1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo (176 x 109 mm.), disbound, stitched. Antwerp: L. P. Delacroix, 1816.
The scarce, triumphant catalogue of paintings recovered from the French and exhibited in 1816 at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts — now known as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Academy was founded in 1663 by David Teniers the Younger. We locate no copy of this catalogue in North America.
Successive French occupations in the 1790s had led to the confiscation of Antwerp’s greatest cultural treasures from churches, museums, and private cabinets. A number of pictures by Rubens were among the spoliations. In the aftermath of...
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1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo (176 x 109 mm.), disbound, stitched. Antwerp: L. P. Delacroix, 1816.
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...
Many illus. 96 pp. Tall 8vo, orig. grey covers (upper cover bowed & spine sunned), title on spine. [London]: The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1976.
An essential early exhibition catalogue of artists’ books. This was published for a travelling exhibition arranged by the Arts Council. 157 artists’ books, anthologies, catalogues, periodicals, and important reference works were selected by Attwood and Phillpot, who also contributed essays. The catalogue is profusely illustrated with images of the earliest artists’ publications.
A near fine copy, small fold to a corner of the upper cover.
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...
Many color illus. 7 p.l., 45 pp. Large 4to, pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Open Editions, 1992.
Uncommon and nicely illustrated exhibition catalogue, with the essays printed in Finnish and English parallel text. This travelling exhibition of British artists’ books was held at the National Gallery of Iceland, the Tokyo Gas Shinjuku Showroom, the Malmo Konstal, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Norway), and the Vantaan Kaupunki. Work by Blamey, Büchler, Cutts, Fulton, Finlay, Long, Sackett, Stokes & Douglas, etc.
Near fine; a few scuffs.
310 black & white illus., on rectos only.  leaves. 8vo (210 x 141 mm.), orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers, perfect-bound. Paris: CNAC, 1974.
First edition, an excellent copy of Boltanski’s fifth inventory, documenting all the earthly possessions of a randomly selected person, this time a resident from Bois-Colombes, a suburb of Paris. This book was published for an exhibition (15 October to 2 December 1974) at the Centre national d’art contemporain. Earlier versions of this piece took place in Baden-Baden, Jerusalem, Oxford, and Copenhagen.
Boltanski explains the intention of this work in the Avant-Propos (in trans.): “The inventory of objects belonging to a woman from Bois-Colombes is...
Single folded sheet (= pp.) laid in green printed wrappers. 4to. Paris: Maison de la Pensée Française, .
Rare text by critic Jean Bouret (1914-79) published on the occasion of an exhibition of Russian artists. This copy is supplemented with the exhibition check-list of artists — with several contemporary annotations —, a printed invitation to the vernissage, and five photographs of pictures by artists in the exhibition. The exhibition included artists such as Chagall, Charchoune, Gontcharova, Hossiasson, Kandinsky, Barbara Konstan, Lubitch, S. Poliakoff, Survage, Tamari, Zadkine, etc.
An interesting example of this publication, near fine.
Three black & white illus. 9 unnumbered pages. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), orig. gray printed wrappers (a little sunned), staple-bound. Paris: P. Rosenberg, 1936.
A scarce Braque exhibition catalogue of paintings made since 1931, featuring mostly still lifes along with two nudes. It lists 20 paintings, three of which are illustrated. Rosenberg had lured Braque away from Daniel Henry Kahnweiler and his brother Léonce in 1922. Braque’s first solo exhibition at Paul Rosenberg’s famed gallery on 21, rue la Boëtie took place in 1924. The final page of this catalogue announces future exhibitions for Seurat, Picasso, Monet, Matisse and Laurencin.
Very good copy, minor dampstaining to the first blank leaf.
Illus. throughout. 64 unnumbered pages. 4to (202 x 202 mm.), orig. semi-stiff gray wrappers. [From colophon]: Eindhoven: S. Brouwn & van abbemuseum, 1981.
Brouwn’s artist’s book as exhibition catalogue for his show at the Van Abbemuseum. It consists of repeated black lines at identical intervals.
Near fine, printed in an edition of 1000 copies.
Several full-page black & white illus, with ads. Unpaginated. 8vo (208 x 150 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper a bit soiled). Cologne: 1972.
A very rare bookseller’s catalogue prepared for documenta 5, offering 3028 items, including numerous famed artists’ books. In her fascinating piece on the appearance of books as early as documenta 5, Anna Sigrídur Arnar writes: “The publisher and bookseller Walther König installed books in a library format in alignment with the ‘concept of d5’ in the ‘Information’ section of the exhibition, encouraging visitors to roam through his fully functioning bookshop and peruse the books at will. Located just in front...
Many black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed wrappers & orig. printed dust-jacket, staple-bound. London: Kettle’s Yard Gallery, 1986.
One of the great exhibition catalogues on artists’ books. This sharply conceived book was published for a 1986 exhibition at Kettle’s Yard Gallery (1 November-7 December). Organized by Pavel Buchler (b. 1952), who also designed and wrote this catalogue, the exhibition included loans from Christian Boltanski, Ulises Carrión, Nigel Greenwood, Richard Hamilton, Kasper Koenig, Annette Messager, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, Hansjörg Mayer, Barbara and Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Michael Werner Galerie, Karsten Schubert, Lawrence Weiner, etc. The exhibition featured the work of Boltanski, Carrión...
Color cover illus. & illus. throughout.  pp. 8vo, printed softcover. Lucerne, Switzerland: Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1980.
