 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

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

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

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

A RARE SIGNED COPY OF HIS PULITZER PRIZE WINNING BOOK!

Bookseller Inventory # 29186

The Waking
Roethke, Theodore

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

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

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

Bookseller Inventory # 20204

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Bill Brandt: Nudes 1945-1980
Brandt, Bill

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

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

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

Bookseller Inventory # 28712

Complete Poems Of Robert Frost
Frost, Robert

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

 

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

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

Bookseller Inventory # 22473
CONNIE IMBODEN

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Beauty of Darkness
Imboden, Connie

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

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