Illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. wrappers). Stuttgart: ca. 1974-75.
A very rare publisher’s catalogue created by Albrecht D.’s Reflection Press, which was founded in 1968. This chaotically designed catalogue offers books, multiples, paintings, collages, and mail art. Many of the listings are illustrated.
In fine condition.
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Illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. wrappers). Stuttgart: ca. 1974-75.
Large illustrated single sheet poster (420 x 300 mm. unfolded). [Lund, Sweden]: Beau Geste Press, 1976.
An extremely rare poster issued by Beau Geste Press for an exhibition at the Galerie S:t Petri in Lund, Sweden; one of 500 copies produced. Managed by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor, Beau Geste Press, based in Devon, UK, was active from 1970 to 1976. The press collaborated with numerous artists and authors, all of whom are listed on this poster: Beuys, Carrión, Filliou, Gibbs, Higgins, Hompson, Kostelanetz, Maciunas, Saito, Schneemann, Shiomi, Valoch, etc., etc. For example, two of Ulises Carrión’s bookworks, Looking for poetry/Tras...
Color illus. throughout (some double-page). 74,  p. list of works exhibited. Small 4to (223 x 175 mm.), yellow printed wrappers, title on spine. [From final page]: New York: Trying to Press, 2018.
A rare artist’s book produced in conjunction with Spencer Finch’s 2018 exhibition at James Cohan Gallery; signed on the title-page.
Finch writes: “I have been an avid Emily Dickinson fan for almost 20 years. Her prodigious imagination, her complex and idiosyncratic mastery of language, her ability to connect the natural world and human experience with an elevated and precise mental awareness, all thrill me to my core. She is both a....
1 p.l., 118 pp. 8vo (215 x 150 mm.), cont. blue semi-stiff paper wrappers (spine a bit worn). [From the added title-page]: Firenze: Brazzini, 1799.
First edition; a wide-margined copy of Francesconi’s important study in which he attributes the authorship of a famous letter, apparently printed here for the first time, to Raphael. The respected Renaissance scholar John Shearman writes: “The case for Raphael’s authorship still rests chiefly upon the arguments produced by Francesconi in 1799 and Visconti in 1833, that is to say upon the consistency between [the letter’s] description of a project for the graphic reconstruction of ancient Rome and the methods...
A number of illus. & maps. Six vols. 8vo (280 x 190 mm.), stitched. Japan: 1848-63.
During the time of Japan’s official policy of strict isolationism in the first half of the 19th century, the bakufu (the shogun’s bureaucracy) and many private citizens became increasingly alarmed by the frequent foreign intrusions. Dissatisfaction with the weakened bakufu system of government and social unrest, caused by famine, earthquakes, and disease, exacerbated many citizens’ concerns.
The present collection of manuscripts, written in a number of hands, is an example of the Japanese genre kenbunroku (“notes on what I have seen and heard”). They clearly...
25 full-page & four double-page finely colored-printed woodcut illus. One opening with an embossed moon. 19 folding leaves of soft paper. 8vo, orig. patterned blue wrappers, title printed on upper cover, new stitching. Edo: Suzan Shobo [on colophon: Suharaya Shinbei], Preface dated 1816; colophon dated 1809.
Early printing and quite rare; it is “one of the masterpieces of Nanga.”–Hillier. “Kameda Bosai, who lived between 1753 and 1826, was a friend of Sakai Hoitsu, and, although chiefly famous as a scholar and poet, studied painting later in life and left one utterly charming book — perhaps the most so of any produced by the artists of...
14 finely detailed full-page woodcuts, several heightened in gray, red, silver, or blue wash. 21 vols. 8vo, orig. green patterned wrappers (all wrappers slightly discolored, occasional minor worming with some expert mending, occasionally in images), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels a little frayed), new stitching. Edo: 1837.
First edition in Japanese of William Henry’s The Elements of Experimental Chemistry, which first appeared in English as An Epitome of Chemistry (London: 1801). It was a very successful book, with numerous revised and enlarged editions; by the sixth edition, of 1810, the title Epitome had changed to The Elements, which also enjoyed...
Black & white illus. throughout. 38 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 171 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers (spine sunned), staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1972.
A very rare and early catalogue of artists’ books distributed and published by Hansjörg Mayer. It features many of the works Mayer created in partnership with Dieter Roth, along with books by Richard Hamilton, Tom Phillips, Emmett Williams, Hase Otto, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ludwig Harig, Stefan Wewerka, etc. Nearly all of these items are illustrated with photographs.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition...
