leaves. Square 4to, semi-stiff printed wrappers, metal spiral-bound. Atlanta: 1994.
A wonderfully designed catalogue for the exhibition held at the Atlanta College of Art Gallery from 28 January to 4 March. The exhibition was engineered by Judith Hoffberg and Peter Frank, two keen observers of the artist’s book’s evolution in the United States. The exhibition consisted of loans from the collections of Printed Matter, Tony Zwicker, Granary Books, Nexus Press, Dick Higgins, etc. Most of this volume is taken up by the curators’ essay, which is inventively laid-out. With a bibliography and checklist at the end. The artists featured...
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 leaves. Square 4to, semi-stiff printed wrappers, metal spiral-bound. Atlanta: 1994.
 pp. Small 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Cardiff: Second Aeon Publications, 1973.
First edition of Michael Gibbs’s second book. This is one of the “paperback” version copies, Peter Finch’s Second Aeon Publications also produced a limited edition version of 12 signed examples.
“In 1973 Peter Finch’s publishing house Second Aeon, published Gibbs’s collection of concrete/visual poetry Connotations. Despite his regrets about the poor quality of the printing, it still gives an impressive picture of the varied methods he used to deal with language. On the back flap he states that: “I’m concerned with the reduction of language in its structural...
Single long folded paper sheet folded into three panels, stamped text. [Amsterdam]: Self-published, 1978.
A very rare work by visual poet, publisher, and editor Michael Gibbs (1949-2009); this is one of 25 copies – the limitation is written on the first panel – and is signed and dated by the artist. Gibbs has stamped the numbers one to nine, each once more than the previous, increasing the boldness of the impression.
In fine condition. WorldCat records just the copy at Princeton.
❧ Not in G. J. de Rook & A. Wilson, eds., All or nothing and other pages (2016).
 leaves. Square 4to, crudely stapled leaves. [Netherlands]: June 1976.
Scarce artist’s publication; one of 14 copies and signed by Gibbs (1949-2009) on the verso of the final leaf. The booklet is composed of pages cut out from an original pen drawing. The title-page is entirely stamped, and the “Small Press Festival” stamp implies the book was distributed there. It also has the stamp of Gibbs’s gallery, Galerie Kontakt, and the date “12 Juin 1976” on the final leaf’s verso.
Near fine; minor browning to the edges. WorldCat records just one copy, in Switzerland.
Black & white illus, mimeographed text.  pp. Large 4to, brown paper printed wrappers (head of spine a little worn). Amsterdam: Kontexts Publications, 1978.
One of 300 copies from the regular edition of this publication by the visual poet and publisher Michael Gibbs (1949-2009). There was a separate lettered edition of 26 copies, all signed and with an added “original page.”
“Gibbs presented a summary of ways of working with text in his book Selected Pages (1978). He starts by listing sixteen approaches to dealing with texts, which vary from ‘kindly’ to ‘with contempt.’ After that printed texts are juxtaposed...
 folded leaves, printed letterpress. Large 4to (320 x 340 mm.), orig. bright orange dust-jacket pasted to semi-stiff covers, plastic spiral-bound. Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1967.
First edition of this scarce letterpress transcription of Harig’s original stereophonic soccer radio play. A devoted soccer fan, Harig (1927-2018) composed this play to capture the ups and downs of a frenetic soccer match. He was a close associate of Max Bense and other members of the Stuttgart school who experimented with Concrete poetry. Partnering with the publisher and typographical artist Hansjörg Mayer, the author transformed his groundbreaking radio play into a beautifully presented...
Several black & white illus. 63,  pp. of index. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: n.d. [ca. 1980].
Herlin’s rare sixth catalogue, the first issued from his 68 Thompson Street location. It offers an outstanding selection of exhibition catalogues, books, posters, announcements, and periodicals (491 items total). We note the following listings: Flavin’s Pink and Gold exhibition catalogue (no. 122, $35); a signed copy of LeWitt’s 49 three-part variations using three different kinds of cubes (no. 241, $85); along with materials related to Josef Albers, Jackie Ferrara, Robert Indiana, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, etc. With a useful index in-fine.
Some black & white illus. 64,  pp. of index. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1981.
Herlin’s 7th catalogue, with the cover designed by Ira Joel Haber. It presents an astounding array of books, catalogues, exhibition ephemera, documents, periodicals, etc. With a total of 565 listings.
Near fine copy; minuscule stain to the upper wrapper and small tear to the bottom of the lower wrapper. This catalogue is unrecorded on WorldCat.
