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Archive of 20th Century Tattoo Flash
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Archive of 20th Century Tattoo Flash

Collection of approximately 270 total pieces of mostly hand-drawn ink and/or pencil tattoo flash designs on tracing paper, some hand-colored as well, with some carbon transfers, compiled and most likely drawn by an artist named Patrick Ford from the Ozarks region of Missouri. Some wrinkling or folding to many pieces due to storage, some ink bleeding but all images still visible. Overall good to very good. Sizes range from only 2-3 inches in length to 8-1/2 by 11 inches, most 3 to 6 inches in length. Loose, currently housed in sheet protectors in a modern binder. N.p. (Camdenton, Missouri) n.d. (circa 2000s). The subject matter of the tattoo designs is often edgy or even pornographic, many with reference to a criminal or counterculture lifestyle. Some of the images also have prices for individual tattoos noted in pencil or ink. Images include: a bleeding heart pierced by two swords which reads "LINDA 4 EVER"; insects; flowers; animals; Harley Davidson imagery; nudes and female figures; skulls; hearts; eagles; dragons; banners; demonic images; cartoon characters; and other assorted images and symbols. The collection was originally acquired from a Missouri storage unit with the location and identity of the artist vouched for by a payday loan application from Ford. An uncommon and sizable collection of original tattoo flash design from middle America.

$2750.00

Carpeta Cero. Prosa y Poesia. No. 1 (November 1969) through No. 4 (December 1970), together with special issue "Lealtad" (all published)
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Carpeta Cero. Prosa y Poesia. No. 1 (November 1969) through No. 4 (December 1970), together with special issue "Lealtad" (all published)

Five issues in four unpaginated portfolios (including one double number), ca. 7-10 unbound signatures and folded leaves each, of the Argentinian arts and literature journal pairing artists' woodcuts with prose and poetry, including original prints by Hector Mazzoleni, Mario Cecconi, Daniel Zelaya, Linda Rendini, Omar Brachetti, Demetrio Urruchua, Victor Rebuffo, Bruno Widmann, Italo Grassi, Antonio Berni, Claudia Leiguarda, and Nelida Agüero, with texts by Fernando Alonso, Leonidas Barletta, Alvaro Yunque, Jorge Méndez, Miguel Alascio Cortázar, Roger Pla, Alvaro Yunque, Fernando R. Moreno, Ernesto Sabato, and Oscar Peyrou. 4to. Original stiff portfolio wrpps., unbound signatures and folded leaves loose as issued. Some minor soiling, slight foxing to wrpps. of No. 1. Buenos Aires (Carpeta Editora) 1969-1970. Ex-library Biblioteca "F.V." S.A.I.C. (Instituto de Estudios Historiograficos) with rubber stamps to front cover of three of the four portfolios. Very rare; as of October 2019, WorldCat locates scattered holdings at North American institutions of single issues, but only two libraries with complete runs of issues 1-4, and only one of those with the special "Lealtad" issue.

$3500.00

Paranà: Columna Vertebral del Litoral, Rica Vena, Tenso Nervio, Clara Voz, De Argentina Intelectual. No. 1 (Winter 1941) through Nos. 4-7 (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer 1943) (all published)
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Paranà: Columna Vertebral del Litoral, Rica Vena, Tenso Nervio, Clara Voz, De Argentina Intelectual. No. 1 (Winter 1941) through Nos. 4-7 (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer 1943) (all published)

A complete run, bound in two volumes, of the serial from the Argentinian coastal province, published during the second World War and edited by R. E. Montes i Bradley, devoted to recent developments in art, literature, and general culture both domestic and international, with contributions by numerous noted cultural figures and critics, illustrated in the text and with fine tipped-in color plates throughout. 4to. Leather-backed boards, original illustrated wrpps. bound in. Some slight cracking along leather spine of second volume. Rosario, Argentina, 1941-1943. Textual contributors include Juan Ortiz, Amaro Villanueva, Carlos Carlino, Rosa Wernicke, and Elias Diaz Molano; tipped-in illustrations show work by Lucio Fontana, Enrique Estrada Bello, Pedro Hermenegildo Gianzone, Cesar Fernandez Navarro, Manuel Musto, Leonidas Gambartes, and Juan Naranjo, and Juna Berlengieri. A very rare complete run of the nicely produced periodical; as of October 2019, WorldCat locates only two holdings in North American institutions.

