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CALVIN KLEIN MEN’S UNDERWEAR PRINT ADVERTISEMENT: TOM HINTNAUS – Rare Fine Copy of The Actual CK Advertisement

Klein, Calvin (Designer); Weber, Bruce (Photographer) & Hintnaus, Tom (Model/Subject) 1st Printing. 1 pages. Published in 1984. Rare Calvin Klein and Bruce Weber collectible item. An actual copy of the single most famous Calvin Klein advertising campaign. Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Print Advertisement. Precedes and should not be confused with digital copies of the original ad. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The Print Advertisement is now rare. Presents Calvin Klein's and Bruce Weber's "Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Print Ad: Tom Hintnaus". Shows the latter's eyes closed, even seemingly asleep while sunbathing. Although you would never know it, it was shot in Greece and in homage to the Greek god-like beauties of antiquity. The dreamily sexy image of the American Olympic athlete single-handedly (as it were) revolutionized fashion advertising (and generated billions of dollars in sales). "The image and the ad campaign had a seismic effect on America's social and cultural scene. His advertising campaigns have come to stand for the acceptance of this imagery by the cultural mainstream. For those who can recall a time before it became acceptable for men to regard their underwear as fashion statements, Klein's images must count among the most revolutionary tools yet devised in the history of consumer manipulation. Miniature dramas in which men assume the passive role once assigned almost exclusively to women, they have also been a force for change in relations between the sexes" (The New York Times Magazine). Hintnaus, a pole-vaulter, was officially sponsored by Calvin Klein for his historic Olympic bid. He was also one of the athletes Bruce Weber photographed for Andy Warhol, in the largest-sized Interview Magazine Issue ever, devoted to the 1984 Olympic athletes. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Calvin Klein and Bruce Weber collectors. This Print Advertisement is a classic. This is one of few copies of the actual advertisement still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with digital copies available online, which have no collectible value. A rare copy thus. Selected as one of "The 10 Pictures That Changed America" by American Photographer Magazine. One of the greatest image-makers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CALVIN KLEIN AND BRUCE WEBER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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GET SHORTY – Rare Fine Set: Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing With Souvenir Bookplate: Signed And Inscribed by Elmore Leonard – ONLY SIGNED SET ONLINE

Leonard, Elmore 1st Printing. Signed. 292 pages. Published in 1990. Rare Elmore Leonard collectible set. A fine copy of "Get Shorty" First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with a pristine Souvenir Bookplate, signed and inscribed by Elmore Leonard. The author's "Hollywood" novel. One of Elmore Leonard's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elmore Leonard's "Get Shorty". "Classic Elmore Leonard: While other people write 'crime fiction', Leonard has come up with a masterly social comedy that happens to be about criminals and other fast operators. The best parts move along so briskly you almost forget there's somebody with a firm control over the story" (Ron Hogan). "The prose, as expected from Leonard, is perfect. In 292 pages, there's not a word that doesn't belong exactly where he's placed it. Offers a Master Class in how to write a novel" (Publishers Weekly). Shortly after his death in 2013, Elmore Leonard was posthumously honored by the Library of America with four volumes collecting his oeuvre. Normally, LOA waits for a decent, sometimes very long, interval before including any writer in its canon. But in Leonard's case, they could not wait to honor the "laconic Master of crime fiction". The basis of the now-classic film by Barry Sonnenfeld, with Gene Hackman, John Travolta, Danny de Vito, and Rene Russo. An absolute "must-have" title for Elmore Leonard collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Elmore Leonard. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes with a pristine 5 X 4 inch loose Souvenir Bookplate that is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen by the author: "I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard". Which, in one line and in his own hand, neatly sums up his artistic credo and writing practice. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with signed and inscribed Souvenir Bookplate) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: This is the only Souvenir Bookplate available anywhere. Copies of the book available online have serious flaws, are in multiple subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. A rare signed set thus. One of the finest American mystery writers of our time. A fine collectible set. ISBN 0385301413.
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MINIMA MORALIA: REFLECTIONS FROM DAMAGED LIFE: THE FIRST HARDCOVER EDITION – Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Adorno, Theodor W. (Translated by E. F. N. Jephcott) 1st Printing. 251 pages. Published in 1978. Retrospective collection of brief essays. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2005 Verso Books Reissued Edition and the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Theodor W. Adorno's "Minima Moralia: Reflections From Damaged Life" in the definitive English translation by E. F. N. Jephcott. Fragments of thoughts that mirror the fragmentation of modern life: Richer, fuller, and wiser than the whole books of other writers and thinkers. "A series of aphoristic reflections on everyday existence in the 'sphere of consumption of Late Capitalism', shifting in register from personal experience to the most general theoretical problems" (Publisher's blurb). A system-building thinker of the legendary Frankfurt School ("Minima Moralia" is dedicated to Max Horkheimer, the School's Founding Father), the book represents Adorno's unfettered, deeply felt, and personal (as opposed to "scholarly-serious") writing. At their best, they rise to heights of lyricism and poetry. Through no fault of our own, we are living a "damaged life" because we are busy or need to pretend to be busy. Deep down, we know this, and we do what we can to make the most of our minimal lives through freedom from work, through what we call "play time". "The unreality of games gives notice that reality is not yet complete. Unconsciously, they rehearse the right life" (Theodor W. Adorno). This hectic life may be characterized as "once", an interminable series of distractions. The ideal life is "forever", tarrying and immersion. Adorno published a subsequent collection, "Prisms", which is, in effect, the companion volume to "Minima Moralia". An absolute "must-have" title for Theodor W. Adorno collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the 1978 First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and despite its imperfection (very slight fading on DJ spine, but it's there) is still in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent editions, particularly the 2005 Verso Books Reissued Edition and the Softcover Edition, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writer-philosophers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER THEODOR W. ADORNO AND WALTER BENJAMIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0902308955.
