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...
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24 pp. 8vo (212 x 135 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers, stitched as issued. Autun: Dejussieu & L. Villedey, 1856.
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.
62 pp. Small 8vo (200 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. sheep-backed marbled boards (joints a bit rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Perrot & Pieri-Bénard, 1826.
The very rare sale catalogue describing the history painter’s art collection and library. Le Barbier (1738-1826) espoused the Neoclassical tenets of David and Vien and executed a number of pictures in a similar style. He also engaged with sculpture, tapestry, and book illustration, and consistently exhibited at the Salon de Paris beginning in 1781. In addition to a choice collection of art, Le Barbier possessed a sizable library rich in literature, fine arts, and ancient history.
This catalogue opens with a lengthy and useful biography of Le Barbier. 476 lots are listed, including paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, and books. Lots 1-12 & 28-44 consist of paintings and drawings by Le Barbier. His collections of shells and minerals, coins, and curiosities are combined into lots 53 and 54, respectively. The contents of his library are enumerated from lot 59 to 373. This catalogue concludes with more than 100 lots of prints and print portfolios.
47 pp. 8vo (200 x 131 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers preserved in green morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, marbled endpapers. Paris: C. Paillet & Chariot, .
A very scarce sale catalogue. Perrier (d. 1814) was an art dealer who primarily sold modern pictures. He is praised in the Avertissement as a steadfast supporter of a number of contemporary artists. This auction was held at his home on rue des Deux-Ecus, no. 33 (now rue Berger). The present catalogue very probably lists his personal collection and remaining inventory at the time of his death. It describes 184 lots of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, porcelain, and...
Several full-page black & white illus, with ads. Unpaginated. 8vo (208 x 150 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper a bit soiled). Cologne: 1972.
A very rare bookseller’s catalogue prepared for documenta 5, offering 3028 items, including numerous famed artists’ books. In her fascinating piece on the appearance of books as early as documenta 5, Anna Sigrídur Arnar writes: “The publisher and bookseller Walther König installed books in a library format in alignment with the ‘concept of d5’ in the ‘Information’ section of the exhibition, encouraging visitors to roam through his fully functioning bookshop and peruse the books at will. Located just in front...
 pp. Small folio (297 x 210 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1989.
An uncommon Kawara exhibition catalogue published by Nagoya’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Curated by Eriko Osaka, the show consisted of 23 of Kawara’s “Date Paintings” (executed between 7 June 1966 and 24 November 1988) displayed alongside 24 works by other Japanese artists, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jiro Takamatsu, Kanji Wakae, Nobuo Sekine, Hitoshi Nomura, Kazuo Okazaki, Ryoji Koie, etc. The latter 24 artworks are all pictured in this catalogue. Text in Japanese.
In near fine condition; minor scuffing to the spine.
Black & white illus. of Ruscha’s first eight books. Large poster intentionally separated horizontally in two & stapled twice to form an accordion booklet of 10 pp. (200 x 108 mm. fully folded). Hollywood, California: Heavy Industry Publications: [ca. 1968].
First state of this extremely rare trade catalogue advertising Ruscha’s first eight artists’ books. This is one of the earliest ephemeral publications promoting these fabled books. They are presented in typical Ruscha fashion: slightly askew and matter-of-factly. We date the present catalogue to 1968 or thereabouts based on the final item listed for sale, Nine Swimming Pools (retailed at $3.50, 1968). The second edition of...
Many color plates. 72 pp. Oblong 4to (217 x 281 mm.), orig. black pictorial boards, title on spine, orig. slipcase (a little worn). Tokyo: Parco Co., 1991.
A scarce catalogue on Kawara’s previously unstudied five-year stay in Tokyo, where he was part of influential avant-garde art student associations and wrote many pieces of art criticism. His violent and grotesque imagery from this period is in stark contrast to his streamlined conceptual Date Paintings. This book reproduces the complete Bathroom series (1953-54; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art), Events in a Warehouse (1954; ibid.), and a number of figurative paintings and drawings executed in Japan...