$3000.00

310 Ideen T.O.T. (Technological Oak Tree). 310 Ideen - Ausgeloest Durch die Natur von Vermont. Für Dick Higgins (1970-1972)
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310 Ideen T.O.T. (Technological Oak Tree). 310 Ideen - Ausgeloest Durch die Natur von Vermont. Für Dick Higgins (1970-1972)

By Vostell, Wolf

Original multiple pertaining to a conceptual art piece by the noted avant-garde German artist, comprised of a cardboard box housing 319 printed 3" x 5" note cards, including 310 sequentially numbered "Idea Cards" with measured readings of physical elements such as temperature or barometric pressure; two cards comprising the title card and publication information; and 7 heading cards, each featuring one of the physical elements: Wind, Temperatur, Geraeusche (Noise), Barometer, Lichtstärke (Brightness), Humidity, and Zeit (Time). Original photograph mounted to box lid and to underside of cover. Box 3-3/4 x 5-3/8 x 3-1/4 inches. Original printed cardboard box, contents loose as issued. Hinwil, Switzerland (Galerie Howeg) n.d. (circa 1972). Number 95 from a limited edition of 170, hand-numbered and signed by Vostell to title card. Includes 5 blank cards with printed footer "T.O.T. Environment von Vostell in West Glover Vermont U.S.A." and 10 duplicates. Vostell's statement about the work is as follows: "T.O.T. is the abbreviation of the 'Technological Oak Tree' because I started my project with an oak tree in the Los Angeles area in 1969. It is now a 20 meter high maple tree in Vermont, on which various physical elements (natural events) 1. are measured, 2. are transported to the house, and 3. are indicated on an idea console, where each measuring instrument is related to an idea file. The user or observer finds for 310 measured readings 310 corresponding ideas; he is free to perform each one after another. Human behavior is triggered by the physical behavior of nature." A scarce copy of Vostell's landmark work; as of August 2019, WorldCat locates only a single copy of this work in a United States institution.

$2500.00

TPL: "Tombeau de Pierre Larousse"; Poésie von François Dufrêne; "Décollagen" (Abrisse) (1956-1961) von Wolf Vostell; "Oreille pour un Tombeau" (Ohr für ein Grab), Einführung von Alain Jouffroy
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TPL: "Tombeau de Pierre Larousse"; Poésie von François Dufrêne; "Décollagen" (Abrisse) (1956-1961) von Wolf Vostell; "Oreille pour un Tombeau" (Ohr für ein Grab), Einführung von Alain Jouffroy

By Vostell, Wolf and François Dufrêne

Wuppertal: Verlag der Kalender, 1961. Large square octavo (29.3 × 30.5 cm). Original stiff printed wrappers; Chinese-style folded leaves; ca. 64 pp. A few stains and light toning to wrappers; internally very good. Collaborative bookwork by Vostell, a leading exponent of Décollage, and Dufrêne, a leading Nouveau Réaliste artist and writer, consisting of concrete poems by Dufrêne accompanied by 23 original screenprints by Vostell in black and white, with additional textual material by Jouffroy at rear. A strikingly beautiful work, with typographical flourishes throughout as well as screenprints with subtle gradations of grey tones. A radical and monumental work, hinting at influence by the "Affichiste" Mimmo Rotella, and prefiguring the proliferation of concrete and visual poetry and works incorporating words in the subsequent decade. Unstated limited edition (an authoritative source informs us that 300 copies were printed). As of November 2019, KVK and OCLC locate only five copies in North America.

