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Ruscha, Ed [Edward]

Published by National Excelsior, Alhambra, CA (1963)

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Item Description: National Excelsior, Alhambra, CA, 1963. First edition, one of 400 numbered copies of the artist's first book. Original white wrappers, printed in red. This copy was one of Ruscha's personal author copies. He presented this copy to a fellow artist whose parents owned Anderson, Ritchie & Simon---the printing firm that produced many of Ruscha's books. Included is a letter of provenance from the recipient. Inscribed by Ed Ruscha and additionally signed again by Ruscha. Spine slightly toned, near fine. Ed Ruscha's first book, a seminal "bookwork", one of the most influential conceptual art works, it served as a kind of tonic, liberating the artists' book from many of its traditional emphases. "The first book came out of a play with words. The title came before I even thought about the pictures. I like the word 'gasoline' and I like the specific quality of 'twenty-six.' If you look at the book you will see how well the typography works - I worked on all that before I took the photographs. Above all, the photographs I use are not 'arty' in any sense of the word. . . . One of the purposes of my book has to do with making a mass-produced object. The final product has a very commercial, professional feel to it . . . . I have eliminated all text from my books -- I want absolutely neutral material. My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter . . . my book is more like a collection of 'ready- 56 item 241 mades'. Edward Ruscha, Artforum interview, 1965; Lippard, Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972, p.11. "The most renowned series of artist's books in the history of the genre," Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. II; Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, p.167. Bookseller Inventory # 3101

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Ruscha, Ed [Edward]

Published by National Excelsior Publication, Hollywood (1962)

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Item Description: National Excelsior Publication, Hollywood, 1962. First edition, first printing one of 400 copies, number 141. Original white wrappers, printed in red. Signed by Ed Ruscha on the title page. In near fine condition with the rare original glassine wrapper. Ed Ruscha’s first book, a seminal "bookwork", one of the most influential conceptual art works, it served as a kind of tonic, liberating the artists’ book from many of its traditional emphases. "The first book came out of a play with words. The title came before I even thought about the pictures. I like the word ‘gasoline’ and I like the specific quality of ‘twenty-six.’ If you look at the book you will see how well the typography works - I worked on all that before I took the photographs. Above all, the photographs I use are not ‘arty’ in any sense of the word. . . . One of the purposes of my book has to do with making a mass-produced object. The final product has a very commercial, professional feel to it . . . . I have eliminated all text from my books — I want absolutely neutral material. My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter . . . my book is more like a collection of ‘ready- 56 item 241 mades’. Edward Ruscha, Artforum interview, 1965; Lippard, Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972, p.11. "The most renowned series of artist’s books in the history of the genre," Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. II; Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, p.167. Bookseller Inventory # 4014

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Ruscha, Edward

Published by [Los Angeles: A National Excelsior publication], 1962 (1962)

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Item Description: [Los Angeles: A National Excelsior publication], 1962, 1962. First edition. Number 204 of 400 copies printed in April, 1963 by the Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. Ruscha's first book—it all began here. White paper covers with title in red. 26 black-and-white plates (3 double-spread) on [48 ] pp. Light wear. 17.9 x 14.1 cm. Original glassine browned, chipped at edges, and lightly rippled by glass ring. Small, light stain in margins of pp. [14-23], not affecting images. Bookseller Inventory # 28001

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TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS: Ruscha, Edward

Ruscha, Edward

Published by Alhambra, California: The Cunningham Press (1963)

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Item Description: Alhambra, California: The Cunningham Press, 1963. First edition, first printing, numbered 242 of 400. Original white paper covers printed in red, with the original plain tissue wrapper. Housed in a purpose made quarter black morocco solander box. An excellent near fine bright copy with no inscriptions or stamps and no loose, marked or torn pages. Covers very faintly darkened to the bottom edge. The glassine is darkened and edge-worn with a tear and some associated loss to the front flap but complete. A terrific copy. Ruscha’s first book, initiating his much-imitated cut back, literal aesthetic. Produced cheaply and accessibly, Ruscha’s signature style is sympathetic to Warhol’s Pop Art movement and made without use of heavy paper or glossy hard covers. The twenty six gasoline stations follow Route 66 from West to East; Los Angeles, where Ruscha lives to Oklahoma City, where he grew up. The final station, at Groom in Texas, marks the beginning of the return journey. A scarce book, particularly as nice as this. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 10201

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Ed Ruscha: Twentysix Gasoline Stations (Second Edition: RUSCHA, Ed (Edward)

RUSCHA, Ed (Edward)

Published by Ed Ruscha (Self-published), Los Angeles (1967)

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Item Description: Ed Ruscha (Self-published), Los Angeles, 1967. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. 1963/1967. Second edition. (Originally published in 1963 in an edition of 400 numbered copies). Signed in blue ink on the dedication page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in red on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 26 black-and-white illustrations printed by The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. 7-1/16 x 5-9/16 inches. This second edition was limited to 500 unnumbered copies. Out of print. Very scarce.[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (two 1/8-inch chips at crown of spine and bottom front edge, slight toning, else Fine). A bright, tight copy. A coveted, landmark artist's book which included photographs of gasoline stations dotting old Route 66 between Los Angles and Oklahoma City (the artist's hometown). Each "snapshot" (as Ruscha referred to them at the time) is captioned only with its location and the oil company name, and was originally made, according to Ruscha, solely to serve the book's conceptual approach. The publication was rejected by the Library of Congress for its unorthodox form and supposed lack of information. Twentysix Gasoline Stations is a monumental, albeit unassuming, contribution that helped shape the strong resurgence of interest in artist's books from the 1960s to the present. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 112098

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RUSCHA, Ed.

