Book of the day > Taiyo Onorato / Nico Krebs: The Great Unreal. Edition Patrick Frey. "During a period of three years, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs traveled several months through the United States, working “on the road” on the photo series The Great Unreal. The photographic work deals with reality and the fabrication of reality.The geography of America serves as both setting and fertile ground for the examination. Mysticism and demystification are important aspects in this process, as is working with a rich inventory of visual icons that can be continually deconstructed and manipulated.The working method of both photographers is based on interventions prescribed mostly by happenstance and change. Through repetition and associative placement, the sometimes crude, sometimes subtle interventions begin to link to one another, establishing an exciting transformation of reality that only hesitatingly reveals itself to the viewer.
Together with book designers Megi Zumstein and Claudio Barandun, what emerged is an unmitigated picture book that makes a visual journey possible without any instructions. It comprises narrative image sequences that approximate the curiosity and restlessness of being on the move and, at the same time, depict associative connections with the American landscape."
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JIMMY PAGE BY JIMMY PAGE - "RUBBER STAMP SIGNED" BY THE GUITARIST(PAGE, JIMMY). Page, Jimmy
Guildford, ENGLAND: Genesis Publications Limited, 2014. First Trade Edition 1/250 Deluxe. 4to. Pictorial Boards. Music Monograph. Near Fine/No Jacket - As Issued. 512pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. In a protective clear acetate dust jacket. "I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book, and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs. "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page" is his official autobiography - a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time. Jimmy's words and a handpicked selection of over six hundred photographs make this book the definitive record of a remarkable life". A most handsome example of the 2014 first trade edition limited to two hundred and fifty copies additionally personally RUBBER STAMPED "ZOSO / LOS ANGELES, 11/11/2014" by the legendary Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin guitarist (in lieu of an actual signature, as was his preference) in black ink on the blank verso of the page facing the colophon at his personal appearance on that date at Los Angeles' Barnes & Noble store at The Grove. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024406
TAKESHI SHIOTA: FUKAKI FUCHI YORI (FROM THE DEEP SLOW CURRENT) - MINAMATA 68-72(SHIOTA, TAKESHI). Shiota, Takeshi
Tokyo: Nishi Nippon Shimbun-sha, 1973. First Edition. 8vo. Pictorial Self Wrappers. Photography Monograph. Good +.. 168pp, profusely illustrated in b&w. Text in Japanese. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. Published in 1973, Takeshi Shiota's "Fukaki Fuchi Yori" traces the devastating effects of the decades-long Mercury poisoning of Minamata Bay perpetuated by the Chisso Corporation's electrochemical plant in Kyushu. The photographer provides a stark visual record of the resulting legacy of illness, birth defects, and death in the surrounding community that ultimately became known as "Minamata Disease". The book is the moving Japanese photojournalistic counterpoint to "Minamata: Words and Photographs" - W. Eugene Smith and Aileen Smith's documentation of the same environmental tragedy published two years later. A most presentable example of this exceedingly uncommon item in the publisher's printed obi showing some overall wear, rubbing, and handling along with some mottling and occasional delamination to its black wrappers as well as a slight soft crease through a portion of the textblock at the upper foredge corner. It has been priced accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024377
THE WORKS OF EDWARD RUSCHA - SIGNED AND DATED BY THE ARTIST(RUSCHA, EDWARD). Hickey, Dave & Peter Plagens. Introduction by Anne Livet. Foreword By Henry T. Hopkins
