New York: powerHouse Books, 1999. Hardcover. Signed by the artist and author. First edition. The portraits of Italian painter Francesco Clemente (1952 - ) are quite striking, with references to expressionism and surrealism. This book includes over 100 portraits with subjects ranging from poets to artists to actors to friends and family. A few notable examples include Allan Ginsberg, Minnie Driver, Keith Haring, Fran Lebowitz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, and Robert Mapplethorpe. All portraits were completed from 1980 - 1997 in various media such as watercolor, oil on wood panel, pastels and more. Near fine in illustrated paper covered boards with red spine panel and yellow title to spine. Gentle bumping to corners, otherwise in fine condition. In very good plus matching jacket with short closed tear to the front panel and Rizzoli price sticker to the spine panel. 186 pages. ART/011111. Near fine in Very good plus dust jacket.
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London: George Bell and Sons, 1902. Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane’s art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris’s influence on Crane’s ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Very Good.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1920. Hardcover. An interesting early twentieth century Italian text on advertising techniques in various media, including newspapers, posters and signs, catalogs, and more. It talks about the power of advertising, and offers aphorisms on the subject. Extensively illustrated from Italian and French sources with twenty-seven black and white and seventeen color full-page reproductions. There are also over forty inventive and charming in text illustrations. Rebound in chipped and rubbed blue cloth. Some foxing and aging to interior pages but in very good condition. 181 pages including list of artists plus index. ART/091312. Very Good.
Fribourg: Editions d'Art Ebory, . Hardcover. An exquisite exact facsimile of a miniature book of hours from the Vatican library's collections. This is the first reproduction of this sumptuously designed and decorated book from the end of the fifteenth century. The facsimile is bound in fine brown leather with three raised spine bands with gilt decorations and Ross 94, gilt heraldic image on front cover, and all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The book was laser printed on specially made paper. Accompanying the book is another book providing commentary in French written by Marcel Thomas, the chief conservator of the manuscripts department at the Bibliotheque Nationale. He writes about the book's provenance, history, and importance. This is followed by a discussion of the decorations and bibliographical details. Bound in cream suede soft covers with gilt title on front cover. Both volumes are housed in a cream colored suede clamshell box with the title on spine. Books and box are all in fine condition. Facsimile measures 2.75 x 3.75 inches and has 240 pages; Commentary is 45 pages. Box measures 5.75 x 8 inches. ILLUM/010319. Fine.
Manheim, Germany: Mannheim-Neckarau, . A scarce intact copy of this German typographic manual with 84 plates demonstrating various types, layouts, and illustrations. The title translates as "The writing in word and picture. (Practical instructions for learning writing, as well as for the production of glass signs, banners, matt and gloss gilding behind glass, advertising drafts, facade lettering." The 31-page manual offers a history of writing from hieroglyphics to Fraktur. The covers of the manual are lightly soiled but the interior is very good. The plates have occasional small marks on their margins but are also very good. The manual and plates are housed in a cardboard portfolio with the title on the cover and with brown ribbon ties. Light soiling and small brown stain on back cover. With the original cardboard box that holds the portfolio. It is stained and marked up. Measures 9 x 12 inches. BOB/050319. Very Good.