Introduction and Descriptions by Brian L. Merrill. Illus. xxxviii, 74 pp. Large 8vo, orig. illustrated wrappers. Provo: 1989.
This catalogue has become a work of permanent reference. The Introduction contains a very full biographical sketch of Kircher, with much information not readily available. A list of his major works is provided.
The balance of the catalogue is devoted to careful descriptions of B.Y.U.'s collection of Kircher -- 31 items in all -- with title-page transcriptions, pagination collations, and invaluable annotations regarding the importance of each work, provenance, binding, and references.
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Introduction and Descriptions by Brian L. Merrill. Illus. xxxviii, 74 pp. Large 8vo, orig. illustrated wrappers. Provo: 1989.
68; 68; 75; 80; 66 folding leaves. Five vols. Oblong 8vo, orig. wrappers (rather tired & rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Yao Ichibei, 1692.
An early bibliography of Japanese printed books; essentially a Books in Print, it was the principal guide to the subject for two centuries. “By the middle of the seventeenth century the flood of publications was so great that there was a perceived need for information and guidance, and it was provided by the booksellers’ catalogues known as shojaku mokuroku.”–Kornicki, The Book in Japan, pp. 176-77. The first printed shojaku mokuroku appeared ca. 1666 and established the standard...
Two engraved plates (one is folding & with eight images) & five folding woodcut plates of watermarks. Five vols. bound in four. 8vo, cont. paste-paper boards (occasional minor browning), flat spines gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spines. Brussels: [Privately Printed], 1803.
The very rare privately printed catalogue, in its most complex state, of the vast and famous library of Carlos Antonio La Serna (1752-1813), bibliographer, historian of early printing, and “conservateur” at the Brussels Library. The main part of the library, the finest of the time in the Low Countries, was actually amassed by his uncle, Don Simon de Santander San Juan...
16 p.l., 398 pp.; 27 pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. calf (extremities a little rubbed), contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Rouen: A. Maurry for L. Billaine, 1678.
Third edition (1st ed.: 1664) “of the earliest extant bibliography of bibliographies. It is basically an alphabetical list, arranged by authors’ first names, followed by eight intricate subject indices, among them one of publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues. Appended is a very useful numismatic bibliography. The work enjoyed three later editions during the seventeenth century and provided the basis for Teissier. Labbé (1607-67), one of the most learned polymaths of his time, was...
16 p.l., 394 (i.e. 392) pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (minor browning). Paris: L. Billaine, 1664.
“This is the first edition of the earliest extant bibliography of bibliographies (despite the ‘curis secundis auctior’ on the title). It is basically an alphabetical list, arranged by authors’ first names, followed by eight intricate subject indices, among them one of publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues. Appended is a very useful numismatic bibliography. The work enjoyed three later editions during the seventeenth century and provided the basis for Teissier…Labbé (1607-67), one of the most learned polymaths of his time, was a Jesuit professor of philosophy in...
Précédée d’un à-propos de l’Auteur. Seven plates, each in three states. 2 p.l., 150 pp., one leaf. Small 4to, orig. printed wrappers bound in cont. morocco, sides panelled in gilt, spine richly gilt, dentelles gilt, a.e.g., signed “Chambolle-Duru.” Paris: L. Conquet & L. Carteret, 1902.
Number 20 of 100 copies on Japan paper (of a total edition of 400 copies, none for sale); this is one of forty copies with the fine illustrations on seven plates, by Edmond Rudaux, each in three states. Our copy has been beautifully bound by Chambolle-Duru and bears a presentation inscription...
One folding printed table. vi, 84, 195 pp., one leaf of colophon. 8vo, cont. blue paste-paper boards (a bit worn), uncut. Firenze: G. Molini, 1803.
Fourth (in spite of the title-page) and final edition and rather scarce. “The opening sentence of the preface in the first three editions of this work makes it clear that ‘this is not a catalogue of books printed by the Aldine Press, but a collection intended to lead to a more complete and disciplined study.’ The list of Aldine imprints is based on the collection of Cardinal Étienne-Charles de Loménie de Brienne (1727-1794), whose librarian François Xavier Laire...
