47 pp. Small 4to (210 x 158 mm.), orig. black wrappers (upper corner creased), staple-bound. [London]: Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972.
First edition of this seminal exhibition catalogue, which features the first English translation of Celant’s essay on artists’ books, as well as an important list of nearly 300 then-unheralded artists’ books. Originally published in the first issue of the Italian magazine Data (Sept. 1971),the essay is recognized as one of the earliest in-depth examinations of the book form and its bearing within Conceptual art. Celant (b. 1940), the art historian and critic, organized several Arte Povera exhibitions in Italy in the 1960s and...
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47 pp. Small 4to (210 x 158 mm.), orig. black wrappers (upper corner creased), staple-bound. [London]: Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972.
13 black & white illus. 77 pp. & one leaf of “Addendum” laid-in. Small 4to (175 x 126 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Philadelphia: 1973].
The important exhibition catalogue for the pioneering shows of artists’ books, which were held at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and then the University Art Museum, Berkeley. Vanderlip, later a museum curator at the Denver Art Museum, writes in the Foreword: “This exhibition attempts to survey the many different types of books made by artists from 1960 to the present. For the purpose of this Exhibition the definition of ‘book’ is very flexible. If the artist conceived his work as a book...
28 folding engraved plates. 74; 86; 60; 35 folding leaves. Four vols. Oblong 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: Government Publication issued under the Author’s name [Yosoda Masayoshi, a pen name for Tanabe], 1869.
First edition in Japanese, translated from an unidentified French text, which, according to the Preface, was issued in 1863, with a sequel in 1867. Tanabe also states that this work includes information gained from the French military mission of 17 men (four officers, ten non-commissioned officers, and two soldiers, led by staff captain Charles Sulpice Jules Chanoine), who came to Japan in early...
14 sheets, ranging from 2000 x 377 mm. to 670 x 385 mm. (the 12 drawings) to 567 x 380 mm. (the furnace), plus the wrapper. All on fine thin paper. [Japan: ca. 1855-63].
With the first demonstration of steam power in Japan, thanks to Commodore Perry’s visit in July of 1853, the feudal domains immediately began to organize the construction of a fleet of large Western-style warships. By the August 1853 arrival in Nagasaki of the Russian Admiral Yevfimy Putyatin, who gave a demonstration of a steam engine on his ship, the Palladia. Hisashige Tanaka (1799-1881), the founder of the future Toshiba Corporation and the “Thomas Edison...
23 pp. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), partially stitched (edge of title-page expertly repaired), uncut. Paris: Félix & Pérignon, 1825.
The surprisingly rare auction catalogue of Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), one of the most prodigious Parisian dealers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; WorldCat records no copy in North America. Regnault presided over a number of famous sales from the period, foremost among them those of the expert Basan, Count Potocki, Rigal, and the influential critic Saint-Yves. The introduction claims that Regnault-Delalande produced more than 300 sale catalogues (the Getty Provenance Index records approximately 222). This memorial concludes (in trans.): “This historian of...
16 double-page illus. & 6 full-page illus., each with text. 20 folding leaves. 8vo (169 x 120 mm.), orig. patterned orange wrappers, manuscript title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan: ca. 1848-68].
A handsome musha-e yomihon mock-up draft with drawings by Sadahide Utagawa (1807-79), for an as yet unidentified historical story based on the early heroes and stories of Japan, involving Nobunaga Oda (using the name “Harunaga Oda”), Hideyoshi Toyotomi (“Hiyoshimaru Heikichiro”), and Ieyasu Tokugawa (“Inuchiyo Saida”). It was likely inspired by a biography of Hideyoshi entitled Taikoki.
Sadahide Utagawa joined Kunisada’s studio in the 1820s and became one of his best students. As a....
Wood-engraved vignettes on upper & lower wrappers, one large folding lithographed frontis. 8vo (210 x 140 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, stitched as issued. Paris: Coutellier & C. Paillet; London: Wootburn frères [sic.]; Bruxelles: Héris, 1835.