San Francisco & New York: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art & Hudson Hills Press, Inc., 1982. First Edition. Square 4to. Cloth in Illustrated Jacket. Artist Monograph. Fine/Fine. 182pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. With a bibliography and exhibition history. This is the comprehensive, beautifully illustrated catalogue published in conjunction with a 1982 touring retrospective of work by Edward Ruscha organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A brand new, most handsome example of the hardbound edition BOLDLY SIGNED AND DATED "Ed Ruscha 3/24/82" in black ink on the front pastedown from the evening of the SFMoMA opening with a copy of the exhibition brochure laid in. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024306
ALEXANDRE NOLL(NOLL, ALEXANDRE). Jean-Elie, Olivier & Pierre Passebon. Introduction by Odile Noll
Paris: Editions Du Regard, 1999. First Edition. 4to. Cloth in Pictorial Dust Jacket. Decorative Arts Monograph. Fine/Fine. 128pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. Text in French and English. Designed by Frederic Develeay. Photographs by Jacques Pepion. With a biography, bibliography and exhibition history. Published as part of the Editions Du Regard "Monograph" series, this beautifully illustrated book on Alexandre Noll is the most comprehensive reference to date on the iconoclastic late French sculptor and decorative artist. His organic forms, mostly hewn from single blocks of wood, look as fresh today as they did more than half a century ago when he was creating them. A brand new, most handsome example of this uncommon item. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024301
FORM AND RE-FORM: A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK OF MODERN INTERIORS BY PAUL T. FRANKLFrankl, Paul T.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930. First Edition. 8vo. Gilt-Stamped Cloth. Decorative Art Monograph. Good +./No Jacket. 209pp, profusely illustrated in b&w. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. "Form and Re-Form " is noted interior designer Paul T. Frankl's prescient 1930 primer for the budding modernist interior designer. Possessing a striking art deco design format, it is a forward looking survey of many of the Century's protean architectural and design talents. Beyond a slew of Frankl's own work, included here are examples of projects by Richard J. Neutra, Kem Weber, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pierre Chareau, Donald Deskey, Josef Hoffmann, Raymond Hood, Frederick Kiesler, William Lescaze, Winold Reiss, Gilbert Rohde, Joseph Urban, and many others. Its photographic contributors include Ruth Bernhard, Therese Bonney, Anton Bruehl, Willard D. Morgan, Edward Steichen, Ralph Steiner, and Paul Strand. An internally most handsome example of this significant reference bearing the elegantly designed, deco-inflected bookplate of noted architect A.B Gallion. It is lacking its rarely-seen dust jacket and showing some wear and sunning to the black cloth spine, but the brilliant gold gilt-stamping to the front and rear covers remains bright. It has been priced accordingly.
Inventory Number: 024299
LORD BUCKLEY: HIPARAMA OF THE CLASSICS(LORD BUCKLEY). Buckley, Richard Myrle
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1960. First Edition. 8vo. Stapled Pictorial Wrappers. Performing Arts Monograph. Very Good -.. 32pp. Cover photograph by Jim Marshall. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. The hippest of the hip, and the flippest of the flip! "Hiparama of the Classics" contains typographic transcriptions taken from recordings of seven of the late, great Lord Buckley's signature monologues. These include "The All-Hip Mahatma", "Gettysburg Address", "Hipsters, Flipsters, and Finger Poppin' Daddies (by "Willie the Shake")", "Nero", "The Religious History of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca", "The Bad Rapping of the Marquis De Sade", and of course the Lord's standout... "The Naz"! An internally bright, most handsome example of the uncommon 1960 first printing of this delight with the maroon-tinted front cover showing some mild wear, soiling, and age-toning to the wrappers.
