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24 illus. & 14 samples. Large 8vo, orig. red morocco spine & decorated Japanese paper sides, spine lettered in gilt. North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1979.
Limited to 300 copies, composed in Van Dijck types and printed on paper handmade at the press. The text presents the most detailed description of the Japanese hand papermaking technique yet published. One of the finest books from this press and immediately sold out.
Printed on both sides. Postcard, mailed. Basel: Rolf Preisig, 1977.
Postcard invitation for Barry’s 1977 exhibition with Rolf Preisig. Verso text: “Celebrate, A Soundpiece Spoken by Janelle Reiring.” In fine condition. Mailed to Kurt Hermanns of Cologne.
❧ S. Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections (2010), p. 377.
Printed on both sides. Postcard, mailed. Basel: Rolf Preisig, 1974.
Postcard invitation for Barry's solo debut with Rolf Preisig. In fine condition. Mailed to Kurt Hermanns of Cologne.
❧ S. Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections (2010), p. 376.
Frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I, different engraved vignette on each title, & 12 folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., clx, 482 pp.; 2 p.l., 671 pp.; 2 p.l., 704 pp. Three vols. 8vo, cont. Spanish (?) tree sheep (some foxing throughout, occasionally heavy; two tears in L6 of Vol. 3 unprofessionally repaired & partially obscuring some letters), brown & green morocco labels on spines. Paris: P.F. Didot, 1773.
First edition, Cole’s edition B, the “inferior” edition with the portrait and the title vignettes reversed and unsigned. “One of the very latest and at the same time the best...
Green printed card insert, & printed envelope, mailed. Bremerhaven: Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, 1976.
A distinctive invitation for Baumgarten’s only show at Jürgen Wesseler’s gallery. This is one of very few that deviate from the postcard format; Baumgarten’s consists of an envelope with the exhibition dates and a green card with text providing the exhibition’s title: “Der tropische Regen fällt senkrecht von Himmel, es weht kein Wind.”
In fine condition. Mailed to curator Judith Cahen (b. 1938) and graphic designer Wim Crouwel (1928-2019).
❧ Exhibition installation pictured in Vorhut aus dem Hinterland (Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen: 1992).
Four vols. 8vo, orig. polished mottled green calf (a little rubbed), single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine, crown stamped in gilt at head of spine [Vol. I], orig. fine brown sheep maroquiné, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine, crowns stamped in gilt at head & foot of spine, a.e.g. [Vol III], orig. boards [ Vols. II & IV]. Munich: 1832-33-48-72.
The first catalogue issued, with its three supplements, of the maps and plans in the Bavarian Army Library, founded in 1822. This was one...
viii, 285 pp. 8vo, cont. blue boards (corners & head of spine a bit worn), spine gilt. Paris: P.D. Pierres, 1781.
First edition. “This government ordered study was undertaken to determine whether tin from various sources contains arsenic in large enough amounts to make the use of vessels of tin harmful to health. Bayen and Charlard (Rouelle had been named to work with them but he died before the work began) repeated the experiments of Marggraf and added new ones. Their conclusion was that tin contained no arsenic or only minute harmless traces. In the course of the many experiments...
Unpaginated. 8vo, illustrated wrappers, staple-bound. London: n.d.
Scarce bookseller catalogue issued by Andrew Sclanders, presenting a dizzying and impressive mix of genres and subjects. 753 items listed, including materials related to COUM Transmissions, Fluxus, Hell’s Angels, Charles Manson, Lenny Bruce, Andy Warhol, etc.
In fine condition.
Unpaginated. 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. London: n.d.
A fascinating bookseller catalogue published by Andrew Sclanders. It lists 680 items, including materials related to MC5, concrete & visual poetry, Ed Sanders and the Fugs, Alfred Jarry, experimental music, and Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground. A fine copy.
By Eric George Millar. Many fine plates (six in color). Two vols. in four [all published]. Large folio, cont. red morocco-backed cloth. London: Privately Printed by John Johnson at the Oxford University Press, 1927-30.
A fine set and scarce. “One of the handsomest and most learned productions from the pen of a British palaeographer.”–De Ricci, p. 172.
From the library of Eric H.L. Sexton, the noted collector of incunabula.
Many color illus. 470 pp. Large & thick 4to, orig. printed dust-jacket, pictorial wrappers. Bordeaux: CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2020.
An essential reference work on one of the most intrepid artist-run presses of the 1970s. Established by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor in 1971, the Beau Geste Press published around 75 books, multiples, and magazines in a farmhouse in Devon, UK. Their mission was to print materials in close collaboration with artists. This included figures like Ulises Carrión, Helen Chadwick, Ken Friedman, Klaus Groh, Raúl Marroquin, Opal L. Nations, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Endre Tot, Ben...
