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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...
Ten black & white illus.; text printed in red. 12 pp. Folio (311 x 230 mm.), unbound folded sheets, as issued. [Alkmaar & Amsterdam: 1978].
An uncommon exhibition catalogue of a show curated by Carrión. The exhibition was held at the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar in October 1978. From the curator’s essay: “This exhibition tries to show the contact points, the relationships, between artists’ bookworks and Mail Art. Both forms are contemporary (they belong more or less to the last two decades) and influence and enrich each other.”
Carrión’s exhibition essay (in parallel Dutch and English texts) is interspersed with images showing Mail Art by Regina...
47 pp. Small 4to (210 x 158 mm.), orig. black wrappers (upper corner creased), staple-bound. [London]: Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972.
First edition of this seminal exhibition catalogue, which features the first English translation of Celant’s essay on artists’ books, as well as an important list of nearly 300 then-unheralded artists’ books. Originally published in the first issue of the Italian magazine Data (Sept. 1971),the essay is recognized as one of the earliest in-depth examinations of the book form and its bearing within Conceptual art. Celant (b. 1940), the art historian and critic, organized several Arte Povera exhibitions in Italy in the 1960s and...
Many illus. in black & white. 240 pp. Small 4to (228 x 209 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (extremities a trifle worn). New York: Praeger, 1969.
First edition (an edition was published in Britain simultaneously) of this important anthology presenting the works of 35 American and European artists, accompanied by their artists’ statements; stapled to page 204 is an autograph postcard from Andre, dated 23 July 1976, in which he mentions a “terrible fight” with Donald Judd. Celant (b. 1940), the influential art critic and curator, coined “Arte Povera” in 1967 and frequently discussed this movement as well as artists’ books in his writings. This was...
23 silk-screened images of potatoes hand-tinted & tipped-in. 14 unnumbered leaves. Folio (430 x 310 mm.), orig. pink paper wrappers & yellow band with watercolored title, stitched. London: The Everyday Press, 2018.
A charming illustrated recipe book by the chef Jeremy Lee and British artist Simon Popper; produced in an edition of 75. Recipes include: pommes sarladaises, potato soup, Cullen skink, champ, and “Janson’s Temptation.” The silk-screened potato images were copied from 19th-century engravings of potatoes. Printed by Lesley Sharp.
Many black & white illus. 124 pp. Laser-printed single sheets, rectos only (280 x 215 mm.), semi-stiff printed pictorial wrappers, plastic-spiral bound. San Francisco: April 2002.
Leiber’s rare 40th catalogue, offering ca. 331 items, many of which were duplicates from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (now at the University of Iowa). Also included were artists’ books, periodicals, recordings, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera. Approximately 100 copies of this catalogue were produced and sent to clients.
Nice copy and rare. We know of only three American institutions with copies. Small faint stain to title-page and head of upper cover a bit worn.
64 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (210 x 110 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (by LeWitt), staple-bound. [Paris: 1995].
An uncommon catalogue which describes 446 books by artists, including Baldessari, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Ulises Carrion, Hanne Darboven, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Keith Haring, On Kawara, Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, LeWitt, Richard Long, George Maciunas, Pistoletto, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Herman de Vries, Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, etc. The catalogue ends with a selection of Loewy’s own publications. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Fine copy, with an untitled artwork by Sol LeWitt executed in the summer of 1995 in Spoleto, Italy.
Many black & white illus. in the text. 74,  pp. order form & ads. 8vo, color printed semi-stiff wrappers (short split at foot), staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc.], 1994.
Printed Matter’s 1994 catalogue consisting of 17 pages of new titles; eight pages of back list items; works from the Coracle Press; Flip Books; “Fluxus and Related Materials”; “Reflux Editions” (“continuations of the classic Fluxus editions using some vintage materials from George Maciunas’ original printings”; “Networkers, Plagiarists, Artstrikers, and other Aggressive Cultural Workers”; works from the Nexus Press; works from Sara Ranchouse Publishing; “Source Books”; issues of Edit DeAk and Walter Robinson’s Art-Rite Magazine;...
Many black & white illus. in the text. 92,  pp. order form and ads. 8vo, printed semi-stiff wrappers (minor wear on extremities), staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter Inc.], 1996.
Printed Matter’s 1996 mail-order catalogue consisting of two pages of Artists’ Projects for fundraising; an essay by Clive Phillpot entitled: “Twenty Years of Printed Matter”; a section called “How to Use the 1996 Printed Matter Catalogue”; recent publications ; back-list items; the remaining publications from Printed Matter’s short-lived publishing program in operation from 1976 to 1980; books from the Lapp Princess Press, including the work of Chuck Close, Fred Sandback, and Alan Turner; issues...
Many black & white illus. 40 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (215 x 105 mm.), brown semi-stiff wrappers, title & date on spine. [New York: October 1977].
One of Printed Matter’s earliest mail-order catalogues and now scarce, issued within a year of the store’s founding. It lists hundreds of early artists’ books and publications, and many are illustrated. This is probably an inventory of the store’s entire stock.
It includes the works of Andre, Mel Bochner, Broodthaers, Brouwn, Buren, Marie Combs, Darboven, Constance de Jong, Mario Diacono, Helen Douglas (and Telfer Stokes), Hans Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, General Idea, Conrad Gleber, Dick Higgins...
