Color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed blue softcover. N.p.: Self-published, 2015.
First and only edition, signed on the title-page. Homma’s homage to Ruscha’s Colored People. The publisher’s description: “Taking reference to Ruscha’s Colored People published in 1972, Takashi Homma’s Scandinavian Mushroom is a collection of photographs which capture a variety of wild mushrooms grown in the forests of Fukushima. Collecting several specimens of radioactive fungus, Homma’s photographs resonate aesthetically to the same white background and photographic style used in Colored People bringing forward Homma’s own contextual narrative to the homage.”
Fine. We locate one copy in North America...
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Color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed blue softcover. N.p.: Self-published, 2015.
Black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed wrappers & glassine jacket, staple-bound. Banyoles, Spain: Self-published, 2022.
Second edition (1st ed.: 2022) of 200 copies. From the artist’s website: “Twentysix casetas del Delta is a self-published work containing 26 black and white photographs of agricultural houses in the rice fields at Delta de l’Ebre. It is also a tribute to twentysix gasoline stations, published in 1963 by artist Edward Ruscha.” Fine. Not in WorldCat.
Color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed softcover & glassine jacket. Antwerp: Funky Mermaid Press, 2015.
One of 100 numbered copies, a compilation of photographs documenting the graffiti interventions of Seen (b. 1961) on maps in New York City subways. In fine condition. WorldCat locates two copies in North America.
Black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed softcover & glassine jacket, title on spine. Geneva: Boabooks, 2014.
First edition, one of 50 signed and numbered copies. From the artist’s website: “Various Small Meals and Roses is a reappropriation of Ed Rusha’s Various Small Fires and Milk, adding to the many remakes published over the last four decades. The book was part of an eponymous installation that was presented in La Spezia, and was inspired by one of the many staged arrangements that Ed Rusha made from his books, a tribute that combined photography with cooking improvisation.”
In fine condition...
Risograph-printed color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed yellow softcover. N.p.: theretherenow, 2018.
One of 100 numbered copies. From the artist’s website: “White Spaces is the last in a series of artist’s books ‘after ed Ruscha’ by Travis Shaffer. This book, printed during a micro-residency at Bennington College’s Word & Image Lab, re-positions the plants from Ruscha’s 1971 book ‘colored people’ into new environments sourced from Modern and Scandinavian furniture magazines.”
In fine condition. WorldCat records a single copy.
Color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed softcover. [Berlin]: Self-published, 2015.
Signed by Kregenow on the title-page, edition of 100 copies. A series of photographs documenting buildings in Berlin which once housed movie theaters. From the final page: “Nowadays, most traces of the past history have been razed by time and even those who still remember, often overlook the remaining details. Most chain stores have abandoned these locations in recent years, making room thereby, for the currently booming chains of organic food stores…”
In fine condition. One copy in North America.
Black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed softcover & glassine jacket, title on spine. Paris: Editions Florence Loewy, 2014.
A Ruscha homage by Gasc (b. 1975), documenting the demolition of several apartment buildings. From the colophon: “There are 400 copies of this book + 100 copies destroyed by fire on 25/01/2015.”
In fine condition. WorldCat locates three copies in North America.
Color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed softcover, title on spine. N.p.: Self-published, 2016.
First edition of 240 copies, from a series of homages to Ruscha’s books that the Japanese photographer Homma (b. 1962) started in 2015. Produced in collaboration with Yusuke Nakajima and Yoshihisa Tanaka. A fine copy. WorldCat: SF-MoMA, Pitt, VCU.
Facsimile printed by collotype. Ten juan in six vols. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers (upper wrapper of first volume & lower wrapper of final volume frayed), orig. stitching. [China]: Songfen shi 誦芬室, 1913.
First printing in over 350 years of this collection of Ming-era variety plays, limited to 100 copies. Variety plays, or zaju, have antecedents going back as far as the medieval period, but over time, the term “came to mean [a] four-act music drama” (The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, Vol. 1, 775-76). In the early 20th century, there was renewed interest in the genre along...
Six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (two missing), orig. stitching. [China]: Liu shi Qiushu zhai 劉氏求恕齋, 1918.
A scarce edition of this work on the local history of Beijing, initially written for inclusion in a so-called gazetteer. “A gazetteer is a cumulative record of a territorial unit published in book format, generally by a local government, and arranged by topics such as topography, institutions, population, taxes, biographies, and literature” (Dennis, Writing, Publishing, and Reading Local Gazetteers in Imperial China, 1100-1700, 1). Our book originated as a draft for a section in a....
20 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: Cengyi tang 層漪堂, 1911.
First edition of this historiographical work on the history of Mongol rule in China, a scholarly topic much in vogue during the period it was printed.
Zeng Lian (b. 1857), lectured at the Ailian Academy 愛蓮書院 in Hunan. A conservative, he served the forces opposing the foreign powers’ Eight Nation Army that was sent to quell the Boxer Rebellion, and when the Qing forces faced defeat, he retreated with the court to Xi’an. Removed from office, Zeng withdrew to Guizhou in the south, where he finished...
