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Manolo Valdes: Recent Work.  May 22 - June 21, 1991., (Cameron, Dan, introductory text)
1 (Cameron, Dan, introductory text) Manolo Valdes: Recent Work. May 22 - June 21, 1991.
New York Marlborough Gallery, Inc. 1991 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean book, with just the tiniest traces of handling wear]. Trade PB (color reproductions) Catalog for an exhibition/sale at the Marlborough Gallery. Features full-color, full-page reproductions of 22 works (including the front cover illustration). The two-page introduction, "The Hunter Gets Captured," is by Dan Cameron. Also includes: a very brief biographical outline of the artist's life, with a list of awards received and institutional collections holding his work; an extensive list of his solo exhibitions, 1965-1991; bibliography. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Pablo Picasso: Lithographs and Linocuts 1945-1964 (Catalogue No. 135), (Johnson, R. Stanley, text)
2 (Johnson, R. Stanley, text) Pablo Picasso: Lithographs and Linocuts 1945-1964 (Catalogue No. 135)
Chicago R.S. Johnson Fine Art 1998 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very light rubbing to covers, teensy bumping to a couple of corners of the rear cover]. (B&W photo frontispiece, art reproductions) Contains 38 full-page reproductions of Picasso's lithographs (18, in black and white) and linocuts (20, in color), plus a few additional illustrations accompanying the introductory essay, "Historical Perspectives: Lithography and the Linocut," by R. Stanley Johnson. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Petty; a Portfolio from Esquire, (Petty, George)
3 (Petty, George) Petty; a Portfolio from Esquire
[Chicago] Esquire, Inc. (c.1937) NO Second Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(black boards with plastic-comb binding at top edge) [moderate wear to extremities, a little more so at spine ends (plastic-comb binding fully intact), minor scraping along left edge of front cover; internally Fine] (color drawings) Artist George Petty (1894-1975) was responsible for the promulgation of a certain idealized vision of American womanhood -- statuesque, beautifully dressed (or semi-dressed, or undressed), sexy and naughty yet just innocent enough to avoid anything more than a faint whiff of sluttiness -- during the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in the pages of Esquire, the publication with which his name will forever be linked. It was Petty whose style exemplified the attitude of the "Magazine for Men," with his Girls serving as Objects of Slightly Distant Desire for the variously-aged and usually less-attractive Lotharios and Sugar Daddies who coveted their well-displayed charms. The sleek and elegant Petty Girls were also a perfect visual complement to the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne architectural and design styles that flourished in this country during the 1930s, and also made a significant contribution to pin-up iconography. (Petty Girls were often painted on the nosecones of American aircraft during World War II.) For over twenty years, it seemed like the Petty Girl was everywhere: not just in Esquire and other magazines, but in advertisements, recruiting posters and billboards. Petty's work overlapped with that of Alberto Vargas, whose depictions of even more statuesque females also appeared in Esquire during much of the 1940s, and enjoyed a 1960s/1970s revival in the pages of Playboy. This volume reproduces 24 of Petty's full-page cartoons in full color, with the original captions. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Art Plastic: Designed for Living, DiNoto, Andrea
4 DiNoto, Andrea Art Plastic: Designed for Living
New York Abbeville Press (c.1984) 0-89659-696-6 / 9780896596962 3rd printing Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (photography) David Arky 
[nice clean copy, minor handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W/color photographs) An extensively illustrated historical and cultural examination of the development and manufacture of plastic, and the myriad uses to which it has been put. After an introductory section covering the history of plastics and some of the basic styles, the book is divided into the following sections: Vanities (jewelry, hair ornaments, buttons, etc.); Necessities (kitchen equipment, containers, napkin rings, etc.); Pastimes (table games, phones, cameras, radios, etc.); Playthings (novelties, trains, dolls, construction toys, etc.); and Comforts of Home (furniture, stacking systems, lamps, etc.). A fabulous book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Faith, Nicholas Sold: The Rise and Fall of the House of Sotheby
New York Macmillan Publishing Company (c.1985) 0-02-536970-9 / 9780025369702 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, browning to page edges, some smudging at bottom of ffep; jacket very lightly edgeworn, no tears or chips]. (B&W photographs) "The riveting, nonstop story of how the international art world -- once the stuffy preserve of the privileged few -- became a glamorous, high-stakes corporate arena. From Lord Duveen, the fabled dealer who sold old masters to J.P. Morgan and Andrew Mellon, to Alfred Taubman, the American businessman who just bought Sotheby's, [this book] chronicles the upheaval in the art world and paints an insider's portrait of the man who was at the center of it all -- Peter Wilson." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Eva Fischer: 24 Tele [*SIGNED* twice by the artist], Fischer, Eva; presentazione di G[iuseppe] Marchiori