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A LIE OF THE MIND: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS: THE LIMITED EDITION – Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Edition: Numbered And Signed by Sam Shepard And Stan Washburn With Intact CD, Prospectus, And Promotional Materials

Shepard, Sam (Author); Washburn, Stan (Artist/Illustrator) & Red Clay Ramblers (Music) 1st Printing. Signed. 144 pages. Published in 1993. The author's play, presented as an Artist Book. One of the greatest plays of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 300 numbered and signed copies. Accompanied by original music. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Andrew Hoyem and The Arion Press: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with navy-blue goatskin leather overboards and titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text and Introductory Notes by Sam Shepard. Drawing Art by Stan Washburn, one of the finest artist/printmakers of our time. "The Music of Sam Shepard's 'A Lie of The Mind' by The Red Clay Ramblers" Compact Disc (CD) laid-in. The CD is NOT a bonus, but is instead integral to the Limited Edition. In his Notes, Shepard discusses its central importance to the spirit, atmosphere, and texture of his play. The bluegrass music of Red Clay Ramblers was used for the original production by Shepard, who directed the play himself. He insists upon, not just recommends, its being listened to by readers and viewers of the play, and its being used for all future productions. Prospectus and Promotional Materials laid-in. Printed on French Mould-Made Lana Royal archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The production values are outstanding in every respect. In protective plastic DJ, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Sam Shepard's "A Lie of The Mind: A Play In Three Acts". "A love ballad" (Sam Shepard). He premiered the play in 1985 at the Promenade Theater New York, with Harvey Keitel, Aidan Quinn, Amanda Plummer, and Will Patton. Universally hailed as the most important theatrical event of the 1985-1986 season, it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. "As wide, long, deep, mysterious, and unruly as the Mississippi River" (Frank Rich). "A masterpiece of poetic and theatrical brilliance that looks unerringly at love and family in the American West. Lifts him to the level of Tennessee Williams" (Time Magazine). Shepard is an American cultural icon who has written 45 plays, eleven of which won Obie Awards, and at least five of which are now regarded as masterpieces of 20th century theater: "Buried Child", "Curse of The Starving Class", "True West", "Fool For Love", and "A Lie of The Mind". He was a force in Hollywood as an actor, screenwriter, and film director. Bruce Weber devoted a book of photographs on him, "Sam". He is one of America's genuine cultural exports, his plays translated into 36 languages and performed throughout the world. An absolute "must-have" title for Sam Shepard and Stan Washburn collectors. This copy of the Limited Edition is indicated/numbered as such in black pen-marker on the Back Limitation Page. It is very prominently and beautifully signed (in blue ink-pen) by Sam Shepard and (in black ink-pen) by Stan Washburn. This title is a great play. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The Compact Disc (CD), which is integral to the Limited Edition and laid-in, is missing in many copies available online. The original Prospectus and Promotional Materials are also laid-in. A rare signed copy thus. 15 plates, 1 CD. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAM SHEPARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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BERLIN IN THE TIME OF THE WALL: AN EXHIBITION ABOUT A BOOK AND ITS PHOTOGRAPHS – Rare Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The Exhibition Catalog

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Gossage, John (Photographer) & Badger, Gerry (Contributor) 1st Printing. 80 pages. Published in 2005. Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful catalogs on the photographic art and achievement of John Gossage. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The ideal introduction/companion volume to and should NOT be confused with the book of the same title whose publication and imagery it celebrates. None of the copies was commercially sold. There is no ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by Stephen Daiter Gallery: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by John Gossage. Essay by Gerry Badger. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago from January 7 through March 5, 2005. Presents John Gossage's "Berlin In The Time of The Wall: An Exhibition About A Book And Its Photographs". Celebrates - and gives equal weight to - the publication of the book (from which all of the exhibition's images are culled) as much as the photographs themselves. Gossage's discovery of Berlin was decisive to his development as a photographer whose goal is, singularly, photography that is "visually literary" (his words), that is to say, has the flow, fluency, and power of narrative. Robert Adams once noted that all such photography exists on three levels: As geography, as autobiography, and as metaphor. Taken individually, Adams was deeply skeptical about a landscape photograph's power as art. Taken together, he believed that the landscape photograph has the power to compel awe. John Gossage is his heir, whose lasting contribution is the subtle insertion of history, enabling what is essentially a flat medium to uncover the "layerings" of a place. At its very best, such layered, "archaeological" photography has led to masterpieces like Kikuji Kawada's "Chizu" ("The Map") and Gossage's now-considerable body of work. An absolute "must-have" title for John Gossage collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This Exhibition Catalog is the ideal introduction/companion volume to and should NOT be confused with the book of the same title whose publication and imagery it celebrates. None of the copies was commercially sold. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN GOSSAGE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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LIKE US: PRIMATE PORTRAITS – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Schwartz, Robin (Photographer) & Mairs, Jim (Contributor) 1st Printing. 87 pages. Published in 1993. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Katy Homans: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Robin Schwartz. Essay by Jim Mairs. Printed in tritone on glossy stock paper by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Robin Schwartz's "Like Us: Primate Portraits". The Nature photographer's witty and affecting imagery on various primates: Monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, macaques, and ever-more-exotic others. What is unusual about the photographs is the way Schwartz thoughtfully staged, dressed-up, and photographed the animals in artificial settings (indoors and outdoors), showing them behaving and posing naturally like their human cousins. Looking at each photograph, one cannot help wondering how she seems to have pulled it off so effortlessly: The animals look not just well-behaved, they seem to be having a really great time. "The world that I explore is one where the line between human and animal overlaps or is blurred, where animals are part of our world and humans are part of theirs. I play out our fantasies to create a cultural space where animals not only coexist with humans, but also interact as full partners" (Robin Schwartz). As such, her photographs pose the intriguing and still-unresolved question: Setting aside language (which is unique to us), how much do we have in common with our primate cousins, how much are they like us - and we like them? An absolute "must-have" title for Robin Schwartz collectors. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the Softcover Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with tritone plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO JAMES MOLLISON "JAMES AND OTHER APES" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0393034992.
