21.5 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. yellowish-brown wrappers, new stitching. [Korea]: n.d.
Yuhap is a common primer for children dating from the early Chosen period. The book teaches Chinese characters by giving their Sino-Korean pronunciation along with a vernacular Korean translation. Both the pronunciation and the translation are given in han’gul, the Korean alphabet promulgated in 1443. The characters are arranged by category, as indicated by the title. The end of a list of characters belonging to a certain category is indicated by a short sentence in classical Chinese.
Yuhap was widely used in Chosen Korea alongside the Thousand Character Essay...
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21.5 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. yellowish-brown wrappers, new stitching. [Korea]: n.d.
Recto with green text on red, details on verso. Postcard. Bremerhaven: Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, 1982.
Postcard invitation to an exhibition by the duo at Jürgen Wesseler’s Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst. Fine.
❧ Exhibition installation pictured in Vorhut aus dem Hinterland (Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen: 1992).
20 juan in four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: n.d. but 1893-1934.
A scholarly edition of this imperially authorized examination of the origins of the Manchus; it is a major work of court historiography produced under the Qianlong emperor.
This work, completed in 1783, “aimed to establish a grand narrative of Manchu history linking the founders of the Manchu Qing dynasty to those of the Jurchen Jin centuries before, both in terms of ancestry as well as in terms of shared geographical origins in the Changbai Mountains…By grounding the Manchus firmly in Chinese antiquity and by framing the...
Thick paper poster (495 x 480 mm.), silk-screened text in black, black & white offset-printed illus. pasted to center. Bremerhaven: Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, 1975.
Poster made by gallerist and art collector Jürgen Wesseler (1938-2023) for Anselmo’s first show in Bremerhaven. A sheet of paper with three photographs of the artist’s series Particolare is affixed to the center of the poster between the silk-screened text.
Near fine; three small and closed 6-10 mm. tears to the left edge.
❧ E. Kleimann, ed., 50 Jahre Avantgarde: Das Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven (2018), p. 38 (no. 57).
Printed on one side. Card. Rome: Sperone & Fischer, 1973.
Announcement card for an Art & Language exhibition hosted at Gian Enzo Sperone and Konrad Fischer’s shared gallery in Rome. Near fine.
❧ Not in A. Minola, ed., Gian Enzo Sperone: Torino-Roma-New York, 35 anni di mostre tra Europa e America (2000), but a show by the collective in Torino is noted on 12 October.
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...
Gothic type, double column, 66 lines (33 line-pairs).  leaves. Decoration by a contemporary Dutch or Westphalian artist (see below). Eight pinholes to the sheet preserved. Royal folio (385 x 270 mm.), mid-18th cent. French red morocco over heavy boards, by Louis Douceur, triple gilt fillets round sides, spine nicely gilt, a.e.g. Mainz: [Peter Schoeffer], 1460 [but ca. 1469].
Second impression (of three) of the original edition, first printed in 1460, in which Gutenberg first used the revolutionary method of two-line printing slugs, thereby finding “a solution to the challenge of permanently fixing typographical compositions” (Needham, p. 432). The Catholicon...
Printed on both sides. Postcard, mailed. Basel: Rolf Preisig, 1977.
Postcard invitation for Barry’s 1977 exhibition with Rolf Preisig. Verso text: “Celebrate, A Soundpiece Spoken by Janelle Reiring.” In fine condition. Mailed to Kurt Hermanns of Cologne.
❧ S. Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections (2010), p. 377.
Printed on both sides. Postcard, mailed. Basel: Rolf Preisig, 1974.
Postcard invitation for Barry's solo debut with Rolf Preisig. In fine condition. Mailed to Kurt Hermanns of Cologne.
❧ S. Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections (2010), p. 376.
Expertly backed with later thick paper, gold speckles on back of scroll, decorative wrappers with gold-pigmented manuscript label: “Uraga joriku no ezu” [“Landing at Uraga Illustrated”]. Fine paintings executed with brush & ink, many colors of wash, and metal pigment, with manuscript captions. Japan: after “Kaei 6” .
A remarkable example of a “Black Ship Scroll,”a rare contemporary illustrated Japanese account of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s incursions into Japanese territory in July 1853 and February 1854. Ours is a composite scroll of drawings of varying dimensions by at least three artists; most of the images concern Perry’s first expedition, but...
