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TEARS AND SAINTS – Rare Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Cioran, E. M. (Translated by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston) 1st Printing. 128 pages. Published in 1995. Book-length account on subject. One of E. M. Cioran's earliest and 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 by a University Press. The First Edition is now rare. Presents E. M. Cioran's "Lacrimi si sfinti" in a felicitous English translation. The philosopher's most valuable book in Romanian. "Inspired by Nietzsche's 'Beyond Good And Evil', Cioran searched for the origin of tears. He asked himself if saints could be the sources of our tears' better light" (Publisher's blurb). The seeds of Cioran in his full maturity (in French) were all planted in this ground-breaking book, including his seductive, gnomic voice, which one imitates at one's peril. In one of the most unusual philosophical quests on Western mysticism, Cioran sought to understand the essence of sainthood: That is, how a human being, "only human", can nevertheless renounce being human, which is the basis of his subsequent philosophy. In the crowded and competitive field called Modernism, E. M. Cioran stands out: The singular voice of rationality and Reason, on the one hand, and the Nietzschean spokesman of profound, not just residual, attachment to mysticism and myth, Un-Reason, on the other. There is no contemporary pundit, politician, or thinker, every single one of them pedestrian, blind partisans, who can be favorably compared to Cioran. An absolute "must-have" title for E. M. Cioran collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing (1995) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws (abusive highlighting, underlining, and writing on inside pages that every Cioran book is subjected to) or are subsequent editions, of which there are several. 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 E. M. CIORAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0226106721.
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PETER HUJAR: INTIMATE SURVEY – Rare Pristine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Hujar, Peter (Photographer) & Goldin, Nan (Contributor) 1st Printing. 11 pages. Published in 1999. Landmark Exhibition Catalog. 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 rare. An austerely elegant production by Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Peter Hujar. Preface/Remembrance by Nan Goldin, which appears in this edition only. 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 exhibition of the same name held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago from March 19 through April 23, 1999. Presents "Peter Hujar: Intimate Survey". A selection of the photographer's most important and beautiful portraits, which showcase both the subtlety and simplicity of his work. Some of them appear in published form for the very first time. His male nude photographs, in particular, have become posthumously celebrated for this reason. His photographs of animals have a rare empathy with their subject, drawing the viewer in and prompting Hujar's admirers to say that they are really either self-portraits (that he saw himself being as vulnerable as the animals) or a continuation of his erotic work (that he saw animals as sensual subjects). Includes a version of the still-controversial portrait, "Bruce de Saint Croix, 1976", which had not appeared in published form before, and is part of a ground-breaking triptych that Peter Hujar took of the model. An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Hujar collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the Exhibition Catalog still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This is an Exhibition Catalog, and as such, is neither a full-fledged book nor a monograph. But it is a pioneering landmark publication for Hujar completists, is very beautifully produced, and comes with a Note from Nan Goldin that appears in this catalog only. A rare copy thus. 11 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER HUJAR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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HOT, COLD, HEAVY, LIGHT: 100 ART WRITINGS 1988-2018 – Rare Autographed Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Peter Schjeldahl – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Schjeldahl, Peter (Author) & Earnest, Jarrett (Editor/Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 390 pages. Published in 2019. Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most valuable books on the art of the past and 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. Bookstore's "Signed Edition" red sticker pasted in front. Presents Peter Schjeldahl's "Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Writings 1988-2018". The magisterial sequel and companion volume to his previous retrospective, "Let's See: Writings On Art From The New Yorker" (2008), which he revisits, updates, and expands upon a full decade later. "From Pablo Picasso to Cindy Sherman, Old Masters to contemporary masters, paintings to comix, and saints to charlatans, he ranges widely through the diverse and confusing art world, an expert guide to a dazzling scene. No other writer enhances the reader's experience of art in precise, jargon-free prose as Schjeldahl does. His reviews are more essay than criticism, and he offers engaging and informative accounts of artists and their work" (Publisher's blurb). Peter Schjeldahl has been Resident Art Critic of the New Yorker Magazine for two decades (1998-2018), "resident" being a somewhat ironic word because Schjeldahl remains indefatigable and peripatetic, travelling to all of the major shows around the world, thereby giving his readers a sense of what is really going on and what really matters in the emergent art culture of the 21st century. It is complacent to regard Peter Schjeldahl as the most adept art chronicler for our time (that he is). He is much more than this. More than any other art critic today, he patiently asks the same unanswerable, eternal questions: What is art? What is beauty? What does it mean to be an artist? What does the art we produce and admire tell us about ourselves? Individually and cumulatively, these 100 art writings prove, if proof were needed, that Peter Schjeldahl is, indisputably, the most important American art critic since Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, Robert Hughes, and Arthur C. Danto. "Nothing ruins a critic like pretending to care" (Peter Schjeldahl). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Schjeldahl collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Peter Schjeldahl. He did exactly one appearance, in New York City, to launch the book, but did NOT sign copies in person. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest art critics of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER SCHJELDAHL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1419734385.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY – Rare Near-Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Double-Signed, Placed, Dated, And Inscribed by Poet/Translator Richard Howard – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Cioran, E. M. (Author) & Howard, Richard (Translator) 1st Printing. Signed. 181 pages. Published in 1975. Retrospective collection of philosophical essays. E. M. Cioran's inaugural masterpiece in French. