pp. 8vo, orig, crimson semi-stiff printed wrappers, staple-bound. London: 1994.
An uncommon exhibition catalogue-cum- bookseller catalogue. workfortheeyetodo was a bookshop established in London by Simon Cutts and Erica van Horn of Coracle Press, and Maggie Smith. From 1992 until 1997, the space hosted exhibitions, marketed old and newly published works, and maintained a choice reference collection. This exhibition, held from 4 August to 30 September 1994, covered poetry books, anthologies, periodicals, and other artists’ books. The catalogue is priced.
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 pp. 8vo, orig, crimson semi-stiff printed wrappers, staple-bound. London: 1994.
 pp. Tall 8vo (229 x 103 mm.), yellow wrappers (sunned at head), staple-bound. [From lower wrapper]: New York: 1969.
A very rare Something Else Press catalogue. It lists new publications by John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Dick Higgins, Daniel Spoerri, Gertrude Stein, and Back List items by Alison Knowles, Robert Filliou, Ray Johnson, Claes Oldenburg, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, etc.
In near fine condition.
16 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (225 x 100 mm.), printed semi-stiff wrappers, staple-bound. New York, Cologne, Valencia: .
A very scarce publisher’s catalogue. It offers works by John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Dick Higgins, Daniel Spoerri, Gertrude Stein, and Wolf Vostell. Presented in the Back List are books and pamphlets by Filliou, Alison Knowles, Ray Johnson, Claes Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow, George Brecht, Jerome Rothenberg, and Emmett Williams. Higgins and the Something Else Press also imported numerous innovative books from Europe, such as those produced by Hansjörg Mayer, Wolfgang Schmidt, Dieter Rot, Stefan Wewerka, and André Thomkins.
Near fine copy; staples rusted. A valuable and rare record of the Something Else Press’s efforts to disseminate affordable and creative artists’ books.
Numerous full-page woodcut illus. in the text. 18 parts in nine vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (upper wrapper of first vol. soiled, lower wrapper of final vol. soiled & a little wormed), orig. block-printed title labels on cover, new stitching. [From title-page]: Osaka: Kanseido; [from colophon]: Osaka: Kawachi Mohachi & Edo: Yamazaki Kinbei; Preface dated 1771.
First edition to be printed in Japan, in Chinese with Japanese reading marks, of “China’s greatest technological classic”–Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 4, Part II, p. 171. This book first appeared in print in China in 1637 and copies soon reached Japan.
The book is divided into the following sections:
Woodcut illus. in text (some full-page). 117 folding leaves. Five parts in two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat tired & rubbed, minor dampstaining in upper outer margins on Vol. II), orig. block-printed title labels on upper cover (label on Vol. I largely perished), new stitching. From the colophon: Kyoto: Honya Kichizaemon; Preface dated 1674.
First edition of this very rare book on acupuncture and moxibustion, the taking of the pulse, and traditional Chinese medicine; it was one of the three most influential works on these subjects of the Edo period. “Shinkyui bassui, by an unknown author or editor, published complete in five...
See below for details on each manuscript.
Ranzan Ono (1729-1810), considered the “Linnaeus of Japan,” started a school of botanical pharmacology in Kyoto, which, over the years, graduated more than 1000 students. During his long life, Ono travelled throughout Japan, gathering plant specimens and recording botanical remedies. He was familiar with both Chinese and Western texts on herbal medicines. Ono’s Honzo komoku keimo [Dictated Compendium of Materia Medica Enlightenment [or] Clarifications on Honzo komoku] (1803-05) was the great Japanese materia medica and classification of plants during the Edo period; it was intended to be a radically new annotation of Shizhen...
Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 51 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers a little worn), manuscript title label on upper cover, new stitching. Edo: Yorozuya Tajiemon, 1753.
First edition of this rare work on acupuncture; it is a revision of one of the most important works of Chinese acupuncture, written by Shou Hua (fl. 1360-70), the famous doctor of the Yuan Dynasty. He did textual research on the pathways of meridians and collaterals as well as their relationship with acupuncture points. Expanding on the twelve meridians established by Sun Simiao (581-682), one of the most influential physicians in the history of...
11 photocopied sheets, printed on one side only, stapled. Housed in a found record sleeve, sticker on upper cover: “Artists’ 871 Recordworks.” San Francisco: 871 Fine Arts, 1998.
