One sheet folded into two leaves. Small 4to, unbound, uncut. N.p.: n.d. [but probably Nuremberg: ca. 1780-90].
Very rare; VD18 13815725 offers J.G. Recknagel as the author but without giving a source and says “place of publication not identifiable.” A notary named J.G. (Johann Georg?) Recknagel was active at Nuremberg in 1772, and an eponymous Protestant clergyman (b. 1797), was active in other parts of Franconia in the 1820; neither seems to be our author.
Some of the entries of this satirical fictitious piece of ephemera include the following, in translation.
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One sheet folded into two leaves. Small 4to, unbound, uncut. N.p.: n.d. [but probably Nuremberg: ca. 1780-90].
One sheet, folded into two leaves. Small 4to, unbound (small hole in gutter). N.p.: n.d. [but probably Nuremberg: ca. 1780-90].
An apparently unrecorded piece of satirical ephemera, notable for its offerings, such as “Books and engravings…available at the cheap rates stated,” “Assorted Intelligence,” etc. The 26 entries are clearly satirical, and vaguely anti-Semitic on occasion, and make concealed fictitious jabs at notables and events of the time.
Some of the entries in the section “Objects mobile and immobile for sale” (in trans.) are:
Written in three legible hands of the second half of the 17th cent. & the first quarter of the 18th. Paper: watermarks of a stag within a crown and “FV” (apparently not found in the usual watermark reference books). Section I: 169 numbered pp. (final two pp. blank),  blank pp.,  leaves; Section II: 100 numbered pp. (lacking one leaf, pp. 49-50),  leaves (final two blank); Section III:  leaves; Section IV:  leaves (final leaf blank); Section V:  leaves; Section VI:  leaves. Small folio (325 x 204 mm.), cont. vellum over boards, spine lettered at...
Illustrated ads. 184 pp. 8vo (210 x 148 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers (spine a bit worn). Cologne: 1985.
A scarce catalogue of art books, with a fine selection of publications by or on Beuys, Broodthaers, Christo, Dali, Dibbets, Duchamp, Filliou, Haring, Johns, Kippenberger, Nam June Paik, Paolini, Tom Phillips, Arnulf Rainer, Lippard, Richter, Ruppersburg, Schneemann, With further sections on Surrealism and Dada, among others.
Very good copy; upper cover a little worn.
Several black & white illus. Folded sheet on coated paper (210 x 150 mm. folded). Paris: .
The rare first catalogue devoted to Surrealism issued by the Librairie José Corti, one of the principal distributors of Surrealist works in Paris. Located on the Rue de Clichy, the bookstore would later serve as the occasional headquarters of the collective imprint Editions Surréalistes.
This catalogue offers for sale the early books of Breton, Aragon, Eluard, Char, Tzara, Péret, Picabia, Desnos, Ernst, etc. With illustrations by Magritte and Ernst.
Numerous black & white illus., some full-page.  pp. Small folio (298 x 212 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers. Antwerp: 1992.
The scarce first catalogue issued by the partnership of gallerist Van de Velde and bookseller Ceuleers. Their collaboration began in 1990. It offers an impressive array of rare artists’ books, multiples, exhibition catalogues, and important reference works. The first portion of the catalogue consists of materials related to Dada and Surrealism; the second is devoted to “Art after 1945.”
A near fine copy.
Many black & white illus. Two large folded sheets (299 x 212 mm. folded), unbound. Purmerend: Museum Waterland, .
An uncommon exhibition flyer for a display of bookworks at the Museum Waterland. Co-curated by Ulises Carrion and Agius, both included their own works, along with those of François Bouillon, Axel Heibel, Diderick van Kleef, Federico Sanguinetti, Ben Sleeuwenhoek, Ad Gerritsen, J. H. Kocman, Tom Ockerse, Gèza Perneczky, and Pawel Petasz. Several examples of each artist’s work are pictured. All of the works displayed were drawn from Agius and Carrión’s personal collections. This catalogue’s text, written by Alex A. M. de Vries, is in parallel...
Eight black & white illus.  pp. Small 4to (160 x 124 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers, port. pasted on upper cover, staple-bound. Paris: Moderne Imprimerie, 1928.
