Black & white illus. (some full-page). 47 pp. Large 4to (277 x 205 mm.), pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1977].
A rare and early catalogue issued by Art Metropole, the first large-scale distributors of artists’ books and publications in North America. This catalogue offers dozens of works by European artists such as Abramovic, Beuys, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Buren, Darboven, Dibbets, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Fulton, Graham, Rebecca Horn, Hansjörg Mayer, Merz, Nannucci, Polke, Maria Reiche, Rot, Schwitters, Spoerri, Lea Vergine, Vostell, etc. Publications from Art Metropole, periodicals, records, and videos are also listed for sale, with prices. The graphic cover art comes from Rudolf Schwarzkogler’s Portfolio of the 3rd...
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Black & white illus. (some full-page). 47 pp. Large 4to (277 x 205 mm.), pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1977].
46 pp. Large 4to (270 x 210 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1979].
A very rare and early catalogue published by Art Metropole; unrecorded on WorldCat. On the inside of the upper wrapper, Art Metropole’s archivist Tim Guest lays out a definition of the artist’s book: “Since the early 1960‘ [sic] artists have been producing bookworks as a completely autonomous artform. Different in that they exist outside the traditions of either the ‘literary text’ or the ‘illustrated book’, they are instead books as works of art in themselves. They belong to that movement in art history which seeks to de-emphasize form and aesthetics...
8 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Bezançon & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A scarce auction catalogue offering the contents of a bankrupt dealership, owned by “Blankenstein.” A chapter in a 1994 text on Franco-German relations during the French Revolution (cited below) mentions an Alexandre Guillaume Blankenstein, a converted Jew from Frankfurt, originally named Aron Levi Wetzlar, who opened a luxurious bookstore on the quai Malaquais around 1810, which then went under three years later. We know of two suites of prints published by Blankenstein. The title-page of this catalogue mentions that a judge has ordered this bankruptcy sale.
44 lots of paintings, drawings, prints, and engraved plates. Lot 35 consists of the 149 (of 179) original engraved plates used to print the famous suite known as the Cabinet Crozat (the Mariette edition of 1729-42).
xvi, 246, , 4 pp. 8vo, cont. attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards. Paris: G. de Bure, 1780.
An important sale of 1604 lots; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Gouttard's collection was rich in first editions of classical literature and history and many of the books were on large paper or vellum and in the finest possible condition. There is a biographical sketch of Gouttard serving as the Preface in which it is noted that Gouttard edited texts of Horace and Virgil. All the great collectors and dealers of the period purchased at this sale, including Comte d'Artois; d'Hangard; Le...
Engraved frontis. port., one folding engraved plate, & four engraved facsimiles (three folding). Three vols. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, spines gilt. Paris: G. De Bure, 1783.
An attractive set of the celebrated catalogue of the first part of the most important book and manuscript collection of the 18th century. The catalogue, prepared by De Bure and Van Praet, contains MSS., noteworthy incunabula, and books printed on vellum or large paper. The sale, consisting of 5668 lots, made the enormous sum of 464,677 liv. 8 s.
"The manuscripts constitute an amazing collection of early French poetry and romances."Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 248.
dont la vente se fera le jeudi 24 mars 1825 et jours suivants. 2 p.l., xviii, 558 pp.; 31 pp.; 1 p.l., lxxxix pp. 8vo, half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1825.
The scarce auction catalogue of the large library (4364 lots) formed by Louis Mathieu Langlès (1763-1824), one of the leading orientalists of his time and conservator of the oriental manuscripts at the then Bibliothèque du Roi. Archer Taylor points out (in his Book Catalogues, p. 138) that a specialized catalogue such as this one has great bibliographical value.
"Ce catalogue, rédigé avec beaucoup de soin...Très-riche en voyages et en livres de linguistique, il offre une sorte de bibliographie orientale."-Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 479.
Two folding engraved facsimiles (one in red & black). xxviii, 583 pp.; 2 p.l., 473 pp. Two vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, printed paper labels on spines, uncut. Paris: De Bure, 1815.