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JEMIMA STEHLI – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Edition/First Printing

Stehli, Jemima (Artist/Photographer); Burrows, David & Santacatterina, Stella (Contributors) 1st Printing. 32 pages. Published in 2002. Collection of female nudes. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Jemima Stehli: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and photo-performances by Jemima Stehli. Essays by David Burrows and Stella Santacatterina. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Jemima Stehli". Her nude self-portraits and striptease-performances. Stehli appears in most of the photographs (she is a very attractive woman), but like Vanessa Beecroft, with whom she is often compared, also uses other models. Her most famous work, "Strip" (1999/2000), is beautifully presented here. "Many of these compositions address the Lacanian affirmation, 'I see myself looking at myself'. In the series of photographs entitled 'Strip', she invited a group of male critics, including Adrian Searle and Matthew Collings, to pose with her. We see them sitting against colored backgrounds, illuminated by studio lights, and with the trigger of the camera in their hands" (Stella Santacatterina). So that's who those nerdy-looking men are, eminences in the world of art, who have (to their credit) agreed to take part in photographic-performances that realize Stehli's Hegelian/Lacanian "triad": The subject, the object, and the gaze. The latter transforms the first two, the result being something completely new. Or in mathematical terms, 1 + 1 = 3. During sex, all of us fantasize. Our fantasies are voyeuristic: We are looking at ourselves looking at having sex either with the person presently engaged or with someone else altogether. In "After Helmut Newton", Stehli re-takes some of the most iconic images by Newton, a doubling effect that is presented as such: Both the photographer and the model are within each frame in a full-frontal portrait. Newton himself loved doubling; his most beautiful images involved mirrors, water, and their reflections. Part of his genius was to make the viewer's eyes inevitably wander from the subject to her object-reflection within the frame. Stehli is a Conceptual artist/photographer of the best kind: Her images possess a sensuous beauty, a lyrical softness around the edges, and a raw, feminine sexiness within each frame. An absolute "must-have" title for Jemima Stehli collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 97 plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 1873352530.
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FAR TO THE NORTH: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BROOKS RANGE – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated by Dennis Witmer – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Witmer, Dennis (Photographer); Adams, Robert & Stafford, William (Contributors) 1st Printing. Signed. 48 pages. Published in 2005. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful art photography books on a pristine natural landscape ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Dennis Witmer: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the cover and black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Dennis Witmer. Poem, "Allegiances", by William Stafford. Text Excerpt from "Why We Photograph" by Robert Adams. Printed in duotone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Dennis Witmer's "Far To The North: Photographs From The Brook Range". Majestic photographs of a remote Natural Wonder that was spared the destruction and environmental calamity wrought by Man everywhere else. A student of Robert Adams (who is acknowledged in both the Epigraph and Credits), the latter's influence on his austerely beautiful imagery is unmistakable. The Athabaskan Gwazhal, as it is known to Alaskan natives, is a mountain range in North America stretching 700 miles. "One of the most remote and least-disturbed wildernesses of North America, it is immense and inaccessible enough to earn a nearly mythic reputation. Explores the limits of the tree line that juts through the southern edge of the range, revealing northern peaks and valleys bare of vegetation and glossed over by a softening snow that can arrive at any time of the year. A magnificent glimpse at Nature in its most pristine and raw form, this epic photography will be a welcome addition to the collection of any explorer or lover of the Northern landscape" (Publisher's blurb). Witmer's (and his imagery's) musical counterpart is the Alaskan composer John Luther Adams ("Become Ocean", 2014). An absolute "must-have" title for Dennis Witmer collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the photographer: "Dennis Witmer 1/13/2008". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is the single most beautiful signed copy we have ever seen. Please note: Dennis Witmer did NOT sign most copies. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 33 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENNIS WITMER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0977102807.
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A MONTH IN SIENA – Rare Pristine Set: Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing With Granta Magazine Winter 2019 Issue: Signed, Placed, And Dated (Shortly After Publication) by Hisham Matar

Matar, Hisham (Author); Caravaggio; Duccio; Lorenzetti; Poussin & Other Sienese Artists 1st Printing. Signed. 135 pages. Published in 2019. Rare Hisham Matar collectible set. Pristine copies of "A Month In Siena" and the Granta Magazine Winter 2019 Issue, both signed by Hisham Matar. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Hisham Matar's "A Month In Siena". The sequel-of-sorts to "The Return: Fathers, Sons, And The Land In Between" (2016). "Always finding comfort and clarity in great art, Matar immersed himself in eight significant works from the Sienese School of painting, which flourished from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Artists he had admired throughout his life, including Duccio and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, evoke earlier engagements he'd had with works by Caravaggio and Poussin, and the personal experiences that surrounded those moments. The month would be an extraordinary period in the writer's life: An exploration of how art can console and disturb in equal measure as well as an intimate encounter with a city and its inhabitants. A gorgeous meditation on how centuries-old art can illuminate our own inner landscape - current relationships, long-lasting love, grief, intimacy, and solitude - and shed further light on the present world around us" (Publisher's blurb). "As exquisitely structured as 'The Return', driven by desire, yearning, loss, illuminated by the kindness of strangers" (Peter Carey). An absolute "must-have" title for Hisham Matar collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Hisham Matar NYC 10th Nov 2019". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Granta Magazine Winter 2019 Issue, also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on his brilliant Contribution ("The Guests", Page 107) by the author. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and publication-year dated copy (with signed Granta Magazine) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crsip, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. 16 color plates. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for "The Return: Fathers, Sons, And The Land In Between". One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine set. ISBN 059312913X.
