Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  leaves. 12mo, printed softcover. Paris: Yvon Lambert, 2011.
Rare artist’s book by Jonathan Monk (b. 1969); from an edition of 500 copies and ten cover color variants. Co-published with Yvon Lambert, the book documents the production of the artist’s posters at KRASTS, a small printing company in Riga, Latvia.
As new. WorldCat records just the New York Public Library copy among North American institutions. Please let us know if you have a preference of cover color.
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Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  leaves. 12mo, printed softcover. Paris: Yvon Lambert, 2011.
Black & white illus. 13,  p. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, stitched. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 2006.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue for On Kawara’s solo presentation at Ikon Gallery. From the foreword by curator Jonathan Watkins: “This exhibition consists entirely of Date Paintings. They are part of On Kawara’s Today Series, an ongoing project begun in 1966, a series of paintings, each made in a day, bearing the inscribed date on which they were made. Each painting in this selection was made on a Sunday, one selected per year since the inception of the Today Series, thus conveying the idea ironically of On Kawara - perhaps...
Black & white illus. (one double-page). 18 pp. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Palestine: Alpha Studio, 2007.
The very rare booklet published in conjunction with the Bethlehem leg of Kawara’s traveling exhibition Pure Consciousness which began in Sydney in 1998. For the exhibition, seven “Date Paintings” from the Today series (1966-2013) are displayed in a kindergarten classroom. These paintings have traveled around the world to cities and towns such as Sydney; Tongyeong, South Korea; Reykjavik; Istanbul; Goa; Inari, Finland; Thimphu, Bhutan; Abidjan, Ulaanbaatar; Toliara, Madagascar, etc. The photographs in the booklet focus on the students with the paintings only blurry or in the...
Five columns per page, 17 characters per column. 94 pages, one blank leaf at end. Tall narrow 8vo (232 x 95 mm.), orig. upper semi-stiff board (upper board partly worn & defective, lower board absent). [Nara: printed before 1311].
An extremely rare and very beautiful early sutra, printed at Nara before 1311. It has been printed on highest-quality thick paper (gampi or mulberry fibers), with bold, thick strokes, using black sumi ink, typical of kasuga-ban printings, a term for publications of the Nara monasteries in general.
We can date our printing of Vol. 333 of the Sutra of Perfection of Wisdom to before 1311 based on the...
19 joined sheets, mostly 23 columns per sheet, 17 characters per column. Scroll (263 x 8301 mm. & front endpaper 230 mm.), wooden roller. [Nara: 12th-14th century].
A fine, early printed sutra, which we are unable to date. It is clearly a kasuga-ban, printed on highest-quality thick paper (gampi or mulberry fibers), with bold, thick strokes, using black sumi ink, typical of kasuga-ban printings, a term for publications of the Nara monasteries in general.
The Mahaprajnaparamitasutra is a massive compilation of scriptural literature said to have been preached by the Buddha in four different places to 16 discrete assemblies. It includes seminal works such as the...
[Japan: late Edo].
A fine, complete, and uncommonly well-illustrated set of scrolls concerning the famous gold, silver, and copper mine on Sado Island, illustrating all the steps from mining to refining to minting, along with the administrative and commercial activities associated with the mines. We have had several sets of “Sado Island Scrolls,” and this set is outstanding in terms of the quality of the illustration, completeness, and richness of detail. The skilled artist of these scrolls has provided an enormous amount of valuable factual content by labeling each depicted person’s role or job in the production of gold, silver...
Wooden board (830 x 540 x 38 mm.), carved in the form of a cha-tsubo (a tea leaf jar), with kuchioi (a silk-brocade wrapping cloth) carved at top & painted to represent decorative fabric, tied with a carved kuchio (tasseled cord), with orig. metal fitting on top to facilitate hanging. One side carved with kanji characters, reading from the top, “Uji / Usucha / Issaen.” Characters painted in black or two colors of green pigment & highlighted with gold pigment. [Japan]: n.d. but probably early Meiji.
“Kanban, a distinctive fusion of art and commerce, refers to the traditional signs Japanese merchants and craftsmen displayed street-side to...
127; 140; 104 folding leaves. Five juan & two addenda in three vols. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, orig. stitching. Shanghai: Hong bao zhai shu ju, 1920.
