Several black & white illus. Unpaginated. 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Utrecht: n.d.
Nice bookseller catalogue focused on books and ephemera in modern art (167 listings). We find materials by Acconci, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Brouwn, Buren, Flavin, Kosuth, Long, Panamarenko, Schoonhoven, etc. Also presents numerous rare exhibition catalogues.
Fine; a few pen annotations in the margins.
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Several black & white illus. Unpaginated. 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Utrecht: n.d.
Black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Utrecht: n.d.
A great bookseller’s catalogue, offering 297 items related to Sohm’s fabled Happening & Fluxus exhibition. There is an impressive range of avant-garde periodicals and materials by or related to Beuys, Brouwn, Christo, Filliou, Higgins, Knowles, Mac Low, Paik, Shiomi, Vautier, etc.
In fine condition.
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.
Many illus. 131,  p. Small 4to, orig. semi-stiff pictorial covers, title on spine, perfect-bound. London: British Council, 1975.
The uncommon catalogue for this important exhibition hosted by the British Council, with the essays printed in parallel English and German text. Somewhat overshadowed by the exhibition Artists’ Books of a year later, this show consisted of an impressive presented 120 bookworks and reference books. As is explained on pp. 18-23 (and shown by several illustrations of the exhibition space), each book was displayed on a book shelf and could be handled by visitors. “Art works” were denoted with red stickers and “reference works”...
47 pp. Small 8vo (169 x 102 mm.), modern marbled boards, gilt title on spine. [Paris: 1747].
A scarce and early auction catalogue dispersing a substantial collection of paintings belonging to a “Baron de Banckheim,” possibly a fictitious provenance. We also do not know the expert in charge of this sale, but we do see that they borrowed heavily from the celebrated catalogues of the leading art dealer of the time, Edme François Gersaint (1694-1750). The foremost scholar on Gersaint, Guillaume Glorieux, writes that a number of catalogues of this period plagiarized the authoritative biographies of artists composed by Gersaint.
This catalogue offers 121 paintings, many of which are thoroughly described, with measurements provided. Most of the pictures are by Dutch and Flemish artists, such as J. van Ruisdael, Jordaens, Hondius, G. van Honthorst, etc.
36 pp. 8vo (203 x 129 mm.), attractive modern cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Constantin & Chariot, 1815 [but sale postponed to 1817].
A scarce sale catalogue, with an impressive array of drawings; Amédée Constantin, son of the great drawings dealer, Guillaume Jean (1755-1816), presided over this sale following his father’s death. The reason this auction was rescheduled, as corrected on the title-page, is unknown.
The catalogue describes 375 lots, mostly drawings and prints. It includes works by Boilly, Callot, Cochin, Greuze, Lagrenée, Lantara, Marillier, both Moreau, Norblin, Le Prince, etc. The prints (nos. 135-363) were presented in large groups, by...
1 p.l., 21 pp. 8vo (201 x 129 mm.), late 19th-cent. morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a little rubbed), title on spine. Paris: Constantin & Chariot, 1815.
An interesting copy of this rare auction catalogue, with a number of marginal notes and all prices in a contemporary hand. The annotator has also added “de Mr. Le Comte Français” on the title-page. This note contradicts the Avertissement in which Constantin writes that this collection was assembled by an anonymous artist over the course of several trips abroad.
Constantin (1755-1816) was one of the leading French art dealers of the period, from the 1790s until his death...
2 p.l., 36 pp. Small 8vo, disbound. Paris: P. Defer, 1832.
A scarce Defer catalogue. Presented are 12 lots of paintings and drawings; 225 lots of Italian, German, Flemish, Dutch, English, and French prints; examples of early lithography; and illustrated books.
Nice copy. From the library of Jacques Fryszman (1909-98), the great historian of art and collector of drawings, who wrote the Lugt number in the top right corner of the wrappers (or first leaf of text) on nearly all of his catalogues. See Lugt, Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes (online) 4946.
38 pp. 8vo (200 x 125 mm.), orig. rose printed wrappers (some tape repairs & spine worn), stitched as issued. Paris: Elie & Bonnefond de Sarial, 1818.
A scarce sale catalogue, in its original wrappers, consisting of 108 lots of mostly paintings, with a handful of drawings and prints. Administered by Elie (n.d.), who was part of the generation of experts that filled the vacuum caused by the deaths of Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun in 1813 and Alexandre Joseph Paillet in 1814. Trained as a painter, Elie started his activities as a picture dealer at the beginning of the century. Between 1801 and 1810, records show...
12 pp. 8vo (199 x 134 mm.), attractive modern marbled wrappers. Paris: Bénard & Narjot, 1810.
