Bochner, Mel. MISUNDERSTANDINGS (A THEORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY). New York: Multiples, Inc. 1970

Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography) was designed by Conceptual artist Mel Bochner as part of the boxed set of artists’ books entitled Artists & Photographs.  Bochner’s contribution to this set was inspired by his research into the history of photography. Finding little material of theoretical value, Bochner chose to use quotations of misunderstandings of photography.

[ Bochner, Mel ]  Wittgenstein, Ludwig.  ON CERTAINTY.  San Francisco: Arion Press.  1991.

Wittgenstein, writing a series of notes just prior to his death in 1951, connects certainty with the “difficulty [of realizing] the groundlessness of our believing.”  Conceptual artist Mel Bochner, who has made many works exploring the relationship of language, thought, and vision, has here created a series of drawings based on his reading of Wittgenstein.

Boltanski, ChristianMONUMENTS: LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES.  [ Paris ]: L’Association Française d’Action Artistique (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères). [1986.]

Published in connection with the artist’s exhibition at the 42nd Venice Biennale at the Palazzo delle Prigione, in this book, Christian Boltanski collects full-page black-and-white portrait photos of high school students from Dijon, circa 1973, in order to once again explore the theme of memory and mortality.

Boltanski, ChristianLE LYCÉE CHASES. St. Étienne: Maison de la Culture et de la Communication de Saint Étienne. 1987.

Le Lycée Chases features photographs of the members of the 1931 class at a Jewish high school in Vienna. Boltanski has enlarged and cropped the portraits of the students, put them through several iterations of reproduction, and then printed them on thin, almost translucent paper. The resulting full-page photos are blurred and ghostly, indicative of the unknown fate of these students.

Boltanski, Christian. GÉO HARLY: DANSEUR PARODISTE.  Dijon: L’Association pour la diffusion de l’Art Contemporain.  1988.

In this book, nine sepia-toned photographs found by artist Christian Boltanski in a cigar box are reproduced as family photo album.  Boltanski’s hypothesized reconstruction of the subject’s life shows the commonality of human experience.

Boltanski, ChristianARCHIVES. Arles (Le Méjan): Actes Sud. 1989.

Archives reproduces 100 black-and-white photographs that were clipped during 1972 from a weekly periodical specializing in crime. The images of the criminals and the victims are unlabeled and intermingled so that the viewer is incapable of telling which is which.

Boltanski, ChristianDIESE KINDER SUCHEN IHRE ELTERN.  Munich: Gina Kehayoff Verlag.  1994.

In the aftermath of World War II many children in Germany were displaced and did not know where their parents were. The Red Cross attempted to re-unite these families by publishing posters featuring photos of the children along with whatever identifying information was known about them. Christian Boltanski used these posters as the source material for this book.

Broodthaers, Marcel. MINUIT. Brussels: George Hoyoux. 1960.

Minuit is one of Broodthaers’ earliest creative endeavors in book form, completed when he was primarily a poet rather than a conceptual artist.  It displays many of the hallmarks of his later work and also many of the images that he would continue to rework throughout his career.  Minuit is a limited edition softcover letterpress book which is exceedingly scarce in North America.

Broodthaers, MarcelUN VOYAGE EN MER DU NORD.  Brussels: Hossmann (in association with Petersburg Press, London).  1973.

The namesake for Rosalind Krauss’ post-medium art world, this conceptual book explores the use of mixed media through depictions of two voyages on the North Sea.  An edition limited to 1000 copies.

[ Bosman, Richard ] Mather, Cotton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and John Greenlef Whittier. CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE OF HANNAH DUSTON RELATED BY COTTON MATHER, JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, NATHANIEL HAWTHORN AND HENRY DAVID THOREAU, FOUR VERSIONS OF EVENTS IN 1697. San Francisco: Arion Press. 1987.

Richard Bosman illustrates four versions by four famous American writers of the Indian captivity narrative of Hannah Duston. Rendered in black-and-white with red ink to theatrically portray blood, this volume contains thirty-four woodblock prints throughout the text.

[ Bruggeman, Inge ]  Loney, Alan.  NOWHERE TO GO.  [Portland]:  Ink-A Press.  2009.

Alan Loney is a fine press printer and poet who has collaborated with Inge Bruggeman to create this homage to French poet and book artist Pierre Lecuire.

Bruggeman, IngeIMPACT:  SHADES OF GRAY.  [Portland]: [Ink-A! Press].  [2006].

This simple, elegant book spells the word “Impact” in shades of gray thus making the title the entire contents of the book.

[ Bruggeman, Inge ]  Ross, Cissy.  ONE OF A THOUSAND FIRES.  [Portland]: Ink-A! Press.  2006.

Cissy Ross is a writing instructor at the University of California – Santa Barbara.  In this poem, illustrated with manipulated images of gothic type from an incunable, she writes about a modern day Eve searching for faith in everyday life.

Bruggeman, IngeA STUDY OF BLUE.  [Portland]: [Ink-A! Press].  2002.

This small portfolio in an elegant blue box portrays the word “Blue” in orange and blank embossing, thus deconstructing the word as a symbol of its associative color.

[ Campbell, Carolee ]  Phillips, Dennis.  SOPHIA’S LAMENT.   [Sherman Oaks]:  Ninja Press.  2012.

Dennis Phillips has been writing poetry since before his first publication in 1985 and he remains an active poetic voice today.

[ Campbell, Carolee ]  Loney, Alan.  THE SIRENS.  [Sherman Oaks:] Ninja Press.  2011.

