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.
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Illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. wrappers). Stuttgart: ca. 1974-75.
Many text & full-page illus.  pp. Small 4to, green pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1998.
A scarce catalogue issued by Barbara Moore to advertise re-publications of celebrated Fluxus books and multiples. It includes the work of artists such as Maciunas, Brecht, Friedman, Hendricks, Hutchins, Kosugi, Kubota, Liss, Miller, Ono, Shiomi, Vautier, and Watts. The first page highlights “The last multiple planned by George Maciunas,” his Flux-Deck, completed with Geoff Hendricks and Larry Miller.
In fine condition.
Many text illus., photocopied. Unpaginated. Oblong 8vo (258 x 171 mm.), blue craft paper binder, two metal rings, orig. label on spine. Basel: ca. 1985.
A very scarce catalogue issued by Dieter Roth’s publishing company; not recorded on WorldCat. This seems to be the second edition of a catalogue entitled “Catalogue 1987 - ∞”; two hundred copies of the present publication were produced.
It lists materials in this order: Books; Picture Books; Catalogues; Periodicals; Scores, Forms, Standards; Posters; Records; Record Cassettes; Films; Video; Multiples; Copy Booksd; Picture Postcards. We find the works of D. Roth, Vera Roth, Jeanette Roth, A. Rainer, Björn Roth, and...
Black & white illus. of Ruscha’s first eight books. Large poster intentionally separated horizontally in two & stapled twice to form an accordion booklet of 10 pp. (200 x 108 mm. fully folded). Hollywood, California: Heavy Industry Publications: [ca. 1968].
First state of this extremely rare trade catalogue advertising Ruscha’s first eight artists’ books. This is one of the earliest ephemeral publications promoting these fabled books. They are presented in typical Ruscha fashion: slightly askew and matter-of-factly. We date the present catalogue to 1968 or thereabouts based on the final item listed for sale, Nine Swimming Pools (retailed at $3.50, 1968). The second edition of...
Six illus. in the text (two full-page). 24 unnumbered pages. Folio, pink semi-stiff wrappers (extremities a trifle scuffed). London: 1989.
One of Sam Fogg’s catalogues devoted to artists’ books. It lists 281 items with concise descriptions, including works by or materials related to Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, Lucian Freud, Robert Indiana, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, George Maciunas, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, etc. The second portion features exhibition catalogues and magazines. Catalogue compiled by Tim Cumming and Sam Fogg.
Very good copy.
66,  pp. ads & index. Tall 8vo (200 x 110 mm.), pink printed wrappers, two glue-bound gatherings laid-in wrappers as issued. [Antwerp: 1976].
The scarce catalogue issued by the curator and publisher Schraenen (1948-2018), which lists hundreds of early artists’ books; one of 500 copies printed. At the beginning, it contains contributions by Schraenen, Carrión, Kostelanetz, and Klaus Groh. It then lists the works of Beuys, Burroughs, Cage, Carrión, Degottex, Downsbrough, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Ginsberg, Higgins, Jacks, Kostelanetz, Rot, Shiomi, Tuttle, Vostell, E. Williams, etc. There are also long listings of records, magazines, and posters. This catalogue was published to accompany events held in Brussels, Antwerp...
Embossed title on first leaf. 24 unnumbered leaves of thick Fabriano Rosaspina Avorio paper. Oblong folio (260 x 370 mm.), orig. cloth boards, linen cords strung through holes in paper. Barrytown: Space Heater Multiples, 1982.
A book that commands it be read from beginning to end, then end to beginning. This is one of Smith’s masterpieces, also known as the “String Book”; from a numbered edition of 50 and signed by the artist. This work is noteworthy in terms of its structure — thick paper linked by string — and its interaction with light. Book 91 is not a printed book; one finds no...
41 hand-cut leaves (incl. upper cover). Small 4to (130 x 147 mm.), orig. printed covers, “long stitch through slotted wrapper cover” sewing. [Rochester, NY]: Feb. 1984.
A scarce example of one of Smith’s “no-picture books,” printed in an edition of 100 copies, bound and signed by Smith. Here the core of the book is a continuous circle and graduated circular hole through the entire work. The hole in each leaf was formed by a blade attached to a compass. This book was part of Smith’s effort to create affordable hand-bound works in larger editions, “which could be purchased by anyone, even by students —...
