15 black & white illus. 62 pp. Small 8vo, printed blue wrappers. Berlin: Wewerka & Weiss Galerie, 1991.
Scarce Martin Kippenberger (1953-97) publication, edition of ca. 1000 copies, according to Koch.
“In 1991 Kippenberger sent his student Matthias Schaufler on a 500 km walk through Africa. The travel report was reworked by Kippenberger, with witty drawings added and texts by Jutta Koether and Barbara Straka. Published to accompany the exhibition The Hot Tour at the Galerie Wewerka & Weiss, Berlin, from 2 November to 21 December 1991, the book echoes the cover design and format of the ‘Reclam Universalbibliothek’ series.”–Koch...
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15 black & white illus. 62 pp. Small 8vo, printed blue wrappers. Berlin: Wewerka & Weiss Galerie, 1991.
Color illus. throughout.  pp. Oblong 8vo, purple printed wrappers, staple-bound. Exeter: SpaceX; Edinburgh: Morning Star, 2002.
LeWitt’s final artist’s book, scarce; it consists of found postcards picturing Chicago. “Published as part of the SPACEX touring exhibition, Generator, organised in collaboration with STAR and with support from the Arts Council of England.”
Fine copy. Designed by Colin Sackett and printed in an edition of 1000.
❧ Maffei & de Donno, Sol LeWitt: Artist’s Books (2009), pp. 134-35.
Sol LeWitt: Libros, El concepto como arte (2014) 81.
Double-page black & white photographic illus.  pp. Single folded A3 sheet, horizontal folds for mailing. Amsterdam: Art & Project, .
A mailed example of Richard Long’s first Art & Project bulletin, in fine condition.
“The artists most at home with creating pageworks for the format of the Bulletin are Lawrence Weiner and Richard Long, the one primarily with words, the other primarily with photographs…Long tended to bleed a photograph of one of his open air works to fill the entire space of the centrefold, to great effect. The fact that Long’s photographs were also very often overprinted with a....
Black & white photographic illus., text in red. Photographic postcard, mailed. New York: John Gibson Gallery, .
Postcard invitation to Long’s debut solo show in the United States. Gibson (1933-2019) was one of the earliest gallery advocates of Land Art.
In fine condition. Mailed to Alphonse Ossorio of East Hampton.
❧ See Richard Long’s website.
Double-page black & white illus.  pp. Single folded A3 sheet, horizontal folds for mailing. Amsterdam: Art & Project, 1983.
Long’s final Art & Project bulletin, issued for his April 1983 exhibition with the gallery. In fine condition. Addressed to art historian H. L. M. Defoer (b. 1936) of Utrecht.
❧ Art & Project. A History (2023) E228.
14 double-page & three single-page fine brush & color-wash illus. 21, 19, 20 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. Large 8vo (270 x 188 mm.), orig. semi-stiff blue patterned wrappers, manuscript title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan]: copied by Mokuro Kimura in Tenpo era (1830-44).
A very rare manuscript account of the two expeditions in 1808 and 1809 of Mamiya (1775-1844), hydraulic engineer, cartographer, and explorer, to survey Sakhalin Island (J: Kita Ezo or Karafuto), off the coast of Siberia. The “Todatsu kiko” is Mamiya’s main Sakhalin travel narrative. During these journeys, Mamiya discovered that Sakhalin is...
Woodcut port. of the author on verso of title & several woodcuts in the text. Title within typographical border. 12 p.l. (last leaf a blank), 348,  pp. Small thick 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, stamped in blind on upper cover “M N H L” & “1613.” Wittenberg: W. Meisner at the expense of C. Berger, [date of Foreword “1612“].
MATENESIUS, Johann Friedrich. Critices Christianae Libri Duo de Ritu Bibendi super Sanitate, Pontificum, Caesarum, Principum, Ducum, Magnatum Amicorum, Amicarum, &c.… Woodcut printer’s vignette on title. 8 p.l., 189 pp., one blank leaf. Small 8vo (tear to first leaf of...
Color illus. throughout. , 100,  pp. Small 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Milan: Humboldt Books, 2016.
Signed copy of this book recording 100 early works in Jonathan Monk’s Restaurant Drawings, with an essay by curator Luca Cerizza (in English & Italian). The series began with Monk’s two-year stay in Rome. He recreated famous modern and contemporary artworks by artists such as Warhol, Cattelan, LeWitt, Judd, Kippenberger, Noland, Prince, Ruscha, Kruger, Wool, Koons, Hirst, Buren, Gilbert & George, etc., on restaurant receipts. Monk then took a picture and uploaded it to Instagram, where the first person to comment could buy the...
Color photographic illus. Photographic postcard, mailed. Brooklyn, NY: Jonathan Monk & Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller Inc., 2023.
The latest edition in Jonathan Monk’s series of photographic postcards. Postcards are signed by the artist and mailed (post-paid) from the mailbox pictured on the front, which is located in Brooklyn Heights, near the southern entrance of the Promenade. The final condition of each postcard rests with the vagaries of the postal system.
Monk (b. 1969) has previously organized these postcard editions in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Mexico, Winnipeg, Llandudno, Reykjavik, Kirby Muxloe, Vienna, Melbourne, Dublin, Tokyo, San Francisco, Malmo, Basel, etc.
101; 100; 100 folding leaves. Three vols. Oblong 8vo (155 x 217 mm.), orig. wrappers, new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated 1818.
The rice brokers of Japan during the Edo period became fabulously wealthy, not so much from dealing in rice but from money lending. In Edo in 1724, 109 rice brokers formed a powerful guild known as fudasashi (note/bill exchange), located in the Asakusa section of what is today Tokyo, close to the warehouses where the brokers stored rice produced by the farmers of various daimyos. The fudasashi stored rice for a fee, lent money at high interest rates to...