Alan Loney is a fine press printer and poet who has collaborated with Carolee Campbell to produce this rugged work of original poems exploring the mythical and dangerous “song that thrills the song that kills…to the graveyard of the soundless sound.”

[ Campbell, Carolee ]  Hannon, Michael.  PRUNED BOUGHS.  [ Sherman Oaks ]:  Ninja Press.  2008.

The stark, vivid imagery of this previously unpublished poem comes from Michael Hannon, a California poet who has been writing and publishing for fifty years.

[ Campbell, Carolee ]  Breytenbach, Breyton.  THE INTIMATE STRANGER.  [Sherman Oaks]: Ninja Press.  2006.

Breytenbach is a South African born in 1939 in Cape Town and jailed for seven years in the seventies for being a white opponent of the apartheid regime.  In this volume with Carolee Campbell, Breytenbach uses a long prose poem to explore the relationship between human emotions and feelings and the landscape from which they receive their context.

Campbell, Ken. TILT: THE BLACK FLAGGED STREETS. [ London ]: Ken Campbell. 1988.

A fine example of artist Ken Campbell’s virtuosic printing skill, Tilt: the black flagged streets poetically explores a wide range of subjects from the black flag of anarchy to the flagstone steps of the old cathedral at Whitby in England.  To achieve the heavily layered imagery in the book, Campbell used multiple printing techniques including a process he calls ‘offset letterpress’.

Canogar, RafaelLA VIOLENCIA.  Los Angeles: Tamarind Workshop.  1969.

La Violencia is one of this important Spanish artist’s most important graphic works. Printed at Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles, the work is a suite of eight emotionally-charged lithographs depicting the harsh realities of violent conflict.  Each print is signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.

Chagall, Marc, Pompidou, Georges, ed.  LA POÉSIE. Paris: Art et Poésie. 1976.

La Poésie is an essay on poetry by Georges Pompidou with an original lithograph frontispiece by Marc Chagall. It is strikingly printed in the contemporary but elegant Univers san serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1954.  Chagall’s colorful lithograph was printed by Mourlot.  The book is signed by Chagall.

[ Chagall, Marc ]  Bourniquel, Camille.  LA FÉERIE ET LE ROYAUME. Paris: Fernand Mourlot.  1972.

A collaboration between Marc Chagall and his close friend Camille Bourniquel, this book features ten original color lithographs hors texte and a text by Bourniquel, an award-winning biographer, novelist, screen writer, and poet, writing about Chagall’s art and the themes running through his oeuvre.  Signed by the artist and the author.

[ Chillida, Eduardo ] Racine, Charles. LE SUJET EST LA CLAIRIÈRE DE SON CORPS. [ Paris ] : Maeght Editeur. 1975.

This volume features poems in French by the Swiss poet Charles Racine accompanied by abstract illustrations by sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Chillida has created a suite of four black-and-white hors texte aquatint etchings, printed by Atelier Morsang, that exhibit his architectural approach to scuplture and drawing.

[ Clemente, Francesco ]  Pound, Ezra.  CATHAY – POEMS AFTER LI PO.  [ New York: ] Limited Editions Club.  1992.

Early in his career, Ezra Pound undertook the translation of a number of Tang Dynasty Chinese poems which he published in 1915 as Cathay. This abridged edition of that book, published by the Limited Editions Club, contains eighteen translated poems and seven hors texte color woodblock prints created by renowned painter Francesco Clemente.  It is signed by the artist at the colophon.

[ Dali, Salvador ] Apollinaire, Guillaume. POÈMES SECRETS. Paris: Éditions Argillet. 1967.

This book is an intriguing union of the work of the influential French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and the Surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dali.  Collected in this volume is a series of erotic “secret poems” that Apollinaire wrote in love letters he exchanged with the schoolteacher Madeleine Pagès during his time in the trenches in World War I.  Dali illustrates the sensual poems with a suite of black-and-white drypoints featuring his own characteristically surreal figurative imagery.

[ Dalí, Salvador ]  Malraux, André.  ROI, JE T’ATTENDS À BABYLONE.  Geneva: Albert Skira.  1973.

Written by literary gris éminence André Malraux, who served as Charles de Gaulle’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, this book is about the events of May 1968 and de Gaulle’s fall from power. It contains twelve original drypoint etchings on parchment by Salvador Dalí and is signed by the author, artist, and publisher.

[ Derain, André ]  Anacreon.  Leconte de Lisle, trans.  ODES ANACRÉONTIQUES.  Lyon: Cercle Lyonnais du Livre.  1953.

Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet of the 6th century B.C.E. who wrote on both serious and frivolous subjects.  In this French translation, the poems are accompanied by fifty black-and-white lithographs by André Derain whose interest in ancient Greek art and literature developed in the 1930s and was maintained for the rest of his life.

[ Dine, Jim ]  Milosz, Czeslaw.  ŚWIAT / THE WORLDSan Francisco: Arion Press.  1989.

This group of “naïve” poems by Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz was written during the Nazi occupation of Poland. It includes a portrait of the poet by Jim Dine and an essay by Helen Vendler. Limited to 275 copies signed by both Milosz and Dine.


Peter Doig frequently depicts snow sports in his paintings and prints, and for this limited edition work he has created both an illustrated bookplate and an original color etching featuring a skier.

Dubuffet, Jean. PARCOURS.  [ New York ] : Pace Editions. 1981

This nineteen-foot scroll features a collage-like sprawl of imagery in the artist’s signature style. Dubuffet chose twelve black-and-white drawings as the basis for the scroll and with them created a lively procession of figures and patterns.

Duchamp, MarcelA L’INFINITIF (THE WHITE BOX).  New York: Cordier & Ekstrom.  1966.