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BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF: “DARK STAR” TRILOGY BOOK 1 – Rare Pristine Set: Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing With Promotional Souvenir Pin: Signed, Placed, And Dated (On The Day of Publication) by Marlon James – ONLY SET ONLINE

James, Marlon 1st Printing. Signed. 620 pages. Published in 2019. The author's fourth novel, the first of a projected trilogy. One of Marlon James' finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition and copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Marlon James' "Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1". The author's exciting foray into the fantasy genre, just as "A Brief History of Seven Killings" was, in effect, his crime/mystery novel. The trilogy, as envisioned by him, will tell the same story from different characters' points-of-view. "The kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it. A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's. It's as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E. Howard, and all Marlon James. It's something very new that feels old, in the best way. I cannot wait for the next installment" (Neil Gaiman). Curiously enough, Gaiman - and so many other commentators - doesn't mention that it is also soaked in heavy sex, primarily gay. As fantasy goes, that is something very new, in the best way. It will be interesting to see how heartthrob Michael B. Jordan and Hollywood plan to adapt it for the screen. An absolute "must-have" title for Marlon James collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (on the day of publication) in gold pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Marlon James 2.5.19 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. It comes with a lovely Promotional Souvenir Pin that was issued by the publisher on a very limited basis to celebrate the book's publication. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and publication-day dated copy (with Promotional Souvenir Pin) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize for "A Brief History of Seven Killings" in 2015. One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARLON JAMES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0735220174.
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FAR TO THE NORTH: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BROOKS RANGE – Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated (In The Year of Publication) by Dennis Witmer – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Witmer, Dennis (Photographer); Adams, Robert & Stafford, William (Contributors) 1st Printing. Signed. 48 pages. Published in 2005. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful art photography books on a pristine natural landscape ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Dennis Witmer: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the cover and black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Dennis Witmer. Poem, "Allegiances", by William Stafford. Text Excerpt from "Why We Photograph" by Robert Adams. Printed in duotone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Dennis Witmer's "Far To The North: Photographs From The Brook Range". Majestic photographs of a remote Natural Wonder that was spared the destruction and environmental calamity wrought by Man everywhere else. A student of Robert Adams (who is acknowledged in both the Epigraph and Credits), the latter's influence on his austerely beautiful imagery is unmistakable. The Athabaskan Gwazhal, as it is known to Alaskan natives, is a mountain range in North America stretching 700 miles. "One of the most remote and least-disturbed wildernesses of North America, it is immense and inaccessible enough to earn a nearly mythic reputation. Explores the limits of the tree line that juts through the southern edge of the range, revealing northern peaks and valleys bare of vegetation and glossed over by a softening snow that can arrive at any time of the year. A magnificent glimpse at Nature in its most pristine and raw form, this epic photography will be a welcome addition to the collection of any explorer or lover of the Northern landscape" (Publisher's blurb). Witmer's (and his imagery's) musical counterpart is the Alaskan composer John Luther Adams ("Become Ocean", 2014). An absolute "must-have" title for Dennis Witmer collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in blue ink-pen on the half-title page by the photographer: "Dennis Witmer 10/31/05". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and publication-year dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Dennis Witmer did NOT sign most copies. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 33 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENNIS WITMER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0977102807.
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FRONT STREET KOTZEBUE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DENNIS WITMER – Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Slipcased Edition With Original Print: Numbered And Signed by Dennis Witmer – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Witmer, Dennis 1st Printing. Signed. 60 pages. Published in 2008. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful art photography books on Alaska ever published in our time. Limited Slipcased Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition, which was published simultaneously with it. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Dennis Witmer: Oversize-volume format. Mustard cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Dennis Witmer. 8 X 10 inch silver-gelatin print of "Rotman's Store, June 1990" laid-in. Brown cloth slipcase. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Dennis Witmer's "Front Street Kotzebue". Serene place-and-landscape photographs of Alaska and the Northern Lights. A student of Robert Adams (who is acknowledged in both the Epigraph and Credits), Witmer had lived in Alaska for more than twenty years at the time of the book's publication. Adams' influence on his austerely beautiful imagery is unmistakable. "Just north of the Arctic Circle sits Kotzebue, a town of the Inupiat people that has endured for over a hundred years. In this compelling visual essay, Dennis Witmer captures scenes on its Front Street, the main thoroughfare whose buildings have evolved from the sod huts of Native cultures to permanent wood and concrete edifices. From front yards with parked snow machines to townspeople peacefully strolling down sidewalks, the striking black-and-white images offer a thought-provoking view of life in the Arctic Zone and people's methods of co-existing with the brutality of Nature" (Publisher's blurb). Living and photographing in the Arctic Circle is an enormous and constant physical challenge. As these images show, it is also a deeply rewarding experience for Witmer and his grateful audience. Witmer's (and his imagery's) musical counterpart is the Alaskan composer John Luther Adams ("Become Ocean", 2014). An absolute "must-have" title for Dennis Witmer collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Limitation Page. It is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully numbered and signed in pencil by Dennis Witmer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is an 8 X 10 inch silver-gelatin print of "Rothman's Store, June 1990", also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully titled, numbered, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the regular trade edition, which was published simultaneously with it and is also scarce. As Limited Editions go, this is one of the smallest limitations ever, produced at a time of "Limited Editions" manufactured in the thousands. As such, it offers great, long-term value to collectors. A rare signed copy thus. 45 tritone plates, 1 original silver-gelatin print. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENNIS WITMER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0977102823.