The scarce exhibition catalogue for a show held at the gallery of Vallotton’s stepson, Jacques Rodrigues Henriques. The exhibition consisted of 50 paintings executed between 1889 and 1925, eight of which are pictured in the catalogue. The preface is excerpted from an earlier piece which Octave Mirbeau had written for a Vallotton exhibition in January 1910.
A fine copy; we locate three copies of this catalogue in North America.
The woodblocks include the frontispiece wood engraving of the hero, Hirai Gonpachi, and his lover, Komurasaki, along with the first full-page woodcut in the book, depicting Hirai disguised as a Buddhist practitioner and carrying a shakuhachi. [Japan: late Edo or early Meiji].
A most attractive set of three woodblock boards, carved on both sides, containing the first twelve pages, including two full-page illustrations, of a yet undetermined late Edo or early Meiji illustrated edition of the tragic love story of Hirai Gonpachi. Hugely popular in the late Edo period, it is the story, based on actual events, of Hirai, a....
19 pp. Tall 8vo (214 x 109 mm.), orig. brown printed wrappers, staple-bound. [From final page]: West Glover, VT: .
A rare bookseller’s catalogue issued by the third iteration of Dick Higgins’s bookselling and publishing endeavors. Preceded by concise biographies of the artists, it offers publications by John Cage, Geoffrey Hendricks, Higgins, Alison Knowles, Jackson Mac Low, and Pauline Oliveros.
From the upper wrapper: “Printed Editions is a new kind of publisher — a hybrid between the traditional small specialized press and the artists’ cooperative. Each of us uses Printed Editions as an outlet for works which are of a publishable nature...
47 pp. Small 8vo (169 x 102 mm.), modern marbled boards, gilt title on spine. [Paris: 1747].
A scarce and early auction catalogue dispersing a substantial collection of paintings belonging to a “Baron de Banckheim,” possibly a fictitious provenance. We also do not know the expert in charge of this sale, but we do see that they borrowed heavily from the celebrated catalogues of the leading art dealer of the time, Edme François Gersaint (1694-1750). The foremost scholar on Gersaint, Guillaume Glorieux, writes that a number of catalogues of this period plagiarized the authoritative biographies of artists composed by Gersaint.
This catalogue offers 121 paintings, many of which are thoroughly described, with measurements provided. Most of the pictures are by Dutch and Flemish artists, such as J. van Ruisdael, Jordaens, Hondius, G. van Honthorst, etc.
60 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (205 x 99 mm.), pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, upper wrapper covered in braille text, staple-bound. [Paris: 1993].
A scarce catalogue, with a beguiling upper cover bearing braille text. It describes 335 items, including works by Andre, Bloom, Boltanski, Boutin, Broodthaers, Fulton, Gette, Le Gac, LeWitt, Nam June Paik, Nauman, Wegman, Weiner, etc., etc. The braille cover is an original work by Barbara Bloom created for this catalogue, and the text, from Barthes’s “La Chambre Claire,” is translated on the inside wrapper.
In fine condition. The braille text is understandably a bit rubbed.
Numerous text illus. 64 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (210 x 100 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1991].
An uncommon catalogue featuring a close-up portrait by Robert Barry of Florence Loewy on the covers. The catalogue describes 224 items, including the works of Jean-Michel Alberola, Carl Andre, Seth Siegelaub, Enrico Baj, Baldessari, Robert Barry, Beuys, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Sophie Calle, Christo, Jean Degottex, Hans Haacke, Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, LeWitt, Long, Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Prince, Dieter Roth, Edward “Rusha,” James Turrell, Tristan Tzara, Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided...
Unpaginated. Numerous text illus. Tall 8vo (207 x 101 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1991].
A rare bookseller’s catalogue offering important artists’ books and publications. It includes 173 works by Alechinsky, Beuys, Buren, Dubuffet, Filliou, Gilbert & George, Haring, Jenny Holzer, Ilizad, Kaprow, Kounellis, Barbara Kruger, LeWitt, Miró, Nevelson, Paalen, Picasso, Arnulf Rainer, Roth, “Rusha,” Turrell, Warhol, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Near fine copy. Photography by Caroline Duglos from her series Sculptures Imaginaires (1991) adorns the wrappers.