42 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: Yue dong 越東, 1878.
Earliest extant printed edition of “one of the fundamental historical sources for the study of Song, Liao, and Jin history” (Liu, Liao-Jin shilun, 373). It contains, in annalistic fashion, information on diplomatic interaction and military conflict of the Chinese Song and the Jurchen Jin, who occupied north China in this period. The book thus “provides important information on early Jurchen history and culture—including descriptions of Jurchen customs, military organization, officials, and clan organization that are not found in other sources” (Drompp, review, 108). Xu Mengxin (1126-1207)...
Eight vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. [Beijing]: Wengui tang 文圭堂, 1935.
Facsimile reprint of a history of the Tangut state. “Western Xia, also referred to as Xixia or the Tangut Empire, was an important dynastic regime in medieval China, its population composed mainly of the Dangxiang-Qiangic people, and ruled by as many as ten emperors throughout its 190 years of recorded history” (Shi, Tangut Language and Manuscripts, 1-6). There was no “standard history” compiled for the Tangut state, so later historians had to piece together a history based on Chinese...
Part of Song, Liao, Jin, Yuan si shi 宋遼金元四史 [Four Historiographical Works on the Song, Liao, Jin, and Yuan]. 12 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: Saoye shanfang 埽 [read: 掃] 葉山房, .
An edition of a history of the Northern Song (960-1127), originally part of a series of four historical works, as advertised on the title page. The “Eastern Metropolis” of the title refers to Kaifeng, capital of the Northern Song. Abridged Events of the Eastern Metropolis is a work in the so-called annals-biography (jizhuan ti 紀傳體) format. It recounts the history of nine reigns of...
Six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [Beijing]: Guoli Beiping tushuguan 國立北平圖書館, 1930.
Facsimile edition of the extant part of Da Yuan tongzhi 大元通制 [Comprehensive Regulations of the Great Yuan]. The Comprehensive Regulations, promulgated in 1322, were intended for Yuan government servants, guiding them in the execution of their office. The collection is of “extremely high historical value. It is an indispensable reference when researching Yuan history, especially its institutions” (Chen, Zhongguo tongshi shisan, di ba juan, 5-6).
Our edition represents the first printing of the work since the Yuan period. The statutes proper were recovered from the...
57 double-page & two single-page woodcuts. 24; 20; 20 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers. Osaka: Shibukawa Seiemon; Edo: Nishimura Genroku, 1749.
First edition, published one year after the artist’s death. Tachibana (1679-1748), “was the most prolific book-illustrator working in the Kanō tradition in the early eighteenth century…One book stands apart for quite other reasons from the rest designed by Morikuni: the Umpitsu Soga, a book of 1749 aiming to deal with the technique of Sō (‘cursive’ or ‘coarse’ brushwork), and introducing, if not for the first time, then...
39 leaves. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, orig. patterned semi-stiff wrappers (wrappers a little wormed), new stitching. Osaka: Kashiwabaraya Seiemon, 1764.
First edition. Sekkōsai was an artist active in Osaka, ca. 1740-50. He illustrated books and theater programs and also designed a number of prints. This is “the best of Sekkōsai’s sumi-printed books, consisting of a wide range of miscellaneous pictures, some in Kanō or even Itchō style. The profile drawing of a girl wearing a kimono patterned with white hares and drooping willow wands is unusually winning.”–Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 299.
21; 15, 2 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo (245 x 180 mm.), orig. silk-covered semi-stiff wrappers, orig. manuscript silk title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan]: (in trans.): “Secret information copied mid-December 1799 by Mori [first name unclear] from the original manuscript of Hiramatsu Jitokusai, who belonged to Kurakojō Castle in Bitchū Province.”
This handsome technical manuscript is concerned with the construction of fireworks used to mark important events in Japan. It is uncertain when fireworks (hanabi 花火, “fire flower”) came to Japan: it seems most likely that Chinese traders introduced them in the 15th century. However...
71 folding leaves. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers (a little frayed), orig. stitching. Beijing: Wenkui tang 文奎堂, 1940.
First edition of this book about Beijing, the former capital of the Qing empire. A literature on Beijing for tourists and for proud locals developed from the 17th century onward. The genre broadened toward the end of the 19th century and continued into the Republican period. This book is part of this literature, notwithstanding its publication during the Sino-Japanese War, when Beijing was under Japanese occupation.
The pseudonym of our author, Nilüguoke, literally “the passing traveler at the inn,” suggests that...
8vo, orig. printed wrappers, orig. stitching. Beijing: Beijing daxue yanjiu yuan wenshi bu 北京大學研究院文史部, .
—. Yi shi bu 譯史補 [Supplement on Translated Histories]. 8vo, binding as above. Beijing: same publisher, .
After the Mongol Yuan empire collapsed in China in the mid-14th century, the succeeding Ming dynasty ordered the compilation of a History of the Yuan based on Chinese precedent. This book was published in 1370. The History of the Yuan was “compiled in greater haste than the other dynastic histories were, and in consequence it suffers from inadequate preparation and careless editing” (Twitchett &...