This book is the third and final volume in a series of artist’s books made by Marcel Duchamp about his famous work The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915-23). It features facsimiles of seventy-nine notes relating to The Large Glass but which were left out of earlier volumes.  The book is signed twice by Marcel Duchamp – once on the screenprint and once on the title page of the accompanying booklet.

[ Ernst, Max ]  Prévert, Jacques.  LES CHIENS ONT SOIF.  Paris: Au Pont des Arts. 1964.

A collaboration between two significant figures of Surrealism: French poet Jacques Prévert and artist Max Ernst. Ernst contributed two original color etchings as well as twenty-five color lithographs to accompany Prévert’s text which imagines a conversation between animals about human art and literature. Both etchings are signed by the artist in pencil.

Ernst, MaxLE MUSÉE DE L’HOMME SUIVI DE PÊCHE AU SOLEIL LEVANT.  [Paris]: Galerie Alexandre Iolas.  1965.

This book is a collection of poems and illustrations by Max Ernst who, before the war, was one of the most innovative and engaging book artists of his time. It was made late in his life and has bound-in wrappers designed and illustrated by Ernst’s wife, the American painter Dorothea Tanning. An edition of ninety-nine signed copies with two original color aquatints.

Filliou, Robert14 CHANSONS ET 1 CHARADE.  Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer. 1968.

Fluxus artist Robert Filliou wrote this lighthearted and bawdy visual poetry which exemplifies his belief that art should be interactive and readily available to all.  Limited edition.

[ Frankenthaler, Helen ]  Williams, William Carlos.  VALENTINE FOR MR. WONDERFUL.  New York: Tyler Graphics.  1995.

This book features a single poem by William Carlos Williams and seven color intaglio prints by the highly influential painter Helen Frankenthaler whose lyrical compositions, filled with her signature soft washes of color, suggestively complement Williams’ theme of love.  The book is signed and dated by Frankenthaler on the folio.

[ Haass, Terry  ]  Whitman, Walt.  EXCERPTS FROM WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS.  New York: Associated American Artists.  1966.

This book is a visual interpretation of the celebrated poetry from Whitman’s most famous work. Master printmaker and artist Terry Haass designed the layout and created the illustrations.  Her prints are often noted for their luminous colors and the engravings featured in this book are printed in rich green and earth tones.

Hamilton, AnnUNTITLED.  1992.  An altered book with polished pebbles in a lacquered birch and glass case.  [ May Sophie. Little Folks Astray.  Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers.  1872. ]

The works of conceptual artist Ann Hamilton often reflect her interest in language and the acts of reading, speaking, and listening. With this project she has obscured the text of an older book with polished pebbles thus rendering it unreadable.

[ Heebner, Mary ]  Shakespeare, William.  THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF HAMLET: AN ARTIST’S INTERPRETATION OF THE CLASSIC TEXT BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.  Santa Barbara:  Simplemente Maria Press.  2008.

Begun as a series of collage paintings on paper, this book interprets Hamlet through an emotional lens. Artist Mary Heebner’s visual response to the play focuses on the female characters Ophelia and Gertrude. Her paintings are reminiscent of the work of William Blake, a recognized precursor to the modern artist’s book.

[ Heebner, MaryUNEARTHED: AN EXCAVATION OF IMAGES FROM CHILEAN PATAGONIA.  Santa Barbara: Simplemente Maria Press.  2011.

On two trips to the mountains of Patagonia in Chile, artist Mary Heebner explored sites of geological and archaeological interest. In Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales, she viewed indigenous Mapuche ceremonial vessels called messen which inspired the paintings that formed the basis for making this book.

Heebner, Mary  SILENT FACES / ANGKOR.  Santa Barbara:  Simplemente Maria Press.  2013.

Begun as a series of collage paintings on paper, this book interprets Hamlet through an emotional lens. Artist Mary Heebner’s visual response to the play focuses on the female characters Ophelia and Gertrude. Her paintings are reminiscent of the work of William Blake, a recognized precursor to the modern artist’s book.

Heebner, Mary  INTIMACY:  DRAWING WITH LIGHT, DRAWN FROM STONE.  Santa Barbara: Simplemente Maria Press.  2017.

This is a book with roots in artist Mary Heebner’s series of graphite and ink drawings made from Roman sculpture. It contains a small accordion fold volume, Marmo, and a portfolio of fouirteen loose prints of drawings from the artist’s series Rome Sketches.  Also featured in this work is a portfolio of handmade paper with graceful figurative watermarks based on these drawings.

Hobson, Charles  DÉGAS IN ROME.  San Francisco: Pacific Editions.  2013.

In this volume artist and author Charles Hobson imagines a journal kept by Edgar Dégas on an actual trip Dégas made to Rome in 1857 at the age of twenty-three. The text is accompanied by Hobson’s own drawings after Dégas and by reproductions from Dégas’ sketchbook.

[ Hobson, Charles ]  Boland, Eavan.  QUARANTINE.  San Francisco: Pacific Editions.  2011.

In her Against Love Poetry (2001), Boland sought to escape the effusive courtliness or previous European love poems and to embrace the love of “dailiness,” or the ordinariness that provides much of the beauty in most peoples’ lives. Quarantine is a profoundly moving poem from this collection.

[ Hobson, Charles ]  Angell, Roger.  ANCIENT MARINER.  [ San Francisco: ] Pacific Editions.  2009.

Roger Angell has written for the New Yorker, where he is now Senior Editor and staff writer, since 1944. His essay here is a story about his sailing a gaff-rigged Hereshoff 12 ½ off the coast of Maine.