$3250.00

N. R.; Les Nouveaux Réalistes
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N. R.; Les Nouveaux Réalistes

By Codognato, Attilio, editor

Leather suitcase containing 12 signed and numbered original artworks by leading members of the "New Realist" or "Nouveau Réalisme" movement, comprising 10 prints, 1 sculpture, and 1 two-piece Plexiglas work, with accompanying introductory fascicule featuring text in French, German, English, and Italian signed by editor Attilio Codognato, each of the prints and the text booklet housed in their own envelopes. Some occasional scuffing, some envelopes with slight toning or small tears, overall excellent. Envelope sizes approx. 19-3/4 x 19-3/4 inches, suitcase 22-1/2 x 20-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches. Housed in original leather suitcase with carrying handle and 2 clasps, leather slightly worn, some rubbing and scratching. n.p. (Milan) (Ars Viva) n.d. (1973) Number 242 of a limited edition of 600 numbered copies. It is unclear how many cases were actually filled, but the number is likely below 600. An unusual and highly desirable collection of original works of contemporary art from the important Nouveau Réalisme movement, an artistic movement founded in 1960 by Pierre Restany and Yves Klein during their first collective exposition held at the Apollinaire Gallery in Milan. New realism was one of many avant-garde artistic groups active in the 1960's, alongside such other groups as Fluxus and American pop art. They were based mostly in France, and are associated with the École de Nice movement. The new realists described themselves as using "new ways of perceiving the real". Restany authored the group's original manifesto in the spring of 1960, which was titled "Constitutive Declaration of New Realism" and was originally signed by Klein, Arman, Martial Raysse, Restany, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, and Jacques de la Villeglé. In 1961 César, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Gérard Deschamps added their signatures to a second manifesto, titled "40° above Dada". The group's first exhibition as a movement took place in November 1960 at the Paris "Festival d'avant-garde", and was followed by several others. Their last collective show took place in 1963; after the death of Yves Klein in June 1962, the group had difficulty maintaining cohesion, and it disbanded entirely by 1970. The artists whose work is included in this collection are: Christo (offset print); Pierre Restany (color serigraph); Raymond Hains (offset print); Niki de Saint Phalle (offset print); Jacques de laVilleglé (collage); Gerard Deschamps (mirror object); Arman (serigraph on Plexiglas); Daniel Spoerri (folding pop-up table setting); Mimmo Rotella (offset print); François Dufrêne (offset print); and César (sculpture of a human finger).

$12500.00

Eigen+Art. WITH: Zwei Jahre Eigen+Art. Two volumes of original art and documentation
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Eigen+Art. WITH: Zwei Jahre Eigen+Art. Two volumes of original art and documentation

By Judy (Lybke, Gerd Harry)

Leipzig: Galerie Eigen+Art, 1985-1987. Text volumes quartos, portfolios folio-size and measuring ca. 55 × 41.5 × 5 cm. Text volumes cloth boards, portfolios in black and white linen cassettes, artworks loose as issued. One image with partial adhesions from tissue paper overlay, some very minor soiling and rubbing to portfolios, overall very good. Two volumes documenting the important non-conformist and experimental German art gallery founded in 1983 in Leipzig, each a limited edition comprising a smaller typescript catalog with photographs documenting exhibitions in the year covered, and two large cassette portfolios with original prints and photographs by East German artists who exhibited at the gallery, with 32 works total between the two sets, each work signed and numbered. Such circulation of unofficial art circulated outside the official publishing and censorship system of the GDR and was considered a subversive and essentially illicit activity. Of the first volume, Lybke wrote, "Am 25.10.1986 besteht die Eigen+Art ein Jahr. Aus diesem Anlass wurde diese Mappe zusammengestellt. Sie beinhaltet Arbeiten, die Beleg sind für das Schaffen derer, die im Zeitraum vom 25. Oktober bis Oktober '86 in der Eigen+Art augestellt haben." The objective of the second set was similar. Among the artists included are Ingo Regel, Karin Wieckhorst, Michael Kunert, Micha Brendel, Klaus Elle, Thomas Florschütz, Dietrich Oltmanns, Wolfgang Lehmann, Detlef Schweiger, Roland Borchers, Volker Regel, Volker Baumgart, Dieter Ladewig, Andreas Hanske, Frank Müller, Angela Hampel, Carsten Nicolai, Jens Pfuhler, and others. Limited editions, numbered 17 of 25 and 10 of 20 copies respectively. Rare; as of May 2019, KVK and OCLC show only two North American holdings of works by Eigen+Art, but not the present works.