❧ Wikipedia (contributed by Herlin himself).
 pp. 4to, hand-stamped wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1993.
A remarkable bookseller’s catalogue, produced in an edition of 400. Issued from 40 Harrison Street, this catalogue offers an outstanding selection of artists’ books and publications (total of 693). Some items come from the collections of Lucy Lippard, Willoughby Sharp, and Mimi Wheeler. Listings of note include: unique works by Roberta Allen; Ida Applebroog’s book sets (signed), a long run of LeWitt's artist’s books; Nauman’s books; a copy of Ruscha’s A Few Palm Trees inscribed to Seth Siegelaub and Lippard; etc.
Fine. Among American institutions, WorldCat records just the copy at...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1982.
Rare list devoted to Dada issued by Herlin (b. 1940), wonderfully designed by Buster Cleveland (1943-98). Lists 68 items with a useful index at the end. Fine. This catalogue is not recorded on WorldCat.
Illus. throughout.  pp. 4to, pictorial wrappers (signed by B. Cleveland), staple-bound. New York: 1982.
Scarce list published by Jean-Noël Herlin (b. 1940), this one is devoted to Pop Art. It is sharply designed by the artist Buster Cleveland (1943-98) who has appropriated images from the items offered and collaged them throughout the present catalogue. Contains a total of 139 listings, including books, exhibition catalogues, announcements, and periodicals.
An impressive catalogue, in fine condition. Signed by Buster Cleveland on the upper wrapper in pencil. WorldCat records just the copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY).
❧ Wikipedia (contributed by...
Unpaginated. 8vo, blue pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. London: 1994.
Rare bookseller catalogue issued by Peter Gidal. With 507 items listed, including books and artwork by the Bechers, Beckett, Beuys, Cage, Duchamp, Kafka, Klein, Lippard, Polke, Rauschenberg, Roth, Ruscha, Schneemann, Twombly, Warhol (lots!), etc., etc.
Unpaginated. 8vo, buff pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: 1998.
Wide-ranging bookseller’s catalogue compiled by Peter Gidal, scarce. Presents a total of 753 items (antiquarian & modern books, photographs, artworks, etc.), including the work of Avedon, Becher, Beckett, Beuys, Broodthaers, Duchamp, Ginsberg, Haring, Hirst, Hockney, Holzer, Johns, Joyce, Kafka, Koons, Ono, Picasso, Polke, Richter, Roth, Ruscha, Warhol (lots!), etc., etc.
Unpaginated. 8vo, pictorial wrappers. London: 2001.
Rare bookseller catalogue issued by Peter Gidal; a fascinating mix of modern firsts, artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, and artworks.. With 801 items listed, including books and artwork by Beckett, Beuys, Cage, Duchamp, Kafka, Klein, Polke, Rauschenberg, Roth, Ruscha, Schneemann, Twombly, Warhol (lots!), etc., etc.
A fine copy.
210 pp. 8vo, neon yellow glow-in-the-dark semi-stiff wrappers. London: 2008.
Rare bookseller catalogue issued by Peter Gidal; a fascinating mix of modern firsts, artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, and artworks. With 768 items listed, including books and artwork by Beckett, Beuys, Cage, Duchamp, Kafka, Klein, Polke, Rauschenberg, Roth, Ruscha, Schneemann, Twombly, Warhol (lots!), etc., etc.
Single sheet with two vertical folds, forming  pp. New York: 1971.
The very rare second catalogue published by Seth Siegelaub’s International General book publishing and distribution firm. In 1970, Siegelaub (1941-2013) founded the company in an effort to streamline the dissemination of his legendary exhibition catalogues as well as celebrated books & catalogues by Lippard, Ruscha, Weiner, Barry, Ruppersberg, and Merz.
In the announcement letter of International General’s founding — a copy of which is found in the Museum of Modern Art’s Library (NY) — Siegelaub writes: “Because of the increasing demands for catalogues and books dealing with the...
2 p.l., 2001; 2 p.l., 2001 pp. Two vols. Small 4to (152 x 118 mm.), orig. black cloth over semi-stiff boards, gilt & silver lettering on upper covers and spines, housed in a cloth-covered slipcase. [Brussels]: Editions M. Szwajcer & M. Didier, 1999.
The scarce artist’s book revisiting On Kawara’s One Million Years. A total of 570 copies of this work were printed: 60 numbered and signed, 10 artist’s proofs, and 500 numbered; this is one of the numbered copies (no. 305). The first volume, “Past” (998031 BC to 1969 AD), begins with the phrase, “For all those who have...