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Thursday, 30 November 2006

A day in Brooklyn by Antoine Asseraf and rare books for sale

Hello Diane, Hello Shaded Viewers,


a little note from NY. My friend Yoann Lemoine and I spent the day
walking about Williamsburg, more precisely the blocks between Bedford
Avenue and the East River. Warehouses, wastelands...and small wonders.

Tucked in between 2 construction sites we stumbled upon the cutest
little place, About Glamour. Inside, we spent almost an hour looking
in wonder at some great vintage finds (YSL bathtowels! Gaultier
jacket in pristine condition for $65!), all sorts of Japanese imports
(cameltoe worker shoes, patterned gloves, kawaii tape) and an
exhibition of very cute and clean illustrations, which opens on
Several times, on our way out, we spotted some little item
and headed back to the register.
About Glamour
103 North 3rd St Bklyn, between Berry and Wythe
Gallery opening friday dec 1st


Then after all this walking and shopping, we rested in my favorite NY
diner, Relish, which sits in the middle of nowhere, across from an
old-school biker shops. Their veggie burgers are orgasmic. In more
clement weather, they also have a fabulous terrace garden.
Wythe Ave in Bklyn, between 2nd and Metropolitan.

More to come - Antoine

Cherry Vanilla's friend who installs bookcases to the stars has these rare books for sale:


H o l i d a y S e l e c t i o n s

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D o u g l a s W o o d s


Symphony: Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Gehry, Frank.
Abrams. New York. 2003. Fine hardcover. First edition. A crisp, clean, unread copy in fine jacket. Signed and dated by Frank Gehry.

Richard Meier Details.
Blaser, Werner. Meier, Richard.
Birkhauser. Basel. 1997. Fine hardcover in fine jacket.
Signed by Richard Meier.

The Radiant City.
Elements of a Doctrine of Urbanism to be Used as the Basis of Our Machine-Age Civilization.
Le Corbusier.
Orion Press. New York. 1965. Fine hardcover in near fine jacket. English edition of this important Le Corbusier title. Rare in such condition.

Landscape Plants for Western Regions:
An Illustrated Guide to Plants for Water Conservation.
Perry, Bob.
Land Design. Claremont, California. 1992. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. A great copy of this frustratingly rare and useful title.

Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California.
Weisskamp, Herbert.
Abrams. New York. 1964. Fine hardcover in near fine jacket with small chip missing. A bright and solid copy of this rare title on modern California homes featuring the photography of Julius Shulman.

Tomorrow's House: How to Plan Your Post-War Home Now.
Nelson, George. Wright, Henry.
Simon & Schuster. New York. 1945. Fine hardcover. Jacket shows some wear. Signed by principal photographer Julius Shulman.

The Theater of the Bauhaus.
Schlemmer, Oscar. Moholy-Nagy, L. Molnar, F.
Wesleyan University Press. Middletown, Connecticut. 1961. Fine hardcover. Jacket shows minor aging with light scuffing. First English translation of Die Buhne im Bauhaus (1924). Introduction by Walter Gropius. Many illustrations from the original, including a fold-out of Moholy-Nagy's “Sketch for a Score for a Mechanized Eccentric.”

Mark Hampton on Decorating.
Hampton, Mark.
Random House and Conde Nast. New York. 1989. First edition. Gilt spine titled green cloth and illustrated paper covered boards. Fine in fine green cloth covered slipcase.

Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style.
Hudson, Karen E.
Rizzoli. New York. 1993. First edition. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. This edition’s cover image features the recently destroyed Atkin (Hammer) residence in Pasadena.

Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1914-1959.
The Complete Works in 12 Volumes.
Wright, Frank Lloyd. Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer & Yukio Futagawa.
A.D.A. Edita. Tokyo.1985. A fine set in fine jackets. Hardcover. Very rare complete set includes eight volumes of photography, three volumes of preliminary studies and one final volume of his renderings.
The catalogue raisonne.

Views and Plans of the Petit Trianon at Versailles.
Chatelet & Mique.
Alain de Gourcuff, 1998. Hardback in clamshell box. Fine. 26 colored plates, 10 vignettes. The watercolors by Chatelet & Mique from 1785-86 commissioned by Marie-Antoinette for albums she gave to visiting royalty.