De Ricci described the Mac-Carthy-Reagh library as "extravagantly rich in books printed on vellum" and the Duke of Devonshire was inspired to put in a bid of 20,000 pounds for the collection which in fact brought only some 16,000 pounds when it came up for auction in 1817. The mysterious Mac-Carthy-Reagh had been a collector on a grand scale, purchasing Girardot de Préfond's collection en bloc in 1769 and leaving a library...
One folding engraved plate. Title printed in red & black. Double-page title, 14, 364, , 61, 925, , 485,  pp. Four parts in one vol. Thick 8vo, cont. calf (one corner worn, some browning due to the quality of the paper), single gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt. Celle: J.G. Passin, 1744.
The very rare auction catalogue of the monumental collection of ancient and modern medals and coins formed by Gerhard Wolter Molanus (1633-1722), the influential Lutheran theologian and abbot of Loccum. After Molanus' death, the collection passed to his disciple and nephew Justus Christoph Boehmer (1671-1732), who succeeded his uncle as abbot of Loccum.
This was an enormously valuable collection; we know that upon Molanus' death his estate has to pay the very large sum of 66,000 thalers in taxes on the collection.
5 p.l., 219,  pp. 8vo, cont. boards, black leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Silvestre, 1824.
An important sale. "Ce catalogue renferme une réunion très-nombreuse de livres imprimés par les Elzeviers; il en est de très-rares et qui étaient jusqu'alors restés inconnus aux bibliographes."Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 498. A large number of Motteley's books come from the libraries of de Thou and the Comte d'Hoym.
We learn from the same source that Motteley (d. 1850), lived as a hermit, alone and isolated in a rundown apartment. He was afraid to make home repairs because of...
8 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. marbled boards (joints restored), spine gilt. Paris: Poultier & Constantin, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, of Louis François Prault (1734-1806), ancien Imprimeur du Roi and son of the great publisher and bookseller Laurent François (1712-80). Prault’s firm printed many auction catalogues in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of the Constantins relationship with the Prault family, who printed almost all of their sale catalogues, either Guillaume Jean Constantin or his son, Amédée, was the expert for this sale.
The present catalogue describes Prault’s choice collection of paintings (by Greuze, Lancret, Teniers, Wijnants, van Goyen, etc.), drawings (by Titian, Caravaggio, Panini, Le Sueur, Cochin, etc.), as well as sculpture and ceramics. There is a total of 63 lots, all priced.
xxii, 330 pp.; 1 p.l., 344,  pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, cont. marbled boards (a bit worn), uncut. Leyden: Haak & Socios; Amsterdam: P. den Hengst et Son, 1806.
This was a very significant collection; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Röver (1719-1803), bought at the most important sales on the Continent during the 18th century and his library was rich in illuminated and classical MSS. as well as the most important 15th-century editions of classical texts.
"A very excellent catalogue...it is not of very frequent occurrence in this country. The bibliographical notes, which accompany it, though short, are...
Par G. Martin. Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & engraved vignette with arms on title. xii, xxiv, 618 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (head of spine a bit worn), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1746.
Rothelin (1692-1744), a younger son of Marquis Henri de Rothelin, a French war hero (see Hoefer), descended from a natural son of François d'Orléans (d. 1548). Rothelin was one of the most eminent French book collectors of the 18th-century; he had his books, many large paper copies, bound by the outstanding binders of the time, such as Boyer, Padeloup and Duseuil;...
xvi, 312 pp. 8vo, 19th cent. half-calf (head of upper joint a bit worn, some browning), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: De Bure, 1780.
(--). Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux de la Bibliothéque de M. Mel de Saint Ceran. xii, 290 (i.e. 300), 42 pp. 8vo (some browning). Paris: De Bure, 1791.
1 p.l., 29 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. [London]: 1816.
A very rare priced catalogue, listing about 500 titles, issued by one of the most important London booksellers of the time. The firm had two locations, joined by a bridge across the street between shops. Black apprenticed for his father from 1781 to 1789 and was succeeded by his son, Alexander. The firm continued until the middle of the 19th century.