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents E. M. Cioran's "Precis de decomposition" in its definitive English translation by Richard Howard, the great American poet, who is widely regarded as chiefly responsible for successfully translating Cioran's voice, not just his words, into English. The author's fourth work to be translated into English, it was his "breakthrough" book in the French original. When it was first published (in 1949), it prompted comparison with Wittgenstein as the solitary philosopher par excellence (Wittgenstein, while writing in the Analytic tradition, has strong affinities with Cioran stylistically and temperamentally), placed him firmly in the Continental tradition of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, and earned him unqualified admiration as a literary stylist of the first rank from no less than Nobel Laureate St-John Perse. The book is a breakthrough in the profoundest sense: It marks Cioran's full-fledged break from his native Romania, his serious involvement with Fascist Nationalism, and his engagement with Catholicism. More than any other modern thinker, Cioran described the intimate - and fatal - connection between religious and nationalist fanaticism, surely in part because of his own personal history. If we read this nearly-hundred-year-old book today, we will understand why we are living in the 21st century through the ugly resurgence of Fascism in Europe and America, seemingly unthinkable until it happened. In the crowded and competitive field called Modernism, E. M. Cioran stands out: The singular voice of rationality and Reason, on the one hand, and the Nietzschean spokesman of profound, not just residual, attachment to mysticism and myth, Un-Reason, on the other. There is no contemporary pundit, politician, or thinker, every single one of them pedestrian, blind partisans, who can be favorably compared to Cioran. An absolute "must-have" title for E. M. Cioran collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the poet/translator: "With the translator's salute, Richard Howard '96 NYC/Houston". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is very prominently and beautifully signed again on the title page by Richard Howard. The recipient is named. This title is a great collection. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed, placed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing (1975) available online and despite its imperfection (visible wear and closed tear on the DJ) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Richard Howard is widely regarded as chiefly responsible for successfully translating Cioran's voice, not just his words, into English. Copies available online have serious flaws (abusive highlighting, underlining, and writing on inside pages that every Cioran book is subjected to) or are subsequent editions, of which there are many. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writer-philosophers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER E. M. CIORAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670641227.
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DL07: STEREOTYPES OF WAR: A PHOTOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATION – Rare Pristine Copy of The Limited Numbered Edition

Liebchen, Jens (Photographer) & Jeffrey, Ian (Contributor) 1st Printing. 48 pages. Published in 2000. Collection of black-and-white photographs, with accompanying text. Now considered a contemporary art photography classic. Limited Edition of 750 hand-numbered copies. The first and only edition. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Jens Liebchen and Martin Haussmann: Regular-sized volume format. Green cloth boards with white titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Jens Liebchen. Essay by Ian Jeffrey, the British photography scholar-historian, in the English original and felicitous German translation. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Cologne, Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Jens Liebchen's "DL07: Stereotypes of War: A Photographic Investigation". War photography in the absence of real war. "Liebchen went to Tirana, Albania, in 1999-2000, with no thought of significant reportage, for the city was, relatively speaking, at peace. But he found in passing on its streets available evidence which allowed him to reflect in depth on the post-Modern conspectus" (Ian Jeffrey). "The photographs give the impression of a city under siege. He achieves this through photographs that allude to the imagery familiar to us from twentieth-century conflict photography: Recently shelled buildings, boy soldiers, and the aftermath of a firing squad. In doing so, he suggests that we think of war photography as a genre, making use of a set of conventions. It is no more authentic, he proposes, than the War Film or the Western. Normally, of course, we choose to see it as authentic, as truthful reportage. In this respect, Liebchen's is subversive work, although in actuality, he is merely asking us to reflect on our expectations" (Gerry Badger). It seems necessary, given Badger's disingenuous obfuscation, to point out that this is precisely because of "photographic seeing", that photography itself is the culprit in all this, that we now see reality as a series of photographic images. An absolute "must-have" title for Jens Liebchen collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition of 750 hand-numbered copies, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Limitation Page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition 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: Copies available online command many hundreds of dollars because the book is scarce. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 19 plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO "WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG)
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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). 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 First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (1978) still available online and despite its imperfection (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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LIKE US: PRIMATE PORTRAITS: THE LIMITED EDITION – Rare Fine Copy of The Limited Slipcased Edition With Original Print: Numbered And Signed by Robin Schwartz – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Schwartz, Robin (Photographer) & Mairs, Jim (Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 87 pages. Published in 1993. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of the 20th century. Limited Slipcased Edition of 199 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with regular trade edition. They have the same ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. 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. 7 X 5 inch silver-gelatin print encased in its own glassine sheet and laid-in. Matching black cloth slipcase. 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 - and now iconic, as it were - about the photographs is the way Schwartz thoughtfully staged, dressed-up, and photographed the animals in artificial, man-made settings (indoors and outdoors), showing them behaving and posing like their human cousins. Looking at each photograph, one cannot help wondering how she seems to have pulled it off effortlessly: The animals look not just well-behaved, they seem to be having a great time. As such, the photographs pose the still-unresolved question: How much do we have in common with our primate cousins? Probably a lot. An absolute "must-have" title for Robin Schwartz collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such in black ink-pen on the Front Limitation Page. It is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in black ink-pen by Robin Schwartz. Laid-in is a 7 X 5 inch silver-gelatin print that is also very prominently and beautifully numbered, titled, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "39/199 Minnie, 1989 Robin Schwartz". This title is a contemporary 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: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the regular trade edition. Copies of the latter 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. Lavishly illustrated with tritone plates, 1 original silver-gelatin print. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO JAMES MOLLISON "JAMES AND OTHER APES" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0393034992.
