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MARVIN E. NEWMAN: ON THE AVENUES – Scarce Pristine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher) & Newman, Marvin E. (Photographer) 1st Printing. 50 pages. Published in 2019. Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful catalogs ever published on the photographic art and achievement of Marvin E. Newman. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now scarce. A brilliant production by Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with wraparound photographic reproduction and black titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Marvin E. Newman. Introduction by Stephen Daiter. Printed on pristine-white, glossy stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago from May through July, 2019. Presents Marvin E. Newman's "On The Avenues". Some of the finest and most representative images by the one photographer who mastered the aesthetics and practice of two radically different schools of art photography: The Photo League (its documentary, moral humanism) and the Institute of Design (its Bauhaus-principled, experimental formalism). Newman, who received the very first Master's Degree from ID, "embodies the best characteristics of these institutions: A compassion for his human subjects and an exceptional sense of space and design in his experimental photographs" (Stephen Daiter). "Celebrates Newman's career with over forty vintage black-and-white and color pieces. Features experimental images of inverted sidewalk shadows and manhole covers as well as documentary work from his time in Chicago and upon his return to New York. On view are two more poetic Series from his travels in 1960, of Paris prostitutes and of a small Alaskan village" (Publisher's blurb). This is a Milestone Year for the photographer: It marks the 20th year of his inaugural exhibition at Stephen Daiter Gallery, 70 years since he arrived at the Institute of Design, and the 100th-Year Anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus in Germany (the latter leading to major retrospectives, newly published books in Europe and the United States, and full-fledged profiles in the New York Times and New Yorker Magazine). Marvin E. Newman also turns 92 years old on December 5, 2019. An absolute "must-have" title for Marvin E. Newman collectors. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It comes with lovely Souvenir Materials of the exhibition. Please note: This is a 46-plate catalog, NOT a full-fledged monograph. But its exemplary production values make it eminently collectible. A scarce copy thus. 46 black-and-white and color plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARVIN E. NEWMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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I BOUGHT ANDY WARHOL – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Richard Polsky – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Warhol, Andy (Subject/Artist) & Polsky, Richard (Author) 1st Printing. Signed. 256 pages. Published in 2003. The author's breakthrough account. One of the best books on collecting and art. 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 Richard Polsky's "I Bought Andy Warhol". The most coveted artist of our time, the contemporary "icon of global desire". Recounts in the most riveting manner the inner workings of the art world by one of its active members. The title is a sly allusion to the cult film, "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996). Richard Polsky has been a private art dealer all his adult life. His book is about two things: His all-consuming quest to own a Warhol and the impact the artist himself has had on the art market, which is undiminished to this day. Polsky set aside $100, 000 to acquire a decent Warhol, but over the years, the price kept going up, up, up, way beyond his means. The story of how he finally nabbed his Warhol (it's the one shown on the book's cover), which became the focus, not just the obsession, of his life, is candid, self-deprecating, and oddly touching. Polsky also shares with the reader/would-be collector the secrets he learned along the way, the principal one being seemingly obvious: That the longer a collector holds on to a valuable piece, the more he will come out on top. If he is lucky, he will become rich beyond his wildest dreams. The highest price a Warhol has fetched at auction has long since surpassed $100 Million, an unbelievable sum for a still-controversial artist. The smartest collectors have been those who, despite facing personal setbacks, major cash flow problems, and irresistible offers, nevertheless hold on to their pieces when most reasonable people think they are crazy to do so. Collectors have always had one decisive advantage over dealers: Their goal is to hold on to (and enjoy) their art. Every dealer, no matter how huge, needs to sell in order to stay in business. Dealing is about buying and selling. Collecting is about finding and timing. Polsky cites numerous examples to prove his point (which, ironically, collectors themselves forget again and again). Warhol himself stands out as the classic case study. When he gave up his successful career as an advertising "creative", Warhol struggled at first to get his work as an artist accepted, and often ended up taking whatever money was offered for his major pieces in order to survive. He sold his "Campbell's Soup Can" silkscreen multiples (there are 32 in all) in 1962 to a prescient (but nasty) collector for $1000. Adding insult to injury, it was paid to him in monthly installments of less than $100 over a period that lasted two years, resulting in lifetime enmity between artist and collector. The collector, banished permanently, held on to the set for thirty-four years before selling it to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in 1996 for $15 Million, a remarkable profit for his $1000 investment. But what would "Campbell's Soup Can" fetch today in the unlikely event that it ever became available in the art market? $150 Million. An absolute "must-have" title for Andy Warhol and Richard Polsky collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Richard Polsky. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a classic. This is one of few such signed 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: Copies available online have very serious flaws (because they have been pored over), are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 0810942712.
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DUNBAR – Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Uniquely Inscribed by Edward St. Aubyn – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

