Many black & white illus. 72,  pp. Large 4to (255 x 255 mm.), orig. glossy color pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [From page 2]: San Francisco: April 1996.
A scarce and great Leiber catalogue (no. 24), modeled after the magazine Artforum. It offered entirely printed art ephemera, with descriptions made to look like advertisements and articles. As clearly laid out in the table of contents, this homage offered materials by or related to Beuys, Rauschenberg, Johns, Ray Johnson, Vostell, Burden, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Levine, Robert Indiana, Oldenburg, Dick Higgins and the Something Else Press, Gilbert & George, LeWitt, Pistoletto, Weiner, etc., etc. A number of the items are...
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Many black & white illus. 72,  pp. Large 4to (255 x 255 mm.), orig. glossy color pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [From page 2]: San Francisco: April 1996.
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) issued by Leiber in zine form 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 near fine condition, small stain to bottom of lower wrapper.
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...
34 unnumbered pages. 8vo (212 x 149 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Cambridge, UK, & San Francisco: 20th Century Art Archives & Steven Leiber, 1996.
The scarce Leiber catalogue (no. 22) dispersing the remaining holdings of Leif Eriksson’s Swedish Archive of Artists’ Books, made in collaboration with Louisa Riley-Smith, who designed the catalogue. A great collector and advocate of artists’ publications, Eriksson founded this archive in 1978.
This catalogue offers artists’ books by Abramovic, Acconci, Andre, Darboven, Downsbrough, Haacke, Huebler, Kaprow, Kawara, LeWitt, Long, Messager, Nauman, Oldenburg, Rot, Ruscha, Tuttle, etc. It also includes a selection of essential reference works on 20th-century art.
Many black & white illus.  pp. Laser-printed single sheets, rectos only (280 x 215 mm.), orig. 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.
In near fine condition and rare.
60 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (205 x 99 mm.), pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, upper wrapper covered in braille text, staple-bound. [Paris: 1993].
A scarce catalogue, with a beguiling upper cover bearing braille text. It describes 335 items, including works by Andre, Bloom, Boltanski, Boutin, Broodthaers, Fulton, Gette, Le Gac, LeWitt, Nam June Paik, Nauman, Wegman, Weiner, etc., etc. The braille cover is an original work by Barbara Bloom created for this catalogue, and the text, from Barthes’s “La Chambre Claire,” is translated on the inside wrapper.
In fine condition. The braille text is understandably a bit rubbed.
34 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (210 x 100 mm.), glossy semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (by Tim Maul), staple-bound. [Paris: 1996].
A catalogue describing 442 works by artists such as Carl Andre, Boltanski, Christophe Boutin, Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Sophie Calle, Joe Coleman, Hanne Darboven, Anne Deguelle, Herman de Vries, Jiri Dokoupil, Helen Douglas and Telfer Stokes, Renée Green, Matthias Herrmann, On Kawara, Kippenberger, LeWitt, Long, Annette Messager, Nannucci, Pistoletto, Cindy Sherman, Yvonne Trapp, Weiner, etc. Concludes with publications from Loewy’s bookshop. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Many illus. in the text.  pp. Tall 8vo (, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1990].
A rare bookseller’s catalogue describing 201 items, including the publications of Antonin Artaud, Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Robert Filliou, Jean Genet, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, LeWitt, Richard Long, Dennis Oppenheim, Daniel Spoerri, Ania Staristsky, Edmond Jabes, Tristan Tzara, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Unpaginated. Numerous text illus. Tall 8vo (207 x 101 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1991].
A rare bookseller’s catalogue offering important artists’ books and publications. It includes 173 works by Alechinsky, Beuys, Buren, Dubuffet, Filliou, Gilbert & George, Haring, Jenny Holzer, Ilizad, Kaprow, Kounellis, Barbara Kruger, LeWitt, Miró, Nevelson, Paalen, Picasso, Arnulf Rainer, Roth, “Rusha,” Turrell, Warhol, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Near fine copy. Photography by Caroline Duglos from her series Sculptures Imaginaires (1991) adorns the wrappers.
Numerous text illus. 64 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (210 x 100 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1991].
An uncommon catalogue featuring a close-up portrait by Robert Barry of Florence Loewy on the covers. The catalogue describes 224 items, including the works of Jean-Michel Alberola, Carl Andre, Seth Siegelaub, Enrico Baj, Baldessari, Robert Barry, Beuys, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Sophie Calle, Christo, Jean Degottex, Hans Haacke, Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, LeWitt, Long, Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Prince, Dieter Roth, Edward “Rusha,” James Turrell, Tristan Tzara, Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided...
Unpaginated. Tall 8vo (210 x 102 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 1994].
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue offering 360 artists’ publications and artworks. It includes works by Baldessari, R. Barry, Bloom, Boltanski, L. Bourgeois, Christophe Boutin, Buren, Dibbets, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Nan Goldin, Haacke, Haring, Jenny Holzer, Kawara, Mike Kelley, Kippenberger, LeWitt, Long, Maciunas, Nam June Paik, Adrian Piper, Pistoletto, Richard Prince, Serra, etc. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Fine copy. Two Christophe Boutin photographs from his book “L’Artiste…” (1994) are featured on the...
Many black & white illus. Unpaginated, with price-list. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 2000].
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue offering photobooks and photographs by Araki, Frank, Hosoe, Kawada, Moriyama, etc. Lists 52 items, with the price-list laid-in. WorldCat records no copy in North America. In fine condition.
152 pp. 8vo, orig. pink printed wrappers bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. [From the upper wrapper]: “Perthes & Besser Buchhandlung Hamburg 1816.”