Leiber’s very scarce 34th catalogue, which focused on artists’ recordings and audio works. Each catalogue was placed in a found record sleeve. An exhibition of these materials took place at 871 Fine Arts from 9 July to 8 October 1998. We find works by Cage, Long, Marclay, Nauman, Pettibon, Ono, Johns, Weiner, Kruger, Warhol, Beuys, etc. Some of the listings were not for sale. Leiber’s involvement in this catalogue is revealed with his initials at the...
81 black & white portraits of the artists. 159 pp. Small 8vo (146 x 105 mm.), semi-stiff printed wrappers. [Kassel: 1977].
A very scarce book printed for documenta 6, with amusing portraits of artists (and their signatures) who presented works or performances at the exhibition in Kassel. The photographer Pfaffe has captured intimate photographs of Abramovic, Acconci, Beuys, Christo, Korot, Kounellis, Kubota, De Maria, Matta-Clark, Muntadas, Paik, Potts, B. & G. Schmidt-Heins, Serra, Vostell, etc. Facing each portrait is a reproduction of the artist’s signature, as well as their biographical information.
Ca. 150 catalogue cards bolted. Washington, D.C. & New York: Independent Curators Incorporated, 1978-80.
An uncommon exhibition catalogue, important in the early popularization of artists’ books. Curated by Wilson and Frank, the exhibition included more than a hundred examples of book art, representing a wide variety of publishing methods. It also broadened the distribution of these publications, which were normally spread informally, to art spaces across North America. The show was hosted at six locations: Allen Memorial Art Museum; the University of Hartford; Dalhousie University Art Gallery; the University of California, Irvine; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; and the Washington...
Many illus. 96 pp. Tall 8vo, orig. grey covers (upper cover bowed & spine sunned), title on spine. [London]: The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1976.
An essential early exhibition catalogue of artists’ books. This was published for a travelling exhibition arranged by the Arts Council. 157 artists’ books, anthologies, catalogues, periodicals, and important reference works were selected by Attwood and Phillpot, who also contributed essays. The catalogue is profusely illustrated with images of the earliest artists’ publications.
A near fine copy, small fold to a corner of the upper cover.
Five vols. All large 4to, orig. bindings, all with pictorial dust-jackets, all as issued. Each in the original publisher’s cardboard mailing box. In very fine and fresh condition. All Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press.
First editions, each signed by Edward Tufte on the half-titles. Copies of the original first editions of Edward Tufte’s highly influential works have grown increasingly scarce. A set of just the first four volumes, first printings and all signed by Tufte, sold for $8125 in the auction of his library in 2010 (Christie’s New York, 2 December 2010, lot 155).
1. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983):
iv, 45 pp. 8vo (176 x 118 mm.), early 20th-cent. green morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a little faded). [Paris: An 3 (i.e. 1795)].
An entirely unstudied auction catalogue with no other known copy; we do not find any examples in WorldCat or among the holdings of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It describes the encyclopedic cabinet of curiosities assembled by Gilbert Paignon-Dijonval (1708-92), one of the greatest French collectors of the 18th century. He began collecting at the age of 16, and thanks to his appointment as secrétaire du roi and ownership of the textile factory at Sedan — now known as the Manufacture...
14 brush & ink painted illus. in the text, all colored. Scroll (185 x 4250 mm.), with a gold-speckled endpaper at the beginning, the endpaper backed with silk fabric having plum flower motifs, on a wooden roll. [Japan]: at the end, in trans.: “February 1783“ & the name “Court doctor Geno” [the name is hard to decipher] with his seal. We believe this scroll should be dated “late Edo.”
Taoist sects during the Han and Tang dynasties considered sexual intercourse an important spiritual activity, good for inner balance, physical health, and longevity. A large, rich, and detailed printed literature developed in China describing specific sexual practices...
[Japan]: mid- to late-Edo, except for the longest, which is modern.
Ten very rare examples of kokonoe no mamori, good luck talismans printed in the form of extremely long and narrow scrolls; because of their ephemeral nature, they are rare today. These talisman scrolls were not really meant to be unrolled and studied; instead, they were intended to be tightly rolled and kept in a small pouch close to the chest for good luck.
“Such narrow but extremely long handscrolls, veritable encyclopedias of Buddhist iconography, received the name kokonoe no mamori (amulet in nine layers) during the Edo period, because...
Scroll (365 x 5560 mm.), with gold endpaper at beginning, on a wooden roller. [Japan]: at end, in trans.: “this secret information was given by Shichibei Itsuki to Shingobei Saijo in 1769.”
