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ELEGY: An Intuitive Chronicle of War.
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ELEGY: An Intuitive Chronicle of War.

By Hastings, Pattie Belle; and Michel, Karl.

[Atlanta, Georgia]: Ice House Press, (1992)., (1992).. Very good. - 12mo, 4-1/2 inches high by 5-3/4 inches wide. A fine press artist's book, consisting of 8 letters from the front written by a young Vietnam veteran dating from October 1968 to June 1969. Each letter is printed on 16 inch high by 5-1//2 inch wide fine buff paper between illustrations of a medal at the top and bottom. Each broadsheet letter is further illustrated with several monochrome photographs of war scenes printed in offset on the verso. Titled "Sweep", "Spy", "Cache", "Hope", "Surprise", "Wrong", "Purge", and "Return", each of these broadsheet letters is folded and housed in a 4-1/2 inch high by 5-3/4 inch wide buff envelope titled above a monochrome illustration of medals on the front. The eight envelopes are, in turn, housed within a stiff fine paper band titled and illustrated in indigo and green. Near fine. First edition. According to the publisher, this work was limited to 625 copies."A series of letters written by a young man serving in the Vietnam War dated from October 1968 to June 1969 reveal the harsh realities of this tragic conflict. In his first letters home, 'Karl' writes with enthusiasm and almost palpable relief about his first encounter with the Viet Cong. His mood is upbeat, though an undercurrent of fear is below the surface. By the 6th letter he hints at atrocities that he has been commanded to inflict and guilt and mental anguish betray his earlier bravado. By the last and 8th letter he is hanging by a thread, exhausted and counting the days till his scheduled R & R. His mood is tense and he speaks of needing help in maintaining his sanity. His political views about the war have decidedly changed as he acidly comments on those in power who make decisions without having to soil their hands. Hastings has printed each letter offset in dusky colors and embellished them with images of war medals and photos from earlier wars. Letters are enclosed in numbered envelopes with single word headings: 'Sweep', 'Spy', 'Cache', 'Hope', 'Surprise', 'Wrong', 'Purge', and 'Return'. The reader experiences these letters as if they have been discovered in an attic, intentionally saved, but put out of sight in order to try to forget." -- [Rhode Island School of Design 2010 Exhibition Catalog: "Artists' Books Content Design Voice Form"].RARE in commerce.


DIAZ BOOK 1995. SIGNED by David Diaz.
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DIAZ BOOK 1995. SIGNED by David Diaz.

By Diaz, David.

(Rancho La Costa, CA: Diaz Icon), 1995., 1995.. Very good. - Small quarto [5-1/2 inches high by 5-3/4 inches wide] bound with a green silk ribbon between a front cover consisting of 4 layers of textured tan paper & a cardboard rear board, with a decorative black-and-white printed label on the front cover & with color vignettes stamped on both sides of the rear board. [29] pages plus colophon printed in French fold. 27 pages of illustrations, including 16 vivid tipped-in plates in color and 8 full-page illustrations in black-and-white. There is a crease to the bottom corner of the outer layer of textured paper, else this beautiful little book with its brilliant illustrations is in fine condition. <p>Signed by David Diaz on the title page.<p>Laid in are two copies of the artist's business card.<p>David Diaz worked for the sculptor Duane Hanson for several years. After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute, he moved to southern California and worked for graphic design companies before establishing his own design and illustration business, Diaz Icon. "Smoky Night", his first picture book, was awarded the 1995 Caldecott Medal.


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By Drescher, Henrik.

New York: Ruth Linden and Katherine Kuehn, 1992., 1992.. Very good. - A portfolio of eight original copper plate prints by Henrik Drescher printed in relief by Ruth Lingen and Katherine Kuehn on 10 inch high by 7-3/4 inch wide heavy art stock. The prints are laid loose, with tissue guards, into a folding stiff black paper chemise with a printed title label on the cover. The white on black abstract line images are respictively titled: "Dissapointer", "Thruster", "Influxer", "Manipulator", "Invertebrator", "Transformer", "Breather", and "Soother". One tissue guard is creased. Near fine. <p>Limited edition of 40 copies, this copy being unnumbered. "Eight Lures was drawn onto copper plates by Henrik Drescher and printed in relief by Ruth Lingen and Katherine Kuehn".<p>The Danish-born artist Henrik Drescher (b. 1955) immigrated to the United States in 1967. Dropping out from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after only one semester, he launched himself into a career as an illustrator and traveled the world in search of inspiration, keeping a journal of his notes and drawings. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Time magazine and he both authored and illustrated several books, including children's books and portfolios of prints.<p>The founder of the Salient Seedling Press in 1978, Katherine Kuehn was a student and assistant to Walter Hamady of the Perishable Press. Her collaborative work with artists, writers and printers are noted for her use of her own handmade papers and the versatility of typographic styles.<p>Also a student of Walter Hamady, Ruth Lingen founded Poote Press in 1982, producing broadsides, books and miniatures. She's worked as a fine draftsman at the South Street Seaport's Bowne & Co. and as a printer at Pace Editions.



