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.
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Many illus. in the text.  pp. Tall 8vo (, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1990].
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.
Cover illustration by Max Ernst & 12 photographic closeups of authors, printed on both sides of six sheets of coated paper, tipped-in. 15 pp. 8vo (220 x 130 mm.), orig. printed paper wrappers. Paris: J. Corti, .
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue issued by one of the principal distributors of Surrealist works in Paris. The famous chart of authors prescribed and invalidated by the Surrealists “Lisez / Ne Lisez” appears for the first time in print on the lower wrapper of this catalogue. The Librairie José Corti on the Rue de Clichy served as the occasional headquarters of the collective imprint Editions Surréalistes. Ernst’s steel-engraved collage on...
Many full-page black & white illus. Unpaginated. 4to (259 x 189 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers offset-printed & designed by D. Roth, staple-bound. Stuttgart & London: 1980.
The scarce large-format version of this publisher’s catalogue presenting works by Dieter Roth, Dorothy Iannone, Claes Oldenburg, Andre Thomkins, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, etc. It also lists periodicals, records, videos, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. The full-page images on the recto of each page depict Roth with many of his publications and multiples. Roth’s annotations in orange ink are found on the wrappers and the full-page illustrations.
A very good copy; the upper wrapper is a bit sunned.
Five black & white illus. 18 pp. (incl. inside of both wrappers). 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [From inside of lower wrapper]: Amsterdam: Stichting de Appel, 1984.
The very rare program for Ulises Carrion’s film festival celebrating the Mexican movie star Lilia Prado, a famous actor from his childhood. Prado (1928-2006) starred in a number of Mexican films as well as several directed by Luis Buñuel in the 1950s. Carrión organized a festival, screening four of her movies in four Dutch cities in 1984, which was attended by Prado herself. He conceived of this film festival as an “opportunity [for...
40 photocopied pages (incl. wrappers), with many illus., stamp on upper wrapper. Small 4to (212 x 155 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. N.p.: 1978.
The extremely rare fifth issue of Commonpress, guest-edited by Ulises Carrion and devoted to boxing, one of the artist’s life-long passions. Based on floating editorship, this mail art periodical comprised works contributed by fellow artists that were then photocopied. Carrión solicited projects from Klaus Groh, Anna Banana, Bill Gaglione, Pawel Petasz, Robin Crozier, Silva Marcondes, etc. On the inside of the lower wrapper, Carrión writes: “The question now arises: has this anthology Primarily to do with art? Or, has...
14 pp. (of 16, title lacking, see below). 8vo (209 x 131 mm.), late 19th-cent. blue leather-backed marbled boards (spine rubbed), gilt title on spine. [Paris: 1827].
A very interesting and rare auction catalogue dispersing the eclectic cabinet of Talma (1763-1826), one of the great actors during the French Revolution and Napoleon’s reign. This catalogue comes from the library of the Goncourt brothers, with the customary red ink inscription of Edmond on the front free endpaper.
The contents of this sale are unnumbered. The first eight pages vividly detail costumes from Talma’s famous roles as Hamlet, Shakespeare, Nero, Clovis, Genghis Khan, etc. The remainder...
20 pp. 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (head of spine a little worn), title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1822.
An extremely rare auction catalogue inventorying the collection of an obscure painter active at the turn of the century. A contemporary annotator has written in the surname for this anonymous sale on the title-page, corroborating Lugt’s attribution. An 1817 almanac of Paris records a painter with the same surname working at rue de Rohan, 6. Viglianis also exhibited a landscape at the 1814 Salon — no. 948 in the exhibition livret.
184 lots, consisting primarily of prints (lots 1-132) by artists such as Bartolozzi, Bervic, Bloemaert, Cochin, Le Bas, Desnoyers, Earlom, Green, Ingouf, Massard, Morghen, Strange, Wille, Woollett, etc. We then find original engraved plates by a number of contemporary artists. The final section of drawings includes the work of Bruandet, S. Gessner, H. Robert, and “Joseph Pascal Viglianis,” presumably the seller. With the list of vacations on the final page.
23 pp. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), partially stitched (edge of title-page expertly repaired), uncut. Paris: Félix & Pérignon, 1825.
The rare auction catalogue of Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), one of the most prodigious Parisian dealers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Regnault presided over a number of famous sales from the period, foremost among them those of the expert Basan, Count Potocki, Rigal, and the influential critic Saint-Yves. The introduction claims that Regnault-Delalande produced more than 300 sale catalogues (the Getty Provenance Index records approximately 222). This memorial concludes (in trans.): “This historian of Engraving…practiced as a connoisseur of art for forty...
16 pp. 8vo (218 x 138 mm.), modern cream cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1817.
An extremely rare auction catalogue of prints, drawings, engraved plates, and books; WorldCat locates only the BnF copy. Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824) presided over more than 300 auctions and was the most prolific expert of the period.