Several eraser-stamped illus. in the text and black & white illus. throughout. Nine folded newsprint sheets (ca. 350 x 260 mm.) forming  pp. San Francisco: [1994-95].
A rare and early Leiber catalogue (no. 20) devoted to Latin American mail art and Eastern European performance art. This catalogue mimics Harley Lond’s journal InterMedia: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts, Resources and Communications, by and for the Communicator/Artist, which was issued from 1974 to 1979.
“[This catalogue] was an imagined issue (no. 9, c. 1979) of the periodical InterMedia. Contributions had been sent to the magazine; however, the issue was never published. Most of the works...
 leaves, all trimmed in graduated widths. 8vo (229 x 167 mm.), orig. blue cloth-backed boards, title on spine, green paper endsheets. Atlanta: Nexus Press, 1985.
Produced in an edition of 50, this book is made up of the same offset-printed leaf, but each leaf is successively trimmed to a lesser extent. This technique of variable page width is best known in Buzz Spector’s work, such as A Passage (1994), where the pages have been carefully torn. Smith acknowledges Spector’s influence for the present book, although he experimented with this method in Book 40 (1974), Book 42 (1974), Book 47 (1975), and Book 53 (1974).
In fine condition; numbered and signed by the artist on the colophon leaf. This is the final copy available from Smith.
Wood-engraved frontis. -106,  pp. Small 8vo (150 x 94 mm.), orig. printed wrappers (a little worn), title on spine, leaves uncut. Paris: Giroux & Vialat, 1848.
First edition, in its original printed wrappers, of a scarce account of the 1848 Revolution, published several months after the uprising’s turbulent events. This staunchly Republican work commemorates the sacrifices of generals and troops who died during the worker revolt in Paris. There are accounts of the deaths of Generals Bréa, Négrier, Duvivier, Damesme, Bourgon, Regnault, and François. The final 30 pages concern the life and tragic death of Denys Auguste Affre, archbishop of Paris, who was killed...
1 p.l., 38 pp. Small 8vo, orig. blue printed wrappers (wrappers a little defective), new stitching. Paris: Bonnefons de la Vialle & Defer, 1845.
297 lots of prints, drawings, and books. From the estate of Tiepolo (1727-1804), Venetian painter and etcher, and son of the famous Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770).
Very good copy; wrappers chipped. Duplicate stamp of the Bibliothèque Royale, Bruxelles, on upper wrapper.
35 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound & stitched. Paris: Defer; Leipzig, 1844.
A rare Defer catalogue. With 363 lots of prints belonging to the art historian Robert Dumesnil (1778-1864; see L.2199). This is the 11th sale under his name, according to Lugt. The supplement starting with lot 181 was likely from a different consigner. Pencil notes on verso of final leaf.
10 pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (wrappers detached), partially stitched. Paris: F. Schayé, Me. Boulouze & Vignères, 1859.
82 lots. Pencil annotations throughout in a contemporary hand with nearly all prices and buyers’ names. Possibly F. A. Rapilly’s copy. Rapilly purchased a majority of the lots in this sale.
Good copy, with valuable provenance information; largely disbound. From the library of Jacques Fryszman (1909-98), the great historian of art and collector of drawings, who wrote the Lugt number in the top right corner of the wrappers (or first leaf of text) on nearly all of his catalogues. See Lugt, Les Marques...
8 pp (incl. wrappers). Small 8vo (145 x 115 mm.), original printed wrappers (staple lacking), disbound. Paris: Galerie E. Druet, 1924.
A scarce exhibition catalogue of embroidery by Monnier, with a preface by Paul Valéry. Held at the Galerie Eugène Druet, this show displayed ten pieces by the artist, completed between 1918 and 1923.
A nice copy.
38 pp. 8vo (200 x 125 mm.), orig. rose printed wrappers (some tape repairs & spine worn), stitched as issued. Paris: Elie & Bonnefond de Sarial, 1818.
A scarce sale catalogue, in its original wrappers, consisting of 108 lots of mostly paintings, with a handful of drawings and prints. Administered by Elie (n.d.), who was part of the generation of experts that filled the vacuum caused by the deaths of Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun in 1813 and Alexandre Joseph Paillet in 1814. Trained as a painter, Elie started his activities as a picture dealer at the beginning of the century. Between 1801 and 1810, records show...
2 p.l., 36 pp. Small 8vo, disbound. Paris: P. Defer, 1832.
A scarce Defer catalogue. Presented are 12 lots of paintings and drawings; 225 lots of Italian, German, Flemish, Dutch, English, and French prints; examples of early lithography; and illustrated books.