Frontis. depicting the facade of Bohn’s bookshop, title within decorative border (foxed). 1 p.l., iv, 1948 pp.; 148,  pp. Two vols. Thick 8vo, cont. half-morocco & cloth sides (minor foxing), spines nicely gilt. London: 1841.
A very pretty copy, sensibly bound in two volumes, of the “celebrated ‘guinea catalogue’ which listed no less than 23,208 articles (a figure unsurpassed in the annals of bookselling so far as my knowledge goes).”–Munby, Phillipps Studies, Vol. III, p. 93. The catalogue made Bohn famous and secured him an unrivalled position in the booktrade.
Bookplate of Sir Francis Hopkins, Bart.
N.p.: ca. 1844.
A fine library catalogue describing the collection of the Comte de Fortis (1768-1847), French man of letters and lawyer. Born at Chambéry, Fortis served as an avocat général at the court of Lyon and wrote many literary works including accounts of Lyon and Aix-les-Bains as well as a memoir of Jacquard.
This is a handsomely-written manuscript library catalogue, listing about 1300 books, mostly belles-lettres, travel, and law from the 18th and early 19th centuries. The latest book entered we have noticed is dated 1844.
Mezzotint frontis. port. of George III (a little foxed), arms on each title, & two engraved views of the library serving as head- & tailpieces. Five vols. Large folio, cont. red straight-grained morocco (minor scuffing), panelled & tooled in gilt with centerpiece stamped monogram "GR" surmounted by a crown on covers, spines gilt, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. London: W. Bulmer & W. Nicol, 1820-29.
The catalogue, "sumptuously printed" by Bulmer, of the magnificent library of King George III (1738-1820), donated to the nation by his son, George IV. This is a royal copy, having belonged to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and the...
63 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound. [Vienna, Prague, or Karlsbad?]: 1806.
Franz Haas (1762-1811), was a publisher and bookseller with branches in Vienna, Prague, and Karlsbad, the famous spa in western Bohemia in today’s Czech Republic. This catalogue of about 1000 priced items was prepared to help guests pass the time while taking the cure at Karlsbad. The catalogue contains collected works of popular poets and novelists, books with engravings, children’s books, travel, a small selection of French books, and much engraved music for various instruments.
Fine copy and very rare; WorldCat does not list a copy.
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 collaboration between invited...
Many black & white illus. Ca. 320 unnumbered pages. Photocopied paper (280 x 215 mm.), mounted with a metal bracket in the orig. manila folder, title written in blue marker on upper cover & spine. [From title page & spine]: San Francisco: S. Leiber, 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 hosted his premises...
11 photocopied sheets, printed on one side only, stapled. Housed in a found Jim Carroll Band’s Catholic Boy record sleeve, sticker on upper cover: “Artists’ 871 Recordworks.” San Francisco: 871 Fine Arts, 1998.
Leiber’s very scarce 34th catalogue, which focused on artists’ recordings and audio works. Each of these was placed in a found record sleeve. An exhibition of these materials took place at 871 Fine Arts from 9 July to 8 October 1998. We find works by Cage, Long, Marclay, Nauman, Pettibon, Ono, Johns, Weiner, Kruger, Warhol, Beuys, etc. Some of the listings were not for sale. Leiber’s involvement in this catalogue...
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 in zine form by Leiber 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 fine condition. WorldCat records only three copies in North America.
Many black & white illus. 10 folded newsprint sheets (489 x 330 mm. unfolded). [San Francisco]: October 2008.
Leiber’s fair catalogue for the third iteration of the New York Art Book Fair in 2008. His 49th catalogue imitates the first issue of Hans-Peter Feldmann’s periodical Image from 1979. The first four leaves and the final four are illustrated with numbered images corresponding to the materials described on the middle two leaves. The catalogue presents publications and ephemera by or related to Abramovic, Acconci, Baldessari, Boltanski, Feldmann, General Idea, Huebler, Kusama, Matta-Clark, Messager, Nauman, Pettibon, Richter, Ruppersberg, Ruscha, Ulay, Wool, etc. 104 items are listed.
In excellent condition, the middle of the center fold is a little worn. The edition size is unknown.