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Many text illus. 30 pp. Large 4to, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1979.
A very rare catalogue of video art issued by Art Metropole, the first North American large-scale distributor of artists’ books and publications. This was their inaugural catalogue dedicated to video works, all of which were available for rent. We find works by Acconci, Ant Farm, Susan Britton, Colin Campbell, Filliou, General Idea, Dan Graham, Michael Hayden, Nancy Holt, Patricia Plattner, Alan Sondheim, Lisa Steele, etc. Numerous stills illustrate many of the entries.
In fine condition. We are only able to locate the copy at the National Gallery of Canada...
Many text illus. 23 pp. Large 4to, orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1980.
A very rare catalogue of video works distributed by Art Metropole, the first large-scale seller of artists’ books and publications in North America. We find works by Robert Filliou, General Idea, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt, Steve McCaffery, Martha Rosler, Alan Sondheim, etc. The catalogue also offers installations by General Idea on pages 20-21.
Black & white frontis. Unpaginated. Large 4to, orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1986.
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue of artists’ books and publications. Founded in 1974 by General Idea, Art Metropole was the first large-scale North American distributor of this kind of material. The present catalogue, printed in an edition of 2500 copies, was designed as a work by the artist Ian Murray (b. 1951), and contains hundreds of entries. The compilers have denoted “bookworks” — their preferred term for artists’ books — with a black square next to the listings. This catalogue presents an impressive and vast array of materials, including video and audio works.
Near fine copy, the spine is a trifle sunned. A few pencil notes in the text.
Many text illus. 79 pp. Large 4to (275 x 215 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers by M. Nannucci, staple-bound. Toronto: June 2000.
A scarce catalogue of artists’ publications, video and audio works, and multiples. Designed by Nannucci. In fine condition.
❧ See “Art Metropole’s Publications and Events History with Related Ephemera, January 1971 – April 2006,“ on the National Gallery of Canada website.
Many illus. in the text. 78 pp. Large 4to (274 x 212 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: 1991.
A very rare catalogue of video works, with the cover designed by Tom Dean and layout by Barr Gilmore. Art Metropole was one of the earliest large-scale distributors of video artwork and they dedicated several catalogues to this type of material. Herein we find pieces by Acconci, Judith Barry, Constance de Jong, Filliou, General Idea, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Les Levine, Muntadas, Nauman, Martha Rosler, Serra, Tom Sherman, Alan Sondheim, Lisa Steele, William Wegman, Weiner, Paul Wong, etc., etc. The end...
14 black & white illus. 36 unnumbered pages. Irregularly shaped small 4to (200 x 200 mm.), die-cut corners (spine faintly rubbed), staple-bound. [Chicago]: The University of Chicago Library, 1986.
An important exhibition catalogue as well as reference work on artists’ books. This catalogue was designed by the book artist Buzz Spector (b. 1948), and his pencil notes for the mock-up have been reproduced in this final version. Jeffrey Abt, the organizer of the exhibition, writes in an insightful essay: “The contemporary artist’s book…represents an evolution of the book’s use from a vehicle for text and its illustration to an artistically integrated, sometimes sculptural object. Though superficially...
[Japan]: ca. 1898-1912.
Copper mining at Ashio in Tochigi Prefecture began about 1600 and production continued until 1973; in the late 19th century, it produced 39 percent of Japan’s copper output. At the end of that century, it was decided to build a railway connecting the mine to major rail lines to facilitate transportation of the outbound copper ore and inbound supplies (horses had carried or pulled everything before). The engineering problems were considerable: the line runs along the Watarase River through a deep valley subject to frequent flooding. The railway was finished in 1911-12.
The collection contains a series of letters containing reports on design and construction, printed documents regarding the stock company formed to finance the building of the railway (“Ashio Tetsudo Kabushikigaisha”), reports from engineers regarding preparations, further reports regarding expected capacity needs for the railroad line, six photographs of the construction, and a very fine and large (1820 x 760 mm.) manuscript diagram on four joined sheets of tissue paper showing the route through the valley and elevations. This large diagram has been heightened in color (green, blue, red, and brown).
17 painted scenes, using brush and colors, on 63 pages. 34; 25; 22 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo (270 x 187 mm.), orig. wrappers, modern stitching. [Japan]: late Edo.
This handsomely illustrated manuscript, written by Tsuki Shirai, describes and illustrates the famous hot springs of Atami (“hot ocean”), which have been known and appreciated since the 8th century. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), believed the springs of Atami were so beneficial to his health that he had quantities of the water transported to Edo.
These volumes are really a travel guide to Atami and the surrounding area. The first volume begins with an index to all three volumes...
xxxvi, 366 pp., one leaf (but lacking, as is often the case, the 12-page schedule of sale & the 80-page author index). 8vo, cont. speckled calf (two corners a bit worn, joints a little cracked but strong), flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Gogué & Née de la Rochelle, 1785.
The rare sale catalogue of the great library of books and early manuscripts, many illuminated, founded by Henri François d’Aguesseau (1668-1751), Chancellor of France, a man of great learning. According to the preface of the catalogue he had acquired the collection of the poet Florent Chrestien (1541-1596), and his...
viii, 167 pp. 8vo, orig. pink paper wrappers, uncut. Paris: Regnault-Delalande, 1803.
A rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand. This sale took place following the death of the widow of Jean Guillaume Alibert (?1763-180?), who died shortly after her husband. He was a well-known dealer and publisher of prints on Rue Fromenteau in Paris. The business’s stock was liquidated and the present catalogue features famous works by Audran, Callot, Edelinck, Pesne, etc.
