Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Featured: Mid-Century Futurism




Philip & Phylis Morrison and The Office of Charles & Ray Eames
Powers Of Ten:
About The Relative Size Of Things In The Universe

Paperback with Dust Jacket
(out of print)


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Featured: Three Books




Albert Camus, The Fall
1st Edition
Hardcover



 

2 Novels by Bernard Malamud: The Natural & The Assistant
Cover by Seymour Chwast
Hardcover





The Complete Books Of Rabelais:
The Five Books Of Gargantua And Pantagruel
Hardcover



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Featured: Two Art Books



Jose Guadalupe Posada, Monografia
Softcover





Blackstock's Collections;
Th Drawings Of An Artisic Savant
Softcover



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Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Arrival: Kurt Schwitters



Kurt Schwitters, Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales
Paperback

"Kurt Schwitters revolutionized the art world in the 1920s with his Dadaist Merz collages, theater performances, and poetry. But at the same time he was also writing extraordinary fairy tales that were turning the genre upside down and inside out. Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales is the first collection of these subversive, little-known stories in any language and the first time all but a few of them have appeared in English. Translated and introduced by Jack Zipes, one of the world's leading authorities on fairy tales, this book gathers thirty-two stories written between 1925 and Schwitters's death in 1948--including a complete English-language recreation of The Scarecrow, a children's book illustrated with avant-garde typography that Schwitters created with Kate Steinitz and De Stijl founder Theo van Doesburg. Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales also includes brilliant new illustrations that evoke the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
Schwitters wrote these darkly humorous, satirical, and surreal tales at a time when traditional German fairy tales were being co-opted by the Nazis. Filled with sharp critiques of German life during the Weimar and early Nazi eras, Schwitters's tales are rich with absurdist events and insist that not everyone--and perhaps not anyone--lives happily ever after. In "Lucky Hans," the starving protagonist tries to catch a rabbit only to have it shed its fur like a coat and run off naked into the forest. In other tales, a sarcastic gypsy stands in for a fairy godmother and an army recruit is arrested for growing to monstrous size." -Princeton University Press

"Kurt Schwitters's fairy tales can be safely read to children, without boring the parents. While children will be delightfully dreaming themselves in wondrous worlds, the parents can contemplate existential questions and take shortcuts to understanding the absurdity of war, the vacuity of power, and the vanity of wealth. Schwitters, the most childlike Dadaist, was a fierce defender of innocence and an equally fierce critic of society. His tales are well drawn paths in a magically lit moral landscape."--Andrei Codrescu, author of The Posthuman Dada Guide



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Featured Two More Books




Bud Schulberg, Some Faces In The Crowd
Hardcover
(out of print)



 

Carroll & Garrett Graham, Queer People
Paperback
(out of print)


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Featured: Two Books




Sol Lewitt, Sunrise & Sunset at Praiano
Paperback
(out of print)




Louise Nelvelson
Corrugated cardboard covers
(out of print)




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Arrival: Dino Buzzati



Dino Buzzati, The Siren
Paperback with dust jacket
(out of print)



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Arrival: Michel Butor




 Two Novels by Michel Butor: Passing Time & A Change Of Heart
(out of print)




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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Three by Horace McCoy




 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye




No Pockets In A Shroud




I Should Have Stayed Home



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Friday, September 19, 2014

Featured: Edward Gorey




Edward Gorey, The Dwindling Party
Hardcover Pop-Up Book




Peter Neumeyer & Edward Gory, Why we have day and night
Paperback (early edition)




Edward Gorey
Three Books From The Fantod Press (Fantod 3)
Signed by Gorey!
Three staple-bound books in a printed envelope





Edward Gorey
Three Books From The Fantod Press (Fantod IV)
Three staple-bound books in a printed envelope 



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Featured: Encyclopaedia Anatomica










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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Featured: Three From The Eridanos Press








Alexander Lernet-Holenia, The Resurrection Of Maltravers
Paperback


 Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Baron Bagge Count Luna
Paperback





Robert Musil, Posthumous Papers Of a Living Author
Paperback





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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Featured: One from Alec Soth's Little Brown Mushroom



Three editioned publications by Lester B. Morrison in one convenient package.

Library for Broken Men
Edition of 500
20 pages, 5.5×8 in, staple-bound, b/w
Lonely Bearded Me
Edition of 500
20 pages, 5.5×8 in, staple-bound, b/w
Lester Becomes Me
Edition of 500
20 pages, 5.5×8 in, staple-bound, color offset











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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Featured: Documents Of 20th Century Art




Apollinaire On Art
Hardcover


 

Futurist Manifests, Edited by Umbro Apollonio
Hardcover



Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, My Galleries and Painters
Paperback



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Featured: Mutant Sounds: Tand Mörkret!




Tand Mörkret! Svensk Konst 1975-1985
Paperback and Compact Disc

Overview of the Swedish art scene from 1975-85.
 "...the music that accompanies this catalog (published by the Gothenburg Art Museum) proves to be a perfect crash course into some of the more peripheral and eccentric Swedish underground musical tangents explored over the course of the 10 year span covered by this survey." -Mutant Sounds




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Friday, September 12, 2014

New Arrival: Ray Johnson's Paper Snake



Ray Johnson, The Paper Snake
Hardcover

"Long out of print (and coveted by Ray Johnson fans), The Paper Snake is an essential work in Johnson’s oeuvre and the second title published by Dick Higgins’s extraordinary Something Else Press in 1965. A vertiginous, mind-bending artist’s book, The Paper Snake was far ahead of its time in its subversive and exuberant confluence of art and life. Assembled and designed by Higgins from his amassed collection of Johnson’s letters, tid-bits and artworks (said Johnson: “all my writings, rubbings, plays, things that I had mailed to him or brought to him in cardboard boxes or shoved under his door, or left in his sink, or whatever, over a period of years”*), The Paper Snake connects disparate elements to unbed fixed relationships and forge new systems of meaning by means of scissors, paste and the American postal system.
An introductory essay by Frances F. L. Beatty, Director of the Ray Johnson Estate, is included as a separate insert, and in the spirit of the original, the print run is the same (1840 copies). This reprint is four-color offset, a different method than the original in which Higgins used a two-color process with innovative ink combinations."

"The Paper Snake is copyrighted, I don’t know why—that seems excessive caution." -from an unattributed 1965 review found in the Ray Johnson Estate archives

"Almost twenty years after his death, Ray Johnson (1927-1995) continues to be revealed as one of the most quietly consequential figures in American contemporary art. An influential pioneer of Pop art, Conceptual art and Mail art (though he eschewed all of these monikers), Johnson’s extrasensory perception and insatiable curiosity resulted in an immense body of work that spans collage, correspondence, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting and book arts. Johnson’s work operates in a space of void, fragmentation and dispersion; from his early geometric abstract paintings to the collage and text work he called “moticos”; from the dancing black glyphs and morphing animal signatures to the later dense silhouette collages; from his writings, artist’s books and correspondence art to the (non-) performances he called “Nothings.” Fully charged with negative capability, Johnson’s work in “nothingness” hinged on communication and relationships. His circle of friends, including Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, George Brecht, John Cage, Christo, Chuck Close, Joseph Cornell, Albert M. Fine, Dick Higgins, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Richard Lippold, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, James Rosenquist, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, among others, reads like a Who’s Who of 1950s-70’s American art. Despite sharing major exhibitions between 1957-1978 (with the likes of Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Allan Kaprow and Andy Warhol, among others) as well as having important solo shows at major galleries and museums (such as at The Whitney in 1970), Johnson systematically refused or flouted most opportunities to popularize his work through mainstream art commerce. On January 13, 1995 Johnson leapt from the Sag Harbor bridge in Long Island in an apparent suicide."


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Featured: Jean-Patrick Manchette




Jean-Patrick Manchette, The Mad And The Bad
Paperback

"Michel Hartog, a sometime architect, is a powerful businessman and famous philanthropist whose immense fortune has just grown that much greater following the death of his brother in an accident. Peter is his orphaned nephew—a spoiled brat. Julie is in an insane asylum. Thompson is a hired gunman with a serious ulcer. Michel hires Julie to look after Peter. And he hires Thompson to kill them. Julie and Peter escape. Thompson pursues. Bullets fly. Bodies accumulate.
The craziness is just getting started.
Like Jean-Patrick Manchette’s celebrated Fatale, The Mad and the Bad is a clear-eyed, cold-blooded, pitch-perfect work of creative destruction. "

"Jean-Patrick Manchette: raconteur, bon vivant, leftist militant, agent provocateur, swinger, French crime kingpin, gadfly foe of the Fifth Republic. Man-oh-man Manchette was a decades-long hurricane through the Parisian cultural scene. We must revere him now and rediscover him this very instant. Jean-Patrick Manchette was Le Homme."
—James Ellroy
"This early masterpiece by Jean-Patrick Manchette shows him in most glorious, coldest fury, wrapping a scathing critique of the excesses of greed and capitalism in the bloody bow of a chase thriller. You’ll want to turn the pages of The Mad and the Bad at the fastest possible clip, but slow down a little and you’ll see how much Manchette packs in—and how much of a punch this mean little book packs."
—Sarah Weinman, Editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives



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Friday, September 5, 2014

Featured: Some New Arrivals 9-5


Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Hardcover, Stated First Edition 



Thomas McGuane, The Sporting Club
Hardcover, 1st edition, 2nd printing 



John Dos Passos, Streets of Night
Paperback, out of print 



Mark Harris, Bang the Drum Slowly
Hardcover, 1st edition 3rd printing 



Henry Green, Back
Hardcover 



Doris Lessing, Briefing for a Descent Into Hell
Hardcover 



Julio Cortazar, Cronopios and Famas
Hardcover, Stated 1st Edition 



Mariano Azuela, Marcela
Paperback, (scarce)


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