St. Aubyn, Edward 1st Printing. Signed. 215 pages. Published in 2017. The author's ninth novel. One of finest titles in the Hogarth Shakespeare Series. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edward St. Aubyn's "Dunbar". Appropriately enough, given his personal history, the author's very own "King Lear". "The pairing of St. Aubyn with 'King Lear' seems predestined. Who better to reckon with a play about frustrated power and familial resentment than the author of the Patrick Melrose novels, a five-book exorcism of ancestral demons? St. Aubyn rivals Shakespeare in his magnificently scathing language. There is no novelist alive who combines his irony and his satire of the upper classes with his acute comprehension of the bleakness of existence" (The Atlantic Monthly). At the same time, St. Aubyn deserves credit for insisting that literature is NOT a social event that people could carry out and discuss on social media, for example, as many aspiring writers now do, but an intense and private conversation between one intelligence (the writer) and another (the reader). "Our purest living prose stylist" (The Guardian). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward St. Aubyn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black fountain pen on the title page by the author: "For Clark, on his 60th birthday, Edward St. Aubyn". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. As the inscription clearly indicates, the recipient, who is named, is personally known to the author, which makes this signed and inscribed copy quite special. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The more a writer leaves of himself (or herself) on the page, the better, not the other way around. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD ST. AUBYN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1101904283.
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GOLDEN STATES – Rare Near-Fine Copy of The Uncorrected Proof: Signed And Uniquely Inscribed by Michael Cunningham – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Cunningham, Michael 1st Printing. Signed. 241 pages. Published in 1984. The author's debut novel. One of Michael Cunningham's finest - and most underrated - achievements. Uncorrected Proof. Published in a small and limited one-time-only print run as a softcover original only for the exclusive use of the author and publisher. None of the copies was commercially sold. There is no ISBN. The Uncorrected Proof is now scarce. Presents, in its earliest publication state, Michael Cunningham's "Golden States". Ignored by critics and the public alike when it first appeared, during a very stressful and turbulent time (in 1984, at the height of the AIDS catastrophe). According to Michael Cunningham himself, the book sold 17 copies in all. The rest were remaindered (and marked as such) or pulped outright. He has refused to have it reissued in an accessible new edition (it is not even listed in the Published Works page of his subsequent books). After disappearing altogether, copies have since continually resurfaced, after Michael Cunningham won several major awards for his masterpiece-novel, "The Hours" (1998). Assuredly written, his "coming-of-age" novel is composed "with wisdom, humor, and style about a difficult part of any life" (Denis Johnson). Famously and aptly utilizes David Hockney's iconic painting, "Gregory In The Pool", for its cover. An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Cunningham collectors. This copy of the Uncorrected Proof is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "To Rob, a true book detective. Can't believe you tracked this down, Michael Cunningham". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, who is named, is unmistakably known to - and admired, for his collector's determination and serendipity, by - the author. This title is now collectible. This is the only such signed and uniquely inscribed copy of the Uncorrected Proof available online and despite its imperfection (visible wear on the white softcovers) is still in near-fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $600. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. "A Home At The End of The World" was selected as one of "The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950" by The Modern Library, the most prestigious list of its kind for the period 1950-1999. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The Pen/Faulkner Award in 1999 for "The Hours". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
PERU: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT FRANK - Scarce Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

PERU: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT FRANK – Scarce Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Frank, Robert 1st Printing. 48 pages. Published in 2008. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Robert Frank's most beautiful books. 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 and as part of the Steidl "Robert Frank Project". An austerely elegant production by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with gray titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. There is no text. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Robert Frank's "Peru". A youthful photographic pilgrimage (and precursor to "The Americans"), now finally available in published form for the very first time. One of the photographer's least well-known - and most underrated - works: Photographs he took during an extended visit to Peru, back in 1948. Apart from Frank's personal copy of the vintage photographs (since acquired by The National Gallery Washington DC), only one other set of the original prints exists, in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York (MOMA). In other words, all of us, book and print collectors alike, will have to settle for this gem of a book. "Until now, very few people have seen the sequence, which already displayed the hallmark of Frank's distinctive imagery. Exhibits an ease and flexibility that Frank himself confirms. Using a hand-held 35mm Leica camera, Frank documented the country's massive vistas, weathered faces, manual labor, and dusty roads stretching to the horizon, with a spontaneity of motion that propels the viewer into the midst of the scenery. A work of major significance in both the artist's history and the history of photography" (Publisher's blurb). "I was very free with the camera. I didn't think of what would be the correct thing to do. I did what I felt good doing. I was like an action painter" (Robert Frank). Robert Frank died on September 9, 2019 at the age of 94 as the greatest photographer of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This title is a late-modern photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover 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. A scarce copy thus. 39 tritone plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". At the age of 92, Robert Frank was profiled in 2016 by The New York Times as "the greatest photographer of our time". A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3865216927.
PARIS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT FRANK: THE TRUE FIRST EDITION - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/French-Language Original Version

PARIS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT FRANK – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/French-Language Original Version

Frank, Robert (Photographer) & Eskildsen, Ute (Contributor) 1st Printing. 110 pages. Published in 2008. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important titles in Robert Frank's oeuvre. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2010 Reissued Edition, which has the same ISBN as well as the Facsimile Edition in English. Published as part of the Steidl "Robert Frank Project", the French-Language Original was issued especially for France only, as a courtesy to the artist and his subject. None of the copies was commercially issued in the United States. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with red titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. Brief Interview in French by Ute Eskildsen. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Robert Frank's "Paris". Photographs of the city in the 1950's, most of which appear in book form for the very first time. Some of the images previously appeared in "Flower Is.", but this book presents the body of work as selected and edited by Robert Frank himself in their entirety. "Having left Switzerland in 1924, this 1951 trip to France was Frank's second return to Europe after he had settled in New York City in 1947, and some of the images he made during that visit have become iconic in the history of the medium. Frank's experience of the New World sharpened his eye for European urbanism. He saw the city's streets as a stage for human activity and focussed particularly on the flower sellers. References Atget and invokes the tradition of the flaneur" (Publisher's blurb). Robert Frank died on September 9, 2019 at the age of 94 as the greatest photographer of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/French-Language Original (2008) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the 2010 Reissued Edition as well as the Facsimile Edition in English. The French-Language Original was issued for France only. None of the copies was commercially issued in the United States. A rare copy thus. 80 tritone plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". At the age of 92, Robert Frank was profiled in 2016 by The New York Times as "the greatest photographer of our time". A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3865215246.
URBAN ANOMALIES: CHICAGO - Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Edition