Nice copy. From the library of Jacques Fryszman (1909-98), the great historian of art and collector of drawings, who wrote the Lugt number in the top right corner of the wrappers (or first leaf of text) on nearly all of his catalogues. See Lugt, Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes (online) 4946.
36 pp. 8vo (203 x 129 mm.), attractive modern cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Constantin & Chariot, 1815 [but sale postponed to 1817].
A scarce sale catalogue, with an impressive array of drawings; Amédée Constantin, son of the great drawings dealer, Guillaume Jean (1755-1816), presided over this sale following his father’s death. The reason this auction was rescheduled, as corrected on the title-page, is unknown.
The catalogue describes 375 lots, mostly drawings and prints. It includes works by Boilly, Callot, Cochin, Greuze, Lagrenée, Lantara, Marillier, both Moreau, Norblin, Le Prince, etc. The prints (nos. 135-363) were presented in large groups, by...
1 p.l., 21 pp. 8vo (201 x 129 mm.), late 19th-cent. morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a little rubbed), title on spine. Paris: Constantin & Chariot, 1815.
An interesting copy of this rare auction catalogue, with a number of marginal notes and all prices in a contemporary hand. The annotator has also added “de Mr. Le Comte Français” on the title-page. This note contradicts the Avertissement in which Constantin writes that this collection was assembled by an anonymous artist over the course of several trips abroad.
Constantin (1755-1816) was one of the leading French art dealers of the period, from the 1790s until his death...
Finely engraved title-page (a trifle shaved at outer edge) & 675 woodcuts in the text. 11 p.l. (incl. engr. title), 1187 (i.e., 1185),  pp. Folio, cont. Dutch vellum over boards (upper joint with small split of 7 cm. at foot, minor pale dampstaining to first 20 leaves & last third of book), panelled in blind, central arabesque in blind to each cover, ties gone. Amsterdam: H. Laurentius, 1644.
First edition to be edited by Joannes Bodaeus à Stapel; it “is one of the best and most thoughtfully prepared of all the editions of Theophrastos.”–Hunt 240.
H.H. Bartlett wrote in his Fifty-five Rare Books (Ann Arbor: 1949) of this edition: “It is interesting not only because of the brilliance of the editing, but, curiously enough, to the American botanist as well, for involving in the discussion certain species from Virginia, other parts of the New World, and Asia. The illustrations of these plants have been largely overlooked in botanical history, because of their incidental presence in a work which might not be expected to contain anything of the sort. Some were merely borrowed from l’Escluse or de Lobel, but others seem to be original in this work.”
Japan: [from first passage]: “Kae 6,” i.e., 1853, and at end “copied 1854.”
A rare type of “Black Ship Scroll”: our scroll is unusual as it has accounts of not only the first Perry expedition but also the competing Russian mission of August 1853. Moreover, it contains many finely rendered illustrations that do not appear in the majority of other extant “Black Ship Scrolls.”
The opening of Japan to trade was a goal of many European nations from the 17th century onwards. All attempts fell short until 1853, when the United States forced negotiations to open the island nation. These manuscript reports contain...
Color illus. on all rectos. Unpaginated. Small 4to (231 x 172 mm.) orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Stuttgart & London: 1982.
An uncommon publisher’s catalogue, profusely illustrated with reproduced drawings by André Thomkins. It also offers publications and artworks by Mark Boyle, Richard Hamilton, Dorothy Iannone, Claes Oldenburg, Dieter Roth, Thomkins, Jan Voss, Stefan Wewerka, Emmett Williams, etc. Also offered are videos, prints, multiples, records, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. Most of the items are pictured. Beginning in 1966, Mayer issued a catalogue every year with his newest publications and a backlist.
Near fine copy.
Full-page black & white illus. on rectos. Unpaginated. Small 4to (230 x 172 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers designed by D. Roth, staple-bound. Stuttgart & London: 1980.
An uncommon publisher’s catalogue presenting works by Dieter Roth, Dorothy Iannone, Claes Oldenburg, Andre Thomkins, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, etc. It also lists periodicals, records, videos, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. The full-page images on the recto of each page depict Roth with many of his publications and multiples. Facsimiles of Roth’s annotations in orange ink are found on the wrappers and the full-page illustrations
A fresh and fine copy; spine a trifle sunned. With the cover designed by Dieter Roth.
Many black & white text illus. 44 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 170 mm.), orig. printed paper wrappers, staple-bound. [Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1970].
Hansjörg Mayer’s rare and wonderfully designed 1970 catalogue, issued under the imprint Wasserverlag. It offers works by Rot, Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Filliou, Stefan Wewerka, Ludwig Harig, etc.; nearly all works are pictured.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter...