circa 1915-1947. The following original draft drawings and paintings by Marco Montedoro are being offered as a collection. They include original graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor paintings on paper and artist's board spanning the career of Marco Montedoro as a set and costume designer. The archive is a comprehensive representation of his professional career in Europe and the United States. Before he died, Montedoro gave his collection to his close friend Hella Arensen (ne Aronson), a German Jewish newspaper artist who emigrated from pre-war Nazi Germany to New York. Since Montedoro's death, the collection has remained in the Aronson family. Most images are signed by Montedoro, with an average size of 11" x 14", and are in varying condition. A full photographic gallery of this collection is available upon request. Montedoro's family of musicians considered him a child prodigy and sent him in his teens to Paris to study drawing and painting. He worked as an artist in Paris until 1913, when he became the artistic director of the Berlin Metropole. During WWI, he designed posters for Italian theaters and cinemas. Following the war, Montedoro returned to Paris to design costumes for the Palace, Ambassadeurs, Moulin Rouge, and Folies Bergère, including a 1927 sow featuring Josephine Baker. During this period he also designed productions in Milan, Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, and Poland. In 1930, Montedoro relocated to New York City and designed for the Schuberts, including the 1941-1942 Broadway production of La Vie Parisienne. From 1932-1947, Montedoro worked alongside Vincinte Minelli designing sets and costumes for Radio City Music Hall, where Montedoro became head designer. Montedoro's genius is featured om Angelo Luerti's 2006 book 'Non Solo Erté - Not Only Erté, Costume Design for the Paris Music Hall 1918-1940.
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Philadelphia: D. Rice and A. N. Hart, 1855. Third Octavo Edition. Octavos, three volumes; VG; bound in full red morocco, elegant gilt; no binder's mark; paneled spines with gilt titling in two panels,,gilt to remainder; all edges of text block gilt; all hinges strong, rear gutter of volume one open, entire binding separated front text block of volume 2, front gutter of volume 3 open; very mild rubbing and wear, primarily to corners; with all 120 beautifully colored lithographic plates, three tinted frontispieces finished by hand, 117 hand-colored plates; interiors clean; slight occasional foxing or wear to plates; some plates trimmed at lower edge, as is usual for the tall plates; CO consignment; shelved case 1.
Paris: Henry Creuzevault, 1953. Limited Edition, #15/140. Folio (10" x 15"), 52 leaves in 26 signatures in original paper folded cover (covered in a glassine protective wrapper); Fine; Bound in cloth sleeve covered in paper with a box enclosure. Number 15 of 140 copies, on Rives paper. Printed by Janine Daragnès on May 11, 1953. With 21 original etchings by Buffet, including 7 full page and 3 double-page, plus one on cover; plus a separate suite of 23 drawings, including 3 double-page drawings. Limited edition reissue of 1939 work, with illustrations by Bernard Buffet (1928-1999), signed by Giono and Buffet, with a foreword by Pierre Bergé.; shelved case 11.
New York: Rabinovitch, c. 1930. Limited Edition, #17/100. folio, 10 plates; VG; contains 10 plates, 9 of the original set plus one extra. All are signed in the lower right corner by Rabinovitch, with the title of the piece in pencil on the rear. Housed in original gray portfolio, with some repair, including brown spine. The inside of the front cover includes the original limitation sheet as well as the description of the portfolio, pasted down as issued. The pictures vary in size from 6 x 8 to 10 x 13 inches, all on 14 x 18 sheets. Nine of the original tissue-guards are present. Contains The Katharine Cornell, Marie Ouspenskaya, Carlotta Monterey, The Girl In Black, Mrs. G. E. Calthrop, Michio Ito, The Tartar Dance of the Chauve-Souris, Nude - Dance Figure (D.H.), and Nude - Cruciform Figure (P.G.). Lacking The Sad Clown of the Chauve-Souris. Originally sold separately, this portfolio also includes the Nude - Torso (P.G.).
c. mid 19th century. Oblong Folio, 21" x 12"; VG; bound in full red leather with gilt and black embossed tooling; gilt turn-ins and text block, silk endpapers; contains 16 pages of original watercolors of various insects, butterflies, moths, and plants. The first page is detached from the binding; 15 of the 16 pages are signed “Fanny [S or G] Maitland” There are two pages with dates noted, “Ap 26” and “May 3”, but no year recorded. Both of the dated sheets have pencil notations for insect dimensions and the location “Sarzana” [presumably Italy].; LS consignment; shelved above mythology.
