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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. INC ADVERTISING COMPOSITION.
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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. ALEXANDER CALDER, Aime MAEGHT.
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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
 
107 Grafici dell'AGI: Alliance Graphique Internationale presentati da Olivetti. ALLIANCE GRAPHIQUE INTERNATIONALE.
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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]. William S. ANDERSON.
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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. Benjamin APPEL.
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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. Benjamin APPEL.
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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. Benjamin APPEL.
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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. Benjamin APPEL.
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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]. Willa APPEL.
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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. ART & ARTISTS - LIBRARY of BEN & BERNARDA SHAHN, text, Arshile GORKY, Julien LEVY.
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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. E. ATGET, Eugène.
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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. Michael AYRTON.
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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. Michael AYRTON.
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Giovanni Pisano, Sculptor
New York: Weybright and Talley, [1969]. First American Edition. Square quarto (27.5cm.); original cloth in black photo-illustrated dust jacket; 248pp.; frontispiece, plates throughout. General edge wear to jacket extremities, minor tape residue from previously removed label to front panel, else Near Very Good. Gift inscription to artist Bernarda Shahn to...
[Item #30319]
Price: $40.00
 
Giovanni Pisano, Sculptor. Michael AYRTON, intro Henry Moore, photographs Ilario Bessi.
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Benya Krik the Gangster [Ben Shahn's Copy]
New York: Schocken Books, 1948. First American Edition. A nice association. Moishe [aka Morris] Bressler, a neighbor of the Shahns in Roosevelt, New Jersey, was a Jewish folksinger and storyteller, an occasional performer at the Newport Folk Festival and the subject of field recordings by Ralph Rinzler in the 1940s...
[Item #30820]
Price: $100.00
 
Benya Krik the Gangster [Ben Shahn's Copy]. Isaak BABEL.
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Città di Vicenza, Centenario dell'Unione all'Italia [Inscribed & Signed to Ben Shan]
Vicenza: Museo del Risorgimento, 1966. First Edition. Slim square quarto (20cm.); original white decorative card wrappers printed in red, green, and black; unpaged; color and black and white plates throughout. Wrapper extremities a bit toned, minor dust-soil to rear wrapper, else Very Good or better. Inscribed and signed on upper...
[Item #31378]
Price: $50.00
 
Città di Vicenza, Centenario dell'Unione all'Italia [Inscribed & Signed to Ben Shan]. Gino BARIOLI.
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Ain't You Got No Shame? [Inscribed & Signed to Ben Shahn]
Washington DC: New Merrymount Press, 1965. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in pale tan pictorial dust jacket; [10],98pp.; illus. Jacket quite brittle with small loss to spine foot, 2-inch closed tear along bottom spine edge of upper panel, some minor soil spots. Fine in Good or better dust jacket...
[Item #30346]
Price: $50.00
 
Ain't You Got No Shame? [Inscribed & Signed to Ben Shahn]. William M. BARRETT, illus Leonard Guardino, intro Joseph Auslander.
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The Convent at Auschwitz [with autograph letter from the publisher addressed to Bernarda Shahn]
New York: George Braziller, [1991]. First American Edition. Account of the conflict which arose between Polish Christians and Jews in 1984 when a group of Carmelite nuns tried to establish a convent in a derelict buildling adjacent to the former concentration camp. Octavo (23.25cm.); original cloth in black pictorial dust...
[Item #30851]
Price: $50.00
 
The Convent at Auschwitz [with autograph letter from the publisher addressed to Bernarda Shahn]. Wladyslaw T. BARTOSZEWSKI, jacket illus Ben Shahn.
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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. BEN SHAHN, Jacques MARITAIN.
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Josephus
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1914. First Edition. Octavo (18.75cm.); original black cloth, gilt-lettered spine; 266pp.; photographic frontispiece, 3 leaves of plates. Some general shelf wear, mostly to spine ends, spine just a hint cocked, else Very Good. Biography of the Romano-Jewish scholar Flavius Josephus. From the library of...
[Item #31147]
Price: $25.00
 
Josephus. Norman BENTWICH.
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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. John BERRYMAN.
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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
 
Il Forestiere Istruito Delle Cose Piu' Rare Di Architettura, E di alcune Pitture Della Citta' di Vicenza. Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi.
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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. Rachel BESPALOFF.
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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. BIRD & BULL PRESS, Arnold H. PRICE, introd, transl, Lessing ROSENWALD.
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Introduzione alla Volgar Poesia
Bassano: Tipografia Remondini, 1818. New Edition. 12mo (16cm.); contemporary half mottled sheep over boards, manuscript spine label; 560pp. Boards a bit rubbed, tiny losses along extremities of spine label, rather heavy foxing to preliminaries else Very Good and sound. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shann with their estate...
[Item #30343]
Price: $50.00
 
Introduzione alla Volgar Poesia. P. Giambatista BISSO.


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