Caracas: [Banco Central de Venezuela], . 127 pp. Illus. with 398 b/w photos. 4to. Illustrated paper wrappers, bound into two folding sections. First edition. Four parts in two volumes. Contains nearly four hundred photographs of metalwork, many with numerous illustrations of door hardware, locks, hardware for chests and trunks, utensils, and miscellaneous from the 16th to 19th centuries, covering Venezuelan, Creole, Spanish, North American, French, Cuban, English, Italian, Mexican, Peruvian, and more. The first volume contains Part I: chiefly illustrations of metalwork. The second volume contains Part II: Clasificacion por Especie; Part III: Clasificacion por Origen; and Part IV: Clasificacion por Orden Cronologico. A very good copy, with some wear on the wrappers, contents fine.
Design & Graphic Arts
New York: Thames and Hudson, (1990). 224 pp. Illus. with color & b/w photos and reproductions. 4to. Illustrated paper wrappers. First edition. An excellent introduction to this total design concept that would take its name from the famous 1925 Paris Exposition of the Arts Decoratifs. A near fine copy with very minor edgewear.
Ames, IA: esign Center Gallery Iowa State Univ. 1973. Unpaged [12 pp.]. Illus. with b/w plates and photos. 8vo. Stapled paper wrappers. First edition. Vernon Brejcha was the Artist in Residence, May 1-5. In cooperation with the Department of Ceramic Engineering, Iowa State University. A very good copy with gallery address label and small sticker on front wrapper.
New York: Watson-Giptill, 1981. 432 pp. index. 500 b/w and 150 color illus. 4to. Silver lettering on red cloth. First edition. Sections include Photography, Communications Graphics, The Book Show, and Political Art. A visually stunning book. Near fine (some pages till unopened) in a very good or better dj with a few closed tears on the spine.
Paris: Editions Norma, (1996). 399 pp. Illus. with color & b/w plates. 4to. Blind embossed maroon morocco, gilt spine letters, silk bookmark. First edition. The first and only substantial monograph on this most important French Art Deco and modernist architect, designer, furniture maker, and sculpture (other than two very short works by George Waldemar in 1948 and 1956). Arbus (1903-1969) trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Toulouse and at his family's cabinetmaking workshop. His career as an architect took off when his design of a single family house was exhibited at the 1937 International Exposition. A beautiful production. We could find no other copies bound in leather offered at sale or auction. Faint rubbing to rear board else a fine copy in original raw cardboard slipcase.
New York / Washington, D. C. Macmillan Company / National Gallery of Art, 1950. xviii, 229 pp. Illus. with 117 color & 261 b/w photos. 4to. Cloth. First printing. Introduction by Holger Cahill. A very good copy in a good edgeworn creased dust jacket.
Paris: Chez l'auteur, 1907. Unpaged [184 pp]. Illus. with 150 b/w reproductions. 4to (33 cm). Quarterbound morocco gilt over brown paper-covered boards with original green paper wrappers bound in. First edition. Text in French. The second volume of the massive 31 volume "Le peintre-graveur illustre XIXe et XXe siecles," (1906-1930), catalogue raisonnes of primarily French graphic artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes a catalogue of the works with brief descriptions, reproductions, various states, and provenance. Scarce in the original. One inch chip to head of spine, leather worn, front hinge split at upper end and front board thus partially detached, leaves clean and unmarked. A solid copy of this standard work.
[Paris]: Federation Mondiale des Cites Unies, 1985. 131 pp. Illus. with color plates. 4to. Cloth. First edition. Preface from Pierre Mauroy. Fifty-one posters reproduced from the Alain Gesgon collection exhibited as part of the 40th anniversary of the United Nations. A fine copy in a very good rubbed and edge worn dust jacket.
Zurich: Graphis Press, 1984. 304 pp. 918 b/w & color illus. 4to. Cloth. First edition. Packaging Series. From beverages to wrapping paper. The carrier (shopping) bags are a highlight. Near fine with owner's signature on ffep in a very good+ dj with a few small chips.
New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2000. 95 pp. Illus. with color photos. 8vo. Stiff paper wrappers. First edition. The first group in the ongoing program launched in 2000 at the White House. Winners for 2000 were Frank Gehry (lifetime), Morris Lapidus and John Hejduk (American Originals), Apple Computer (Corporate), Ralph Appelbaum (Communications), Lawrence Halprin (Environmental), and Paul MacCready (Product); there was no architectural award that year. Printed by Stinehour Press. Wrappers rubbed else a fine copy.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. 204 pp. Illus. with b/w reproductions. Sm. 4to. Cloth. Later printing. Inscribed by the author to the artist A. Lincoln Cooper. An analysis of design with special reference to Asia including: China, Japan, Korea, Polynesia, Indo-China, Siam, Burma, and India. Spine ends worn else a very good bright copy.
New York: Thames and Hudson, (1995). 352 pp. Illus. with 300 color and 117 b/w photos and reproductions. 4to. Cloth. First edition. Prepared for the fist exhibit at the Wolfsonian, this collection of essays delves into the collection and examines the response to modernity as the struggle between the modern and anti-modern, the progressive and the reactionary, and the use of design by both the reformer and the propagandist. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. As new.
New York: Time Inc. 1932. Illus. Folio. Paper wrappers. First printing. Brilliant cover by Paolo Garretto (1903–1989) often better known for his caricatures of La Guardia cast as Napoleon and his Al Smith as Jimmy Durante than for his deceptively simple and brightly colored graphics influence by Picasso, Kandinsky, and other moderns. Includes Rivera's mural "In Our time," an Abbott portrait, articles on the South Manchurian Railroad, Sears Catalogue, Housing, The Bowery Savings Bank, Railroads, and Cellophane. Foxing to margin of front wrapper otherwise a very good+ tight, clean copy.
Paris: Editions du "Studio" 1912. xii [adv.], 254 pp. Illus. with 21 color plates & 248 b/w photos. 4to. Gray cloth with original wrappers bound in. First edition. Text in French, captions in English and French. A bound copy of the Studio year book for 1912 covering decorative work in England, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Work by Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveu, and Seccession artists such as William Mackintosh, Josef Hoffmann, Otto Prutscher among many others. A very good or better copy, binding fine, original publication with some slight wear to the lower fore corner of a few preliminary leaves, scattered foxing, and a very faint stain to the lower edge of the last few leaves. A handsome copy.