This is an enlarged (zengguang) edition of Shiyun hebi [Combined Jade Disks of the Rhymes of Poetry], first published in 1884. The enlarged edition has a preface dated 1890.
Both editions are representative of an important trend in late imperial Chinese publishing, in which the complexities of the Chinese written language and its literary forms were made more accessible through compendia and reference works. The “combined jade disks” of its title was a metaphor that here referred to dividing up...
Ink, brush, & wash of various colors throughout, delicately executed. Japan: ca. 1854.
A beautiful “Black Ship” scroll recording interactions between the Japanese and Americans during and after the second expedition led by Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858) in February-March 1854. Our scroll contains a number of images we have not seen before.
This second mission to Japan proved decisive, and the island nation opened to foreign trade after more than two centuries of self-imposed (if selective) isolation. Our handsomely rendered scroll records early sightings of American warships in January and February, before the Americans had landed for negotiations. The remainder of the...
Black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Utrecht: n.d.
A great bookseller’s catalogue, offering 297 items related to Sohm’s fabled Happening & Fluxus exhibition. There is an impressive range of avant-garde periodicals and materials by or related to Beuys, Brouwn, Christo, Filliou, Higgins, Knowles, Mac Low, Paik, Shiomi, Vautier, etc.
In fine condition.
14 pp. Folded loose sheets. New York: 1974.
Newsletter distributed by Rietman, one of the main purveyors of art books in New York in the latter half of the 20th century. Offers mostly exhibition catalogues and art monographs, but we note the “S.M.S.” portfolio for $150. We include a brochure for “The Nova Scotia Series” and a typed letter signed by Rietman.
Black & white illus in fine. 30 pp. Small 4to, pictorial photocopied wrappers, staple-bound. Amsterdam: 1992.
Scarce bookseller catalogue from the important artist-run Amsterdam bookshop. It lists books by Oey Tjeng Sit, Henriette van Egten, Runa Thorkelsdottir, Jan Voss, and Cornelia Hoedeman. Nearly all of the entries provide bibliographic details and information on the contents of these artists’ books. The artists and various collaborators are depicted on the wrappers.
In fine condition. WorldCat records just the copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY).
Four vols. 8vo, orig. printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Shanghai: Yi xue shu ju [Shanghai Medical Press], 1923.
In the final years of the Qing dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China, Chinese Buddhism experienced a revival. The bibliophilic founder of the Shanghai Medical Press, Fubao Ding (1874-1952), was active in this movement, publishing his “groundbreaking” (Scott) Ding’s Buddhist Studies Collectanea [Dingshi Foxue congshu] from 1918 to 1923, numbering about 30 titles. Many of the texts were based on Ding’s own large collection of rare books (about 150,000 volumes), reprinting ancient Buddhist texts with his own...
Four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Hangzhou: 1929.
First edition of this bibliography and index of the contents of the Siku quanshu [Complete Library of the Four Treasuries], compiled in 1773-92. For a detailed account of the making of this massive work, “an anthology to end all anthologies, an authoritative compendium of everything worthwhile ever written in Chinese, regardless of genre, epoch, or length” (Mark C. Elliott, Emperor Qianlong. Son of Heaven, Man of the World, p. 118), see R. Kent Guy’s The Emperor’s Four Treasuries. Scholars and the State in the Late...
14 juan in four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. Jianling: Tian shi ding chu shi; Beijing: Wen kai zhai juan, 1924.
First edition of this study on quotations from Xu Shen’s (d. ca. 149) Shuowen jiezi [Explain the Graphs to Unravel the Written Words] Found in Yiqie jing yinyi [Sounds & Meanings of All the Buddhist Scriptures], the first dictionary of Chinese characters. We learn from Tian’s Preface that Sounds & Meanings refers to two different editions of this work: one is the edition by Xuanying (fl. 7th cent.), which is also known as Da Tang zhongjing yinyi [Sounds & Meanings...
78; 82 folding leaves. Three parts in two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Beijing: Wen hua zhai, Third Preface dated 1935.
Early edition of this notable history of the Bohai Kingdom, written by Weihan Huang (d. 1929-31), government official and historian. The Bohai (or Parhae or Balhae) Kingdom (698-926) occupied the Manchurian plains to the north of the Korean peninsula.
In his history, Huang was not entirely dependent on Chinese histories but used many Korean and Japanese works of reference and history.