The star of the sale, to which Regnault-Delalande devotes no less than 52 pages of the catalogue (pp. 97-148), was a “Recueil de Portraits de Souverains...
26 pp. 8vo (208 x 136 mm.), orig. stitching with traces of scotch tape, leaves uncut. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
A scarce sale catalogue of drawings and prints; we locate only one copy in North America. Alibert, a print dealer, died in 1803, and his shop’s stock was dissolved by Regnault-Delalande the same year (Lugt 6612); the Getty Provenance Index entry suggests that this auction consisted of property belonging to an heir of Alibert.
144 lots total, including drawings (by Boissieu, Lantara, M. S. Mérian, Palmieri, etc.), and a substantial group of Old Master and contemporary prints.
3 pp. Small 8vo, modern calf-backed marbled semi-stiff boards (spine slightly rubbed), spine gilt. [Paris: 1769].
An interleaved and annotated copy of this rare catalogue. Amand (1730-69), winner of the 1756 Prix de Rome for his Samson and Delilah (now at the Landesmuseum in Mainz), studied under Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre and became a member of the Académie in 1767. He is very probably the “Jean François Amand or Aman” known to be working in Rome in 1759. From a printed note at the end of the catalogue, we learn that Amand died during a stay in Rome where he was a....
24 pp. 8vo (202 x 127 mm.), disbound, orig. stitching strengthened with scotch tape. Paris: Delaroche & Gendron, 1814.
A scarce catalogue with nearly all prices provided in contemporary manuscript. 81 lots of paintings in total, including the works of Cuyp, van Dyck, Giordano, I. van Ostade, Potter, Raphael, Rubens, D. Teniers, J. Weenix, Wouwerman, etc.
Good copy, with a half-title fashioned in manuscript. The copy at the Frick has only a few prices recorded. Stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on manuscript half-title.
Finely engraved frontis. (mounted on a stub at an early date). xvi, ix-xii, 306, lv pp. Small 8vo (165 x 100 mm.), cont. mottled sheep, green morocco lettering-pieces on spine, spine gilt. Paris: P. Prault & J. Barrois, 1747.
The uncommon catalogue of one of Gersaint’s great auctions, with his customary erudite descriptions. The Vicomte de Fonspertuis (1669-1747), “despite a Jansenist education, entered whole-heartedly into the life of the royal court and won the favour of Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans. He developed his love of art through his maternal uncle, Du Vivier, who bequeathed him his remarkable collection, rich in curiosities, East Asian porcelain and...
1 p.l., 89 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, uncut. [London]: Messrs. Puttick & Simpson, 20-25 July 1865.
A lovely copy in original state. 1778 lots including many of the great folio architectural works. We have been unable to determine the architect whose library is being sold here.
❧ Not in BM English Book Sales.
2 p.l., viii, 236 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf, double gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: veuve Tilliard et Fils, 1805.
The rare sale catalogue of the library, rich in oriental books and manuscripts, of Anquetil-Duperron (1731-1805), French orientalist and brother of the historian Pierre Anquetil. Abraham Hyacinthe had a fascinating early life: while unsuccessfully studying for the priesthood in Paris and Utrecht, he developed a passion for Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and other languages of the East. He travelled to India as a private soldier in 1754 in order to search for the works of Zoroaster. Granted free passage...
2 p.l., 4, [v]-xii, 266 pp. 8vo, attractive antique mottled half-calf & speckled boards, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Debure & Tilliard, 1806.
The rare sale catalogue of the library of the celebrated Hellenist Ansse de Villoison (1750-1805), professor of ancient and modern Greek at the Collège de France. “Sa bibliothèque, une des meilleures et des plus nombreuses qu’ait posédées un homme de lettres, offrait, avec une richesse abondante, des trésors précieux sur la théologie savante, la philologie grecque et latine, les littératures française et italienne, les voyages, l’histoire, les antiquités, l’histoire littéraire. On y trouvait de très-beaux exemplaires...
71 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. paste-paper boards (corners a little worn), blue morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Paillet & Hugues, 1786.
A rare sale catalogue, with most prices and buyers’ names written in a contemporary hand. Aubert (1736-85), jeweler to the Crown and a favorite of Marie Antoinette, as well as the Comtesse du Barry before, blended his craft with occasional forays into art dealing; however, his avid collecting took precedence. In the preface, Paillet (1743-1814), the expert for this sale, praises Aubert’s taste for Dutch and French pictures along with his impressive natural history cabinet.
This catalogue describes 293 lots: 79 lots of paintings (by Panini, J. Breughel, Rubens, van Dyck, Jordaens, Teniers, Wouwerman, Rembrandt, Metsu, Berghem, Netscher, van Ostade, A. Brouwer, P. Potter, Bourdon, Largillière, F. Boucher, Chardin, Greuze, Fragonard, Anne Valayer-Coster, etc.); 28 lots of drawings (by Bouchardon, Watteau, Lagrenée, etc.); 26 enamel miniatures; 38 lots of prints; 22 lots of sculptures; 38 lots from Aubert’s natural history cabinet; and 46 miscellaneous lots including vases with artificial flowers, bird-cages, rubies, cases of butterflies, etc.
xii, 415 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine richly gilt, orig. green morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris, G. Debure, fils aîné, 1782.
Though said to have been despised by the contemporary world of letters for having had Marmontel sent to the Bastille because of a satire ridiculing him, the Duc d’Aumont (1709-1782) was one of the outstanding book and art collectors of his age. “La bibliothèque du duc d’Aumont avait été formée avec un soin et une patience dont la bibliophilie offre peu d’exemples. Elle contenait les meilleurs ouvrages français en tout genre, et des plus belles éditions...