Color and black & white illus. throughout. 36 pp. 8vo, pictorial semi-stiff covers with flaps. [Frankfurt]: Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, 1991.
A very rare exhibition catalogue, designed by Martin Kippenberger to imitate a Baedeker guide. We find just two copies in North America. According to Koch, it was produced in an edition of around 1000 copies.
“In 1991 Martin Kippenberger was teaching at the Städel Art School in Frankfurt. Virtuosen vor dem Berg [Virtuosi Before the Mountain], created in collaboration with the ‘Kippenberger Class’ (Matti Braun, Andreas Höhne, Adam Kuczynski, Martin Liebscher, Tobias Rehberger, Matthias Schaufler, Markus Schneider, Tatjana Steiner, Ronald Wullems...
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Color and black & white illus. throughout. 36 pp. 8vo, pictorial semi-stiff covers with flaps. [Frankfurt]: Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, 1991.
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...
Folded poster (ca. 450 x 290 mm.) printed in the artist’s signature ultramarine, International Klein Blue (IKB). Los Angeles: Dwan Gallery, 1961.
The extremely rare poster conceived by Yves Klein (1928-62) for his May 1961 exhibition at Dwan Gallery in Los Angeles; unrecorded on WorldCat. This groundbreaking show came after the far more muted one at Castelli (11-29 April 1961). These were the first two presentations of Klein’s work in North America. Exhibition materials from Klein’s lifetime are very scarce and the Dwan exhibition was crucial in the artist’s introduction to the American audience. Five Klein pieces are among the...
 recycled and hand-pulped leaves. 8vo (188 x 127 mm.), hand-pulped paper over boards, reversed calf over spine. [Czechia]: Self-published, 1988.
Scarce JH Kocman (b. 1947) artist’s book, with the signed artist’s card present. Kocman recycled a 1981 Czech text to make the hand-pulped leaves constituting the present work. He gave this to a friend in February 1991, as shown on the typewritten card description, but the book was likely created in 1988.
In fine condition. Not in WorldCat.
❧ Not in J | H | Kocman: Artists’ Books and Papers (Galerie Rudolfinum Praha: 1997).
 hand-pulped leaves. 8vo (198 x 134 mm.), deerskin over boards, hand-pulped endpapers. [Czechia]: Self-published, Autumn 1982.
Scarce bookwork by the Czech conceptual artist and bookmaker JH Kocman (b. 1947); WorldCat finds just one example, in Germany.
From the typewritten card: “The book Místo mezi lidmi by P. Bojar was torn into small fragments and these were crushed by grinding in water on mixer. From this pulp hand-paper sheets were made and from these sheets my book No. 061 was bound…Binding in brown velur leather, Signed by a blind stamp on the last end-paper.”
A fine copy, with the signed...
3 p.l., 155 pp. 8vo (171 x 102 mm.), cont. mottled calf (joints a little rubbed and cracked at head & tail, but strong), spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. The Hague: J. Neaulme, 1747.
First edition of this groundbreaking work on the arts in France, composed by the “father of modern art criticism” (Oxford Art online, by A. McClellan). La Font (1688-1771) was employed at Versailles as Gentilhomme de la Reine to Marie Leczinska, and befriended the painter F. Lemoyne. He anonymously wrote several other well-regarded books on the arts.
The present work, in addition to his Sentimens...
Frontis. & one illus. (both black & white). 16 pp. 8vo (205 x 136 mm.), orig. green semi-stiff printed wrappers, staple-bound. [From the final page]: Melun: A. Douhin, 1927.
The uncommon second edition of this account of Jean François Millet’s life by the poet and journalist Louis Latourrette. He focuses on the formative time the artist spent at Barbizon. The author writes in the introduction (in trans.): “If Barbizon gave to J.F. Millet the full awareness of his genius and the reason for his most magisterial inspiration, the great painter lavishly settled his debt by giving to Barbizon glory, a....
Numerous illus. Large folding poster (914 x 610 mm.), folded into eight panels (minor wear to the central fold). [San Francisco]: November 2010.