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THE CASKET OF TIME – Rare Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed And Inscribed With Original Drawing by Andri Snaer Magnason – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Magnason, Andri Snaer (Translated by Bjorg Arnadottir And Andrew Cauthery) 1st Printing. Signed. 263 pages. Published in 2019. The author's fifth book to be translated into English. One of Andri Snaer Magnason's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The book is very beautifully produced and features dazzling original art by Katla Ros and Ragnar Mar on the cover. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Andri Snaer Magnason's "Timakistan" in a felicitous English translation. From Iceland, which contributes to world culture disproportionately, an enchanting and thoughtful time travel narrative. "Teen-ager Sigrun is sick of all the apocalyptic news about The Situation and her parents' obsession with it. Sigrun's family, along with everyone else, decides to hibernate in their TimeBoxes, hoping for someone else to fix the world's problems. But when Sigrun's TimeBox opens too early, she discovers an abandoned city overrun by wilderness and joins a band of kids who are helping a researcher named Grace solve The Situation. The world, according to Grace, is under an ancient curse. There once was a princess named Obsidiana, who was trapped in time by the greedy King of Pangea. To protect Obsidiana from dark and gloomy days, the king put her in a crystal casket made of spider silk woven so tightly that time couldn't penetrate it. The king's greed for power doomed his kingdom and the trapped princess. Sigrun sees eerie parallels between the tale of Obsidiana and the present-day crisis, and realizes it's up to her and her friends to break the ancient curse and fix the world" (Publisher's blurb). "The love child of Chomsky and Lewis Carroll" (Rebecca Solnit). An absolute "must-have" title for Andri Snaer Magnason collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "Best best, Andri Snaer Magnason". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. Magnason also added above his signature a lovely cartoon-drawing of Sigrun embarked on her time travel adventure. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed (with original drawing) copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 1632062054.
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BEATRICE RANA: BACH: THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS – Rare Pristine Set: Copy of The Compact Disc (CD) And Souvenir Program: Signed by Beatrice Rana – ONLY SIGNED SET ONLINE

Rana, Beatrice (Pianist) & The Editors of Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) 1st Printing. Signed. 1 pages. Published in 2017. Rare Beatrice Rana collectible set. A pristine copy of the Compact Disc (CD) recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of her February 24, 2019 Chicago recital, both signed by Beatrice Rana. The first and only release on CD. Presents "Bach: The Goldberg Variations". One of the definitive performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's marathon masterpiece. Among his last works, it is a "summing-up" of everything he knew, mastered, and surpassed about the High Baroque canonical style. The "Goldberg Variations" consists of thirty variations on the spare bass line of the opening Aria (instead of the Aria's melody). Beatrice Rana performs all the variations and all of the repeats indicated by Bach, resulting in a recording that lasts 77 minutes and 45 seconds. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Beatrice Rana collectors. This copy of the Compact Disc (CD) is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker in front by Beatrice Rana. It is signed directly on the CD Cover itself, as was her preference. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of her Chicago recital, during which event her signature was obtained, also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker by Rana. This title is a great CD recording. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with signed Souvenir Program) of this historic recording available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. One of the most brilliant pianists of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO LARS VOGT TITLE IN OUR CATALOG)
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ANTON CHEKHOV AND IOSIF HEIFITZ: “THE LADY WITH THE DOG”: ARCHIVAL SILVER-GELATIN PRINT AND DVD – Rare Fine Set: Copy of Archival Silver-Gelatin Print And Film Transfer on DVD – ONLY SET ONLINE

Chekhov, Anton (Author) & Heifitz, Iosif (Film Director) 1st Printing. 1 pages. Published in 2008. Rare Anton Chekhov, "The Lady With The Dog", and Iosif Heifitz collectible set. A fine single-weight silver-gelatin print of the iconic scene of the film with a pristine copy of the Facets Videos film transfer version on DVD. "The Lady With The Dog" is perhaps Chekhov's most beloved (and most famous) short story. The film version is on every reputable list of the greatest films of the 20th century, that is to say, the greatest films of all time, the 20th century being cinema's unsurpassable Golden Age. The promotional print of "The Lady With The Dog" shows the protagonists in the film's single most famous scene. Print size is 5.0 X 7.0 inches (vertical portrait). Eminently suitable for framing. Encased in its own protective plastic sheet with brown cardboard backing. The Facets Video DVD Edition is widely regarded as the best extant film transfer of the film, incomparably superior to all other releases on DVD. The film is NOT available on streaming services. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The set is now rare. Presents Anton Chekhov's and Iosif Heiftiz's "The Lady With The Dog". A rare event: Two masterpieces of Russian culture for posterity, the original, literary; the adaptation, cinematic. Unlike Chekhov, the film director would have languished in permanent obscurity were it not for this one film, which he re-imagined for the medium as a visual and literary artist in his own right ("Heifitz" is sometimes spelled as "Kheifits"). Both the short story and the film have influenced several generations of writers, artists, and film directors. The most recent notable is Andre Aciman's "Find Me" (2019), his dazzling sequel to "Call Me By Your Name" (2007). An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, set for Anton Chekhov, "The Lady With The Dog", and Iosif Heifitz collectors. This vintage print is a classic. This Facets Video Edition is the best available version of the film transfer on DVD. This title is both a great short story and a great film. As far as we know, this is the only set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Analog prints are desirable because they are hand-made, and are no longer being produced as such by almost all contemporary photographers. The film is NOT available through the streaming services. A rare set thus. One of the greatest films of the 20th century. A fine set.
