Many color illus. 7 p.l., 45 pp. Large 4to, pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Open Editions, 1992.
Uncommon and nicely illustrated exhibition catalogue, with the essays printed in Finnish and English parallel text. This travelling exhibition of British artists’ books was held at the National Gallery of Iceland, the Tokyo Gas Shinjuku Showroom, the Malmo Konstal, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Norway), and the Vantaan Kaupunki. Work by Blamey, Büchler, Cutts, Fulton, Finlay, Long, Sackett, Stokes & Douglas, etc.
Near fine; a few scuffs.
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Many color illus. 7 p.l., 45 pp. Large 4to, pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Open Editions, 1992.
Many black & white illus. Unpaginated. Square 4to, pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Atlantis Gallery, 1984.
A nicely illustrated exhibition catalogue. This show, held at the Atlantis Gallery, focused on defining and highlighting British livres d’artiste, and included work by Breakwell, Julia Farrer, Eliusabeth Frink, Katrina Longden, Paolozzi, Pasmore, Tom Phillips, Ian Tyson, etc.
A fine copy.
 folded leaves, printed letterpress. Large 4to (320 x 340 mm.), orig. bright orange dust-jacket pasted to semi-stiff covers, plastic spiral-bound. Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1967.
First edition of this scarce letterpress transcription of Harig’s original stereophonic soccer radio play. A devoted soccer fan, Harig (1927-2018) composed this play to capture the ups and downs of a frenetic soccer match. He was a close associate of Max Bense and other members of the Stuttgart school who experimented with Concrete poetry. Partnering with the publisher and typographical artist Hansjörg Mayer, the author transformed his groundbreaking radio play into a beautifully presented visual poem...
Numerous black & white illus. throughout.  pp. Large 4to (261 x 262 mm.), orig. printed wrappers & orig. glossy pictorial dust-jacket, price unclipped. New York City: Multiples, Inc., 1980.
First edition of LeWitt’s celebrated book, in which he meticulously records with photographs the possessions in his studio and home; this is a superb copy with a signed and dated original drawing inscribed by LeWitt “for Richard Wr—? / Sol LeWitt / Las Cruces / Nov. 20, 1981” on the recto of the front free endpaper. Nearly every page in this work comprises, in a 3 x 3 grid, nine photographs taken by LeWitt of his...
Many black & white illus. 32 pp. Small folio, orig. silk-screened wrappers by Al Hansen, staple-bound. Berlin & Köln: .
A very scarce exhibition catalogue presenting the editions produced by Armin Hundertmark’s publishing firm. It was founded in 1970 and collaborated with artists such as Beuys, Filliou, Knowles, Takako Saito, Hansen, Higgins, Emmett Williams, Wewerka, Knizak, Corner, Chopin, Vautier, Maciunas, Rainer, etc. on postcards, Fluxus materials, books of concrete poetry, and multiples. This catalogue contains valuable (and elusive) details on Hundertmark’s numerous publications. The exhibition took place from 22 September 1984 to 22 December 1986.
In near fine condition; minor wear to the edges. Signed and dated by Al Hansen on the lower wrapper.
Many illus. 64 pp. 8vo, orig. pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Goethe Institut London, 1981.
An uncommon English translation of this profusely illustrated exhibition catalogue. It begins with Hundertmark’s recounting of his first ten years as a publisher of editions. The exhibition was staged at London’s Goethe Institut.
In near fine condition.
Several illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, accordion format housed in a transparent plastic jacket. Halifax, U.K.: 1998.
The scarce inaugural catalogue for this artists’ books fair coordinated by Chris Taylor and John McDowall. This fair, as were the subsequent iterations, was held at the Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax on 16 May 1998. In the Introduction, Taylor writes: “The Artist’s Book Fair aims to establish a provincial focus for practitioners and publishers outside the capital’s arena; to raise a greater awareness and appreciation from a wider audience; to open up a discourse on the possible limitations that the Artist’s Book genre...
Many illus. 61,  p. Large 4to, orig. printed semi-stiff covers. Leeds: Wild Pansy Press, 2007.
Scarce catalogue for the wide-ranging exhibition at the University Gallery, Leeds juxtaposing books from across the centuries. Books and publications by Ruscha, Sugimoto, Helen Douglas, Richard Long, Dieter Roth, Boltanski, Lippard, Joan Lyons, Jonathan Monk, etc., were shown alongside Kitao Masayoshi, Hokusai, Sukenobu, Duchamp, and several other antiquarian materials. This volume includes essays by the curators, Ellis Tinios, Gaye Smith, Yann Sérandour, Sharon Kivland, and Chris Sheppard.
In near fine condition; faint wear to the edges.
30; 32; 38; 40 folding leaves. Four vols. Large 8vo, orig. dark green patterned wrappers (some worming touching but not obscuring text), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Fushimiya Toemon, colophon dated “1683.”