URBAN ANOMALIES: CHICAGO – Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Edition

Crane, Barbara (Photographer); Weinstein, Michael & Rohrbach, John B. (Contributors) 1st Printing. Unpaginated. Published in 2002. Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of Barbara Crane's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. Published as a softcover original only. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Barbara Crane: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Barbara Crane. Foreword by Michael A. Weinstein. Essay by John B. Rohrbach. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago from March 21 through June 15, 2002. Presents Barbara Crane's "Urban Anomalies: Chicago". Her beloved home-city, as seen from a different Conceptual perspective. The Institute of Design-trained Crane published late in her long career not one but two brilliant books on Chicago (the other being "Chicago Loop", 2001) that are both influenced by the Bauhaus' emphasis on formal experimentation, on the intersection between and melding of structures (rather than their integral separateness) : "These composed images stress the tension between the lines of architecture and her frame. Roofs and fragments of facades float in a context-less space, conveying the fluid and disorienting character of urban landscapes" (The Chicago Reader). That is surely because Crane has stated that her lifelong goal as a photographer has been to "attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking, to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place", and that "once I developed my first roll of film in 1948, nothing else mattered" (Barbara Crane). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Crane collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. 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: Copies available online have serious flaws yet command as much as $150. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 18 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA CRANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1930066058.
BARBARA CRANE: CHALLENGING VISION - Rare Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

BARBARA CRANE: CHALLENGING VISION – Rare Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Crane, Barbara (Photographer); Rohrbach, John; Foerstner, Abigail & Burkhart, Kenneth (Contributors) 1st Printing. 252 pages. Published in 2009. Retrospective Monograph. The single best book on the photographic art and achievement of Barbara Crane. 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 by The City of Chicago. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Joan Sommers: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 7 pounds. Gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Barbara Crane. Text by various contributors. Printed in quadrotone and color on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the photographer's 80th birthday and in conjunction with the travelling exhibition organized by Chicago in her honor, which commenced at the Amon Carter Museum Fort Worth from February through May, 2009, came back to Chicago on October 3, 2009, ran through January 10, 2010, and travelled on to other venues in 2010. Presents Barbara Crane's "Challenging Vision". Her finest and most representative images, taken over a fruitful sixty-year career. "Crane's work is, foremost, about Nature, both human nature and that of the biological world. One shares her world of intimate visual discoveries either captured by the camera or created from pure imagination. Crane has forged her own path of photographic invention, often as the lone woman in a male-dominated field. For the past sixty years, she has reinvented her vision and pursued new subjects and compositional challenges, even in the Digital Age. She fully embraces the emotional and formal aspects of the medium to challenge vision" (Publisher's blurb). Barbara Crane has stated that her lifelong goal as a photographer has been to "attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking, to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place", and that "once I developed my first roll of film in 1948, nothing else mattered" (Barbara Crane). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Crane collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws yet command unheard-of prices (in the hundreds to more than a thousand dollars) because the book is scarce in any condition. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 178 quadrotone, 115 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA CRANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 093890342X.
LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA 1992: THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION - Rare Fine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog - ONLY COPY ONLINE

LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA 1992: THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION – Rare Fine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Palma, Luis Gonzalez (Artist/Photographer) & Travis, David (Contributor) 1st Printing. 11 pages. Published in 1992. Rare Luis Gonzalez Palma collectible item. Inaugural Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run of 500 copies as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Luis Gonzalez Palma: Small-size volume format. Pictorial softcovers, as issued. Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Introduction by David Travis, Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, and one of the finest photography scholars of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibitions at the Schneider-Bluhm-Loeb Gallery from May 8 through June 12 and at the Art Institute of Chicago from April 18 through July 12, 1992. A lovely memento of two major events. The shows established the Guatemalan artist/photographer's reputation in the United States as a major contemporary figure. Luis Gonzalez Palma gained immediate, enormous, and well-deserved international recognition for portraits that are rich with the symbolism of indigenous myth and culture, Catholicism and humanity. The figures that inhabit Gonzalez Palma's mythic world (angels, devils, hybrid creatures, and enigmatic characters) transcend time and place, suggesting that mysticism and beauty are his ultimate subject matter. Regarded by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez as the finest Latin-American photographer of his generation, the great writer used "La Rosa" (duotone with oil varnish) for the DJ cover of his novel, "Of Love And Other Demons". Gonzalez Palma's photograph of a woman garlanded with a skull, toned and white flowers on her hair is a striking image that, by itself, captures what he is trying to say about the paradox of Latin America: A continent of ineffable beauty and unspeakable pain at the same time. An absolute must-have collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Luis Gonzalez Palma collectors. This title is now collectible. Published on the occasion of the exhibitions at the Schneider-Bluhm-Loeb Gallery and at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992, the shows established the Guatemalan artist/photographer's reputation in the United States as a major contemporary figure. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: This is a Catalog, neither a monograph nor a full-fledged book. But as his very first publication in the United States, it is important for Gonzalez Palma completists. A rare copy thus. One of the finest Latin-American artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
URBAN ANOMALIES: CHICAGO - Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Edition: Signed And Dated (In The Month And Year of Publication) by Barbara Crane - SIGNED ON THE PAGE ITSELF

