New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Part 2: Photobooks.

Artists & Photographs – New York. Multiples, Inc. 1970. A combination of both exhibition and catalogue. Consists of a box containing various ephemera, texts, images and multiples by nineteen leading artists of the 1960s: Mel Bochner, Christo, Jan Dibbets, Dan Graham, Douglas Huebler, Allan Kaprow, Michael Kirby, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, Bernar Venet, Andy Warhol. With text booklet by Lawrence Alloway. @Sims Reed Rare Book Shop

Bernhard and Hilla Becher. Anonyme Skulpturen (Anonymous Sculptures) – Art-Press, Düsseldorf, 1970. ‘In the monograph Anonymous Sculptures the conceptual artists Bernhard (1931-2007) and Hildgard Becher (b 1931) grouped clinically shot large format black and white images of uniform but non-identical structures in a way that exposed the differences and the similarities of these structures in a compelling way’ – Photo Histories. Priced $6000 @Sims Reed Rare Book Shop.

Nice collection of Leonard Freed’s books was presented @Antipodean Books. Exhibition ‘Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979′ is on view at the Museum of the City of New York through May 6, 2012. See my post about the symposium on police work by Weegee and Leonard Freed here.

Weegee. Naked Hollywood – New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1953. First Edition of the photographer’s follow- up to Naked City with text by Mel Harris. Priced $1250 @Raptis Rare Books. Wonderful show ‘Weegee: Murder Is My Business’ is on view through September 2, 2012 at ICP.

Robert Frank. Gli Americani (The Americans) – Milano Il Saggiatore, 1959. This rare Italian language edition preceded the first American edition. Priced $3750 @Eric Chaim Kline.

The first American edition of Robert Frank. The Americans – Grove Press Inc, New York, USA, 1959. Priced $1500 @Midway Used & Rare Books.

William Eggleston’s Guide – New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1976. First Edition of the photographer’s most well known photobook with an essay by John Szarkowski. Priced $1500 @Raptis Rare Books.

William Klein. New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo. First Editions of each of the photographers famed city books. Tall quarto, 4 volumes. Each are signed by William Klein, with the caption booklet of New York signed as well. Priced $17500 @Raptis Rare Books.

György Lörinczy. New York, New York – Budapest Magyar Helikon, 1972. Book of New York photographs by Hungarian photographer György Lörinczy taken in 1968. ‘As a foreigner’s vision, and in terms of photographic outlook, Lörinczy’s perspective clearly has affinities with that of William Klein, but his manic exuberance seems to run on pure energy, without the psychological tensions that underpin Klein’s more realistic and informed vision of the city. It seems unlikely that Lörinczy saw the work of any of the Japanese photographers of the day, but his book has a similar ‘anything goes’ feeling, akin to the totally spontaneous style of someone like Daido Moriyama, who coincidentally, was photographing in New York around the same time. Lörinczy’s style is rough, raw and uninhibited, in the best stream-of-consciousness manner’ – Parr & Badger, The Photobook. Priced $2750 @Eric Chaim Kline.  See video presentation of the book.

Workshop 1-8 – Tokyo: PhotoWorkShop, 1974-76. 2° (vols. 1-4: c.500 x 360mm) and 4° (vols. 5-8: 285 x 144mm). Illustrated throughout. Original stapled photo-illustrated wrappers (vols. 5-8), or folded broadside as issued (broadsides with short tears at folds, wrappers with some spotting and light soiling). ‘Probably the most important serial publication in the history of Japanese photography’ (De Beaupré). Workshop was founded by Moriyama, Araki, Hosoe, Fukase, Tomatsu and Yokosuka, and includes contributions from all the guiding lights of contemporary Japanese photography: Ken Domon, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Jun Morinaga, Ikko Narahara, and many others. Priced $14500 @Sims Reed Rare Book Shop.

Goro Kumada, Keh Domon, Masao Horino, Ihei Kimura and others. Nippon – Japan. Tokyo: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1937. Oblong folio (272 x 303 mm), 32 double-page back-to-back photomontages configured as an accordion fold-out. Priced $19500 @Abeceda.

Frank Llyod Wright. Imperial Hotel. Teikoku Hoteru. With an introduction by Yutaro Takanashi. Tokyo, Koyosha, Taisho 12, 1923. 58 plates (48 with sepia-toned photographs and 10 ground-plans as a booklet. First edition of the first detailed documentation of the famous Imperial Hotel built from 1915-1923 and known as Wright’s building in Japan. In 1968 it was demolished and replaced it with a high-rise structure. All that remains of the Wright Imperial nowadays is the hotel’s front facade, preserved today at Meiji Mura, the outdoor architectural museum near Nagoya. Priced $5000 @Abeceda.

