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Advertising Composition Is an...
New York: Advertising Composition, n.d., ca. 1940s. First Edition. Large quarto (29.5cm.); two spiral bound interlocked volumes, black unadorned wrappers; unpaged. Upper wrapper quite worn and separated, rear cover with several white paint ring stains (made by Shahn?). Still, interior Very Good, albeit in Fair to Good only binding. Massive...
[Item #28872]
Price: $250.00
 
Advertising Composition Is an...
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Derriere le Miroir no. 113: Calder
Paris: Editions Pierre a Feu, 1959. First Edition. Entire issue devoted to Alexander Calder's mobile and stabile sculptures. Includes two large (double-page) original lithographs; text by Georges Salles and Jean Davidson. Text enirely in French. From the library of artists Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate bookplate inside front...
[Item #16153]
Price: $150.00
 
Derriere le Miroir no. 113: Calder
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107 Grafici dell'AGI: Alliance Graphique Internationale presentati da Olivetti
[Milano?]: Alfieri Editore, 1974. First Edition. Square quarto (24.5cm.); original cloth in white dust jacket; unpaged; chiefly illus. Rear jacket panel a bit dust-soiled, textblock somewhat foxed, else Very Good or better. Exhibition catalog featuring works by members of the Alliance. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shan with...
[Item #29931]
Price: $100.00
 
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The Art of the Aeneid [Bernarda Shahn's Copy]
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, [1969]. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); original black cloth, spine lettered in silver; v,[1]121pp.; map frontispiece. Extensive relevant and interesting manuscript notes by the artist Bernarda Shahn throughout. Fine, albeit lacking jacket. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn with their estate label tipped to front...
[Item #29634]
Price: $25.00
 
The Art of the Aeneid [Bernarda Shahn's Copy]
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Fortress in the Rice
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. First Edition. Appel's novel of the Philippine guerrilla movement, which grew out of his experience as an officer in the U.S. Philippine Commission following WWII. The novel was adapted for the 1963 Irving Lerner film Cry of Battle starring Rita Moreno, Van Heflin and James MacArthur. This...
[Item #14215]
Price: $350.00
 
Fortress in the Rice
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The People Talk
New York: Johnson Reprint, 1972. Facsimile Reprint. Reprint of Appel's fourth book, a non-fiction chronicle of the American scene a the end of the Great Depression. Octavo (22cm). Green cloth boards, lettered in silver and gold; 502pp. Facsimile reprint of the 1940 Dutton edition, inscribed on title page to artist...
[Item #14269]
Price: $250.00
 
The People Talk
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The Raw Edge
New York: Random House, 1958. First Edition. A hard-boiled novel of the New York waterfront, in the vein of Appel's 1930s proletarian crime novels such as Brain Guy and Powerhouse. Like the Shahns, Appel and his wife were charter residents of Jersey Homesteads (later Roosevelt), New Jersey and the four...
[Item #14210]
Price: $400.00
 
The Raw Edge
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Why the Japanese Are the Way They Are
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, [1973]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original cloth in yellow photo-illustrated dust jacket; [8],151pp.; maps. A few closed tears to jacket extremities, the longest approx. 1.5" to spine crown, spine a bit faded, top textblock edge dust-soiled, else Near Fine in About Very Good jacket. Unsigned...
[Item #28905]
Price: $30.00
 
Why the Japanese Are the Way They Are
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Cults in America: Programmed for Paradise [Inscribed & Signed]
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, [1983]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original simulated cloth in blue dust jacket; [12],204pp. Minor soil and edge wear, else Very Good and sound. Inscribed and signed by the author "For Bernarda [Shahn] -- from an old Jan. / Willa." Study of religious cults by...
[Item #28906]
Price: $35.00
 
Cults in America: Programmed for Paradise [Inscribed & Signed]
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Arshile Gorky
New York: Harry N. Abrams, [1966]. First Edition. A very nicely preserved copy and a nice association. Gorky and Shahn were close; they reputedly met at Raphael Soyer's studio in 1929 and, though they did not share artistic philosophies -- Gorky by that time had begun his transition to Abstract...
[Item #16620]
Price: $400.00
 
Arshile Gorky
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Atget Photographe de Paris. Preface par Pierre Mac-Orlan
New York: E. Weyhe, [1930]. First Edition. A high-point of twentieth-century documentary photography, from the library of one of the twentieth century's foremost documentary photographers. Roth 60; Parr/Badger I 127; Hasselblad 90. Quarto. Original maroon silk-covered boards, lettered in gilt; 23pp text, 96 gravure plates, fold-out letterpress booklet at rear...
[Item #14165]
Price: $1,750.00
 
Atget Photographe de Paris. Preface par Pierre Mac-Orlan
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Golden Sections. With an Introduction by Wyndham Lewis
London: Methuen, 1957. First Edition. A notable association copy. Ayrton (1921-1975) was among the preeminent British artists of the post-war period; like Shahn, he applied his talents to an impressively wide range of projects, including stage design, typography, illustration, criticism and broadcasting. Also like Shahn, Ayrton frequently found himself at...
[Item #14159]
Price: $450.00
 
Golden Sections. With an Introduction by Wyndham Lewis
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Tittivulus; or, The Verbiage Collector
London: Max Reinhardt, 1953. First Edition. Small square octavo (20cm). Red cloth boards; 138pp. Illustrations by the author. Inscribed in Ayrton's hand on front endpaper: "Brought to Ben Shahn by Michael Ayrton," undated. A slightly worn copy, with spine slightly rolled, mild fading to boards; some scattered foxing - about...
[Item #17220]
Price: $50.00
 