Two engraved plates & a few text illus. 1 p.l., xvi, 500 pp. 8vo, mid-19th cent. sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Brussels: E. Flon, An VII .
First edition of one "of the monuments of typographical bibliography."Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 418. Lambinet's book is the result of much original historical research on the spread of printing in the 15th century. The author also treats the history of papyrus, vellum, paper; blockbooks and typefounding; the origins of printing with moveable type; etc.
Nice large copy with many edges uncut.
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”).
Numerous illus. Large folding poster (914 x 610 mm.), folded into eight panels (minor wear to the central fold). [San Francisco]: November 2010.
Leiber’s scarce penultimate catalogue (no. 51), a poster issued on the occasion of the 2010 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; WorldCat records no copies in the United States. “This poster mimics the event flyer for 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a series that took place October 13-23, 1966, at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. The series was the inaugural program of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) organization and involved a collaboration between invited...
Many black & white illus. Ca. 320 unnumbered pages. Photocopied paper (280 x 215 mm.), mounted with a metal bracket in the orig. manila folder, title written in blue marker on upper cover & spine. [From title page & spine]: San Francisco: S. Leiber, 1994.
A famous Steven Leiber (1957-2012) catalogue, his 16th, describing more than 700 items; printed in an edition of about 100 copies. This catalogue is modeled after Harald Szeemann’s catalogue for the celebrated Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form exhibition presented at the Kunstalle Bern in 1969. “Rose Holtz,” mentioned on the cover, is Leiber’s grandmother, whose basement hosted his premises...
13 double-page illus. 5 pp. of text. 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. plain stiff boards, spine taped as issued. San Francisco: Steven Leiber, .
Steven Leiber’s rare penultimate catalogue, devoted to the artists’ books of the Schmidt-Heins sororal twins, with color reproductions of their work. It is modeled after the exhibition catalogue Buchwerke, Barbara Schmidt-Heins, Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Original-Bucher 1972 bis 1976, issued by the Kunstraum München & the Institut für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, in 1976. This catalogue offers 14 unique bookworks for sale (seven by each twin), and provides detailed descriptions of their structures and illustrations.
Born in Rellingen, the twins (b. 1949) both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Their bookworks garnered praise through exhibitions in 1976 at the Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst and documenta 6 the year after.
Many black & white photocopied illus. 18 unnumbered leaves. 8vo (215 x 143 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [San Francisco: 2005].
A rare catalogue (no. 44) in zine form issued by Leiber that offers 39 works by Raymond Pettibon, including drawings, artist’s books, ephemera, and a collaborative piece with Ed Ruscha. These were all shown at 871 Fine Arts in an exhibition assembled by Adrienne Fish and Leiber. This catalogue is modeled after Pettibon’s zine Tripping Corpse, published by SST Records from 1981 to 1985.
In fine condition. WorldCat records only three copies in North America.
Many black & white illus. 10 folded newsprint sheets (489 x 330 mm. unfolded). [San Francisco]: October 2008.
Leiber’s fair catalogue for the third iteration of the New York Art Book Fair in 2008. His 49th catalogue imitates the first issue of Hans-Peter Feldmann’s periodical Image from 1979. The first four leaves and the final four are illustrated with numbered images corresponding to the materials described on the middle two leaves. The catalogue presents publications and ephemera by or related to Abramovic, Acconci, Baldessari, Boltanski, Feldmann, General Idea, Huebler, Kusama, Matta-Clark, Messager, Nauman, Pettibon, Richter, Ruppersberg, Ruscha, Ulay, Wool, etc. 104 items are listed.
In excellent condition, the middle of the center fold is a little worn. The edition size is unknown.
Black & white and color illus throughout. 27 unnumbered leaves. Large 4to (266 x 235 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. San Francisco: January 2010.
A rare Leiber catalogue modeled after publications by Dan Graham; this is Leiber’s 50th catalogue. 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. Laid-in is a single-leaf insert describing a run of...
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.
22 perforated sheets (279 x 241 mm.) of continuous feed computer paper folded at perforation lines, printed by dot matrix. [From the first sheet]: San Francisco: 1997.