London: Messrs. Boydell and Company, 1777. First edition;. Thick, tall folios in 3/4 brown marble and red leather; six-band embossed spine with heavy gilt; VG/VG-; boards show some shelf wear around edges, with small tearing along spine length and corners; open gutter in front, but binding strong; both frontispiece portraits detached from spine; gilt edges; slight fading; all prints in good condition with clear legends; Vol. I contains Claude Lorrain’s biography by John Boydell, and 100 prints; Vol. II contains 120 prints; this is part of the mature works by Le Lorrain; in this work (Book of Truth), the names of the purchaser was written on the back of the drawings to guard against copying; it constitutes a major work in the reproduction of master drawings in the form of a catalog raisonne; please note that Vol. III is lacking, since it was published individually at a later date; shelved above case 2. due to size of the item, please contact us for shipping costs.
London: Henry Colburn, 1827. Extra-Illustrated Edition. Octavos, 9 volumes; VG; bound in half blue calf with blue cloth boards, paneled spines with gilt lettering and titling; top edge of text blocks gilt; marbled endpapers; unsigned binding; all volumes have very mild wear, primarily to corners, mild cracking to some hinges; volume 3 has a small hole in the head of the spine; extra illustrated with 650 portraits and 70 views; inlaid pages; with separate title page for the nine volumes in addition to the inlaid title pages; mild scattered foxing; scarce; Shelved above Middle East.
Paris: Editions Emile-Paul Freres, 1927. Limited Edition, #HC/225. Quarto; VG-; housed in original wraps inside original chemise inside original box, chemise and box falling apart but present; gatherings partially disbound, but all present; Edition limited to 225 numbered copies, of which this one is numbered 'HC'; illustrated with 20 original etchings out of text (5 lithographs, of which one is in color, and 15 etchings, of which one in color; shelved case 11.
London and Glasgow: Collins, 1942 . First Edition, Third Printing. Quarto, xv, 290; VG/G; spine black with yellow and red lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price cut; dust jacket has numerous chips, primarily to head and tail of spine, closed tears to hinges, upper edge of front cover, small chip missing to upper edge of front cover; art studio name written to rear pastedown; small bookseller sticker to front pastedown; stamp for 'Coffin & Company" top top edge of text block; INSCRIBED on frontispiece by Walt Disney to a Jim; BL consignment; shelved case 3 or 11.
Nuremberg: 1685. Thick folio (15 X 9.5) in ivory hardcovers with six-band embossed spine and title in black letters; condition: Good; substantial soiling on spine and fraying on edges; binding is strong, with open gutter in the back; previous owner’s penciled inscriptions on ffep; one regular plate and one double-folded plate missing; first front end page, first engraving and title page have a 7 X 5 deep right hand corner chip; first few pages also chipped but repaired with pasted paper; substantial chipping and ripping in right hand corner (6 in X 4.5 in X 1 in); a couple of double-page plates are cut off half way along the fold; occasional staining and off-setting on plates; in German; book is sold as is; this is a 1685 edition of the work Joachim von Sandrart, German Baroque historian, first published in 1680; shelved in Case # 4; due to size and weight, please contact us for shipping costs.
Calais, Vermont: Z Press, 1999. First Limited Edition, Letter K. Octavo; VG; Sewn in original wrappers with label on the front cover. Book design by C. W. Swets. Set in Bembo type, printed on handmade papers by The Grenfell Press. One of 26 copies, letter K, signed by Jeff Clark on the colophon, with a tipped-in original linocut in black, gray, and beige numbered and signed by Jasper Johns in pencil) there were an additional 200 unsigned copies, without the linocut.) This is the first linoleum cut ever created by Johns. Apparently inspired by this work, Johns later produced several more prints in this media, they were exhibited by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.; shelved case 0.
