54 pp. Large 4to (275 x 212 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1996.
A rare catalogue distributed by Art Metropole, the first large-scale North American distributor of artists’ publications. The upper wrapper is adorned with General Idea’s “untitled cockroach drawing,” advertising a new series of artists’ pamphlets. The catalogue was designed by Barr Gilmore.
In fine condition.
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54 pp. Large 4to (275 x 212 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1996.
68 pp. Large 4to (274 x 214 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1992.
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue of artists’ books and publications. Founded in 1974 by General Idea, Art Metropole was the first large-scale North American distributor for this kind of material. The cover was designed by Lise Melhorn-Boe. This catalogue offers the usual array of artists’ publications, many of which are now very scarce.
In near fine condition; small tear on the spine around the lower staple.
62 pp. Large 4to (273 x 211 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1991.
A rare bookseller’s catalogue, with the cover designed by Gary Neill Kennedy. It offers an extensive range of artists’ bookworks, exhibition catalogues, multiples, audio works, video works, and periodicals.
Fine copy of an important document relating to the North American distribution of artists’ publications.
The obverse is from a triptych print entitled “Kabukiza nakamaku” by Kunisada III. The reverse shows a man gripping a sword, & in the lower left corner, we find carved Kunisada III’s artist’s name, “Kochoro Hosai.” [From the carved seal on obverse]: “Tokyo Fukuda Hatsujiro,” [ca. 1897].
This finely carved woodblock was used as one part of a triptych print depicting Kabuki actors originally created by Kunisada III. The carved image on the reverse is unrelated, and demonstrates the way in which such boards could be re-used for other compositions. We have not been able to identify where this other...
Many full-page & double woodcut illus. 23; 29.5 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. pale gray wrappers (wrappers quite rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels somewhat defective), new stitching. Osaka & other cities: Okada Gungyokudo, Kawachiya Chobei et al., from the colophon: “1836.”
First edition. Okura (1768-1856?), was one of the three most eminent agriculturalists of the Edo period. A reformer, he wrote more than 20 books on all aspects of agricultural improvement and technology; they were among the best of their period for range and clarity of explaining the new methods.
Rapeseed oil has been the favored cooking oil in Japan for more than 1000 years, since the introduction of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. It was also widely used for illumination. The present book is concerned with improved methods of the complex steps required to transform rapeseed into oil and to manufacture its meal as a by-product (used as an animal feed and a fertilizer). The fine woodcuts, by the famous Osaka ukiyo-e artist Hanzan Matsukawa, depict all the many stages of production. There is a series of really fine depictions of the presses and different methods and machinery used in the regions of Edo, Nada, and Osaka.
310 black & white illus., on rectos only.  leaves. 8vo (210 x 141 mm.), orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers, perfect-bound. Paris: CNAC, 1974.
First edition, an excellent copy of Boltanski’s fifth inventory, documenting all the earthly possessions of a randomly selected person, this time a resident from Bois-Colombes, a suburb of Paris. This book was published for an exhibition (15 October to 2 December 1974) at the Centre national d’art contemporain. Earlier versions of this piece took place in Baden-Baden, Jerusalem, Oxford, and Copenhagen.
Boltanski explains the intention of this work in the Avant-Propos (in trans.): “The inventory of objects belonging to a woman from Bois-Colombes is...
40 pp. Small 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), 20th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Pérignon & Chariot, 1813.
The scarce catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, of the first auction administered by Pérignon (1785-1864), an influential dealer, collector, and eventual advisor to the Louvre. He assembled this group of paintings and drawings over the course of trips to Belgium and Holland. Many French dealers exploited the turbulent times of the Napoleonic era to travel and pry artworks from private hands and ecclesiastical collections.
The 144 lots described include works from the Northern school by Jordaens, J. B. Weenix, J. &...
1 p.l., ii, 34 pp. 8vo (213 x 136 mm.), late 19th-cent. marbled boards, leather lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Lacoste & Pérignon, 1817.
A very scarce sale catalogue dispersing paintings, drawings, and curiosities from the collection and inventory of Pérignon (1785-1864), the dealer, collector, and advisor to the Louvre. Pérignon was one of the eminent dealers to succeed Lebrun and Paillet after their deaths. The first recorded sale for which he was the expert took place in December 1813 (Lugt 8456). He went on to administer the important auctions of Hubert Robert’s widow, Girodet, Dominique-Vivant Denon, and two for Jacques Louis David. The Louvre...
Woodcut head-piece on first page. 12 pp. Small 8vo (196 x 127 mm.), modern marbled wrappers, stitched. N.p.: n.d. [ca. 1794-95].
