Many black & white illus. 30 pp. (incl. inside wrappers). 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), photocopied wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 2003.
A scarce exhibition catalogue-cum-bookseller catalogue designed by the artist Tom Sachs in zine form. It was published in conjunction with his 2003 exhibition “Tom Sachs Approved” (22 November-23 December) at Printed Matter. There are listings of his early zines and miscellaneous merchandise.
In pristine condition.
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Many black & white illus. 30 pp. (incl. inside wrappers). 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), photocopied wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 2003.
Black & white frontis. Unpaginated. Large 4to, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1986.
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue of artists’ books and publications. Founded in 1974 by General Idea, Art Metropole was the first large-scale North American distributor of this kind of material. The present catalogue, printed in an edition of 2500 copies, was designed as a work by the artist Ian Murray (b. 1951), and contains hundreds of entries. The compilers have denoted “bookworks” — their preferred term for artists’ books — with a black square next to the listings. This catalogue presents an impressive and vast array of materials, including video and audio works.
Near fine copy, the spine is a trifle sunned. A few pencil notes in the text.
Pictorial wrappers designed by Buren & several black & white illus. Unpaginated. Large 4to (268 x 198 mm.), pictorial wrappers (spine sunned), staple-bound. [Toronto: 1983].
A rare catalogue published by Art Metropole, with wrappers designed by Daniel Buren. Art Metropole, founded in 1974 by General Idea, was the first large-scale distributor of artists’ books and publications in North America.
Very good copy, a trifle browned. Unrecorded on WorldCat. The previous owner has annotated a number of the entries in pen and red marker.
Many text illus. 23 pp. Large 4to, orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1980.
A very rare catalogue of video works distributed by Art Metropole, the first large-scale seller of artists’ books and publications in North America. We find works by Robert Filliou, General Idea, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt, Steve McCaffery, Martha Rosler, Alan Sondheim, etc. The catalogue also offers installations by General Idea on pages 20-21.
A few black & white illus. in the text. 47 pp. Large 4to (268 x 210 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1980].
A rare catalogue issued by Art Metropole. It offers hundreds of artists’ books, art publications, periodicals, and records. On the inside of the upper wrapper, Art Metropole advertises their important exhibition catalogue Books by Artists, featuring essays by Tim Guest and Germano Celant. The cover illustration is taken from Giulio Paolini’s Statement, which is offered on page 27.
In excellent condition.
Many text illus. 30 pp. Large 4to, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1979.
A very rare catalogue of video art issued by Art Metropole, the first North American large-scale distributor of artists’ books and publications. This was their inaugural catalogue dedicated to video works, all of which were available for rent. We find works by Acconci, Ant Farm, Susan Britton, Colin Campbell, Filliou, General Idea, Dan Graham, Michael Hayden, Nancy Holt, Patricia Plattner, Alan Sondheim, Lisa Steele, etc. Numerous stills illustrate many of the entries.
In fine condition. We are only able to locate the copy at the National Gallery of Canada...
66,  pp. ads & index. Tall 8vo (200 x 110 mm.), pink printed wrappers, two glue-bound gatherings laid-in wrappers as issued. [Antwerp: 1976].
The scarce catalogue issued by the curator and publisher Schraenen (1948-2018), which lists hundreds of early artists’ books; one of 500 copies printed. At the beginning, it contains contributions by Schraenen, Carrión, Kostelanetz, and Klaus Groh. It then lists the works of Beuys, Burroughs, Cage, Carrión, Degottex, Downsbrough, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Ginsberg, Higgins, Jacks, Kostelanetz, Rot, Shiomi, Tuttle, Vostell, E. Williams, etc. There are also long listings of records, magazines, and posters. This catalogue was published to accompany events held in Brussels, Antwerp...
Black & white illus. on the inside wrappers and in the text, and map of Printed Matter store on lower cover. 48 pp. Large 8vo, color printed semi-stiff wrappers (bottom wrapper slightly worn), staple bound. [New York: Printed Matter, 1979].
An early and rare Printed Matter catalogue describing almost 2000 titles. Much of the catalogue is devoted to artists’ books along with sections for Printed Matter publications, magazines, and audioworks.
From the preface, likely composed by the then director Nancy Linn: “Printed Matter, Inc. opened its doors in 1976 as an Artists’ Book publishing company and distribution house. The first organization devoted solely to...
Black & white and color illus. throughout. 27 unnumbered leaves. Large 4to (266 x 235 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers (lower cover a trifle soiled), title on spine. San Francisco: January 2010.
A rare Leiber catalogue (no. 50) modeled after publications by Dan Graham; WorldCat records only two copies. It offers books by Acconci, Applebroog, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Carrión, Dibbets, Duchamp, Filliou, Haring, Huebler, Kippenberger, Kosuth, Kruger, LeWitt, Messager, Ono, Prince, Vautier, Wool, etc. There are also a number of scarce exhibition catalogues and art periodicals. The cover of each item is reproduced at several points in the text. In total 159 items are listed. Laid-in...
Many black & white illus. in the text. 54 pp. & order forms and ads. 8vo (205 x 135 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (corners a little creased), staple-bound. New York: 1992.
A scarce Printed Matter mail-order catalogue. Opens with an Introduction by director John Goodwin who writes: “While our primary goal remains the sale of artists publications through our store and mail-order catalog, we continue our efforts to increase the understanding and appreciation of these works by means of occasional small-scale exhibitions in our store.”
The catalogue lists works by Barbara Bloom, Cage, Dan Graham, Jenny Holzer, Faith Ringgold, etc., etc. The rest of the catalogue...
Many illus. in the text, some full-page, & on inside covers. 2 p.l., 80 pp. & order forms. 8vo (215 x 140 mm), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1991.