The spear (yari) was one of the primary weapons used in the feudal period of Japan. Many variations of the head of the spear were developed, some for thrusting by foot soldiers and some for slashing, designed for men on horseback.
This finely illustrated scroll describes the teachings of the Oshima ryu (school) of fighting with a spear (sojutsu). The Oshima ryu traces its origins to the 16th century and the...
32; 28 folding leaves. Two parts in one vol. 8vo (240 x 165 mm.), orig. wrappers, stained with persimmon juice (a little worn & rubbed), new stitching. [Japan]: late Edo.
A most interesting manuscript that provides descriptions of ingredients and more than 100 recipes for medicines. The first section describes medicines for application to wounds and the surrounding skin following surgery and treatment of abscesses and fungal infections. This portion is written in katakana, indicating its foreign origins. The author has provided numerous descriptions of unguents to be applied using medicated plasters, cotton bandages, and sponges.
The second contains accounts of a number of ailments (cholera, hernia, hydrops, gangrene, abscesses, cancer, fevers, flatulence, etc.), their symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments using these medicines. Again recipes are provided with methods of application. In this part, the names of the medicines and ingredients are translated and written in kanji.
34 pp. 8vo (215 x 136 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (corners a trifle worn), staple-bound. [Paris]: Editions des Musées Nationaux, 1951.
The updated French edition of this scarce museum catalogue. The Jeu de Paume was opened in 1947 for the exhibition of Impressionist artworks. Its earliest shows were organized by René Huyghe (1906-97), paintings curator at the Louvre, and one of the figures responsible for the safeguarding of France’s artistic treasures during the German occupation. Huyghe’s assistant curator, Jean Leymarie (1919-2006), edited the present catalogue. It proceeds room by room, updating earlier versions of the catalogue with the new arrangement of pictures.
24 pp. 8vo (212 x 135 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers, stitched as issued. Autun: Dejussieu & L. Villedey, 1856.
Scarce critical essay on Ingres’s painting Le Martyre de saint Symphorien, which has been housed in the Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d’Autun since 1834. The painting was originally ordered by Roch-Etienne de Vichy, the bishop of Autun, in 1824. Ingres finally completed it in 1834 and selected it for that year’s Salon, where it was received negatively, leading to Ingres never again participating in the event. The anonymous author of this critique provides the historical context for the picture and meticulously describes it. Over the years, despite...
Many text illus. 51 pp. (incl. inside wrappers). 8vo (219 x 128 mm.), pink pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: June 2003.
A rare Art Metropole catalogue. It offers an impressive range of artists’ publications, videotapes, audio works, multiples, etc. Covers designed by the artist David Shrigley.
Many text illus. 47 pp. 8vo (217 x 130 mm.), pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 2002.
Rare annual Art Metropole catalogue offering a wide range of artists’ publications, multiples, records, audio works, videotapes, and periodicals. Cover by the artist Kelly Mark. Among the listings we find works by Abramovic, Ader, Baldessari, Boltanski, Bronson, Broodthaers, Buren, Feldmann, Gilbert & George, Holzer, LeWitt, Nannucci, Ono, Paik, Prince, Weiner, etc.
In fine condition. A few pencil annotations
168 pp. Small 8vo (164 x 95 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper wrappers (edges worn). Rome: Mordacchini, 1825.
A scarce revised and updated edition (1st ed. under this title: 1819) of this museum catalogue. It describes the institution’s paintings and sculptures, a number of which had been seized by the French during the conquest of Italy and subsequently returned.
A very good copy; some soiling and wear to the wrappers.
iv, 34 pp. Small 8vo (198 x 130 mm.), stitched as issued (spine a little defective). Paris: Delaroche & Bonnefons de la Vialle, 1814.
A scarce sale catalogue, with many contemporary pencil annotations recording the prices and buyers. Brisebarre (d. 1813) was an administrator at the Banque de France, and this auction took place at his home on rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, no. 38. The present sale was postponed from 5 April to 6 June (hence the two Lugt numbers), probably due to Napoleon’s return from exile; the correct date has been written in on the title-page of our copy.
This catalogue describes a total of 182 lots, with a large number of modern French paintings. We find works by Boucher, Bruandet, Bidault, Boissieu, Demarne, Drolling, Hue, Lantara, Mlle. Jenny Legrand, Lespinasse, Meunier, Nicolle, Saint-Martin, Senave, Taunay, etc. Nearly all of the prices and more than half of the buyers’ names have been noted in the margins.