First edition of this scarce pamphlet on the cultivation of the arts in Revolutionary France, stressing the importance and utility of the fine arts for the French state. It also alludes to (and criticizes) David’s role in the downfall of the Commune des Arts. At the end are the printed signatures of Etienne Eynard (president) and Tardieu (secretary), members of the newly formed Société Républicaine des Arts.
From page 4 (in trans.): “But it is necessary that our buildings, our squares, our porticos, our gates, our arsenals, our public passages, etc., demonstrate to Europe the character, the power and the enlightenment of a great nation.”
201 black & white illus on rectos only.  leaves. Thick oblong 4to (210 x 242 mm.), orig. cloth, title on spine. Berlin: Edition Block, 1978.
First edition of this scarce artist’s book documenting On Kawara’s telegrams affirming “I am still alive”; this is one of 450 numbered copies from Serie A, all of which are bound in cloth and housed in a slipcase. Arranged chronologically and reproduced at their original size, the telegrams of this project were sent from December 1969 until 31 December 1977. We find messages sent to Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, Teresa O’Connor, Germano Celant, Adriaan van Ravesteijn, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Tommaso Trini...
Many full-page woodcuts, of which a number are color-printed, & one remarkable text woodcut that has five color-printed flaps of considerable intricacy. 31; 32; 29; 25 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, orig. brown wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan]: Kanaido, 1850.
First edition of this very rare and beautifully illustrated surgical work, with no copy in WorldCat. This was the first ophthalmological work published in Japan that did not depend on secret traditions of private medical schools but, instead, incorporated the most up-to-date writings, both Chinese and Western, on the subject.
“Nakame Juzan (1808-1854), was born in Sendai and practiced in Edo and Osaka. He taught many students. He performed cataract surgery with excellence, using mydratics (hyostiamine). In 1850, he wrote a two-volume book Kokon seisen ganka hosen (Selected Ophthalmology of All Times) and [the present work] Ganka [sic, a typo, should be mokubyo or ganbyo] shinron (Ophthalmology in Veracity). He included Chinese and Western methods of cataract surgery, theory of image formation on the retina, and various instruments of Western ophthalmology. His description is much more advanced than those of other Chinese-Dutch ophthalmologists.”–Saiichi Mishima, The History of Ophthalmology in Japan, p. 173 (& see p. 196 for a discussion & illus. from this book of Nakanome’s method of cataract reclination).
Manuscript on paper with one map, 14 full-page, & about 20 smaller illus., finely drawn in brush & various colors. 53 folding leaves. 8vo (295 x 195 mm.), orig. blue wrappers (rubbed & a little worn), manuscript label on upper cover with “Sendai Kanoko” written, new stitching. [Japan]: from final page (in trans.) “copied 1839.”
The earliest survey of the wealthy Sendai fiefdom — known as the Sendai Kanoko — was prepared in 1695. At that time, the domain was led by Tsunamura Date (1659-1719). The survey was part of a nation-wide effort in the Genroku era to increase the amount of new farmland and improve irrigation works. When...
Trans. by Kiyojiro Kawamoto. 62 woodcut illus. 55; 54 folding leaves. Two vols. Small 8vo, orig. green wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (one label a little defective), new stitching. [Edo]: Seishudo, 1867.
First edition in Japanese (1st ed., in Dutch: 1864, with the title Handleiding tot de Paardenkennis), translated by Kiyojiro Kawamoto, a high government official. He was the son of Komin Kawamoto (1810-71), who is known as the “father of chemistry” in Japan, for his translations and writings on Western science and technology (he also was the first to brew beer in Japan). Both were Rangaku scholars and medical doctors...
Three double-page & four full-page woodcut illus. 25 folding leaves. 12mo, orig. yellow wrappers (upper wrapper a little soiled), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Kyoto: Chojiya Kurouemon & Murakami Kanbei, 1869.
Second edition (1st ed.: 1854), of this detailed guide to the medical care of horses. Kurihara (1794-1870), was a historical scholar, specializing in armor, swords, and military uniforms. Closely connected to the prominent Takeda clan, he also wrote a number of works on veterinary medicine and the traditional methods of training horses.
The present work has a new Preface, dated 1868. Kurihara discusses the general principles of horse nutrition, providing...
Many woodcut illus., some full-page & double-page. Ten columns per page; 20 characters per column. Eight vols. 8vo, orig. brown patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (missing from Vol. I; several of the labels a little defective), new stitching. Japan: Prefaces dated 1786; title-page with the date “1854.”
A privately printed edition of this famous text and an extremely rare example of a mokkatsujiban (a movable wooden type Japanese book printed after 1653; for a fascinating discussion, see Kornicki, The Book in Japan, pp. 159-63).
Hayashi (1738-93), was a Japanese scholar and a specialist in military affairs. In 1777, he travelled to...
