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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. 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. Spine slightly toned, else near fine. Inscribed by Ruscha and additionally signed. Original white wrappers, printed in red. "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" (Parr & Badger, Photobook V. II). 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, one of 400 copies. Original white wrappers, printed in red. In near fine condition. Signed twice by Ed Ruscha, inscribed once and signed again by the author. 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 National Excelsior Publication 1962 [1963], [Hollywood] (1962)

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Item Description: National Excelsior Publication 1962 [1963], [Hollywood], 1962. Ruscha, Edward (illustrator). Original white wrappers, printed in red, with the original vegetable parchment jacket. Spine lettering very slightly faded, but a fine copy. Ruscha's first book, one of the most influential conceptual art works, it liberated 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 'readymades'. 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, The Photobook: A History, Vol. II; Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, p. 167. First edition, one of 400 numbered copies. Bookseller Inventory # 29011

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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. 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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RUSCHA, EDWARD). Ruscha, Edward

Published by Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1968).

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Item Description: Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1968). Printed Wrappers with Glassine. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Second Edition 1/500. 12mo. np (48pp), 26 b&w illustrations. Edward Ruscha's 1963 travelogue of decaying Americana, "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" is a deft photographic documentation of the iconic, then-vanishing roadside rest stops between his hometown of Oklahoma City and his newfound promised land of Los Angeles. A bright, handsome example of the uncommon 1968 second edition of the artist's landmark first book (entry B1 in Siri Engberg's "Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999" which is also cited on page 140 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II", and pages 198-201 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book") limited to a mere five hundred copies bearing the SIGNED PRESENTATION "For Pat - (check Jackrabbit, Arizona) / Best Wishes, Ed / 1969" in the year of publication in blue ink on the dedication page. American actress Patricia Quinn is perhaps best known for her role as Alice in "Alice's Restaurant", and from whom we obtained this significant tome directly. The matte white covers show a slight margin of light soiling to along the bottom edge, but none of the fading to the red lettering on the spine typically associated with this title. The publisher's fragile glassine wrapper is bright, fresh, and beautifully preserved. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Signed Presentation Copy from the Artist. Artist's Book. Bookseller Inventory # 022400

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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). Ruscha, Edward

Published by Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1969).

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Item Description: Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1969). Printed Wrappers with Glassine. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Third Edition 1/3000. 12mo. np (48pp), 26 b&w illustrations. Edward Ruscha's 1963 travelogue of decaying Americana, "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" is a deft photographic documentation of the iconic, then-vanishing roadside rest stops between his hometown of Oklahoma City and his newfound promised land of Los Angeles. A bright, most handsome example of the 1969 third edition of the artist's landmark first book (entry B1 in Siri Engberg's "Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999" which is also cited on page 140 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II", and pages 198-201 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book") limited to three thousand copies BOLDLY SIGNED "Ed Ruscha" in black marker across the top of the dedication page showing none of the sunning to the red title lettering on the spine usually associated with this title. The publisher's glassine wrapper is bright, fresh, and beautifully preserved. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Signed by the Artist. Artist's Book. Bookseller Inventory # 022402

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RUSCHA, EDWARD). Ruscha, Edward

Published by Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1969).

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Item Description: Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1969). Printed Wrappers with Glassine. Book Condition: Fine. Third Edition 1/3000. 12mo. np (48pp), 26 b&w illustrations. Edward Ruscha's 1963 travelogue of decaying Americana, "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" is a deft photographic documentation of the iconic, then-vanishing roadside rest stops between his hometown of Oklahoma City and his newfound promised land of Los Angeles. A bright, most handsome example of the 1969 third edition of the artist's landmark first book (entry B1 in Siri Engberg's "Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999" which is also cited on page 140 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II", and pages 198-201 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book") limited to three thousand copies BOLDLY SIGNED "Ed Ruscha" in black ink across the top of the dedication page showing very light sunning to the red title lettering on the spine in the publisher's slightly age-toned glassine wrapper bearing a short closed tear in the fold where the rear flap wraps around the cover. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Signed by the Artist. Artist's Book. Bookseller Inventory # 022404

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RUSCHA, EDWARD). Ruscha, Edward

Published by Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1969).