Many black & white text illus. 111,  pp. of order forms & ads. 8vo, green semi-stiff pictorial wrappers. New York: Printed Matter, 1997.
The Printed Matter catalogue for 1997 and 1998, which begins with an introduction by the new director, David Platzker. He announces the inauguration of a membership program and the launch of a Printed Matter website. Following a listing of fundraising editions, Printed Matter has reproduced statements on artists’ books first published in Art-Rite no. 14 (1976/77), which was dedicated entirely to the theme of artists’ books. It includes the words of John Baldessari, Ulises Carrion, Lucy Lippard, Sol LeWitt, etc. This...
15 black & white offset printed images. 48 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (220 x 85 mm.), stiff silver wrappers (extremities very slightly worn), date & board members on lower cover, staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc., December 1976].
Printed Matter’s very rare first catalogue, published in December 1976, eight months after the drafting of the organization’s mission statement. The founders established two fundamental criteria for their inventory: works in editions of 100 or more copies and works affordable to the general public. Much of the early stock came from Martha Wilson’s Franklin Furnace bookstore, which she had decided to divest and turn over to Printed Matter...
155,  pp. including order form, list of board of directors & credits, & map of store location. Large 4to, color printed wrappers (lower cover slightly worn), staple bound, title on spine. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc., 1981].
The now rare 1981 Printed Matter catalogue, which is an invaluable resource for bibliographic information of early artists’ books. It describes over 1600 books, audio works, and periodicals, by almost 1000 artists, with many illustrations. Upon the completion of the catalogue, Nan Becker, then a Printed Matter employee and soon after director, said in an interview: “It was an immense task and we did it within one...
Many illus. in the text, some full-page, & on inside covers. 2 p.l., 80 pp. & order forms. 8vo (215 x 140 mm), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter: 1991].
A catalogue issued in Printed Matter’s 15th year. It begins with an Introduction by director John Goodwin who writes: “Printed Matter Bookstore at Dia is in its fifteenth year of distributing books by artists to an ever-widening audience that includes students, collectors, educators, librarians, and, of course, other artists. We are delighted to observe that what the founders of Printed Matter dared to assert has indeed come true: the field of artists’ books is...
Six illus. in the text (two full-page). 24 unnumbered pages. Folio, pink semi-stiff wrappers (extremities a trifle scuffed). London: 1989.
One of Sam Fogg’s catalogues devoted to artists’ books. It lists 281 items with concise descriptions, including works by or materials related to Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, Lucian Freud, Robert Indiana, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, George Maciunas, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, etc. The second portion features exhibition catalogues and magazines. Catalogue compiled by Tim Cumming and Sam Fogg.
Very good copy.
66,  pp. ads & index. Tall 8vo (200 x 110 mm.), pink printed wrappers, two glue-bound gatherings laid-in wrappers as issued. [Antwerp: 1976].
The scarce catalogue issued by the curator and publisher Schraenen (1948-2018), which lists hundreds of early artists’ books; one of 500 copies printed. At the beginning, it contains contributions by Schraenen, Carrión, Kostelanetz, and Klaus Groh. It then lists the works of Beuys, Burroughs, Cage, Carrión, Degottex, Downsbrough, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Ginsberg, Higgins, Jacks, Kostelanetz, Rot, Shiomi, Tuttle, Vostell, E. Williams, etc. There are also long listings of records, magazines, and posters. This catalogue was published to accompany events held in Brussels, Antwerp...
16 pp. (incl. wrappers). Small 4to (175 x 136 mm.), orig. white printed wrappers, staple-bound. [New York: 1966?].
The very rare first Something Else Press catalogue; not recorded in WorldCat. It opens with an article on book design and its limitations, as well as examples of attractive and structurally sound bookbindings. The article concludes: “We are not interested in built-in obsolescence. We want our books to be as fresh ten years from now as they are today, and as much of a joy to behold.” This is followed by a listing of the press’s publications, including works by Robert Filliou, Alison Knowles, Al Hansen...
Two black & white portraits. 8 unnumbered pages. Tall & slender 8vo (215 x 100 mm.), yellow printed wrappers, staple-bound. [New York: ?1977].
A rare and early catalogue issued by Unpublished Editions, featuring the work of Alison Knowles and Dick Higgins, both of whom are pictured inside. From the introduction: “We have started with two noted ‘experimental’ artists, that is, artists whose work usually falls into forms unusual enough to be called ‘experimental’ even though the actual experiment lies in the past and the quality element is the present reality: these are Alison Knowles and Dick Higgins.”
A nice copy and very rare. Small strip of top of lower cover a little defective. Addressed to Andy Brown at the Gotham Book Mart.
13 black & white illus. 77 pp. & one leaf of “Addendum” laid-in. Small 4to (175 x 126 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Philadelphia: 1973].
The important exhibition catalogue for the pioneering shows of artists’ books, which were held at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and then the University Art Museum, Berkeley. Vanderlip, later a museum curator at the Denver Art Museum, writes in the Foreword: “This exhibition attempts to survey the many different types of books made by artists from 1960 to the present. For the purpose of this Exhibition the definition of ‘book’ is very flexible. If the artist conceived his work as a book...