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F N Souza - Words and Lines (Limited First Edition)

Villiers, London
Quarto size (4to) in black printed stiff card covers, with dust-wrapper on hand made paper, both with lettering and design by Souza. 1 of 950 copies. 27pp text with line illustrations, plus 12pp additional illustrations, all on laid paper. An artists book / autobiography by one of India's foremost artists
An extremely well preserved FINE crisp and clean copy (hint of tanning to edges) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (faintly edge-tanned but otherwise very clean and bright), the latter still has the original transparent tissue over-wrapper, which is slightly tanned and lightly chipped
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The Austrian Phenomenon - Architektur Avantgarde Osterreich 1956 - 1973

Birkhauser / Architekturzentrum, Wien
Very thick and very heavy 4to in colour printed stiff glossy card covers. 1,084 pp on glossy art paper, mainly captioned photographs, sketches, plans, and colour plates, etc. Text in German
NEW copy (slight rub to head of spine - looks like a minor production flaw)
1st editionSoftcover
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Antologia del Campiello 1968 (With an original signed lithograph by Gianfilippo Usellini)

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia
Very large 4to in stiff card covers with white printed blue stiff paper wraps, 151pp on thick paper, No. 581 of 1000 copies made. With 5 original colour lithographs by Gianfilippo Usellini. The last lithograph is signed in ink by Usellini in the bottom right corner.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (the signed lithograph is slightly wider than all the other leaves and the proud edge is very slightly creased). The stiff paper wrapper is almost FINE (slightly nicked at the spine panel ends)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcoverDustjacket
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Svatopluk Klimes - Tento Svet Tyz Pro Vsechny ...... / His World Which is the Same for All ... (with two original artworks)

Svatopluk Klimes, Prague / Praha
Large 4to. in colour printed stiff card covers, 63pp on glossy art paper, colour plates, etc. Dual text in English and Czech. PLUS A4 size original artwork on hand made paper, one of Klimes signature partially burned artworks signed and dated 2012 in pencil on the reverse, and a 3 inch x 5 inch colour photo with singed lines and holes, inscribed signed and dated on the rear 2013. Both have Klimes' branded monogram
AS NEW - both artworks as new
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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To Criticize the Critic and Other Writings (Uncorrected Proof Copy)

Faber & Faber, London
Uncorrected PROOF copy, Octavo size (8vo) in black printed stiff brown paper wrappers, 189pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean, tight unread copy (pages slightly tanned, no other signs of age or wear)
1st editionSoftcover
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French Country Cooking

John Lehmann, London
1st printing. 8vo in publishers' original fawn linen covered boards, brown backer gilt lettering to spine, 247pp, full page illustrations and decorations by John Minton, index at rear.
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy inscription on front blank fly-leaf - dated 1951, edges faintly tanned and very slightly dusty) in a near VERY GOOD unclipped Dust Jacket (small rubbed chips to corner tips, 3 cm defection to head of spine panel, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector). A nice copy of this iconic book
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Antony Gormley - Body and Light and other drawings (SIGNED COPY)

Jay Jopling, London
Thick, heavy Square 4to in white printed yellow linen covered boards, unpaginated, approx. 380pp showing 188 full page single sided plates with opposing caption. Inscribed, signed and dated by Antony Gormley on the front blank fly-leaf . Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Independent Art Space, London 28 November - 21 December 1996
Covers slightly dusty else a well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Birth of Penicillin and the Disarming of Microbes (SIGNED COPY)

Allen & Unwin, London
8vo in blue faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 236pp, plates, bibliography, index. Ronald Hare (Professor of Bacteriology, London University etc) began his career at St Mary's Hospital, spending 6 years working alongside Alexander Fleming. This book is the first rigorous study of the history of penicillin, its discovery, testing and manufacture and corrects many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Fleming's role. This copy inscribed to a colleague and signed by Ronald Hare on front blank fly-leaf. Signed copies of this important book are extremely rare.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (thin sliver of very slight sunning to bottom edge of spine) in a slightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD price-clipped Dust Jacket (looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Scythians and Greeks - A Survey of Ancient History and Archaeology on the North Coast of the Euxine From the Danube to the Caucasus

Cambridge At the University Press
Thick and very heavy 4to in navy cloth gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, xl + 720pp, map end-papers, plates and illustrations in text, maps etc (some folding), index etc
A well preserved VERY GOOD clean and tight copy (name on front blank paste-down end-paper, pages slightly tanned, spine slightly faded, bottom edge of spine slightly rubbed, 2 minute nicks to head of spine)
1st editionHardcover
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America

George Routledge, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in red cloth, black lettering to spine, xii + 300pp, 4pp publishers ads at rear
FINE, an exceptionally well preserved and very clean and tight un- or barely read copy (minute speck of shelf rub to spine ends, top edge of page block a little dusty, pages faintly tanned)
1st editionHardcover
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William Johnstone (Signed Copy)