$25000.00

LEILOT (Nights)

By Glass, Ari (Erich Glas) (text and illustrations)

One page of text in Hebrew preceding 28 linocuts presented without captions, depicting the artist's imagined visions of the horrors of the Holocaust including torture, prison camps, fires, and graphic images of death. Some very minor toning. Large 4to. Original printed wrpps., some minor paper loss to front cover, small areas of repair, some browning, binding slightly loose. (Tel Aviv) (Hotza'at Hakibbutz Hameuchad) 1945. Ari Glass (born Erich Glas) was a German and Israeli painter, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. His first exposure to the horrors of war was during World War I, when he served as a soldier, pilot, and aerial photographer. After the war, Glass studied at the Bauhaus under Lyonel Feininger and Johannes Itten, and later joined the Das Junge Rheinland group. He worked as an independent graphic designer and a press photographer before leaving Germany in 1934 due to the rise of the Nazis. He moved to Kibbutz Yagur and changed his name to Ari. This series of linocuts was created in 1942, the images allegedly coming to Glass during a high, hallucinatory fever. As they were published while the war was still going on, the reality of what was actually occurring in the prison camps was mostly rumors. Glass sought publication of the images but the Palestinian publishing house initially refused, not wanting to spread fear and panic. He was able to get the portfolio published in a limited edition in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1943, and the Palestinian edition appeared later, in 1945. Extremely rare; as of April 2019, WorldCat does not locate a single holding of this volume.

$2950.00

Le Cirque Animé. Album-Jeu du Père Castor Flammarion
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Le Cirque Animé. Album-Jeu du Père Castor Flammarion

By Mentzel, Albert

Unpaginated volume containing 8 cardstock leaves depicting members of the circus to be cut out and assembled with small paper fasteners such as brads, one side of the cardstock page in chromolithograph, the reverse in black and white with indications as to where to fold and attach the various pieces, the circus figures include an elephant, wrestlers, acrobats, musical clowns, a lion tamer, a juggler, a female circus performer on horseback, and monkeys, with introductory text to inside front and back covers including instructions for assembly. Some very minor scattered browning and soiling, overall excellent. Oblong 8vo. Original illustrated stapled wrpps., very minor soiling. Paris (Flammarion) 1938. Albert Mentzel (also known as Albert Flocon), was a German engraver and artist who studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau under Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and Vassily Kandinsky. He worked as part of Oskar Schlemmer's theater troupe for a time before fleeing Germany for Paris. After emigrating, Mentzel worked at an advertising agency with Victor Vasarely before being imprisoned during World War II. His wife and daughter died in Auschwitz and Albert managed to escape from prison, returning to Paris with his two surviving children in 1945 where he changed his name to Flocon. In 1949 he founded an engraving workshop, Atelier de l'Ermitage. This volume dates to fairly early in Mentzel's career, shortly after his arrival in France. Very scarce; as of January 2019, WorldCat does not locate a single holding in North America.

$2500.00

Zheleznye Puteshestvenniki [Steel Travelers]
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Zheleznye Puteshestvenniki [Steel Travelers]

By Ivanter, B(eniamin Abramovich) & N(ikolai Nikolaevich) Kupreianov (illus)

31 pg. booklet for children documenting the donation of twenty-five tractors to the Soviet Union by American workers, and their journey from the United States to a Soviet collective farm. Illustrated profusely throughout with thirty black-and-white illustrations. 8vo. Original illustrated stapled wrpps., some light soiling to covers, minor rubbing along spine. Moscow (Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo) 1931. Ex-libris Marcel Bekus, Russian revolutionary, with small oval rubber stamp to inside front cover. This book was published at the height of the first Five-Year Plan for industrialization, when the Soviet state undertook major industrial and agrarian reforms. It was written by children's writer and journalist Beniamin Ivanter and illustrated by graphic artist Nikolai Kupreianov. Both contributed to the satirical Rosta windows, propaganda posters created by artists and writers within the ROSTA (Rossiyskoye telegrafnoye agentstvo, or Russian Telegraph Agency) system. Kupreianov was also a member of the OST (Obshchestvo stankistov, or Society of Easel Painters) and illustrated books by Vladimir Maiakovsky and Boris Pasternak. Very scarce; as of December 2018, WorldCat locates only two holdings in North American institutions.

