[New York]: Caterpillar Press, 1967: 1967
Stiff, brown pasteboard covers with wire spiral binding. 58 pp. 21.5 x 15.2 cm. *Designed by Eleanor Antin to look like a small notebook and printed in black on graph paper printed in light blue. Issued as Caterpillar VI. Near fine. I see, belatedly, that there are two variants of the covers. The earlier one, I think, has rounded corners on the open side; on the other (as pictured), the corners are square. If anyone cares to argue the contrary, fire away. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
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Twentysix gasoline stations. Third edition, 1969Third edition, printed in 1969 by the Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. 3000 copies, after 500 of the second edition (1967) and 400 numbered copies of the first edition (1962). Ruscha's first bookâ"it all began here. White paper covers with title in red. 26 black-and-white plates (3 double-spread) on [48 ] pp. Light wear. 17.9 x 14.1 cm. The spine title is badly faded; otherwise freshl in original glassine. The original glassine is tanned at spine and slightly frayed at edges. The first photograph shows the book without glassine; the second includes the glassine. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Some Los Angeles apartments. Second edition, 1970Ruscha, Edward Second edition. 3000 copies (following 700 copies printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles). Ruscha's 3rd book. White paper covers with title in light green. 34 black-and-white illustrations on  pp. 17.9 x 14.1 cm. Bright copy with original glassine wrapper and a fitted Mylar jacket over that. The second scan is with the glassine. Two other copies available at slightly different prices. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order.
Some Los Angeles apartments. Second edition, 1970Ruscha, Edward Second edition. 3000 copies (following 700 copies printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles). Ruscha's 3rd book. White paper covers with title in light green. 34 black-and-white illustrations on  pp. 17.9 x 14.1 cm. Bright copy with original glassine wrapper torn at edges and one fold; a slight tendency of the back cover to buckle suggests mild exposure to moisture at one time; there is no foxing; the flyleaf bears a pencilled number. The second scan is with the glassine. Two other copies available at slightly different prices. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order.
Colored PeopleRuscha, Edward First edition (4065 copies). Ruscha's 16th book. 15 color illustrations (1 doublespread) of cacti, succulents, palms, banana trees, etc.  pp. + 16 blank leaves as issued. Glossy yellow wrappers. 17.9 x 14 cm. Original owner's name neatly inside front cover; otherwise very fine. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order.
RecordsRuscha, Edward Photos by Jerry McMillan. Ruscha's 15th book. 2000 copies. Bright-red leather-textured paper covers with the title in black. Title leaf and 60 black-and-white plates selected from Ruscha's collection, from rhythm & blues to Linda Ronstadt. Photos by Jerry McMillan. 72 unnumbered pp. 17.8 x 14.1 cm. A pristine copy. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order.
Various small fires and milk. 2nd edition2nd edition of 3000 copies printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles; they also printed the 1st edition of 400 copies. Ruscha's 2nd book. White paper covers with title in black. 16 plates printed one side only.  pp. 18.4 x 14 cm. Very bright copy in somewhat aged original glassine; very fine, except for original owner's name neatly printed inside front cover. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order.
Artspace: a magazine of contemporary art Vol. 15, no. 1, November-December 1990Cover by Ed Ruscha, with article by Dave Hickey, "Ed Ruscha: the song of the giant egress" (pp. 28-31). Profusely illustrated. 68 pp. 27.6 x 21.4 cm. Other articles on Paul Schimmel, Linda Ridgway, Connie Hatch, Elliott Norquist, Michael McMillen, Hans Burkhardt, Constance De Jong, Judie Bamber, Mary Kelly, and Native American subjects.
A few palm treesFirst edition. Ruscha's 13th book. Black paper covers with no titling. 14 photographs of palm trees, mostly in Hollywood, with locations noted on opposite pages. Approximately the last half of the book consists of blank pages, as issued. 17.8 x 13.9 cm. Minor wear at extremities; the original owner's name neatly printed inside the front cover; otherwise near fine. A piece of personal trivia: the last time I looked, the first palm tree in the book still stood around the corner from where I grew up in Hollywood, in the 1900 block of North Bronson Avenue. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order.
