57 black & white illus.  pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Cologne: Galerie Gisela Capitain, 1989.
Scarce Martin Kippenberger (1953-97) artist’s book, from an edition of ca. 500-800 copies. It was published in conjunction with the artist’s exhibition Die Hamburger Hängung. Umzüge 1957-1988. Fallende Flüge [Hamburger Hanging. Removals 1957-1988. Falling Flights] (20 January-18 February 1989).
“This artist book contains reproductions of drawings (oil crayon, lead pencil, ballpoint pen and Tipp-ex on invoices of the Bahia Othon Palace Hotel, Salvador BA, from the years 1986-1988) of the floor plans of all the premises in which Martin Kippenberger had worked and...
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57 black & white illus.  pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Cologne: Galerie Gisela Capitain, 1989.
Full-bleed green & white illus. throughout. Ca.  pp. Thick square 4to (268 x 244 mm.), pictorial softcover, title on spine. Sankt Georgen: Collection Grässlin, 1994.
An invaluable record of the most extensive collection of Kippenberger’s work, assembled by the Grässlin family over several decades. Kippenberger (1953-97) and Sabine Grässlin are credited as the designers of the present catalogue. Koch estimates that it was printed in an edition of ca. 1000 copies. For the subsequent major exhibition at the Brandenburgischer Kunstverein (5 June-31 July 1994), a new dust-jacket depicting Kippenberger’s skull was added (explanation below); copies with this are extremely...
Full-page color illus. throughout. 47,  p. 4to, semi-stiff yellow printed covers. Saint Louis: Forum for Contemporary Art, 1993.
Uncommon catalogue for the exhibition of works from Martin Kippenberger’s personal collection, held at the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis (now the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis). Introduction by Elizabeth Wright Millard, Executive Director of the institution, and art critic Jan Avgikos. The artist’s collection included works by Werner Büttner, Chérie Samba, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Michael Krebber, Albert Oehlen, and Jörg Schlick.
Near fine copy; some trivial marking to the covers.
❧ Uwe Koch, ed., Annotated catalogue raisonné...
114 black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, geometric softcover, title on spine. Cologne: Walther König, 1988.
Scarce artist’s book by Martin Kippenberger (1953-97), mimicking the well-known design of books by Merve Verlag in Berlin, which had published one of the artist’s earliest books, Frauen (1980).
“Originally, Martin Kippenberger intended to have Psychobuildings published by Merve. When the project was abandoned due to a misunderstanding, he had the book published ‘…in the reversed layout of Merve…and presents, contextually aware, only photographs…The photographs are presented devoid of comment, and at first sight it seems as if they record only observations in...
Color illus. pasted on upper wrapper, 15 color photographs pasted-on and 15 black & white illus.  pp. Square 4to, peach printed wrappers. Düsseldorf: CCD Galerie; Hamburg: PPS Galerie, 1986.
One of 800 copies; scarce artist’s book by Martin Kippenberger (1953-97). The title refers to Ed Ruscha’s egg yolk painting Sand in the Vaseline (1974, van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven).
“On the left-hand pages of the illustration section, there are 15 identical reproductions of a black and white photograph taken by Kippenberger’s father. On the right-hand pages Kippenberger has pasted-in coloured illustrations of collages he created using postcards and photographs collected and...
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...
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...
Illus. throughout. 59 pp. & colophon. Small 4to, printed softcover with flaps. Bremen: Kunsthalle Bremen, 2018.
Rare catalogue published in conjunction with the Kunsthalle Bremen’s exhibition on Jürgen Wesseler’s intrepid Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven. With most of the gallery’s famous square posters illustrated within, including those by Daniel Buren, Gerhard Richter, Blinky Palermo, Robert Filliou, Isa Genzken, Sol LeWitt, On Kawara, Stanley Brouwn, Jack Goldstein, Sigmar Polke, Hanne Darboven, Bas Jan Ader, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Barry, etc.
In excellent condition.
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...
Black & white illus, printed on recto only. Single illustrated sheet, two horizontal folds as mailed. Amsterdam: 1977.
Flyer announcement for the presentation of a book by Harrie de Kroon (b. 1948) at Other Books and So. Appearances at Stichting De Appel and Harry Ruhé’s Galerie A are also listed.
Text by Koshoku Gaishi, a pen name for Hanagasa Bunkyo. 12 double-page & six single-page woodcuts, all color woodblock-printed. 17; 11; 10 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. color-printed semi-stiff boards (boards rubbed & a little soiled), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (titles faded away), new stitching. Edo: .
First edition and rare; WorldCat lists only one copy, in Japan. Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), was “one of the great Ukiyo-e artists of the nineteenth century.”–Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 890. Kuniyoshi also had a substantial output of erotic books.
This is an excellent example of a shunga...
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...
 pp. 8vo, yellow printed softcover. London: Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd, .
Scarce and important artist’s book by Argentine conceptual artist David Lamelas (b. 1946), printed in an edition of 1000 copies, with the first 100 numbered and signed. The book was published by the savvy London art dealer Nigel Greenwood (1941-2004).
Lamelas solicited responses from other conceptual artists to three statements: 1. Use of oral and written language as an Art Form. 2. Language can be considered as an Art Form. 3. Language cannot be considered as an Art Form. The answers of the following artists were featured...
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....
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...
Many black & white illus. Eighty-one folded sheets housed in the orig. mailing box (310 x 247 x 158 mm.), printed label & mailing label adhered to top of lid, mailed. San Francisco: 1995.
One of Leiber’s most famous catalogues (no. 18), complete with all 81 “bulletins.” Leiber imitated the format of Art & Project’s fabled bulletin, a serial publishing endeavor undertaken by Adriaan van Ravesteijn and Geert van Beijeren from 1968 to 1989.
Leiber’s catalogue was divided into 81 folded sheets, some with added printed sheets; our copy is complete. The listings include scarce materials by or related to...
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).