6 Fischer, Eva; presentazione di G[iuseppe] Marchiori Eva Fischer: 24 Tele [*SIGNED* twice by the artist]
Milano Sperling & Kupfer [1958] NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, possibly as issued) [bump to bottom front corner, no other significant wear]. (24 tipped-on color plates) INSCRIBED (in Italian) and SIGNED twice by Eva Fischer: on the title page, dated Roma, October 15, 1959; and on the ffep, dated Studio City [California], 1977. Reproductions of 24 paintings by Fischer, dated between 1954 and 1957, with a brief introductory essay about the artist and her work in five languages: Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. [NOTE: That apparent "crack" visible along the spine in the scanned image is an anomaly of the scan, NOT an actual flaw or feature of the book itself.] Signed by Artist 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Folk Sculpture USA, Hemphill, Herbert W. Jr., ed.
7 Hemphill, Herbert W. Jr., ed. Folk Sculpture USA
Brooklyn NY The Brooklyn Museum (c.1976) 0-87273-055-7 / 9780872730557 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, only minimal edgewear to covers]. Trade PB (B&W and color photographs) Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this represents an early attempt to "separat[e] folk sculpture from folk art" and to consider it as an artistic/cultural phenomenon in its own right. The director of the Brooklyn Museum, in his Foreword, acknowledges that the exhibition was "an 'undefinitive' show [that] raises more questions than it answers," dedicated as it was to "pushing through to a new understanding of folk sculpture." Essays and other features are: "Folk Sculpture without Folk," by Daniel Robbins; "A Sorting Process: The artist as collector," a conversation between one of the Brooklyn Museum's curators and sculptor Michael D. Hall; "American Folk Sculpture: Some considerations of its ethnic heritage," by Michael Kan. Also includes: "Catalog of the Exhibition," listing 98 items; Selected Bibliography. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Rysunki: Cartoons by Krawiec, Krawiec, Walter
8 Krawiec, Walter Rysunki: Cartoons by Krawiec
Chicago Dziennik Chicagoski (The Polish Daily News) [ca.1945] Unstated edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate wear to spine and edges, some soiling to exterior; binding solid, inside clean]. (cartoons) Uncommon collection of war-themed editorial cartoons, published in The Polish Daily News, a Chicago-based newspaper, from 1942 to 1945. The book is approximately 8" x 10", and reproduces about 150 cartoons in a full-page format; the original text and captioning (in Polish) is faithfully reproduced, including the original dates of publication, and there is also an English translation (and occasional brief interpretive commentary) for each. The subject matter is the usual jingoistic wartime stuff -- lots of caricatures of Hitler, Stalin, buck-toothed Japanese, etc. -- but the Polish-American viewpoint (and frequent commentary on the war's particular impact on Poland itself) gives it a particularly interesting slant. Krawiec (1889-1982) was born in Poland, and according to the book's foreword had at that time been the cartoonist for The Polish Daily News for more than thirty years. The frontispiece of the book is a sketch of Krawiec by fellow cartoonist Paul Plaschke, of the Chicago Herald-American. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Pinchas Shaar [*SIGNED* by Shaar], Lazar, Moshe, and Marcel van Jole
9 Lazar, Moshe, and Marcel van Jole Pinchas Shaar [*SIGNED* by Shaar]
Geneva / Paris / New York Arte & Bibliopress / Arted / B.L.D. Ltd [ca.1983] NO Unstated edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj 
[book has no discernible wear; jacket is moderately rubbed/scuffed, a little dog-eared at base of spine, with a short tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom right-hand corner of front panel]. (color and B&W reproductions) INSCRIBED in 1993 and SIGNED by the artist on the second front endpaper; apparently it was "re-gifted" by the original inscribee, as a line has been drawn through his name and another name added above it (in a different hand). A catalog of the work of this Polish-born Jewish artist (1923-1996), who spent part of World War II in a concentration camp; following the war he studied in Munich and Paris, and began his career as a theatrical set designer. He moved to Israel in 1956, but later relocated to Paris, and then to New York, although he is usually identified as an Israeli artist, and his work is a phantasmagorical exploration of Jewish culture and mythology. (Laid into this copy of the book is his business card with an address in New York City.) The book itself is undated, but the second essay (by Marcel van Jole) provides a good deal of biographical information, and indicates that he was living in New York at the time of its publication. Further helping to fix the