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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.
2 p.l., 217,  folding leaves. Seven juan in one vol. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, orig. stitching. Shanghai & Beijing: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, 1931.
First edition of “the major modern study” (W. South Coblin) of the classic Buddhist phonological work Yiqiejing yinyi [Sounds & Meanings of All the Buddhist Scriptures] of Huilin (737-820). He was “a monk of Xi Ming Temple in Chang’an (today’s Xi’an, Shanxi Province)…He had a profound knowledge of Indian philology and exegetic studies. It is recorded that he started to write Sounds and Meanings of All the Buddhist Scriptures in 788 and finished it in 810…It...
Printed by lithograph. 39; 38 folding leaves. Two vols. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Shanghai: Chun ji, 1905.
—. Hou Mengguji shi ben mo [Later Chronicle of the Mongols]. Printed by lithograph. 39; 54 folding leaves. Two vols. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Shanghai: Chun ji, 1905.
Several color illus. 63 pp. Small 4to (223 x 169 mm.), pictorial boards, title on spine, pictorial endpapers. Cologne: Kölnischer Kunstverein & Japanisches Kulturinstitut, 1997.
Scarce catalogue for an exhibition jointly organized by the Kölnischer Kunstverein Japanisches Kulturinstitut in Cologne (26 August-8 October 1995). It was published two years after the exhibition took place.
The catalogue contains installation views, a diagram of the exhibition space, and lists of the rotating display of On Kawara’s Date Paintings. Each week the paintings were rotated with new ones. On the facing wall copies of the newspapers which the artist used to construct the boxes for these paintings were...
Nine vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: Xiao shuang ji an, 1925-27.
First edition of the final and best edition of “the most important dictionary of dates in the Chinese language” (Hummel). Qian Daxin (1728–1804), arguably the most distinguished scholar of the Qing Dynasty, “took special interest in recording the dates of birth and death of historical figures. The result was the well-known Yinian lu (Record of Uncertain Dates), which became the basis of the most important dictionary of dates in the Chinese language. This work, in four juan, which recorded dates of birth and death of some 364...
16 juan in four vols. 8vo, cont. blue wrappers, orig. stitching. Shouyang: Qi shi, 1867.
First edition of one of the best histories of the Mongols to appear in the 19th century. This is the best known work of Zhang (1805-49), scholar and historian, who devoted most of his life to the study of northwestern frontier geography and Mongolian history. Our book, left incomplete upon the author’s early death, was completed and edited by his friend Qiutao He (1824-62).
“The first six fascicles of the book describe the tribes in Inner Mongolia…, the last ten that of Outer Mongolia…and the Dzunghars…The...
160 juan in 28 vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. [Wujin]: seals on verso of title “Jie yi huan” & “Piling Tu shi,” 1934.
First complete edition of this “monumental” (Woolf) history of the Mongols. Tu (1856-1921), was a “Chinese historian, specialist in frontier historical geography and Mongolian history. Although [he was] not a formal member of the New Text School, Tu Ji’s scholarship was imbued with the late Qing spirit of statecraft, which stressed the practical application of learning. His early works…were written at a time when China was rethinking its frontier defense in the...
Five full-page woodcut illustrations in the text. 77; 76 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, orig. stitching. Chengdu: Jinling da xue [Jinling University Chinese Culture Research Institute], 1939.
First edition. Shang (1902-91), archeologist, epigraphist, and calligrapher, was one of the greatest Chinese archeologists of the 20th century. He was an authority on oracle bones and published widely on the subject. He was also well-versed in the tomb culture of the Central Plains and participated in an excavation of a large Han Dynasty tomb in Changsha (Hunan).
The present work, on the archeological excavations of tombs in Changsha, is considered a pioneering work.
Eight juan in two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China: 1932].
A scholarly edition, edited by Zengshi Shen (1850-1922), the well-known historian, bibliophile, and calligrapher, and Ertian Zhang (1874-1945), historian at Yenching University.
Sagan Setsen (1604-62?), historian, was the nephew of Altan Khan and military aide to Ligden Khan. The present work, completed about 1662, is an important history of the rise, rule, and downfall of the Mongols. Originally written in Mongolian, it was later translated into Manchurian and Chinese; these earlier translations were inaccurate.
16 juan in six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, stitched as issued. [Shanghai]: from the pillar: “Guo xue fu lun she,” n.d. [but ca. 1912-30].
Mo (1811-71), was a bibliographer, bibliophile, poet, and calligrapher. His affiliation with the publishing house Jinling Shuju (later Jiangnan Shuju) caused him to travel widely in southeast China, where he visited many libraries and collectors and did much bibliographical research.
He wrote three notable bibliographies: the present work is a classified list of the books Mo saw during his travels, with notes on the authors, contents, and editions. The first edition was published in Beijing in...
58; 54 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. orange block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. [China]: first Preface dated 1929.