[ Hobson, Charles ]  Hobson, Sandra and Charles HobsonMAGIC JACKET.  San Francisco: Pacific Editions.  2009.

This book is a short story based on a concept developed by Sandra and Charles Hobson in which a young mother comforts her son with a story of self-confidence and baseball.  It is accompanied by a 4” x 5” original print of a baseball made and signed by Charles Hobson.

[ Hobson, Charles ]  Hobson, Sandra.  RITUALS FOR LIFE MILESTONES.  San Francisco: Pacific Editions.  2009.  $75.

Containing fifteen rituals organized along six themes — birthdays, weddings, giving birth, relationships, home, and journeys — drawn from Ms. Hobson’s travels among a variety of indigenous cultures.


This book explores the themes of love and war from the dual perspectives first of gods, viz., Aphrodite and Ares, and then of the mortals, viz., Nelson and Emma.

[ Hockney, DavidSpender, StephenCHINA DIARY.  London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.  1982.

A record of a trip taken by David Hockney and Stephen Spender, this 1982 book features the masterful writing of Stephen Spender and 158 reproductions of illustrations painted, drawn, or photographed by David Hockney.  Signed by Hockney and Spender.  It also includes an original lithograph signed and numbered by Hockney.

Huebler, Douglas. LOCATION PIECE #2: NEW YORK CITY, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. New York: Multiples, Inc. 1970.

This book is a conceptual artwork by Douglas Huebler published as part of Artists & Photographs, a collaborative boxed set of artists’ books issued in 1970 by Multiples, Inc.  Consisting of loose sheets within an envelope, this book documents through photography a complex mapping project that Huebler conducted in New York City and Seattle.

[ Indiana, Robert ]  Creeley, Robert. AMERICAN DREAM.  El Segundo: Marco Fine Arts Contemporary Atelier.  1997.

From his LOVE paintings and sculptures (1966) to his series of works entitled Numbers (1965), Robert Indiana’s art is instantly recognizable. Twenty-four of Indiana’s screenprints are bound within this large volume. The six others are held within the book by Mylar corners so that they are removable. Each of the removable prints is signed and numbered by Indiana and the colophon is signed by the publisher.

Ipoustéguy, Jean RobertLEADERS ET ENFANTS NUS.  Paris: Éditions du Soleil Noir.  1970.

This is a puzzle-like sculptural book created by renowned French sculptor Jean Robert Ipoustéguy. The sculpture consists of a polished aluminum box which opens two ways to reveal two different books. The inner book is signed and dated by the artist at the colophon. The artist’s signature is also etched inside the aluminum box at a corner of the cover.

[ Johns, JasperBeckett, SamuelFOIRADES / FIZZLESLondon: Petersburg Press, S.A.  1976.

An unusual collaboration between two giants of modernism and contemporary art. All of the motifs for the illustrations are from an earlier work by Johns and chosen by him on the basis of his a priori knowledge of Beckett. This is one of an edition of 250 copies (plus fifty hors commerce) signed by Beckett and Johns.


Published by Multiples, Inc. as part of the boxed set of artists’ books, this book is one of the many books produced by Allan Kaprow that photographically document his happenings. Pose was a happening that first took place on March 22 and 23 in 1969 in and around Berkeley and the full title of the book explains the script for the event.

Kassay, Jacob.  [ SANDED EDITION ]  [ London ]: [ Institute of Contemporary Arts. ]  2013.

Like Rauschenberg’s erasure of a de Kooning drawing, this book is an erased exhibition catalogue from the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London which had organized a solo exhibition of Kassay’s work. The artist has disbound the book and sanded away all of the text and illustrations. It is signed and dated by the artist in pencil, which are the book’s only markings.

[ Katz, Alex ]  Creeley, Robert.  THINKING.  Calais, VT: Z Press.  2000.

This book is the third and last collaboration between the painter and printmaker Alex Katz and the poet Robert Creeley. It features a single poem by Creeley and a single original woodcut by Katz. The book is signed by the author at the colophon and by the artist on the print.

[ Kelly, Ellsworth ]  Ashbery, John.  PLANT DRAWINGS.  New York: Matthew Marks Gallery.  1992.

This is a signed exhibition catalogue for an exhibition of Kelly’s plant drawings that preceded the recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum by twenty years. This elegantly illustrated book is one of one hundred copies signed by Kelly and by John Ashbery who contributed an essay.

Kenna, Michael.  Stanton Hager, trans.  HUANGSHAN: POEMS FROM THE T’ANG DYNASTY.  [ South Dennis ]: 21st Editions.  2009.

Featuring Michael Kenna’s haunting photographs of Huangshan, this book presents over forty poems from the eighth century Tang Dynasty in China, an era regarded as the Golden Age of Chinese poetry. It is signed by the artist, the translator, the editor, and the publisher.

[ Kenna, Michael ]  Adams, Henry.  MONT-SAINT-MICHEL.  South Dennis: 21st Editions.  2008.

This book portrays the Gothic beauty of Mont-Saint-Michel through Michael Kenna’s ethereal contemporary photography and Henry Adams’ stately turn-of-the-last-century writing. It is signed by the artist, the editor, the publisher, and essayist Lance Speer.

[ King, Ron ] Shakespeare, William. ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. Guildford: Circle Press Publications. 1979.

This edition of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra features Ron King’s vibrantly colored artwork. The volume includes numerous silkscreen illustrations throughout the text which feature collaged elements as well as the mask-like illustrations for which King is well known.

[ Koch, Peter and Ira Yeager ]  Bowles, Paul.  2137 TANGER SOCCO.  Berkeley: Del Milion Editions.  2011.