date as the early- or mid-1980s, the book includes a list of group shows he contributed to and of his one-man exhibitions; he seems to have had about one solo show per year beginning in 1959, and the latest date of any listed event is 1982. The text of this edition, by the way, is entirely in English. [As a side note, and a rather sad testament to Booksellers Not Paying Attention, fully two-thirds of the copies of this book currently listed for sale online are catalogued incorrectly, with the author's surname rendered as "Shaaz"; it does sort of look like that on the front jacket panel (an ill-advised font choice, essentially), but everywhere else (including the jacket spine!) it's very clearly printed. Colleagues: do better!] Signed by Artist 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Art as Design: Design as Art: A Contemporary Guide, McIlhany, Sterling
10 McIlhany, Sterling Art as Design: Design as Art: A Contemporary Guide
New York/London Van Nostrand Reinhold Company / Studio Vista (c.1970) 0-289-27985-2 / 9780289279854 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, no discernible wear; jacket shows some light rubbing and very faint soiling, but would rate Near Fine if not for the price-clipping]. (B&W and color photographs; facsimiles) "Here is a book that ranges through all aspects of modern living, examining man-made things, discussing why they look as they do. The more than 250 illustrations come from museums, art galleries, picture archives, industry, science, advertising, the mass media, and artists and designers all over the country. . . . The book observes no artificial limits, but embraces design as a universal function of all man-made objects and shows how these objects are clues to the confusing, rapidly changing world we live in." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Witkacy: Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz Life and Work, Micinska, Anna (translated by Bogna Piotrowska)
11 Micinska, Anna (translated by Bogna Piotrowska) Witkacy: Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz Life and Work
Warsaw (Poland) Interpress Publishers 1990 83-223-2359-X / 9788322323595 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book itself has no significant wear, but there is a longish gift inscription (non-authorial) in Polish on the title page; jacket shows just a bit of surface wear, still very nice]. (B&W and color photographs, facsimiles) Profusely-illustrated survey of the life and work of the dramatist/poet/novelist/painter/photographer/philosopher (1885-1939), who committed suicide when he learned that the Red Army had crossed the border into Poland. His immense and diverse body of work "was partly disregarded and partly underestimated by his contemporaries," not only because of its "new, difficult [and] disquieting" qualities, but also because he was apparently a bit of a goof, who was "endowed with an outstanding sense of humour, [and] largely disguised his personality behind this humour." Numerous photographs of him in the book attest to this antic spirit, which was also reflected in his adoption of the mononymous nickname "Witkacy." The book discusses his life as an artist and his theatrical work, as well as the development of his philosophy. In addition to reproductions of many of Witkiewicz's paintings and drawings, there is also a detailed chronology of his life, comments from many contemporaries, and an international bibliography of his writings and his major critical and academic works. (He was the subject of a 1985 biographical film, "Witkiewicz's Tumour," produced for Polish television.) The text of this edition is entirely in English, although the book also appeared in Polish and French. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Things, NORM (Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs)
12 NORM (Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs) The Things
Zurich NORM 2002 3-931126-75-7 / 9783931126759 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very light wear to bottom edge, minor external surface scuffing/scratching]. (graphs, diagrams, charts, etc.) The second book published by the Zurich-based graphic design firm NORM, which was co-founded by Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs in 1999. Internationally recognized designers of fonts and typefaces for print media, they received the Swiss Grand Prix for Design in 2011, in which connection they were cited for their "markedly systematic and skilled approach to typography [and] their extremely innovative vision within the field of design." Their work includes numerous book designs, collaborations with multimedia installation artists, commercial work such as the signage for the Cologne airport, and the creation of a number of quirky yet popular typefaces that are now in wide use. This book also served to introduce Simple, their second commercially-available typeface (the first was Normetica, which debuted in 2000). In addition to its extensive graphics, the book contains text in both English and German; I frankly admit that it's a little beyond my understanding, so I felt better when I found one critique of the book that referred to its textual elements as "layers of information so thick and treacle-like they defy explanation." 