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RAMMLER, A GERMAN SOLDIER SHOT FOR REFUSING TO FIRE ON MISS EDITH CAVELL: THE SILVER-GELATIN PRINT POSTCARD – Scarce Fine Copy of The Vintage Silver-Gelatin Print Postcard

Rammler (Subject); Cavell, Edith (Subject) & Anonymous Photographer 1st Printing. 1 pages. Published in . Rare silver-gelatin print-postcard of a now-classic war image. A fine copy of "Rammler, A German Soldier shot for refusing to fire on Miss Edith Cavell" single-weight silver-gelatin print. A masterpiece of war photography. Issued as a Postcard Souvenir in order to reach a larger audience. Print size is 3.4 X 5.5 inches. Eminently suitable for framing. Enclosed in its own protective plastic sheet. There is no further information provided on verso, particularly as to the publisher, limitation, or year of issue. The photographer of the grisly image has never been identified. Most copies of the print-postcard have vanished. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The print is now rare. Presents "Rammler, A German Soldier shot for refusing to fire on Miss Edith Cavell" Print Postcard. A vestigial reminder of a time when postcards were often silver-gelatin prints albeit printed on inexpensive, mass-produced stock paper in order to make them accessible to a much larger number of people. This is one such example, of an iconic image that is an enduring reminder of the horrors of World War I in particular and war in general. Henry James summed up the First World War best: "There are no more words to describe war". Edith Cavell was a British nurse, celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides of the conflict without discrimination, and helping 200 Triple Entente soldiers escape from German-Occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested. She was accused of treason, found guilty by court-martial, and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for clemency, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation. Edith Cavell was 49 years old at the time of her death. The night before her execution, she stated, "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone". These words were later inscribed on the memorial to her. Her Anglican faith propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. The Church of England, headed by the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, commemorates her in its Calendar of Saints on October 12. It comes as no surprise that at least one conscience-stricken German soldier refused to take part in her execution, and paid dearly for it. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for photography collectors. This print is a classic. This is one of few copies still available online and despite its imperfection (visible oxidation on the print's edges, not affecting the image itself, but it's there) is still in fine condition overall: Clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: It is NOT worn or soiled. It has NO tears, rubbing, or surface scratches. It has NO contemporary repairs. Copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare print thus. One of the most important war photographs of the 20th century. A fine print-postcard.
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PORTRAIT OF ALFRED BRENDEL: ARCHIVAL DIGITAL BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINT – Rare Pristine Archival Digital Black-And-White Print: Signed by Alfred Brendel – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Brendel, Alfred (Pianist/Subject) & Unidentified Professional Photographer 1st Printing. Signed. 1 pages. Published in 2015. Rare Alfred Brendel collectible item. A pristine, archival digital black-and-white print of the pianist, signed by Alfred Brendel. Shows the great and iconic Grammy-Award-winning artist in a closeup portrait. Print size is 12.0 X 8.0 inches (horizontal portrait). Eminently suitable for framing. Encased in its own protective plastic sheet with brown cardboard backing. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The print is now rare. Presents "Portrait of Alfred Brendel". One of his most elegiacally introspective poses. It is as if there is so much weighing on his mind (which there always was, especially when he was actually performing). As such, it is also one of the most beautiful solo portraits ever taken of the artist. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Alfred Brendel collectors. This print is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen-marker in front by Alfred Brendel. It is signed directly on the print itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is the single most beautiful portrait of the pianist we have ever seen. This print is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the print available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Digital prints are archival and typically, will last longer than analog prints. They do not fade with time. At the same time, it is also undeniable (and must be stated here for the sake of full disclosure) that analog prints are desirable because they are hand-made, and are no longer being produced as such by almost all contemporary photographers. A rare signed print thus. One of the greatest pianists of our time. A fine print.
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GEORGE CRUMB: THE EDITION PETERS BOOKLET PUBLICATION – Rare Fine Copy of The Edition Peters Booklet Publication: Signed And Inscribed by George Crumb – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Crumb, George 1st Printing. Signed. 11 pages. Published in 2002. Rare George Crumb collectible item. A fine copy of the Edition Peters Booklet Publication, signed and inscribed by George Crumb. Shows the great and ground-breaking American composer in a closeup portrait on the cover. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. Booklet size is 6.0 X 8.0 inches (vertical portrait). Encased in its own protective plastic sheet. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The Booklet Publication is now rare. Presents "George Crumb Edition Peters Booklet Publication". Provides an insightful Biography and a comprehensive List of Works within its eleven pages, and is indispensable as such. George Crumb's masterpiece, "Ancient Voices of Children", set to the poems of Federico Garcia Lorca, and as originally performed by the incomparable Jan DeGaetani, is one of the most shattering experiences every serious music-lover is likely to have: Post-Humanist and post-Romantic yet profoundly emotional, it restores the centrality of the human voice to contemporary music. There is nothing else like it in the otherwise barren landscape of atonal American music during which dominant period it was composed. A strong case can surely be made that atonality was a European historical necessity: In a German composer's hands, at ANY point in the 20th century, it becomes universal because it sincerely and heartbreakingly captures the anguish of Postwar Europe. It remains firmly and merely local, a technical exercise, when an American composer adopts the same language, whether it's Aaron Copland, on the one hand, or Charles Wuorinen, on the recalcitrant other. George Crumb's intrepid body of work is Exhibit A of the successful and triumphant break from atonality by the American Century. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for George Crumb collectors. This Booklet Publication is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen-marker in front by the artist: "Best wishes, George Crumb". It is signed directly on the Cover itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. It is the single most beautiful signed portrait of the artist we have ever seen. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the Booklet Publication available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: OCLC locates very few copies in public and private universities. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest composers of the 20th century. A fine item.
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PORTRAIT OF BARBARA HANNIGAN: ARCHIVAL DIGITAL BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINT – Rare Pristine Archival Digital Black-And-White Print: Signed by Barbara Hannigan – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Hannigan, Barbara (Artist/Subject) & Unidentified Professional Photographer 1st Printing. Signed. 1 pages. Published in 2018. Rare Barbara Hannigan collectible item. A pristine, archival digital black-and-white print of the soprano/conductor/performance artist, signed by Barbara Hannigan. Shows the brilliant and ground-breaking Grammy-Award-winning artist in a closeup portrait, revealing her ethereally beautiful face and bare shoulders. Print size is 10.5 X 8.5 inches (horizontal portrait). Eminently suitable for framing. Encased in its own protective plastic sheet with brown cardboard backing. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The print is now rare. Presents "Portrait of Barbara Hannigan". Since the untimely demise of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, THE soprano and performance artist of modern and contemporary music to reckon with, worship, and admire. "One of the most complete musicians before the public. A beautiful voice, technical assurance, and sensitivity to text have enabled her to conquer a wide range of repertoire, from the Baroque through the Avant-Garde. Her singing and word-painting are lovely" (James S. Eisenberg). It would be a shame if she remained a cult figure instead of the indispensable voice of Classical music for our time that she derserves to be. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Barbara Hannigan collectors. This print is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen-marker in front by Barbara Hannigan. It is signed directly on the print itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is the single most beautiful portrait of the soprano/artist we have ever seen. This print is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the print available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Digital prints are archival and typically, will last longer than analog prints. They do not fade with time. At the same time, it is also undeniable (and must be stated here for the sake of full disclosure) that analog prints are desirable because they are hand-made, and are no longer being produced as such by almost all contemporary photographers. A rare signed print thus. One of the greatest soprano/artists of our time. A fine print.