Large illustrated single sheet poster (420 x 300 mm. unfolded). [Lund, Sweden]: Beau Geste Press, 1976.
An extremely rare poster issued by Beau Geste Press for an exhibition at the Galerie S:t Petri in Lund, Sweden; one of 500 copies produced. Managed by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor, Beau Geste Press, based in Devon, UK, was active from 1970 to 1976. The press collaborated with numerous artists and authors, all of whom are listed on this poster: Beuys, Carrión, Filliou, Gibbs, Higgins, Hompson, Kostelanetz, Maciunas, Saito, Schneemann, Shiomi, Valoch, etc., etc. For example, two of Ulises Carrión’s bookworks...
Black & white illus. throughout.  leaves & ads. Square 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Aachen: 1971.
Rare and early Becher exhibition catalogue; we locate just five examples in North American institutions. Much of the publication features the couple’s photographs. The catalogue concludes with brief biographies of the artists, and a list of exhibitions and publications.
Black & white photographic illus. on recto, details to verso. Photographic postcard, mailed. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1988.
Postcard invitation to the Becher’s 1988 exhibition with Konrad Fischer. A fine reproduction of one of their photographs is on the recto. In fine condition. Mailed to Margaret Raspé of Berlin.
❧ D. Fischer, ed., Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992 (Edition Marzona: 1993) 253.
One folding engraved plate. 12 p.l., 577,  pp. 8vo, cont. half-vellum & paste-paper boards. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, 1787.
Third edition, greatly enlarged and improved (1st ed.: 1777) of the first textbook of technology, a term created by its author. Beckmann (1739-1811), taught at the University of Göttingen, where an ordinary professorship of economic sciences was established for him in 1770. He lectured on mineralogy, agriculture, technology, materials science, commerce, and general public administration.
The present book “is noteworthy for its systematic approach to the various vocations and for its descriptions of a number of trades.”–D.S.B., I, p. 554. Beckmann describes...
Numerous fine woodcut initials, diagrams, tables, & maps in the text. Woodcut printer’s device at end. 14 p.l., 18 leaves,  leaves, 30, xxxi-cxxvi leaves, 4 leaves. Folio, cont. Flemish blindstamped calf binding over wooden boards (rather well rebacked, a few unimportant stains), rolls of medallion heads & foliage forming a double panel, orig. clasps and catches, metal corner guards. Cologne: J. Prael for P. Quentel, 1537.
ANSELM, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. In Omnes Pauli Apostili Epistolas enarrationes. Title within fine woodcut border by Anton Woensam of Worms. Some fine large woodcut initials. 8 p.l., 531 pp. Folio. Cologne...
Engraved frontis. port. & one engraved plate. 32 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: “Aux dépens de l’Académie Royale de Peinture & de Sculpture,” 1783.
First edition of this little-known work by Beffroy (1757-1811). A man of letters, he authored several dramas and comedic works, often under the pseudonym “Cousin Jacques.” He quickly fell out of favor during the Revolutionary period once it was discovered that he intended to publish a harsh critique of what he considered a deeply flawed demagogic movement. Subsequently, he and his works were largely forgotten.
8 p.l., 164,  pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. red pebbled morocco (minor foxing), a.e.g. London: W. Pearson for T. Osborne, 1730.
First edition in English of Behrens’ Hercynia Curiosa (1703). “Very scarce. A personal narrative of an excursion through northern Germany. The book is interesting for its account of the geology and fossils of the region, and also the author took a special interest in the mineral wealth of the region. Therefore, this work is principally a description of the various mines, quarries, and caves he chanced to visit. Of great value for reporting the state of the mining and metallurgy...
Title within architectural woodcut border & many woodcuts in the text (many highlighted in red). Printed in black letter.  pp. Small 4to, modern calf (title with a few minor stains). London: “Prynted in Southwarke in Saynt Thomas Hospitall, by me James Nicolson,” .
First edition of the first English work on surveying in the modern sense: the measuring and plotting of land. In the 16th century, “surveying” could also mean giving instructions to land stewards and overseers of the manor; John Fitzherbert wrote the first book on that subject in 1523. Our book is very rare and is a....
Illus. & details on recto, printed text on verso. Pictorial card. New York: Paula Cooper Gallery, 1978.
Scarce piece of Lynda Benglis (b. 1941) ephemera from the end of the 1970s. Benglis’s first show with Cooper was held Feb.–March 1970. The text on the verso is excerpted from José Ortega y Gasset’s An Interpretation of Universal History.
In fine condition.
❧ See Paula Cooper Gallery’s website for several installation photographs.
Printed on recto, opening hours written on verso. Postcard, mailed. New York: Paula Cooper Gallery, 1980.
A rare mailed example of this postcard announcing Benglis’s 1980 presentation with Paula Cooper. Fine; mailed to Eve Sonneman.
❧ See Paula Cooper Gallery’s website for several installation photographs.