By Ray, Violet.

(Berkeley, CA: Violet Ray, 1984)., 1984).. Very good. - Quarto [11 inches high by 8-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in color pictorial wrappers. The wraps are slightly bumped with a few tiny gray marks to the front wrap. There is a tiny chip out of the head of the spine. [26] pages, including 26 full-page collages in color. Very good. <p>This striking collection of collages was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the New College of California Gallery from August 2-31, 1984.<p>Violet Ray writes in an introductory note: "Although the artworks reproduced here contain images derived from advertisements, the companies whose products appear in them are in no way responsible for the collages. The collages are not advertisements, they are an artistic statement about the culture created by advertising".



By Sackett, Colin.

London: Coracle, 1989.. 1989.. Very good. - Octavo, blue boards with the title printed in black & white on the front cover & in reverse on the rear cover. The binding is very lightly rubbed & bumped with some minor soiling. Unnumbered pages of richly printed black- and-white illustrations, each page depicting the very same image of the shepherd with Black Bob herding sheep. Very good. <p>First edition, limited to 100 copies.<p>Black Bob was a fictional Border Collie from Selkirk, Scotland, who originally appeared in the long-running children's comic "The Dandy". Sackett describes his book as follows: '''Black Bob' has its title printed onto the boards of the front cover, and printed in reverse on the back boards. Within, each printed endpaper repeats exactly, making the book two sequences running in opposite directions: 63 black-and- white images of three blackface sheep before a mountain stream move from back to front, and 63 images of Black Bob and his bearded shepherd on a stream's verge move from front to back. Each spread is 'identical'; the halved images join in transit to show a coherent, static image assembled from two separate, contradictory flows."



By Wilson, Marcia.

Leonia, NJ: Published by the author, (1993).. (1993).. Fine. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY MARCIA WILSON - Quarto [10-3/4 inches high by 8- 1/2 inches wide], bound into white pictorial wrappers with tan cord & backed with decorative paper. An illustration in dark blue is stamped or block printed on the front wrap. 12 mechanically reproduced leaves, printed on one side only. Illustrated by the author in black & white with a title page vignette and an illustration above the text on each leaf. Near fine. <p>Limited edition of 100 copies.<p>Inscribed in pencil on the title page: "First edition / of 100 copies this is probably #27 / Marcia Wilson." In addition, Wilson has penciled on the verso of the title: "This book is fiction! Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental". This no doubt refers to a lawsuit that was brought against the author, accusing her of libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.<p>Marcia Sandmeyer Wilson is an American artist and author. Her work includes woodcarving, etching, painting, jewelry, silkscreen, photography and dolls. She has been a writer and illustrator of self-published mechanically produced books since 1990. She has worked as an instructor in gocco silkscreen at the Newark Museum Arts Workshop.<p>Rare.


COPING AND HOPING: against terrorism but no real solution ye....

By van Raay, Jan; Niggl, Thomas.

Muenchen, [Germany]: Omnibus Press, (1978).. (1978).. Good. - Small oblong octavo. Postcard book of 16 cards, each approximately 4-1/2 inches high by 6 inches wide, including a color pictorial title card, a printed rear cover card & 14 cards, each illustrated in black & white. The cards were originally bound together but are now disbound. The title card is rubbed and slightly darkened with a light vertical crease and with its top left corner soiled & slightly bumped. Good. <p>The edition was limited to 500 copies.<p>The postcards are numbered "Verhaltens Forscher" 1-15, with the rear cover card unnumbered. The rest of the text is in English.<p>Scarce.


ARTISTS' BOOKS / BOOKED ART. KONSTNARSBOCKER / KONST PA BOK. Galleri Skanes Konst. 13-29 December 1983. Malmo, Sweden. (Cover title).

By Eriksson, Leif.

