WARHOL, Andy and Bob Colacello First Edition. Quarto. Twice-SIGNED by Warhol, to jacket and half-title page. Along with a warm inscription to Vogue fashion editor and socialite Gloria Schiff (and her husband Frank), with an initialed drawing of a heart; Schiff is mentioned on pg. 63 in the chapter on Diana Vreeland, and thus appears in the Index printed to the rear endpaper. A documentation of Warhol's "social disease;" black-and-white party photographs, accompanied by gossipy texts from Warhol and Interview Editor Bob Colacello. Near fine in a near fine jacket. A pleasing association copy.
WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd First Edition. Small square quarto. A document of Frank Lloyd Wright's early career, with a section of photographs at the rear. Uncommon in jacket. Cloth worn through at the spine heel and tips of the bottom boards, else near fine in a very good example of the rare jacket, lightly soiled, faded at the spine, with several small edge tears and tiny chips, but sound and complete.
First Edition. Octavo. Novel produced via Burroughs' cut-up method, with jacket designed by co-conspirator Brion Gysin. The narrative for this first edition constructed according to four Units: red, green, blue, and white. Being no. 88 in the Traveller's Companion series, with price of 15 N.F. to both rear wrapper and front flap of jacket. A fresh copy in iconic green wrappers; slight bump to foot of spine, else near fine. In illustrated jacket with some rubbing to joints and toning to spine, and small stain to front flap; thus close to near fine. A pleasing copy.
First British Edition. Octavo. With jacket design featuring photograph from the first performance of the play-Beckett's first since Endgame-at New York's Cherry Lane Theatre in 1961, directed by Alan Schneider. Fine copy in red cloth boards, in unclipped illustrated jacket with minor rubbing and some scuffing to rear panel, thus close to near fine. A handsome copy.
First Edition. Octavo. One of the high spots of Beat literature; "a revolting miasma of unrelieved perversion and disease," as per one of the dissenting justices in the Massachusetts Supreme Court obscenity ruling. This copy with the first state jacket, designed by Burroughs, with the input of Brion Gysin, with original price to rear flap (1500 Francs). The book itself with the green decorative border to title page, and "Francs 1,500" to rear cover. Bright green Traveller's Companion wrappers (no. 76), with minor rubbing and slight bump to head of spine, thus close to near fine. Mild toning to illustrated jacket, with bump to head of spine and faint stain; thus close to near fine. Overall, a pleasing copy of this landmark work.
First Edition (Hardcover issue). Folio. An elegant photobook from Sugimoto, documenting a series of corroded objects that he discovered strewn on a New Zealand beach. SIGNED by Sugimoto in silver marker to front endpaper. With 24 black-and-white plates preceded by artist statement ("Time's Yardstick"), printed in both English and French. A fine copy bound in gray textured boards with silver lettering. With illustrated jacket, also fine.
First UK Edition. Octavo. Vonnegut's second novel, nominated for a Hugo Award. Here issued for the first time in the UK by Gollancz, in their SF series, with great praise: "It is fair, we believe, to divide most science fiction into the run-of-the-mill and the unusual. But Sirens of Titan deserves a fresh category: the staggering." Red cloth boards with slight lean and some rounding to corners; better than very good. In unclipped yellow Gollancz jacket; scuffed, with minor wear to corners, thus close to near fine.
First Edition. Large oblong quarto. Underrated artist book by a photographer who worked more often in commercial jobs than a fine art context. Published same year as Eggleston's Guide, this technically innovative book uses an unusual color palette set on deep blacks that prefigures the graphic digital futurism of the 1980s. Labrot's experiments conjures images not unlike the photography of Lucas Samaras. The image and color laying processes anticipates the techniques and style of computer generated digital graphics. Fine in an almost fine jacket. Because of its size, true collector's copies are uncommon.
First Edition. Octavo. A selection of poems from Sexton, from her first two collections; without American equivalent. This copy graciously INSCRIBED by Sexton to front endpaper, in the year of her Pulitzer Prize victory for Live or Die. Quite remarkably, Sexton has further inscribed a poetic addendum within the margins of the first page of The Double Image, a poem written to her four year old daughter Joyce, after whose birth Sexton's struggles with mental illness intensified. "A nervous breakdown-my own suicide-/ the loss of my daughter, Joy- / the portraits of my mother & myself- / the death of my mother, the return of Joy, / my daughter- / to carry in my heart." Near fine in black cloth boards, in near fine price-clipped jacket. A powerful, if anonymous, association copy, testifying to Sexton's most challenging themes.
