Several eraser-stamped illus. in the text and black & white illus. throughout. Nine folded newsprint sheets (ca. 350 x 260 mm.) forming  pp. San Francisco: [1994-95].
A rare and early Leiber catalogue (no. 20) devoted to Latin American mail art and Eastern European performance art. This catalogue mimics Harley Lond’s journal InterMedia: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts, Resources and Communications, by and for the Communicator/Artist, which was issued from 1974 to 1979.
“[This catalogue] was an imagined issue (no. 9, c. 1979) of the periodical InterMedia. Contributions had been sent to the magazine; however, the issue was never published. Most of the works...
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Several eraser-stamped illus. in the text and black & white illus. throughout. Nine folded newsprint sheets (ca. 350 x 260 mm.) forming  pp. San Francisco: [1994-95].
Imperial coat-of-arms vignette on title. xii, 28 pp. 8vo (215 x 132 mm.), late 19th-century blue sheep backed-marbled boards (upper & lower joints split but holding), title on spine. Paris: L’Auteur, 1809.
The large-paper version of this unusually finely printed auction catalogue detailing the personal collection of a history painter who was reçu by the Académie Royale in 1761. Belle (1722-1806), a pupil of François Lemoyne, worked at the Gobelins manufactory from 1755, where he adapted pictures by his contemporaries as well as his own designs into painted tapestry cartoons. His lengthy career saw him commissioned by the Comte d’Angiviller to design a tapestry...
Many text illus. & ads. 46 pp. Large 4to (273 x 212 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (spine faintly sunned), staple-bound. Toronto: .
A rare Art Metropole catalogue, with an illustration from Joseph Beuys: Multiples on the upper wrapper. The company’s archivist Tim Guest writes on the inside of the upper wrapper: “The titles in this catalogue can be divided into two loose categories: books by artists and books which describe artists’ work.
The latter category includes exhibition catalogues and critical texts, publications which complement or extend the discourse of particular work. In choosing titles, our bias is toward contemporary art in non-traditional formats.
60 pp. & order form. 8vo, printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1990.
A very scarce Art Metropole catalogue, this was the only one issued in 1990 dedicated to bookworks. It consists of an extensive selection of artists’ publications. We find newly published works, a Trade List, and the Catalogue No. 13 Backlist.
In fine & fresh condition.
56; 54 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels in Manchu & Chinese on upper covers, stitched as issued. [Beijing]: Ju zhen tang, 1894.
Second edition, here revised and enlarged by Liu Fengshan for the first time. The first edition appeared in 1885; both it and our revised edition are rare. As made clear by Gorelova (see below), this is one of the most important reference books for the study of Manchu, in which are given Chinese explanations for Manchu language terms, especially xu zi or “empty words.” It contains an alphabetical register of all words and comparative tables for...
Parallel texts of Manchu & Chinese. Six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (some browning), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Hubei?]: Zhu fang fan yi zong xue, 1890.
A reprint of the famous Manchu-Chinese edition commissioned and sponsored by the Emperor Qianlong, of The Four Books of Confucianism, which, together with The Five Classics, make up the basic canon of Confucianism. During the Ming and Qing dynasties The Four Books were made the core of the official curriculum for the civil service examinations.
An intellectual and ardent Confucian, Emperor Qianlong ordered standardized, fully annotated translations of The Four Books and...
Five vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (some browning), new stitching. [China] Preface dated 1755, but probably printed in the 19th century.
A reprint, of uncertain date, of the famous Manchu-Chinese edition commissioned and sponsored by the Emperor Qianlong, of The Four Books of Confucianism, which, together with The Five Classics, make up the basic canon of Confucianism. During the Ming and Qing dynasties The Four Books were made the core of the official curriculum for the civil service examinations.
An intellectual and ardent Confucian, Emperor Qianlong ordered standardized, fully annotated translations of The Four Books and The Five Classics into Manchu that...
16 vols. in four publisher’s chitsu. 8vo, orig. wrappers (a few leaves with natural paper flaws touching text, several wrappers detached), orig. stitching. [Beijing]: 1851.
First edition of this important collection of classic Chinese prose translated into Manchu, with Chinese in parallel columns.
Nice set. The title-page of the first volume was never bound in.
31; 28; 37; 33 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Beijing: Ju zhen tang, 1889.
First edition of this important reference for the study of Qing dynasty official traditions and terms; it is anonymously compiled. As Manchu had equal standing during the Qing dynasty, documents, signs, and stele were written in both Manchu and Chinese, a practice which continued through the 18th and 19th centuries. This is a collection of Chinese official terms translated into Manchu, issued in four volumes over a period of several months in 1889:
1. [Ch.]: Ya shu ming mu; [Manchu]: Jurgan yamun-yi gebu. This is a compilation of names of various ministries and other government offices, capitals, palaces, banners, and counties.
 folding leaves. Two parts in one vol. 8vo (248 x 163 mm.), early patterned orange semi-stiff Japanese wrappers, new stitching. [China: n.d. but perhaps early 18th century].
