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Colour in Display

Blandford Press, London
Octavo size (8vo) in green cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 131pp, colour plates, illustrations in text, foldout linen-backed colour chart at rear. First book from the author of 'The Naked Civil Servant'
A well preserved FINE copy (top edge of page block slightly dusty, page-block edges faintly tanned) in a near FINE complete Dust Jacket (tiny chip to head of spine panel, rear panel and inner flaps slightly foxed and dusty, looks fine in its transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Sarah Lucas - God is Dad (Signed Limited Edition)

Sarah Coles HQ, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in black, rough woven cloth, white lettering to spine. Unpaginated, approx. 80pp, illustrated. Artists book published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name, in an edition of 1000, this being one of 150 signed by both Lucas and Garby
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Louise Bourgeois - L'Araignee et les Tapisseries

Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
Octavo size (8vo) in brown cloth backed boards, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 88pp, plates in colour and some b/w, some sepia with tissue guard, facsimile letter, receipts etc bound in, plus loosely inserted presentation card from Iwan Wirth. printed in gilt embossed lettering. One only 750 copies specially made for the exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich 15 June - 26 July 2014
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Nina Mae Fowler - Measuring Elvis (SIGNED COPY)

Cob Gallery, London
1st printing. Large heavy Folio in black cloth, white lettering to spine, embossed circular photo to front cover, 195pp on stiff art paper, plates etc. This copy signed by Nina Mae Fowler on the title-page and dated by her 10. 12. 15
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Ramon Torres Mendez - Pintor de la Nueva Granada 1809 - 1885

Fondo Cultural Cafetero, Bogota
Extra Large 4to. in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 237pp, colour plates, illustrations in text, catalogue of known works, bibliog, etc. Text in Spanish
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves, minute speck of creasing to cover corner tips)
1st editionSoftcover
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Joshua Lutz - Hesitating Beauty

Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam
1st printing. 4to in colour printed thick boards, 90pp on thick art paper, colour plates, etc
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Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World 1400 - 1700 - Proceedings of the Conference held at the Ashmolean Museum on 30 - 31 August 2003

May Beattie Archive / Ashmolean Museum, Oxford / Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic Art and Asian Art, Genoa
Thick, heavy 4to. in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 260pp on thick glossy art paper, colour plates, bibliog, index, map end-papers etc
NEW unread copy in NEW Dust Jacket
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The Buried Giant (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing and correct 1st issue with the plain unprinted page-block edges (some later copies had black printed page-block edges). 8vo in grey boards, gilt lettering to spine, 345pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Gross Arnold (Signed copy with ink sketch)

Published by the Artist, Hungary
Small landscape 4to in red cloth, silver embossed border and lettering to front cover, unpaginated, approx. 60pp on thick art paper, brief text in German, English and Hungarian mainly colour plates. Signed and hand numbered (727) by Arnold Gross at the rear, who has also inscribed it on the same page with a full page original ink sketch of the facing page
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The Entropy Exhibition - Michael Moorcock and the British New Wave in Science Fiction (SIGNED COPY)

Routledge & Kegan Paul, London
8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 244pp, bibliog, index etc. Inscribed and signed by Colin Greenland on the title-page
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in not far from new condition (top edge of page block faintly dusty) in a near FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (3 barely noticeable very short closed edge tears repaired on verso with archival paper, minute chip to bottom corner tip of front flap fold, looks almost as new in its protector)
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1851 Or the Adventures of Mr and Mrs Sandboys and Family Who Came Up to London to Enjoy Themselves and to See the Great Exhibition

David Bogue, London
1st printing. 8vo in contemporary defective quarter leather, 242pp (due to a printing error the leaves are mispaginated, omitting pp. 63-64), engraved title-page and frontispiece, plus 8 other plates. This copy has the following in the ink inscription on the front blank fly-leaf 'This was written by your great-great-uncle, Henry Mayhew, who was present on Opening Day (of the Great Exhibition) when Queen Victoria, the Prince Consort, and their children were there' The inscription is dated March 1953
GOOD only. Lacks spine, front cover and first 3 leaves detached, all leaves present and are very clean, all plates present (some plates repaired or strengthened with tape on verso)
1st editionHardcover
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Rob Ward - Reflections (SIGNED COPY)

Making Space, Isle of Wight
Large, very heavy 4to in silvers embossed bright yellow cloth covered boards, 279pp on thick glossy art paper, colour plates, etc. This copy signed by Rob Ward on the title-page (as Rob) with notes, index other inscriptions PLUS loosely inserted handwritten note from the artist on his headed notepaper and signed by him as Rob
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Out of Actions - Between Performance and the Object 1949 - 1979

Thames & Hudson, New York & London
Thick, very heavy 4to in photo illustrated stiff glossy card covers, 407pp on glossy art paper, colour plates, numerous illustrations in text, artist index, bibliography etc
FINE, a well preserved clean and tight copy
1st editionSoftcover
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Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan - An Anthology - I'm Sorry I'm Sorry I'm So So So Sorry

The Modern Institute / Andrew Hamilton / Toby Webster, Glasgow
Thick 8vo in stiff glossy card covers, variously paginated, approx. 340pp. No 19 of 100 copies
NEW unread copy
1st editionSoftcover
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Anibal Lemos - Arqueologias Do Final Do Milenio / Archaeologies From the End of the Millennium