Paul Bowles, the composer, writer, and translator, lived in Tangier, Morocco, from 1947 until his death in 1999. He began an association with artist Ira Yeager when the artist moved into the same Tangier apartment building. This book comprises twenty previously unpublished letters from Bowles to Yeager, eight original relief prints hand colored by Yeager, and one original oil and acrylic painting by Yeager set into the cover.

[ Koch, Peter and Robert Morgan ]  Brodsky, Joseph.  WATERMARK.  Venice: Peter Koch, Printer.  2006.

In this book, with a title playing on the barely visible trademarks in handmade paper, Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky meditates on the Venice of the twentieth century. The book is dedicated by the poet to his friend and artist Robert Morgan who provided fourteen photogravures as illustrations of the text.

Kokoschka, OskarLE BAL MASQUÉ.  Zurich: E. Gloor/Chez Wolfensberger. 1967.

Expressionist painter and printmaker Oskar Kokoschka designed the sets and costumes for a 1963 production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Florence. This oversize book features Kokoschka’s designs in seven original color lithographs with an additional six offset color lithographs. It is signed by the artist, essayist Marcel Jouhandeau, and publisher Madame Felia Léal.

Kosuth, Joseph. NOTEBOOK ON WATER 1965 – 66. New York: Multiples, Inc. 1970.

Notebook on Water 1965 – 66 is a book created by Joseph Kosuth that was published as part of Artists & Photographs, a collaborative boxed set of artists’ books issued in 1970 by Multiples, Inc.  It takes the form of a titled manila envelope containing facsimiles of Photostats of dictionary definitions and black-and-white reproductions of photos showing varioius manifestations of water.

LeWitt, Sol. LOCATION OF THREE GEOMETRIC FIGURES. [Brussels] : [Société des Expositions, Palais des Beaux-Arts]. [1974].

In keeping with LeWitt’s practice of using language and instructions to create his art, the tri-fold artist’s book contains a text in English, French, and German detailing the location of three geometric figures – a square, a circle, and a triangle.


[ LeWitt, Sol ]  Borges, Jorge Luis.  FICCIONES.  New York: Limited Editions Club.  1985.

Ficciones pairs the work of Jorge Luis Borges, a founder of postmodernist literature, and Sol LeWitt, a founder of Conceptual Art.  Appearing at regular intervals throughout the seventeen stories are twenty-two illustrations featuring straight lines overlapping and running in different directions to create LeWitt’s characteristic geometric figures.


[ LeWitt, Sol ]  Heaney, Seamus.  SQUARINGS.  San Francisco: Arion Press.  2003.

In this volume, Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt responds to a series of poems by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. First published in 1991, these poems are similar in shape to a square: they consist of twelve lines arranged into four three-line stanzas.  The mathematical and geometrical presentation of the poems is accompanied by forty-eight illustrations by LeWitt all developed from the form of a square.

[ Maret, Russell ] Æschylus and Henry David Thoreau, trans. PROMETHEUS BOUND. New York: Russell Maret. 2007.

This version of Prometheus Bound, the famous play by Aeschylus, was created by Russell Maret using Henry David Thoreau’s 1843 translation.  It’s design juxtaposes the lines of the characters on a central axis down the middle of the page, made possible by the fact that there is never more than two characters on stage at one time. This innovative design arrangement is accompanied by an original frontispiece drawing by Maret.

[ Maret, Russell ] Strand, Mark. NOCTURNES. Brooklyn: Russell Maret. 2011.

For this book, Maret chose twenty-three works from former United States Poet Laureate Mark Strand and designed the typeface wryly called Strand Serif especially for this publication. Unlike some of Maret’s other books, this work features no illustrations, allowing Strand’s brief, poetic vignettes, characteristically surreal in their imagery, to speak for themselves.

Maret, Russell. THE BOOK OF JONAH. [ New York ] : Russell Maret. 2012.

The familiar Biblical story of Jonah is interpreted in this book by artist and printer Russell Maret who used a horizontal format, the King James translation of the Bible, and a spiky typeface called Nicolas from the Dale Guild Type Foundry which in turn is based on lettering from the 12th century.

[ Maret, Russell ] Euclid and Sir Thomas Little Heath, trans. INTERSTICES & INTERSECTIONS, OR AN AUTODIDACT COMPREHENDS A CUBE. [ New York ] : Russell Maret. 2014.

Featuring commentary and illustrations by the artist, this large-scale accordion book explores the principles of geometry on a mathematic and personal basis. Maret’s layered printing process results in illustrations that have a distinctive, luminous quality and are masterpieces of printing virtuosity. Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, has called this book “a tour de force of color printing.”

[ Maret, Russell ] Schneider, Nina. PRESSED FOR TIME: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WORK OF RUSSELL MARET. New York: Russell Maret. 2014.

This richly illustrated and handsomely produced bibliography describes the work of artist and printer Russell Maret. Covering Maret’s manuscripts and printed books, as well as commissioned works, broadsides, and ephemera, it is also highlighted with tipped-in specimens of leaves and ten pages of four-color photographs of the artist’s books by his wife Annie Schlecter.

[ Masson, André ]  Malraux, André.  LES CONQUÉRANTS.  Paris: Albert Skira.  1949.

A novel by André Malraux with illustrations by Surrealist painter André Masson, Les Conquérants is a partnership between the work of two major French cultural figures of the 20th century who frequently worked together. Masson here created thirty-three striking hors texte original etchings with aquatint in two colors.  The book is signed by the artist and the author in ink at the colophon.

[ Matisse, Henri ]  D’Orleans, Charles.  POÈMES DE CHARLES D’ORLÉANSParis: Tériade Éditeur.  1950.