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ANATHEMAS AND ADMIRATIONS – Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Cioran, E. M. (Author) & Howard, Richard (Translator) 1st Printing. 256 pages. Published in 1991. Retrospective collection of literary and philosophical essays and aphorisms. One of E. M. Cioran'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, particularly the 2012 Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in one brilliant volume, E. M. Cioran's "Aveux et anathemes" and "Exercices d'admiration" in definitive English translations by Richard Howard, the great American poet, who is widely regarded as chiefly responsible for successfully translating Cioran's voice, not just his words, into English. The author's seventh work to be translated into English, it is a most remarkable collection of twenty-two philosophical and literary essays. The otherwise "all over the place" aphorisms are grouped under individual essays although none of the latter is meant to cohere. In the crowded and competitive field called Modernism, E. M. Cioran stands out: The singular voice of rationality and Reason, on the one hand, and the Nietzschean spokesman of profound, not just residual, attachment to mysticism and myth, Un-Reason, on the other. "Portraits and evaluations of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, among others. Insights on such topics as solitude, flattery, vanity, friendship, insomnia, music, mortality, God, and the allure of disillusion" (Publisher's blurb). The full-length essays, "Joseph De Maistre: An Essay On Reactionary Thought", the longest piece in the collection at 57 pages, and "Valery Facing His Idols", are nothing less than two of the greatest essays ever written in the history of Western philosophy and literature. They prove, if proof were still needed, that Cioran is indeed "one of the most delicate minds of real power" (Susan Sontag). The essay on De Maistre, first published ages ago, in 1957, will make anyone who patiently reads it understand BOTH the conservative ("Right") and progressive ("Left") ideologies of our time as no contemporary pundit, politician, or thinker, every single one of them blind partisans, ever could. An absolute "must-have" title for E. M. Cioran collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing (1991) still available online and despite its imperfection (visible fading on the DJ spine, a publisher's flaw present in all copies) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws (abusive highlighting, underlining, and writing on inside pages that every Cioran book is subjected to) or are the 2012 Reissued Edition. 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 E. M. CIORAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1628729252.
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WAFAA BILAL: THE HUMAN CONDITION – Rare Pristine Association Copy of The Limited Numbered Edition: Signed, Dated (In The Year of Publication), And Inscribed by Wafaa Bilal – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Bilal, Wafaa (Photographer); Ridenour, Sheryl; Bordowitz, Gregg & Pass, Victoria (Contributors) 1st Printing. Signed. 50 pages. Published in 2006. Artist Book. One of Wafaa Bilal's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 300 hand-numbered copies. The first and only edition. Published as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Wafaa Bilal and Eric Von Haynes: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with khaki cloth overboards and titles embossed on the cover (in Arabic characters) and spine (in Roman alphabet), as issued. Photographs by Wafaa Bilal. Essays by Sheryl Ridenour, Gregg Bordowitz, and Victoria Pass. Individually and collectively, they represent the best introduction to the art and achievement of Wafaa Bilal. Printed on archival, uncoated stock paper (for the text) and thick, glossy stock paper (for the images) in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Wafaa Bilal's "The Human Condition". Elaborately staged, Surrealist-inspired photographs with a decisive Iraqi sensibility. They are among the artist/photographer's most poetic images, in stark contrast to his frontal-assault works like "Domestic Tension" and "Shoot An Iraqi", his most celebrated performance piece. The art of Wafaa Bilal is political in the best sense. The physical and psychological torture of his people and himself (as an exiled Iraqi-American), his subject, is the result of the endless strife brought about by Saddam Hussein's Reign of Terror and the imperialist War on Terror that replaced it. But this harrowing subject is sublimated, if that is the right word, by his rigorous, formal commitment to art. As such, his imagery is inspired not by anger but by hope, however nearly impossible it is to imagine much less actualize it. The title insists that his people's particular suffering is larger than the never-ending Iraqi/Middle East crisis, that it is the universal human condition incarnated. One of the arresting ways he represents this fact is to show his subjects (including himself) nude, nakedness being our most vulnerable state. An absolute "must-have" title for Wafaa Bilal collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition of 300 copies, indicated/numbered as such in pencil on the Back Limitation Page. It is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the artist/photographer: "To Alan Cohen, with great admiration to your work, Wafaa Bilal 2006". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, who is named, is the internationally acclaimed Conceptual artist/photographer. This title is a contemporary Artist Book 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. A rare signed copy thus. 10 color plates. One of the most brilliant American artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy.