1866. First Edition. Oblong quarto (14" X 10.5") in thick, dark brown, fully embossed leather with gilt emblem on front cover; VG/VG; boards with minimal soiling and very slight fraying on corners and upper spine; edges in full gilt; album slightly warped upwards; binding strong; each photograph affixed on thick cardboard page with tiny legend; some offsetting on back of plates; contains 40 photographs out of 177 total compiled in 1866; Carlos Naya was a photographer and lawyer who worked with optician Carlo Ponti, and traveled extensively though Europe and North Africa; in good condition; please contact us for shipping costs; shelved above mythology.
London: R. Faulder, New Bond Street; And J. Egerton, Whitehall, 1794. Quarto, xvi, 183 pages, VG; beautifully bound in an elaborate full morocco-gilt Kelliegram binding, featuring an eight-color morocco inlaid cover portrait to the front board and a seven-color morocco inlaid cover portrait to the rear; rebacked with spine preserved; mild bumping to corners, slight rubbing to spine; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt; gilt Kelliegram signature stamped to the rear board's lower turn-in; With 57 plates, some aquatint, one folding; The front inlay is Count Viviani, from plate 3, page 34, the rear inlay is from plate 1 page 25.; Consignment; shelved case 3.
Mexico: Carral y Carral, 1945. First Edition. Elephant Folio; VG; The complete folio set of frontispiece, 52 playing cards and three jokers. boards have interior water staining, not impacting text; The illustrations are generally in G+ or better condition, with the 7 of spades having a small closed tear and some water-damage to the edges of some plates; A full description of each cartoon is written on the interior of the boards; LH consignment; shelved case 11.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914 (nd). First Edition. Quarto; VG; Blue boards and spine with gilt lettering and designs; Minor wear to the edges, some bumping at the corners; Pictorial end papers; Some age toning to the pages, but interior is bright and clean; All tipped in color plates (25) are present with descriptive tissue guards; mild and hard-to-see signs of repair to gutters of endpapers; LP Consign; Shelved Case 14, Dupont.
London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1933. Limited Edition, #273/460. Octavo; VG/VG. Original gilt-ruled vellum, gilt-pictorial spine; housed in publisher's board slipcase with printed paper spine label; gilt text block, deckled edges; With 8 full-page color plates and 60 drawings in black and white; Edition limited to 460 copies, this volume is #273, numbered on the slipcase, numbered and signed by Arthur Rackham on the limitations page; LM consignment; shelved case 14.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1931. First Edition. small 4to., 114pp.; VG; spine tan with brown lettering; pictorial front board; protected with a thin mylar sheet; mild shelfwear, particularly in slight rubbing to corners; mild age-toning to pages; SIGNED on dedication page by Frank Lloyd Wright, "From one Princetonean to another"; JP consignment; shelved case 11.
Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, 1901-1940. First Edition. 11 Books in 25 Volumes; Quartos; Rebound in brown leather with gilt lettering; Original wraps intact; Marbled end papers; Raised bands on spines; Most volumes in excellent shape, some scuffing to spines and boards of a few volumes; Bindings excellent; Text blocks clean and bright; GP Consign; Shleved above British History; Text in Italian; Beautiful set of this scarce work in full; NOTE: Set is very heavy, please contact us for international or priority shipping.
Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1879. First Edition. Large quarto in 3/4 brown marble with burgundy leather; VG; 6 band embossed spine with gold gilt; boards show some amount of shelf wear around corners and spine and slight soiling; small sticker inside front board; previous owner's signatures on ffep; strong binding; paper slightly faded and plates clean; contains 190 lithographs of patterns and 10 color lithographs (1 with gold lining); Jules Bourgoin traveled to Damascus in 1875 and came upon 150 plates which he could not acquire but reproduced and elaborated upon; 47 pages of text in French; shelved in Case 7.