Sweden: The Swedish Archive of Artists' Books, 1983.. 1983.. Very good. - 12mo [5-7/8 inches high by 4-1/8 inches wide], softcover bound in yellow wrappers printed in teal with a folded sheet of heavier blue stock mounted on the rear wrap. [120] blank pages of yellow stock. The top corner of the outer fold of blue stock is creased. Very good.



By Marias, Bela. (b. 1966).

[Budapest: Laza Lapok], [1993].. [1993].. Very good. - Octavo, softcover. The contents are laid into a white stiff paper case titled in blind on the front panel and with a black-and-white vignette on each of the three panels. There is some light foxing & minor soiling to the case with a tiny stain to the front panel. A phone number is written on the back panel of the case. Laid in are 50 loose sheets, 13 with text printed on glassine, and the remaining 37 with images based on neo-dada assemblages. The contents are near fine. <p>This is a supplementary issue of the periodical "Laza Lapok" [Loose Pages] published in April 1993.<p>"Laza Lapok" was founded by Hungarian author, editor and artist Gabor Toth. Laid into this issue is a letter penned on a sheet of glassine to "Alison" [Knowles] and "Dick" [Higgins], introducing the artist Bela Marias. We cannot decipher the signature but it could possibly be "Gabor".<p>Bela Marias [b. 1966] is a Hungarian born in the Hungarian part of Yugoslavia who lives and works in Budapest. He a multi-instrumentalist, composer, painter, writer and art critic. Since 1991 he has been the leader of the band Tudosok.<p>Rare.


A CRACKED WOMAN. A Book by Holly Roberts
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A CRACKED WOMAN. A Book by Holly Roberts

By Roberts, Holly

Corrales, New Mexico: Holly Roberts, 1993.. 1993.. Fine. - Folio, 21 inches high by 16-1/2 inches wide. A portfolio of 10 color images, each printed on 17 inch high by 11 inch wide sheets and individually mounted in 20 inch high by 16 inch wide mats. The images are laid loose, with a pictorial title page, in a hardcover black folding tray case titled in grayish white on the front cover. Fine. <p>Limited edition of only 50 numbered copies, inscribed signed and numbered by the artist Holly Roberts on the title page. Each print is additionally initialed and numbered at the bottom of the sheet.<p>The contemporary artist Holly Roberts is known for her painted photographs. Her images created through a collage of cuttings from her photographs are laid upon abstract paintings with found objects adding texture. Through this technique, the images come to depict abstract figures with body parts which include elements from each of these mediums. The found objects, such as twigs, often serve as arms or other limbs. The 10 images in the portfolio are original photographs of her finished unique art work which incorporate text telling her story.



By (Kupka, Frantisek; Bilek, Frantisek; Vachal, Josef; et al). Andel, Jaroslav

[Rochester, NY]: The Visual Studies Workshop, 1984.. 1984.. Very good. - Small folio [17-1/2 inches high by 11-1/4 inches wide], softcover, unbound pictorial self-wraps. 16 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. The title page is lightly soiled with its front edge chipped & there are several pinholes in the front margins of pages 9-16. The page corners are lightly bumped & there is some creasing & occasional chipping to the page edges. The publication has been folded once. Very good. <p>A special supplement to "AfterImage" published to accompany an exhibition held at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY from May 18 to August 31, 1984. "The Czech Avant-Garde and the Book" is described by Jaroslav Andel as "the first retrospective exhibition devoted to this subject and the first comprehensive presentation of the stylistic development of the book in the first half of the twentieth century." There are brief bios of all the artists in the exhibition. The text is in English.<p>Rare.