Tittivulus; or, The Verbiage Collector
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Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
New York: Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV, 1953. First Edition. Very nice association copy of Maritain's treatise on the relationship between art and spiritual experience, a theme which played an ever-increasing role in Shahn's work in the 1950s and 60s. Quarto (25cm). Cloth-backed tan linen boards, stamped in gilt; xxxii...
[Item #14274]
Price: $500.00
 
Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Il Forestiere Istruito Delle Cose Piu' Rare Di Architettura, E di alcune Pitture Della Citta' di Vicenza
Vicenza: Reparto Litografico del Comune di Vicenza, 1965. Reprint. Octavo. Pictorial paper wrappers; 119pp; 32 inserted leaves of plates (many folding). Facsimile reprint of the 1761 edition, limited to 1000 copies: "questa ristampa identica alla prima edizione del 1761 e stata realizzata in mille esemplari con il sistema offset xerox...
[Item #28655]
Price: $50.00
 
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On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch
New York: Pantheon Books / Bollingen Series IX, 1947. First Edition. Broch, an Austrian, escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to England and then to the United States, where he eventually settled in Princeton, just a few miles from the Shahns' home town of Roosevelt, New Jersey. His novel...
[Item #14228]
Price: $1,500.00
 
On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch
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Three Erfurt Tales
North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1962. First, Limited Edition. The third title from Henry Morris's Bird & Bull Press. Scarce; this a particularly fresh copy with a compelling association. 12mo. Cloth boards; viii, 62, iii pp. One of 310 copies. Presentation to Ben Shahn from Lessing Rosenwald on...
[Item #14163]
Price: $750.00
 
Three Erfurt Tales
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Los Aguinaldos Del Infante: Glosa de Epifania / The Child's Gifts: A Twelfth Night Tale
San Juan: Pava Prints Inc, 1962. First Edition Thus. First produced as a radio play in 1954, with an original score by Jack Delano, Blanco's collection of Epiphany stories has become one of the great classics of Puerto Rican literature. Delano (1914-1997), whose first training was as a composer, rose...
[Item #14164]
Price: $500.00
 
Los Aguinaldos Del Infante: Glosa de Epifania / The Child's Gifts: A Twelfth Night Tale
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Jail Keys Made Here and Other Signs
New York: Meridian Books, [1959]. First Edition. Slim quarto (26.75cm.); original photo-illustrated card wrappers; unpaged; chiefly photographic illustrations. Rather worn with front hinge cracking; rear wrapper significantly foxed. Good or better. Preface by Patrick Dennis. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn with their estate label tipped inside upper cover.
[Item #29904]
Price: $35.00
 
Jail Keys Made Here and Other Signs
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Manifestoes of Surrealism
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969. First American Edition. Octavo. Red cloth; dustjacket; 304pp. From the library of painters Ben and Bernarda Shahn, with their estate label to front pastedown. Fine copy in unclipped, original jacket with minor soil and mottling at spine panel; Very Good.
[Item #28658]
Price: $85.00
 
Manifestoes of Surrealism
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The Limits of Art: An Anthology (Bernarda Shahn's copy, inscribed to her by Ben Shahn)
New York: Pantheon, 1954. Third Printing. Large octavo. Blue-green cloth boards, backed in black; dustjacket; 1473pp. Inscribed on front endpaper, in Ben Shahn's hand: "for Bernarda / Christmas 1955." Mild soil, with some foxing to endpapers; jacket lightly sunned, with a few small chis to extremities; a Very Good copy...
[Item #28656]
Price: $50.00
 
The Limits of Art: An Anthology (Bernarda Shahn's copy, inscribed to her by Ben Shahn)
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The Autobiography of Alexander Calder (Uncorrected Advance Proof, from the Libary of Ben Shahn)
New York: Random House, [1965]. Proof. Proof, ca. 300 leaves printed rectos-only; no illustrations. Preliminary version of Calder's autobiography, which would be published in 1966 as " Calder: An Autobiography With Pictures," under the Pantheon imprint. Presumably this proof copy, one of very few likely produced, was supplied to Ben...
[Item #28664]
Price: $250.00
 
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La Mano Dell'Uomo
Rome: Edizioni dell'Elefante, 1965. First, Limited Edition. A visual paean to the human hand, with numerous illustrations by the author. An uncommon work by the Italian caricaturist and surrealist painter, among the leading anti-Fascist artists of the post-war period. Very scarce; none others in commerce; only two copies located in...
[Item #14158]
Price: $750.00
 
La Mano Dell'Uomo
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The River Book: Cincinnati and the Ohio [Inscribed & Signed to Bernarda Shahn by Martin]
Cincinnati: Program for Cincinnati, 1981. First Edition. Square quarto (26cm.); original cloth in red pictorial dust jacket; 227pp.; color photo-frontispiece, illus. throughout. Dime-sized loss to top edge of upper jacket panel, additional chips and short closed tears, else Fine in About Very Good jacket. Inscribed and signed by the designer...
[Item #29903]
Price: $50.00
 
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Fable and Song in Italy
London: Grant Richards, 1899. First Edition. Octavo (19.75cm.); original tan cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in red; xi,[1],260pp. Cloth a bit dust-soiled, else Very Good to Near Fine. Ownership signature of Bernarda Shan as Bernarda Bryson to front free endpaper. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn with...
[Item #29897]
Price: $35.00
 


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