New York: Book League of the Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order, IWO, 1945. First Edition. Small octavo in dark burgundy cloth with gold letters; VG; front and back gutter slightly open, but binding strong; boards with minimal soiling; edges and paper age-toned; text clean; pp. 167 had a small tear repaired with tape, now discolored with slight offsetting on p. 168; pp. 252; includes 36 line drawings by Mr. Chagall, and his pen inscription in Yiddish on the first front end page; the book depicts in a humorous way Mr. Chagall and his wife's childhood in Russia where they grew up in a small market town; in Hebrew; very scarce; shelved in Case 3.
London: Hidgson, Boys, and Graves, n.d . First Edition. Folio, unpaginated; VG; bound in full gilted and blind brown morocco, paneled spine with gilt lettering; marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; bookplate of the Baron Northwick to the front pastedown; with 37 plates, edges of some plates foxed; MM consignment; shelved above Mythology.
London: William Heinemann, 1908. Limited Edition, #857/1000. Quarto, 134 pages; VG; bound in publisher's gold-pictorial full vellum, top edge gilt, others untrimmed; yellow silk ties; mild rubbing and wear to vellum; Limited to 1000 numbered copies for sale in Great Britain and Ireland, this is copy #857 signed by Rackham; with 40 color plates mounted on heavy brown paper with lettered tissue-guards and 30 drawings in black and white; shelved case 14.
Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun, 1965. First edition. Quarto. Hardcover in dust jacket and publisher's cardboard slipcase. Illustrated with many b-w and color images. Very Good; interior clean; rear endpaper wrinkled; dust jacket has small chip at spine top; binding tight; some shelfwear to slipcase. Scarce. Text in English and Japanese. NOTE: Heavy item; additional shipping charges may apply. Shelved in Case #11.
London: Heinemann, 1911. Limited Edition. Quarto; VG-; Vellum binding; Silk ties to front fore edge; Gilt lettering on spine, gilt design to front; Some bowing to boards as is typical for this edition; Upper edge gilt, all other edges deckle cut; Binding is tight; Text block is toned, but free of marking; All images clean; Book has been SIGNED by Rackham and is numbered 944 of an edition of 1150. This volume contains the second and third days of the Ring of the Niblung Trilogy: Siegfried and The Twilight of the Gods. Shelved Case 14, Dupont.
Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930. Limited Edition. #72/370. Oblong Quarto, 114 pages; VG/G; in printed tan wrappers, red and black lettering to spine; with original glassine, parts torn or tattered; interior clean, with minimal foxing; Illustrated with six original color lithographs by Marie Laurencin; Copy #72 of 370 of the European edition, and of that, one of 300 printed on Rives paper; SH consignment; shelved case 0.
Lausanne: Andre Gonin, 1943. First limited edition (#106 of 194 copies); signed by author, artist and editor. Quarto in ivory soft covers with ivory case and black letters on spine; VG/VG; boards with moderate soiling or slight foxing; portfolio contains double folded plates with text in large print (in French) and twenty original pencil lithographs interspersed; all clean; pp. 123; velin paper with deckle edges; in good condition; shelved in Case # 11; please contact us for shipping costs.
London: Autotype Company, 1894. First Edition. Folio; G+; Bound in 3/4 black leather with gilt lettering on spine and front board; Upper edge gilt, other edges deckle cut; Wear to all edges of the boards with some fraying, mostly at the corners, Scuffing to the boards; Spine is cocked and bent, binding sturdy; Marlbled end papers have been repaired neatly by maroon tape; Interior clean with some toning to the outer edges; All images bright and clear; NOTE: Book is heavy, please contact us for international and expedited shipping; Shelved above mythology.
Paris: Jeanne Bucher, 1934. First Limited Edition, #167 of 800. 2 Quartos; VG; one bound in light green soft covers with black letters, the other deep purple soft covers with black letters; minimal soiling and slight discoloration on covers; paper age-toned; wood engravings clean; these are the first and second of seven Cahiers (notebooks) comprising Ernst's novel; includes publisher's prospectus; includes a letter from the publisher; text in French; shelved in Case # 11.
