60 pp. (incl. lower wrapper). 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Cologne: [ca. 1969].
Walther König’s inaugural catalogue, it presents 954 books and catalogues. König opened his bookstore in 1969 and this undated catalogue must have been issued slightly thereafter. Katalog 4 was issued in Fall 1970.
It lists five of Ed Ruscha’s artist’s books (using the titles in the catalogue): The Sunset Strip (36 DM); Royal road test (16 DM); Thirty four parking lots (18.50 DM); Business cards (42 DM); Nine swimming pools and a broken glass (14.50 DM).
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60 pp. (incl. lower wrapper). 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Cologne: [ca. 1969].
Color illus. 71 pp. Tall 8vo, red printed softcover with flaps, title on spine. Morlanwelz, Belgium: Musée Royal de Mariemont, 2008.
Rare exhibition catalogue on artists’ books. The show was curated by Veronica Alarcon Ibanez and Pierre-Jean Foulon. Books by Broodthaers, Christian Dotrement, Jacques Louis Nyst, Jacques Lennep, Pierre Cordier, Anne Goy, Filliou, etc. were selected. Text in French and Spanish.
In excellent condition. We find just two copies in North America.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 122.
Many illus. iv, 60 pp. 4to, printed softcover, title on spine. Bristol: Impact Press, 1999.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue, a useful resource on British artists’ books and their makers in the 90s. The catalogue was published for the Impact International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference and the exhibition took place at the University of the West of England, Bristol. With text contributions by Sarah Bodman, Chris Taylor, Colin Sackett, Deirdre Kelly, Stephen Bury, Iain Biggs, Carinna Parraman, and Meg Duff.
In fine condition. Edition of 1000.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 172.
Many illus. 34 pp. & order form. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1995.
Interesting bookseller catalogue of artists’ books and related texts. It offers books by Pierson, Prince, Bloom, Piper, Frank, Baldessari, Boltanski, Kawara, etc. A fine copy.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 511.
Many illus. Unpaginated. Four vols. Large 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. gray printed wrappers, titles on spines, housed in publisher’s cardboard box with orig. printed labels on outside & inside. Köln: Buchhandlung Walther König, 1992.
The scarce facsimile of On Kawara’s I Went, I Met, I Read, and Journal series for the year 1969, published by Walther König on the occasion of Kawara’s receiving the Kunstpreis Aachen. Kawara (29,771 days, i.e., 1932-2014) centered his artistic practice on the documentation of daily life: where he went, the people he met, and what he read. These notes were then compiled into...
Text by Koshoku Gaishi, a pen name for Hanagasa Bunkyo. 12 double-page & six single-page woodcuts, all color woodblock-printed. 17; 11; 10 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. color-printed semi-stiff boards (boards rubbed & a little soiled), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (titles faded away), new stitching. Edo: .
First edition and rare; WorldCat lists only one copy, in Japan. Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), was “one of the great Ukiyo-e artists of the nineteenth century.”–Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 890. Kuniyoshi also had a substantial output of erotic books.
This is an excellent example of a shunga...
Scroll (210 x 3690 mm.), endpapers of gold with silk brocade backing, wooden roller. [Japan: late Edo].
This attractive scroll, executed by a highly accomplished artist, comprises of 12 erotic scenes (the well-known “set of 12“ format), in vivid coloring, depicting a range of sexual activities. As in many shunga handscrolls, the paintings feature a sequence of lovemaking positions in no apparent order. The scenes are finely painted with considerable detail, employing much gold, silver, and other metallic pigments. Throughout, the artist has used a fine brush to achieve great detail of fabric, hair, and faces. All the women have...
Scroll on paper (330 x 4680 mm.), with seven scenes in brush & ink and color washes, gold-flecked endpapers, gold-flecked borders throughout, silk brocade on outside of endpapers, silver-flecked paper on verso of scroll, wooden core roller. [Japan: late Edo].
A remarkable erotic scroll depicting the visit of a group of traveling Buddhist priests to a roadside inn, where they have much and varied sex with each other and the inn’s female employees, who supplemented their incomes as prostitutes. There are seven scenes:
1. The first scene depicts two young Buddhist priests, one a younger assistant, with walking sticks. They...
Scroll (290 x 5840 mm. including endpapers), silk brocade endpaper at front depicting a pair of Mandarin ducks (symbol for fidelity between two people), wooden core roller. [Japan: late Edo].
A fine erotic scroll with 12 paintings (the well-known “set of 12“ format), in vivid coloring, depicting a range of sexual activities. As in many shunga handscrolls, the paintings feature a sequence of lovemaking positions in no apparent order, with no development, simply presenting a variety of couplings and sexual techniques. All the participants in this scroll have Heian-period hairstyles, and several of the couples are clearly aristocrats. In the...
 leaves, printed on rectos only. Printed wrappers, leaves laid-in and loose as issued. Utrecht: Utrechtse Kring, 1971.
An extremely rare exhibition catalogue; held at the Utrechtse Kring, this was the third solo presentation of Ed Ruscha’s storied artist’s books at a European gallery. It followed shows at Heiner Friedrich in Munich (17 March-4 April 1970) and Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd. in London (7-30 January 1971). Neither Berggruen Gallery nor Gagosian (two of Ruscha’s main American galleries) list this show in their exhibition histories for the artist and presumably are not aware of it.
Ruscha (b. 1937) is introduced in...
 pp. 4to (270 x 210 mm.), printed wrappers, staple-bound. Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum, 1976.
Scarce Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) exhibition catalogue, printed by the artist’s go-to printers Lecturis in an edition of 1000 copies. The Van Abbemuseum show was curated by Coosje van Bruggen, Rudi Fuchs, and Margriet Suren. It succinctly enumerates the 270 works on display. Text in English. A fine copy.