A very scarce catalogue, in original state, of the personal art collection of Lafontaine (1758-1835), who “took care to prepare every new stage in his career without ever allowing himself to be affected by the political or economic changes.”–Blumenfeld, p. 218. Born in Flanders, he trained under the artists Kaplan van Neste and Jean Douelle. After his acceptance into the Académie, Lafontaine exhibited a number of paintings at...
Some illus. in the text. 86; 64; 57 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo (237 x 164 mm.), orig. wrappers (some worming), orig. manuscript title-labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan]: on final leaf of third vol.: “1786” & “1791.”
A most unusual manuscript: a collection of texts, both Chinese and Japanese, entirely devoted to moxibustion, its theories, and its practices. Most Japanese manuscripts and books include acupuncture along with moxibustion. What is particularly interesting to us about this manuscript is that many of the texts by these authors seem not to have been published but passed on by word of mouth.
Moxibustion, or the burning of moxa, comes under the rubric of counter-irritation. It is the process burning of a combustible plant, usually mugwort, on or against certain areas of the skin.
Ten columns per page, 18 characters per column. 2, 37, 34, 1 (=74) folding leaves. Two parts in one vol. Small folio (350 x 228 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers rather rubbed & somewhat soiled), later stitching. [Jeolla Province: the Governor’s Office], from the colophon: July 1797.
A most uncommon Korean woodblock (?, see below) book, which reproduces the finest of the Korean moveable metal typefaces, the kabinja. “Selections from the memorials of Lu Chih (754-805), the great statesman of the T’ang dynasty. The selections were edited by King Chongjo in 1794 and first printed in mid-1797 by the Royal Printing Office with type from the kabinja font of 1777...
Eight full-page drawings & one illus. in the text. 17 folding leaves. 8vo (243 x 165 mm.), orig. blue semi-stiff wrappers (some dampstaining to upper portion of each leaf). [Japan: mid-Edo].
Kagawa (1683-1755), a member of the medical family dynasty, studied in Kyoto with Ryozan Goto and Jinsai Ito, from whom he learned moxibustion and the therapeutic value of the waters of hot springs. Kagawa established the successful Ippondo medical school and was one of the most enthusiastic practitioners of moxibustion of his time. There is another manuscript of this text at Kyoto University, attributed to Kagawa. Some of the illustrations are very different.
Many illus., mostly in black but some in red, pink, gray, green, yellow, blue, etc. Ca. 1821 folding leaves of text. 1083 chapters in 50 parts in 54 vols. (parts 14 & 15 in one vol., parts 24, 34, 42, & 47 in two vols. each, plus one vol. of table of contents). 8vo (266 x 188 mm.), orig. blue wrappers, orig. manuscript labels on each upper wrapper, new stitching. [Probably Kyoto: written in 1690 & this is a mid-Edo copy].
A rare and extremely important text, finely illustrated and complete in 50 parts; it remained unpublished until 1936. WorldCat lists no copy of this manuscript in North America (the NYPL’s copy is a microfilm). This...
2 p.l., 118 pp. Small folio, orig. blue cloth, spine gilt. N.p.: Privately Printed, 1995.
Lawn (1905-2001), a medical practitioner, collected in fields as diverse as the occult, alchemy, philosophy, and theology. The collection, now in the Bodleian, was especially rich in 16th-century Italian books. Lawn also possessed a great number of Western and Arabic manuscripts [these collections are described in Vols. I-II, which appeared 1993-94] as well as an enormous collection of auction, bookseller, library (private and public), and museum catalogues, here described. There are many 18th- and 19th-century catalogues.
Lawn was a collector for 80 years and left two very appealing accounts of his collecting and collections in The Book Collector, Spring and Summer 1999 (“Bibliotheca Lawniana”).
Woodcut frontis., woodcut vignette on title, 14 plates, & one folding floor-plan. 2 p.l., [iii]-xxiii, 390 pp. & 36 pp. of ads. Small 8vo, orig. patterned green cloth (corners just a tiny bit worn, minor foxing), sides stamped in gilt with an image of Curzon walking through the desert in Arab clothes in search of manuscripts on upper cover & a view of Jerusalem on lower cover, spine gilt. a.e.g. London: J. Murray, [second title]: New York: G.P. Putnam, 1849.
