An extremely rare survival: an uncommonly tall and large wooden training mannequin, called in Japan do-ningyo (“copper doll,” even those no longer made of bronze), in very good condition. It is most unusual to have such a mannequin of a female; the male figure is usually presented. Certain motifs of the model suggest it was carved in the Chinese or Indian style.
The first examples of similar models originated in 11th-century China, where life-size human acupuncture figures were cast from bronze. “The metal walls of the figures were pierced with small holes corresponding to the principal loci for...
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Many small brush & black ink drawings in the margins throughout. 111 folding leaves. 8vo (232 x 157 mm.), later patterned wrappers, new stitching. [Japan]: (in trans.): “copied by Tanaka on 29 January 1830.”
The index on the first two pages describes the arrangement of the manuscript: by sections of the body. These include the upper section (head, eyes, nose, teeth, throat, and lungs), middle section (heart, abdomen, hips), and lower section (urinary tract, large intestine, rectum, and legs). This is followed by one page describing treatments, which are either fast-acting or long-term. There is a further division of treatments...
A few black & white illus. Unpaginated. Tall 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Paris: .
Scarce bookseller’s catalogue issued by Jean-Dominique Carré, this one is devoted to the books and exhibition catalogues of Annette Messager (b. 1943). 62 items are offered, including unique works and books that were printed in very small editions. An essential reference work for publications by or about Messager.
Near fine; faint creasing to the wrappers. WorldCat records two copies.
Large illustrated single sheet poster (420 x 300 mm. unfolded). [Lund, Sweden]: Beau Geste Press, 1976.
An extremely rare poster issued by Beau Geste Press for an exhibition at the Galerie S:t Petri in Lund, Sweden; one of 500 copies produced. Managed by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor, Beau Geste Press, based in Devon, UK, was active from 1970 to 1976. The press collaborated with numerous artists and authors, all of whom are listed on this poster: Beuys, Carrión, Filliou, Gibbs, Higgins, Hompson, Kostelanetz, Maciunas, Saito, Schneemann, Shiomi, Valoch, etc., etc. For example, two of Ulises Carrión’s bookworks...
Illus. throughout (several in color). Oblong thick 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, metal fastener. Unpaginated. Amsterdam: 1986.
Boekie Woekie’s first catalogue, issued several months after the bookshop’s founding in January 1986. A collaborative effort and filled with snapshot images of many of the books, this is an important catalogue heralding the opening of the artist-run shop and its considerable efforts to distribute artists’ books worldwide. The original founders were Henriette van Egten, Rúna Thorkelsdóttir, Jan Voss, Pétur Magnússon, Kees Visser, and Saskia de Vriendt.
The catalogue lists 130 items, some with prices. It includes work by Voss, Thorkelsdóttir, van Egten, Visser...
Five black & white illus. 18 pp. (incl. inside of both wrappers). 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [From inside of lower wrapper]: Amsterdam: Stichting de Appel, 1984.
The very rare program for Ulises Carrion’s film festival celebrating the Mexican movie star Lilia Prado, a famous actor from his childhood. Prado (1928-2006) starred in a number of Mexican films as well as several directed by Luis Buñuel in the 1950s. Carrión organized a festival, screening four of her movies in four Dutch cities in 1984, which was attended by Prado herself. He conceived of this film...
54; 7 leaves (final blank). Folio (both ca. 300 x 210 mm.), orig. stitching. [Amiens]: 1649.
A rare survival on the market, two mid-17th-century inventories describing the estate of Agnès de Het, wife of a feudal lord, who was councillor to the king. They lived on the outskirts of Amiens. We have found a record of de Het’s husband, Lecouvreur, agreeing to rent land in 1688, but we are not able to find any record of de Het’s life. These two manuscripts provide an exhaustive listing of a 17th-century noble family’s numerous possessions.
The first document (54 leaves), signed on...
Many black & white illus. xii, 377 pp. 8vo, pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, perfect-bound. New York: Granary, 1995.
First softcover edition of Johanna Drucker’s invaluable contribution to the literature on artists’ books/artists’ publications/bookworks. This book is largely based on her research of artists’ books in the New York Public Library collection.
Near fine copy.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 164.
Scroll (300 x 4150 mm.), with pale green silk borders & endpapers, wooden core roller. [Japan]: n.d. but probably early Edo.
This is a fine example of an erotic scroll, anonymously painted as usual but with great skill. The scroll contains ten scenes of men (sometimes samurai) and women engaged in various sexual activities. Two of the scenes are threesomes, one of which shows a young samurai copulating with two older women. The hairstyles of both the women and men are typical of the pleasure courts of the early Edo period.
Erotic paintings in Japan have a long tradition, established...
Ten cards (181 x 50 mm.), all preserved in the orig. folded color-printed wrapper, entitled on upper panel Furyu e tanzaku [Elegantly Illustrated Tanzaku Cards]. [Japan: Meiji Era].
Ten erotic cards, issued together, each in the tanzaku ban format, and accompanied by their original color-printed wrapper. Tanzaku cards were popular in the Meiji era (1868-1912); see Rosina Buckland’s “Erotic Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)” in Timothy Clark et al., eds., Shunga. Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art (British Museum: 2013), pp. 454-55.
The upper panel of each is very finely color-printed with saturated inks, embossing, and rich use of...
Seven double-page (one of which has flaps & folds out into a four-panel scene) and two single-page woodcuts, all finely color-printed, and nine double-page black & white woodcuts. One color-printed title-page pasted down on inner upper wrapper, 24 folding leaves. Small 8vo, orig. color-printed upper wrapper, with embossing, decorated lower wrapper, new stitching. [Edo]: Preface dated 1864.