Price: 700.00 USD
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The Lady and the Painter, Palffy, Eleanor
13 Palffy, Eleanor The Lady and the Painter
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1951) NO 3rd impression Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj/decorations) Alanson Hewes 
[book is nice and clean, with no significant wear; jacket shows wear and various tiny nicks along top and bottom edges, light rubbing overall]. (line drawings) Termed "an extravaganza" by its author, this is a partly-fictional, partly-factual story based on incidents in the lives of Isabella Stewart Gardner and artist John Singer Sargent, "whose intimacy lasted from the day he first painted her portrait in 1888 until she died in 1924." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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La CÚlestine, Picasso
14 Picasso La CÚlestine
Paris Didier Imbert Fine Art 1988 NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[lacks original slipcase, but a very nice book with no discernible wear; jacket shows only minor traces of handling]. (color plates, B&W reproductions) Book issued in conjunction with the gallery exhibition of a 1904 painting by Picasso, "the sole remaining masterpiece of the blue period not to be found in a museum." Incorporates an illustrated essay about the creation, meaning and significance of the work. Text in French and English. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Harry Jackson [*SIGNED* and inscribed by Jackson], Pointer, Larry, and Donald Goddard
15 Pointer, Larry, and Donald Goddard Harry Jackson [*SIGNED* and inscribed by Jackson]
New York Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1981 0-8109-11515 / 9780810911512 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[minor shelfwear and light soiling to cloth at bottom edges of covers, no other significant wear; jacket shows only light rubbing, mostly to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the book's subject, the noted Western painter and sculptor; the inscription is to film director George Sherman and his wife, and makes reference to "the 'Duke'" (John Wayne), who was directed by Sherman in eight "B" Westerns in the late 1930s -- immediately prior to his ascent to major stardom with STAGECOACH -- and one late-career effort (for both of them), BIG JAKE, in 1971. A lavishly-produced survey of the work of Jackson, containing 397 illustrations, mostly in color, including 104 tipped-in plates, many of which are double- and triple- foldouts. The artist was best-known for his bronze sculptures of Western subjects (he had himself been a cowboy). The artist's connection with Wayne dates from 1969, when Time magazine commissioned him to sculpt the Duke (as he appeared in TRUE GRIT) for a cover story; the creation of the work is discussed and illustrated herein. Following the book's publication, Jackson did another famous bronze sculpture of Wayne astride his horse, that since 1984 has towered over pedestrians and traffic near a busy Wilshire Boulevard intersection in Beverly Hills -- outlasting, by the way, the bank that commissioned it (and for which the Duke had shilled during his later years). So you might call this a "three-way association copy," if there is such a thing. (The inscription, by the way, is dated "LA 7-22-84," which would suggest that the artist may have been in town in conjunction with the installation of the Wilshire Blvd. sculpture; a little further research may be called for, if you care.) (Also PLEASE NOTE that the scanned image accompanying this listing shows some unevenness along the top and bottom edges; this is due to a peculiarity with my scanner, as does not precisely represent the appearance of the book.) Signed by Artist 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Renaissance in Haiti: Popular Painters in the Black Republic [*SIGNED* by multiple artists], Rodman, Selden
16 Rodman, Selden Renaissance in Haiti: Popular Painters in the Black Republic [*SIGNED* by multiple artists]
New York Pelligrini & Cudahy 1948 First Edition Hardcover Fair Signed by Illustrator
(no dust jacket) [considerable exterior wear: heavy edgewear, soiling, bottom corner of spine worn (or chewed) away, etc.] (B&W photos; color and B&W plates) The exterior condition of this book is certainly sub-standard, but its content is unique: its one-time owner had an opportunity to have several of the artists whose work is represented within autograph the book next to reproductions of their paintings. The book contains a total of ten such signatures of the following four artists: Rigaud Benoit, "one of the most admired and successful of Haitian popular painters" (pages 82, 83, 84, 101, 102, 103); Louverture Poisson (plate H, facing page 83); Wilson Bigaud (page 87, next to a photo of himself); and Fernand Pierre (pages 124 and 125). Benoit and Bigaud, in particular, were