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MICKEY PALLAS: PHOTOGRAPHS 1945-1960 – Rare Fine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog: Signed by Mickey Pallas – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Pallas, Mickey (Photographer); Capa, Cornell; Terkel, Studs & Other Contributors 1st Printing. Signed. 31 pages. Published in 1986. Landmark Exhibition Catalog. 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 rare. An austerely elegant production by The Chicago Office of Fine Arts: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Mickey Pallas. Text by Cornell Capa, Studs Terkel, and other contributors. 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 retrospective exhibition of the same name held at The Chicago Public Library Cultural Center in 1986. Presents "Mickey Pallas: Photographs 1945-1960". Indelible and loving street photography from an under-appreciated Master. "Your photographs are full of your strength and spirit, an amalgam of your passion for action and personal struggle" (Cornell Capa). "Ever on the go, Mickey, with the gait and build of a club fighter, was deceptively good. So good that he captured, indelibly, a piece of our history" (Studs Terkel). "Ever on the go" aptly describes the street photographer, and Mickey Pallas was the indefatigable street photographer par excellence. An absolute "must-have" title for Mickey Pallas collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen underneath the very first image by Mickey Pallas. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: While this is neither a full-fledged book nor a monograph, it showcases some of Mickey Pallas' most iconic images, and is very beautifully produced as such. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 32 plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG)
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BERLIN IN THE TIME OF THE WALL: AN EXHIBITION ABOUT A BOOK AND ITS PHOTOGRAPHS – Rare Fine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog: Signed by John Gossage – SIGNED ON THE PAGE ITSELF

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Gossage, John (Photographer) & Badger, Gerry (Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 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. 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 copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the very first page by John Gossage. 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 Edition/First Printing still available online 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 signed 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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STEPHEN SHORE: AMERICAN SURFACES – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Stephen Shore – SIGNED ON THE HALF-TITLE PAGE

Shore, Stephen (Photographer) & Nickas, Bob (Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 224 pages. Published in 2005. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important photographic projects of the 20th century. 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 that sold out upon publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Stephen Shore and Untitled: Regular-sized volume format. Black hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Stephen Shore. They are reproduced at standard 35 mm print size, as they were first exhibited. Essay by Bob Nickas. Facsimile of the Kodak Color Finishing Envelope, which has deliberately been made to look used, worn, and soiled, just like the original. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In matching black DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Stephen Shore's "American Surfaces". A massive body of work that continued - and expanded - Walker Evans' and Robert Frank's peregrinations across the length and breadth of America. The photographs were taken between 1972 and 1973, first exhibited at The Light Gallery New York, and subsequently acquired in their entirety by The Metropolitan Museum. The apt title refers to the superficial nature of his brief encounters with places and people and the underlying character of the images that he hoped to produce. "Hundreds and hundreds of exquisitely composed color pictures, whose subject became the benchmark for documenting our fast-living, consumer-oriented world" (Publisher's blurb). "I was photographing almost every meal I ate, every person I met, every waiter or waitress who served me, every bed I slept in, every toilet I peed in. But also, I was photographing streets I was driving through, buildings I would see" (Stephen Shore). An absolute "must-have" title for Stephen Shore collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by Stephen Shore. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography 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: Stephen Shore did NOT sign most copies of the book. The Kodak Color Finishing Envelope has deliberately been made to look used, worn, and soiled, and is therefore NOT a condition issue at all. However, copies available online have other serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 200 color plates. Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" and "American Surfaces" were selected as two of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN SHORE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0714845078.
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INDIAN LADDER: A LYRIC JOURNEY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN YANG – Rare Fine Copy of The First Edition/First Printing: Signed by John Yang – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Yang, John (Photographer) & McCombs, W. Douglas (Contributor) 1st Printing. Signed. 90 pages. Published in 2001. Retrospective collection of landscape photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 1000 copies. Published as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by John Yang and Albany Institute of History & Art: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray softcovers with white titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs by John Yang. Essay by W. Douglas McCombs. 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 John Yang's "Indian Ladder: A Lyric Journey". One of the most arresting contemporary interpretations of Classical landscape photography, one of photography's cornerstones. "Captures in amazing detail the beauty of the landscape around John Boyd Thacher State Park, especially along the Indian Ladder Trail. Yang's photographs are reminiscent of works by the great 19th-century landscape photographers Carleton E. Watkins and William Henry Jackson. His seductive prints lead the viewer on a visual hike along Indian Ladder Trail, opening the eyes to expansive scenery at one moment and drawing one inward at the next, into dark and mysterious chambers of layered rock. A quiet timelessness pervades his scenes. A lyric journey, filled with a sense of self-discovery" (Publisher's blurb). An American photographer of Chinese descent, John Yang was trained in philosophy and was an accomplished architect before turning to photography. He and his work deserve to be better-known. John Yang died on September 28, 2009 at the relatively young age of 76. An absolute "must-have" title for John Yang collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by John Yang. 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 copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 88 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN YANG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0939072165.