Many black & white illus. 30 pp. (incl. inside wrappers). 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), photocopied wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 2003.
A scarce exhibition catalogue-cum-bookseller catalogue designed by the artist Tom Sachs in zine form. It was published in conjunction with his 2003 exhibition “Tom Sachs Approved” (22 November-23 December) at Printed Matter. There are listings of his early zines and miscellaneous merchandise.
In pristine condition.
Black & white frontis. Unpaginated. Large 4to, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1986.
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue of artists’ books and publications. Founded in 1974 by General Idea, Art Metropole was the first large-scale North American distributor of this kind of material. The present catalogue, printed in an edition of 2500 copies, was designed as a work by the artist Ian Murray (b. 1951), and contains hundreds of entries. The compilers have denoted “bookworks” — their preferred term for artists’ books — with a black square next to the listings. This catalogue presents an impressive and vast array of materials, including video and audio works.
Near fine copy, the spine is a trifle sunned. A few pencil notes in the text.
Pictorial wrappers designed by Buren & several black & white illus. Unpaginated. Large 4to (268 x 198 mm.), pictorial wrappers (spine sunned), staple-bound. [Toronto: 1983].
A rare catalogue published by Art Metropole, with wrappers designed by Daniel Buren. Art Metropole, founded in 1974 by General Idea, was the first large-scale distributor of artists’ books and publications in North America.
Very good copy, a trifle browned. Unrecorded on WorldCat. The previous owner has annotated a number of the entries in pen and red marker.
66,  pp. ads & index. Tall 8vo (200 x 110 mm.), pink printed wrappers, two glue-bound gatherings laid-in wrappers as issued. [Antwerp: 1976].
The scarce catalogue issued by the curator and publisher Schraenen (1948-2018), which lists hundreds of early artists’ books; one of 500 copies printed. At the beginning, it contains contributions by Schraenen, Carrión, Kostelanetz, and Klaus Groh. It then lists the works of Beuys, Burroughs, Cage, Carrión, Degottex, Downsbrough, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Ginsberg, Higgins, Jacks, Kostelanetz, Rot, Shiomi, Tuttle, Vostell, E. Williams, etc. There are also long listings of records, magazines, and posters. This catalogue was published to accompany events held in Brussels, Antwerp...
Black & white illus. on the inside wrappers and in the text, and map of Printed Matter store on lower cover. 48 pp. Large 8vo, color printed semi-stiff wrappers (bottom wrapper slightly worn), staple bound. [New York: Printed Matter, 1979].
An early and rare Printed Matter catalogue describing almost 2000 titles. Much of the catalogue is devoted to artists’ books along with sections for Printed Matter publications, magazines, and audioworks.
From the preface, likely composed by the then director Nancy Linn: “Printed Matter, Inc. opened its doors in 1976 as an Artists’ Book publishing company and distribution house. The first organization devoted solely to...
Black & white and color illus. throughout. 27 unnumbered leaves. Large 4to (266 x 235 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers (lower cover a trifle soiled), title on spine. San Francisco: January 2010.
A rare Leiber catalogue (no. 50) modeled after publications by Dan Graham; WorldCat records only two copies. It offers books by Acconci, Applebroog, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Carrión, Dibbets, Duchamp, Filliou, Haring, Huebler, Kippenberger, Kosuth, Kruger, LeWitt, Messager, Ono, Prince, Vautier, Wool, etc. There are also a number of scarce exhibition catalogues and art periodicals. The cover of each item is reproduced at several points in the text. In total 159 items are listed. Laid-in...
Many black & white illus. in the text. 54 pp. & order forms and ads. 8vo (205 x 135 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (corners a little creased), staple-bound. New York: 1992.
A scarce Printed Matter mail-order catalogue. Opens with an Introduction by director John Goodwin who writes: “While our primary goal remains the sale of artists publications through our store and mail-order catalog, we continue our efforts to increase the understanding and appreciation of these works by means of occasional small-scale exhibitions in our store.”
The catalogue lists works by Barbara Bloom, Cage, Dan Graham, Jenny Holzer, Faith Ringgold, etc., etc. The rest of the catalogue...
Many illus. in the text, some full-page, & on inside covers. 2 p.l., 80 pp. & order forms. 8vo (215 x 140 mm), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1991.
A rare Printed Matter catalogue. It begins with an Introduction by director John Goodwin who writes: “Printed Matter Bookstore at Dia is in its fifteenth year of distributing books by artists to an ever-widening audience that includes students, collectors, educators, librarians, and, of course, other artists. We are delighted to observe that what the founders of Printed Matter dared to assert has indeed come true: the field of artists’ books is an important, accessible medium that...