Published by Los Angeles. (1967)

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Item Description: Los Angeles., 1967. Small 8vo. pp. 48. Black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout. Original wrappers, title printed in red ink on front and spine. With glassine dust-jacket. Slight fraying to upper edge of glassine and fading to spine, otherwise good. Second edition, limited to 500 unnumbered copies. First edition was published in 1963. 'With this his first book, Ruscha established a new paradigm for artist's books that stood in opposition not only to hand-printed books but also to the livres de luxe common earlier in the century . here was a book - primarily visual, comprising nondescript photos of gas stations, assembled by a visual artist, that could slip into any book store, or pocket, and be marketed like any other paperback.' [Engberg & Phillpot - Ed Ruscha Editions, B1]. Bookseller Inventory # 43731

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Ruscha, Edward

Published by Cunningham Press, Alhambra, CA (1969)

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Item Description: Cunningham Press, Alhambra, CA, 1969. Wraps. Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good + DJ. Third Printing. Handsome copy. Spine is very slightly faded at top and bottom of spine. Tissue dj has 1 1/2" tear at top of spine. Several minute tears along top of front panel, also 1/4" x 1/2" chip on rear panel. Ownership signature of prominent photographer. Bookseller Inventory # 3752

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Ed Ruscha

Published by Self-published January 1969 (1969)

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Item Description: Self-published January 1969, 1969. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. Excellent copy of the third edition, 1/3000. Glassine dj toned and fragile, but intact. Signed by Ed Ruscha. Bookseller Inventory # 20110306137873

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Ruscha, Edward.

Published by Cunningham Press., Alhambra (1969)

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Item Description: Cunningham Press., Alhambra, 1969. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Third Edition. Third edition. One of 3000 copies printed. Fine copy lacking the unprinted glassine overlay. (48pp. ) (5 1/4" x 7") 26 b&w photo images. (B); 5 1/4" x 7". Bookseller Inventory # 3112994

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Edward Ruscha

Published by Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California (1969)

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Item Description: Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California, 1969. Wraps. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Third Edition. One of 3,000 printed in the third edition. Unpaginated. There are a few faint spots on the stiff paper wraps. A name and date are written in green ink on the title page. The rest of the interior is clean and unmarked. Photos upon request. Postage fees will be waived. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 10837

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Artist) Ed Ruscha

Published by Edward Ruscha / The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, CA (1969)

ISBN 10: 149971386X ISBN 13: 9781499713862

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Item Description: Edward Ruscha / The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, CA, 1969. Wrappers. Book Condition: Very Good. (Cunningham Press). (Alhambra, CA). (1969). 12mo. 3rd edition of artist's first book. 3,000 copies printed. Light toning and edgewear to glassine dust jacket, with minute chipping to head of spine. Contents clean and tight. VG/VG in wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 1133797

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Ruscha, Ed].

Published by Artforum, New York (1964)

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Item Description: Artforum, New York, 1964. Square 4to.; staple-bound; illustrated throughout in black and white; color illustrated wrappers. Near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 6D1462

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Coplans, John, ed. Ruscha, Edward

Published by San Francisco, 1964 (1964)

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Item Description: San Francisco, 1964, 1964. In 1963, when Ed Ruscha published Twentysix Gasoline Stations, his first book, he sent two copies to the U.S. Copyright Office, one to establish copyright, the other destined for the collection of the Library of Congress. Great! Recognition for the young artist. As you might imagine, LC receives a great deal of copyright material that it cannot store forever: commercial catalogues, advertising material, and many self-published books, among others. Jennings Wood, Chief, Exchange and Gift Division, sent Ed a very polite letter on October 2, 1963, as follows: "Dear Mr. Ruscha: I am, herewith, returning this copy of Twentysix Gasoline Stations, which the Library of Congress does not wish to add to its collection. We are, nevertheless, deeply grateful for your thoughtful consideration of our interests." What a blow! Ed turned this seeming setback into one of the wittiest pieces ever to appear in Artforum: a five-inch display ad on p. 55 of the March 1964 issue (volume 2, number 9). The following text accompanies a photograph of a hand holding the book: "REJECTED Oct. 2, 1963 by the Library of Congress Washington 25, D.C. copies available @ $3.00, National Excelsior 2351-1/2 Vestal Avenue Los Angeles 26, Calif. Wittenborn & Company 1018 Madison Avenue New York 21, New York." A facsimile copy of this letter accompanies the issue. This is item M6 in Edward Ruscha: editions 1959-1989 (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1999). LC still does not own a copy of any edition of Twentysix Gasoline Stations, by the way. Later, Ruscha did layout and design work for Artforum, including the superbly inventive cover for the Surrealism issue, September 1966, volume 5, number 1 (see separate listing). Several pristine copies available of this rare, March 1964 issue of Artforum. Richly illustrated (no color this early). 60 pp. 27 x 26.5 cm (about 11 inches square). Cover by Larry Rivers. Includes articles on recent American ceramic art (Voulkos, etc.), Shiko Munakata, Pop Art in Canada, and, most notably, John Coplans on Wallace Berman. Bookseller Inventory # 69003

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