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.
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Color illus. throughout.  pp. Oblong 8vo, purple printed wrappers, staple-bound. Exeter: SpaceX; Edinburgh: Morning Star, 2002.
Color illus. throughout, printed with 4-color offset lithography.  pp. Square 4to (200 x 200 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, perfect-bound. New York: Multiples, Inc. & Colombes, France: Générations, 1977.
First edition of LeWitt’s first artist’s book published with Marian Goodman’s Multiples, Inc. Up to this point the artist had produced a number of prints and portfolios through Goodman, but this was the first “multiple” made in book form. This work consists of 78 combinations of the components listed in the title.
Fine copy. Printed in an edition of 2000 copies.
❧ D. Schwarz, ed., Multiples, Inc.: 1965-1992 (2021) 1977.15 (pictured...
16 black & white plates.  pp. Square 4to (200 x 200 mm.), orig. illustrated semi-stiff wrappers (spine sunned & a trifle stained), staple-bound. London: Studio International, 1969.
One of LeWitt’s earliest artist’s books, remarkably well-preserved. This is the artist’s fifth book, but the third standalone publication not originating from an exhibition or periodical. It is now scarce on the market.
“The front cover of Four Basic Kinds of Straight Lines is an exemplary statement of the compositional elements: vertical lines, horizontal lines and the two sets of diagonal lines. The proportions are immaculate. The back cover, in turn, states...
Photolithographed color illustrations.  leaves mounted on orig. stubs (two double-page & folding). Large square 4to (305 x 321 mm.), navy blue cloth boards, title on spine, cloth-covered slipcase. Houston: Texas Gallery, 1982.
One of LeWitt’s rarest artist’s books, produced in an unusually small edition of 15 copies (with 8 A.P.) and signed by LeWitt (1928-2007) on the half-title. Published by Fredericka Hunter’s Texas Gallery, this book is composed of photolithographs in alternating blue, yellow, red, green, and black, all executed by Ryo Watanabe on fine Rives BFK paper. A departure from his works based on geometric permutations, Statues (a...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. Small square 4to (150 x 150 mm.), white printed semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. Rome: Ugo Ferranti, 1982.
Scarce artist’s book by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), published with the gallerist Ugo Ferranti. LeWitt's first exhibition with the gallery was in 1980, and in 1982, he had a show there called Structures. In this book, hand-drawn diagrams of structures on the versos face photographs of the 20 executed structures designed by LeWitt.
Near fine copy; small blue ink mark to upper wrapper and inoffensive crease to one corner. WorldCat records the following institutions with copies...
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.
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.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 459.
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...
Many black & white, full-bleed illus. Unpaginated. 4to, printed stiff wrappers, plastic spiral bound. Paris: 2007.
A very rare bookseller-exhibition catalogue. It closely mimics Seth Siegelaub’s 5-31 January, 1969 exhibition catalogue. A fine range of artists’ books and photobooks are offered (without prices), including work by Acconci, Baldessari, Barry, Calle, Christo, Feldmann, Graham, LeWitt, Messager, Monk, Nauman, Pierson, Ruscha, Ulay, Sugimoto, Warhol, Wool, etc. Most of the items are illustrated. “Thanks to sjleib” is printed on the final page, indicating that Steven Leiber played some part in the compilation of this catalogue.
Near fine copy; extremities the slightest bit worn...
Postcard, printed on one side only, opening information rubber-stamped in red ink on verso, mailed & postmarked. Amsterdam: 1976.
Rare Other Books and So invitation; mailed to the Dutch collector and Fluxus adherent Tjeerd Deelstra (b. 1937). The Colombian video artist Raul Marroquin (b. 1948) and Ulises Carrión (1941-89) worked together on a number of projects. This exhibition began with “film projections” the night of the opening. Marroquin exhibited at the bookstore-cum-gallery space once more, in November 1976.
Fine. ❧ Guy Schraenen, ed., Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016), p. 184.
Many illus. 61,  p. Large 4to, orig. printed semi-stiff covers. Leeds: Wild Pansy Press, 2007.
Scarce catalogue for the wide-ranging exhibition at the University Gallery, Leeds juxtaposing books from across the centuries. Books and publications by Ruscha, Sugimoto, Helen Douglas, Richard Long, Dieter Roth, Boltanski, Lippard, Joan Lyons, Jonathan Monk, etc., were shown alongside Kitao Masayoshi, Hokusai, Sukenobu, Duchamp, and several other antiquarian materials. This volume includes essays by the curators, Ellis Tinios, Gaye Smith, Yann Sérandour, Sharon Kivland, and Chris Sheppard.