By King, Susan

Los Angeles, California: Women's Graphic Center, circa [1978].. [1978].. Very good. WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION COPY OF THIS LIMITED EDITION ARTIST'S BOOK - sc Quarto, 11-3/4 inches high by 9 inches wide. A portfolio consisting of 20 letters, 6 postcards and 2 greeting cards, all reproduced in offset lithography, laid into a white portfolio with a silver ribbon and red wax seal with the author's monogram. Additional letters are reproduced on the inner panels of the portfolio. The white covers are bumped at the corners and slightly spotted. There are a couple of corner creases to the contents which are in otherwise near fine condition. <p>Limited edition of 200 copies. A wonderful association copy of this artist's book.<p>Susan King has gathered together letters and postcards written by her and to her, which she has here reproduced by offset lithography.<p>Laid in at the front is an Autograph Letter Signed by Susan King, penned in green ink on 10-1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide ruled paper. In her letter, dated January 30th 1978, Susan King thanks the poet & scholar Dick Higgins for ordering her books and comments on how she has admired his work. She mentions that she has a vague memory that Dick had performed at the University of Kentucky and regrets that she missed seeing him at that time. A mimeographed copy of Dick Higgins order form for the three books is stapled to Susan King's letter.<p>Additionally attached to the above is a retained copy of a typed letter by the poet Dick Higgins, dated February 13, 1978, signed in ink by Higgins. Replying to Susan King's letter, Dick Higgins comments on the handsome wax seal which he has carefully preserved: "It was with great pain that I raped the front of your LETTERPORTFOLIO-- much as I loathe virginity (especially the spiritual kind), neither am I a rapist, and the knowledge that the book could never again be discretely closed or private bothered me a good deal...."<p>Born in the American South, the artist Susan King started making books after moving to Southern California and joining the experimental Feminist Studio Workshop in the 1970's. She soon became the Studio Director of the Woman's Graphic Center in Los Angeles and was one of the founders of the Alliance for Contemporary Book Art. Her work is represented in major collections including the Getty Center, The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, New York's Museum of Modern Art Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum Library. Soon after spending time in medieval Europe looking at architecture and illuminated manuscripts, she was diagnosed with breast cancer while working on a book about her travels. This was in 1990, and her subsequent work "Treading the Maze: an artist's book of daze" uses the maze at Chartres Cathedral as the structure by which she explores her journey through the illness.



By Berliner, Nancy

(Cambridge, MA: Firefly Press, 1980).. 1980).. Very good. - Small oblong quarto [5-1/2 inches high by 7 inches wide], softcover bound in printed rice paper over stiff black paper wrappers. [47] pages. After the first 3 pages of minimal text there is a hole in each succeeding page [representing the hole being dug to China in the text]. Several black- and-white illustrations. Very good. <p>Limited edition of 100 copies hand- printed by the author.<p>Scarce,



By (Spector, Buzz). Upshaw, Reagan

The Press of Events, (1988).. (1988).. Very good. - Small octavo, softcover bound in printed blue wraps with a vignette in brown & white on each wrap. The bottom corner of the front wrap is lightly bumped & the spine is lightly rubbed with the head & tail slightly chipped. 24 pages. The first few bottom page corners are slightly creased. 1 double-page illustration & 4 full-page illustrations in black & white by Buzz Spector. Very good. <p>Inscribed by Buzz Spector to Dick Higgins of Something Else Press on the half title and signed in full with the date "31 October 1988".<p>Poem by Reagan Upshaw. Artwork by Buzz Spector.<p>Scarce.



By Peters, Robert

Chicago Books, 1988.. 1988.. Very good. SIGNED BY ROBERT PETERS - Small quarto [10 inches high by 8 inches wide], softcover bound in plain dark brown wraps with a keyhole in the front wrap revealing part of a color title page vignette & and a keyhole in the rear wrap revealing a small section of text. There is a light crease & 2 short tears to the top edge of the front wrap keyhole. There is a tiny chip out of the bottom corner of the rear wrap. The wraps are slightly faded along the spine. Unnumbered, mechanically reproduced pages. Profuse illustrations in color and black & white interspersed with texts compiled from various authors. An acetate sheet is laid in. Very good. Complete with the acetate overlay. <p>Signed by the artist "R. Peters" on the title page.


THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. As it was originally passed into English Folklore in 1620

By Pleasants, Craig

(Richmond, VA: Gates of Heck, 1994).. 1994).. Fine. - Oblong 12mo [approximately 4 inches high by 5-1/2 inches wide], softcover bound in tan-striped textured black wrappers with a house-shaped keyhole in the front wrap revealing the title on the first leaf. The book is housed in an envelope with a printed label reading "The Art Market" mounted on the recto. [17] pages plus colophon with the first & last leaf printed on tan card stock & the remaining pages on light gray stock. Illustrations in black by Craig Pleasants. Near fine. <p>Limited edition of 1,000 copies.<p>The background notes and the text, which is a rewriting of the tale of the three little pigs, are by Craig Pleasants. The notes are a creation of the author.