Privately Published by the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London
Extra tall Elephant Folio size (44 x 28 cms / 17.5 x 11 inches) in black cloth with a white design by Johnstone to head of the front cover. Unpaginated, approx. 24pp, portrait photo frontispiece by Robert Sowers, 2 tipped in colour plates and 4 full page b/w plates, all with tissue guards; Ehrenzweig's text (published in an abridged form in The Studio of May 1959 as 'William Johnstone, Artist and Art Educator') is accompanied by 27 b/w plates with red printed captions and small sketches by Johnstone at the head of each page. Errata leaf tipped in at rear. This copy is signed in black ink by William Johnstone on the front blank fly-leaf PLUS loosely inserted a full colour print on stiff glossy card (approx 11 x 8 inches / 28 x 20 cms) with the printed caption 'With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year / Mr and Mrs William Johnstone' and their London address
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight copy (very slight nicking to cloth at spine ends, front end-papers repaired or strengthened by matching paper tape along centrefold)
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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The Rococo Interior - Decoration and Social Spaces in Early Eighteenth-Century Paris

Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Thick, heavy 4to. in red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 342pp, colour plates, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc
A well preserved almost AS NEW copy (tiny crease to bottom corner tip of front cover from mild bumping) in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (tiny tears to head of spine panel - neatly repaired from verso and now barely noticeable, wrapper looks new in its removable transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Tallis's History and Description of the Crystal Palace and the Exhibition of the Worlds Industry in 1851 (3 Volumes Bound in 1)

John Tallis / London Printing and Publishing Company, London
Thick, heavy 4to. in red leather backed marbled boards with leather corner pieces (i.e. a half leather binding). This copy has a coloured title-page followed by plain title-page, 2pp intro., 4pp contents to Vol 1 followed by 155 steel engraved plates - one or two per leaf. The full text of Vol 1, and 2 and 3 follows, each with title page and contents lists bound in. This book was originally issued in parts (about 18 in all, 6 per volume). It is not known how many plates were actually printed, but it is known to be many fewer than the contents lists mention, and few if any copies have the complete set of those that were printed.
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (small repaired split near head of spine, inner hinges strengthened or repaired with paper tape, some very mild tanning to plate edges)
1st editionHardcover
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Ryan McGinley (SIGNED COPY)

Flasher Factory, New York
1st printing. Quarto size (4to) in pale blue stiff card covers. Unpaginated, approx. 70pp, colour plates, etc. Published to accompany McGinley's exhibition at MoMA P.S.1. This copy has been signed by Ryan McGinley and Kathy Grayson on the title-page (no other inscription)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (minute speck of shelf rub to cover corner tips)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Raymond Depardon - San Clemente (Collection Photo Copies)

Centre National de la Photographie, Paris
Large landscape Quarto size (4to). in photo illustrated stiff glossy card covers, unpaginated, approx. 100pp mainly full page photos, brief text in French
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (cover edges tanned - minute speck of rub to cover corner tips)
1st editionSoftcover
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Chen Chi Kwan - Paintings 1940 - 1980 (SIGNED COPY)

Ho Kung-shang / Art Book Co, Taipei
Large square 4to in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 128pp on stiff art paper, plates in colour (the paintings) and b/w (the ink drawings), list of seals, etc. Inscribed (to an acquaintance who worked in the Taiwanese embassy in London at the time) signed and dated (1985) by Chen Chi Kwan on the blank facing page after the title-page.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (top edge of page block slightly tanned or foxed) in a slightly spine sunned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks almost as new in its removable transparent protector)
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Sophie Elson - The City and the Plains

Published by the Artist
Handmade artists book. Landscape Quarto size (4to) (28 cm x 21 cm approx) in monoprinted die-cut stiff card covers. The book was made using lithography, monoprints and etchings in a signed edition of 10 of which this is number 5. Comprises six handstitched leaves of thick cartridge paper each with a 10cm x 10cm colour print. 'A book exploring the poetic beauty of the pampas plains and the relationship between the loss of this land, and arrival of the cities, and the loss of gaucho culture' (from The British Art Centre notes)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (speck of shelf rub to cover corner tips)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Matthew Barney - Pace Car for the Hubris Pill (SIGNED COPY)

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen. Rotterdam
92pp in card covers, plates in colour and b/w, some folding. Text in Dutch and English. In the original silver embossed plastic sleeve. Signed (with no other inscription) by Barney on the title-page
AS NEW in an AS NEW plastic sleeve
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Prampolini - Dal Futurismo All 'Informale (Palazzo Delle Esposizioni 25 Marzo - 25 Maggio 1992)