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DAWOUD BEY: NIGHT COMING TENDERLY, BLACK – Rare Fine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog: Signed by Dawoud Bey – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher) & Bey, Dawoud (Photographer) 1st Printing. Signed. 32 pages. Published in 2018. Exhibition Catalog. 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 rare. An austerely elegant production by Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers, as issued. Photographs and text by Dawoud Bey. 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 EXPO Chicago from September 27 through 30, 2018. Presents Dawoud Bey's "Night Coming Tenderly, Black". Exquisitely produced, dark-toned, powerful landscape photographs commissioned by the Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art. The 25-plate sequence retraces the Underground Railroad through a "visual reimagining of the movement of fugitive slaves through Cleveland and Hudson, Ohio as they approached Lake Erie and the final passage to freedom" (Dawoud Bey). The Underground Railroad has surpassed historical fact and become mythic reality, through art, literature, and photography. Dawoud Bey cites the work of Roy DeCarava in particular. For many readers, Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Underground Railroad" (2016) is more recently evocative. The title comes from Langston Hughes' poem, "Dream Variations": "Night coming tenderly/Black like me". The somber mood of the photographs is relentless; the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is never evoked, rightly so. It is the ideal companion piece to Dawoud Bey's stunning career retrospective, "Seeing Deeply", also released in September 2018. An absolute "must-have" title for Dawoud Bey collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the very first page by Dawoud Bey. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. It is neither a full-fledged book nor a monograph, but it is an indispensable sequence in Bey's oeuvre, presented in its 25-plate entirety and beautifully produced. Published at the same time as "Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply" (2018), it completes and updates his body of work thus far, in a significant way. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Dawoud Bey did NOT sign most copies of the catalog. A rare signed copy thus. 25 plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAWOUD BEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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WYNN BULLOCK: REALITIES AND METAPHORS – Scarce Pristine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog

Bullock, Wynn (Artist/Photographer); Miller, Laurence & Davis, Keith F. (Contributors) 1st Printing. 50 pages. Published in 2001. Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful catalogs on the photographic art and achievement of Wynn Bullock. 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. An austerely elegant production by Laurence Miller Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers, which feature one of the photographer's most celebrated images on the cover, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Wynn Bullock. Introduction by Laurence Miller. Essay by Keith F. Davis. Printed in tritone 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 at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City from October 18 to December 21, 2001. Presents "Wynn Bullock: Realities And Metaphors". The unpublished - and in many instances up until then, largely unknown - work of the artist/photographer who died in 1975, in sumptuous reproductions. A posthumous exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1976 helped cement Wynn Bullock's reputation as one of America's most important photographers, which the present exhibition updates and explores further. Such images as "Let There Be Light" (1954) and "Child In Forest" (1951) are now iconic and widely collected. Abstract studies, nudes, landscapes, experimental work (particularly the eerily haunting 1970 photogram, "Forest And Sun"), and portraits of rural American life that are strangely unsentimental yet deeply affecting: Whether he was taking photographs to express a rich mental life or simply capturing ordinary reality, Wynn Bullock left his indelible mark on each image. An absolute "must-have" title for Wynn Bullock 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. Please note: This is an Exhibition Catalog, and as such, is neither a full-fledged book nor a monograph. But it is a pioneering landmark publication for Wynn Bullock completists, is very beautifully produced, and comes with an Essay by Keith F. Davis that appears in this catalog only. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 35 tritone plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WYNN BULLOCK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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SABERS AND UTOPIAS: VISIONS OF LATIN AMERICA: ESSAYS – Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed by Mario Vargas Llosa – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Vargas Llosa, Mario (Translated by Anna Kushner) 1st Printing. Signed. 275 pages. Published in 2018. Retrospective collection of essays. One of Mario Vargas Llosa'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 First Edition is now scarce. Presents Mario Vargas Llosa's "Sables y utopias" in a felicitous English translation. His personal quest to find the delicate, and feasible, balance between the originalist claims of conservative ideology (which often verges on authoritarianism) and its leftist counterpart (which often verges on radicalism). "Assembles never-before-translated meditations. Distills the great events of Latin America's history, analyzes political groups, and evaluates the legacies of infamous leaders such as Papa Doc Duvalier and Fidel Castro" (Publisher's blurb). Mario Vargas Llosa is the writer/intellectual/philosopher par excellence among the Latin-American geniuses of the so-called Boom: He refuses to be categorized, labeled, and reduced by ideology, whether it is Fascist conservatism, political correctness, or Leftist academicism, what he has condemned as "authoritarianism of the Left and the Right". He considers himself an heir to the great European cultural tradition yet his work is firmly grounded in Latin America's (not just his native Peru's) history and mythology. An absolute "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Mario Vargas Llosa. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Vargas Llosa's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time even though he rarely does public signings. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government, in 1994. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize in 1995. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374253730.