A rare Printed Matter catalogue. It begins with an Introduction by director John Goodwin who writes: “Printed Matter Bookstore at Dia is in its fifteenth year of distributing books by artists to an ever-widening audience that includes students, collectors, educators, librarians, and, of course, other artists. We are delighted to observe that what the founders of Printed Matter dared to assert has indeed come true: the field of artists’ books is an important, accessible medium that...
Black & white illus. in the text. 28 pp., order form on lower inside wrapper. 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple bound. [New York]: 1987.
Begins with an introduction by Lucy Lippard, in which she offers updates on the organization of Printed Matter and the future of their catalogues. This catalogue is the first of a smaller format to feature an essay; the inaugural piece is by Gary Indiana, entitled “Post Photography.”
This catalogue then describes new and featured bookworks by artists such as Sarah Charlesworth, Andrea Fraser, Allan Sekula, Richard Prince, Laurie Simmons, Susan King, Spiegelman, Ellen Wallenstein, etc. Each of the books...
Many illus. in the text. 36 pp., order form on inside of lower wrapper. 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [New York]: 1988.
This catalogue begins with an introduction by Amy Baker Sandback, a member of the Printed Matter Board of Directors. This is followed by an essay by the art critic Germano Celant (translated from the Italian) called “Artists’ Manifestos & Magazines.” Then offered are works by Daniel Buren, Tom Phillips, Dieter Roth, Telfer Stokes & Helen Douglas, Susan Baker, Olivia Clavel, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Janet Skeels, Nannucci, Lucas Samaras, Buzz Spector, James Turrell, Janet Zweig, etc. Most listings are illustrated along with...
Many illus. in the text. 88 pp. & ads and order form. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (spine a bit worn), staple-bound. [New York]: 1995.
This catalogue, addressed to Steven Leiber, begins with an Introduction by director David Dean much more cheerful than the previous year’s. He also mentions exhibitions and talks which have occurred in the past year. This is followed by a listing of fundraising “Artists’ Projects” by Baldessari, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Kippenberger, Andres Serrano, Barbara Bloom, and Yoko Ono. Cynthia Chris has written the catalogue’s essay, entitled “It’s A Whole New World: Recent Trends in Artists’ Publications.” As...
Five-page woodcut of Shaka, the historical Buddha, seated & preaching with his Protectors. Five columns per page, 17 characters per column, each column & page framed with silver borders. 91 pages, 1 blank page. Tall narrow 8vo (260 x 95 mm.), orig. decorated “wallet binding” of semi-stiff wrappers, with a pale-brown background (koiro; clove-stained), heightened with gold & silver speckles and a mist of gold (kasumibiki), all preserved & attached to the orig. “wallet-style” semi-stiff outer wrapper employing the same decoration. [Nara: 1383].
An extremely rare and very beautiful early sutra, printed at Nara in 1383. It has been printed on highest-quality thick paper (gampi, or mulberry fibers), and printed...
36 finely color-printed full-page woodcuts. 40; 53.5 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. pale-blue patterned wrappers, orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: 1825.
First edition of Masayoshi’s final book. Kitao (1764-1824), was a painter and print artist who trained under the color-print master Kitao Shigemasa. Kitao then worked as an ukiyo-e artist and later became official painter to the daimyo of Tsuyama. During this period, he worked in the Kano style, using the name Kuwagata Keisai. During his period of activity as an ukiyo-e artist, Kitao Masayoshi produced mainly novelette illustrations. After 1794, however, when he became painter...
18 woodcut illus. (several color-printed). 23; 25 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (wrappers a little soiled), new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated “1851,” published in 1852.
First edition and very rare. Kikuchi (fl. 1848-64), was responsible for starting a new age of Japanese veterinary medicine (see Alexander Kast, “Johannes Ludwig Janson, Professor of Veterinary Medicine in Tokyo in 1880-1902“ in Acta med-hist Adriat (2010); 8 (1), p. 116). Before this work, all books on veterinary medicine published in Japan were either entirely dependent on Korean or Chinese traditions or were mere translations of Dutch texts that had passed through Dejima Island at Nagasaki...
Many woodcut illus. 159 folding leaves. Five parts in one vol. Oblong 8vo, orig. dark blue thick wrappers (wrappers rubbed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label rubbed & soiled), orig. stitching. Kyoto, Edo, & Osaka: Hishiya magobei et al., 1859.
A late Japanese edition of one of the earliest Chinese collections of texts on horse medicine. Our book stems from a “late 14th-century compilation [which] does contain genuine works from earlier times. This is the Simu anji ji (Collections for Pacifying Stallions when Administering Flocks), published in 1384. Judging from internal evidence, most of its components are apparently from the 11th and...
38 pp. 8vo (209 x 138 mm.), loosely stitched, disbound. Paris: Olivier & Henry, 1814.
The very scarce catalogue of a Parisian painting restorer’s intriguing collection of pictures. Dufresne, whose first name is unknown, resided on rue Taitbout and then on rue Saint-Lazare. This catalogue’s foreword mentions that he has worked as a tasteful and able restorer for the past 15 years.
The catalogue describes 124 lots of paintings, including work of Albani, van Asch, Boilly, Bidault, J. Brueghel, van Bloemen, Marguérite Gérard, Drolling, van Goyen, de La Hire, Lantara, Poelenburgh, Swagers, Taunay, D. Teniers, Zurbarán, etc. The subjects in many of the pictures...
Illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. wrappers). Stuttgart: ca. 1974-75.
A very rare publisher’s catalogue created by Albrecht D.’s Reflection Press, which was founded in 1968. This chaotically designed catalogue offers books, multiples, paintings, collages, and mail art. Many of the listings are illustrated.
In fine condition.
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, Looking for poetry/Tras...