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ROBERT BRESSON: HOMAGE SET: “CAHIERS DU CINEMA” RETROSPECTIVE MAGAZINE, “L’ARGENT” PRINT, AND BLU-RAY – Rare Fine Set: Copy of “Cahiers du Cinema” Retrospective Magazine, “L’Argent” Photographic Print, And Film Transfer On Blu-ray – ONLY SET ONLINE

Bresson, Robert (Film Director/Subject) & Levin, Sam (Photographer) 1st Printing. 34 pages. Published in 2000. Rare Robert Bresson collectible set. A fine copy of the "Cahiers du Cinema" Retrospective Magazine "Hommage" Souvenir Issue, published in Paris, France in 2000, shortly after the film director's death in 1999, with a fine copy of the archival single-weight silver-gelatin print of his last film, "L'Argent", and a pristine copy of the film transfer on the Criterion Label Blu-ray. The legendary "Cahiers du Cinema" Magazine Issue shows the great film director in a closeup portrait by the brilliant photographer Sam Levin. The portrait, Bresson's favorite, shows him as a matinee-idol-type, handsome man with his signature silver mane. The entire Issue is devoted to his art, achievement, and legacy as the "Mozart of film" (Jean-Luc Godard). The promotional single-weight silver-gelatin print of his very last film, "L'Argent", shows the protagonist in a key scene, and has become its single most iconic image. Print size is 8.0 X 10.0 inches (vertical portrait). Eminently suitable for framing. Encased in its own protective plastic sheet with brown cardboard backing. The Criterion Label Blu-ray Edition of "L'Argent" is now widely regarded as the best extant film transfer of the film, incomparably superior to all other releases on both DVD and Blu-ray as well as streaming services. Without DJ's, as issued. There is no ISBN. Two of the items in this set are now rare. Presents "Robert Bresson" Homage Set. A simple and heartfelt tribute to the one-of-a-kind film artist. What is there left to say about the one filmmaker who made (Roman Catholic-inspired) asceticism, emotional self-regulation, and delayed gratification aesthetic ideals? That in remaining true to his uncompromising vision, he achieved the impossible for the most commercially compromised art of our time. And that, as such, we are eternally indebted to him. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, set for Robert Bresson collectors. This copy of the Cahiers du Cinema Retrospective Magazine Issue is a classic. The Cover Image is the single most beautiful portrait of the film director, and his personal favorite. This archival silver-gelatin print of "L'Argent" is also a classic. The Criterion Label Blu-ray Edition of "L'Argent" is the best extant film transfer of the film. As far as we know, this is the only set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Analog prints are desirable because they are hand-made, and are no longer being produced as such by almost all contemporary photographers. A rare set thus. One of the greatest film artists of the 20th century. A fine set.
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PORTRAIT OF CHICAGO 1925: VINTAGE SILVER-GELATIN PRINT – Rare Vintage Dry-Mounted Vintage Silver-Gelatin Print: Titled And Stamped by Photographer – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Anonymous Professional Photographer & Chicago Downtown (Subject) 1st Printing. 1 pages. Published in 1925. Rare Chicago collectible piece. A near-fine archival double-weight silver-gelatin print of one of the earliest and most beautiful street photographs ever taken of the great city. The photographer is un-identified, as was the practice for much of the 20th century, but was obviously a professional photojournalist (rather than an amateur), with an acute sense of perspective, breadth, and sensitivity. Print size is 6.0 X 5.0 inches (horizontal format). Permanently mounted/pasted on its original hard board, complete with notations and descriptions in front and on verso by the photographer. Mounted size is 10.0 X 10.0 inches. Eminently suitable for framing. Encased in its own protective plastic sheet. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The print is now rare. Presents "Portrait of Chicago 1925". Shows a typically busy Chicago downtown street even then, teeming with people and cars on a bright sunny day. As the notations indicate, it was taken and meant for publication in a mass medium outlet such as the city's newspaper. Palmer House, which is noted in the text description on verso, is still standing today. It is one of the most beautiful street photographs of Chicago, or any other American city for that matter, ever taken for posterity, a museum artifact. The quality of the tonally rich and luminous print is incredible, living proof that silver-gelatin print is archival, and will outlive its subjects - and us - all. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, piece for Chicago and photography collectors. This print is very boldly and beautifully titled and stamped, thereby authenticated as such, on verso by the photographer. It is marked on the print itself, not on a tipped-in page. This print is an early-modern photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online, is enclosed in its own protective plastic sheet, and despite its imperfection (due to its age and use) is still in especially fine condition: The tonally rich and luminous print is clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: This is an archival, vintage double-weight silver-gelatin print, NOT a digital copy. Analog prints are desirable because they are hand-made, and no longer being produced as such by almost all contemporary photographers. A rare stamped print thus. One of the most beautiful photographs of Chicago of the 20th century. A near-fine collectible print.
