Unpaginated. Small 4to, orange pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Fen Ditton, UK: .
Scarce bookseller’s catalogue with 369 items offered. It includes art books, reference works, exhibition catalogues, and a number of artists’ publications. We note the work of Broodthaers, Buren, Hamilton Finlay, Long, etc.
Near fine; with a few pencil annotations. Cover illustration taken from a Matisse exhibition catalogue (no. 265 in the catalogue).
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Unpaginated. Small 4to, orange pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Fen Ditton, UK: .
Unpaginated. Small 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Fen Ditton, UK: .
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue, which presents 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.
Near fine; staples rusted. Heavily annotated.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Many black & white illus. 43 unnumbered pages. 8vo (180 x 128 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff pictorial wrappers. Munich: Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1978.
An uncommon catalogue of 26 Broodthaers editions and multiples. With a check-list at the end with information on edition size, medium, and publisher. Each work is illustrated.
In very good condition, with a few tape marks to the lower cover.
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.