Commune Di Roma Assessorato Alla Cultura / Carte Segrete, Roma
Large, thick and very heavy 4to in colour printed stiff glossy card covers. 520pp, colour plates, numerous illustrations in text, etc. Text in Italian. An extensive review of the pioneering work of Enrico Prampolini (1894-1956), showing hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculptures, posters, scenographic designs etc. from Futurism and Dada to concrete abstraction. Contains a detailed biographical chronology, manifestos, theoretical writings by Prampolini and approx 20 critical essays exploring each phase of the artist's career.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight barely read copy
1st editionSoftcover
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Victor Sira - Fragments (Signed Limited Edition of 25 Copies)

International Center of Photography, New York
Large square 4to in black linen covered boards with dustwrapper, unpaginated, approx. 80pp on fine art paper, mainly singled-sided colour photos by Sira in his 3 series of collages. This is No 16 of a limited signed edition of only 25 copies
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Beatles Memorabilia - the Julian Lennon Collection (SIGNED COPY)

Goodman Books, London
Extra Large 4to. in thick black boards, 192pp on glossy art paper, numerous colour and b/w illustrations in text. This copy boldly signed by Julian Lennon on the half title leaf (no other inscriptions)
Almost AS NEW (tiny slight bumps to top cover corner tips) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Anthropomorphic Figurines of Predynastic Egypt and Neolithic Crete with Comparative Material From the Prehistoric Near East and Mainland Greece (Royal Anthropological Institute - Occasional Paper No 24)

Andrew Szmild / Royal Anthropological Institute, London
Thick, heavy Quarto size (4to). in grey cloth, white design and lettering to spine and front cover, 530pp, numerous illustrations in text, plates section at rear, bibliography, index etc
A well preserved FINE clean and tight copy (page-block edges faintly tanned) in a dusty and lightly edge-worn but otherwise VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (small chip to top edge of rear panel, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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Paddington's Garden (SIGNED COPY)

Harper Collins, London
4to in colour printed thick glossy boards, unpaginated, approx. 30pp. First published in 1972, this edition has new illustrations by Lobban. Inscribed and signed by Michael Bond on the half title leaf (no other inscriptions)
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved and clean and tight copy (cover corner tips very slightly shelf rubbed)
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Jean Tinguely - A Magic Stronger Than Death (SIGNED COPY)

Bompiani, Milan
Thick, very heavy 4to in colour printed stiff card covers, 384pp, plates in colour and b/w, numerous illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc. To accompany the retrospective exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, Venice 1987. Text in English throughout. This copy boldly signed and dated (17 VII 87) by Tinguely on the front blank fly-leaf.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (minute bump to spine at bottom rear corner tip, minute speck of rub to cover corner tips)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Axis - Aproil 1935 - Number 2 - A Quarterly Review of Contemporary Abstract Painting and Sculpture

Myfanwy Evans, Henley on Thames
4to in thin card printed wrappers, 32pp, illustrates in b/w works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Nicholson, Helion, Moore, Hepworth, Braque and Hans Erni. Plus one loose colour plate on thick stiff paper (Ben Nicholson - Painting - 1935) and lacking the other colour plate (of Picasso - Head - 1926) the colour plates were not sewn in, being either issued loose or tipped-in by hand. This copy includes the order form for Axis No. 3 on blue paper.
Apart from the lost plate this is an extremely well preserved about FINE clean and tight copy (hint of dustiness and tanning to covers, tiny flat crease to top corner tip of front cover)
1st editionSoftcover
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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (Three Volumes / 3 Vols Complete)

Oxford University Press, New York & Oxford
3 matching volumes, all Heavy 4to. in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover. 2,232pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight unread or barely read set (merest hint of tanning to leaves)
1st editionHardcover
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Geniuses of War, Weal and Beauty - George Dawe RA Pinx

Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums, Moscow
Large heavy 4to. in ornately gilt embossed blue cloth backed red cloth covered boards, 271pp on stiff art paper, chronology, bibliography, index etc. Text in English throughout. The first significant monograph on Dawe
NEW unread copy in NEW colour printed cloth covered slipcase
1st editionHardcover
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Marcel Proust - Selected Letters - Volume Three / Vol 3 - 1910 - 1917

Harper Collins, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. xix + 434pp, index
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW publisher-price-clipped Dust Jacket with publishers price sticker to inner flap. An excellent copy of this scarce book
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Henry Moore - Mother and Child Etchings

Raymond Spencer, Much Hadam
4to in deep red cloth, black lettering to spine, black embossed sketch by Moore to front cover (repeated in colour on the dust jacket), 109pp on stiff art paper, 42 single page plates. No 474 of 750 hardbound copies. The simultaneous softcover trade edition had only 30 plates and was printed on cheaper paper.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Corrections of Misprints in Finnegans Wake by James Joyce - As Prepared by the Author after Publication of the First Edition

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) stapled sheets, 16pp. Issued 'for distribution to purchasers of Finnegans Wake', this is the correct first appearance of the complete list of corrections (Faber issue precedes that by Viking)
FINE, an extremely well preserved and very clean copy (hint of tanning to cover leaves, faint creasing to bottom corner tips)
1st editionSoftcover
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