$1500.00

La Chapelle Saint-Pierre de Villefranche-sur-Mer. Dix Lithographies Originales de Jean Cocteau
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La Chapelle Saint-Pierre de Villefranche-sur-Mer. Dix Lithographies Originales de Jean Cocteau

By Cocteau, Jean

Portfolio of 10 colored lithographs, consisting of the following: 5 double-page lithos depicting sketches for the artist's frescoes at La Chapelle Saint-Pierre, each ca. 25 3/4" x 20 1/8", and 5 single-page examples, each ca. 12 7/8" x 20 1/8", including the front and rear wrpps., a frontispiece, an image titled "Le Coq de Pierre," and a self-portrait, all executed in 1956-57, signed and dated in the plates, together with table of contents, a 3 pp. introduction to the project by the artist and an additional 3 pp. poetic text recounting stories of St. Peter from the New Testament for the triptych "pour le Noël des pecheurs". Printed on Velin with deckled edges. Large folio. Contents loose as issued, lithographed wrpps. with protective glassine, all housed in publisher's orig. boards slipcase. Paris (Mourlot) 1958. Signed by the artist on title page, from the edition of 175 copies. In 1950, Cocteau proposed a series of frescoes and stained glass windows for a small 14th-century fisherman's chapel in the seaside village of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Côte d'Azur. The murals, depicting scenes from the life of St. Peter, were finally realized in 1957, and are a characteristic combination of brilliantly colored, swooping modern forms alongside religious tableaux (incl. a jazz guitarist serenading the Virgin Mary). The present lithographic suite produced in conjunction with the chapel paintings is quite scarce. As of November 2017, OCLC locates only two North American institutional holdings.

$7500.00

Shizhuzhai Jianpu (Ten Bamboo Studio Letter Paper)
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Shizhuzhai Jianpu (Ten Bamboo Studio Letter Paper)

By Zhengyan, Hu (Cheng-yen, Hu)

4 vols., facsimile edition of the 17th century work from the Ten Bamboo Studio showcasing a variety of paper samples with original colorful woodblock decoration, augmented with the gonghua technique of blindstamping and printed in multiple colors, decorative motifs include flowers and trees, vases, furniture, landscapes, butterflies, animals, and figures. Profusely illustrated throughout. 4to. Four volumes with orig. handmade paper wrpps. with flecked gold leaf decoration, bound with brown silk cord, housed together in a folding boards portfolio covered with silk brocade, label mounted to front cover, with two bone closures. Some slight browning to label and inside of portfolio. Beijing (Rongbao Zhai) 1952. The original work was published at the end of the Ming period, circa 1644-1645, and was compiled by Zhengyan, a late Ming dynasty seal carver. First printed on poetry-writing paper, it contained some characters from classic tales and utilized a special printing process that allowed for printing of multiple shades and colors, augmented with blindstamping. Few copies of the original survived, but one was discovered by historian Zheng Zhenduo and author Lu Xun in the 1930's. This copy became the master copy of the Republic and was the source of the first reprint in 1935. However, the master copy was in poor condition and the subsequent reprint was incomplete. In 1952 the Rongbao Zhai studio in Beijing issued a faithful reproduction of the original 17th century work, recutting blocks and incorporating the original "gonghua" blindstamping technique. In his work on the Ten Bamboo Studio, Jan Tschichold called this work "the finest issue. An incomparably perfect facsimile; the best printed book of modern times anywhere."

$8500.00

Poesie 1960
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Poesie 1960

By Bartolini, Luigi

43 pp. volume of poetry, index, illustrated with four original engravings, each hand-numbered and initialed "L.B." in pencil. Large 8vo. Cloth boards, housed in original illustrated and hand-numbered paper slipcase. Some minor soiling and small tears to slipcase. Ancona (Bucciarelli) 1960. Limited edition no. 139 of 150 copies. Luigi Bartolini was an Italian poet and artist considered to be among the greatest Italian engravers of the 20th century. He participated in almost every Venice Biennale held from 1928 to 1962, and received a prize for engraving in 1942. During his lifetime he published over 70 books with major publishing houses, contributed to major Italian newspapers and magazines, and wrote the novel off of which the famous Vittoria De Sica film "I Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)" is based. Very scarce; as of August 2017, WorldCat locates only a single holding in a North American library.