London: The Sydenham Society, 1851. Folio; unpaginated; Good; dark green spine without text; green cloth has light smudges to exterior; slight rubbing to corners and edges; green endpapers; small tear to half title page to page 3; slight foxing to first and last few pages; minor chip to rear endpaper at fore edge; profusely illustrated; slight foxing impacting some illustrations; Latin and English text; TG Consignment.
London: Day & Son, 1856. Quarto, unpaginated; VG; 3/4 bound in black leather, black pebbled cloth boards; paneled black spines with gilt lettering and tooling; spine has some rubbing, minor scratches; mild wear to corners; small bookseller sticker on front pastedown; all plates present and in excellent condition; shelved case 7.
Paris: Sauret, 1962. First Edition. Large quarto in slipcase; VG/VG case; Numbered 2201 of a limited edition of 4125; Off white spine with black lettering; Book is in original glassine cover which has some small tears and a chip missing; Box has light shelf wear, along the edges and the corners; Wraps are toned, interior clean; 146 plates on 183 pages; Shelved in Case 11.
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1910. first limited edition (No. 82 of 150). thick, large quarto rebound in polished beige leather; VG; gilt frame on boards; six-band embossed gilt spine; boards and spine with light soiling and shelf wear; clean moire flaps with giltd frame inside boards; full size frontispiece and back engravings; text by M. le Comte de Chavagnac, Cataloger commissioned by J.P. Morgan; text and plates on thick parchment paper specially cut in the city of Arches; contains 50 plates in color, covered with inscribed legend on rice paper. with a total of 208 items fully described and organized by regions; dates ranging from 1677 to 1910; collection comprises objects from clocks, to vases, to figurines and tableware; book is in good condition with strong binding and large italic print in very fine French writing; please contact us for shipping costs; shelved case 11.
London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1911. First Edition. royal octavo, 161pp.; VG; spine dark green with gilt lettering in both English and Chinese; minor rubbing and shelfwear; uncut text block and minor chipping; Contains a frontispiece and 120 illustrations, of which 12 are in color; some browning to the endpapers, minimal browning/aging to the paper throughout the text; SIGNED AND INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by the author, 2 August, 1918; shelved case 12.
Paris: Editions Excelsior, 1930. Limited Edition, #141/302. Large octavo, 192 pages; VG; housed in matching red cardboard chemise and slipcase with gilt; chemise has tape repair; pages are loose in gatherings, as issued; with 14 original etchings loose in rear, 14 colored illustrations, and colored headbands and vignettes; Limited edition of 302 numbered copies. One of 265 copies on vellum of Rives, of which this is number 141; scarce; shelved case 11.
Brussels: G. Van Oest & Cie. 1911. limited edition (300 copies). 15 X 11 in. portfolio case in raised half-calf with red letters; VG; limited edition contains 100 plates of engravings including two portraits of J. Callot; boards with moderate soiling; slight fraying around spine edges; inside moire foxed and discolored with ex-libris plate in front; includes 31 pages of text (in French) followed by plates and portraits; plates discolored but all clean and in good condition; Jacques Callot was an important French printmaker with a strong influence on old master print; please contact us for shipping costs; shelved above Case # 2.
London: Heinemann, 1913. Limited Edition, #199/1130. Large Quarto, 160 pages; VG-; bound in in white buckram with gilt text and illustrations on cover and spine; with frontispiece, 12 color tipped in plates, numerous black and white illustrations; Wear to the edges of the boards as well as some minor soiling; Edition limited to 1130 numbered copies, of which this is number 199. Signed by Rackham on the limitations page; LM consignment; shelved case 14.