First American edition of “a great classic of the literature of travel, and one, moreover, which has book-collecting for its main theme.”–Munby, Phillipps...
Many black & white illus. 15 pp. 8vo (215 x 137 mm.), printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Printed Editions: Barrytown, NY, ?1986].
An unrecorded catalogue issued by Printed Editions (originally Unpublished Editions and renamed in 1978) offering books by Cage, Mac Low, Hendricks, Knowles, Corner, Higgins, Oliveros, Rothenberg, etc. A number of the items for sale are thoroughly described and illustrated.
In excellent condition. We find no record of this catalogue in WorldCat.
36 pp. Small 8vo (170 x 105 mm.), late 19th-century brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Chariot & Joullain, 1775.
A scarce priced auction catalogue, which is, according to the Getty Provenance database, incorrectly attributed by Lugt (and the inscription on the present book’s title-page) to Lempereur (1701-79), a Parisian jeweler — not to be confused with his son, the collector Jean Baptiste Denis (1726-96). This anonymous sale very probably consisted of the estate of a man with a similar surname (see Lugt Marques, 1740). A contemporary annotator has added all prices.
The catalogue describes 252 lots, including 18 paintings (by Lemoyne, H. Robert, Largillière, etc.), 169 drawings (by Maratti, Rubens, Jordaens, C. Vanloo, Greuze, Fragonard, Callot, Watteau, etc.), 56 lots of prints and books of prints, and nine sculptures.
iv, 159 pp. 8vo (200 x 135 mm.), antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: Chariot, Boileau & Joullain, 1773.
A scarce sale catalogue, priced throughout in a contemporary hand and with running totals, featuring a large number of drawings formerly in the Crozat collection. Lempereur (1701-79), a well-known jeweler and local politician, cultivated a close relationship with Mariette, and at Mariette’s sale, Lempereur advised the king on drawings worthy of the royal collection. Gersaint counted Lempereur among his most important clients. Lempereur’s son, Jean Baptiste Denis (1726-96), continued in his footsteps as a passionate collector and patron of the...
12 black & white illus. pasted on leaves. 32 unnumbered pages. 8vo (214 x 135 mm.), orig. blue cloth over boards (spine sunned), title in gilt on upper cover & spine. [Manchester: The Cloister Press, Ltd., 1943].
An exceedingly rare Epstein exhibition catalogue, signed by the artist; WorldCat records only the BL copy. As explained on the verso of the title-page, 50 percent of sales from this exhibition were to be given to the Merchant Navy Comforts Service. Epstein writes a brief introduction about the works he has selected: “The works in this collection which date from so early as the ‘Marcelle’ 1920 to the Chinese Girl...
Many black & white illus. 124 pp. Laser-printed single sheets, rectos only (280 x 215 mm.), semi-stiff printed pictorial wrappers, plastic-spiral bound. San Francisco: April 2002.
Leiber’s rare 40th catalogue, offering ca. 331 items, many of which were duplicates from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (now at the University of Iowa). Also included were artists’ books, periodicals, recordings, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera. Approximately 100 copies of this catalogue were produced and sent to clients.
Nice copy and rare. We know of only three American institutions with copies. Small faint stain to title-page and head of upper cover a bit worn.
1 p.l., 20 pp. Small 8vo (185 x 138 mm.), printed paper wrappers, staple-bound. [Helsingfors: Handelstryckeriet, 1904].
The very scarce catalogue of a selling exhibition organized by Durand-Ruel in Helsinki. The artists featured in this show included Degas, Denis, P. Dubois, Alfred William Finch, Forain, Jeanniot, Constantin Meunier, Monet, Pissarro, Puvis de Chavannes, Renoir, van Rysselberghe, Signac, Sisley, Jacob Smits, Henri Thomas, etc. The title of each picture is printed in French, Finnish, and Swedish. All 69 entries are priced in francs.
Fine copy. We locate only one copy in North America.
