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...
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Black & white illus. in the text. 28 pp., order form on lower inside wrapper. 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple bound. [New York]: 1987.
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...
36 finely color-printed full-page woodcuts. 40; 53.5 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. pale-blue patterned wrappers, orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: 1825.
First edition of Masayoshi’s final book. Kitao (1764-1824), was a painter and print artist who trained under the color-print master Kitao Shigemasa. Kitao then worked as an ukiyo-e artist and later became official painter to the daimyo of Tsuyama. During this period, he worked in the Kano style, using the name Kuwagata Keisai. During his period of activity as an ukiyo-e artist, Kitao Masayoshi produced mainly novelette illustrations. After 1794, however, when he became painter...
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...
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.
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...
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. The 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. Keith A. 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...