URBAN ANOMALIES: CHICAGO – Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Edition: Signed And Dated (In The Month And Year of Publication) by Barbara Crane – SIGNED ON THE PAGE ITSELF

Crane, Barbara (Photographer); Weinstein, Michael & Rohrbach, John B. (Contributors) 1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2002. Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of Barbara Crane's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. Published as a softcover original only. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Barbara Crane: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Barbara Crane. Foreword by Michael A. Weinstein. Essay by John B. Rohrbach. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago from March 21 through June 15, 2002. Presents Barbara Crane's "Urban Anomalies: Chicago". Her beloved home-city, as seen from a different Conceptual perspective. The Institute of Design-trained Crane published late in her long career not one but two brilliant books on Chicago (the other being "Chicago Loop", 2001) that are both influenced by the Bauhaus' emphasis on formal experimentation, on the intersection between and melding of structures (rather than their integral separateness) : "These composed images stress the tension between the lines of architecture and her frame. Roofs and fragments of facades float in a context-less space, conveying the fluid and disorienting character of urban landscapes" (The Chicago Reader). That is surely because Crane has stated that her lifelong goal as a photographer has been to "attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking, to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place", and that "once I developed my first roll of film in 1948, nothing else mattered" (Barbara Crane). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Crane collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the month and year of publication) in red pen-marker by the photographer: "Barbara Crane March 2002". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Her signature beautifully matches the color red that appears in many of the photographs, the cloth boards, and the letter "O" in "Anomalies" on the title page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few such signed and publication-month dated copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online, NOT signed, have serious flaws yet command as much as $150. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 18 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA CRANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1930066058.
THINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: TONY JUDT WITH TIMOTHY SNYDER - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

THINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: TONY JUDT WITH TIMOTHY SNYDER – Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Judt, Tony (Author) & Snyder, Timothy (Co-Author/Editor) 1st Printing. 414 pages. Published in 2012. The authors' "summing up" volume on subject. One of the most valuable books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Second and Softcover Editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Tony Judt's and Timothy Snyder's "Thinking The Twentieth Century". Their magisterial summation of the 20th century, the most glorious and the most abysmal in recorded history at the same time. "The final book of the brilliant historian and indomitable public critic Tony Judt. Maps the issues and concerns of a turbulent age on to a life of intellectual conflict and engagement. The twentieth century comes to life as an age of ideas, a time when the thoughts of the few reigned over the lives of the many. Presents the triumphs and the failures of prominent intellectuals, adeptly explaining both their ideas and the risks of their political commitments. A tour-de-force, a classic engagement of modern thought by one of the century's most incisive thinkers. The exceptional nature of this work is evident in its very structure: A series of intimate conversations between Judt and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, grounded in the texts of the time and focused by the intensity of their vision. Traversing the complexities of modern life with ease, he and Snyder revive both thoughts and thinkers, guiding us through the debates that made our world. As forgotten ideas are revisited and fashionable trends scrutinized, the shape of a century emerges. We become aware of the obligations of the Present to the Past, and the force of historical perspective and moral considerations in the critique and reform of society. Opens pathways to the twenty-first" (Publisher's blurb). "Ideas crackle in this triumphant final book, taking readers on a wild ride through the ideological currents and shoals of 20th century thought" (Los Angeles Times). An absolute "must-have" title for Tony Judt and Timothy Snyder collectors. This title is a great book. 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 beauty. Please note: Copies available online are subsequent printings, have serious flaws, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Two of the greatest historian/thinkers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TONY JUDT TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1594203237.
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PLACES AND NAMES: ON WAR, REVOLUTION, AND RETURNING – Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Placed, And Dated (Shortly After Publication) by Elliot Ackerman – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Ackerman, Elliot 1st Printing. Signed. 235 pages. Published in 2019. Memoir-account on subject. One of the most important books of 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. Presents Elliot Ackerman's "Places And Names: On War, Revolution, And Returning". The best book on America's recent imperial wars written thus far, a "work of remarkable atmospheric pressurization". "Shares vivid and powerful stories of his own experiences in combat, culminating in the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah, the most intense urban combat for the Marines since Hue in Vietnam, where Ackerman's actions leading a rifle platoon saw him awarded the Silver Star. He weaves these stories into the latticework of a masterful larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics through his vantage as a journalist in Istanbul and with the human extremes of both bravery and horror. At once an intensely personal story about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife for America, the region, and the world, 'Places And Names' bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war" (Publisher's blurb). "Recalls Michael Herr's classic 'Dispatches' as well as William T. Vollmann's voluminous ruminations on violence in 'Rising Up And Rising Down', and is perhaps the finest writing about the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts that has been published to date" (Booklist). An absolute "must-have" title for Elliot Ackerman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "July 10th, 2019 NYC Elliot Ackerman". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed, placed, and post-publication dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2017 for "Dark At The Crossing". One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELLIOT ACKERMAN AND PHIL KLAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0525559965.
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WAITING FOR EDEN – Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Placed, And Dated by Elliot Ackerman – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Ackerman, Elliot 1st Printing. Signed. 180 pages. Published in 2018. The author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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 Elliot Ackerman's "Waiting For Eden". The third novel in what is, ostensibly, a War Trilogy for our time, preceded by "Green On Blue" (2015) and "Dark At The Crossing" (2017). "How often does one encounter a novel as perfectly shaped, as fresh, as subtle, and as explosive as this? I couldn't turn away from Elliot Ackerman's taut wonder, and when I got to the final page, I wanted to start all over again, in light of the haunting last words. Patiently, and unflinchingly, Ackerman is becoming one of the great poet laureates of America's tragic adventurism across the globe" (Pico Iyer). An absolute "must-have" title for Elliot Ackerman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "7/10/19 NYC Elliot Ackerman". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Based in Turkey, Ackerman came home for a special appearance in New York City. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed, placed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2017 for "Dark At The Crossing". One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELLIOT ACKERMAN AND PHIL KLAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 110194739X.
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SILVER LINING: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNE NOGGLE – Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Anne Noggle – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Noggle, Anne (Photographer); Grover, Janice Zita & Coke, Van Deren (Contributors) 1st Printing. Signed. 195 pages. Published in 1983. Retrospective collection of photographs. Anne Noggle's single most important collection. 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 by a University Press. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Anne Noggle and Barbara Jellow: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Anne Noggle. Texts by Janice Zita Grover and Van Deren Coke. Printed in gravure on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Meriden Gravure Company in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Anne Noggle's "Silver Lining: Photographs". A portrait photographer whose quirky, in-your-face approach helped shaped both her chosen genre and the medium itself in ways that have yet to be fully recognized. Compared in her lifetime to Diane Arbus, on the one hand, and Avedon, on the other, Anne (pronounced as "Annie") Noggle's "self-portraits, portraits of older women, and her abiding interest in women in the military are like nothing else in the history of photography. Suffusing her photographs are her profound joie de vivre, humor, and defiant humanism. Noggle (1922–2005) served as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot during World War II and was captain in the US Air Force from 1953–59. Noggle's interest in photography began at the age of 38 while studying art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She later taught art and art history at the university as Adjunct Professor and curated photography exhibitions. She was the first photography curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art (1970–76). Noggle received international recognition and numerous awards for her photographic work, including grants from the National Endowment For The Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her photography, including self-portraiture, often humorous and bizarre, focused on the aging process in women. Noggle died in Albuquerque at the age of 83" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Anne Noggle collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Anne Noggle. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is late-modern art photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: 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 signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with gravure plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 0826307310.
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FIELDS OF PEACE: A PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN ALBUM – Rare Fine Association Copy of The First Revised Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Dated, And Inscribed by George Tice – SIGNED ON THE PAGE ITSELF