Anibal Lemos / University of Derby
Very Large square 4to in black boards, unpaginated, approx. 120pp, full page photos etc. Dual text in English and Portuguese
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (slight push to bottom cover corner tips) in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (minute speck of rub to flap fold corner tips)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Maggi Hambling - Touch - Works on Paper ( British Museum, London 8 September 2016 - 29 January 2017) **** SIGNED COPY ****

Lund Humphries / British Museum, London
Large 4to. in thick boards, 144pp, colour plates, etc. Signed by Hambling and dated 2016 on the title-page
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Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be (SIGNED COPY)

Grove Press / Evergreen Original, New York
8vo in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 96pp, photos, glossary. Inscribed (to an actor friend) and signed by the author (as Frank) on the half title leaf. Signed copies of this iconic British musical are rare
VERY GOOD+ (covers faintly tanned and very slightly edge-rubbed, mild bump to top fore-corner of page-block)
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Dante and His Circle - with the Italian Poets Preceding Him (1100 - 1200 - 1300)

Ellis and White, London
2nd revised and re-arranged edition (First published 1861 as the Early Italian Poets). XXII + 468pp in original gilt ruled dark blue cloth
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (contemporary inscription on front paste-down end-paper, pages slightly tanned . Pages slightly tanned
1st editionHardcover
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Shapes in the Fire

Tartarus Press, Leyburn
8vo in red and gilt embossed orange faux cloth, xvii + 233pp. Number 235 of 300 copies printed
AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Opened Ground Poems 1966 - 1996

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in green boards, orange lettering to spine, 478pp
An extremely well preserved NEW unread copy in an unclipped NEW Dust Jacket. A superb copy
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Mapplethorpe (Hayward Gallery, London 19 September 17 November 1996)

Hayward Gallery, London / Electa, Milan
Large heavy 4to. in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 323pp, plates etc. PLUS loosely inserted printed card corrigenda
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (single mild reading crease to spine). An excellent copy
1st editionSoftcover
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Jackson's Dilemma (SIGNED COPY)

Chatto & Windus, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in green faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 249pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket. A superb copy
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Slang Today and Yesterday - with a short historical sketch and vocabularies of English American and Australian Slang

George Routledge & Sons, London
Large thick 8vo in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 476pp, index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly foxed or tanned) in a spine tanned, slightly foxed and slightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its protector). An unusually nice copy
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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America and Alfred Stieglitz - A Collective Portrait

Literary Guild, New York
1st printing. Heavy, large 8vo. in textured black cloth covered boards, inverse silver lettering to spine, 339pp, index, chronology, list of exhibitions etc. Plus 32 single sided plates, being 'Representative Work Shown At 291, the Intimate Gallery and An American Place'. This copy with the bookplate of Nicholas Samstag (American writer and art collector 1904 1968) on the front paste-down end-paper.
VERY GOOD- a clean and tight copy (end-papers and page-block edges moderately browned, mild wear to spine ends, silver lettering to spine a little rubbed)
1st editionHardcover
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Arthur Melville ARSA, RSW, RWS 1855 - 1904 (Dundee Museums and Art Galleries Touring exhibition 1977)

City of Dundee Dristrict Council., Dundee
Square Quarto size (4to) in colour printed stiff card covers, 20pp, illustrations in text, etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to leaves)
1st editionSoftcover
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Damien Hirst - Corpus - Drawings 1981 - 2006 (First Edition)

Gagosian Gallery, New York / Other Criteria, London
1st printing. Lavish, thick, heavy Quarto size (4to). in black printed linen covered boards, gilt embossed black leather label to spine 411pp plates in colour and b/w (many folding), photos, etc. Comprehensive monograph to accompany Hirst's retrospective 'Corpus - Drawings 1981 - 2006' at the Gagosian
NEW unread copy
1st editionHardcover
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Steve McQueen (ICA, London 30 January - 21 March / Kunsthalle, Zurich 12 June - 15 August 1999)

ICA / Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Quarto size (4to) in photo illustrated boards, 54pp, plates in colour and b/w, etc. Text in English throughout
Mild sunning and bumping to boards else FINE, an otherwise well preserved clean and tight copy
1st editionHardcover
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The Books of Albion - the Collected Writings of Peter Doherty

Orion, London
1st printing. Heavy 4to. in thick, colour printed boards, 321pp colour printed facsimile of Doherty's notebooks and photos (plus Editor's Notes at rear). A scarce copy of the first edition first printing
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
1st editionHardcover
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Eastward Ha! (SIGNED COPY)

Eyre Methuen, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 126pp. This copy signed by the author on the front blank fly-leaf (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to page-block edges) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Patrick Hughes - Left to Write - Collected Writings (Signed Copy)

Flowers East, London
Published on the occasion of Hughs' exhibition at Flowers East 'Perspectivirtuoso' (19 September to 18 October 2008). Thick, heavy Octavo size (8vo). in red and grey printed stiff card covers, 407pp with numerous colour and line illustrations. This copy signed in thick black ink by Hughes on the first title leaf (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (slight bumping to bottom corner of page-block fore-edge - from poor handling)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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