Many full-page woodcut illus. Nine columns per page; 20 characters per column. 21; 32 folding leaves. Two vols. incl. addendum. 8vo, orig. wrappers, remains of block-printed title labels on upper covers. Osaka: Bun’eido, [19th century? or earlier?].
This book presents several mysteries. The title-page states “Seppu shoshi Bun’eido shi” [“Osaka publisher Bun’eido published this book”]. In spite of this, the book has all the qualities of a Chinese publication: the text paper and wrappers are clearly Chinese. There is no colophon. It would seem that this book was printed in China for the Japanese market.
The history of the literati scholar in China dates back to the Tang and Song dynasties (A.D. 618-907 and 960-1279, respectively), when the court implemented meritocratic civil exams for the selection of bureaucratic officials. The tests assessed the candidates’ knowledge and ability in a wide range of subjects, including Confucian thought, law, agriculture, and the arts, especially calligraphy, painting, and music. An entire class of intellectual and artistically trained scholars was thus created, many of whom built studios filled with beautiful calligraphy and painting tools, furniture, musical instruments, implements for preparing and consuming tea and wine, and antiques.
Eight columns per page; 17 characters per column. 65; 50; 52; 52; 45; 54; 48; 43; 38; 45; 65 folding leaves. 20 parts & table of contents in 11 vols. Large 8vo (285 x 205 mm.), orig. chestnut-colored semi-stiff wrappers, orig. block-printed labels on upper covers, new stitching. Japan: ca. 1596-1620.
One of several moveable type editions printed in Japan of the collected poetry of Huang (1045-1105), calligrapher, painter, and poet of the Song dynasty. The founder of the Jiangxi school of poetry, he is known as one of the Four Masters of the Song dynasty, along with Su Shi, Mi Fu, and Cai Xiang. Yuan Ren (fl. 1144), has provided a commentary.
This is a finely printed moveable type edition, and this copy was offered in Shigeo Sorimachi’s remarkable catalogue of moveable type Japanese books of 1972, item 173 (in trans.): “ca. 1596-1620 (Keicho, mid-Genna), large typeface, refined and correct type, layout is classic and impressive, has the prestige of Keicho editions. Every volume uses the same size of typeface and therefore harmonious. The red annotations are carefully placed and are reminiscent of the old days of high esthetics. It is rare to have all the labels on the upper covers. On the first leaf are the provenance seals of the Kokushoji [temple] in Bizen, Okayama, and the Horei Bunko collection of Frank Hawley [d. 1964].”
Many woodcut illus., some full-page & double-page. Eleven columns per page; 21 characters per column. Mis-paginations in Vols. 3, 7, & 8. Ten vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Japan: Prefaces dated 1786 & 1851.
A privately printed edition of this famous text and an extremely rare example of a mokkatsujiban (a moveable 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 Nagasaki, where he was greatly impressed by the size and strength of the...
Eight drawings in the text. Written on high-quality paper & in one fine hand throughout. 389 folding leaves of text in 12 vols. 8vo (242 x 180 mm.), attractive navy blue embossed wrappers, all with gold-flecked endpapers, new stitching. [Japan: late Edo].
An important archive of manuscripts of the Tanaka family concerning equine medicine. We learn in the second volume that in 1603 two horse doctors, Kawada Michiharu and another person who lived in the Kanto region, gave the information in these volumes to Murai Jibozaemon. In 1635 Yokohama Sakon gave further information to Murai. Additionally, in 1640 Shoji Kakuzaemoni gave further secrets to Murai...
Numerous woodcuts in the text. 35 parts in 16 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Xue ku shan fang, 1890.
Second edition (1st ed.: 1880) of the compiler Gu’s collection of writings by Zewei Bu and Bingzhong Liu (both Tang dynasty, 618-907) on feng shui, divination, geomancy, and Chinese astrology. Both the 1880 edition and our edition are very rare. The texts, which first appeared in the 17th century, have remained very popular, and there is also a 1970 (quite wretched) reprint.
Our edition was edited by Zhimo Xu, who lived in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The texts include Bu’s Xue xin fu, which...