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THE ROAD – Rare Fine Set: Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing With Copy of The Complete Dramatic Reading On Compact Disc – ONLY SET ONLINE

McCarthy, Cormac (Author) & Stechschulte, Tom (Performer) 1st Printing. 241 pages. Published in 2006. Rare Cormac McCarthy collectible set. A fine copy of "The Road" with the Complete Dramatic Reading of the novel (on six compact discs) by Tom Stechschulte, one of the most brilliant American character actors and recording voices of our time. The author's tenth novel. One of Cormac McCarthy'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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". By enduring critical and popular consensus, the author's triumphant return to top form. "In our age of relentless saber-rattling by global powers, it is not much of a leap to feel his vision could be not far off the mark nor, sadly, right around the corner. Stealing across this horrific landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work, as his Gnostic impressions of Mankind have left very little place for love" (Dennis Lehane). "If God meant to interfere in the degeneracy of mankind would he not have done so by now?" (Cormac McCarthy). An absolute "must-have" title for Cormac McCarthy collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and despite its imperfection (visible rubbing on the black DJ) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. The boards are sharp, NO bumping at all. It comes with a fine copy of the Complete Dramatic Reading of the novel (on six CD's) by Tom Stechschulte, one of the most brilliant American character actors of our time, whose voice in recordings of various literary classics is universally acclaimed. Please note: The reading is in true Compact Disc (CD) format, infinitely superior as such in terms of production values to the MP3 version available online. Copies of the book available online have very serious flaws, are in multiple subsequent printings, or are overpriced. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare set thus. Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" is regarded by Harold Bloom as the greatest American novel of the last quarter of the 20th century. "Blood Meridian" and "The Border Trilogy" were selected by The New York Times panel of writers, critics, and editors as among the Top 20 greatest works of American fiction of the last 25 years. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2007 for "The Road". One of the greatest American novelists of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER CORMAC MCCARTHY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307265439.
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CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES: STORIES – Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Catherine Lacey – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Lacey, Catherine 1st Printing. Signed. 195 pages. Published in 2018. Retrospective collection of short stories. One of Catherine Lacey'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 Catherine Lacey's "Certain American States: Stories". A deeply moving traversal about "regular" people seeking, intuitively and consciously, to find answers - that is, what makes life worth living in the first place - in their often chaotic, insensible lives. "Brings her narrative mastery to her first collection of stories. She gives life to a group of subtly complex, instantly memorable characters whose search for love, struggle with grief, and tentative journey into the minutiae of the human condition are simultaneously gripping and devastating. The characters are continually coming to terms with their place in the world, and how to adapt to that place, before change inevitably returns" (Publisher's blurb). "Like Lydia Davis and Grace Paley (whom she sometimes resembles), Lacey can travel a great distance in a single paragraph or a single sentence; like those writers, she's masterly at using the unreliability of her narrators to suggest worlds of repressed confusion and poorly contained grief. Susan Sontag said of Paley that she was a natural, 'with a voice like no one else's: Funny, sad, lean, modest, energetic, acute'. Those words will do well for Lacey's book, too" (The New Yorker Magazine). An absolute "must-have" title for Catherine Lacey collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Catherine Lacey. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary 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. Regarded by James Wood as one of the Best Books of The Year 2018. One of the most brilliant American wrtiers of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 0374265895.