Leiber’s scarce penultimate catalogue (no. 51), a poster issued on the occasion of the 2010 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; WorldCat records no copies in the United States. “This poster mimics the event flyer for 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a series that took place October 13-23, 1966, at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. The series was the inaugural program of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) organization and involved a....
Single folded sheet with inkjet color illus., and printed text on both sides (277 x 102 mm. folded), laid in original plastic cassette case (a little worn), and original audio cassette. [From the folded sheet]: San Francisco: April 1998.
A very rare Leiber catalogue (no. 32), and one of his most ingenious vehicles for offering materials. The catalogue consists of an audio cassette, its case, and a list laid-in the case. “Artists, curators, art librarians, and others associated with the art world were faxed catalog entries with instructions to call and read the entry aloud over Steven Leiber’s answering machine...
Many black & white illus. Ca. 320 unnumbered pages. Photocopied sheets (280 x 215 mm.), mounted with a metal bracket, orig. manila folder, title written in blue marker on upper cover & spine. [From title page & spine]: San Francisco: 1994.
A famous Steven Leiber (1957-2012) catalogue, his 16th, describing more than 700 items; printed in an edition of about 100 copies. This catalogue is modeled after Harald Szeemann’s catalogue for the celebrated Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form exhibition presented at the Kunstalle Bern in 1969. “Rose Holtz,” mentioned on the cover, is Leiber’s grandmother, whose basement...
13 double-page illus. 5 pp. of text. 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. plain stiff boards, spine taped as issued. San Francisco: Steven Leiber, .
Steven Leiber’s rare last catalogue, devoted to the artists’ books of the Schmidt-Heins sororal twins, with color reproductions of their work. It is modeled after the exhibition catalogue Buchwerke, Barbara Schmidt-Heins, Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Original-Bucher 1972 bis 1976, issued by the Kunstraum München & the Institut für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, in 1976. This catalogue offers 14 unique bookworks for sale (seven by each twin), and provides detailed descriptions of their structures and illustrations.
Born in Rellingen...
Black & white illus. on first & last pages. Two large folded brown sheets (457 x 305 mm. folded). 6 pp. of text & one small blue sheet entitled “Vault Room” laid-in. San Francisco: 1996.
Leiber’s uncommon 25th catalogue, published for an exhibition (18 July - 31 August 1996) at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles. Designed by Jody Zellen and Yoon Ki Chai and published in an edition of around 1000 copies.
In excellent condition.
❧ Steven Leiber Catalogs (2019), pp. 102-4.
Nine stapled & folded sheets (298 x 199 mm. unfolded), printed on both sides & 16 cards (191 x 149 mm.), with black & white illus. and facsimile ms. on reverse, both housed in the orig. cardstock box (205 x 161 x 24 mm.), with text on lid, sides, and bottom (lid a trifle soiled). Black & white illus. on inside of lid & floor of box. San Francisco: 2007.
Leiber’s rare 47th catalogue, which was issued for the second annual New York Art Book Fair, in 2007. It imitates Giulio Paolini’s boxed publication accompanying his 1977 exhibition at the...
Single printed sheet & large crumpled and folded sheet (ca. 440 x 600), printed on both sides. San Francisco: .
A very rare Steven Leiber (1957-2012) catalogue, one of approximately 100 copies produced. Numbered by Leiber as no. 30, Steven Leiber Catalogs has it as his 36th (March 1999). Imitating Duchamp’s celebrated poster and a work by Martin Creed, this catalogue is also very rare. Our copy is complete with the tongue-in-cheek certificate of authenticity for “A Sheet of 24 x 18 inch paper printed on both sides crumpled into a ball.”
The catalogue itself offers artists’ books by Roberta...
Black & white illus. throughout Vol. II. 78;  (incl. inside of lower wrapper) pp. Two vols. 8vo (216 x 140 mm.), orig. printed wrappers (spines sunned), staple-bound, housed in a slipcase. [San Francisco]: 1996.
