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In a quiet grave: essays on Texas. INSCRIBED

McMurtry, Larry Inscribed at time of publication: "For Dirk Peter with friendship Larry." Dirk Pieter van Nouhuys was the sophisticated Dutch father of Larry's and my mutual friend, the writer Dirk Holmsland van Nouhuys. Dirk the Elder sometimes confused the two of us because of our similar names. We both held him in high regard. Dirk the Younger met Larry in the writing program at Stanford and introduced we Larrys to each other some six decades ago, a gift for which I will forever be grateful. Tan cloth with unclipped dustjacket. xviii + 177 pp. 23 x 14.7 cm. In his introduction, McMurtry writes, "As a regionalist, and a regionalist from an unpopular region, I find the problem of how to get heard rather a fascinating one." He goes on to describe the surefire route to success for a Texas writer: "(1) explain the assassination and (2) make it possible for President Johnson to be impeached." He continues, "If he ever gets to New York he may even meet Susan Sontag. I don't understand the assassination and I doubt that i can do anything about the President. My chances of meeting Miss Sontag are accordingly pretty slim and I had as well forget about it and go on and write a book about the place where my characters live." As events turned out, he succeeded Susan Sontag as president of the American Center of the writers' group PEN in 1989, and they became good friends. I missed her by a week on my first visit to Larry's mansion in Archer City. First edition, second state, with "skyscrapers" corrected on p. 105, line 12. Fine in unclipped dustjacket with a little chipping at head and tail. The scan is lighter and more yellow than the actual tan of the jacket. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
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Sounds. SIGNED

Sounds. SIGNED

Godard, Keith Artist's book. "Except for what you are reading on this page, this book has no words or printed images. It is as the title suggests a book of sounds. The pages in sequence make a quiet drama of subtle noises. "By turning, fumbling and rustling the pages, you will find all that is intended." [From the copyright page.] One leaf of lightweight tan paper bearing title and copyright pages; 4 leaves of what appears to be fine, lightweight, handmade white paper; 5 leaves of natural waxed paper; 3 leaves of unbleached tissue; 4 leaves of brownish yellow-orange tissue; 3 leaves of tan tissue; 4 leaves of lighweight parchment (the first with light foxing on the front); three leaves of silver foil paper, facing verso, the verso and recto to make a reflective opening); and concluding with two leaves of stiff paper fastened together in the middle with what undoubtedly was a sound-making device a half century ago but now is silent. 26 leaves total. Stiff, coated white covers. 21 cm square. Signed and dated "73" at the bottom inside cover. The neatly printed name of the previous owner, a filmmaker, written at the top of the inside cover. Signs of light handling. Near fine, except as noted. A poetic and ingenious concept, the book was created and produced while the artist was on the part-time faculty of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) between 1971 and 1973. The black border in the scan is background, not part of the cover design. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
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Bonne fête, Monsieur Picasso. Poster (original lithograph, Mourlot 351). Also called “Fleurs pour UCLA” / “Flowers for UCLA”

Pablo Picasso created this joyful bouquet of flowers in 1961 to celebrate his "bonne fête"â"his 80th birthday. This original lithograph in 7 colors was commissioned by the UCLA Arts Council to accompany the exhibit of the same name at the UCLA Art Galleries in Los Angeles, California. The complete edition was 2500 copies, plus 100 signed proofs without the printing around the border. This one is unsigned. The Atelier Mourlot printed the edition in Paris. Fernand Mourlot was the author of the catalogue raisonné Picasso Lithographs (Boston Book & Art, 1970), where it is described as no. 351. It also appears as number 47 in Christoph Czwiklitzer's (New York: Random Picasso's Posters House, 1971) and as number 366 in Miguel Orozco's Catalogue raisonnê of Picasso's posters. This copy is virtually pristine, with no fading, no browned paper, no folded or nicked edges. It is from a private collection. The information that appears below comes from my prior personal knowledge of this fine work. Dimensions: image, 25.5 x 19.75 (65 x 50 cm); paper, 39 x 25 inches (98.5 x 63.5 cm). This poster has been the subject of so much misinformation over the years that it is worth a moment for clarification. Frank Perls of Beverly Hills suggested to the UCLA Arts Council an 80th birthday exhibition of Picasso, his close wartime friend. He also asked Picasso to create a lithograph and poster for the show--this lithograph and poster. Picasso agreed and requested that the proceeds go to helping UCLA students in the fine arts to travel abroad. The entire editions of both the signed lithographs and the posters sold out the first day. Accounts of this favor for a friend have been described variously as a gift to the university of a "drawing," a "print," or a "lithograph," thus implying that anything else is a reproduction of a single sheet of paper. No! Picasso's gift to UCLA comprised the entirety of the conception, the image he created on seven sheets of transfer paper (one for each color), and all the subsequent processes that brought 100 signed prints and 2500 unsigned posters to the UCLA campus for a buying frenzy on the day when "Bonne fête, Monsieur Picasso" opened. UCLA's Grunwald Collection for the Graphic Arts, at the Hammer Museum, owns two copies of the signed lithograph: No. 1/100 and "a trial proof. that retains the color separation charts, in Roman numerals, at upper left and lower left." Perls also arranged the exhibition "Picasso: 60 years of graphic art" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966. Vastly less-expensive copies of this image offered on line as of this writing are copies of the accompanying catalogue or its cover, or they are small reprints by other parties of the original printed decades later.