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Munich: Verlag Fred Jahn, 1989. First edition of one of the most revealing collections of the photographic work of Gerhard Richter. Folio, original cloth. Signed and dated in the year of publication on the half-title page, "Gerhard Richter 14.10.89." Fine in a fine dust jacket. "In Atlas, Richter not only reveals much of his life, and the basis for many of his paintings, but he also summarizes the concerns of many of the leading makers of artist's books from Ruscha and LeWitt to Boltanski and ...
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Marilynne Robinson on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. In this award-winning collection, Marilynne Robinson offers other ways of thinking about history, religion, and society. Whether rescuing "Calvinism" and its creator Jean Calvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide between the Bible and Darwinism, Robinson ...
First edition of this "profound, graceful, and literary work" (The Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Barbara Kingsolver on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Paoloa Echavarria. Living the American consumerist's good life in Arizona's desert makes abundantly obvious how everyday existence depends on nearly limitless consumption of fossil fuel. It's not just the ubiquitous automobile guzzling gas. Even ...
Publisher: Viking Press, New York
Description: First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Rushdie. Fine in a fine dust jacket. "A masterpiece of sympathetic yet critical reporting...To say that it is a work of art is to take full note of its literary allusions, its uncompromising sensitivity to death and destruction, its ready political eye for the funny and grotesque, and above all its understated and gripping eloquence" (Edward W. Said). Read More
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey
Description: First edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Vincent Scully. Scully is revered as one of America's most genius architectural historians. In Modern Architecture and Other Essays, the author documents the progress throughout American history of urban development. Read More
Publisher: Harper & Row Publishers, New York
Description: First edition of Sendak's classic work. Signed by Maurice Sendak on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket with the correct code. The Caledecott medal is adhered to the front panel. Sendak's homage to New York City and the movies of the 1930s, In the Night Kitchen "spins the reader through the surreal fantasy of a child's dream, like Alice into Wonderland or Dorothy into Oz." Like most of Sendak's work, Kitchen is "a celebration of the primal, sensory world of ... Read More
Description: First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by the photographer Stephen Shore on the half title page. Unnamed bookplate to the inner gutter, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Read More
Publisher: Harper Trophy, New York
Description: First editions, first printings of each of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. Small octavos, original illustrated boards. Each are signed, dated and embossed by Lemony Snicket. Each of the thirteen volumes are in fine condition. Also included is a signed first edition of "Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography." A beautiful signed set. Critics have compared the Snicket oeuvre to Edward Gorey, the Brothers Grimm and Roald Dahl. They are melodramatic gothic-style cliffhangers, ... Read More
Description: First edition of the author's epic novel of Russian history. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Solzhenitsyn on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A grand meditation on history, a masterly re-creation of people and faces caught up in the sweep of time, symbolized by a rolling fiery red wheel. The work is breathtaking in scope...Much credit for its power must go to Mr. Willetts's superb translation, " thought the The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal concluded that ... Read More