$3000.00

Les Folles Folies des Follies. Douze Poèmes Diptyque
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Les Folles Folies des Follies. Douze Poèmes Diptyque

By Chopin, Henri

Oversized portfolio containing title card, two hand-numbered and signed typographic etchings (zincogravures); a third signed typographic etching with black silhouette effect, numbered to verso; numbered colophon page; and a smaller matted and signed typewriter poem. Large folio. Cardstock folder within heavy cardstock portfolio, tie-bound with red cloth ribbon, contents loose as issued. Some very minor wear, scuffing, and soiling to portfolio. Paris/Mainz (Éditions F. Despalles) 1992. Copy no. 5 of a limited edition of 60. This impressive portfolio is an excellent example of the work and aesthetic of one of the most important European concrete and sound poets. His typewriter poems, or dactylopoèmes, in particular are housed in important art collections all over the world. Very scarce; as of July 2019, WorldCat only locates one holding of this limited-edition portfolio in North America.

$6000.00

Mr. Knife Miss Fork
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Mr. Knife Miss Fork

By Crevel, René; Kay Boyle; & Max Ernst

Small 37 pp. volume, being a fragment of the novel Babylone by René Crevel, translated into English by Kay Boyle, and illustrated with nineteen original photograms by Max Ernst, produced in conjunction with Man Ray in his studio using photo-sensitive paper, each with caption in red ink on tissue guards. 12mo. Black boards with gilt decoration designed by Max Ernst. Paris (Black Sun Press) 1931. Limited edition of 255 copies. Max Ernst was a pioneering figure of the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th century. Counted among his many accomplishments is his collaboration with American artist Man Ray to develop the photogram, which is essentially a photograph produced without the need for a camera or lens. Man Ray used a similar process to create his Rayographs. The photograms in this book were made by combining textural rubbings and line drawings on sheets of thin translucent paper, and then using those sheets as negatives to create a reverse image on photosensitive paper. It must have been a very labor-intensive process, as each photogram was produced from an original work of art created by Ernst.

$15000.00

Arthur Kampf: Zwanzig Radierungen zu Shakespeares Werken
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Arthur Kampf: Zwanzig Radierungen zu Shakespeares Werken

By Rosenhagen, Hans (introduction)

Kampf. (IV) pp. introductory text and biographical material on the German artist who headed the School of Visual Arts in Berlin from 1915 to 1924, list of plates, and 20 fine etched plates showing scenes from Shakespeare plays. Large folio. 3/4 cloth and boards portfolio. Berlin (Wegweiser) n.d. (ca. 1925). Signed by the artist in pencil on colophon page.

$850.00

Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School.  With Brief History of the Development of the School, Biographical Sketches of the Artists, and Some Critical Descriptions
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Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School. With Brief History of the Development of the School, Biographical Sketches of the Artists, and Some Critical Descriptions

By Tajima, Shiichi, Seigei Omura, Hideo Takamine, Shiro Katano, & Joseph King Goodrich

5 volume study and presentation (in English) of the history of Ukiyoye painting and woodblock printmaking, defined in the preface as genre pictures and popular works depicting manners and customs of the time as opposed to classical works, including an altogether 211 pp. text distributed throughout the volumes, 156 fine text illustrations, mostly from line drawings, and 170 superb mounted plates, some in photogravure, but most from exquisitely rendered original woodblock prints done by an array of artists after the original works. Several leaves in the second volume damaged at fore-edge and into the extremities of the sheets; a sharp object pierced the chitsu case. Large folio. Illustrated paper covered boards, elaborately tie-bound in the Japanese manner, housed in damaged chitsu cases (one case lacking). Tokyo (Shimbi Shoin) 1906-1907. One of six hundred sets. A complete set of a spectacular work, marred only by some damage to the contents of the second volume, containing nearly 150 original color woodblock prints, focusing not only on the popular woodblock prints of the 18th through 20th centuries but on the entire history of Japanese genre imagery. Examples of the highest levels of painting from the Kano school forward were culled from private and public collections and include many Imperial Treasures; noted artists were asked to make exacting woodblock prints after those works. A serious art-historical undertaking; descriptions and essays were contributed by noted Japanese scholars and translated from the Japanese to English by Goodrich, a professor of English in Kyoto. A beautiful work, and fundamental to the study of Japanese genre painting.