Tice, George (Photographer); Brand, Millen (Contributor) & Danziger, James (Recipient/Gallerist) 1st Printing. Signed. 180 pages. Published in 1998. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. George Tice's single most celebrated book, presented in its definitive format. The First Revised Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition Thus is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by George Tice and Bill Glick: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by George Tice. Text by Millen Brand and Sue Bender. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper by Stinehour Press in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents, as a new book, George Tice's "Fields of Peace: A Pennyslvania German Album". An entirely new book, not just a minimal revision of the 1970 publication, and among the truly great documentary photography works of the 20th century. A substantial 39 new images were added, reproduced in a duotone format that adds warmth and intimacy to the evocative images. Together with the illuminating new texts by Millen Brand and Sue Bender, the edition must therefore be considered definitive, replacing the original. "The text, by the late Millen Brand, illuminates the history of the Pennsylvania German sects who were united in their rejection of infant baptism. He provides a sympathetic portrait of these fascinating people, who emigrated from Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, found a home in the sympathetic Commonwealth of William Penn, and settled in Lancaster County. Amish and Mennonites, these are quiet and modest people whose lives of determined simplicity and whose passion for the land are anomalous in modern America. The photographs by George Tice are some of the most compelling documentary imagery ever framed. They capture the substance and the spirit of these self-reliant people. They also reflect over thirty years of gentle but persistent efforts to document their lives and record their customs. This has been a life-work, and the breadth and generosity of his vision is manifest on every page" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for George Tice collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen by the photographer: "6/8/99 For James Danziger, With best wishes, George A. Tice". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, who is named, is the renowned founder and director of Danziger Projects. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Revised Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 98 duotone plates. One of the most important photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 1567920764.
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THEATRE DU TEMPS: ROME 1999-2003 – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Slipcased Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated (Shortly After Publication) by Josef Koudelka – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Koudelka, Josef (Photographer); De Luca, Erri; Mormorio, Diego (Contributors) & Pozzoli, Marguerite 1st Printing. Signed. 56 pages. Published in 2003. Retrospective collection of panoramic photographs. One of Josef Koudelka's most beautiful books. 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 slipcased hardcover original only. None of the copies was commercially sold in the United States. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Josef Koudelka and Giovanni Lussu: Oversize-volume format. Pristine-white hard boards with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Panoramic photographs by Josef Koudelka. Each panorama is reproduced as a doublespread in "Leporello"-accordion format. The original text in Italian by Erri De Luca and Diego Mormorio translated into French by Marguerite Pozzoli. Printed on pristine-white, very thick varnished stock paper by Prostamp Sud, Santa Palomba, Rome to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. Matching white cardboard slipcase with black titles on one side. In publisher's plastic wrapper-bag. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the International Festival Rome in 2003. Presents Josef Koudelka's "Theatre du Temps: Rome 1999-2003". Photography at its most sublime, beyond speech and discourse: The Theater of Life according to the great Magnum photographer. "For years now, Koudelka has been working with a panoramic camera, putting out stunning images that find their way into books of limited availability. Contains twenty-five images, gorgeously printed, of work made in Rome over the past three years" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Josef Koudelka collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the photographer: "Josef Koudelka 13/11/03". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great art photography book. This is one of few such signed and post-publication dated copies of the First Slipcased Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: None of the copies was commercially sold in the United States. This copy was buried in storage by a dedicated French collector for more than fifteen years (as of 2019), and has no discernible flaws. A rare signed copy thus. 25 doublespread plates. Three of Josef Koudelka's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". The greatest Czech photographer of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEF KOUDELKA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 2742744355.
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NOTED PHOTOS: A COLLECTION OF VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PHOTO LEAGUE – Rare Pristine Copy of The Gallery Catalog – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Daiter, Stephen (Editor); Abbott, Berenice; Hine, Lewis; Newman, Marvin E.; Palfi, Marion & Others 1st Printing. 50 pages. Published in 2018. Memorial Gallery Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. None of the copies was sold to the public. There is no ISBN. The Catalog is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors. Text by Stephen Daiter. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of Marvin E. Newman's 90th Birthday and Morris Engel's Centenary Year in 2018 (Engel died in 2005 at the age of 87). Presents "Noted Photos: A Collection of Vintage Photographs From The Photo League". The gallery's third publication on the latter, preceded by the landmark "This Was The Photo League" (2001) and "The Photo League At 75" (2010). Some of the finest and most representative images of The Photo League by such artists as Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine, Marion Palfi as well as Marvin E. Newman and Morris Engel, among many others. Over the years, Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago patiently collected these unjustly forgotten vintage prints and then facilitated their becoming The Permanent Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art. The initial acquisition of 170 prints has grown to more than 250 as of 2010. Began in 1936 to document the Great Depression, the League lasted for three decades, inspired by its belief in the power of photography to influence and effect social change by presenting "a true image of the world as it is". It was hounded for the same reason during the McCarthy-era witch hunt, its eventual demise sealed by the ensuing Cold War. But the photographs live on as they "resonate not only as stories from the past but also as striking works of art that transcend the written record. They are potent reminders that many of the issues depicted burden our world today" (Catherine Evans). An absolute "must-have" title for Photo League collectors. This Memorial Gallery Catalog is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: None of the copies was sold to the public. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO "THIS WAS THE PHOTO LEAGUE", HELEN LEVITT, MARVIN NEWMAN, AARON SISKIND, WEEGEE, AND MAX YAVNO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
EMPIRE FALLS - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Richard Russo - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