Two vols. Small folio (363 x 242 mm.), modern yellow-green silk brocade over boards, endpapers in each volume with speckled gold. [Japan: n.d.].
Each of the 24 beautifully rendered double-page paintings in these two albums bears the signature “Kenzan,” although this appears not to be his autograph signature. In the first volume, his seal of “Ogata Kenzan” is stamped, and in the second volume the seal used is that of his artist name, “Shinsei.”
Ogata (1663-1743), was a painter and one of the greatest ceramicists of the Tokugawa era, famous for the skill of his brushstrokes. He was the younger brother of...
Numerous fine drawings & diagrams, all full-page. 73; 80; 50 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo (258 x 188 mm.), orig. brown wrappers embossed with shell motifs, new stitching. [Japan]: Prefaces dated 1635, 1634, & 1631 [but clearly copied in later Edo].
A fine and beautifully written manuscript of the Dattenko, the Japanese version of the Yuan Ye of Cheng Ji (b. 1582), the prominent Ming-dynasty landscape and rock artist. The Yuan Ye was first printed, in China, ca. 1631-35; it remains one of the greatest of all works on landscape architecture.
A copy of the book came to Japan in the early 18th century and was immediately influential, introducing the concept...
8vo (235 x 168 mm.), orig. blue semi-stiff wrappers, modern stitching. [Japan]: 1853-54.
Silver was mined at the Ikuno Ginzan (Ikuno Silver Mine) from the 9th century until 1973 and was an important source of income for the central government. Lead, copper, zinc, and gold were extracted along with silver. There were a number entrances to the mine, and more than 20,000 local residents were in some way involved in the mining industry.
In the 19th century, the mines were running deficits as they were not producing enough silver. This is a fascinating official record maintained by Chudayu (or Chiwaki) Shiraishi (1817-87), of the...
75; 64 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo (275 x 180 mm.), orig. pale blue wrappers (label on upper covers rather corroded but legible), new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated March 1755.
A rare commentary by the Japanese Aizu(?) fiefdom doctor Setsuo Kagayama on Wan jin yi tong by Tingxian Gong (1522-1619), physician of the Imperial Medical Academy in Beijing. The Wan jin yi tong is part of a larger work, the Wanbing Huichun of 1585 [Restoration of Health from Myriad Diseases], the author’s most famous work, which had pharmaceutical recipes from about 240 different ingredients.
Gong came from a prominent family of physicians in Jiangxi Province. He became well known at age 71 after curing a case of severe abdominal distention suffered by the favorite concubine of the king of Lu. He wrote many medical books in his later years.
13; 14; 23 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. 8vo (237 x 170 mm.), orig. gray wrappers (discolored, some unimportant worming), new stitching. [Japan]: on final leaf, in trans.: “given to Itakura on 9 February 1675.”
A very early manuscript concerning the transmission of Western medical knowledge to Japanese doctors. We learn from the end of each part that the information on Dutch medicines presented here was given by Dutch doctors to Sosetsu Yamamura, who, in turn, gave it to Un’an (or Munekatsu) Takahashi, who wrote the present manuscript. Takahashi then gave this manuscript on 9 February 1675 to Itakura.
The first part is entitled “Oranda kowa bassui” [“Excerpts of Translations of Dutch Medicine”] and gives in katakana the Dutch names of a series of ingredients for medicines, along with their translations in Japanese, written in kanji and katakana. The ingredients include oils and essences derived from plants, fruits, woods, insects, animal organs, and minerals.
36 folding leaves, of which four are blank. 8vo (240 x 170 mm.), orig. blue semi-stiff wrappers (wrappers somewhat worn), orig. label, heightened in gold, with manuscript title, new stitching. [Japan]: n.d.
During the Edo period, there were 12 Korean delegations to Japan, whose purposes were mostly to congratulate a new Tokugawa shogun. The missions, which normally included 300-500 Koreans, accompanied by roughly 1500 Japanese escorts, symbolized the amicable relationship between the two nations and, in the early years, served to legitimize the Tokugawa shogunate.