First edition to be published in Japan of this important encyclopedic work, printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. One of the first encyclopedias compiled in China, it was written by Hua Zhang (232-300), statesman, book collector, scholar, writer, and protoscientist, who also wrote, with Xu Xun, the famous catalogue of the imperial library known as Zhongjing bu [Catalogue of the Palace Texts].
Bo wu zhi was first printed in China in 1505. “The Bowu zhi is a collection of 322 items divided into 37 subject headings. Most of the material consists of short anecdotes that are more descriptive than narrative. The first juan of the Song edition gives an account of the geography of the realm, including mountains, oceans, rivers, lakes, and unusual phenomena, ending with a rhymed zan (appraisal). The Bowu zhi is attested as early as the sixth century.”–Knechtges & Chang, Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature, I, pp. 50-51 & see III, pp. 2156-63 for a biographical account of Zhang.
Several small woodcuts in the text. 52 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers stained dark brown with fermented persimmon juice (well repaired). [Japan]: from the final leaf: “mid-Autumn 1622.”
Second edition to be published in Japan (1st ed.: a movable type edition printed ca. 1600-15), printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. Shi was a Southern Song dynasty doctor who wrote this work on the pulse and diagnostic methods. It was first published in China in 1241. WorldCat lists only one copy outside of Japan, at the BSB in Munich.
Shi describes the classic methods of diagnosis: the general observation of the patient and his skin color; the shape, color, and markings of the tongue; unusual odors of the body, mouth, and urine; listening to the patient’s speech, respiration, and other sounds for illness; and inquiring about the patient’s medical history.
Seven full-page illus. 31 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label partly rubbed away), new stitching. Kyoto: Hishiya & Katsumura, 1796.
First edition of this very rare book on the pulse; it is a revision of the book — known as “the pulse classic” — written by Wang Shuhe in the third century. Composed of ten volumes and 98 chapters, it is the first work entirely devoted to pulse study in ancient China. It categorized all the pulse conditions into 24 types and described each in detail.
“The pulse lore of Chinese medicine is famous. Among the many treatises on this subject, which found its application in so much of Oriental medicine, was the well-known work entitled Muo-ching, on the theory of the pulse, by Wang Shu-Ho who lived in the Tsin era (265-317 A.D.) compiled from earlier writings, principally those in the Nei Ching, the Nan Ching, the Shang-han-lun and the Chia-i-ching. Wang pretty well summed things up when he said, ‘The different kinds of pulse are easy to understand for the intellect but not so for the finger’…The Muo ching was revised several times by later authors, and was even translated into German by Franz Hubotter.”–Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, Part II, p. 469, note 3.
32 fine full-page woodcuts. 42 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (wrappers rather rubbed, minor soiling), modern manuscript label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan]: from the Japanese colophon on the penultimate leaf: “Nakano Zesui had the woodblocks carved & published this book mid-July 1655.”
First edition to be published in Japan, printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. Yongming Yanshou (J.: Eimei (or Yomei) Enju, 904-75), was a Chan master who had a profound impact on the development of Buddhism in East Asia. Yanshou was a widely influential proponent of a scripture-based Chan, in opposition to the rhetorical and iconoclastic Chan of...
Many black & white illus. Ca.  pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, perfect-bound, title on spine. Frankfurt: 1981.
A rare exhibition catalogue of artists’ books. It contains a country by country survey of artists’ books and their creators. This is an extremely useful resource for the early popularization of the genre. With contributions from Guy Schraenen, Tim Guest, Simon Cutts, Maurizio Nannucci, Leif Eriksson, John Armleder, Jiri Valoch, Jennifer Phipps, Printed Matter, and Marijan Susovski.
In fine condition; WorldCat records no copy in North America.
Many illus. throughout. 159 pp. 4to, orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Book Works, 1996.
A wonderfully illustrated account of Book Works, the publisher of artists’ books founded by Rolo and Rob Hadrill in 1984. It features two essays, by Pavel Büchler and Ann Gallagher.
In fine condition. Printed in an edition of 2000 copies.
42 photographic plates pasted-on & poster laid-in. Unpaginated. Large 8vo, orig. boards & orig. printed dust-jacket, perfect-bound. London: The British Council, 2001.
Scarce catalogue for the British Council’s exhibition of artists’ multiples. It begins with an insightful survey of the medium by Bury, then Head of the Modern English division at the British Library. Many of the items exhibited are illustrated, and there is a check-list at the end of the catalogue. The contents of the exhibition were selected by Diana Eccles, Brett Rogers, and Sarah Staton.
A handsomely designed and important catalogue, in fine condition (slightly warped due to the plates).
Numerous woodcut illus. (some folding), in Vol. III. Text vols.: 73; 45 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. brown wrappers (several wrappers somewhat defective), new stitching. [Hang Xian: 1933].
