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Ed Ruscha (A collection of 16 artist's: RUSCHA, Ed (Edward)

Item Description: Ed Ruscha, Heavy Industry Publications and Multiples, Inc, Los Angeles, Hollywood, California and New York, 1963. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A collection of 16 artist's books by Ed Ruscha, plus additional books and ephemera. All titles first editions. 14 of 16 titles signed by Ruscha.ARTIST'S BOOKS:1) Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Slipcased Limited Edition (First Edition). 1963. First limited edition of 400 numbered copies (this being #97/400). 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 plates printed by The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. 7 x 5-1/2 inches. Out of print. Extremely 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).] CONDITION: Fine in Fine original glassine dust jacket and Fine original black slipcase.2) Various Small Fires and Milk [SIGNED]. 1964. First edition of 400 unnumbered copies. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in black on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 15 yellow-toned plates, and one black and white plate, printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simons, Los Angeles. 7 x 5-1/16 inches. A rare signed copy of the first edition. CONDITION: Fine (a bright, tight, mint copy in a Near Fine glassine dust jacket), in Near Fine original glassine dust jacket (1/16-inch chip missing from the heel of the spine, 1/8-inch closed tear along bottom edge of rear cover, and at bottom of front fold, else Fine).3) Some Los Angeles Apartments [SIGNED]. 1965. First edition of 700 unnumbered copies. Signed in blue ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in lime green on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 34 black and white illustrations printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles. 7 x 5-1/16 inches. [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).] CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket. 4) Every Building on Sunset Strip [SIGNED]. 1966. First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers, with title printed in silver on cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued; with silver paper-covered cardstock slipcase. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated accordion-fold, with numerous black and white panoramic plates printed as if one continuous photograph across the upper and lower sections of all of the pages. 7-1/16 x 5-5/8 inches (approximately 27 feet fully-extended). This first issue was limited to 1000 copies (with the extra 2-inch flap at the end of the last folded page, which was the result of the printer's miscalculation). [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] CONDITION: Near Fine (glue residue from slipcase on front cover, crease to spine, else Fine in Fine slipcase).5) Thirtyfour Parking Lots [SIGNED]. 1967. First edition, first printing. Signed in pencil on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in orange on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket as issued. Concept and design. Bookseller Inventory # 112762

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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 Cunningham Press, Alhambra (1962)

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Item Description: Cunningham Press, Alhambra, 1962. paperback. Book Condition: near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good(+). One of 500 unnumbered copies, this one bears presentation by Ruscha, 1969. His first book. 16mo, white wrappers lettered in red. Original glassine dust wrapper, chipped at the bottom edge & with a few light stains; small light stain on the front cover covering the letter "T". (Alhambra: Cunningham Press), 1962 (1967). Second Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 267201

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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, Ed.

Published by The Cunningham Press, Los Angeles (1967)

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Item Description: The Cunningham Press, Los Angeles, 1967. Second Edition. 18 x 14 cm 48 b&w photographic illustrations. Original wrappers, title printed in red ink on front and spine. With glassine dust-jacket. Very slight fraying to edge of glassine wrapper at top of spine, otherwise fine. Second edition, limited to 500 unnumbered copies. First edition was published in 1963. Bookseller Inventory # 11438

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Ruscha, Edward

Published by [Los Angeles: [the artist], 1969 (1969)

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Item Description: [Los Angeles: [the artist], 1969, 1969. Third edition, printed in 1969 by the Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. 3000 copies, after 500 of the second edition (1967) and 400 numbered copies of the first edition (1962). 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. Fine in original glassine. The glassine is slightly tanned at spine and lackis the bottom 3 cm of the backstrip. The accompanying photograph shows a first edition; scan of this copy available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 28002

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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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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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