This is Matisse’s last livre d’artiste and a tribute to a fifteenth century French poet. This edition has over fifty original full-page illustrations and is limited to 1200 copies each signed by Matisse.

[ Matta, Roberto and Gerard Charrière (binding) ]  Ritsos, Yannis.  Jacques Lacarrière, translator.  GRÉCITÉ.  Montpelier: Fata Morgana.  1968.

This unique book features the poetry of Yannis Ritsos (as translated into French by Jacques Lacarrière), an original color etching by celebrated painter Roberto Matta, and a stunning fine binding by Gérard Charrière. The etching is numbered and signed by Matta and the binding is tooled with Charrière’s name in gold.

Meador, CliftonBOOK OF DOOM.  Rhinebeck: Space Heater Editions.  1984.

In his artist’s statement about this book Clifton Meador says he wanted to create a reading experience that would mimic a performance sculpture which would require the reader to actively manipulate the book in order to read it.  The images for this book were made entirely from hand-cut templates and painted with spray paint, applied individually by the artist to each copy.

Moore, HenrySHELTER-SKETCH-BOOK.  London: Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.  1967.

This portfolio contains eighty collotypes from drawings made by Moore in the London Underground during the Battle of Britain. They represent Moore’s finest work as a draughtsman. This edition is one of 360 English language copies, is signed by Moore, and contains one original color lithograph also signed by Moore.

Morris, Robert. CONTINUOUS PROJECT ALTERED DAILY: R. MORRIS 1969. New York: Multiples, Inc. 1970.

As an important figure in the development of Process Art, Robert Morris made a number of works that were focused on the process of creating art rather than on static objects. In these works, he often used ephemeral materials that were difficult to sculpt into predetermined shapes. Continuous Project Altered Daily: R. Morris 1969 is a book that documents one such installation.

[ Motherwell, Robert ]  Joyce, James.  ULYSSES.  San Francisco: Arion Press.  1988.

This book represents a successful collaboration between a prominent Abstract Expressionist artist and a prominent American fine press. Contained in the book are forty etchings, and this copy includes the extra suite of twenty-two Motherwell etchings published simultaneously with the book. The book and each of the etchings in the extra suite are signed by the artist.

[ Motherwell, Robert ]  Paz, Octavio. TRES POEMAS / THREE POEMSNew York: Limited Editions Club.  1988.

The last collaboration between Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz and abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell whose bold gestural style finds a proper setting in this very large format limited fine edition. Signed by Robert Motherwell and Octavio Paz.

Nauman, Bruce. L A AIR. [New York] : Multiples, Inc. 1970.

One of only a few artist’s books that Bruce Nauman has made during his career, L A AIR is a book that serves as a companion piece to his earlier book, CLEA RSKY (1969). CLEA RSKY features pages printed with varying shades of blue – images of clear blue skies.  L A AIR features photographs of the actual air of Los Angeles.

Ono, Yoko. GRAPEFRUIT. New York: Wunternaum Press. 1964.

One of Yoko Ono’s most famous works of any medium, Grapefruit is an influential early example of conceptual art. Like many of her artworks, this book is interactive in nature and contains a collection of text-based conceptual artworks, or instruction pieces. This copy of the scarce first edition features a handwritten inscription by the artist in English and Japanese.

Oppenheim, Dennis. FLOWER ARRANGEMENT FOR BRUCE NAUMAN. New York: Multiples, Inc. 1970.

This book responds to a work made by Bruce Nauman, called Flour Arrangements, consisting of photos showing piles of flour in different positions. Oppenheim, an artist known for his earthworks, took the homonym of Nauman’s piece and converted it back to its usual formulation, featuring a panorama of flowers in a natural setting.

Palermo, Blinky. MINIATUREN II. [ Munich ] : Galerie Heiner Friedrich. 1975

Miniaturen II was Blinky Palermo’s final book. Published two years before his death at age thirty-three, it features very small prints, as the title implies, that showcase his signature style of geometric abstraction on an intimate scale.

[ Picasso, Pablo ] de Rojas, Fernando. LA CÉLESTINE. Paris: Éditions de L’Atelier Crommelynck. 1971.

This influential Spanish novel popularly known as La Celestina was first published in 1499.  Picasso worked with printer Aldo Crommelynck of Atelier Crommelynck to create this edition. It is illustrated by sixty-six etchings and aquatints extracted from a series of Picasso’s prints known as Suite 347 (1968).

[ Pomodoro, Arnaldo ]  Hunter, Sam.  ARNALDO POMODORO.  New York: Abbeville Press.  1982.

This catalogue raisonné for sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro was compiled by noted American critic and scholar Sam Hunter. The artist created a limited edition sculptural case to house Hunter’s book featuring an elaborate geometric relief sculpture in bronze with a gold patina.  Both the book and the sculpture are signed by the artist.

Prince, RichardINSIDE WORLD.  New York: Kent Fine Art and Thea Westriech. 1989.

Both an exhibition catalogue and a work of art, this book is Prince’s visual narrative of the media’s portrayal of sex and aggression drawn from the works of many artists including Richard Artschwager, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Man Ray, Francis Picabia and, of course, Richard Prince himself.  Included is a hand-written joke signed by Prince and archivally framed. The book is one of 250 copies (plus eight artist’s proofs) signed and numbered by Prince.

Prince, RichardWAR PICTURES.  [ New York: ] Artists Space. 1980.  MENTHOL PICTURES.  Buffalo: CEPA Gallery.  1980.  MENTHOL WARS.  [ New York: ] Printed Matter.  1980

This series of three staple-bound paperback books constitutes Richard Prince’s first and rarest artist’s book. Each book is similar but not identical to the other two. Together they constitute his earliest exploration of self image through the lens of commercial promotion. No limitation is stated but these books are very scarce.