The very scarce 30th catalogue published by Leiber; WorldCat records no copy in North America. It was produced in collaboration with 871 Fine Arts for an exhibition of printed art ephemera, which are described herein. On the first sheet Leiber writes: “An exhibition of printed primary documentation / printed vehicles include posters announcement cards postcards book covers t shirts exhibition brochures pins pamphlets broadsheets beverage coasters stickers greeting cards and periodicals an ephemeral miscellany which we hope...
Many black & white illus., four original artist’s “pageworks” by Albrecht D., and photograph pasted to lower cover. 8vo (280 x 108 mm.) & 4to (210 x 220 mm.), orig. printed green wrappers, staple-bound. San Francisco: S. Leiber, April 1998.
Leiber’s 33rd catalogue; like the others issued by him, it is rare. The leaves, printed in two sizes, are bound in alternating format, and correspond to the materials they describe. This catalogue imitates a work created by the German artist and publisher Albrecht D. (b. 1944), the German artist and founder of the Reflection Press. Leiber provides a concise history of the press and a biography...
Many black & white illus. Ca. 328 photocopied pages. Large 4to, orig. red three-ring binder (290 x 272 mm.), title stickers on upper cover and spine, four numbered dividers. San Francisco: S. Leiber, August 1998.
One of Leiber’s most sought-after creations, his 35th catalogue. It is based on the infamous exhibition catalogue for documenta 5 (1972), designed by Ed Ruscha. For the upper cover of that catalogue, Ruscha famously formed the number “5“ using ant shapes. For this catalogue, Leiber has mimicked that motif with “S L,” his initials, on the upper cover; echoed by the title Scheissladen, a German term we will not translate...
iv, -156 pp. 8vo, modern calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: S. Fisher, 1797.
First edition. In 1777, Lemoine (1756-1812), “purchased a bookstall in the Little Minories, and devoted his leisure to writing for the magazines. He also dispensed drugs and specifics of various kinds, especially a freely advertised ‘bug-water’.”–D.N.B., XI, p. 907–(and see the rest of the article for more about this charming man who ended up selling books on the street and doing much literary hack work in public houses. While greatly industrious, he cared little for money and his habits were too “convivial.” He...
Engraved frontis. port. of Caxton & two woodcut plates of watermarks. xxii, 156 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. blue pebbled morocco (a bit of rubbing to extremities), spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g. London: 1737.
First edition of the first full-scale biographical study of Caxton. Lewis (1675-1747), listed the Caxton editions known to him and reconstructed from them an outline of Caxton’s life.
A very fine copy, printed on what seems to be thick paper. From the libraries of Col. J.C. Dundas of Ochtertyre, Stirling (his sale Sotheby’s, 3 November 1958) and A.R.A. Hobson with his bookplate.
Forty parts in 12 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. At the beginning of each part: Cixi: Prefaces dates 1776 & 1788.
A valuable and influential dictionary of synonyms and antonyms in the Chinese language. Li, a native of Cixi, served as a magistrate in Wangjiang County. Originally published in 39 parts, this edition has the valuable supplement — the 40th part — by Huai Guan, painter and librarian, who lived in Hangzhou, near Cixi.
This is an encyclopedic work, encompassing synonyms and antonyms in all disciplines, including science, politics, history, gastronomy, costumes, technology, books and bibliography, transportation, weaving, military history, agriculture, antiquities, music, religious texts, pharmacology...
8 p.l., 193 pp. Small 4to, cont. sheep-backed patterned paper over thin wooden boards (three corners a little rounded, slight browning due to the quality of the paper). Copenhagen: P.J. Phoenixberg, 1725.
First edition of the very rare catalogue of the private library commenced by Anne Gøye (1601-81). Upon her death, the collection was passed on to her daughter-in-law Karen Brahe (1657-1736) who continued to make additions. The collection — one of the greatest of the early Danish private libraries — remains intact in the Landesarchiv at Odense and contains many unique Danish imprints and other rarities.
The present catalogue describes about 2000 titles. For full accounts of the history of the formation of this library see Victor Madsen, “Karen Brahes Bibliotek i Odense” in Nordisk Tidskrift för Bok- och Bibliotheksräsen, 6 (1919), (Isak Collijn, ed.), pp. 171-85 and Nielsen, Danske Privatbiblioteker, I (1946), pp. 96-123.