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DAWOUD BEY: NIGHT COMING TENDERLY, BLACK – Rare Fine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher) & Bey, Dawoud (Photographer) 1st Printing. 32 pages. Published in 2018. Exhibition Catalog. 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 rare. An austerely elegant production by Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers, as issued. Photographs and text by Dawoud Bey. 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 EXPO Chicago from September 27 through 30, 2018. Presents Dawoud Bey's "Night Coming Tenderly, Black". Exquisitely produced, dark-toned, powerful landscape photographs commissioned by the Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art. The 25-plate sequence retraces the Underground Railroad through a "visual reimagining of the movement of fugitive slaves through Cleveland and Hudson, Ohio as they approached Lake Erie and the final passage to freedom" (Dawoud Bey). The Underground Railroad has surpassed historical fact and become mythic reality, through art, literature, and photography. Dawoud Bey cites the work of Roy DeCarava in particular. For many readers, Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Underground Railroad" (2016) is more recently evocative. The title comes from Langston Hughes' poem, "Dream Variations": "Night coming tenderly/Black like me". The somber mood of the photographs is relentless; the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is never evoked, rightly so. It is the ideal companion piece to Dawoud Bey's stunning career retrospective, "Seeing Deeply", also released in September 2018. An absolute "must-have" title for Dawoud Bey collectors. This title is now collectible. It is neither a full-fledged book nor a monograph, but it is an indispensable sequence in Bey's oeuvre, presented in its 25-plate entirety and beautifully produced. Published at the same time as "Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply" (2018), it completes and updates his body of work thus far, in a significant way. It also comes with frame-able copy of the 6 X 8 inch Souvenir Material (of a young couple portrait) that Dawoud Bey's gallery issued to mark his 2018 show, which took place on the same day as his "Night Coming Tenderly, Black" landmark exhibition. 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. A rare copy thus. 25 plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAWOUD BEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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PORTRAITS IN LIFE AND DEATH – Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Hujar, Peter (Photographer) & Sontag, Susan (Contributor) 1st Printing. 96 pages. Published in 1976. The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with the Softcover Edition, which was published simultaneously with it. Published in a small and limited print run of a reported 50 copies only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Peter Mohring: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Peter Hujar. Essay by Susan Sontag. 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 Peter Hujar's "Portraits In Life And Death". The first and only book published in his lifetime, cut drastically short by AIDS. A perfect book, it opens with a sequence of definitive portraits of Fran Lebowitz, Susan Sontag, Divine, John Waters, William S. Burroughs, and Edwin Denby, among others, portraits of The Living taken in deliberate "death poses", as if each subject is reflecting upon his or her mortality. The collection then, cinematically, cuts to and closes with Hujar's sequence of The Dead, life-like mummies in the catacombs of Palermo, Sicily. Hujar's mummy-portraits are hauntingly "alive" in their evocation of Death, "living portraits of death" (Toni Morrison). Hujar was a Modernist whose closely intertwined themes of vitality/morbidity rejected the pervasive development of his (and our) time, Post-Modernism, which he derisively called "Looks-Like-Art". As a result, he never gained in his lifetime the fame he deserved. The purity of Hujar's portraits bewildered and frustrated the "art elite", given its postmodernist expectations: Why are they so simple and so spare? Hujar now enjoys a global cult following, with collectors forking over serious thousands of dollars for his prints, many of which Hujar had to sell for $100 apiece when he was felled by his "death sentence" illness. The dying Hujar calmly reassured Nan Goldin and Annie Leibovitz, two of his closest fellow artist/friends, that their grief was superfluous because he and his work will be recognized posthumously through these portraits of life/death's "sweet poetry and panic" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Hujar collectors. This title is a great art photography 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 pristine beauty. It is the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the Softcover Edition, which was published simultaneously with it, and is also scarce. Published as a hardcover original of a reported 50 copies only. Copies available online have very serious flaws, but nevertheless command a premium because the book, in any condition, is rare. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 40 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0306800381.
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MIDDLE EARTH: POEMS – Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/First-State DJ: Signed, Dated, And Inscribed by Henri Cole – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Cole, Henri 1st Printing. Signed. 60 pages. Published in 2003. The author's fifth collection of poems. One of Henri Cole'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. Publisher's removable "Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award" round gold sticker pasted (NOT printed) in front of the First-State DJ. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Henri Cole's "Middle Earth: Poems". Melancholy and ecstatic poems on desire. The Japanese "Zo-onna" mask shown on the DJ Cover alludes to the poet's intimate connection to Japan. He was born there, has written about his Japanese-inspired rituals and ways in his poetry, and wrote the poems in this particular collection while living in Kyoto on a "US-Japan Friendship" fellowship. "Written in an open style that is both erotic and visionary. Thrillingly portrays the physical world, man's creaturely self, the cyclical strain of desire and self-reproach" (Boston Review). "The fullest culmination to date of an original voice and a central poet of his generation" (Harold Bloom). "I don't have the time to invest in what / I purport to desire" (Henri Cole). An absolute "must-have" title for Henri Cole collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper (his dedication) and title page (his signature) by the author: "April 16, 2004 To John and Billie, friends to poetry, With gratitude, Henri Cole". It is signed directly on the pages themselves, not on a tipped-in page. Henri Cole's signature is clean, flowing, and elegant. The recipient-couple, who are named, are unmistakably close to the author. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Henri Cole does NOT do public signings. 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. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in 2004 for "Middle Earth: Poems". Regarded by Harold Bloom as a canonical American poet. One of the most brilliant poets of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HENRI COLE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374208816.