Inventory Number: 024272
MIROBOLUS MACADAM & CIE: HAUTES PATES DE J DUBUFFET PAR MICHEL TAPIE(DUBUFFET, JEAN). Tapie, Michel
Paris: Rene Drouin, 1946. First Edition 1/700. Small 4to. Wrappers in Printed Jacket. Artist Monograph. Near Fine./Near Fine.. 64pp, 32 monochrome illustrations. Text in French. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. Published by Paris' venerable Galerie Rene Drouin, this extraordinary 1946 exhibition of Jean Dubuffet's early work rivaled in content and quality any number of subsequent Museum curated retrospectives. Its graphically striking catalogue features an elegant rainbow-hued cover printed by Mourlot Freres, an essay by Michel Tapie, and reproductions on variously colored papers of each of the thirty-two works shown. A bright, most handsome hor serie example of this uncommon and fragile item from the first and only printing limited to seven hundred copies. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024271
NAKED CITY BY WEEGEE(WEEGEE). Fellig, Arthur, aka Weegee. Foreword by William McCleery
New York: Essential Books, 1945. Second Printing. Small 4to. Cloth in Pictorial Dust Jacket. Photography Monograph. Near Fine/Very Good -. 246pp, profusely illustrated in monochrome gravure. Designed by Henry Stahlhut and Michael Polvere. "Weegee's Naked City" is Arthur Fellig's (aka "Weegee The Famous") enormously influential first book of gritty images of the seamier, crime-riddled side of forties-era New York. Working mostly at night out of his improvised trunk-converted-into-a-darkroom, Weegee parlayed his police radio, trusty Speed Graphic camera, and an uncanny knack for getting to a crime scene quickly into journalistic infamy. An internally most handsome example of the 1945 Essential Books edition (cited on page 145 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume I", pages 142-143 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book", and pages 118-121 of "The Book of 101 Books") in the smooth grey cloth binding whose vibrant yellow dust jacket states "Second Large Printing" on the inside front flap and shows some light soiling and creasing, a small area of surface paper loss at the upper foredge corner of the front cover, and a one inch missing chip at the at the top of the spine. Still in all, it is a very sharp copy of this Weegee classic whose rarely found dust jacket looks much nicer in hand than it describes. It has been priced accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024210
STEPHEN SHORE: VINTAGE COLOR POSTCARD - DAVIDSON COUNTY COURT HOUSE, LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, 1856-58(SHORE, STEPHEN).
NP: Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., 1978. First Edition. 8vo. Printed Postcard. Fine.. One 4 1/4 x 6" glossy cardstock postcard printed offset recto and verso, 1 color illustration. To mark the 1976 Bicentennial of the United States of America, Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc. commissioned twenty-four photographers to record more than one thousand County Court houses across the country using both color and black and white film. The project, directed by Phyllis Lambert and edited by Richard Pare, created the then-most comprehensive survey of an American building type. The Seagram County Court House Archives collection of photographic negatives and master prints was ultimately presented as a gift, with its copyright ownership, to the Library of Congress. In 1978 Horizon published the lovely Richard Pare-edited book of images from this undertaking entitled "Court House: A Photographic Document". This color postcard featuring Stephen Shore's color image "Davidson County Court House, Lexington, North Carolina, 1856-58" was issued in conjunction with that release. A brand new, pristine unmailed example of this uncommon ephemeral item perfect for the Stephen Shore completeist.
Inventory Number: 024176
EDWARD RUSCHA: STAINS 1971 TO 1975 - SIGNED BY THE ARTIST(RUSCHA, EDWARD). Schjeldahl, Peter
New York: Robert Miller Gallery, 1992. First Edition 1/2000. 4to. Silk Boards in Acetate Jacket. Artist Monograph. Fine/Fine. np (88pp), 31 color and 1 b&w illustration. Designed by John Cheim. This is the elegant hardbound catalogue issued in 1992 by New York's Robert Miller Gallery that reproduces each of Ed Ruscha's thirty-one exhibited "Stain" paintings executed in silkscreened inks on rayon or silk between 1971 and 1975. A brand new, most handsome example in the publisher's printed acetate jacket additionally BOLDLY SIGNED "Ed Ruscha" and underlined in black marker across the entire verso of the rear pastedown. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024561
CARLO SCARPA: ARCHITECTURE IN DETAILS(SCARPA, CARLO). Albertini, Bianca & Sandro Bagnoli. Foreword by Stefan Buzas