Many illus. in the text.  pp. Tall 8vo (, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1990].
A rare bookseller’s catalogue describing 201 items, including the publications of Antonin Artaud, Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Robert Filliou, Jean Genet, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, LeWitt, Richard Long, Dennis Oppenheim, Daniel Spoerri, Ania Staristsky, Edmond Jabes, Tristan Tzara, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
12 full-page illus. in the text. 42 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, block-printed title printed on upper cover, new stitching. [Beijing]: Zhen qun guo yin shu ju, [1921?].
First edition of this historical account of the astronomical instruments constructed by the Jesuits in the 17th century at the emperor’s request for the Beijing observatory. There are 12 full-page illustrations of the instruments. Chang has also provided a history of the observatory.
Chang (1874-1939), a graduate of the Northern Naval College in Tianjin, was a student of Yan Fu (1854-1921), scholar and translator, who is most famous for introducing Western ideas, including Darwin’s...
13 double-page illus. 5 pp. of text. 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. plain stiff boards, spine taped as issued. San Francisco: Steven Leiber, .
Steven Leiber’s rare penultimate catalogue, devoted to the artists’ books of the Schmidt-Heins sororal twins, with color reproductions of their work. It is modeled after the exhibition catalogue Buchwerke, Barbara Schmidt-Heins, Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Original-Bucher 1972 bis 1976, issued by the Kunstraum München & the Institut für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, in 1976. This catalogue offers 14 unique bookworks for sale (seven by each twin), and provides detailed descriptions of their structures and illustrations.
Born in Rellingen, the twins (b. 1949) both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Their bookworks garnered praise through exhibitions in 1976 at the Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst and documenta 6 the year after.
Numerous illus. Large folding poster (914 x 610 mm.), folded into eight panels (minor wear to the central fold). [San Francisco]: November 2010.
Leiber’s scarce penultimate catalogue (no. 51), a poster issued on the occasion of the 2010 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; WorldCat records no copies in the United States. “This poster mimics the event flyer for 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a series that took place October 13-23, 1966, at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. The series was the inaugural program of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) organization and involved a collaboration between invited...
Many black & white illus.  pp. Laser-printed single sheets, rectos only (280 x 215 mm.), orig. semi-stiff printed pictorial wrappers, plastic-spiral bound. San Francisco: April 2002.
Leiber’s rare 40th catalogue, offering ca. 331 items, many of which were duplicates from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (now at the University of Iowa). Also included were artists’ books, periodicals, recordings, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera. Approximately 100 copies of this catalogue were produced.
In near fine condition and rare.
Many black & white illus. Ca. 328 photocopied pages. Large 4to, orig. red three-ring binder (290 x 272 mm.), title stickers on upper cover and spine (a little frayed), four numbered dividers. San Francisco: S. Leiber, August 1998.
One of Leiber’s most sought-after creations, his 35th catalogue. It is based on the infamous exhibition catalogue for documenta 5 (1972), designed by Ed Ruscha. For the upper cover of that catalogue, Ruscha famously formed the number “5“ using ant shapes. For this catalogue, Leiber has mimicked that motif with “S L,” his initials, on the upper cover and echoed in the title, Scheissladen, a German term...
Black & white illus. on first & last pages. Two large folded brown sheets (457 x 305 mm. folded). 6 pp. of text & one small blue sheet entitled “Vault Room” laid-in. San Francisco: 1996.
Leiber’s uncommon 25th catalogue, published for an exhibition (18 July - 31 August 1996) at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles. Designed by Jody Zellen and Yoon Ki Chai and published in an edition of around 1000 copies.
In excellent condition.
Numerous black & white illus, all rectos with full-page illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to (231 x 171 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Stuttgart & London: 1981.
A scarce illustrated publisher’s catalogue offering works by Roth, Emmett Williams, Arnulf Rainer, Richard Hamilton, Stefan Wewerka, Jan Voss, Claes Oldenburg, Dorothy Iannone, etc. Also offered are videos, periodicals, prints, multiples, records, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. Most of the items are pictured. Beginning in 1966, Mayer issued a catalogue every year with his newest publications and a backlist.
A nice copy.