First Edition. Slim Octavo. 4-page exhibition catalogue from an April 1988 exhibition. Includes reproductions of Gober's Three Urinals and Wool's Apocalypse Now (Sell the House Sell the Car Sell the Kids), and a story by Gary Indiana. A few faint scuff marks and a light stain to the top left corner of the front cover, else near fine in side-stapled illustrated wrappers.
First Edition. Quarto. Revised issue of Beard's classic, published to commemorate his support for a 1977 benefit auction for the International Center of Photography. SIGNED by Beard, as issued, in red crayon to front endpaper. Accompanied by programme for the benefit auction; loose. This copy further accompanied by two silver gelatin prints of Beard's iconic image of a rhinoceros with its front leg noosed (9 x 10.75 in.); one of these photographs inscribed by Beard in year of publication to photographer Jill Krementz: "Dear Jill. despite all the drawbacks, many thanks for coming." Spine faded, with small blemish to rear panel; a very good copy in gray boards, without jacket as issued.
First Edition. Octavo. This copy SIGNED by Warhol on half-title page, alongside his drawing of a Campbell's soup can. Warhol waxes philosophical on a wide range of topics, from love to beauty, art to death; fame. Near fine, with minor discoloration to ends of boards, in better than very good jacket, with some edge-wear and chip to top edge.
First Edition. Quarto. This copy boldly SIGNED by Sugimoto in silver marker to front endpaper. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Nature of Light at the Izu Photo Museum, Shinzuoka, Japan (Oct. 26, 2009 - Mar. 16, 2010). Features 54 black and white illustrations, including Sugimoto's reinterpretations of 15 unprinted negatives by William Henry Fox Talbot and 15 images from the Lightning Fields series, with one gatefold. Text in English and Japanese. Fine copy bound in blind-stamped papered boards, in a fine photo-illustrated jacket.
Limited edition. Octavo. One of 75 hand-numbered copies SIGNED by Malanga, from a total edition of 1000 copies: 600 softcover and 400 clothbound. Malanga's poetry with 7 reproductions of Warhol's The Death Paintings series, including the striking cover, a detail from "Saturday Disaster." A few tiny spots of soiling, else fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition.Oblong quarto. Only 25 years old when she began to photograph and interview strippers from New England's carnival circuit, Meiselas' landmark first book ranks as one of the most enduring documentaries of the past fifty years. (Roth, 238-239). Silver boards, with silver-stamped titles to front panel and spine; near fine. In bright copy of unclipped photo-illustrated jacket, with small abrasion to top of spine and some scuffing and minor creasing to rear panel, thus close to near fine.
First Edition. Octavo. INSCRIBED and dated by the author, with a scratchy abstract drawing of what looks like a veiny arm. Edge wear to the bottom of the cloth boards, else near fine, with some chipping to the top left and bottom of the jacket; close to near fine.
Press releases for the show "Richard Prince: Photographic Works" at Metro Pictures, Feb. 5 - 25, 1981. Letter-sized sheet, printed recto only. Rare, early, and unusual Prince ephemera dating to the beginning of the artist's career in New York. "Richard Prince uses the photographic medium to re-present images found in newspaper and magazine ads. They appear to be familiar although their contexts are obscure." Minor bump to top edge, else fine condition.
First Edition. Octavo. A charming copy of Bellow's first book, neatly SIGNED to title page. Olive boards with red-stamped design; some discoloration to cloth and rounding to corners; close to near fine. In unclipped illustrated jacket, with modest edge-wear and minor crease to rear corner, thus close to near fine. Housed in quarter-leather slipcase, with pull-tab chemise.
First Edition. Tall octavo. Presentation copy INSCRIBED on title page by Ginsberg to Norman Mailer, dated 1986. With lengthy inscription to facing page: "Dear Norman, It's all readable but title poem pages 47-50 straightforward narrative (epilogue to Kaddish). Best wishes on your new job (after moviemaking) i.e. writing, again." Fine copy in red boards, in bright jacket with Ginsberg's portrait to rear; very minor toning, near fine.
First Edition. Square octavo. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Matthew Marks from March 20 - 25, 1992. A beautiful selection of 32 oil stick drawings inspired by Serra's time spent in Iceland. Frontispiece includes photographs by Serra from his travels to Hrepphólar and Videy Island. Fine in black cloth boards with some light soiling to the back of the jacket, else fine.