[ Puryear, Martin ] Toomer, Jean. CANE. San Francisco: Arion Press. 2000.

First published in 1923, the ambitious, experimental novel Cane by Jean Toomer is here presented with artwork by the celebrated sculptor Martin Puryear.  Puryear chose to illustrate the edition here with seven large woodblock prints that serve as abstract portraits of the female characters in the book and three small prints that are tipped into the book to introduce its three sections.

[ Reese, Harry ] Hannon, Michael.  THE SEA GAZER.  Isla Vista: Turkey Press.  2007.

This poem by Michael Hannon first appeared in City Lights Journal in 1964, and the images by Harry Reese first appeared in unique artist’s book in 2003.  The two are united here under the title The Sea Gazer.

[ Righi, François ] Grégoire, Marie. HEURES DISPERSÉES. [ Paris ] : François Righi. 2014.

This book features drawings and thoughts inspired by the coffered ceiling in the oratory of the Hôtel Lallemant, a Renaissance-era building in Bourges. The coffers decorated with crests and cherubs are the stimulus for Righi’s intricate drawings, calligraphies, and engravings.

[ Rivers, Larry ]  Koch, Kenneth.  WHEN THE SUN TRIES TO GO ON.  Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press.  1969.

This book is one of a number of collaborations between artist Larry Rivers and New York School poet Kenneth Koch. Rivers designed the book, and the cover reproduces a collage by Rivers featuring the title, the author’s name, and photos of Koch.

[ Rivers, Larry ]  Singer, Isaac Beshivis. THE MAGICIAN OF LUBLIN.  New York: Limited Editions Club.  1984.

This book combines Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel with three color lithographs by Larry Rivers, hors texte, one of which is printed as a foldout sheet. The books is signed by both the artist and the author.

Rot, Diter (Dieter Roth). DIE BLAUE FLUT.  Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer. 1967.

Dieter Roth was an artist well known for his multi-faceted work with books and multiples. This work presents a diary for 1966 that is entirely typographic. No illustrations are included and even the punctuation marks are spelled out as words.

Ruscha, Edward. Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell. Royal Road Test. Los Angeles: [ Edward Ruscha ]. 1967.

One of the highly influential photographic books created by Ed Ruscha in the 1960s, Royal Road Test documents the wreckage of a typewriter thrown from a speeding car. This project was the result of a spontaneous action by Ruscha and his friends Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell, and in the book the perpetrators make an express reference to the Dada art movement which began fifty years earlier.

[ Sacabo, Josephine ]  LeJeune, Keagan.  GILDED CIRCLES AND SURE TROUBLE.  South Dennis: 21st Editions.  2012.

This book features the contemporary pictorialist photography of Josephine Sacabo accompanied by the poetry of Keagan LeJeune. This work comprises both a small bound book with ten platinum prints and a separate large portfolio of ten loose photogravures. It is signed by the artist, the poet, the editor, and the publisher.

[ Schäpers, Veronika ]  Gernhardt, Robert.  ACH.  Tokyo: Veronika Schäpers.  2003.

Ach features a poem about death by popular German poet Robert Gernhardt.  In a fitting tribute to Gernhardt’s well known playfulness, Schäpers’ pages feature twelve collages of Chinese hell money which are the banknotes traditionally burned at funerals in China to help the dead have a good time in the afterlife.

[ Schäpers, Veronika ]  Hartmann, Heiko Michael.  DO.  Tokyo: Veronika Schäpers.  2005

This is a book about the art of Japanese archery, known as kyudo, or the way of the bow. Written in German by Berlin based author Heiko Michael Hartmann, this book is very much in the tradition of Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel, another German writer who, like artist Veronika Schäpers, lived in Japan for several years.

[ Schäpers, Veronika ]  Hartmann, Heiko Michael.  IM HOCHHAUS.  Tokyo: Veronika Schäpers.  2011.

Im Hochhaus was inspired by a real-life story of massive pension fraud in Japan where deaths were not reported, and corpses were hidden away by relatives, in order continue to receive the deseased’s pension.

[ Schäpers, Veronika ]  Reich, Stephan.  AOKIGAHARA.  Karlsruhe: Veronika Schäpers.  2016.

Aokigahara is the name of a forest at the base of Mt. Fuji and, after the Golden Gate Bridge, is the world’s second most popular place to commit suicide.  This eponymous book by artist Veronika Schäpers uses a complex stencil process rather than regular printing to create ghostly images and uses staggered pages to create the impression of a person fading into the forest.

Smith, KeithBOOK 91, STRING BOOK.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1982.

This truly remarkable book has attracted much critical attention.  In The Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections: An Illustrated Guide (1992), the book was cited as an example of the boundless creativity contemporary artists’ books have embraced.  It is devoid of text and printed image, relying solely upon the movement of strings through die-cut holes.

Smith, Kiki. FOUNTAINHEAD. [ Columbus, Ohio ] : Logan Elm Press. 1991

A classic example of artist Kiki Smith’s investigation of human anatomy, Fountainhead is an artist’s book that depicts various body parts emitting their associated bodily fluids. The prints include eyes leaking tears, a mouth dribbling saliva, an ear oozing wax, and more.

Spector, Buzz. [ UNTITLED. ] 1983. An altered book with miniature metal bombs.  [ Rumpf, Hans. Das War der Bombenkrieg.  Oldenburg : Gerhard Stalling Verlag. 1961 ]

A book created by book artist Buzz Spector, this volume conceals miniature metal bomb sculptures within its pages. For this work, Spector chose to alter Das War der Bombenkrieg, a German book published in 1961 about the firebombing of German cities in World War II.