London: The Oriental Ceramic Society in Association with Azimuth Editions, 1969-1981, 1993-2004. Volumes 38 through 45, volumes 56 through 68. 21 volumes total in quarto. Volumes 38-41 bound in cloth with a tan spine and no DJ. Volumes 42-43 in wrappers with a yellow spine. Volumes 44-45 like the other tan volumes in cloth but with very good dust jackets. Volumes 56-66 bound in cloth with a tan spine and no DJ. Volumes 67-68 in wrappers with a white spine and no DJ. Volumes 38-45 generally good or very good. Volumes 56-68 generally very good. Several dark rubbing smudges to the front cover of volume 38, as well as to the front cover of volume 66. Volume 38 has foxing to its spine. Volume 40 has a detached but present frontispiece. Slight age-toning to the wrapper coverings of volumes 42 and 43. Gentle, light crease to the rear lower corner of volume 67 wrappers. Nearly all volumes have a good or better binding, book block edges, and clean text pages. Volume 38 to 153pp with many plates, volume 39 to 82pp with many plates, volume 40 to 152pp with many plates, volume 41 to 308pp, volume 42 to 74pp, volume 43 to 59pp, volume 44 to 86pp, volume 45 to 104pp. Volume 56 to 104pp, volume 57 to 107pp, volume 58 to 94pp, volume 59 to 92pp, volume 60 to 161pp, volume 61 to 152pp, volume 62 to 88pp, volume 63 to 146pp, volume 64 to 100pp, volume 65 to 168pp, volume 66 to 139pp, volume 67 to 128pp, volume 68 to 89pp. Many volumes of a limited print number. PLEASE NOTE: due to the weight of these volumes, extra shipping charges may apply if ordered online. Shelved above History of Science section [Aisle E] at our Dupont Circle store.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906. Large Paper Edition, #28/650. Quarto, 6 volumes; VG; bound in 3/4 dark green calf, spines and portions of boards sun-faded to brown, marbled boards and endpapers, paneled spines with one compartment gilt titling, others gilt; top edge of text block gilt, others uncut; Large-paper edition, number 28 of 650; with 35 illustrations by Flaxman, plus a matching pair of color/black and white frontispieces per volume; shelved above Literary Criticism.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1908, 1902. First Series is 1908 reprint. Second series is 1902 first edition. Two octavo 152pp. & 152pp. hard covers in VG condition. Author signed and personally inscribed each volume to previous owner on blank pages before title pages. Ex. libris pasted on front paste down end paper. Rebound, tan leather corners and spine, and marbled paper covering. Boards show some bumping, shelf wear, handling. Spine has 5 raised bands and gilt decorations and lettering. Top edge gilt. Text has minimal foxing, very light age toning along leading edge on some pages. Text clean. Binding is very tight and sturdy. Shelve in case 12.
Nice, France: C. Szwedzicki, 1936. 127/750. Large booklet; Folio; Good; booklet has 15 pages; exterior of booklet shows moderate soiling; some chipping to edges; rear of booklet signed by publisher; disbound plates with age toned tissue guards separators; this volume only; 50 reproductions in color from specimen in the famous Collection of the Indian Arts Fund; exteriors show slight age toning, mainly toward edges; some plates have chips to edges.
New York: Walker and Company, 1967. Limited First Edition [#91/100]. 4to., unpaginated, VG/VG-; beige paper DJ, spine beige (age-toned brown) with small black text, front cover beige with black lettering; mild shelfwear to DJ (e.g., age-toning to spine and fore-edge, mild rubbing to edges); top right-hand corner of front flap clippd, DJ protected by mylar; beige paper boards, spine beige with small black text, front board beige with black lettering; mild bumping/age-toning to head and tail of spine, cocking to spine; bumping/mild age-toning to corners of boards; interior clean; No. 91 out of 100 numbered and signed first edition copies stated to limitation page; SIGNED by de Kooning in pencil to limitation page; contains 26 black and white facsimiles of charcoal illustrations drawn by de Kooning in 1966 stated to front flap of DJ and second to last page; DG consignment; shelved Case 11.
