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Not Seen and/or Less Seen of/by MARCEL DUCHAMP/Rrose Selavy 1904 – 196

SISLER Collection.; Hamilton, Richard; Houston. Co 3 VERSIONS DUCHAMP, Marcel. Not Seen and/or Less Seen of/by Marcel Duchamp/Rrose Selavy 1904-64. Mary Sisler Collection. With a foreword and catalogue texts by Richard Hamilton. Unpaginated, thoroughly illustrated in black and white, and with 3 tipped-in colour plates. 4to., bound in original wrappers designed by Duchamp, with original glassine. No. 21 of 100 copies. In a cloth folding box. New York: Cordier & Ekstrom, 1964. With: The Second Version. With Mary Sisler's name enlarged and in a different position on the title page. No. 5 of 100 copies. With: The Regular Version, without limitation. With the title-page as in the second version. "The Mary Sisler Collection was the most important private collection of works by Duchamp; and the exhibition, a historical event. It was the first and the most inclusive Duchamp retrospective to be held by a private gallery in the United States" (Schwarz). When Mary Sisler saw the first version of the catalogue she was incensed that her name was not only much smaller than Duchamp's, but at the bottom of the title-page, and demanded that the catalogue be withdrawn, and be reissued. As a result surviving copies of the first version are extremely rare. Both deluxe editions contain an original print by Niki Ekstrom of a photograph of Duchamp, and are from the original edition of 100, signed and numbered by Duchamp, who also boldly wrote his name in brown marker on the cover of the suppressed version, and put his signature and Mary Sisler's name in brown marker on the front cover of the replacement version. The first version comes from the collection of the publisher of the catalog, Arne Ekstrom, and is reproduced in Etant Donne No.10, p. 86. Schwarz, The Complete Work of Marcel Duchamp No. 616, for the second and third versions only.
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The Theory of Perspective

Cowley, John Lodge COWLEY, John Lodge. The Theory of Perspective Demonstrated; in a Method Entirely New. By which the Several Planes, Lines, and Points, used in this Art, are shewn by Moveable Schemes, in the True Positions in which they are to be Considered. [8], xi, [1], 117, [1] pp. With 11 full-page geometric engravings printed on heavy paper, of which 10 are cut-out to demonstrate solid forms. In two volumes. 4to., 250 x 200 mm, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked. London: Printed for T. Payne, 1766. First Edition, second issue, of this rare scientific Cut-Out book. Cowley's Theory was designed as a geometrical primer with engraved diagrams that could be removed from the book to form solids, thus demonstrating the doctrines of the 11th, 12th, and 15th books of Euclid. The present work amends his Appendix to the Elements to Euclid (1758), and forms a new and more comprehensive attempt to explain the doctrines of planes as applicable to perspective; it is among the most elaborate and most unusual of all eighteenth-century works on geometry and perspective. Included are the eleven engraved plates, of which ten are cut-out to form regular and irregular solids, prisms, pyramids, cones, etc., each accompanied by Cowley's analytic text. Plate IX incorporates strands of coloured cotton thread to illustrate the various projected lines from a single vanishing point. Cowley's mathematical textbooks were extremely popular in their day, widely disseminated and well used, and are rarely found intact. As early as 1806 this work was recorded as "scarce" by Adam Clarke in The Bibliographical Miscellany (cf. Sotheran). Two issues of this first edition were published, one by Bennett in 1765, and the present one by T. Payne. A fine copy ESTC T178295. Vagnetti EIVb47. Lowndes II, 540. Not in Norman, Sotheran Bibliotheca Chemico-Mathematica, Honeyman Collection, Wheeler Gift, or Cajori.
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Scenes De La Vie Privee Et Publique Des Animaux.

GRANDVILLE.; Balzac, L. Baude, E. De La Bedollierr GRANDVILLE, J.-J. Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux. Two volumes. [8], 386, [6]; [4], 390, [6] pp. With 201 engraved plates and 120 vignettes illustrating the text. Large 8vo., 261 x 180 mm, uniformly bound in publisher's green cloth with gilt vingettes of Grandville designs on the covers and spine. Paris: Hetzel et Paulin: 1842. First Edition of a Grandville masterpiece, bound in the publisher's full purple morocco. A fantastic example of anthropomorphic illustration and an important precursor of surrealism. These illustrations represent some of Grandville's most memorable creations. Many of the plates are of single figures, but there are also satirical scenes of everyday life, monsters, animals looking at politicians caged at the zoo, etc. The texts contained herein were written by such notable authors as Balzac, Charles Nodier, George Sand, Louis Viardot and even J. Hetzel, the publisher (under the pseudonym of P.-J. Stahl). Hetzel was the motivating force behind this work, which he undertook in order to "give words to Grandville's marvellous animals, and to join our pen with his pencil, thereby coming to his assistance in criticizing the aberrations of our epoch, and by preference among these aberrations, those which are of every period and every country." Gordon N. Ray writes: "Through Grandville's animals, Hetzel and his colleagues offered a witty and telling commentary on contemporary politics and personalities." Some minor rubbing, rear hinge of volume 2 with professional repair, overall clean, near fine. Ray 194. Carteret III, 552-59. Rebeyrat, Catalogue bibliographique et bibliophilique in: J.-J. Grandville (1985) pp. 289-90.