Following a nine-year apprenticeship, Friedrich Christoph Perthes (1772-1843), established his own book business in 1796. Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Johann Heinrich Besser (1775-1826). They soon became one of the leading publishing and bookselling firms of northern Germany. During the Napoleonic period, Perthes experienced many difficulties caused by his public resistance to French influences and was forced to leave Hamburg.
This remarkable priced catalogue lists about 3000 books published in Britain and France from 1812...
[By Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick]. 12 pp. 4to, orig. self-wrappers (a little dusty), stitched as issued. London: Privately Printed by J. Davy & Sons, Dryden Press, 1886.
First edition, privately printed, of this rare catalogue listing the publications which had proved so difficult to market in the great collector's own lifetime. Fenwick occasionally gives the number of copies printed and other bibliographical details. 124 items are listed. Fine copy.
Engraved frontis. port., one folding facsimile, & 5 engraved plates. Six vols. 8vo, cont. boards (some rubbing & wear, occasional & mostly marginal dampstaining), uncut. Venice: L. Basilius, 1787.
One of the most important Italian private library catalogues. Vols. 1-3 consist of the classical and oriental books (7953 titles) and Vols. 4 and 5 describe the Italian literature, MSS., incunabula, French, English, and Spanish books, books on vellum, medals, etc. (4610 titles and items). The final volume comprises the very useful indexes. Morelli, the compiler, was librarian of the Marciana.
"This catalogue is one of the best ever executed, not only from the value and number of the curious...
19 pp. Tall 8vo (214 x 109 mm.), orig. brown printed wrappers, staple-bound. [From final page]: West Glover, VT: .
A rare bookseller’s catalogue issued by the third iteration of Dick Higgins’s bookselling and publishing endeavors. Preceded by concise biographies of the artists, it offers publications by John Cage, Geoffrey Hendricks, Higgins, Alison Knowles, Jackson Mac Low, and Pauline Oliveros.
From the upper wrapper: “Printed Editions is a new kind of publisher — a hybrid between the traditional small specialized press and the artists’ cooperative. Each of us uses Printed Editions as an outlet for works which are of a publishable nature...
24,  p. Tall 8vo (235 x 102 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Barrytown, NY: .
A very rare catalogue issued by Dick Higgins’s later bookselling and publishing operation. It lists bookworks by Cage, Corner, Hendricks, Higgins, Knowles, and Rothenberg. At the end there is a biography for each artist. The front cover is designed by Cage and Knowles.
In near fine condition. Likely mailed to the important proponent of intermedia Elaine Summers, who has removed the address stamp and added her own stamp for the “Experimental Intermedia Foundation / 5337 Broadway 5th Floor / New York, NY 10012”.
Many black & white illus. in the text. 74,  pp. order form & ads. 8vo, color printed semi-stiff wrappers (short split at foot), staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc.], 1994.
Printed Matter’s 1994 catalogue consisting of 17 pages of new titles; eight pages of back list items; works from the Coracle Press; Flip Books; “Fluxus and Related Materials”; “Reflux Editions” (“continuations of the classic Fluxus editions using some vintage materials from George Maciunas’ original printings”; “Networkers, Plagiarists, Artstrikers, and other Aggressive Cultural Workers”; works from the Nexus Press; works from Sara Ranchouse Publishing; “Source Books”; issues of Edit DeAk and Walter Robinson’s Art-Rite Magazine;...
Many black & white illus. in the text. 92,  pp. order form and ads. 8vo, printed semi-stiff wrappers (minor wear on extremities), staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter Inc.], 1996.
Printed Matter’s 1996 mail-order catalogue consisting of two pages of Artists’ Projects for fundraising; an essay by Clive Phillpot entitled: “Twenty Years of Printed Matter”; a section called “How to Use the 1996 Printed Matter Catalogue”; recent publications ; back-list items; the remaining publications from Printed Matter’s short-lived publishing program in operation from 1976 to 1980; books from the Lapp Princess Press, including the work of Chuck Close, Fred Sandback, and Alan Turner; issues...
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...
Many black & white illus. 40 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (215 x 105 mm.), brown semi-stiff wrappers, title & date on spine. [New York: October 1977].
One of Printed Matter’s earliest mail-order catalogues and now scarce, issued within a year of the store’s founding. It lists hundreds of early artists’ books and publications, and many are illustrated. This is probably an inventory of the store’s entire stock.
It includes the works of Andre, Mel Bochner, Broodthaers, Brouwn, Buren, Marie Combs, Darboven, Constance de Jong, Mario Diacono, Helen Douglas (and Telfer Stokes), Hans Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, General Idea, Conrad Gleber, Dick Higgins...
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...
15 black & white offset printed images. 48 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (220 x 85 mm.), stiff silver wrappers (extremities very slightly worn), date & board members on lower cover, staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc., December 1976].
Printed Matter’s very rare first catalogue, published in December 1976, eight months after the drafting of the organization’s mission statement. The founders established two fundamental criteria for their inventory: works in editions of 100 or more copies and works affordable to the general public. Much of the early stock came from Martha Wilson’s Franklin Furnace bookstore, which she had decided to divest and turn over to Printed Matter...
155,  pp. including order form, list of board of directors & credits, & map of store location. Large 4to, color printed wrappers (lower cover slightly worn), staple bound, title on spine. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc., 1981].
The now rare 1981 Printed Matter catalogue, which is an invaluable resource for bibliographic information of early artists’ books. It describes over 1600 books, audio works, and periodicals, by almost 1000 artists, with many illustrations. Upon the completion of the catalogue, Nan Becker, then a Printed Matter employee and soon after director, said in an interview: “It was an immense task and we did it within one...