A street in China. Photogravure from Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work, 1912A single, original photogravure by Baron Adolph de Meyer from Camera Work, issue 40, October 1912. Delicate unmounted Ganji paper: 28.5 x 20 cm. Image: 24.3 x 15.9 cm. Newly conserved. Light, old tape stains on edges and corners of margins. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Hans Arp: die Reliefs, oeuvre-KatalogCatalogue raisonne. Frontispiece portrait + 4 plates in color & 617 b/w illustrations in catalogue. XLVII + 407 pp. 821 or more catalogue entries. Frontmatter in parallel German, English, and French. Black cloth with silver titling and cover image, in black & white dustjacket. From the library of art specialist Aldis Browne, with his discreet blindstamp on the flyleaf and a bookseller's label inside the rear cover. A touch of foxing on the verso of the very large inside front flap of the dustjacket; otherwise, fine. Heavy: 6.2 lbs. / 2.75 kg; overseas shipping will be at least $100, if the best alternative is available. Scarce. ISBN 3 7757 0148 6 **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Bookplates in Japan220/300 copies, distributed for sale, signed by the author and with his red chop mark. The publisher distributed fifty more as gifts. 50 examples mounted on loose sheets of handmade, laid paper with deckle edges, as issued; plus booklet of 11 single leaves bound loosely as issued with yellow string plus one more loose leaf. The whole housed in a lightweight, dull-orange board portfolio with cover and spine labels, and ties. Page size: approx. 21 x 18 cm. The booklet consists of a self-cover; the title leaf; the signed numbered colophon; a text of 7 numbered pages, "On the ex-libris," with 8 illustrations; 2 unnumbered leaves bearing 2 monochrome examples; plus 4 unumbered pages listing and identifying all 50 loose plates. Nine of the samples are monchrome; one is gold on black; the remainder are in at least two colors. I have placed at the very end a last single sheet bearing a droll drawing of a grinning teapot. The 50 plates were not only in random order when I first looked at the book, but they miraculously were all present. Perhaps it means, "Done, just in time for tea." This, in a country at war for years and whose leaders were about to make, within the year, a catastrophic blunder. The case is worn at the extremities with a little splitting at the seams and minor surface insect damage. Contents near fine. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Life lessons: the art of Jerome Witkin. With a foreword by Kenneth Baker197/200 copies in slipcase, signed by author and artist. 29 color plates & 30 b/w figures in the text. [xviii] + 94 pp. Dark-red cloth with color dustjacket in black slipcase. 25.4 x 21.6 cm. Unusually rich figurative work. Fine. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Before the Revolution: a ballet [from cover]. (An historical Prophecy in three acts and an Interlude with an interruption)10 printed photos by Denise Simon from the original performance, premiered Feb, 22, 23, 1979, at The Kitchen, NYC. 14 pp. staple-bound with stiff, purple paper covers. 30.5 x 22.9 cm. The script for the full-length ballet, also performed in Santa Barbara, Oct.6 & 7, 1979. The characters include Antinova in the flesh and large, movable cut-outs of Serge Diaghilev, Tamara Karsavina, Vaslav Nijinsky, Igor Stravinsky, and Lubov Tchernicheva. Music by Monsieur Mozart. The portray various roles, including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Scarce. Some signs of handling, but very good. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Paul Klee: paintings, watercolors, 1913-19392 serigraphs in color & photograph of Klee by Josef Albers. 65 illustrations on 62 plates printed one side + 35 pp.,+ all on card stock Cloth-grained grey paper with titling serigraphed in white and light blue. Bound with clear plastic comb binding with wraparound covers. 27.9 x 21.7 cm (leaf size). This copy belonged to the art expert Aldis Browne and bears his discreet blindstamp on the flyleaf. Laid in: a typed sheet of the Dalzell Hatfield gallery's watermarked stationery, "List of paintings reproduced in the Klee book still available"; 23 works with prices from $180 to $3,000. Fire up your time machine. This heavily aged leaf. folded and with several pencil marks, is undated but surely is roughly contemporary with the book. The serigraphed front cover has a small manufacturing defect visible in the scan. The spine is severely browned; soiling at front edges of covers; some wear at extremities, especially bottom edge; small defect at top of rear cover next to spine. Despite this litany of deficiencies, a far better copy than most. Typically, this beautiful but vulnerable book suffers from missing serigraphs; broken or detached covers; a broken comb binding; detached pages; and other indignities.
