Many black & white illus.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers & index on lower wrapper. 4to (276 x 213 mm.), orig. printed wrappers. New York: 1977. $400.00 The rare second Backworks catalogue; we locate only one copy in North America, at the Museum of Modern Art. Backworks was a New York-based collaboration between Barbara Moore and Jon Hendricks, specializing in documents and artifacts of avant-garde and experimental art. Located at 488 Greenwich Street, the store was active into the early 80s. In 1981, Hendricks left the partnership to become curator of the Fluxus collection formed by Gilbert and...
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Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). 4to (274 x 214 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1976.
Scarce and essential early documentation of Fluxus materials and artists’ books. This is the first catalogue issued by Backworks, a New York-based collaboration between Barbara Moore and Jon Hendricks, specializing in documents and artifacts of avant-garde and experimental art. Located at 488 Greenwich Street, the store was active into the early 1980s. In 1981, Hendricks left the partnership to become curator of the Fluxus collection formed by Gilbert and Lila Silverman (now at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), much of...
Many color illus. 470 pp. Large & thick 4to, orig. printed dust-jacket, pictorial wrappers. Bordeaux: CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2020.
An essential reference work on one of the most intrepid artist-run presses of the 1970s. Established by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor in 1971, the Beau Geste Press published around 75 books, multiples, and magazines in a farmhouse in Devon, UK. Their mission was to print materials in close collaboration with artists. This included figures like Ulises Carrión, Helen Chadwick, Ken Friedman, Klaus Groh, Raúl Marroquin, Opal L. Nations, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Endre Tot, Ben Vautier...
Many color illus. 7 p.l., 45 pp. Large 4to, pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Open Editions, 1992.
Uncommon and nicely illustrated exhibition catalogue, with the essays printed in Finnish and English parallel text. This travelling exhibition of British artists’ books was held at the National Gallery of Iceland, the Tokyo Gas Shinjuku Showroom, the Malmo Konstal, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Norway), and the Vantaan Kaupunki. Work by Blamey, Büchler, Cutts, Fulton, Finlay, Long, Sackett, Stokes & Douglas, etc.
Near fine; a few scuffs.
Black & white illus in fine. 30 pp. Small 4to, pictorial photocopied wrappers, staple-bound. Amsterdam: 1992.
Scarce bookseller catalogue from the important artist-run Amsterdam bookshop. It lists books by Oey Tjeng Sit, Henriette van Egten, Runa Thorkelsdottir, Jan Voss, and Cornelia Hoedeman. Nearly all of the entries provide bibliographic details and information on the contents of these artists’ books. The artists and various collaborators are depicted on the wrappers.
In fine condition. WorldCat records just the copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY).
Several black & white illus. Five stapled sheets, printed on both sides, pictorial wrappers, single ring-hole. New York: 1991.
Two rare Bound & Unbound catalogues listing a wide range of books, artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, ephemera, etc. We note pieces by or on Christo, Lichtenstein, Paolozzi, Saint Phalle, Warhol, Ruscha, Siegelaub, Willats, Kosuth, LeWitt, Long, Messager, Nauman, Ono, Fulton, Huebler, Kawara, Downsbrough, Brouwn, Bochner, Applebroog, etc. The second section “Poof! It’s gone” is collated in reverse. We note that Ruscha’s Dutch Details (1971) is offered for $500 and Siegelaub’s March 1969 (1969) is available for $150.
In fine condition, the two catalogues — D-91 & E-91 — have been joined together.
Many black & white illus. 43 unnumbered pages. 8vo (180 x 128 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff pictorial wrappers. Munich: Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1978.
An uncommon catalogue of 26 Broodthaers editions and multiples. With a check-list at the end with information on edition size, medium, and publisher. Each work is illustrated.
In very good condition, with a few tape marks to the lower cover.
Black & white illus. 142 pp. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers. Cologne: .
A rare and early bookseller’s catalogue offering artists’ books. This catalogue was specially prepared for documenta 4 (1968). It offers artists’ books by Beuys, Cage, Duchamp, Filliou, Guston, Higgins, Hockney, Kaprow, Nauman, Oldenburg, Emmett Williams, Rauschenberg, Richter, Ruscha, Vostell, Warhol, etc.