EMPIRE FALLS – Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Richard Russo – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Russo, Richard 1st Printing. Signed. 483 pages. Published in 2001. The author's fifth novel. One of the most important American novels of 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. Presents Richard Russo's "Empire Falls". Widely regarded as his masterpiece. "A masterful storyteller with a mission: To chronicle with insight and compassion the day-to-day life of small-town America, alternating episodes of boisterous humor with moments of heart-wrenching pathos" (Houston Chronicle). "What makes Russo so admirable as a novelist is that his natural grace as a storyteller is matched by his compassion for his characters" (John Irving). Russo's title is ironic and telling: The decline of small-town America is a microcosm of the larger decline of the American Empire, a subject that is certainly even more relevant than ever. Russo wrote the brilliant screenplay for the fine film adaptation by Fred Schepisi, with Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, and the late Paul Newman in career-peak performances. An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Russo collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Richard Russo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Printers Row "Lit Fest" Souvenir Program (which is beautifully produced) during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed 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: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for "Empire Falls", famously besting a formidable and worthy challenger in Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD RUSSO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679432477.
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A FLAG FOR SUNRISE – Scarce Fine Review Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Robert Stone – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Stone, Robert 1st Printing. Signed. 439 pages. Published in 1981. The author's third novel. One of Robert Stone's finest achievements. Review Copy. Review Materials, including an original silver-gelatin print, laid-in. 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 Robert Stone's "A Flag For Sunrise". Regarded by some critics and admirers as his best novel: A relentless, torrential descent into the abyss. Kept afloat by the air of inevitability it shares with the predecessor-novels of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene, there are no pauses, no chapter breaks, as one expects of a full-fledged novel, and certainly of one that is nearly 500 pages long. "Saints and sinners compete in this nightmare, each with a different agenda. An ideological train wreck in which the ultimate victims are the disenfranchised. The name of the game is greed and the players are the usual suspects: Corporations, governments, a militia trained to fight insurrection, criminals, religious zealots, spies, and assorted operatives. Our personal guide is Frank Holliwell, an American anthropologist with CIA ties from his Vietnam days, visiting an invented Latin-American country called Tecan, ostensibly to give a lecture. Holliwell becomes one more pawn in a dangerous game with incredibly high stakes. Step into the chaos that jolts from one state of anxiety to another. Watch over your shoulder at every turn" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Stone collectors. This is a Review Copy. It comes with the Review Materials, including a 5 X 7 single-weight silver-gelatin print of the author's official portrait. It is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Robert Stone. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed Review Copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 1974 for "Dog Soldiers". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT STONE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394407571.
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BROOKLYN – Scarce Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed by Colm Toibin – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Toibin, Colm 1st Printing. Signed. 262 pages. Published in 2009. The author's sixth novel. One of Colm Toibin's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title 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 First Edition is now scarce. Presents Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn". A coming-of-age of a different kind, personal as well as national. "A hauntingly compelling novel - by far Toibin's most accessible book - set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950's, about a young woman torn between her family in Ireland and the Italian-American who wins her heart" (Publisher's blurb). "Toibin's haunted heroine glows on the page, unforgettably and lovingly rendered, and her story reflects the lives of so many others exiled from home" (Daphne Durham). Very few journalists, especially very successful ones as the young Toibin was, make the transition from journalism to literature. There is a long list of genre writers ("journalist-turned-thriller writer" is an honorable career change), but only a handful of "journalist-turned-literary artist". Colm Toibin is one of these blessed few, and we have been blessed with his exquisite prose for more than twenty years now. The basis of the brilliant film adaptation by John Crowley, with career-defining performances by Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen. An absolute "must-have" title for Colm Toibin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Colm Toibin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1439138311.
THE SATANIC VERSES - Scarce Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed by Salman Rushdie - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

