Middle Eastern History
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Berlin: Kurt Wolff / Im Schocken Verlag, 1932 / 1936. Hardcover. First volume has 18 full page plates and 8 illustations in text. In black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Light rubbing to boards. Clean, bright interior. In white dust jacket with red spine panel and white title to spine. In original cardboard slipcase with title to spine panel. Minor wear to edges of case. 307 pages. Second volume is also bound in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine, but it's dust jacket is off-white with black title to spine and front panel. The second volume is not in a slipcase. 287 pages plus 15 plates. In German. GER709281 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Near Fine / Fine.
New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1966. Hardcover. Near Fine hardcover in Very Good light blue dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to jacket includes rubbing to two closed tears to the edges, and light fading to spine. Index, 327 pages. Middle East. MID/6272. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
Motivate Publishing, 1992. Hardcover. "This Arabian Album is a personal record of the region as it was at mid-century, a brief glimpse at a small segment of history which I was privileged to witness" (photographer). Near fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gift inscription in pen to half-title page from previous owner. In black dust jacket with orange title to spine and front panels. 224 pages. MID/011817. Near Fine / Fine.
Washington D.C. Brassey's, Inc., 2002. Hardcover. Mint in mint red and blue dust jacket with white title to front panel and to black spine panel. Like new. 295 pages. Includes section of notes for each chapter. Illustrated throughout with drawings and photos. Middle Eastern History. MID/8132. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Maureen Cummins, 2013. Artist's Proof. One of 25 copies. Signed by the book artists Maureen Cummins and Tona Wilson. The book artists describe their work as "an impassioned paean to the flowering of book culture, as well as a mournful enumeration of deliberate acts of censorship, repression and destruction. The constrast and continuum of these two realities is represented within a dos-à-dos structure that allows the reader to flip from one narrative to the next, from a bright jewel-colored world to dark, fragmented one, neither of which is clearly the beginning or the end of the story." The book is the result of a long collaboration between Cummins and Wilson, created as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, an international response by over two hundred artists to the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street (the Street of Booksellers) that occurred in Baghdad on March 7, 2007. In the MInute Before depicts the world of knowledge and beauty. Grand epophs are contained within sweeping, horizontal spreads. In the Minute After depicts a world of chaos and annihilation, the only light that of books being burned. As they worked on the book the artists incorporated world events such as the threats to precious manuscripts in Timbuktu and the controversy surrounding renovation plaus at the New York Public Library. The book was printed on Arches cover paper with over two hundred runs of letterpress printing, silkscreen, stenciling, and hand-coloring. The blue and black covers were hand-painted, screen printed and stamped with the numbers "11:39" and "11:41," the times before and after the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street (artists' description). Measures 7 x 10.75 inches and contains eight spreads. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/092619. Fine.
Pennsylvania and New York: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 17 of 50 copies signed by the book artist. AlieNation / SepaRation was part of Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project. The project brought five artists into conversation with Syrian and Iraqi individuals resettled in Philadelphia. Cummins interviewed four participating families in 2018. The interviews captured the unspeakable losses experienced by the settlers and bore witness to their struggles to adjust to new countries, cultures, languages, and their separation from loved ones. From the interviews, Cummins selected forty-eight excerpts that she pieced together to create a narrative arc. To house the text, the artist created a structure that is visually startling, experimental, and conceptually driven. Text blocks are severed, then reprinted as quarto-sections on corresponding pages of four separate books. As in the case of the resettlers themselves, these stories must be reunited in order to be read, understood, and made whole again. Since the structure is two-sided, with half the pages printed upside down, the reader is forced to puzzle out where and how to begin and what order in which to read the pages. In this way (s)he is forced to experience some measure of the confusion, alienation, dislocation, and separation that resettlers struggle with every day. The books were created by first deeply saturating flats of color onto Arches Cover White. Blocks of text were then surprinted over the color fields, a process that required masterful registration. Bound by Lisa Hershey in the Coptic style structure that draws on Middle Eastern binding tradition. Each set of four books is housed in a handsome plexiglass slipcase and laser-etched titling by Sarah Pike. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. The set measures 17 x 17 x 2.5 inches and contains 192 pages. ARTISTSB/092319.
New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, (1973). Paperback. 8vo. Very good in brown and black illustrate paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine. Spine faded to grey. Bump to foot of spine and rubbing to wraps. Interior is clean and bright. Index, 443 pages. Middle Eastern History. MIDEAST/050312. Very Good in Wraps.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue paper covered boards with orange title to spine. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout including frontis. Orange and yellow illustrated price clipped dust jacket with yellow title to front panel and orange title to spine. One small open tear to top edge of rear panel and one very small puncture hole to dust jacket. Index, 192 pages. Middle East. MID/5202. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.