By Tower, Jon

(Buffalo, NY): Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, (1990).. (1990).. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in white wrappers. The extremities are slightly soiled & darkened & there is a small, light stain to the front wrap. 60 pages. Black-and-white illustrations & a black oscillating line over a number of pages, being a graphic imprint of the author's voice. Very good. <p>This publication, the first of Hallwalls' Project Room/Artist Book Series, was produced on the occasion of the exhibition "Adam's Sorrow: Genetic Mutation and the Fall of Man", a Hallwalls Project Room Installation by Jon Tower, November 17-December 21, 1990. A section in the rear of the book titled "Errata" includes two texts: the Fall of Adam and Eve from the King James Version of the Bible, and a scientific report on Hexadactyly, the hereditary condition of being born with six fingers or six toes. The graphic voice imprint is of Tower reading the passage from Genesis.


LIGORANO/REESE: Selected Works 1991-95

By Ligorano, Nora; Reese, Marshall

(Brooklyn, NY: Published by the artists, n.d. [circa 1995].. n.d. [circa 1995].. Fine. - Quarto [11 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide], softcover. The contents are bound with cream cord between decorative printed blue cover sheets. [26] leaves printed on one side only, including 14 color xerox plates. There is a small label mounted on each plate giving the title and date of the work depicted. Also with black-and-white textual illustrations. There is a very small area of soiling to the verso of 1 plate. Near fine. <p>Collaborators Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese have worked together since the early 1980s. Their art includes videography, installations, sculptures and what they describe as "video books", several of which are illustrated here. The artists write: "For the past five years we have been working on a series of sculptures, which could be called 'video installations'. We prefer to use the term 'video books' to describe them. They are pieces, which make use of video in relation to printed media, such as newspapers and books. They focus on how we read the media and demonstrate that video and television, as vehicles for words and images, are texts to read and decipher. We expand on this metaphorically and have made book structures that incorporate monitors and video..." They then go on to comment on the individual ''books", their origins and the materials used.<p>Very scarce. We were unable to locate any copies in WorldCat.


SOME PAGES OF A VERY BIG BOOK. (Text by Jan Voss). SIGNED by Jan Voss, Runa Thorkelsdottir and Henriette van Egten, three of the original artist-founders of Boekie Woekie

By (Boekie Woekie and friends). Voss, Jan

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Boekie Woekie, 1999.. 1999.. Very good. - Quarto [11-1/2 inches high by 8-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial wrappers printed in French fold. There is some light creasing to the top & bottom edges of the wraps with some minor chipping to the bottom edge of the rear wrap. Unpaginated. Title, 2 pages of text, numerous pages of color illustrations printed in French fold & pictorial index plus colophon. Near fine. <p>A catalog printed, bound and published by Boekie Woekie, Books by Artists, Amsterdam, on the occasion of an exhibition at Bound and Unbound, New York City during the summer of 1999, in an edition of 38 numbered copies. This is copy number 12. The book is signed on the colophon by Jan Voss, Runa Thorkelsdottir and Henriette van Egten.<p>Boekie Wookie, a shop devoted to artist's books, was founded in a tiny space in Amsterdam in 1986. The original founders were six artists seeking to improve the sales and distribution of their own books. During the first five years they were repeatedly approached by other artists who asked them to stock their books, and in 1991, by which time one of the founding artists had died and two had left to start families, Jan Voss, Runa Thorkelsdottir and Henriette van Egten reestablished the shop in a larger space. Their highly precarious business expanded from a hundred of their own books to seven or eight thousand artist's books, which they accepted and sold on consignment. Boekie Woekie has expanded its activities, exhibiting books at book fairs and occasionally opening temporary branches of their shop in other countries. As artists who have managed to meet the many daunting challenges of running a business, they have created a welcoming space for those trying to survive in the often harsh world of art-as-business: "Boekie Woekie is about art, life and friendship; they are one and the same."<p>"Some Pages of a Very Big Book" originated in the piles of coasters which were kept in the shop to prevent books being stained by coffee cups or bottles of beer. Noticing that some of the stained coasters had acquired a decorative look, artists began beautifying them with images of their own. Dozens of these striking, brightly colored coasters are here reproduced in their actual size, with a brief text by Jan Voss.



By Ferrari, Vincenzo. (b. 1941)

(Milano: Mercato del Sale), [1976].. [1976].. Fine. - Small quarto [11-3/4 inches high by 8-3/8 inches wide], softcover. The contents are laid into a black stiff paper folding case with the artist's name printed in white on the front panel. The case is lightly rubbed & bumped. 11 sheets, each of a different color & type of stock, each an original artwork employing various techniques, including printing, stamping, tearing, burning and collage. Near fine in a very good case. <p>This is example number "193" of an undetermined limitation and the artist has signed his name in full with the date "1976" below the number.


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