Eight leaves, each leaf larger by 1/2” from the previous. 8vo (202 x 148 mm.), orig. leather-backed boards, stitching on spine, title printed on upper cover. [From colophon]: Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1985.
An uncommon visual and interactive poem by the celebrated book artist Keith A. Smith (b. 1938), bound by the artist and printed offset in a numbered edition of 200, signed by the artist on the colophon page. Like Book 107, the intricate structure of overlapping text on each leaf requires repeated manipulation of the book and the pages.
Smith writes in his auto-bibliography 200 Books (2000), “[The] text is a poem written for my...
Offset printed black & white illus. throughout. Leporello format (162 x 112 mm. closed, fully extends to 2.5 meters), stiff paper boards, printed pictorial label on upper board. Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1986.
One of Smith’s works in leporello format, featuring a poem by the artist; printed offset in an edition of 300 and signed by the artist on the title-page. This work is dedicated to the book artist Philip Zimmerman.
In his auto-bibliography 200 Books, Smith (b. 1938) explains the origin of this piece, “I was not speaking of snow, but the snow job of governments spouting the safety of nuclear power plants. I....
Offset printed black & white illus. throughout. Leporello (160 x 115 mm. closed), printed pictorial label on upper board, stiff paper boards. Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1986.
One of Smith’s works in leporello format, based on the pen and ink drawings from his unique Book 73 (1978-79), complemented with a poem by the artist; printed offset in an edition of 300. This work is dedicated to the photographer Philip Lange.
In his auto-bibliography, 200 Books, Smith (b. 1938) explains the origin of this piece, “I have always been afraid of water. I never took showers, only baths. Even then I filled the tub with only...
 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. This 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. 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.
Eight leaves, each leaf ½” larger than the previous. 8vo (197 x 144 mm.), orig. leather-backed boards, stitching on spine, title printed on upper cover. [From colophon]: Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1985.
A scarce visual and interactive poem by the celebrated book artist, Keith A. Smith (b. 1938), bound by the artist and printed offset in a numbered edition of 200. This is a beguiling and intricate composition with overlapping text on each leaf, requiring repeated manipulation of the book and the pages.
Smith explains the structure and creation of this book (as well as for Book 108) in his auto-bibliography: “All the letters on the...
Many black & white illus. 112 unnumbered pages. 8vo (211 x 145 mm.), printed wrappers. Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1986.
An uncommon collection of visual poems by the American book artist, Keith A. Smith (b. 1938); this is an early photo-digital book, created using Thunderscan. Printed offset in an edition of 500 copies on Mohawk Vellum 70 lb. There was also a leather-bound edition of 25 copies. The present example is signed by the artist on the title-page.
“In Overcast/Outcast Smith takes [it] a step farther. While [Book 115] is almost entirely graphic — a flat pattern on the page — Outcast develops dimensionality with its verbal materials. The...
48 pp. Tall 8vo (225 x 90 mm.), semi-stiff printed wrappers, perfect bound. [From lower wrapper]: Barton, Vermont: [1973-74].
A scarce catalogue offering early artists’ publications. The cheery (but briefly sardonic) Current Highlights reads: “Wherever one turns one reads or hears about the ‘demise of publishing’ and it is perhaps not fashionable nor even realistic to feel positive about it. But somehow we do and we’ve been publishing for nearly ten years now. That’s a long time in anybody’s book…
“We grew out of Fluxus originally and Fluxus has come and mostly gone. They hold a bash every once in...
Black & white illus. 16 pp. (incl. wrappers). Small 4to (175 x 136 mm.), orig. white printed wrappers, staple-bound. [New York: 1966?].
The very rare first Something Else Press catalogue. Founded by Dick Higgins, the press published and distributed an array of innovative American and European artists’ books. This catalogue opens with an article on book design and its limitations, as well as examples of attractive and structurally sound bookbindings. The article concludes: “We are not interested in built-in obsolescence. We want our books to be as fresh ten years from now as they are today, and as much of a joy to behold.” This...
 pp. Tall 8vo (229 x 103 mm.), yellow wrappers (sunned at head), staple-bound. [From lower wrapper]: New York: 1969.
A very rare Something Else Press catalogue. It lists new publications by John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Dick Higgins, Daniel Spoerri, Gertrude Stein, and Back List items by Alison Knowles, Robert Filliou, Ray Johnson, Claes Oldenburg, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, etc.
