Chang, Min-min [Curator]
Scarce catalogue for an exhibition of ink paintings by Chu Ko at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Library from March 2 to April 28, 1995. The catalogue, which is in English and Chinese, features numerous color plates, a short biography, and a list of exhibitions and publications. An invitation card for the exhibition opening is included with the catalogue.Chu Ko was the pen name of Yuan Dexing (1931-2011), who was born in Hunan Province. He went to Taiwan in 1949 and emerged as an important figure in Taiwan's modern art movement. Chu Ko became an expert on ancient Chinese bronzes and worked at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. He was also a poet, art critic, and sculptor. (See the informative introduction by Peter C. Sturman of the University of California, Santa Barbara.)This catalogue is scarce. OCLC shows only two institutional holdings, at Ohio University and the University of Hong Kong.PHYSICAL DETAILS: Oblong Octavo (8 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 220 x 190 mm), 8 pages of text and 24 pages of color plates in stapled, illustrated wrappers (soft cover).CONDITION: Minor scuffing and soil to wrappers, internally clean, bright, and unmarked. About Near Fine.
SIGNED by Steve Levine on the half title. A collection of poems, one of 70 signed copies from a total edition of 620. This is the scarce hardcover version; most copies were issued in wrappers and were unsigned. Striking cover and title-page illustrations by Louise Hamlin. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Small Quarto (10 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches; 257 x 170 mm), 32 pages, in white quarter cloth over blue, paper-covered boards and issued without a dust jacket (hard cover). CONDITION: Foxing and soiling to white cloth, bump to top edge of front cover, tiny stain to rear cover. Internally, clean, bright, and unmarked. Very Good or better.
Liberal economist Stuart Chase (1888-1985) attempts to explain the Technocracy movement during the Depression years in this scarce pamphlet. "Machines are displacing men, swiftly, dramatically, terribly," he writes (page 15). Yet, he says, "I incline to agree with Technocracy that scientific development is an irreversible process." (page 29). That being the case, he favors social and government control of its relentless advance. No. 19 in the John Day series of pamphlets. SCARCE. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Small Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; 190 x 130 mm), 32 pages, in stapled, green wrappers (soft cover). CONDITION: Edge wear, soiling, and creasing to the wrappers, sunning to spine, internally clean and unmarked, but pages 15-18 have become detached from the staples. About Good.
The August 1948 issue of Masses & Mainstream, a cultural magazine closely associated with the Communist Party USA. In this issue, W.E.B. Du Bois writes about his 50 years of political activity, while Helen Clare Nelson contributes a rollicking piece about her Hollywood neighbors and their reaction to her husband's citation for contempt of Congress (he was Alvah Bessie, one of the Hollywood Ten). There are also drawings by Ben Shahn, four poems by Konstantinos P. Kavafis, a story by Philip Bonosky, and more. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Octavo (8 x 5 1/4 inches; 204 x 135 mm), 96 pages, in perfect-bound, illustrated wrappers (soft cover). CONDITION: Top and bottom edges and wrappers soiled (especially the rear wrapper), creasing to wrappers and some pages, couple of instances of marginalia and underlining, evidence of damp-staining. Fair only.
A scarce anarchist pamphlet denouncing corruption and state power in Africa. "For the 420 million people of Africa, independence has brought little, if any more, freedom than under colonialism," the author writes. The problem, he says, is the power of the state. And nationalism, he maintains, is the political theology of the state. This pamphlet was likely published in the early 1980s, since there's a reference to a 1980 article in The New York Times. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches; 210 x 137 mm), 20 pages, in stapled, illustrated wrappers (soft cover). CONDITION: Light soiling and creasing to the wrappers, but internally clean, bright, and unmarked. Near Fine.
Healy, G. [Gerry]
A scarce pamphlet published on the 10th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution. It includes material published in a 1956-57 edition plus additional material. The author, Gerry Healy, strongly denounces the Soviet invasion of Hungary and takes Western leftists to task for not supporting the workers' uprising.This edition was published as a "Newsletter Pamphlet" and includes considerable material on the uprising, an article on workers' councils (reprinted from the Newsletter of Nov. 12, 1966), and a useful chronology of events in Hungary and Eastern Europe. The Newsletter was a publication of Britain's Revolutionary Communist Party. Copies of the original publication are available in the antiquarian book trade, but this edition -- with additional material -- is much more scarce. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Small Quarto (9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches; 241 x 185 mm), 20 pages, in stapled, illustrated wrappers (soft cover). CONDITION: Two old price labels pasted to front cover, bleeding through to verso, some soiling to covers, one case of underlining to a page. Overall, Very Good or better.
