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 for women (including reproductive organs), children...
20 pp. 8vo, 19th-century brown half-cloth & marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine, spine gilt. [S.l.: 1737].
One of the very rare contemporary manuscript sale catalogues of the painting collection of the comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736), one of history’s greatest collectors of art as well as books. It is annotated with nearly all prices and a few buyers’ names. According to Lugt, there are no known printed catalogues of this sale of paintings — most likely never printed — and the Getty Provenance Index records 14 extant manuscript copies, all in institutional libraries, except this example.
“Verrue, may be best known today as Alexandre Dumas’s fictive dame volupté, a sobriquet she reputedly created and one that has too easily obscured her crucial role in the art world of early eighteenth-century Paris. She had the social confidence to renounce the traditional pattern of collecting that Crozat had eagerly embraced and turned from ‘serious’ Italian paintings to ‘petits sujets,’ bucolic landscapes, and amorous mythologies, primarily by painters of the Northern and French schools. Like Crozat, she shaped a remarkable and widely admired dwelling that was central to her identity and famous during her lifetime. The importance of each house was enhanced by the way it functioned. Each became a key site of artistic discourse, a place where art lovers and artists assembled, and a locus for assessing competing systems of value, where distinctive outlooks were forged, defined, and absorbed.”–Rochelle Ziskin, Sheltering Art (2012), p. 2.
1 p.l., iv, 24 pp. 8vo (191 x 123 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Le Normant & Regnault-Delalande, 1816.
A scarce sale catalogue offering a woman’s fine collection of paintings and other curiosities; this copy is partially priced in a contemporary hand. Several institutional copies have been inscribed with the surname “Forestier.” The Getty Provenance Index attributes this sale to de Forestier, born Godin, who was the wife of Augustin de Forestier (1729-1817), the trésorier général of the Swiss Guards. She assembled a choice group of pictures, and, as described in the Getty Provenance Index entry for this catalogue, the leading...
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, Looking for poetry/Tras...
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 festival as an “opportunity [for...
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...
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 the final leaf by Lecouvreur, is a complete inventory of this family’s belongings. It lists not only household items, but also a variety of luxury items, such as a golden coffeepot, a necklace holding fourteen diamonds, a golden ring encrusted with a diamond, two pearl necklaces, a silver clock, etc. Also recorded are tables, tablecloths, napkins, a mirror, clothing, carpets, several chests, other furniture, etc.
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.
34; 16; 20; 26; 15 folding leaves. Five vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (upper wrapper of Vol. I somewhat faded & rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Ryushiken Ibaraki Nobukiyo, 1718.
First edition of this collection of waka poetry; this is a rare book with no copy in WorldCat. Inoue (1660-1738), born in Marugame, was raised in an intellectual family. Her father, a samurai and Confucian scholar, arranged for his daughter to be educated in both Chinese and Japanese literature. Her mother taught her waka poetry, and she also studied calligraphy with Ippu Horie. At the age of eight, Inoue had memorized...
Numerous full-page or double-page color-printed woodcut illus. 27 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (a bit rubbed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (again, a bit rubbed), new stitching. Osaka: Senritei et al., 1831.
First edition of this handsome color-printed woodcut book and a wonderful example of karazuri (blind-printing) which makes fine Japanese illustrated books so pleasing. We find no copy in WorldCat.
“Another artist with greater affinities to Shijo than Ukiyo-e is Katsura Seiyo (1786-1860), but he was a prolific designer of prints for kyoka books…he had an obvious appreciation of book design, and he enhanced many a kyoka that would...
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 and was first associated with Cubism and...
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 editions of the digest Genji...
Edited by Yusuishi Tanaka. Woodcut frontis. & eight fine double-page woodcut illus. 21; 18 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (wrappers rather worn & rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (rubbed), new stitching. Osaka, Edo, & Kyoto: 1749.
First edition of this beautifully illustrated book; the fine woodcuts are by Sukenobu Nishikawa (1671-1750 or -51 or -54), who “counts among the foremost masters of so-called ukiyo-e (primitive) prints. His subject matter, like that of his contemporaries, revolved around images of women walking. These images are stylised, lending the rhythmic movement of the sumptuous robes an almost sculptural effect. Nishikawa also did...
The autograph manuscript of one of Sand’s earliest novellas. It contains nearly 300 ink deletions and corrections and vividly reveals the author’s writing process. Cora appeared in print for the first time on 9 February 1833 in the fifth volume of the collection of tales Le Salmigondis. Sand (1804-76) wrote it shortly after her split with the novelist Jules Sandeau (1811-83). Sand’s works from 1832 to 1834 are particularly revealing concerning her turbulent personal life and her total adoption of the bohemian and androgynous persona of “George Sand,” for which she applied and received a permission de travestissement. Her early...
21 double-page & 6 single-page woodcut illus., all color-printed. 14; 13; 13 folding leaves (incl. text & illus.). Three vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, decorated with gold (somewhat rubbed, gold decoration largely oxidized), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, each with mica sprinkles, new stitching. [Japan: ca. 1806].
First edition and very rare; no copy is located in WorldCat (but there is an incomplete copy listed in the private collection of Mitsuru Uragami by the Ritsumeiken University’s ARC database). Our copy seems to be the only surviving complete set.
The artistic authorship of this finely illustrated shunga book is uncertain: responsibility has been attributed to both...
Signed wood-engraved port. of Valadon by G. Aubert & 28 black & white illus. (some pasted on, others plates). 63 pp. Small 4to (169 x 130 mm.), orig. printed wrappers. Paris: Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1922.
An uncommon luxury edition of the first publication on the artist’s career, written by critic and art historian Robert Rey (1888-1964). This is one of 215 numbered copies on pur fil Lafuma, supplemented with an original wood-engraved portrait of Valadon (1865-1938) by Georges Aubert bound-in at the beginning. Valadon began as a model for Puvis de Chavannes, Renoir, Forain, Toulouse-Lautrec, etc., and became a full-time painter in 1896...