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SUSAN MEISELAS: NICARAGUA ’78/’79 – Scarce Pristine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog – ONLY COPY ONLINE

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher) & Meiselas, Susan (Photographer) 1st Printing. 20 pages. Published in 2017. Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful catalogs ever published on the photographic art and achievement of Susan Meiselas' "Nicaragua" sequence of images. 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 photographic reproductions on the front and back covers, as issued. Photographs by Susan Meiselas: Eighteen 20 X 30 chromogenic prints from "Nicaragua". Text Excerpts by three Nicaraguan victims of the Anastasio Somoza Regime. Printed on pristine-white, 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 exhibition of the same name held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago from May 5 through July 29, 2017. Re-presents Susan Meiselas' "Nicaragua: '78-79". A dazzling and profoundly moving selection of the photographer's near-cinematic coverage of the Nicaraguan Revolution: Full-page color photographs that tell their compelling and dramatic story solely through images. "An extraordinary narrative of a nation in turmoil. Traces the evolution of the popular resistance that led to the insurrection, culminating with the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in 1979" (Publisher's blurb). A graduate of Harvard University, Susan Meiselas taught at various public schools before joining The Magnum Agency in 1976. She burst into national and international prominence with her very first book, "Carnival Strippers", a collection of black-and-white photographs of professional strippers in New England states. Her shift to color represents an achievement of the first rank in the history of photojournalism. Indeed, very few have used color to capture spontaneous events with such sensitivity, beauty, and overwhelming power: "Color photographs of this kind inevitably give way to gore or to the aestheticization of violence. Here, instead, we have enormous control, a sense of the everyday, and a vitality rooted in an active community" (John Berger). An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Meiselas collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. 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. Please note: This is a copy of the Exhibition Catalog, which presents eighteen 20 X 30 chromogenic prints from Susan Meiselas' "Nicaragua" sequence. Should NOT be confused with the book of the same title. Its brilliant reproductions are superior in terms of production values to the original book, making it collectible for "Nicaragua" completists. A scarce copy thus. 18 color plates. "Nicaragua" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN MEISELAS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG)
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CRIME BEAT: A DECADE OF COVERING COPS AND KILLERS – Scarce Autographed Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Michael Connelly – SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Connelly, Michael 1st Printing. Signed. 376 pages. Published in 2006. Retrospective collection of reportage and other journalism pieces. One of Michael Connelly'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. "Autographed Copy" blood-red sticker pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Michael Connelly's "Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops And Killers". His gripping and often gruesome nonfiction, written prior to his becoming a full-fledged novelist, now gathered together in one handsome volume. "Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends, and of course, the killers, to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath. Connelly's first-hand observations would lend inspiration to his novels, from 'The Black Echo', which was drawn from a real-life bank heist, to 'Trunk Music', based on an unsolved case of a man found in the trunk of his Rolls Royce. The vital details of his best-known characters, both heroes and villains, would be drawn from the cops and killers he reported on, from loner detective Harry Bosch to the manipulative serial killer The Poet. Stranger than fiction and every bit as gripping, these pieces show once again that Michael Connelly is not only a master of his craft, but also one of the great American writers in any form" (Publisher's blurb). Enjoyable in and of itself, "Crime Beat" illuminates the oeuvre of the most exciting noir writer of his generation just as James Ellroy's "Crime Wave" illuminated his. An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Connelly collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Connelly. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary 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, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. There is also a Limited Edition available online, which commands hundreds of dollars, rightly so. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American novelists in the crime thriller genre of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CONNELLY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 031615377X.
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MARVIN E. NEWMAN: ON THE AVENUES – Rare Pristine Copy of The Exhibition Catalog: Signed by Marvin E. Newman – ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher) & Newman, Marvin E. (Photographer) 1st Printing. Signed. 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 copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Marvin E. Newman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This is a 46-plate catalog, NOT a full-fledged monograph. But its exemplary production values and Newman's elusive signature make it eminently collectible. A rare signed 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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THIS IS WATER: SOME THOUGHTS, DELIVERED ON A SIGNIFICANT OCCASION, ABOUT LIVING A COMPASSIONATE LIFE – Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Wallace, David Foster 1st Printing. 140 pages. Published in 2009. The author's Commencement Address. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents David Foster Wallace's "This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered On A Significant Occasion, About Living A Compassionate Life". His moral philosophy, originally delivered as the Commencement Address at Kenyon College in 2005, the first and only one he ever gave, distilled in a single-reading volume. In book form, it is re-presented as a series of thoughts, aphorisms, and sayings, one on each page. "How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend. Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of casual humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading" (Publisher's blurb). Whatever one has to say about Wallace's lecture (in agreement or in rebuttal), "This Is Water" is written in his most intimate voice, could only have been written by him, and is thoughtful, provocative, and heartfelt. It shows that however playful, satirical, and ironic his tone could be, David Foster Wallace actively resisted the exploitation of the audience by the entertainment industry American publishing had become. For he was the Real Thing, and his death has been yet another blow to the most important idea of serious contemporary culture: Principled resistance to the status quo through writing that is an empowering engagement between writer and reader. Wallace's themes were revisited and his address matched, not surpassed, by fellow writer George Saunders in the latter's own Commencement Address, "Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts On Kindness" (2014). David Foster Wallace committed suicide - in the most determined and gruesome manner imaginable, by hanging himself - on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46. An absolute "must-have" title for David Foster Wallace collectors. This title is a contemporary 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 beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws or are in innumerable subsequent printings. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the "Twenty Writers For The 21st Century". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID FOSTER WALLACE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316068225.