Sillen, Samuel [Editor]
The April 1951 issue of Masses & Mainstream, a cultural magazine closely associated with the Communist Party USA. Features include "I Take My Stand," by W.E.B. Du Bois, and articles by Art Shields, Steve Nelson, Lloyd L. Brown, Elliot Clay, Sara Zie, and Fred Wharton. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Small Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches; 197 x 135 mm), 96 pages, in perfect-bound, illustrated wrappers (soft cover). CONDITION: Edge wear and light soiling and rubbing to the wrappers, a couple of nicks to the spine, but internally clean and unmarked. Very Good or better.
Scarce catalogue in English of a solo exhibition by Liu Jian (b. 1961 in Shanghai), featuring his sunflower paintings created around 1995. Laid in are four additional items: a statement in Chinese and English by Liu Jian explaining the inspiration for his sunflower paintings, and three announcement cards for exhibitions at Alisan Fine Arts (1997, Hong Kong, for his "Europe in My Mind" show), Christopher Cutts Gallery (1998, Toronto for "New Beginning"), and The Finer Side Galleries (1996, Salisbury, Maryland, for "New Works").This catalogue is scarce. OCLC shows no institutional holdings. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Square 12mo (7 3/8 inches; 190 mm),  pages, including the covers, in stapled wrappers, the top wrapper being a die cut (soft cover). CONDITION: Slight edge wear. Near Fine.
Sumptuous catalogue for the Chinese-French sculptor Wang Keping. Numerous color plates, introduction by Michael Sullivan, and an additional text by Paul Serfaty. Wang Keping (b. 1949 in Beijing) was one of the founders of the Stars group of dissident artists, who mounted unauthorized exhibitions in China in 1979. He works solely in wood and has lived in France since 1984. Many of the works in this catalogue are devoted to the female form and date from 1999-2000.This catalogue is scarce in the antiquarian book trade. OCLC shows only four institutional holdings: Metropolitan Museum, University of Sydney, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong.PHYSICAL DETAILS: Small Quarto (10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches; 260 x 210 mm), 62,  pages, in perfect-bound, stiff card wrappers (soft cover).CONDITION: Fine.
Brochure for a group show of Chinese paintings at the Hong Kong Arts Centre from October 24 to November 4, 1990. The exhibition was organized by Alisan Fine Arts, a major Hong Kong commercial gallery and featured 25 artists. The brochure lists the names of all the artists and includes 12 images of paintings in the exhibition. Works shown in the brochure are by Fang Jizhong, Zhao Xiuhuan, Li Mingju, Liu Jian, Qing Tianzhu, Li Jinyuan, Han Tienheng, Yang Zhengxin, Ding Guanjia, Yi Kai, Zhao Zhunwang, and Zhong Ming. This brochure is scarce. No institutional holdings found in OCLC. PHYSICAL DETAILS: Single sheet folded to create 8 panels, each measuring 9 x 7 3/4 inches (228 x 197 mm). Soft cover. CONDITION: Fine.
Scarce catalogue celebrating the 70th birthday of Hong Kong artist Gaylord Chan (1925-2020). The catalogue features numerous plates of his brightly colored paintings and some photos from his life. There is also a section, "Gaylord Chan on Age, Art and Knowing When to Stop." In addition, the catalogue presents essays by San Chan (the artist's son), Hanart TZ Gallery's Tsong-zung Chang (Johnson Chang), and journalists Scarlet Cheng and Lulu Yu. Text in English and Chinese. Hanart held an exhibition of Chan's works from October 12 to November 2, 1995.Stapled to the front flap is a handwritten note from Chan dated 5-9-1998 (it appears to be a copy, not original). Laid in are copies of several magazine articles about Chan.This catalogue is scarce. OCLC shows a single institutional holding, at the Bibliothèque d'Art et d'Archéologie in Geneva.PHYSICAL DETAILS: Quarto (11 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches; 285 x 207 mm),  pages, in stapled, illustrated wrappers (soft cover).CONDITION: Slight edge wear, note stapled to front flap. Near Fine.