Ed Moses. With original, signed drawingOriginal, abstract drawing in black and red marker on otherwise nearly blank title page. Signed "EM's 09". The full-size pages are virtually all plates, nearly all in color. 242 pp. White cloth with titling in black on the spine. The heavy, clear jacket reproduces an image by Moses in red-orange against the white cover. 30.4 x 27.8 cm. The text is split into 5 sections throughout the book, totalling 48 pp., on smaller paper, 27 x about 24.5 cm. Virtually as new. ISBN 978-1-934435-16-8 (trade edition, unsigned). **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
The G da Collection of Japanese sword fittingsRucker, Robert Hamilton. Metropolitan Museum of Art 500 copies. Describes 126 pieces with small, accompanying photographs. xlviii + 92 pp. Orange-tan yapped.paper covers with raised gilt title on front cover and spine. 21.5 x 31.5 cm. Overlapping covers chipped at top front and other small tears and blemishes; backstrip worn; right side of W on cover title chipped; slight surface insect damage. Tight biinding. Internally clean and unmarked. Nomenclature. Chronology. Families and Schools. Catalogue. Bibliography. Glossary of terms. Index of Masters and Schools. Index of subjects. Scarce. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Air massTurrell, James 61 plates (44 color). 119 +  pp.Gray boards with debossed cover title and spine printed in dark-red, dustjacket in color and black. 25 x 37 cm (oversquare). A stunning and thought-provoking book by one of the world's most profound living artists. Turrell writes mostly in the first person. The first half is on light and night, on flight, on weather (air masses); the rest is primarily images of the Roden Crater in Arizona's Painted Desert. "The work I do intensifies the experience of light by isolating it and occluding and occluding light from events not looked at." The crater contains a large number of internal spaces. "Each space essentially looks to a different portion of sky and accepts a limited number of events." The image on the dustjacket is an aerial view looking vertically at the unaltered Roden Crater. Very fine.
Artforum, volumes 1, numbers 1-12 (June 1962-June 1963), rare complete volumeIrwin, John, ed.; plus John Coplans and Arthur Secunda (from no. 4); and Phil Leider (from no. 5) 12 original issues, unbound as issued, in decorated paper covers. When the first sample copy of the June 1962 issue of Artforum arrived in the mail during the summer of 1962, with its mostly exclusive emphasis on California exhibitions, I thought it doomed. How wrong can one be? Even that issue, however, featured an article on Jean Tinguely and George Rickey and a review of Edward Kienholz, both by Arthur Secunda, plus Alfred Frankenstein on Mark Tobey. By the end of the year, the magazine already was spreading its horizon, with Kate Steinitz on fantastic architecture and John Coplans on the first US museum show of Pop Art, "The New Paintings of Common Objects," at the Pasadena Art Museum, with works by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Ruscha, and others. Artforum quickly developed into the world's most influential publication for new art and its leading advocate. Indeed, the enthusiasms of its editors and writers shaped much of the course of contemporary art in those and later years. In her anthology, Looking critically: 21 years of Artforum magazine (1984), Associate Publisher Amy Baker Sandback wrote: ".what would later be tagged as Pop, Minimal, Earthwork, Neo-Expressionism, and New Wave was introduced while the artworks were as yet unknown to the general public and before they had been defined by a body of criticism." These early issues are virtually impossible to assemble today because of the scarcity and fragility of many of the issues. This is the last complete volume one I can supply, though I do have a very few single copies of many of them. The set overall is in good to fine condition; obvious defects are as follows: no.1, June 1962, has a rough spine, some cover wear, and a few small, marginal cover tears; no. 2, July 1962, has an irregular line down the front cover caused, I think, by the original packaging from the printer, plus a partial bulk rate postal label; no. 3 has a bad spine, substantial handling wear, and a large corner torn out of the back cover; it and no. 2 were by far the smallest printings of any issue; no. 4 has the volume and number plus the artist-suscriber's name written on the front cover, plus his name on first leaf; no. 7 is a bit worn on the cover and has the volume and number written on the front cover by the same artist; no.8 has a little fading at the spine and some handling wear; no. 12 has minor handling wear. The others are near-fine to fine. The murky scan on no. 1 is one of Jean Tinguely's self-destroying sculptures in action. The other two fully visible scans are no. 5, a sketch by Joan Miró, and no. 9, a portrait by Egon Schiele. All the Artforum covers are visible in their archive, for which I cannot provide a link or address. For further detailed information, please see my free, on-line Artforum Index, 1962-1968.