Several full-page black & white illus, with ads. Unpaginated. 8vo (208 x 150 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper a bit soiled). Cologne: 1972.
A very rare bookseller’s catalogue prepared for documenta 5, offering 3028 items, including numerous famed artists’ books. In her fascinating piece on the appearance of books as early as documenta 5, Anna Sigrídur Arnar writes: “The publisher and bookseller Walther König installed books in a library format in alignment with the ‘concept of d5’ in the ‘Information’ section of the exhibition, encouraging visitors to roam through his fully functioning bookshop and peruse the books at will. Located just in front...
Many black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed wrappers & orig. printed dust-jacket, staple-bound. London: Kettle’s Yard Gallery, 1986.
One of the great exhibition catalogues on artists’ books. This sharply conceived book was published for a 1986 exhibition at Kettle’s Yard Gallery (1 November-7 December). Organized by Pavel Buchler (b. 1952), who also designed and wrote this catalogue, the exhibition included loans from Christian Boltanski, Ulises Carrión, Nigel Greenwood, Richard Hamilton, Kasper Koenig, Annette Messager, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, Hansjörg Mayer, Barbara and Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Michael Werner Galerie, Karsten Schubert, Lawrence Weiner, etc. The exhibition featured the work of Boltanski, Carrión...
Color cover illus. & illus. throughout.  pp. 8vo, printed softcover. Lucerne, Switzerland: Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1980.
Scarce Daniel Buren (b. 1938) exhibition catalogue, published in conjunction with his exhibition-installation at the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Buren reprised his use of striped sails, a medium he had first employed on Wannsee Lake outside of Berlin in 1975. An exhibition at the Akademie der Künste followed that installation. The present 1980 show was preceded by a work in situ on Lake Lucerne (3 May).
The catalogue is printed in parallel German and French and contains diagrams and photographs of the sails and the exhibition installation.
42 photographic plates pasted-on & poster laid-in. Unpaginated. Large 8vo, orig. boards & orig. printed dust-jacket, perfect-bound. London: The British Council, 2001.
Scarce catalogue for the British Council’s exhibition of artists’ multiples. It begins with an insightful survey of the medium by Bury, then Head of the Modern English division at the British Library. Many of the items exhibited are illustrated, and there is a check-list at the end of the catalogue. The contents of the exhibition were selected by Diana Eccles, Brett Rogers, and Sarah Staton.
A handsomely designed and important catalogue, in fine condition (slightly warped due to the plates).
168 pp. Small 8vo (164 x 95 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper wrappers (edges worn). Rome: Mordacchini, 1825.
A scarce revised and updated edition (1st ed. under this title: 1819) of this museum catalogue. It describes the institution’s paintings and sculptures, a number of which had been seized by the French during the conquest of Italy and subsequently returned.
A very good copy; some soiling and wear to the wrappers.
Text illus. Four unnumbered leaves. Printed sheets (297 x 210 mm.), orig. brown wrappers, staple-bound. [From the first page]: Hou, Denmark: Egmont Højskolen, Feb. 1979.
A very scarce exhibition catalogue crafted by Ulises Carrion. The artist also curated exhibitions on bookworks, mail art, and rubber stamp books in Emmastad, Curaçao; Warsaw; Amsterdam; Rotterdam; Budapest; Alkmaar; Maastricht; Cambridge, England, etc. The present catalogue, with text in English and Danish, begins with Carrión thanking the artist Niels Lomholt. He then describes the exhibited materials: “Time pressures didn’t allow for a wide research, but I believe that the show includes most if not all the...
11 black & white illus.  pp. 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Houston, Texas: 1975.
A very rare program distributed by Barbara Cusack’s unheralded and short-lived Houston gallery. Cusack (b. 1937) opened the space in 1971, and shortly thereafter began hosting exhibitions by a series of influential Conceptual and Minimalist artists, such as Mangold, LeWitt, Kawara, Buren, Tuttle, Ian Wilson, Darboven, Andre, Dibbets, etc. By 1976, she was forced to close the gallery.
This program contains interesting installation shots of nearly all of the exhibitions that took place in 1974 and 1975 — for Wilson’s there is a facsimile of the signed Discussion. WorldCat has no records...
Black & white illus. throughout. 38 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 171 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers (spine sunned), staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1972.