An important catalogue (no. 21) issued by Leiber in association with Louisa Riley-Smith’s 20th Century Art Archives. The majority of items offered came from the collection of Leif Eriksson, the great Swedish collector and champion of artists’ books, who in 1978 created the Swedish Archive of Artists’ Books. The present set imitates Christian Boltanski’s artist’s book Inventaire des objets appartenant à un habitant d’Oxford… (1973).
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.
❧Steven Leiber Catalogs (2019)...
19 stapled sheets, printed on rectos only. [San Francisco]: n.d.
A rare list by Steven Leiber, this one presents the works of the Scottish poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) in chronological order. It includes books, prints, sculptural poems, correspondence art, etc. The list is not priced. Fine.
 pp. 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; produced in an edition of around 250 copies. A great collector and advocate of artists’ publications, Eriksson started his archive in 1978. This catalogue was made in collaboration with Louisa Riley-Smith (20th Century Art Archives), who designed the catalogue. She selected an entrancing image from Annette Messager’s Les Tortures Volontaires (1974) as the cover image.
This catalogue offers...
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.
❧ Steven Leiber Catalogs (2019), pp. 169-72.
188 mostly numbered photocopied leaves, printed on one side only. Housed in a portfolio with lithographed text and two pockets to hold the printed sheets. San Francisco: S. Leiber, .
The rare 23rd catalogue issued by Leiber, which he modeled after Correspondence, the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name, presenting the letters of Ray Johnson at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (October 31-December 5, 1976). The present catalogue offers dadazines, artists’ stamps, mail art, publications by mail artists, and other primary documents related to North American mail art.
This copy is in remarkably fine condition...
Many black & white illus., four original artist’s “pageworks” by Albrecht D., and photograph pasted to lower wrapper. 8vo (280 x 108 mm.) & 4to (210 x 220 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers, staple-bound. San Francisco: S. Leiber, April 1998.
Steven Leiber’s 33rd catalogue; it is tantamount to a comprehensive bibliographic survey of the German artist Albrecht D. and his Reflection Press. The book’s leaves, printed in two sizes, are bound in alternating format, corresponding to the materials they describe. The catalogue’s format imitates several works created by Albrecht D. (b. 1944). Leiber includes a concise history of the Reflection...
Many black & white illus. 30 long vertical sheets (ca. 430 x 282 mm.), printed on rectos only, stapled at head. [From final sheet]: San Francisco: August 2003.
A scarce Leiber catalogue (no. 42), offering 289 items of mail art, visual poetry, artists’ books and publications, exhibition catalogues, and rare ephemera; produced in an edition of ca. 100 copies. This profusely illustrated catalogue imitates Allan Kaprow’s DAYS OFF: A Calendar of Happenings, a commission by the Junior Council of the Museum of Modern Art, created in 1970.
Each page focuses on a particular theme or presents works by an individual...
36 color photographs, film negatives, and a printed price-list. San Francisco: 2000.
An extremely rare and complete example of Steven Leiber’s 38th catalogue, of which only approximately 47 copies were made and sent to his clientele. Each copy is unique. The catalogue was modeled after Dinos and Jake Chapman’s multiple Aygotic Exposure (1996). Leiber’s clients received a roll of film that they had to develop in order to view the catalogue’s offerings. The original roll is not present for obvious reasons. Leiber took the photographs in his grandmother’s home, casually staging the artworks around the house; his office and inventory...
Hand-colored illus. in the text, hand-colored plate hors texte & sheet of “Timbres Anticrisopestiques” laid-in. ,  pp. Small folio (322 x 246 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, stitched as issued. Paris: J. Bernard, 1933.
First and only edition of an amusing narrative about the imaginary “Crisopeste,” with fine illustrations by Lewitska, heightened in color pencil, which disrupt and transform the text. One of 100 numbered luxury copies on vélin blanc fort, heightened with hand coloring, and with an additional plate hors texte, from a total edition of 1000 copies.
Born in Poland, Lewitska (1880-1937) trained as a painter in Paris...