These delegations, which usually took nine or ten months round-trip, were enormously expensive undertakings for both countries. The Koreans...
22 perforated sheets (279 x 241 mm.) of continuous feed computer paper folded at perforation lines, printed by dot matrix. [From the first sheet]: San Francisco: 1997.
The very scarce 30th catalogue published by Leiber; WorldCat records no copy in North America. It imitates the famous digital print-on-demand catalogue for Dan Flavin’s 1967-68 exhibition Pink and ‘Gold’ at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Each visitor could print their own catalogue from pre-punched paper cards fed into a rented IBM 1401 decimal computer.
The present catalogue was produced in collaboration with 871 Fine Arts for an exhibition of printed art ephemera. On the first...
Many black & white photocopied illus. 18 unnumbered leaves. 8vo (215 x 143 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [San Francisco: 2005].
A rare catalogue (no. 44) issued by Leiber in zine form that offers 39 works by Raymond Pettibon, including drawings, artist’s books, ephemera, and a collaborative piece with Ed Ruscha. These were all shown at 871 Fine Arts in an exhibition assembled by Adrienne Fish and Leiber. This catalogue is modeled after Pettibon’s zine Tripping Corpse, published by SST Records from 1981 to 1985.
In near fine condition, small stain to bottom of lower wrapper.
xiv, 80 pp., one leaf. Small 4to, cont. paste-paper boards (joints a little worn). Kiel: C.F. Mohr, 1818.
First edition and very rare; WorldCat locates no copy in North America. Johann Daniel Major (1634-93), started the University of Kiel’s anatomical collection shortly after the school’s foundation in 1665. Major wrote the first book on intravenous infusion for anesthetic purposes, in which he described his own experiments. The anatomist and pathologist Johann Leonhard Fischer (1760-1833), who made the establishment of a scientific collection the main concern of his academic activity from 1793 onwards, furnished a foreword to the present book.
Fischer’s student Seidel (1790-1857), lists here 1150 anatomical specimens.
Two folding mounted lithographed plates & three plates with five mounted dyed cloth samples. 2 p.l., 207,  pp. Large 8vo, orig. sheep (rebacked & recornered, hinges strengthened). Paris: C. Lahure, 1858.
First edition; uncommon on the market. Our copy is a presentation copy from the author and the Chamber of Commerce of Lyon to the great chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889); it is hard to imagine a more appropriate association copy. The inscription is written on a decorative slip of paper mounted on the half-title; bound-in at the end is a one-page A.L.s, dated 18 April 1858, from the author, presenting this copy to...
37; 51 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (covers rubbed & somewhat soiled), one (of two) orig. block-printed title labels on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan, probably Kyoto]: on final page of Vol. II: “1668.”
First edition and very rare. Chozen (1613-80), a senior Shingon priest and scholar at the Chishaku-in Temple in Kyoto, was a leading teacher and scholar of Siddham (or Shittan). Siddham was the script of Sanskrit and was used to write the Buddhist scriptures that were transmitted from India to China and then on to Japan. Siddham script was introduced into Japan by the monk Kukai in...
76; 99 folding leaves (of which two in Vol. II are in manuscript, replacing missing printed leaves). Six parts in two vols. 8vo, modern wrappers (text leaves lightly browned), new stitching. [China]: Prefaces dated 1754 & 1756.
First edition, and very rare (not in WorldCat), of this collection of the poetry and prose of Ren Huang (1683-1768), one of “the foremost lyrical poets” (Ko, p. 92, see below) of the Guangdong region and a member of the artistic circle whose center was Gu Erniang, a famous woman inkstone carver whose shop was located in Zhuanszhu Lane in the imperial city of Suzhou. This collectors and...
64 pp. Large 4to (275 x 215 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1997.
A rare Art Metropole catalogue, with the upper wrapper illustrated by Garry Kennedy. Presents an impressive range of artists’ books, multiples, audio recordings, videotapes, and exhibition catalogues.
In excellent condition. The previous owner has marked several listings with yellow highlighter.