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Unpaginated. Small 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Fen Ditton, UK: .
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue, with a choice selection of artists’ books and publications, 268 nos. Among the highlights, we note a complete set of Art-Rite; Gilbert & George’s Dark Shadow (1974); most of the issues of Interfunktionen, Richard Long’s River Avon Book (1979); a nice run of Ruschas; a sizable group of Siegelaub catalogues, etc.
A fine copy.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 503.
Many black & white illus. 1 p.l., 40,  p. Small 8vo, pictorial dust-jacket, staple-bound. Cambridge, U.K.: n.d.
Scarce bookseller catalogue issued by Louisa Riley-Smith. She founded her firm in 1985 and was the exclusive distributor of Art & Project’s legendary Bulletins. This catalogue has 406 listings, including rare artists’ books and art monographs. Fine.
Printed on one side. Folded sheet. Antwerp: .
Program distributed by Kasper König’s Antwerp project space, announcing exhibitions/presentations by Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, and Johannes Cladders. In fine condition.
❧ M. Babius & F. Waldvogel, eds., A 37 90 89: Die Erfindung der Neo-Avantgarde (2019), p. 114 (pictured).
Typographical device on title. Printed throughout in black letter. 11,  leaves. Small 4to, fine modern blue morocco, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. London: T. Purfoote, the assigne of R. Tottill, 1588.
Fourth edition of one of the earliest English books of "secrets," or manual of practical arts; this text appears to be entirely of English origins. It was first published in 1573 and reprinted in 1581 and 1583; there were also editions of 1596 and 1605. All editions are very scarce; of this printing the NSTC (24255) records five copies: L18, O; F, PN, NY Metropolitan Museum.
This is a very early...
Recto with green text on red, details on verso. Postcard. Bremerhaven: Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, 1982.
Postcard invitation to an exhibition by the duo at Jürgen Wesseler’s Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst. Fine.
❧ Exhibition installation pictured in Vorhut aus dem Hinterland (Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen: 1992).
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. Square 4to (190 x 191 mm.), printed wrappers, staple-bound. N.p.: Self-published, .
A very rare Bas Jan Ader (1942-75) artist’s book, self-published in an unknown edition size. Stills from his legendary Fall I and Fall II (both 1970) are reproduced within. Our copy is in remarkably fine condition. WorldCat records just five institutional examples in North America.
❧ Moeglin-Delcroix, Esthétique du Livre d’Artiste: Une Introduction à l’art contemporain (2nd ed.: 2012), p. 291 (in trans.): “Fall (1970), in which Ader publishes a series of stills of his voluntary falls (rolling from the rooftop...
Black & white photographic illus. pasted to center. Square white paper poster (501 x 483 mm.), silk-screened text in black & gray. Bremerhaven: Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, 1972.
The very rare exhibition poster created by Jürgen Wesseler (1938-2023) for Bas Jan Ader’s debut exhibition in Bremerhaven.
Near fine; a small stain to the bottom edge.
❧ E. Kleimann, ed., 50 Jahre Avantgarde: Das Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven (2018), p. 30 (no. 31).
Many illus. throughout. 265 pp. 8vo, printed yellow covers, orig. printed dust-jacket perforated at joints, title on spine. Cantabria, Spain: Ediciones La Bahía, 2014.
Uncommon book on five of Carrión’s public art projects in the 80’s, including Gossip, Scandal, and Good Manners, Trios & Boleros, Love Story, and Lilia Prado Superstar Film Festival. A fascinating examination of the artist’s later years, when he was engrossed in social experiments and video art.
Black & white illus. 35 pp. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Maastricht: Agora Studio, 1975.
Scarce catalogue for a traveling exhibition undertaken by the artist-run space Agora in three South American locations. With a foreword by Willem K. Coumans in Dutch and English. The exhibition took place at the centro di arte y communication (Buenos Aires), Estudio Actual (Caracas), and Sao Paulo’s Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. The cover was designed by Klaus Groh.
Artists in the catalogue: Peter van Beveren, Michel Cardena, Ulises Carrión, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Albrecht D., Michael Gibbs, Groh, Raul Marroquin, Yoshio Nakajima, Maurizio Nannucci, Marjo Schumans...
Finely colored title & 12 colored tipped-in plates by Ryuichi Oana. 1 p.l., 160 pp., one leaf of colophon. Small folio, orig. yellow cloth with pictorial medallions inset into each cover, orig. glassine wrapper & slipcase. Tokyo: Kaizosha, 1928.
First edition, posthumously published, of this beautiful book, a collection of fairy tales, including the famous story “Kumo no ito” [“The Spider’s Thread”]. Akutagawa (1892-1927), is today most famous for having written the story “In the Grove” which was the basis for the classic film Rashomon by Kurosawa.
Fine copy of an example of luxurious Japanese bookmaking.
88,  pp. Small 4to, orig. blue cloth, uncut & unopened. Tokyo: Noda Shobo, 1936.
First separate edition, limited to 170 copies, originally published in 1918 in two newspapers. Akutagawa (1892-1927), is today most famous for having written the story “In the Grove” which was the basis for the classic film Rashomon by Kurosawa. The theme of the present story is concerned with artistic obsession. It was dramatized by Mishima in 1953 and made into a movie — Portrait of Hell — in 1969.
Fine copy in the original slipcase. This limited edition is printed on fine handmade paper with...
One finely engraved head-piece. 4 p.l., LXXX pp. 8vo, attractive early 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, flat spine gilt, orange & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. [Venice, ca. 1776].
(PINELLI, Maffeo). Catalogo di Quadri raccolti dal fu Signor Maffeo Pinelli, ed ora posti in vendita in Venezia 1785. viii, 125 pp., one blank leaf. 8vo. [Venice: July 1785].
(GRIMANI COLLECTION). [Drop-title on p. 3]: Pitture e Scolture nel Palazzo di Casa Grimani a S.ta Maria Formosa. Engraved frontis. Titles & text in double columns in Italian & French. 13 pp. 8vo. [Venice: ca. 1790].
Printed on both sides. Large card. Antwerp: Wide White Space, 1971.
Announcement card for Andre’s third solo exhibition with Wide White Space. The artist’s handwriting, describing the sculpture, is reproduced on the reverse.
“[Weathering Piece], which by its very definition was meant to be exposed to the elements, was exhibited on the floor of a covered terrace on the first floor of a gallery.”–Wide White Space: Behind the Museum.
In fine condition.
❧ Y. Pettitallot, ed., Wide White Space: Behind the Museum, 1966-1976 (1995) Exhibitions no. 44 (pictured).
Printed on one side. Card, mailed. London: Lisson Gallery, .
Invitation card for Andre’s solo debut at Nicholas Logsdail’s Lisson Gallery. In fine condition. Mailed to E. J. van Straaten of Utrecht.
❧ O. Ward, ed., Artist, Work, Lisson (2017), p. 76. Andre’s instructions in a letter to Logsdail for the present card is pictured on p. 77.
Printed on both sides. Square card, mailed. Paris: Yvon Lambert, 1971.
Invitation card to Andre’s solo debut with Yvon Lambert’s gallery. The artist’s work is represented on the recto with four squares representing aluminum, magnesium (2x), and zinc. In excellent condition. Mailed to Frits Keers (1936-2000), senior curator at the Stedelijk Museum.
❧ Sophie Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections (2010), p. 371.
A4 flyer, printed on one side, folded for mailing. Munich: Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1971.
Flyer announcing Andre’s second solo show with Heiner Friedrich. In fine condition.
❧ Sophie Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections (2010), p. 382.