A very scarce catalogue, with nearly all prices in a contemporary hand, dispersing the collection of prints assembled by the philosophe and disciple of Diderot. Naigeon (1738-1810), a professed atheist, editor of a large number of clandestine works, and translator of Greek and Roman texts, was a close friend of Diderot and d’Holbach, editing many of their books.
This catalogue lists 54 lots, with prints by Audran, An. Carracci, Desnoyers, van Dyck, Poilly, Rembrandt, Edelinck, Nanteuil, etc. Lot 48 comprises a portrait drawing of Diderot by Vanloo...
10 pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (wrappers detached), partially stitched. Paris: F. Schayé, Me. Boulouze & Vignères, 1859.
82 lots. Pencil annotations throughout in a contemporary hand with nearly all prices and buyers’ names. Possibly F. A. Rapilly’s copy. Rapilly purchased a majority of the lots in this sale.
Good copy, with valuable provenance information; largely disbound. From the library of Jacques Fryszman (1909-98), the great historian of art and collector of drawings, who wrote the Lugt number in the top right corner of the wrappers (or first leaf of text) on nearly all of his catalogues. See Lugt, Les Marques...
35 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound & stitched. Paris: Defer; Leipzig, 1844.
A rare Defer catalogue. With 363 lots of prints belonging to the art historian Robert Dumesnil (1778-1864; see L.2199). This is the 11th sale under his name, according to Lugt. The supplement starting with lot 181 was likely from a different consigner. Pencil notes on verso of final leaf.
24 pp. 8vo (220 x 138 mm.), late 19th-cent. brown calf-backed marbled boards (joints a little worn), title on spine. Paris: Regnault & André, 1807.
The rare auction catalogue offering the collection of Suvée (1743-1807), the Belgian-born painter. In 1801 he became director of the Académie de France in Rome. This catalogue has 179 lots of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, painter’s tools, frames, etc. 43 lots of paintings and 17 lots of drawings are by Suvée.
Nice copy; some foxing to a few leaves. With the bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier] (1853-1944), the Parisian art dealer and collector of early art auction catalogues, and stamp of...
1 p.l., 38 pp. Small 8vo, orig. blue printed wrappers (wrappers a little defective), new stitching. Paris: Bonnefons de la Vialle & Defer, 1845.
297 lots of prints, drawings, and books. From the estate of Tiepolo (1727-1804), Venetian painter and etcher, and son of the famous Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770).
Very good copy; wrappers chipped. Duplicate stamp of the Bibliothèque Royale, Bruxelles, on upper wrapper.
Woodcut headpiece on leaf Ai. 8, 64 pp. 8vo, late 19th-cent. red cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: A. J. Paillet, 1786.
A rare sale catalogue describing the collection of Watelet (1718-86), the writer, voracious collector, and amateur engraver. Our copy is fully priced in a contemporary hand and with many buyers’ names, including that of Paillet, this sale’s expert, who was making purchases on behalf of Louis XVI. Benefitting from his inherited status as the fermier-général (tax collector) of Orléans, Watelet wholeheartedly pursued studies of engraving, gardens, and the fine arts. He was also the principal contributor to the Encyclopédie for...
Many black & white illus.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers & index on lower wrapper. 4to (276 x 213 mm.), orig. printed wrappers. New York: 1977. $400.00 The rare second Backworks catalogue; we locate only one copy in North America, at the Museum of Modern Art. Backworks was a New York-based collaboration between Barbara Moore and Jon Hendricks, specializing in documents and artifacts of avant-garde and experimental art. Located at 488 Greenwich Street, the store was active into the early 80s. In 1981, Hendricks left the partnership to become curator of the Fluxus collection formed by Gilbert and...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). 4to (274 x 214 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1976.
Scarce and essential early documentation of Fluxus materials and artists’ books. This is the first catalogue issued by Backworks, a New York-based collaboration between Barbara Moore and Jon Hendricks, specializing in documents and artifacts of avant-garde and experimental art. Located at 488 Greenwich Street, the store was active into the early 1980s. In 1981, Hendricks left the partnership to become curator of the Fluxus collection formed by Gilbert and Lila Silverman (now at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), much of...
Many color illus. 470 pp. Large & thick 4to, orig. printed dust-jacket, pictorial wrappers. Bordeaux: CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2020.
An essential reference work on one of the most intrepid artist-run presses of the 1970s. Established by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor in 1971, the Beau Geste Press published around 75 books, multiples, and magazines in a farmhouse in Devon, UK. Their mission was to print materials in close collaboration with artists. This included figures like Ulises Carrión, Helen Chadwick, Ken Friedman, Klaus Groh, Raúl Marroquin, Opal L. Nations, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Endre Tot, Ben Vautier...