Many illus. iv, 60 pp. 4to, printed softcover, title on spine. Bristol: Impact Press, 1999.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue, a useful resource on British artists’ books and their makers in the 90s. The catalogue was published for the Impact International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference and the exhibition took place at the University of the West of England, Bristol. With text contributions by Sarah Bodman, Chris Taylor, Colin Sackett, Deirdre Kelly, Stephen Bury, Iain Biggs, Carinna Parraman, and Meg Duff.
In fine condition. Edition of 1000.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 172.
Black & white illus in fine. 30 pp. Small 4to, pictorial photocopied wrappers, staple-bound. Amsterdam: 1992.
Scarce bookseller catalogue from the important artist-run Amsterdam bookshop. It lists books by Oey Tjeng Sit, Henriette van Egten, Runa Thorkelsdottir, Jan Voss, and Cornelia Hoedeman. Nearly all of the entries provide bibliographic details and information on the contents of these artists’ books. The artists and various collaborators are depicted on the wrappers.
In fine condition.
101 pp. & colophon. 8vo, illustrated softcover. Montreal: Centre for Expanded Poetics & Anteism, 2021.
First edition, a delightful risograph-printed book edited by Amaranth Borsuk (b. 1981), poet and professor. It includes definitions by Erica Baum, Jen Bervin, Tia Blassingame, Sarah Bodman, Stephen Bury, Steve Clay, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Craig Dworkin, Bhanu Kapil, Janice Lee, Steve McCaffery, Scott McCarney, Bea Nettles, Elika Ortega, Lisa Pearson, Michalis Pichler, Tatiani G. Rapatzikou, Kyle Schlesinger, Tate Shaw, Michael Snow, Buzz Spector, Jan Voss, etc., etc.
As new. First printing of 350 copies.
 pp. Square 4to (155 x 155 mm.), printed semi-stiff covers. Berlin: Wiens Verlag, 2013.
One of the artist’s last books, published in conjunction with a 2012 exhibition at the haubrok foundation; edition of 500 copies. The book is a transcription of part of the 1851 book Taschenbuch der Münz-. Maass- ind Gewichtsverhältnisse by Christian and Friedrich Noback which standardized European measurements, exchange rates, and weights.
In excellent condition.
Black & white illus. & color diagrams. 73,  pp. 8vo, pictorial softcover, title on spine. Brussels: Daled & Gevaert, 1977.
—. Reboundings: an essay by Daniel Buren, followed by 7 plates and 7 diagrams. Black & white illus. & color diagrams. 77,  pp. 8vo, pictorial softcover, title on spine. Brussels: Daled & Gevaert, 1977.
The scarce French and English editions of Buren’s polemical text, both printed in editions of 530 copies; both in excellent condition. The artist was driven to write this as a pointed critique of museums and curators five years after the controversy surrounding his contribution to...
Printed on both sides. Card, horizontal fold as issued. Maastricht: Agora Studio, .
The rare card announcing an Agora Studio group exhibition during which Carrión showed his first bookwork Sonnet(s), which had been published by In-Out Productions earlier in the year. This show was very likely the book’s first public presentation. In the subsequent two years at Agora, Carrión had a solo show — Grammatica(s) (15 Feb.-1 March 1974) — and was part of a group exhibition in December of the same year (see Catalogue 237, no. 8).
Near fine; minor creasing.
❧ G. Schraenen, Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016)...
Many color illus. 183 pp. & colophon. 8vo, green rubber-stamped softcover. New York: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc., 2022.
Our catalogue on the Mexican artist Ulises Carrión (1941-89). Offered 92 items for sale, followed by lists of the artist’s editioned bookworks, exhibitions at Other Books and So, and a bibliography.
As new, each example is rubber-stamped on the front and back covers. Designed by Flat Fix and printed by KOPA (Lithuania).
OCLC Accession No.: 1295641351.
Black & white illus. Two sheets, printed on rectos only. Buenos Aires: centro de arte y comunicación, 1978.
A scarce cayc bulletin (“gacetilla de trabajo”), with its signature trompe-l’oeil geometric corners, announcing Carrión’s appearance in Buenos Aires on 12 July to present a program under the title “Permanencia Voluntaria.” He read his influential manifesto “El nuevo arte de hacer libros,” performed several of his sound works, and screened four of his early video works. The first sheet lists Carrión’s prior exhibitions and performances, and an introduction to the program, written by the artist, is on the second sheet.