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1988. First English Language Edition. 4to. Debossed Boards. Architecture Monograph. Near Fine/No Jacket. 226pp, 294 illustrations in b&w and color. This is a comprehensive, beautifully photographed study of the interior designs and details of nearly all of noted Italian modernist architect Carlo Scarpa's most renowned projects. Included are the Brion Pavilion, Chapel and Cemetery, Banca Popolare di Verona, Querini Stampalia Foundation,Olivetti Showroom, and many others. It also features several examples of Scarpa's ceramic and glass designs. A most handsome example lacking the publisher's dust jacket showing the rubber stamp of a previous owner on the inside rear board. It has been priced accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024560
LUIS BARRAGAN(BARRAGAN, LUIS). Barragan, Luis, Kenneth Frampton & Sheila Hicks. With an Interview by Ignacio Diaz Morales. Yutaka Saito, Editor
Tokyo. 1992 (2004).: TOTO Shuppan. Later Printing. Small Square Folio. Printed Wrappers. Architecture Monograph. Fine./No Jacket.. 257pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. Text in English and Japanese. Photographs by Yutaka Saito. This is the most spectacularly illustrated monograph produced to date on the colorful, highly aesthetically refined body of work by the late Mexican architect Luis Barragan. It features lavish full page color photo essays (as well as detailed scale survey drawings) on fourteen public and residential projects, a chronological listing of all of Barragan's buildings, and a transcribed interview with the architect. A bright, most handsome example of the 2004 papaerbound printing lacking the publisher's dust jacket. It has been priced accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024559
ALEC SOTH: SLEEPING BY THE MISSISSIPPI(SOTH, ALEC). Soth, Alec, Patricia Hampl & Anne Wilkes Tucker
Gottingen, GERMANY: Steidl, 2004. First Edition, Second Printing. 4to. Pictorial Boards. Photography Monograph. As New/No Jacket - As Issued. np (120pp), 46 color illustrations + covers. Designed by Steidl Design. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. "Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River, Alec Soth's "Sleeping by the Mississippi" captures America's iconic yet oft-neglected "third coast". Soth's richly descriptive, large-format color photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors. Sensuous in detail and raw in subject, "Sleeping by the Mississippi" elicits a consistent mood of loneliness, longing, and reverie. "In the book's 46 ruthlessly edited pictures," writes Anne Wilkes Tucker, "Soth alludes to illness, procreation, race, crime, learning, art, music, death, religion, redemption, politics, and cheap sex". Like Robert Frank's classic "The Americans", it merges a documentary style with a poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organizing structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust". A brand new, most handsome example of the second Steidl printing (the first from the same year is cited on page 50 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II" and page 58 of "From Fair to Fine: 20th Century Photography Books That Matter") featuring the image "Charles, Vasa, Minnesota" on the front cover. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024558
PIERRE KOENIG(KOENIG, PIERRE). Steele, James & David Jenkins. Foreword by Norman Foster
London. 1998 (1999).: Phaidon Press Ltd.. Second Printing. 4to. Boards in Pictorial Jacket. Architecture Monograph. As New/As New. 160pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. With a chronology, exhibition history and bibliography. . "This is the first full study of Pierre Koenig's career, providing an unparalleled insight into the evolution of Modernism on the West Coast. Koenig designed and built his first exposed steel house in 1950. In 1957 he was chosen to design Case Study Houses #21 and #22. These houses have become iconic, capturing the excitement and optimism of the period. This book includes new and vintage photographs together with the architect's original drawings". A brand new, most handsome example of the second hardbound printing of this vital document devoted to the late Los Angeles architectural pioneer filled with vintage images by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase.
Inventory Number: 024557
HISTOIRE D'A: LE AVVENTURE DI ALMA - GENNAIO 1993(VON UNWERTH, ELLEN) (COUTURE ALMA). Piaggi, Anna
Milan, ITALY: Couture Alma, 1993. First Edition. 4to. Gilt-Stamped Boards. Fashion Monograph. Near Fine/No Jacket - As Issued. np, profusely illustrated in color. Text in Italian and English. Art Direction by Thierry Perez. This is the lavish hardbound catalogue of publicity and marketing images for the Italian clothing company Couture Alma published to accompany their Versace-inspired Spring 1993 campaign. It features a text by Anna Piaggi, illustrations and Art Direction by Thierry Perez, and photographs of models Iman, Jasmeen Ghauri, Nadja Auermann, Tyra Banks, Linda Evangelista, and more by Ellen Von Unwerth. A handsome example of this uncommon item that was issued hors commerce - only bestowed, never commercially for sale - showing just a bit of sunning along the spine.
Inventory Number: 024556