Paris: Chez Le Normant, 1822. First Edition. Octavo, XXVI, 544 pages; VG; 1/4 bound in brown leather, marbled boards; paneled spine with gilt lettering, gilt and blind tooling; marbled text block and endpapers; moderate wear and rubbing to boards; lower fore corner of rear board has been bent twice, chipping to head and tail of spine; small sticker with previous owner's information on front pastedown; ribbon; mild foxing to interior; shelved case 12.
Berlin: Scalo, 2003. First Edition, First Printing. 4to., 127 pp., VG/VG; DJ white with black lettering; mild age-toning/shelfwear to DJ, protected by mylar; black cloth boards, gray lettering to spine; cocking to spine and boards, boards somewhat shaken, binding sturdy; INSCRIBED by Frank to half-title page; interior pristine, contains 90 black and white plates; "First Scale Edition" stated to copyright page; published in 2003 in conjunction with an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC than ran from May 10 to July 14, 2003; includes a 23 pp. staple-bound pamphlet (mild shelfwear to pamphlet, interior clean, text by Brookman); contains ephemera (postcard and card invitations to a special preview of the Frank exhibit at the Corcoran); shelved Case 11.
New York: Artists Equity Association, 1954. First edition. Limited edition of 2000 copies, of which this is number 1315. Quarto. Illustrated stiff wraps, plastic comb binding. From the colophon page: "This is Volume V of Improvisations. First conceived in 1950 from an idea by Julio de Diego, Improvisations has been accepted as a novel and original medium by advertisers in sympathy with the ideals of the Artists Equity Association. The member-artists who illustrated this journal were in most cases selected by the advertisers from our membership list and were given complete freedom of expression. Each page was designed by the artist directly on the litho plate, thus making this a collection of original lithographs." Contains works by forty-nine artists including Chaim Gross, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Ben Shahn, Louise Nevelson, and Raphael Soyer. Printed in color or monochrome on a variety of paper stocks. Very Good indeed, very tight and clean internally, with only the slightest soiling to rear wrapper. Shelved in Case #11.
London: William Baynes, 1813. First Thus. Folio; VG- to G+; Brown leather spine with gilt lettering; 3/4 leather; Front board has been professionally rebound; Some rubbing and scratches to boards; Corners bumped and beginning to fray; Bumping to fore-edge; Text block is age toned but free of marking; Some foxing throughout, B&W plates all excellent; JP Consignment; Shelved above CASE 4 -- 212 pages. HEAVY: Please contact us for international and priority shipping.
New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1960. Limited edition (58 copies); signed (#D). Thick, small quarto in burgundy leather with five-band embossed spine and gold letters in cardboard case; bound by hand; VG/VG; moderate shelf wear on spine with slight fraying around edges; front board slightly loosening on top; marbled end pages clean; paper and text clean; three pages have minuscule notches on the edge; pp. 400; abundant illustrations, mostly in black and white, with color at the end; synopsis of each chapter at the end; dedication in French and signature on special page; shelved in Case # 7; please contact us for shipping costs; GP consignment.
Torino: Umberto Allemandi & CO, 1989. Second Edition. 3 Quartos in slipcase; VG/VG; Blue spines with Black lettering; All jackets are clean and bright with minimal wear to the edges; Boards and bindings strong, only slight shelf wear; Slipcase minor bumping at corners, else excellent. A fine set. NOTE: Heavy item, please contact us for international or priority orders. SHELVE: Case 11.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1976. First edition; signed and dedicated to Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi. Thick, oblong quarto in black cloth hardcovers with red and brown illustrated DJ; spine white with black letters; VG/VG; minimal soiling; strong binding; plates and paper clean; contains 488 plates in black and white as well as double-folded color full pages; short biography and Artist's Credo; on first front end page, large, colorful "Agamograph" and dedication to Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, Iranian Ambassador to the U.S. from 1960-62 during the Shah's reign, and again from 1973-79 when the Iranian Revolution started and the Shah fled Iran; second front end page has a large drawing of Ambassador Zahedi with handwritten dedication by Agam; please contact us for shipping costs. Shelved Case 11.