THE SATANIC VERSES – Scarce Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed by Salman Rushdie – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Rushdie, Salman 1st Printing. Signed. 547 pages. Published in 1989. The author's fourth novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run, and on an occasional basis, as a hardcover original only. For the longest time, signed copies of the book were elusive (so bookplates sufficed) because Rushdie had to cancel his tour after the fatwa was issued. The book itself was eventually withdrawn by the publisher for an indefinite and prolonged period of time. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses". A sublime work of irony that remains his most controversial achievement thus far. Following mass hysteria that led to book-burning demonstrations by Muslims in Great Britain, India, and the rest of the Islamic world (for alleged blasphemy), Rushdie was sentenced to death by an edict ("fatwa") issued by the late, unlamented Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He was forced to go into deep hiding under British secret-service protection. Although he has now lived a largely peaceful life in NYC for some time, Rushdie himself remains vigilant, and has said that he will have to watch his back for the rest of his life. Furor aside, his novel is a poetic meditation on Good versus Evil, written in the virtuoso, pyrotechnical narrative style that is now identified with him. Despite its linguistic complexity, the story itself is actually quite simple: Two Indians, Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha, plummet from the sky after their jetliner explodes. Then they go through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations, offering up to the reader a feast of Rushdie's exuberant flights of imagination and invention. One of our very few "poetic tales" that transcend the normative tradition (to borrow Harold Bloom's memorable phrase), "The Satanic Verses" has endured and will become canonical. An absolute "must-have" title for Salman Rushdie collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Salman Rushdie. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program (which features a lovely, full-page excerpt from Rushdie's recent book) of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, one of the single most beautiful signed copies we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws or are subsequent printings yet command as much as $12000. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1981, for "Midnight's Children", which was also selected as "The Booker of Bookers" in 1993, the best of all previous winners. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SALMAN RUSHDIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670825379.
A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY - Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY – Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Borges, Jorge Luis (Translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni) 1st Printing. 146 pages. Published in 1972. Landmark collection of short fiction. 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. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only and as part of the ground-breaking and now-legendary series of translations by Normas Thomas di Giovanni of the author's works, all carried out with Borges' close collaboration. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Jim McMullan: Regular-sized volume format. Red hard boards with black cloth overboard and gilt titles on spine, as issued. Short Stories, Parables, and Prefaces by Jorge Luis Borges. Bibliographical Note appended at the end. In pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jorge Luis Borges' "Historia universal de la infamia" in the definitive English translation by Norman Thomas di Giovanni. "The book that literally transformed Spanish prose and whose long echoes can still be heard in 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' " (The New York Times). The importance of its publication is such that 1935, the year it was first published, is now part of the history of Latin-American literature. "I do not dare to state that they are simple. There isn't anywhere on earth a single page or single word that is, since each thing implies the universe, whose most obvious trait is complexity. The art of writing is mysterious; the opinions we hold are ephemeral" (Jorge Luis Borges). This statement, cited by writers who could not be more different from one another as Gore Vidal, Italo Calvino, and Susan Sontag, all of them luminaries, may well be Borges' artistic credo. This seminal collection shows Jorge Luis Borges, together with Alejo Carpentier and Machado de Assis, to be One of the Triumvirate of modern Latin-American literature, revered even by a much more popular figure like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose work would not exist without their exemplary influence. And surely, Roberto Bolano's entire body of work (notably "Nazi Literature In The Americas", 2008) is directly descended from Borges. "If you read Borges frequently and closely, you become something of a Borgesian, because to read him is to activate an awareness of literature in which he has gone further than anyone else" (Harold Bloom). The book includes, as two separate sections, "Streetcorner Man", Borges' very first short story, and "Etcetera", eight tales, labeled by Borges as ephemeral, now considered eternal. An absolute "must-have" title for Jorge Luis Borges collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have very serious flaws, are in multiple subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Jorge Luis Borges' body of work is regarded by Harold Bloom, George Steiner, and Susan Sontag as among the canonical works of modern literature. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JORGE LUIS BORGES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0525226702.
RATCLIFFE POWER STATION: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL KENNA - Scarce Fine Copy of The Limited Edition: Signed by Michael Kenna - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