107 lots, including prints by Audran, Bartolozzi, Edelinck, Earlom, Flippart, Morghen, Woollett, etc. The books and suites of prints consist of many of the famous and beautifully illustrated art historical works of the time, along with travel and archaeological works.
Numerous black & white illus. in the text, some full-page. 166,  p. order form. Large 4to, color printed wrappers, glue-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, 1983].
Printed Matter’s largest catalogue up to that point and a valuable bibliographic resource for the study of artists’ books. It lists Printed Matter’s inventory of thousands of titles and many are well-described. This includes the early work of Kathy Acker, Carl Andre, A.A. Bronson, Stanley Brouwn, Christo, the Coracle Press, Robert Cumming, Helen Douglas, Andrea Evans, Sue Fishbein, Mike Glier, the Guerilla Art Action Group, Hans Haacke, Keith Haring, Robert Jacks, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Lucy...
164 stories in six series, bound in 18 vols. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Bian shan lou cang ban, 1806.
An early edition of Tang Dynasty (618-907) fiction, containing 164 stories, some of which are concerned with gastronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and tea. Others concern extraordinary events and strange spirits.
Nice set. Scarce.
80 pp. 8vo (216 x 135 mm.), early 20th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards & orig. printed wrappers mounted on stubs, gilt title on spine. Paris: Bonnefons Delavialle, Ch. Paillet; London: Treuttel & Wurtz, Jarman; Amsterdam: Dufour & De la Chaux; Brussels: Danot; Berlin: Logier & Simon Schropp; Vienna: Schabacher, .
A fascinating and rare auction catalogue of an extensive and influential collection of Asian artifacts belonging to a “F. Sallé,” with many contemporary pencil annotations in the margins. We have been unable to ascertain his first name, but Sallé appears in numerous early 19th-century Parisian auction catalogues as the commissaire-priseur.
This was the greatest collection of Chinese materials after that of the renowned sinophile Henri Léonard Jean Baptiste Bertin (1720-92), powerful ministre d’Etat under Louis XV and XVI. Most of Bertin’s collection was dispersed in 1792 without a catalogue; in 1815, a catalogued auction (Lugt 8637) was held to sell off the final portion of the collection.
43 parts in 16 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Zhan yi tang, Prefaces dated 1790 & 1791.
First edition. Zhao (1727-1814), “was an important poet and historian from Yanghu. He was born poor and supported himself at first as a private tutor. In 1761 he passed the imperial examination and in a long career served in many official capacities. Upon being appointed the prefect of Zhenan, Guanzi province, in 1766, he showed himself to be a reformer, dedicated to helping the common people. From 1784 to 1786 he became the director of the Anting Academy in Yangzhou. In addition to writing a collection...
One double-page woodcut map. 56; 60 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Wei jing tang, Preface dated 1814.
An early, variorum edition (1st ed.: 1777) of this great classic, the Xiyu wenjianlu. “The Manchu official Qishiyi, in [the present work], offers a frontiersman’s view of the conquest quite different from that of the imperial center. Qishiyi, who earned his jinshi degree in 1754, served as a low-ranking official in charge of grain supply in Turkestan. He narrates vividly the struggle for succession to the Zunghar Khanate after Galdan Tseren’s death, describes the states bordering the Qing in Central Eurasia...
Color lithographs by Roth on upper and lower wrappers & many black & white illus. 40 unnumbered pages. 4to (230 x 170 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper signed by “Roth”), staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1974.
A rare catalogue bearing two striking original color lithographs signed and numbered by Dieter Roth; it was produced in an edition of 1000 copies. This catalogue presents many works Roth created in collaboration with Mayer, in addition to works by Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Dorothy Iannone, Emil Schult, Richard Hamilton, Hansjörg Schneider, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, Mark Boyle, Arnulf Rainer, etc. Records, posters, and earlier catalogues are also offered. Nearly...
41 hand-cut leaves (incl. upper cover). Small 4to (130 x 147 mm.), orig. printed covers, “long stitch through slotted wrapper cover” sewing. [Rochester, NY]: Feb. 1984.
A scarce example of one of Smith’s “no-picture books,” printed in an edition of 100 copies, bound and signed by Keith A. Smith. Here the core of the book is a continuous circle and graduated circular hole through the entire work. The hole in each leaf was formed by a blade attached to a compass. This book was part of Smith’s effort to create affordable hand-bound works in larger editions, “which could be purchased by anyone, even by...
Embossed title on first leaf. 24 unnumbered leaves of thick Fabriano Rosaspina Avorio paper. Oblong folio (260 x 370 mm.), orig. cloth boards, linen cords strung through holes in paper. Barrytown: Space Heater Multiples, 1982.
A book that commands it be read from beginning to end, then end to beginning. This is one of Keith A. Smith’s masterpieces, also known as the “String Book”; from a numbered edition of 50 and signed by the artist. This work is noteworthy in terms of its structure — thick paper linked by string — and its interaction with light. Book 91 is not a printed book; one...