In near fine condition.
16 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (225 x 100 mm.), printed semi-stiff wrappers, staple-bound. New York, Cologne, Valencia: .
A very scarce publisher’s catalogue. It offers works by John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Dick Higgins, Daniel Spoerri, Gertrude Stein, and Wolf Vostell. Presented in the Back List are books and pamphlets by Filliou, Alison Knowles, Ray Johnson, Claes Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow, George Brecht, Jerome Rothenberg, and Emmett Williams. Higgins and the Something Else Press also imported numerous innovative books from Europe, such as those produced by Hansjörg Mayer, Wolfgang Schmidt, Dieter Rot, Stefan Wewerka, and André Thomkins.
Near fine copy; staples rusted. A valuable and rare record of the Something Else Press’s efforts to disseminate affordable and creative artists’ books.
Several black & white illus. Folded sheet on coated paper (210 x 150 mm. folded). Paris: .
The rare first catalogue devoted to Surrealism issued by the Librairie José Corti, one of the principal distributors of Surrealist works in Paris. Located on the Rue de Clichy, the bookstore would later serve as the occasional headquarters of the collective imprint Editions Surréalistes.
This catalogue offers for sale the early books of Breton, Aragon, Eluard, Char, Tzara, Péret, Picabia, Desnos, Ernst, etc. With illustrations by Magritte and Ernst.
Cover illustration by Max Ernst & 12 photographic closeups of authors, printed on both sides of six sheets of coated paper, tipped-in. 15 pp. 8vo (220 x 130 mm.), orig. printed paper wrappers. Paris: J. Corti, .
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue issued by one of the principal distributors of Surrealist works in Paris. The famous chart of authors prescribed and invalidated by the Surrealists “Lisez / Ne Lisez” appears for the first time in print on the lower wrapper of this catalogue. The Librairie José Corti on the Rue de Clichy served as the occasional headquarters of the collective imprint Editions Surréalistes. Ernst’s steel-engraved collage on...
Numerous black & white illus., some full-page.  pp. Small folio (298 x 212 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers. Antwerp: 1992.
The scarce first catalogue issued by the partnership of gallerist Van de Velde and bookseller Ceuleers. Their collaboration began in 1990. It offers an impressive array of rare artists’ books, multiples, exhibition catalogues, and important reference works. The first portion of the catalogue consists of materials related to Dada and Surrealism; the second is devoted to “Art after 1945.”
A near fine copy.
Ca. 150 catalogue cards bolted. Washington, D.C. & New York: Independent Curators Incorporated, 1978-80.
An uncommon exhibition catalogue, important in the early popularization of artists’ books. Curated by Wilson and Frank, the exhibition included more than a hundred examples of book art, representing a wide variety of publishing methods. It also broadened the distribution of these publications, which were normally spread informally, to art spaces across North America. The show was hosted at six locations: Allen Memorial Art Museum; the University of Hartford; Dalhousie University Art Gallery; the University of California, Irvine; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; and the Washington...
 pp. Small 4to, orig. light green pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [London: 1995].
A scarce catalogue of multiples. workfortheeyetodo was a bookshop established in London by Simon Cutts and Erica van Horn of Coracle Press, and Maggie Smith. From 1992 until 1997, the space hosted exhibitions, marketed old and newly published works, and maintained a choice reference collection.
The present catalogue, with descriptions by John Janssen and compiled by Smith, offers 52 multiples and four reference works on multiples. The amusing foreword explains the criteria for the items selected and comments on the market for multiples. We find pieces by Beuys, Coracle, Cutts, Finlay, Dan...
Text illus.  pp. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers. London: 1995.
A rare workfortheeyetodo catalogue of European artists’ books. workfortheeyetodo was a bookshop established in London by Simon Cutts and Erica van Horn of Coracle Press, and Maggie Smith. From 1992 until 1997, the space hosted exhibitions, marketed old and newly published works, and maintained a choice reference collection. It offers the work of artists such as Endre Tot, Vautier, Valoch, Andre, Boltanski, Downsbrough, Kosuth, Broodthaers, Darboven, Kawara, Nannucci, LeWitt, Cutts, van Horn, Hamish Fulton, Alfredo Jaar, Kippenberger, Prince, Keith A. Smith, etc. With an assertive foreword on the state of artists’...