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PORTRAIT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILD: ARCHIVAL DIGITAL COLOR PRINT – Rare Pristine Archival Digital Color Print: Signed/Initialled by Paul D’Amato – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

African-American Child (Subject) & D'Amato, Paul (Photographer) 1st Printing. Signed. 1 pages. Published in 2017. Rare Paul D'Amato collectible piece. A pristine digital color print from his continuing Series of photographs, taken of Chicago's West and South Side African-American communities, signed/initialled by Paul D'Amato. Print size is 11.0 X 14.0 inches (vertical portrait). Enclosed in its own protective plastic wrappers. Eminently suitable for framing. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The print is now rare. Presents Paul D'Amato's "Portrait of African-American Child". One of the photographer's single most evocative images: A solo portrait of a self-confident, young African-American girl watering an inflatable pool in her front yard. Note that there is another, even younger girl in the portrait, whose right arm can be gleaned on the edge of the print, intentionally cropped as such by D'Amato in his now-recognizable way of inserting subtle hints and touches to his singularly focussed and otherwise straightforward portraits. "Emotionally charged portraits and richly-layered views by a master portraitist. Provides a nuanced perspective on life in some of the most challenging and troubled neighborhoods in the United States. Neither 'feel-good' narratives nor stories of despair, D'Amato's photographs convey the complexities of representation and the ambiguities of life in a socially and economically marginalized community" (Publisher's blurb). The Chicago-based Italian-American photographer has a now-substantial body of work devoted to marginalized, struggling, and yet vibrant African-American and Hispanic communities, collected in several landmark publications: "Barrio" (2006), "We Shall" (2013), and "Here/Still/Now" (2017). An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, piece for Paul D'Amato collectors. This print is very prominently and beautifully signed (initialled) in black ink-pen on verso by Paul D'Amato. It is signed directly on the print itself, not on a tipped-in page. This print is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the print available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Paul D'Amato prints, which are always beautifully produced and in this particular example, show his mastery of tone and color, command thousands of dollars from his Chicago gallery. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed print thus. One of the most brilliant American portrait-photographers of our time. A fine collectible print. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL D'AMATO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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PORTRAIT OF A JAPANESE GEISHA: VINTAGE SILVER-GELATIN PRINT – Rare Vintage Bamboo-Framed Silver-Gelatin Print – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Authentic Japanese Geisha (Model/Subject) & Anonymous Professional Photographer 1st Printing. 1 pages. Published in 1945. Rare vintage Japanese Geisha portrait-photograph. A fine copy of an archival double-weight silver-gelatin print of an authentic Japanese Geisha, NOT a model. The portrait was taken by an unidentified professional studio photographer "in situ", at the Geisha's workplace, with evocations of Nature. The print measures 7.0 X 9.0 inches. It is mounted on pristine-white stock paper. Framed in original lacquered Japanese bamboo. Full frame size is 12.5 X 15.0 inches. Enclosed in its own protective plastic wrappers. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The print is now rare. Presents "Portrait of A Japanese Geisha". An exquisite example of Japanese portraiture at its best: Artifice (The Geisha) encounters, and becomes one, with Nature (the glorious natural surroundings). The image embodies what is central to the Japanese ethos: Aesthetics becomes ethics, The Beautiful is The Good. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful portrait-photographs of the iconic Geisha we have ever seen. Her authenticity paradoxically lies in her artificiality: Her serene, introspective, non-dramatic demeanor, her elaborate costume, hair and makeup, and accoutrements (notably, her famous Japanese fan), are all aesthetic manifestations that stand in stark contrast to Western moralism, The Good is The Beautiful. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, piece for photography collectors. This print is a late-modern portrait photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only print available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Despite its age, there are NO discernible flaws at all. Brought back to the United States by its former owner, it was then permanently kept in storage. Although very beautifully and appropriately framed in lacquered bamboo, it was never displayed. As such, the tones, clarity, and sheer beauty of the print are completely intact. A rare print thus. One of the most beautiful portrait photographs of the Geisha of the 20th century. A fine collectible print.
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SIGHT LINES: POEMS – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Edition/First Printing: Signed by Arthur Sze – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Sze, Arthur 1st Printing. Signed. 72 pages. Published in 2019. The author's tenth collection of poems. One of Arthur Sze's finest achievements. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies with the "National Book Award" gold imprint. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Arthur Sze's "Sight Lines: Poems". "Imagistic lines strung together by jump-cuts, creating a filmic collage that itself seems to be a portrait of simultaneity" (The New York Times). "From the current phenomenon of drawing calligraphy with water in public parks in China to Thomas Jefferson laying out dinosaur bones on the White House floor, from the last sighting of the axolotl to a man who stops building plutonium triggers, 'Sight Lines' moves through space and time, and brings the disparate and divergent into stunning and meaningful focus. His mythic imagination continually evokes how humans are endangering the planet. Yet, balancing rigor with passion, he seizes the significant and luminous and transforms these moments into riveting and enduring poetry" (Publisher's blurb). One excerpt of both the cosmos and the world we live in today (that hits us like a brilliant cinematic cut) : "In the parking lot, we look up at the Milky Way / A poacher aims a rifle at a black rhinoceros" (Arthur Sze). An absolute "must-have" title for Arthur Sze collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Arthur Sze. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the National Book Awards Finalists Night Souvenir Material during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies with the "National Book Award" gold imprint. Copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2019 for "Sight Lines: Poems". One of the finest American poets of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 155659559X.
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ALL FOR NOTHING – Rare Pristine Copy of The First British Edition/First Printing

Kempowski, Walter (Translated by Anthea Bell) 1st Printing. 343 pages. Published in 2015. The author's last novel, published posthumously. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. The latter is a softcover original only. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Walter Kempowski's "Alles Umsonst" in the acclaimed and felicitous English translation by Anthea Bell. Fittingly and movingly, his valedictory novel. "In January 1945, as the German Army retreats from the Russian advance in East Prussia, a wealthy family seal themselves into their manor house. They are cut off from the chaos around them - until they decide to shelter a stranger for the night. Kempowski's atmospheric novel powerfully conveys the delusions and indecision of the last days of the Third Reich" (Publisher's blurb). "One of the best books I've ever read" (Jenny Erpenbeck). "Kempowski's crowning achievement" (Rachel Seiffert). An absolute "must-have" title for Walter Kempowski collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition, which is a softcover original only. Copies available online are subsequent printings, have serious flaws, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Regarded by James Wood as a masterpiece. One of the greatest German writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 1847087205.