❧ H. Ruhé, ed., stanley brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005).
Two large vellum leaves (430 x 280 mm.), offset printed on one side only. [From bottom of second leaf]: San Francisco: February 1997.
An extremely rare catalogue (no. 27) which Leiber fabricated as an homage to Jamie Lee Byars’s The Black Book (1971), a work consisting of a single sheet of black tissue paper with gold text. That book is offered in this catalogue for $1500.
The present catalogue also lists scarce artworks, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera by or related to Andre, Beuys, Boltanski, Christo, Filliou, Iannone, R. Johnson, LeWitt, Pettibone, Rauschenberg, Rot, Ruppersberg, Schneemann, Shiomi, Stella, Tuttle, Vautier, Warhol...
Illus. throughout.  pp. Oblong 4to, brown printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremerhaven: Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, 1976.
Scarce photographic artist’s book by Braco Dimitrijevic (b. 1948), printed in an edition of 500 copies. It was published by Jürgen Wesseler’s Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst in cooperation with the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD. The book documents the artist’s correspondence with the scandalous Lord Weymouth which then led to Dimitrijevic’s visit to Longleat to see Weymouth’s erotic murals. The final pairing of photographs juxtaposes Longleat House and the modest building in which Dimitrijevic’s studio was located.
In fine condition.
Unpaginated. 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. London: 1996.
Scarce catalogue. “This catalogue was produced on the occasion of ‘Curved Space: a survey of contemporary British artists’ books’ which took place at ART ‘96 at the Business Design Centre, London at the invitation of The Contemporary Art Society.”
Near fine; some minuscule stains to wrappers. Laid-in Hardware Gallery brochure.
Line illus. throughout.  pp. Square 4to (156 x 161 mm.), printed white softcover, title on spine. Brussels: Gallery MTL, 1975.
Scarce Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) artist’s book, published by Fernand Spillemaeckers’s MTL gallery in Brussels in an edition of 250 copies. This was the second book that the artist made with the gallery, the first was one step 1x-100x (1971). In the present one there are 100 pages with ten vertical lines and “1000 mm” printed above, which in total amounts to the titular measurement.
In near fine condition; some minor discoloration to the extremities.
❧ H. Ruhé, ed....
 oblong leaf of explanatory text & 4 color woodcut plates (222 x 457 mm.), each signed & numbered by the artist, loose as issued, housed in orig. handmade paper wrapper, orig. publisher’s portfolio. Tokyo: Galerie Watari, 1980.
An extremely rare suite of four woodblock prints, all numbered and signed by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). These prints were finely executed on Echizen-Kizuki-Hosho paper by the Adachi Institute in an edition of 40 copies (+ 10 A.P.). The same year, Shizuko Watari’s Galerie Watari also published a scarce LeWitt artist’s book with a slightly shortened title, All Four Part Combinations of Six...
36 vols. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (slightly browned throughout), old stitching (stitching partially loose). [China]: Bao qing jing lun tang, ca. 1810-50.
A collectanea of ten of the books whose authors Chinese bibliographers later classified as “masters” or “philosophers” (zi). The books date from Chinese antiquity to the middle period and some are very well known, others less so. The collection comprises:
—The Daoist works Laozi (Lao-tzu), Zhuangzi, the more problematic — partially hedonist, possibly partially forged or corrupted — Liezi, and the much lesser known Heguanzi (the “pheasant cap master”);
— Xunzi, by the iconoclastic Confucian, notorious for his...
Black and white & color illus.  pp. Large 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 2002.
A very rare On Kawara exhibition catalogue, published by one of his main Japanese dealers. Six "Date Paintings" (from 1967 to 2001) were shown, all of which are illustrated within.
In near fine condition; some marks to the lower wrappers. In WorldCat we locate just the copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Printed in an edition of 1000.
Many color illus. 41,  p. 8vo (205 x 143 mm.), thick boards over beige cloth, title label on upper cover. Geneva: Art & Public, 1994.
Rare exhibition catalogue for On Kawara’s first show at Pierre Huber’s Art & Public in Geneva. 10 "Date Paintings" were shown from every year of the decade, each of which is pictured. These are complemented by excerpts (by Beckett, D. Graham, Halley, DeLillo, Hawking, etc.) written in each year chosen by the writer Bob Nickas.
Fine copy. WorldCat notes just two examples in North America. From an edition of 750 copies.
Many illus. (one full-bleed & color).  pp. 4to (250 x 186 mm.), green printed wrappers, staple-bound. Tokyo: Gatodo Gallery, 1986.
One of the rarest On Kawara exhibition catalogues. This was a presentation of the artist’s "Date Paintings," along with his One Hundred Years Calendar (shown with the full-bleed color illustration). The other catalogue illustrations depict the exhibition installation and close-ups of Kawara’s works. Several of the paintings in this show were contributed by Japanese collectors whose names are given in the exhibition list. With a text in parallel Japanese and English by Masashi Miura “On Date Painting.”
10 black & white illus. 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 1988.
An uncommon On Kawara catalogue, it presents an extremely rare consecutive week of the artist’s Date Paintings (5-11 April, 1987). Begins with an essay by Kikuko Amagasaki (“On Kawara: Seeing and Reading”), in Japanese and English, and illustrates all ten paintings shown, all of which were executed in 1987. At the end, there is a list of the works displayed and a bibliography. This was Kawara’s third solo show with Akira Ikeda, his first took place in 1983.
From Amagasaki’s essay: “DATE PAINTING is different in...