First published edition of the so-called “old Manchu archives” [Manwen laodang; M.: Manbun roto), Manchu documents chronicling the reigns of Taizu and Taizong from 1607 to 1636, edited and written up in the 18th century on the basis of pre-1644 archival documents. These archives, housed in the Chongmo Pavilion of the Mukden Palace, are invaluable for the early history of the Manchus.
This edition is a Chinese translation of the Manchu. While the translation is not entirely reliable for scholarship, it...
74 leaves (including one folding leaf). 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, orig. stitching. Beijing: Hafo Yanjing xue she [Harvard Yenching University Library], January 1934.
First edition, Supplement No. 8 of the famous Harvard-Yenching Institute Sinological Index Series. “In Yenching University Library was found a manuscript, in eight fascicles, of a reference compilation of biographical notices of about eleven hundred painters under the Ch’ing dynasty. Internal evidence seemed to indicate that the unknown compiler worked during 1787-1795 by culling eight other compilations. Three of these do not appear in the usual bibliographies, and many of the painters they mentioned do not appear in subsequent...
2 p.l., x, vi, iv, ii, 195,  pp.; 2 p.l., 210,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (some foxing), orig. printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Beijing: Yanjing da xue tu shu guan Yin de bian zuan chu [Harvard Yenching University Library], February 1932.
First edition, part of the famous Harvard-Yenching Institute Sinological Index Series. These indexes/concordances were important milestones, since the corpora had not previously been equipped with such reference works. Our volumes are indexes to the bibliography of Siku quanshu [Complete Library of the Four Treasuries], compiled in 1773-92, and of the books not included. For a detailed...
20 juan in four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: n.d. but 1893-1934.
A scholarly edition of this imperially authorized examination of the origins of the Manchus; it is a major work of court historiography produced under the Qianlong emperor.
This work, completed in 1783, “aimed to establish a grand narrative of Manchu history linking the founders of the Manchu Qing dynasty to those of the Jurchen Jin centuries before, both in terms of ancestry as well as in terms of shared geographical origins in the Changbai Mountains…By grounding the Manchus firmly in Chinese antiquity and by framing the...
Black & white illus. throughout.  leaves. Small 8vo, stiff printed wrappers, staple-bound. Paris: Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1974.
Very rare Annette Messager (b. 1943) exhibition catalogue, published for her exhibition Messager Collectionneuse. This was her first solo show at a major French museum, and the first of many at the Musée d’art moderne in Paris. The book presents her “collections” of “babies with eyes crossed out,” “how my friends would draw my portrait,” “voluntary torture,” “bodyguards,” “my jealousy,” “my needlework,” “my clichés temoins,” “collection to find my best signature,” with a list of further collections assembled...
Black & white illus. throughout. 121 pp. 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), orange softcover, perfect-bound. Paris: Yvon Lambert, 1979.
The first issue of Yvon Lambert’s short-lived journal, Mot pour Mot. A pioneering Parisian gallerist, Lambert was one of the first European dealers to exhibit American Minimalist and conceptual artists such as LeWitt, Kawara, Robert Barry, Agnes Martin, Andre, Ryman, etc. This inaugural issue was entirely devoted to the works of On Kawara. It is a fascinating early survey of the artist’s practice, with several essays translated from Japanese and French. The illustrations and facsimiles show Kawara’s studio and pieces from his I am still alive...
Black & white illus. 142 pp. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers. Cologne: .
A rare and early bookseller’s catalogue offering artists’ books. This catalogue was specially prepared for documenta 4 (1968). It offers artists’ books by Beuys, Cage, Duchamp, Filliou, Guston, Higgins, Hockney, Kaprow, Nauman, Oldenburg, Emmett Williams, Rauschenberg, Richter, Ruscha, Vostell, Warhol, etc.
Many black & white text illus. throughout. 4to (267 x 205 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound, with stamp & postmarked. [Toronto: Spring 1977].
One of the rarest Art Metropole catalogues, this is a landmark catalogue because of its extensive offerings from North American and international artists. Established by the collective General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz & Jorge Zontal) in 1974, Art Metropole was the first large-scale distributor of artists’ books and publications in North America — two years before Printed Matter opened. This copy is addressed to the LACMA librarian Eleanor Hartman, and in personal correspondence with AA Bronson (who called the bookstore a....
Black & white text illus. throughout. 47 pp. 4to (268 x 207 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1981].
Very rare Art Metropole catalogue, one of the hardest to find in our experience. It is organized alphabetically by artist. We find rare books and works by or about Abramovic & Ulay, Acker, Arakawa, Baldessari, B. & H. Becher, Beuys, Boltanski, Burden, Buren, Cage, Carrión, Denes, Dimitrijevic, Ehrenberg, Gilbert & George, Graham, Hamilton, R. Johnson, Kawara, Klein, Lamelas, LeWitt, Long, Maciunas, Nannucci, Opalka, Piper, Resnick, Richter, Rosler, Roth, Ruscha, Siegelaub, Snow, Stokes & Douglas, Wong, etc., etc. Each item is concisely described, and for the books...