First edition and very rare; we find no copy in WorldCat. The Preface was written by Tanekiyo Ryusuitei (1823-1907), using his pen name “Insuitei.”
Following one of the frequent fires in the famous pleasure quarters of Yoshiwara, often started by the prostitutes in...
16 double-page & four single-page color-printed woodcuts. 13; 11; 9 folding leaves. Three vols. Small 8vo, orig. speckled semi-stiff boards (boards rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan, probably Edo]: manuscript inscription dated “1832” at end of each volume.
First edition and very rare; we do not find this book listed in WorldCat or in the Union Catalogue of Japanese Books. The Preface is signed by Akikei (or Akikage) Higashikuni.
This work is an erotic version of Shiki no en, an 18th-century group of songs on the four seasons of love from the Yamada ryu school...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1982.
Rare list devoted to Dada issued by Herlin (b. 1940), wonderfully designed by Buster Cleveland (1943-98). Lists 68 items with a useful index at the end. Fine. This catalogue is not recorded on WorldCat.
Black & white illus. 22 pp. throughout. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1982.
One of several impressive lists published by Herlin in 1982. This one focuses on material related to Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. Our copy has been signed on the inside of the upper wrapper by the designer Ira Joel Haber (b. 1947).
In fine condition. Unrecorded on WorldCat.
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...
Nine double-page, one single-page, & several woodcut illus. in the text, all color-printed, and a number of black & white woodcuts throughout the text. One preliminary leaf pasted-down on the inside upper wrapper, 19 folding leaves, one leaf of ads at end pasted-down on the inside lower wrapper. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers decorated with the characters for “Kiraku” in hiragana, orig. block-printed title labels on upper cover, new stitching. “Ukiyo”: Kirakudo, [late Edo].
First edition of this playful parody of a serious sex manual, with illustrations by Koikawa (1821-1907), one of the leading shunga artists of the late Edo and...
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...
 pp. 8vo (212 x 149 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Cambridge, UK, & San Francisco: 20th Century Art Archives & Steven Leiber, 1996.
The scarce Leiber catalogue (no. 22) dispersing the remaining holdings of Leif Eriksson’s Swedish Archive of Artists’ Books; produced in an edition of around 250 copies. A great collector and advocate of artists’ publications, Eriksson started his archive in 1978. This catalogue was made in collaboration with Louisa Riley-Smith (20th Century Art Archives), who designed the catalogue. She selected an entrancing image from Annette Messager’s Les Tortures Volontaires (1974) as the cover image.
This catalogue offers...
Hand-colored illus. in the text, hand-colored plate hors texte & sheet of “Timbres Anticrisopestiques” laid-in. ,  pp. Small folio (322 x 246 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, stitched as issued. Paris: J. Bernard, 1933.
First and only edition of an amusing narrative about the imaginary “Crisopeste,” with fine illustrations by Lewitska, heightened in color pencil, which disrupt and transform the text. One of 100 numbered luxury copies on vélin blanc fort, heightened with hand coloring, and with an additional plate hors texte, from a total edition of 1000 copies.
Born in Poland, Lewitska (1880-1937) trained as a painter in Paris...
Black & white illus. on recto, details on verso. Pictorial postcard. Houston: Cusack Gallery, 1973.
Rare and early postcard for LeWitt’s exhibition at Houston’s Cusack Gallery. Barbara Cusack (now Hill) 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 little-known gallery.
In fine condition.
❧ Michael Lailach, ed., Printed Matter: Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek (2005), p. 138.
Not in P. Credi, ed., An Invitation to Sol...
Photolithographed color illustrations.  leaves mounted on orig. stubs (two double-page & folding). Large square 4to (305 x 321 mm.), navy blue cloth boards, title on spine, cloth-covered slipcase. Houston: Texas Gallery, 1982.
One of LeWitt’s rarest artist’s books, produced in an unusually small edition of 15 copies (with 8 A.P.) and signed by LeWitt (1928-2007) on the half-title. Published by Fredericka Hunter’s Texas Gallery, this book is composed of photolithographs in alternating blue, yellow, red, green, and black, all executed by Ryo Watanabe on fine Rives BFK paper. A departure from his works based on geometric permutations, Statues (a...
60 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (205 x 99 mm.), pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, upper wrapper covered in braille text, staple-bound. [Paris: 1993].
A scarce catalogue, with a beguiling upper cover bearing braille text. It describes 335 items, including works by Andre, Bloom, Boltanski, Boutin, Broodthaers, Fulton, Gette, Le Gac, LeWitt, Nam June Paik, Nauman, Wegman, Weiner, etc., etc. The braille cover is an original work by Barbara Bloom created for this catalogue, and the text, from Barthes’s “La Chambre Claire,” is translated on the inside wrapper.
In fine condition. The braille text is understandably a bit rubbed.
36; 50; 25 leaves (each leaf consisting of two leaves pasted together at the fore-edge). 8vo (272 x 190 mm.), orig. wrappers, orig. manuscript title labels on upper covers (first label a little defective), new stitching. [Japan: between 1624-43].
A very rare movable type digest edition of the celebrated Tale of Genji. By the beginning of the 17th century, the Tale of Genji was not easy to read without a teacher. As a result, a series of digests or condensed versions, offering easier access to the text in more familiar language, were published. According to Peter Kornicki, seven movable type...