In near fine condition; faint wear to the edges.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on...
Full-bleed black & white illus. 12 pp. Oblong 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Vienna: Galerie Grita Insam, 1984.
Rare Annette Messager (b. 1943) exhibition catalogue, published by the Galerie Grita Insam in Vienna. With installation shots and text by critic Bernard Marcadé in French and German.
Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Midlothian, UK: Show & Tell Editions, 2015.
Rare Jonathan Monk (b. 1969) exhibition catalogue. Published in 2015, this catalogue records a peculiar 2012 exhibition of 64 works by the artist. The curator Paul Robertson was given permission to stage a show at Summerhall in a hidden attic. Only 129 people were able to see it. This is basically a thorough photographic bibliography of books and ephemera by the artist.
In fine condition. We locate just two copies in North America: Delaware and Ohio State.
Color illus. throughout.  leaves. Small folio, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, stitched. Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Centre d’art Neuchâtel, 2018.
Very rare Jonathan Monk (b. 1969) exhibition catalogue; unrecorded on WorldCat. The artist’s first show under this name was held in May-July 1997, the second occurred March-May 2015, both taking place at the Centre. The catalogue consists of photographs from both exhibits on facing pages.
Full-bleed illus. throughout.  leaves. 4to, pictorial hardcover, title on spine, illustrated endpapers. [Glasgow: Tramway, 2008].
Uncommon artist’s book by Jonathan Monk (b. 1969). Referencing the long-running BBC children’s program, the artist covers the Blue Peter book with exhibition invitations from his impressive collection of art ephemera. It includes scarce materials connected to shows by artists such as Kawara, Nauman, LeWitt, Ader, Merz, Ruscha, Tuttle, Boetti, Barry, Weiner, Twombly, Lamelas, Ian Wilson, Anselmo, etc.
Fine copy. Designed by the British artist Dan Rees.
Color illus. throughout. Square 4to, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers.  leaves, printed on rectos only. [From verso of final leaf]: Paris: M19, 2009.
Rare artist’s book by Jonathan Monk, published to accompany his 2009 shows The Inflated Deflated and The Deflated Inflated at Casey Kaplan and Lisson Gallery in London, respectively. There was also an exhibition of related shirts and posters at Specific Object.
The book begins with a large pink circle obscuring a picture that is slowly revealed as the circle shrinks and gradually turns red, functioning as a flip-book. This reveals a picture of Monk sitting with one of...
Black & white illus. throughout & color illus. on inside of wrappers. Unpaginated. Large 4to, semi-stiff printed wrappers with flaps, title on spine. Muttenz, Switzerland: Kunsthaus Baselland, 2016.
Scarce Jonathan Monk exhibition catalogue, this show was held at the Kunsthaus Baselland from 27 May to 17 July 2016. Consists of exhaustive photography documenting the exhibition space, an interview with the curator Ines Goldbach (in German & English), and a list of the artist’s solo exhibitions.
In fine condition. We locate a single copy in North American institutions.
❧ See Monk’s biography on Casey Kaplan’s website.
Many color illus.  pp. 8vo, semi-stiff covers, metal spiral-bound. [New York: Flat Fix, 2016].
From the final page: “This book contains a number of A4 printouts that were used as source material for a series of drawings on restaurant receipts. The printed images show works by artists that interest me.
“Random markings of pencil, paint, torn edges and post-it stickers add to the preliminary nature of this book…a kind of starter for another book of the finished Restaurant Drawings.
“The finished drawings have all been sold for the price of the meal they represent. The owners of the drawings...
Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  leaves. 12mo, printed softcover. Paris: Yvon Lambert, 2011.
Rare artist’s book by Jonathan Monk (b. 1969); from an edition of 500 copies and ten cover color variants. Co-published with Yvon Lambert, the book documents the production of the artist’s posters at KRASTS, a small printing company in Riga, Latvia.
As new. WorldCat records just the New York Public Library copy among North American institutions. Please let us know if you have a preference of cover color.
, 100,  pp. Small 4to, softcover, staple-bound. Milan: Humboldt Books, 2016.
Signed and title handwritten by the artist on the cover. Scarce book recording 100 early works in Jonathan Monk’s Restaurant Drawings, with an essay by curator Luca Cerizza (in English & Italian). This series began with Monk’s two-year stay in Rome. He began recreating 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...
Color illus. throughout. , 100,  pp. Small 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Milan: Humboldt Books, 2016.
The scarce book recording 100 early works in Jonathan Monk’s Restaurant Drawings, with an essay by curator Luca Cerizza (in English & Italian). This series began with Monk’s two-year stay in Rome. He began recreating 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 illustrated...