During the reign of Emperor Kangxi, a number of Chinese-Manchu dictionaries were published. This is a manuscript copy, on pre-printed paper, of a Chinese-Manchu vocabulary arranged by topic, and is closely related to other dictionaries of the Kangxi period. Printed editions seem to be held only at the BnF, the National Library of China in Beijing, and at Naikaku Bunko in Tokyo. The authorship is unknown.
Each page is divided in half. Within each half, there are five columns for Chinese words and, below, ten columns for their Manchu equivalents and a Chinese description. The manuscript copy has either been made from a copy with unclear print, or the copyist was not proficient in Manchu (some words do not appear correctly).
85 (lacking title); 74; 70; 76 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (with some paper flaws, carefully repaired, mostly with text supplied in manuscript), manuscript title label on upper cover of Vol. I. [Jingdu: Ying hua tang Xu shi shu fang, 1746].
First edition of this rare and well-known book, a manual of the Manchu language compiled as talks on different subjects. It is a bilingual handbook of words and phrases, expatiating on each entry in the imperial Qing wen jian in question- and answer- form.
“As one Manchu scholar noted in 1746 [in the present work], ‘the twelve heads have always been the key entryway...
Numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. Title-page, 31 folding leaves, one leaf of colophon. 8vo, orig. patterned blue semi-stiff wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label rubbed), new stitching. Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka: 1864.
First edition and rare. Imamura (1814-90), was a leading physician and historian of Japanese medicine of his period. Professor of medicine at Tokyo University, he was physician to the future Emperor Taisho when he was a youth.
Imamura found that many of the contemporary Japanese works on acupuncture had strayed from the classic teachings of the Chinese physicians. In this work, he makes a series of corrections...
Ten vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers in Chinese, orig. stitching; orig. publisher’s chitsu with block-printed title label in both Chinese & Manchu. [China, probably Beijing]: from the “pillar”at the edge of each folded leaf: “Kong gu jushi”; end of Preface in Vol. I: 1869.
A reprint, with additions, of the “seminal” (Laamann) Chinese-Manchu dictionary first published in 1735 by the 18th-century scholar Mingduo Dongjia. It is a revised version of the great Chinese-Manchu dictionary first published under the sponsorship of Emperor Kangxi in 1708. As in the Kangxi edition, the material in Dongjia’s edition...
Three engraved plates. viii, 53 pp.,  pages of schedule of sale. 8vo (201 x 125 mm.), gray modern cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Delaroche, Billaudel & Balbastre, 1813.
A scarce example of an illustrated sale catalogue from the period, it contains three nicely engraved plates of works by Murillo, de Morales, and Rubens (most copies lack the plates). Lugt erroneously records the seller as “Billaudet.” The RKD copy has an inscription on the title-page linking the contents of the sale to Billaudel, whose name, curiously, is also found in the imprint. Billaudel concurrently operated as a dealer and painter, and it seems that...
18 vols. Small 8vo, various orig. wrappers or self-bound. Bamberg & Würzberg: 1809-1818.
Joseph Martin Goebhardt (1709-57) founded this bookselling company about 1747,the year he issued his first catalogue. He was succeeded by his son Tobias (1734-94), who capitalized on the demand for Italian and French works, regardless of their contents or the controversy they might cause with German censors. The Goebhardts were among the first in Germany to publish works by Diderot, d’Alembert, Helvetius, etc. Their considerable trade and publication of foreign books made them one of the primary conduits of French-German cultural exchange in the mid-18th century. This caused...
Many black & white text illus.  pp. Small 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (minor sunning to head & spine), stamped on upper wrapper: “Catalogue No. 3,” address label on lower wrapper, staple-bound. Toronto: 1976.
The corrected second state of the scarce third catalogue distributed by Art Metropole; this copy was mailed to David P. Silcox, the first Senior Arts Officer of the Canada Council for the Arts, who was instrumental in Art Metropole’s securing of grants from the council. Two years before Printed Matter was established in New York, Art Metropole became the first large-scale distributor of artists’ publications in North America. The...
Many black & white text illus.  pp. Small 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (minor sunning to head & spine), staple-bound. Toronto: 1976.
The Art Metropole’s very scarce third catalogue of books, periodicals, films, and videotapes. Two years before Printed Matter was established in New York, Art Metropole became the first large-scale distributor of artists’ publications in North America. The collective General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz & Jorge Zontal), which had been working with printed matter since the creation of FILE Megazine in 1972, founded this artist-run space in 1974.
