Library of Ben & Bernarda Shahn

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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
 
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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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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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Homage to Mistress Bradstreet. With Pictures by Ben Shahn
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956. First Edition. Ben Shahn provided the text illustrations as well as the jacket and board designs. This is Shahn's file copy, unsigned but with his private catalogue number ("69") neatly inked at base of jacket's front panel, and with his estate label on...
[Item #14189]
Price: $600.00
 
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet. With Pictures by Ben Shahn
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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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Paul Cadmus
New York: Imago, 1984. First Edition. A survey of the artist's work, from the social realist paintings of the thirties to the "Seven Deadly Sins" series of 1983. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn, with estate label on front pastedown. Quarto. Cloth-backed boards; dustjacket; 144pp. SIGNED by Cadmus...
[Item #14172]
Price: $350.00
 
Paul Cadmus
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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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Ragionamento dello Academico Aldeano Sopro La Poesia Giocosa de' Greci, de' Latini, e de' Toscani con Alcune Poesie Piacevoli Del Medesimo Autore
Venice: Pietro Pinelli, 1634. First Edition. Uncommon treatise on Italian poetics in which Villani, a Tuscan poet and critic, asserts that "...contemporary poets have more to offer than either the Greeks and Romans or the Tuscans in so far as concerns poetic discourse, the use of language, rhyme and rhythm"...
[Item #15583]
Price: $350.00
 
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Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University
Cambridge: President and Fellows of Harvard University, 1956. First Edition. Wald's inscription refers to a passage in the book which quotes an unnamed "eminent artist" - Shahn, it turns out - regarding his notions of an ideal education for an aspiring artist, one that will provide "an education without stifling...
[Item #14242]
Price: $300.00
 
Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University
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For Good
Kyoto: Origin Press, 1964. First Edition. Corman almost certainly met Shahn through their mutual friend Charles Olson, who worked with Shahn in the Office of War Information during WWII and later (in 1951) brought Shahn onto the art faculty of Black Mountain College. This copy would have been inscribed during...
[Item #14206]
Price: $450.00
 
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Can These Bones Live. With Forty-two Drawings by James Kearns and a Preface by Sir Herbert Read
Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1960. Second Edition. A terrific inscription from Dahlberg, whose "Sorrows of Priapus" had been illustrated by Shahn a few years earlier: "For Ben Shahn / with deep appreciation of his own brilliant drawings done for The Sorrows of Priapus & for suggesting that Kearns do the...
[Item #14173]
Price: $1,200.00
 
Can These Bones Live. With Forty-two Drawings by James Kearns and a Preface by Sir Herbert Read
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The Emperor's New Clothes
New York: Random House, 1971. First Edition. A nice inscription from the Shahns' old friends Jack and Irene Delano, who were colleagues during Ben Shahn's days on the FSA. Quarto (26cm). Tan cloth boards, stamped in gilt; dustjacket; unpaged [57pp]. Inscribed by both authors on front endpaper to Bernarda Bryson...
[Item #14270]
Price: $650.00
 
The Emperor's New Clothes
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Traite Historique Des Dieux et Des Demons du Paganisme. Avec quelque Remarques Critiques sur le Systeme de Mr. Bekker
Delff: Chez Andre Voorstad, 1696. A refutation of the writings of Balthasar Bekker (to whose collected works this treatise is sometimes attached), arguing for the literal existence of demons in the corporeal sphere and strongly supportive of the Inquisition. From the library of artists Ben and Bernarda Shahn, with estate...
[Item #15582]
Price: $550.00
 
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Chikuho No Kodomotachi [Children of Chikuho]
Tokyo: Patoria Shoten, 1960. First Edition. Uncommon first printing of this early Domon title, documenting the lives of children in Chikuho, a coal mining village in southern Japan. A cheaply-made book, rarely found in collectible condition; this copy perhaps a little better than typical. Shahn is known to have worked...
[Item #14244]
Price: $400.00
 
Chikuho No Kodomotachi [Children of Chikuho]
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Collected Poems
London: Faber & Faber, 1971. First UK Edition. The first collected edition of Dugan's work. Dugan's first book, published in 1962, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize that year. Dugan was the husband of the Shahns' oldest daughter, Judith Shahn. Octavo (22cm). Dun cloth boards, lettered...
[Item #14248]
Price: $600.00
 
Collected Poems
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Poems
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961. First Edition. Dugan's first published collection, issued as Volume 57 in the Yale Series of Younger Poets, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1962. Dugan was married to Judith Shahn, oldest daughter of Ben Shahn and Bernarda...
[Item #14157]
Price: $950.00
 
Poems
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Poems 3
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967. First Edition. Dugan's scarce third book. Dugan dedicated all of his published books to his wife Judy, oldest daughter of Ben Shahn with his first wife, Tillie. It was Dugan's practice, as in the present example, to inscribe books to his in-laws directly beneath...
[Item #14254]
Price: $600.00
 
Poems 3


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