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.
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62 pp. Large 4to (273 x 211 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1991.
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...
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...
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 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.
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...
Black & white illus. in the text. 28 pp., order form on lower inside wrapper. 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple bound. [New York]: 1987.
Begins with an introduction by Lucy Lippard, in which she offers updates on the organization of Printed Matter and the future of their catalogues. This catalogue is the first of a smaller format to feature an essay; the inaugural piece is by Gary Indiana, entitled “Post Photography.”
This catalogue then describes new and featured bookworks by artists such as Sarah Charlesworth, Andrea Fraser, Allan Sekula, Richard Prince, Laurie Simmons, Susan King, Spiegelman, Ellen Wallenstein, etc. Each of the books...
Many illus. in the text. 36 pp., order form on inside of lower wrapper. 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [New York]: 1988.
This catalogue begins with an introduction by Amy Baker Sandback, a member of the Printed Matter Board of Directors. This is followed by an essay by the art critic Germano Celant (translated from the Italian) called “Artists’ Manifestos & Magazines.” Then offered are works by Daniel Buren, Tom Phillips, Dieter Roth, Telfer Stokes & Helen Douglas, Susan Baker, Olivia Clavel, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Janet Skeels, Nannucci, Lucas Samaras, Buzz Spector, James Turrell, Janet Zweig, etc. Most listings are illustrated along with...
Many illus. in the text. 88 pp. & ads and order form. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (spine a bit worn), staple-bound. [New York]: 1995.
This catalogue, addressed to Steven Leiber, begins with an Introduction by director David Dean much more cheerful than the previous year’s. He also mentions exhibitions and talks which have occurred in the past year. This is followed by a listing of fundraising “Artists’ Projects” by Baldessari, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Kippenberger, Andres Serrano, Barbara Bloom, and Yoko Ono. Cynthia Chris has written the catalogue’s essay, entitled “It’s A Whole New World: Recent Trends in Artists’ Publications.” As...
18 woodcut illus. (several color-printed). 23; 25 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (wrappers a little soiled), new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated “1851,” published in 1852.
First edition and very rare. Kikuchi (fl. 1848-64), was responsible for starting a new age of Japanese veterinary medicine (see Alexander Kast, “Johannes Ludwig Janson, Professor of Veterinary Medicine in Tokyo in 1880-1902“ in Acta med-hist Adriat (2010); 8 (1), p. 116). Before this work, all books on veterinary medicine published in Japan were either entirely dependent on Korean or Chinese traditions or were mere translations of Dutch texts that had passed through Dejima Island at Nagasaki...
Many woodcut illus. 159 folding leaves. Five parts in one vol. Oblong 8vo, orig. dark blue thick wrappers (wrappers rubbed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label rubbed & soiled), orig. stitching. Kyoto, Edo, & Osaka: Hishiya magobei et al., 1859.
A late Japanese edition of one of the earliest Chinese collections of texts on horse medicine. Our book stems from a “late 14th-century compilation [which] does contain genuine works from earlier times. This is the Simu anji ji (Collections for Pacifying Stallions when Administering Flocks), published in 1384. Judging from internal evidence, most of its components are apparently from the 11th and...
38 pp. 8vo (209 x 138 mm.), loosely stitched, disbound. Paris: Olivier & Henry, 1814.
The very scarce catalogue of a Parisian painting restorer’s intriguing collection of pictures. Dufresne, whose first name is unknown, resided on rue Taitbout and then on rue Saint-Lazare. This catalogue’s foreword mentions that he has worked as a tasteful and able restorer for the past 15 years.
The catalogue describes 124 lots of paintings, including work of Albani, van Asch, Boilly, Bidault, J. Brueghel, van Bloemen, Marguérite Gérard, Drolling, van Goyen, de La Hire, Lantara, Poelenburgh, Swagers, Taunay, D. Teniers, Zurbarán, etc. The subjects in many of the pictures...