among the more important members of the so-called "first generation" of Haitian artists; in the early 1950s, both contributed murals to the interior decoration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, which was unfortunately destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. There appear to be at least five additional artists' signatures on the book's front endpaper, but due to some one-time moisture absorption, that page has become thoroughly stuck to the front pastedown -- a real shame. (The people who, over the years, mis-handled and mis-treated this book should be horse-whipped; I'll gladly supply the horse.) Signed by Illustrator 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Painting Today and Yesterday in the United States; the opening exhibition of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
17 Santa Barbara Museum of Art Painting Today and Yesterday in the United States; the opening exhibition of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1941 NO First Edition Softcover Good+ Illustrated by (cover design) Joseph Edward Knowles 
[front cover rubbed and edgeworn; title handwritten in blue ink on otherwise plain white spine]. (B&W plates) The catalog for the opening exhibition (June 5-Sept. 1, 1941) of the still-thriving Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The catalog lists 137 works by over 1 10 artists, and there are black-and-white reproductions of 29 pieces, by Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Max Weber, Edward Hopper, and others. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Egon Schiele and His Contemporaries: Austrian Painting and Drawing from 1900 to 1930 from the Leopold Collection, Vienna, Schr÷der, Klaus Albrecht, and Harald Szeemann, eds.
18 Schr÷der, Klaus Albrecht, and Harald Szeemann, eds. Egon Schiele and His Contemporaries: Austrian Painting and Drawing from 1900 to 1930 from the Leopold Collection, Vienna
Munich Prestel-Verlag (c.1989) 0-7913-0921-8 1st English-language edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[a beautiful copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (color and B&W illustrations; photographs) An extensive survey of painting in Austria from 1900 to 1930, "a unique era of cultural renewal and political upheaval," assembled from the collection of Rudolf Leopold. First published in German in conjunction with the exhibition 'Egon Schiele und seine Zeit," shown in museums in Zurich, Vienna, Munich and Wuppertal in 1989 and 1990. Includes an interview with Rudolf Leopold and essays by Klaus Albrecht Schr÷der, Harald Szeemann, Patrick Werkner, and Leopold; plus biographies of the artists and a selected bibliography. Gustav Klimt is among the many other artists whose work is discussed. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Minor Prophecies [*SIGNED*], Simonson, Lee
19 Simonson, Lee Minor Prophecies [*SIGNED*]
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1927) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good dj Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [considerable edgewear to paper-covered boards, light dampstaining at upper right corner of front cover (inside of book not affected); jacket spine browned, light discoloration and soiling elsewhere INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To Richard Fleischer / this collector's item / in memory of our joint / efforts to immortalize / the American Fashion Industry / Lee Simonson / New York, March 1945." A collection of essays on art by the noted stage designer, whose connection with then-future film director Richard Fleischer remains obscure. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Drawing for Illustration, Zaidenberg, Arthur
20 Zaidenberg, Arthur Drawing for Illustration
New York The House of Little Books (c.1940) First Edition Softcover Good 
[considerable wear to edges, small surface-peel spot and price-sticker remnant on front cover, old "50ó" price stamped twice on front cover, some soiling to rear cover]. (ink and pencil drawings) Instructional book intended "to help prepare the student technically, practically and esthetically, for the profession of illustrator." The author was an instructor at the New York University College of General Education who had illustrated numerous books, and in 1938 had published "Anyone Can Draw," an acknowledged classic of its kind, the thesis of which was that if you could write the alphabet, you were capable of combining simple shapes into accomplished drawings. (When he died in 1990, the New York Times also note that he was "the first teacher at New York University to use nude models in his life drawing classes.") He published many such instructional books on art technique during his career, of which the present volume is among the least common. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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