Yoshikazu Suzuki and Shohachi Kimura: Ginza Kaiwai. Ginza Haccho. Toho-shobo, 1954. Two Volumes: hardcover book titled Ginza Kaiwai contains illustrations and history of the buildings along the Ginza, Ginza Haccho contains halftone photographic panorama folded concertina-style (panorama 3950 x 180 mm). Priced $6500 @Eric Chaim Kline.

Ginza Haccho draws very distinct similarities to Edward Ruscha’s Every Building On The Sunset Strip which was published in 1966. The b/w reproductions on the fold-out show every building on Sunset Blvd., between Hollywood (Crescent Heights Blvd) and Beverly Hills (Doheny Drive). Ruscha captured the images by mounting a motorized 35mm camera on his truck and driving up and down the Boulevard. The photographs were then laid-out and pasted together. The result is seen in this elaborate accordion fold-out with continuos photographs on both sides of Sunset Strip (South-side of Sunset running along top, north-side along bottom of fold-out). Priced $2500 @Eric Chaim Kline.

Raboche Krest’ianskaia Krasnaia Armiia & Workers and Peasants Red Army. English Text To The Russian Copy of The Album of The Red Army, 1934. Designed by Russian avant garde artist, El Lissitzky. Arranged as 108 numbered doublespreads and one four page foldout of captioned photogravure montages in black, blue, purple and sepia tints. @Maggs Bros

El Lissitzky. Russland – Vienna: Verlag von Anton Schroll & Co., 1930. Volume I in the series “Neues Bauen in Der Welt” edited by Joseph Gantner, the other two being “Amerika” by Richard Neutra and “Frankreich” by Roger Ginsburger. With 104 illustrations, including many highly avant-garde photographs of modern Russian architecture. Priced $2500 @Harper’s Books.

Kinetograph in der Westentasche – 1914. Delightful humorous flip-book (Daumenkino) in ‘Muybridge-Style’ with b/w reproductions of photographs of a lady splashing & playing in water. Priced $375 @Eric Chaim Kline.

Germaine Krull. Der Act, 1920. Book of female nudes by female photographer with a titel page and 20 photogravures. The first appearance of photographs by Germaine Krull in a printed book (second printing, first printed in 1918). Priced $1800 @@Abeceda.

Jazz Photography Books:

William Claxton and Joachim E. Berendt. Jazzlife – Offenburg: Burda Druck und Verlag, 1961. First edition, illustrated with over 20 pages of color photographs and many more of black-and-white photographs of jazz musicians and their audiences across the United States. In 1960 ‘William Claxton and the German musicologist Joachim E. Berendt embarked on a road trip in America. They found and photographed the great jazz artists of the time, with a particularly jubilant, evocative emphasis on vintage New Orleans spirit’ (New York Times). @Raptis Rare Books.

Dan Morgenstern. Jazz People – New York, Harry N.Abrams, 1976. The book portrays the giants of jazz, relates what they achieved, and tells how they made their way in a world not always ready for them. The text offers a clear, informative history of the art, and the photographs present Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Benny Godman, Louis Armstrong and scores of others. Priced $750 @Old New York Book Shop.

Dizzy: John Birks Gillespie in His 75th Year – Pomegranate, Petaluna, California, 1993. Photographic tribute to the legendary bebop trumpet player, spanning the course of his career from the 1940s up to the time of his death (Gillespie passed away in January 1993, shortly after the book’s publication). @Locus Solus Rare Books

Carol Friedman. The Jazz Pictures – San Francisco and Santa Fe, Ne Tondo, an imprint of Arena Editions, 1999. Photographs of Miles Davis, Eubie Blake, Stan Getz, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Art Blakey, Red Garland, Dexter Gordon, Gil Evans, Shirley Horn, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, Johnny Hartman, Gerry Mulligan, Cecil Taylor, Roy Eldridge and Joe Williams are among those included in this collection of 100 duotones.  With foreword by Gordon Parks and an essay by Stanley Crouch. @Locus Solus Rare Books

More: ICP Blog by Russet Lederman and Phot(o)lia by Helka Aleksdóttir.

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