HendrikGoltzlus (1558-1617): the complete engravings and woodcuts [2 volumes]Goltzius, Hendrik (1558-1617). Strauss, Walter L., editor Catalogue raisonné in 2 vols. Oddly, the title as shown above is the one on the title page and almost all the OCLC listings. The covers read: "Hendrik Goltzius: complete engravings, etchings, woodcuts." Please cite the title page if referring to the book in a scholarly paper. Vol. I: 197 plates (some pages have two or more illustrations), Pp. 1-408. Catalogue entries 1-239. Vol. II: 176 plates (some pages have two or more illustrations, and several prints are reproduced in multiple states). Pp. 409-792. Catalogue entries 240-425. Includes 5 plates of watermarks, a bibliography, an appendix, a concordance to Hirschmann numbers, and an index. Very good to near fine used condition. From the library of art specialist Aldis Browne, with his discreet blindstamp on both flyleaves. No internal writing or marks noted. A shipping weight of over 8 pounds (3.7 kg) will require significant added postage for foreign shipments. If using Paypal from a foreign address, please inquire first for the total cost. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Gromaire: exhibition of paintings, December 5-31, 1949Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955). Gromaire, Marcel (1892-1971) 4 bw plates (including cover; 1 doublespread). Unpaginated [8 pp.]. 23 x 14.3 cm. Decorated paper covers. Stevens writes of Gromaire's work: "[It is] endowed with the strength that comes from participation in life's struggle, things not of the School of Paris, but of some harsher, more fundamental zoneâ"and one need only have in mind, say, much of Europe, much of everywhere, always." Very shallow bump at the head of the spine and signs of use at spine; otherwise, crisp and clean. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Pick up the book, turn the page and enter the system: books by Sol LewittLewitt. Sol. Bright, Betty 8 plates. Unpaginated [24 pp.]. 19 x 21.6 cm (oversquare). Black paper covers with white text and color plate on front cover. The informative text by Betty Bright identifies the many unexpected sources and routes through which Lewitt arrrives at his seemingly rigid and formalistic work. Near fine. Uncommon. The white border is background. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
The City Lights Pocket Poets Series: a descriptive bibliography. With an introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghett. Cloth. Signed by FerlinghettiCook, Ralph T. Signed by Ferlinghetti in his handsome italic writing on the title page. 46 ills. on 12 plates +103 pp. Impeccable descriptions of the first 40 numbers in this revolutionary series that changed so many lives (including, and especially, Ralph Cook's). I see now, forty years too late, in writing my own description, that Lawrence's contribution is the Foreword, and Ralph's is the Introduction. I accept the blame for that unforgivable irregularity. Red cloth titled in bright gilt on the spine. 20.9 x 13.7 cm. As new. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Anonymous was a woman: a documentation of the Women’s Art Festival + a collection of letters to young artistsSchapiro, Miriam, ed Profusely illustrated in b/w. 136 pp. Paper covers decorated with photographs of all 18 artists in the book. 21.6 x 14.2 cm. The second half of the book contains letters from 71 artists, including Eleanor Antin, Lynda Benglis, Joan Brown, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, and others. Very scarce. In an evocative footnote to this subject, a brief item in "Findings" in the December 2013 Harper's states: "Most cave paintings in France and Spain were made by women, at a time when male and female humans' hand shapes were apparently more dimorphic [i.e., differentiated]." twenty thousand years ago. Now, that's anonymous. Fine condition. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Franz Kline: Paintings, 1950-1961, March 3-30, 1963Kline, Franz. Langsner, Jules 11 b/w plates.  pp., incl. tissue at beginning and end. Black coated cover. 27.6 x 21.5 cm. Contains "Franz Kline: calligraphy and information theory," by Jules Langsner, reprinted from Art International, VII:3. March 1963. Small bump at top corner; otherwise fine. Several copies available at lower prices; please inquire.