A very rare and early catalogue of artists’ books distributed and published by Hansjörg Mayer. It features many of the works Mayer created in partnership with Dieter Roth, along with books by Richard Hamilton, Tom Phillips, Emmett Williams, Hase Otto, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ludwig Harig, Stefan Wewerka, etc. Nearly all of these items are illustrated with photographs.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition...
Lithographed frontis. by Rot on inside of upper wrapper & many black & white text illus. 49 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of lower wrapper). 4to (229 x 170 mm.), orig. yellow printed wrappers, staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1973.
A rare and early catalogue of artists’ books issued by Mayer, featuring a lithograph signed and numbered by Dieter Roth. We have identified three states of the lithograph, each printed in an edition of 850. This catalogue offers the work of Roth, Richard Hamilton, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, Mark Boyle, Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Dorothy Iannone, etc. Almost all entries are accompanied by photographs.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter Roth’s publisher, Mayer was prepared to find ways to convert every provocative artistic idea into the letterpress. Mayer moved to England in 1966, where he taught at the Bath Academy of Art and the Watford School of Art. In 1968 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague) dedicated the first large retrospective to the 25-year-old artist. Since then, Mayer has published more than 300 books, posters, films, records and videos in the edition hansjörg mayer.”–from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s exhibition website Hansjörg Mayer, Typoems and Artist Books (October 2019-January 2020).
Many black & white text illus. 44 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 170 mm.), orig. printed paper wrappers, staple-bound. [Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1970].
Hansjörg Mayer’s rare and wonderfully designed 1970 catalogue, issued under the imprint Wasserverlag. It offers works by Rot, Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Filliou, Stefan Wewerka, Ludwig Harig, etc.; nearly all works are pictured.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter...
Black & white illus. throughout. 61 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper wrapper). 4to (231 x 170), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Stuttgart: 1968].
Mayer’s very scarce 1968 catalogue, which offers the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Dieter Roth, Bob Cobbing, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, etc. It is profusely illustrated with facsimiles and photographs of the books listed, many full-page. It includes bookworks, poetry, prints, and multiples. Also represented are Mary Vieira, Andre Thomkins, and Peter Schmidt.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists...
Full-page black & white illus. on rectos. Unpaginated. Small 4to (230 x 172 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers designed by D. Roth, staple-bound. Stuttgart & London: 1980.
An uncommon publisher’s catalogue presenting works by Dieter Roth, Dorothy Iannone, Claes Oldenburg, Andre Thomkins, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, etc. It also lists periodicals, records, videos, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. The full-page images on the recto of each page depict Roth with many of his publications and multiples. Facsimiles of Roth’s annotations in orange ink are found on the wrappers and the full-page illustrations
A fresh and fine copy; spine a trifle sunned. With the cover designed by Dieter Roth.
Color illus. on all rectos. Unpaginated. Small 4to (231 x 172 mm.) orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Stuttgart & London: 1982.
An uncommon publisher’s catalogue, profusely illustrated with reproduced drawings by André Thomkins. It also offers publications and artworks by Mark Boyle, Richard Hamilton, Dorothy Iannone, Claes Oldenburg, Dieter Roth, Thomkins, Jan Voss, Stefan Wewerka, Emmett Williams, etc. Also offered are videos, prints, multiples, records, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. Most of the items are pictured. Beginning in 1966, Mayer issued a catalogue every year with his newest publications and a backlist.
Near fine copy.
Many black & white illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside wrappers). 4to (230 x 172 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers offset-printed & designed by E. Williams, staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1975.
A scarce publisher’s catalogue presenting books by artists such as Dieter Roth, Emmett Williams, Tom Phillips, Jan Voss, Richard Hamilton, Dorothy Iannone, Stefan Wewerka, Daniel Spoerri, etc. Also listed are records, prints, posters, and Mayer’s previous catalogues. Nearly every item is pictured in this catalogue. Beginning in 1966, Mayer issued a catalogue every year with his newest publications and a backlist.
Fine copy, upper wrapper a little scuffed. From an edition of 4000 copies, with four color offset-printed wrappers designed by Emmett Williams. Laid-in is an illustrated order form for Roth’s Sammlung flachen Abfalls 1975/76 as well as one for his family press.