$6500.00

8 Pin-Up Farbakte, 1968-1969, von Jo. Vennekamp in Holzschnittmanier
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8 Pin-Up Farbakte, 1968-1969, von Jo. Vennekamp in Holzschnittmanier

By Vennekamp, Johannes

Portfolio with 8 original color woodcut prints (each approx. 15" x 22") by Vennekamp, in his own original Pop style with Surrealist undertones, showing erotic imagery in bold, densely colored and compositionally striking formats, including stylized abstractions of genitalia, playfully seductive vignettes, the integration of numbers and letters into the layout, segmented divisions within compositions, etc. Large oblong folio. Contents loose as issued in orig. flexible boards portfolio, with graphically arresting typography on front and rear covers, flaps, etc. N.p, n.d. (Germany ca. 1968). Each print is signed, dated, numbered 2/33, and labeled "Farbholzschnitt" by Vennekamp in pencil. One of 33 copies. A wonderful and spirited work, emblematic of its moment both visually and conceptually, celebrating sexuality and the freedoms unleashed by the upheavals of the late 1960's. Vennekamp was a founding member, along with Uwe Bremer, Arno Waldschmidt, et al, of the Werkstatt Rixdorfer Drucke in Berlin; named after the district in which they lived and worked, the group had significant influence on the evolution of the Pop aesthetic in Europe. Though the title on the portfolio states "1968-1969", all of the prints are dated 1968. A wonderful and very rare artifact of the late '60's; as of June 2015 WorldCat is unable to locate this work.

$3750.00

(Chinese Paintings)- 19th-Century Album of Chinese Erotic Watercolor Paintings
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(Chinese Paintings)- 19th-Century Album of Chinese Erotic Watercolor Paintings

Album with 8 watercolor paintings (each approx. 7" x 10" mounted on sheets approx. 9" x 12 1/2") showing in fine and explicit detail sexual gamboling in mid-19th century China, including scenes of quite athletic intercourse in both interior and exterior settings, finely rendered in subtle colors and delicate line. Some worming and fraying at edges of paper backing, images clean and bright. Large 4to. Silk-covered boards, accordion-bound, covers very worn, particularly at extremities. N.p., n.d. (China, mid-19th-century). A fine album, from the hand of a confident and accomplished artist, with graphic images in which the lovers are often depicted smiling. Two of the images have a third character involved, one as a spectator and the other as a participant. All of the women appear with bound feet in the pre-revolutionary style.

$3000.00

Berlin Report
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Berlin Report

By Aue, Walter (ed.)

1968. Unpaginated (circa 42 pp.) volume discussing contemporary German artists, including 24 original graphics (most color, most signed, please see note), including etchings, silk screened images, collages, and works incorporating other media. Square 4to. Wrpps. Cologne (Wolfgang Hake Verlag) 1968. One of an edition of 200 copies; one of 100 with original graphics. Possibly pencil-signed by Aue to inside back cover. Extremely rare: as of February 2019, WorldCat locates only three copies in North America. As noted, the plates are signed in pencil by the artist, any additional information is noted: Otmar Alt, Bettina von Arnim (with title and numbered "58/100"), Gerd Struckmeier, Ulrich Baehr (with title and numbered "58/100"), Werner Berges (numbered "58/100"), Werner Pelzer (numbered "S.O./100"), Jobst Meyer (numbered "58/100"), Christiane Maether (2 plates; both titled and numbered "58/100"), Gernot Bubenik (numbered "58/100"), Werner Wenz (numbered "58/100"), Hans-J. Spesshardt (2 plates; both titled and numbered "58/100"), Klaus Heider (numbered "58/100"), Karl Heinz Krüll (numbered "58/100"), Lambert Maria Wintersberger (numbered "58/100"), Siegfried Kischko (numbered "58/100"), Wolf Kahlen, and Wolfgang Rohloff among others.

$3750.00

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