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Unpaginated. Small 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Fen Ditton, UK: .
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue, with a choice selection of artists’ books and publications, 268 nos. Among the highlights, we note a complete set of Art-Rite; Gilbert & George’s Dark Shadow (1974); most of the issues of Interfunktionen, Richard Long’s River Avon Book (1979); a nice run of Ruschas; a sizable group of Siegelaub catalogues, etc.
A fine copy.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 503.
Many black & white illus. 1 p.l., 40,  p. Small 8vo, pictorial dust-jacket, staple-bound. Cambridge, U.K.: n.d.
Scarce bookseller catalogue issued by Louisa Riley-Smith. She founded her firm in 1985 and was the exclusive distributor of Art & Project’s legendary Bulletins. This catalogue has 406 listings, including rare artists’ books and art monographs. Fine.
Black & white illus. 35 pp. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Maastricht: Agora Studio, 1975.
Scarce catalogue for a traveling exhibition undertaken by the artist-run space Agora in three South American locations. With a foreword by Willem K. Coumans in Dutch and English. The exhibition took place at the centro di arte y communication (Buenos Aires), Estudio Actual (Caracas), and Sao Paulo’s Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. The cover was designed by Klaus Groh.
Artists in the catalogue: Peter van Beveren, Michel Cardena, Ulises Carrión, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Albrecht D., Michael Gibbs, Groh, Raul Marroquin, Yoshio Nakajima, Maurizio Nannucci, Marjo Schumans...
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.
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.
 leaves, printed on rectos only. 4to, blue color-printed wrappers, stapled. Utrecht: Utrechtse Kring, 1969.
Very rare Armando (1929-2018) exhibition catalogue, we find no example outside of the Netherlands. With text contributions by Carel Blotkamp, Hans Sleutelaar, and Henk Peeters. Begins with a list of the artist’s paintings and exhibitions.
In fine condition.
Many illus. 84 pp. Square 4to, pictorial softcover, printed flaps. N.p.: 2011.
A useful reference on the legendary Art & Project bulletins. With an important essay by Clive Phillpot (“‘Everything Just Floating’ – The Art & Project Bulletins”) and an interview with gallerist Adriaan van Ravesteijn conducted by Ton Geerts.
In fine condition. Edited by Louisa Riley-Smith and designed by Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié.
Many black & white text illus.  pp. Small 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (spine worn), staple-bound. Toronto: 1976.
Art Metropole’s very scarce third catalogue of books, periodicals, films, and videotapes. Two years before Printed Matter was established in New York, Art Metropole became the first large-scale distributor of artists’ publications in North America. The collective General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz & Jorge Zontal), which had been working with printed matter since the creation of FILE in 1972, founded this artist-run space in 1974.
Expanding greatly on Art Metropole’s previous catalogues, which primarily featured North...
Many illus. (one full-page fold-out). 66 pp. (erratic pagination). Oblong 12mo, printed softcover, black plastic over spine. Dayton, Ohio: The Dayton Art Institute, .
A rare and charming interactive exhibition catalogue on the history of the book and the future of artists’ books. From the introduction by Pamela P. Houk: “BOOK FORMS is a participatory exhibition which demonstrates the diversity of artists’ books. The forms include books as sculpture; painted, drawn and collaged books; handmade paper books; diaries; fine printed limited editions; flip books; picture books; paperbacks; scores; and video-tapes. In several reading and activity areas, visitors are invited to...
Black & white illus. 20 pp. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Heerlen: Stadsgalerij Heerlen, 1988.
A rare exhibition catalogue of artists’ books; unrecorded in WorldCat. The show was curated by Anke van der Laan and Johan Deumens, and included the work of artists such as Ulises Carrión, J.H. Kocman, Gabriele & Barbara Schmidt-Heins, Timm Ulrichs, Herman de Vries, Franz Erhard Walther, etc. The Foreword is in parallel Dutch and English, the rest of the text is in Dutch.
In fine condition. With the postcard invitation, addressed to Deumens, laid-in.
Color illus. 71 pp. Tall 8vo, red printed softcover with flaps, title on spine. Morlanwelz, Belgium: Musée Royal de Mariemont, 2008.
Rare exhibition catalogue on artists’ books. The show was curated by Veronica Alarcon Ibanez and Pierre-Jean Foulon. Books by Broodthaers, Christian Dotrement, Jacques Louis Nyst, Jacques Lennep, Pierre Cordier, Anne Goy, Filliou, etc. were selected. Text in French and Spanish.
In excellent condition. We find just two copies in North America.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 122.
Illus. throughout and first & last leaves stamped. Unpaginated. 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, May 1984.
An uncommon exhibition catalogue, conceived and designed by Craig Dennis, and the books were selected by Kira Obolensky. “Paginations demonstrates the wide diversity of theme and format one finds in bookworks. In addition, the selections represent existing categories for contemporary bookworks (e.g. concrete poetry, political and feminist expression, the flip book, the found object book…). All these works challenge the monetary preciousness usually associated with art objects. Produced in large numbers, they are relatively inexpensive to...
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.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists...
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.