Catalog Eleven : 101 Books from the Library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Poems Six
New York: Ecco Press, 1989. First Edition. Small octavo (21cm). Green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 61pp. Inscribed on leaf facing copyright page, below dedication: "& for Bernarda with love / Alan Dugan," dated 1989. Judy Shahn has added her own greeting below: "..and with love from me...
[Item #14255]
Price: $300.00
 
Poems Six
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Thirty One Sonnets
New York: Eakins Press, 1967. First Edition. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed to Ben Shahn on front endpaper: "Ben Shahn - After giving the Phi Beta Kappa poem in June the next day I saw you on the stage but could not get over to say hello. Here are the sonnets...
[Item #14190]
Price: $350.00
 
Thirty One Sonnets
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The Eggzercise Book d'André François
La Louvière: Le Daily-Bul, 1980. First Edition. A collection of humorous drawings, all involving a play on the word "egg." François (1915-2005) was born André Farkas, in Hungary, and began his career drawing satirical cartoons for French leftist newspapers following WWII. He became one of the foremost graphic artists of...
[Item #14237]
Price: $450.00
 
The Eggzercise Book d'André François
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See It Now
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. First Edition. A wonderful association. In March of 1954, on his weekly news feature See It Now, Edward R. Murrow conducted his now legendary dismantling of the reactionary red-baiting Senator Joe McCarthy - an event memorialized in the 2005 George Clooney film Good Night...
[Item #14230]
Price: $1,200.00
 
See It Now
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Célébration de la Lettre
Haute-Provence: Éditions Robert Morel, 1962. First Edition. A typographic fantasy by the master printer and type designer Raymond Gid, composed in Giovanni Mardersteig's Dante type and bound after a design by Odette Ducarre. Small square 12mo (15.5cm). White glossy paper boards, lettered in black; slipcase; unpaged [48pp]. Presentation copy for...
[Item #14275]
Price: $200.00
 
Célébration de la Lettre
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Alphabet for Joanna. Illustrated by Bernarda Bryson
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963. First Edition. 24mo. Rebound in publisher’s presentation binding of three quarter red morocco gilt and cloth. Minor external rubbing, else very near fine. Presentation card laid in from Edgar Rigg, Chairman of Holt, Rinehart and Winston, sending this specially bound copy as a....
[Item #14278]
Price: $650.00
 
Alphabet for Joanna. Illustrated by Bernarda Bryson
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Wood Works. Constructions by Robert Indiana
Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution, 1984. First Edition. A warm presentation from the iconic pop artist. The occasion of the first card would appear to have been the two artists' first encounter at the Skowhegan Artists' Workshop in 1969 (where Indiana was a lecturer that year); the 1985 inscription, also from...
[Item #14166]
Price: $950.00
 
Wood Works. Constructions by Robert Indiana
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Paper-Making By Hand in Japan
Tokyo: Meiji-Shobo, 1959. First Edition. In addition to being an internationally recognized William Blake scholar, Jugaku was among the first Japanese academics to investigate the social history of traditional Japanese craftspeople. He helped to lead the post-war Japanese folk-craft revival movement, and became a leading authority on traditional paper-making techniques...
[Item #14239]
Price: $450.00
 
Paper-Making By Hand in Japan


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