RATCLIFFE POWER STATION: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL KENNA – Scarce Fine Copy of The Limited Edition: Signed by Michael Kenna – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Kenna, Michael (Photographer) & Reed, Jeremy (Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 64 pages. Published in 2004. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Michael Kenna's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. The first and only edition. An austerely elegant production by Chris Pichler and Hideyuki Taguchi: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Michael Kenna. Essay, "Michael Kenna and Ratcliffe-on-Soar", by Jeremy Reed, one of the most brilliant British poets of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with black and silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Michael Kenna's "Ratcliffe Power Station". Some of his most evocative images, on a subject that is not typically identified with him. "Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station is located in Nottinghamshire, England. Michael Kenna first began photographing the power station in the early 1980's and over the past several years he has visited the site many times, producing a body of work as ominous as it is beautiful. The Ratcliffe photographs take on the tonal quality of a partially lit ecosphere unique to the photographer and his subject. A brilliant manipulator of half-light, Kenna's grainy, spatial topography epitomizes the gray skies of Northern England that were the ubiquitous backdrop to his childhood. Kenna's Ratcliffe photographs create the impression of an atmospherically foggy day, registering the homeostasis of a mood that is a dominant characteristic of his work" (Publisher's blurb). "Michael Kenna has, through his art, opened visual pathways that help redeem eco-damaged or industrially proscriptive landscapes. He is a poet armed with a camera who lyricizes light. He has added the power station at Ratcliffe-on-Soar to the continuously expanding geography of imagination" (Jeremy Reed). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Kenna collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Kenna. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Michael Kenna did NOT sign most copies of the Limited Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. 49 duotone plates. One of the most influential photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL KENNA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1590050975.
PRIVATE VIEWS: POLAROIDS BY BARBARA CRANE - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Barbara Crane - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

PRIVATE VIEWS: POLAROIDS BY BARBARA CRANE – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Barbara Crane – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Crane, Barbara (Photographer); Hitchcock, Barbara (Contributor) & Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher) 1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2009. Exhibition Catalog. Retrospective collection of Polaroid photographs. One of Barbara Crane's finest achievements. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Francesca Richer: Regular-sized volume format. Ribbed brown cloth boards with Polaroid reproduction pasted on the recessed center and gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Barbara Crane. Text by Barbara Hitchcock. Printed on thick, glossy stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago in November and December, 2009. Presents "Private Views: Polaroids by Barbara Crane". All taken in Chicago between 1980 and 1984, at various annual summer festivals that continue to be celebrated to this day. Since each photograph is one-of-a-kind, the whole lot can only be viewed through this volume, where they are reproduced at actual size. Barbara Crane has stated that her lifelong goal as a photographer has been to "attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking, to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place" (Barbara Crane). Her Polaroids "offer an intense, sun-drenched, sweat-glistening example of one such fusion, in which the social document is combined with extreme close-ups, tight cropping, and mixed lighting for maximum impact. Her technique also serves to bring out the sheen of flesh photographed at close quarters under a hot summer sun. The effect is mesmerizing, creating a palpable sensuality from image to image, an incredible document not of a particular event or personality but of something more intangible: The public expression of euphoria" (Barbara Hitchcock). Crane is identified with the Institute of Design and its Bauhaus aesthetics. In these Polaroids, Barbara Crane deploys the same rigor, simplicity, and functionality to create a genuinely sensual, even erotic, experience, the fulfillment in its own distinctive way of her visionary aims. An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Crane collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Barbara Crane. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 105 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA CRANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1597110965.
TREADWELL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA MODICA - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Andrea Modica - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

TREADWELL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA MODICA – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Andrea Modica – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Modica, Andrea (Photographer) & Proulx, E. Annie (Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 85 pages. Published in 1996. The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of Andrea Modica'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. A brilliant production by Tina Davis: Oversize-volume format. White linen cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Andrea Modica. Preface by Maria Morris Hambourg. Essay, "Reliquary", by E. Annie Proulx, one of the finest American writers of our time. Duotone separations by Robert Hennessey. 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 pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Andrea Modica's "Treadwell". Some of the most brilliant photographs ever taken on an American photographic subject-obsession: The Other, as typified by children and grown-ups who suffer from one form of mental illness or another. Now regarded as one of the most important photography books of the last decade of the 20th century, "Treadwell" prompted comparison with Diane Arbus' work, which was inevitable as the latter was undeniably an influence. Modica's contribution is that despite this influence, she is able to take pictures that allow us not only to look voyeuristically, but also to be moved by what we see without her resorting to sentimentality. A photographer who has explored nothing less than the mysteries of life in her work, Andrea Modica deserves a larger, mainstream audience in addition to the devoted cult following she enjoys. "I know how hard it is to make pictures as deliberate and sensual, as real and mystical as these. But when Andrea does it, they seem effortless, unforced, radiant" (Sally Mann). A Guggenheim fellow, Modica has been the subject of exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York (MOMA); the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. An absolute "must-have" title for Andrea Modica collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Andrea Modica. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few such signed 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: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 40 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREA MODICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0811811182.