First edition of “the first book on traditional Chinese architecture by a Chinese author.”–Shuishan Yu, “Chang’an Avenue and the Axes of Beijing” in Chang’an Avenue and the Modernization of Chinese Architecture (University of Washington Press), p. 261.
This is a pioneering work in Chinese architectural historiography. Yue (1867-1944), was a revolutionary turned literati scholar and served on the faculty of Beijing University’s Department of Architecture. The third volume contains a number of...
42; 26; 31; 38 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: on title-page & at end of Preface: “1717.”
First edition of this well-regarded standard history, finished in 1717, which “narrates the history of Prince Fu (reigned 1644-1645) in Nanjing, as the successor of the Chongzhen Emperor (reigned 1628-1644), and the short reigns of Prince Tang (reigned 1645-1646) and Prince Gui (reigned 1646-1661) that tried to resist the conquest of China by the Manchus. It ends in 1683 with the submission of Zheng Keshuang (1670-1707), the last supporter of the Ming (1368-1644), to the Manchus. The Sanfan jishi benmo is a very concise...
Numerous illus. in the text. Six vols. Small 8vo, orig. protective wrappers (some protective wrappers defective or detached) over orig. blue wrappers (some foxing & waterstaining), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Shanghai: Dianshizhai, 1879.
A reduced lithographic reprint of this famous book, the autobiography of Linqing (1791-1846), who belonged to a family closely associated with the Imperial family. As a high government official, he travelled widely in China. His autobiography gives a clear account of the workings of the Qing government during the first half of the 19th century. He served in several posts in which he oversaw...
Six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers removed, orig. stitching. [China]: Fu ku she, from back of title & from colophon: “1910.”
First edition of this controversial history of the southern Ming governments, a group of scattered rump states, which, following the collapse of the Ming dynasty in 1644, continued until 1661, all resisting the Qing. Ling has provided biographies of the men who were enthroned as emperors and pretenders as well as the leading players in the politics of the time.
The publication of this book was frowned upon by the Qing government due to its discussion of...
Color illus. throughout. 240 pp. Large & thick 4to, blue cloth over boards, orig. illustrated dust-jacket. Munich: DelMonico Books & Prestel, 2016.
A signed copy of the first monograph to survey Finch’s career. Edited by Susan Cross, the book contains essays by curators Mark Godfrey and James Rondeau. The illustrations depict a large number of his works on paper, photography, sculpture, and installations, including a number of Finch’s earliest pieces. His well known installations at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning), The Morgan Library & Museum (A Certain Slant of Light...
Imperial coat-of-arms vignette on title. xii, 28 pp. 8vo (215 x 132 mm.), late 19th-century blue sheep backed-marbled boards (upper & lower joints split but holding), title on spine. Paris: L’Auteur, 1809.
The large-paper version of this unusually finely printed auction catalogue detailing the personal collection of a history painter who was reçu by the Académie Royale in 1761. Belle (1722-1806), a pupil of François Lemoyne, worked at the Gobelins manufactory from 1755, where he adapted pictures by his contemporaries as well as his own designs into painted tapestry cartoons. His lengthy career saw him commissioned by the Comte d’Angiviller to design a tapestry...
Five vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (some browning), new stitching. [China] Preface dated 1755, but probably printed in the 19th century.
A reprint, of uncertain date, of the famous Manchu-Chinese edition commissioned and sponsored by the Emperor Qianlong, of The Four Books of Confucianism, which, together with The Five Classics, make up the basic canon of Confucianism. During the Ming and Qing dynasties The Four Books were made the core of the official curriculum for the civil service examinations.
An intellectual and ardent Confucian, Emperor Qianlong ordered standardized, fully annotated translations of The Four Books and The Five Classics into Manchu that...
85 (lacking title); 74; 70; 76 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (with some paper flaws, carefully repaired, mostly with text supplied in manuscript), manuscript title label on upper cover of Vol. I. [Jingdu: Ying hua tang Xu shi shu fang, 1746].
First edition of this rare and well-known book, a manual of the Manchu language compiled as talks on different subjects. It is a bilingual handbook of words and phrases, expatiating on each entry in the imperial Qing wen jian in question- and answer- form.
“As one Manchu scholar noted in 1746 [in the present work], ‘the twelve heads have always been the key entryway...
Numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. Title-page, 31 folding leaves, one leaf of colophon. 8vo, orig. patterned blue semi-stiff wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label rubbed), new stitching. Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka: 1864.
First edition and rare. Imamura (1814-90), was a leading physician and historian of Japanese medicine of his period. Professor of medicine at Tokyo University, he was physician to the future Emperor Taisho when he was a youth.
Imamura found that many of the contemporary Japanese works on acupuncture had strayed from the classic teachings of the Chinese physicians. In this work, he makes a series of corrections...