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Item Description: Self-Published, Los Angeles. 1963 (1969). Printed Wrappers with Glassine. Book Condition: Near Fine. Third Edition 1/3000. 12mo. np (48pp), 26 b&w illustrations. Edward Ruscha's 1963 travelogue of decaying Americana, "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" is a deft photographic documentation of the iconic, then-vanishing roadside rest stops between his hometown of Oklahoma City and his newfound promised land of Los Angeles. A bright, most handsome example of the 1969 third edition of the artist's landmark first book (entry B1 in Siri Engberg's "Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999" which is also cited on page 140 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II", and pages 198-201 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book") limited to three thousand copies BOLDLY SIGNED "Ed Ruscha" in blue ink across the top of the dedication page showing barely perceptible sunning to the red title lettering on the spine as well as a very gentle diagonal soft crease to the rear cover at the upper foredge corner. The publisher's glassine wrapper shows mild age-toned at the extremities along with a few tiny chips and a single short closed tear to the top edge of the rear cover. It has been priced accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Signed by the Artist. Artist's Book. Bookseller Inventory # 022405

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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 Alhambra: The Cunningham Press, 1969 (1969)

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Item Description: Alhambra: The Cunningham Press, 1969, 1969. Duodecimo. Original white wrappers printed in red. With the unprinted tissue dust jacket. Book fine, tissue dust jacket nicked to the back fore edge, two closed tears to foot of back panel. Photographic illustrations by Ruscha. Third edition of Ruscha's first book. The first and second editions totalled only 900 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 82166

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Ruscha, Edward.

Published by Alhambra. The Cunningham Press. 1967. (1967)

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Item Description: Alhambra. The Cunningham Press. 1967., 1967. Kartoniert mit Pergamentpapierumschlag. 48 Seiten mit 26 s/w Fotoabbildungen. Format 14 x 17,8 cm. Seiten teilweise minimalst wellig. Gut erhaltenens Exemplar. Good condition. 2. Auflage dieses legendären Titels von Ed Ruscha. (Siehe auch Parr/The Photobook/Vol II/S.140). Second Edition. 500 unnumbered copies. Bookseller Inventory # 9844

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RUSCHA, Edward.

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Item Description: Alhambra, Cunningham Press, 1969. Orig. wrappers with glassine dustwrapper. Illustr. b/w. 48 p.*Ruscha's first book publication. - 2nd edition, printed in 500 copies. - Edw. Ruscha Editions 1959-1999 B1. - Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # [#68790]

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RUSCHA, Edward.

Published by The Press (1969)

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Item Description: The Press, 1969. Couverture souple. Book Condition: Très bon. RUSCHA, Edward. Twentysix gasoline stations. Alhambra, The Press, 1969. Petit in 16 carré broché, couverture imprimée, titre en rouge, troisième édition limitée à 3000 exemplaires, 26 photos en n/b de stations services, très bon état, bon et bel exemplaire. Avec ce livre, Ruscha établit un nouveau paradigme pour les livres d'artistes, en totale opposition non seulement avec les volumes imprimés de façon artisanale à quelques exemplaires, mais aussi par rapport aux livres d'art de luxe, très courants au milieu du XXème siècle. Ce livre, uniquement visuel est composé de photos sans texte ni description de stations services dans un format de poche. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 4

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Ruscha, Ed.

Published by Alhambra: The Cunningham Press, 1969. (1969)

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Item Description: Alhambra: The Cunningham Press, 1969., 1969. Third Edition. A fine, unmarked copy in original glassine wrapper of the artist's first book. Difficult to find in superior condition. Bookseller Inventory # 16607

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