Expanding greatly on Art Metropole’s previous catalogues, which primarily featured North American artists, No. 3 represents many more listings by artists from around the world. In addition to works by Baldessari, Beuys, Buren, Huebler, Kawiak, Knowles, LeWitt, Resnick, Rot, Schwegler, Vostell, Stokes & Douglas, etc., this catalogue includes publications from Edition Hansjörg Mayer, Beau Geste Press, Something Else Press, Visual Studies Workshop, and General Idea. We also find exhibition catalogues, special editions, and video works, many of which are now very valuable.
15 black & white illus.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). Small 8vo (197 x 128 mm.), orig. printed wrappers (spine a little sunned), staple-bound. Toronto: Spring 1975.
An extremely rare and significant catalogue issued by Art Metropole, the first large-scale distributors of artists’ publications, records, and video works in North America. The collective General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz & Jorge Zontal) founded the space in 1974. Bronson inscribed and mailed this catalogue to David P. Silcox, the first Senior Arts Officer of the Canada Council for the Arts, who was instrumental in Art Metropole’s securing of grants from the council.
“If we examine the years in which artist-run spaces were founded, it becomes evident that the heyday of the founding euphoria was the 1970s…Although Ecart came into being in 1969 and MOCA in 1970, the majority of the artist-run spaces were set up some years later: Western Front in 1973, Art Metropole and Zona in 1974, La Mamelle [and Other Books and So] in 1975, Franklin Furnace and Printed Matter in 1976, and Artpool in 1979…Identified as alternative art spaces, nonprofit art organizations, artist-oriented spaces, or artist-run spaces, these places define an area of shared experiences of experimenting with a concept of art that had no boundaries, and they linked art forms and the operating model of collective self-organization into a single venture. The bookshops and publishing activities integrated into the collectives emphasize a central aspect of collective activities: acting and communicating autonomously, and independently of the commercial art business, far beyond geographical boundaries.”–G. Detterer & M. Nannucci, eds., Artist-Run Spaces (2012), pp. 23-25.
Text illus.  pp. (incl. inside of lower wrapper). 4to, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. New York: [1979 or 1980].
An important and rare document of Printed Matter’s early efforts to champion the relevance and accessibility of artists’ books. The store’s staff, Nancy Linn (director), Nan Becker, and Mike Glier, compiled this starter collection of 200 books, which they describe on the upper wrapper. The books could be purchased en bloc for $1300, in a 10-book sample for $50, or individually.
From the upper wrapper: “As we prepare for the 80’s, it is time to review the first years of artists’ book publishing. Artists’ books...
Many illus. in the text. 36 pp., order form on lower inside wrapper. 8vo (230 x 154 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [New York]: 1988.
A scarce Printed Matter catalogue, this copy was mailed to the great dealer and scholar of art ephemera Steven Leiber, who frequently cited these catalogues in his own. It 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...
Many text & full-page illus.  pp. Small 4to, green pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1998.
A scarce catalogue issued by Barbara Moore to advertise re-publications of celebrated Fluxus books and multiples. It includes the work of artists such as Maciunas, Brecht, Friedman, Hendricks, Hutchins, Kosugi, Kubota, Liss, Miller, Ono, Shiomi, Vautier, and Watts. The first page highlights “The last multiple planned by George Maciunas,” his Flux-Deck, completed with Geoff Hendricks and Larry Miller.
In fine condition.
Many text & full-page illus.  pp. 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Docking, Norfolk: 1992.
An uncommon Coracle catalogue, with many illustrations of the publications offered. It lists multiples, books, prints, and exhibition catalogues by Marie Bourget, Bill Culbert, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Paul Lincoln, Colin Sackett, Yoko Terauchi, Erica van Horn, Richard Tuttle, etc. Most of the items are thoroughly described.
This catalogue was likely distributed through Coracle’s London bookstore, workfortheeyetodo, which is described on the inside of the lower wrapper as “an accumulative book space, index and agency: a location referencing the purpose of publication as a model of self-organisation and availability.”
 pp. (incl. inside wrappers). 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. London: 1990.
A very rare Coracle catalogue; WorldCat notes only one copy, in Italy. With priced listings for books, prints, and pamphlets by Tony Cragg, Alan Charlton, Cutts, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Colin Sackett, Richard Tuttle, Erica van Horn, Jonathan Williams, Yoko Terauchi, Stephen Willats, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, etc.
Fine copy. Cover illustration (“Rubber Coracle”) by Sackett.
One black & white illus. Large folding poster (215 x 145 mm. fully folded), printed on one side. London: [ca. 1987].
A scarce poster catalogue distributed by Coracle. It lists the group’s books, pamphlets, exhibition catalogues, postcards, portfolios, etc., and includes the work of Cutts, van Horn, Terauchi, Sackett, Long, Tuttle, Jonathan Williams, Willats, etc.
The text in the rightmost panels sums up Coracle’s objectives and universal vision for the artist’s book: “These are the remainder of the products of twelve years of publishing, gallery and collaborative activity. There has always been an identity between the needs of a formative gallery and the...