63 full-page color illus., 26 double-page color illus., 8 full-page black & white illus., & several maps including a finely colored world map that continues for three pages. 16 parts in nine vols. Large 8vo (236 x 168 mm.), later brown wrappers, new stitching. [Japan]: from the last page of the final volume, in trans.: “copied 1815.”
An early copy of this famous and sensational text, which circulated in manuscript in Japan throughout the 19th century. Its account of travels outside of Japan remained effectively a “clandestine” work until it was ultimately published in 1899. The earliest surviving manuscript is...
Photographic illus. with text on recto. Pictorial postcard, mailed. Munich: Galerie Gerhild Grolitsch, 1978.
Postcard invitation to Polke’s first presentation of photographs from his six-month road trip through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Fine. Mailed to the art magazine Zweitschrift in Hannover.
Five head-pieces, one tail-piece, two folding maps, three folding plates (all engraved), & three folding printed tables. 4 p.l., xix, 302 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. marbled sheep (head of lower joint a little split), flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Bossange, 1806.
First edition of an important book on the Crimea; it also contains descriptions of previously unrecorded coins and medals from the area. Reuilly (1780-1810), man of letters and diplomat, traveled extensively in eastern Europe. In 1803, Reuilly joined the staff of the Duc de Richelieu, the recently named governor of...
At beginning of scroll is a map (440 mm. in length) depicting the 66 province names of Japan, each with a temple, with colored indications of bodies of water requiring boats. Woodblock-printed scroll on paper (250 x 2975 mm.), endpaper at front covered on outside with blue paper with manuscript label: “Hono daijomyoten rokujurokubu ryaku engi” [“Donation of Lotus Sutra to 66 Sacred Places. History”], wooden core roller. At end (in trans.): “Edo. 23 May 1706,” but this may be a later printed edition of an early scroll or manuscript.
In Edo Japan travel restrictions relaxed, allowing the population greater...
Added fine allegorical title, vignette on printed title, fine port. of Rumpf, five head- & tail-pieces, & 60 fine plates (all engraved; two small & unimportant wormholes in outer margin to the final 50 plates, not touching the images). Title printed in red & black. 18 p.l. (incl. added title & port.), 340,  pp. Folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards, Jesuit stamp in center of upper cover, orig. clasps & catches. Amsterdam: F. Halma, 1705.
First edition, and a magnificent copy, of this notable cabinet catalogue, which describes Rumpf’s great collection of marine flora and fauna, minerals...
7 vols. in various formats, all printed softcover. Los Angeles: 1969-72.
A distinctive assemblage of seven Ruscha artist’s books (four first editions); each book has a small hole punched through the upper-left corner because they were displayed at a 1974 Hamilton College exhibition (3-23 January 1974) and, per Ruscha’s instructions, all of the books were to be handled by attendees, not stored behind vitrines. Among the most iconic examples of artist’s books, these books come from the collection of Michael E. Shapiro (b. 1949), former director of the High Museum of Art. Shapiro was a Hamilton undergraduate at the time...
Color illus. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed softcover & glassine jacket. Antwerp: Funky Mermaid Press, 2015.
One of 100 numbered copies, a compilation of photographs documenting the graffiti interventions of Seen (b. 1961) on maps in New York City subways. In fine condition. WorldCat locates two copies in North America.
Photocopied illus. throughout. , 58 pp. 4to, pictorial softcover with linoleum stamp attached to upper cover, plastic spiral-bound. San Francisco: 1995.
One of 20 copies signed by the duo, John Held, Jr. and Picasso Gaglione. This publication documents their performance at the Musée de la Poste and subsequent journey through Northern Europe meeting with important figures in the mail art network, including Daniel Daligand, Guy Bleus, Rod Summers, and Ruud Janssen. Held provides a travel diary of their trip while Gaglione was responsible for collecting stamp impressions from the artists they met, all of which are reproduced by photocopier herein...
Several dozen manuscripts in various formats, incl. long folded sheets, stitched pamphlets, sewn volumes, and letters. Japan: ca. 1853-63.
A substantial group of documents revealing internal, high-level debates and discussions in response to Commodore Perry’s landings and later controversies that arose as Western powers established a foothold in Japan. This is an exceptional collection, filled with top-secret information on government intrigues as the Japanese state responded to aggressive foreign expansion and dissenting groups within the government urging top-to-bottom reforms.
The manuscripts touch upon pivotal events in Japan’s history:
–Commodore Perry’s two expeditions (July 1853 & February-March 1854) and the resulting...
Leporello Moleskine notebook (143 x 95 mm.) with highly detailed ink drawings throughout, ink logo on upper cover. New York: 2019-20.
The artist’s Journal of Evidence Weekly (J.E.W.) series began in late 1998. Since then, Wilner (b. 1959) has documented his daily travels on the subway by filling almost two hundred Moleskine notebooks with his impressions and caricatures of fellow commuters. The present volume captures the artist’s subway trips in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Wilner’s ongoing ‘Journal of Evidence Weekly’ offers an illustrated compendium of the artist’s travels around New York City. Contained within a dense network...
46; 40; 19 folding leaves. Three vols. Large 8vo, orig. pale brown wrappers (somewhat rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Edo: 1657].
Second and best early edition. The extremely rare first edition appeared in Kyoto in 1477, but our edition, a so-called Meireki-bon, is judged to be most complete.
“In 1464 the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1436-1490) asked the Zen monk Zuikei Shuho (1391-1473) to compose an official letter from the shogun to the Ming emperor. His interest in diplomatic history aroused, Zuikei Shuho began a compilation of pertinent documents. The result of his efforts, Zenrin kokuhoki...