Scarce Daniel Buren (b. 1938) exhibition catalogue, published in conjunction with his exhibition-installation at the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Buren reprised his use of striped sails, a medium he had first employed on Wannsee Lake outside of Berlin in 1975. An exhibition at the Akademie der Künste followed that installation. The present 1980 show was preceded by a work in situ on Lake Lucerne (3 May).
The catalogue is printed in parallel German and French and contains diagrams and photographs of the sails and the exhibition installation.
42 photographic plates pasted-on & poster laid-in. Unpaginated. Large 8vo, orig. boards & orig. printed dust-jacket, perfect-bound. London: The British Council, 2001.
Scarce catalogue for the British Council’s exhibition of artists’ multiples. It begins with an insightful survey of the medium by Bury, then Head of the Modern English division at the British Library. Many of the items exhibited are illustrated, and there is a check-list at the end of the catalogue. The contents of the exhibition were selected by Diana Eccles, Brett Rogers, and Sarah Staton.
A handsomely designed and important catalogue, in fine condition (slightly warped due to the plates).
168 pp. Small 8vo (164 x 95 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper wrappers (edges worn). Rome: Mordacchini, 1825.
A scarce revised and updated edition (1st ed. under this title: 1819) of this museum catalogue. It describes the institution’s paintings and sculptures, a number of which had been seized by the French during the conquest of Italy and subsequently returned.
A very good copy; some soiling and wear to the wrappers.
Many black & white illus. Two large folded sheets (299 x 212 mm. folded), unbound. Purmerend: Museum Waterland, .
An uncommon exhibition flyer for a display of bookworks at the Museum Waterland. Co-curated by Ulises Carrion and Agius, both included their own works, along with those of François Bouillon, Axel Heibel, Diderick van Kleef, Federico Sanguinetti, Ben Sleeuwenhoek, Ad Gerritsen, J. H. Kocman, Tom Ockerse, Gèza Perneczky, and Pawel Petasz. Several examples of each artist’s work are pictured. All of the works displayed were drawn from Agius and Carrión’s personal collections. This catalogue’s text, written by Alex A. M. de Vries, is in parallel...
Many illus. Unpaginated. 8vo, stiff pictorial boards, cloth spine. [Mexico City]: Alias, 2013.
First edition, an uncommon book examining Carrión’s De Diefstal van het Jaar “exhibition” at the Drents Museum in 1982. This show entailed Ulises Carrion (1941-89) displaying a large diamond in a small and dark room of the museum, without any visible security or restrictions, as a social experiment. In the last decade of his life, Carrión’s practice involved similar investigations of societal norms and the dissemination of information. The previous year, the artist had delved into the spread of gossip and rumors through social networks in the performance...
Text illus. Four unnumbered leaves. Printed sheets (297 x 210 mm.), orig. brown wrappers, staple-bound. [From the first page]: Hou, Denmark: Egmont Højskolen, Feb. 1979.
A very scarce exhibition catalogue crafted by Ulises Carrion. The artist also curated exhibitions on bookworks, mail art, and rubber stamp books in Emmastad, Curaçao; Warsaw; Amsterdam; Rotterdam; Budapest; Alkmaar; Maastricht; Cambridge, England, etc. The present catalogue, with text in English and Danish, begins with Carrión thanking the artist Niels Lomholt. He then describes the exhibited materials: “Time pressures didn’t allow for a wide research, but I believe that the show includes most if not all the...
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...
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...
Several black & white illus.  pp. & ads. 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Paris: 1937.
Scarce exhibition catalogue on Impressionism and its precursors. It is divided thematically and presents works by Bonington, Delacroix, Isabey, Courbet, Manet, Corot, Jongkind, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Morisot, Cassatt, etc. Preface by André Joubin, director of the Bibliothèque d’Art et d’Archéologie de l’Université de Paris.
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...
12 black & white illus. pasted on leaves. 32 unnumbered pages. 8vo (214 x 135 mm.), orig. blue cloth over boards (spine sunned), title in gilt on upper cover & spine. [Manchester: The Cloister Press, Ltd., 1943].
An exceedingly rare Epstein exhibition catalogue, signed by the artist; WorldCat records only the BL copy. As explained on the verso of the title-page, 50 percent of sales from this exhibition were to be given to the Merchant Navy Comforts Service. Epstein writes a brief introduction about the works he has selected: “The works in this collection which date from so early as the ‘Marcelle’ 1920 to the Chinese Girl...
Four black & white illus. 7 pp. & ads. Small 4to (144 x 115 mm.), cream printed wrappers, staple-bound. [London: 1933].
An uncommon illustrated exhibition catalogue listing 29 of Epstein’s works in bronze and marble. The show, which took place at the Leicester Galleries, featured busts of Joseph Conrad and Edith Dunn Beatty. Four of the works are reproduced on bound-in plates.
Good copy, staple rusted and as a result, the central bifolium has become loose. Pencil annotations on the upper cover. Only three copies in North America according to WorldCat.
Two illus. Green coated paper with three folds. [Paris: A L’Etoile Scellée, 1954].
A very rare exhibition announcement from A L’Etoile Scellée, the art gallery directed by André Breton. Located on rue du Pré aux Clercs in the 7th arrondissement, the gallery served as an influential center of Surrealism from 1952 to 1956. Thanks to financing by the gallerist Sophie Babet, Breton was able to launch a bold program, inviting young abstract and Surrealist artists.
This invitation, with a checklist of the 24 works exhibited, advertises Falzoni’s (1925-98) solo show. It also features a text by Robert Benayoun, “L’Oasis,”...