Strand, PaulTHE MEXICAN PORTFOLIO.  New York: Da Capo Press.  1967.

This is a new and in Strand’s opinion better edition of his seminal 1940 portfolio Photographs of Mexico. Both editions contain twenty revealing photogravures of Mexico’s landscape, people, architecture, and folk art. This is one of 250 copies each signed by Strand.

[ Adams, Ansel ]  Austin, Mary.  TAOS PUEBLO.  Boston: New York Graphic Society.  1977.

This book is a reprint of Adams’ 1930 Grabhorn Press edition of the same name. These photographs document both the timelessness of UNESCO World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo and the roots of Adams as a young photographer following a pictorialist tradition. This is a limited edition of 950 copies each signed by Adams.

Tetenbaum, BarbaraMINING MY ÁNTONIA.  Portland and West Hartford:  Triangular Press and the Hartford Art School Print Workshop.  2012.

While inspired by a nineteenth century novel and a recent installation by the artist at Reed College in Portland, this work is firmly rooted in the art historical traditions of the Twentieth Century.

Tetenbaum, Barbara and Julie ChenGLIMPSE.  Portland and Berkeley:  Triangular Press and Flying Fish Press.  2011.  $975.

This book is a collaboration between Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen about the transformation of life experiences into narrative form. One set of text is written by Julie Chen on hinged sleeves and another set of text is written by Barb Tetenbaum on cards inserted into the sleeves.

Tetenbaum, BarbaraEMPTINESS IS NOT NOTHING.  DIE LEERE IST NICHT NICHTS.  Leipzig: Triangular Press.  2009.

A visual representation of Heidegger’s 1969 seminal essay on sculpture Art and Space, this hand-painted screenprint addresses the abstruse and difficult meaning of Heidegger’s aesthetic theories.

Tetenbaum, BarbaraA POWERFULLY EXCITING SHORT STORY.  Portland: Triangular Press.  2008.

This totally self-referential book is about a book but not a book. The text is described but it’s not actually there. The same is true of the illustrations.

Tuttle, Richard. PERCEIVED OBSTACLES.  König: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.  2000.

This book presents over eighty facsimiles of work from Tuttle’s Perceived Obstacles series which originated in a poster design for the literature center at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York. Taking its dimensions from the format of the work in the original project, this oversize book reproduces Tuttle’s eighty artworks at full-scale.

[ Uthuppuru, Mary ]  Lahiri, Jhumpa.  INTERPRETER OF MALADIES.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.  1999.

Consisting of nine short stories, Interpreter of Maladies revolves around Indian and Indian American characters who must navigate through two different cultures.  This copy of the book was created by bookbinder and artist Mary Uthuppuru and won the Best in Category award at One Book, Many Interpretations: Second Edition sponsored by the Chicago Public Library in 2011.

[ Van Dongen, Kees ] Baudelaire, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal. Paris-Bievres: [ Pierre de Tartas. ] 1947.

This group of largely erotic poems not only solidified Charles Baudelaire’s reputation among his contemporaries as a degenerate but added criminal prosecutions for blasphemy and obscenity to his resumé.  This classical livre d’artiste edition by Kees van Dongen evocatively captures the eroticism of the poetry.  It is one of fifty copies on Vélin d’Arches with an extra suite of the illustrations which were printed at Atelier Crommelynk.

Wagener, RichardCALIFORNIA IN RELIEF.  San Francisco: The Book Club of California.  2009.

This book designed by Peter Koch beautifully shows the wanderings of artist Richard Wagener from Los Angeles, where he was born, to the San Jacinto Mountains, the Antelope Valley, Sonoma County, the Sierra Nevada, and back to L.A.

[ Wagener, Richard ]  Parmenides.  Robert Bringhurst, trans.  THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES & AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION.  Berkeley: Editions Koch.  2004.

This stunning bilingual edition of this philosophical poem features twenty fragments translated by Robert Bringhurst.  It has five color wood engravings by Richard Wagener.  Each opening features the original Greek set in a digital typeface designed by Christopher Stinehour and the translation set in a new roman typeface by Dan Carr.

Yamamoto, Masao. YAMAMOTO MASAO. South Dennis: 21st Editions.  2011.

Yamamoto Masao is a deluxe publication by 21st Editions celebrating the art of Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto. One of several books the photographer has created, this set includes two volumes and a portfolio of loose prints. The collection of Yamamoto’s work presented here highlights the Zen-like stillness of his photographs.

Zimmermann, PhilipCRUISING ALTITUDE.  Tucson: Spaceheater Editions.  2011.

Presenting both an idealized and a critical view of travel to foreign lands, this dos á dos bound book captures the dichotomy presented by wanderlust: in the first section, picture postcard scenes of exotic locales are, in the second section, juxtaposed against actual scenes taken from or in a jet airplane.

Zimmermann, PhilipHIGH TENSION.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1993.

The unusual size and shape of this autobiographical book, its use of vibrant color and metallic ink, its edgy imagery, and the pointed reference in the title to high tension power lines all suggest an electrically charged explosion.

[ Zúñiga, Francisco and Fernando López Valencia, binder ]  Zúñiga, Francisco. Ali Chumacero, introduction. ZÚÑIGA. Mexico City: Galeria de Arte Misrachi. 1969.

This truly remarkable book has attracted much critical attention.  In The Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections: An Illustrated Guide (1992), the book was cited as an example of the boundless creativity contemporary artists’ books have embraced. It is devoid of text and printed image, relying solely upon the movement of strings through die-cut holes.

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