The Making of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton: Design and Drawings.
Morley, John.
Sotheby's and Godine. 1984. First edition. Oversized hardcover, fine in fine jacket. Not the smaller reprint. A beautiful production.

The Furniture of Robert Adam.
Harris, Eileen.
Academy Editions and St. Martin's Press. London and New York. 1973. Hardcover fine in fine pink jacket. Dense with illustrations.

Architectures Peintes En Trompe L'Oeil.
Le Trompe-L'Oeil Painting.
Milman, Miriam.
Skira. Geneva. 1982 and 1986. French. Two volume set. Fine hardcovers in fine jackets. Many beautiful color illustrations. Two of the best books on the subject

Le Decor Peint en Trompe-L’Oeil.
Guegan, Yannick.
Glenat. Grenoble. 1988. French. Near fine hardcover fine jacket. Guegan is considered the master of deceiving the eye. This rare title, illustrated almost completely in color, is both a monograph of his work and a thourough study of his techniques.

Pontormo: Paintings and Frescoes.
Pontormo: Drawings.
Nigro, Salvatore.
Abrams. New York. 1982 and 1994. Two volume set. Fine hardcovers in fine jackets. Rare as a set, this is the major monograph in English.

The Practical Book of American Wallpaper.
Katzenbach, Lois and William.
Lippincott Co. Philadelphia. 1951. Hardcover near fine. Some minor foxing. No jacket. Inscribed by the authors. Illustrated with 141 halftone plates and 12 samples of actual wallpaper. Also many good examples of late 1940’s interiors.

The Masters' Book Of Ikebana:
Background And Principles Of Japanese Flower Arrangement.
Richie, Donald. Meredith Weatherby.
Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha. Tokyo. 1966. Fine hardcover. With lessons by the masters of Japan's three foremost schools. A beautiful book bound in green silk with title in Japanese characters on wood.

The Art of Zen:
Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Monks 1600-1925.
Addiss, Stephen.
Abrams. New York. 1989. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. A beautiful collection of many previously unseen masterworks.

Design and Color in Islamic Architecture.
Eight Centuries of the Tile-Maker’s Art.
Barry, Michael.
Vendome. New York. 1995. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. A pristine copy of this important title in English. Unused camel motif bookplate.

Art of Africa.
Kerchache, Jacques. Paudrat, Jean-Louis. Stephan, Lucien.
Abrams. Boston. 1993. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. This massive tome is most comprehensive single volume survey of African art.

Ed Ruscha Photographs: Seven Products, Twenty-five Apartments, Three Palm Trees, Six Rooftops, and One Aerial View.
Ruscha, Edward.
Gagosian Gallery. Beverly Hills. 2003. Printed Wrappers. Fine first edition. Designed by Bruce Mau Design, Inc. This is the beautifully designed catalogue recently published in conjunction with an exhibition of forty-two newly printed Ed Ruscha photographs from the sixties.
Signed by Ed Ruscha.

Ruscha, Edward. Williams, Mason.
Heavy Industry Publications. Hollywood.1969. First edition. Artist's book with approximately 120 b&w illustrations. Ruscha's photographs record his enactment of Mason William's story "How to Derive Maximum Enjoyment from . . ." Includes an excerpt from the story on the back flap.
Signed by Ed Ruscha.

Roadsign Business.
Williams, Mason. Willis, Robert.
Huttner Lithography. Los Angeles. 1969. Fine copy. Spiral bound artist book from the occasional Ed Ruscha collaborator, Mason Williams. Limited to 500 copies.

Hockney, David.
Knopf. New York. 1984. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. First American edition. One of the more desirable of Hockney’s books. The definitive collection of his photo collage oeuvre.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol : From A to B and Back Again.
Warhol, Andy.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. New York. 1975. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. First edition. Signed “AW” by Warhol in black marker on title page.

Les Diners De Gala.
Dali, Salvador.
Felice. New York. 1973. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. A very attractive copy of Dali’s famous cookbook.

Kiki's Memoirs.
Hemingway, Ernest. Kiki of Montparnesse.
Edward Titus, Black Manikin Press. Paris. 1930. First edition. Introduction by Ernest Hemingway (the only one he ever wrote.) Translated by Samuel Putnam. Illustrations by Foujita, Cocteau and others. One of 1000 copies. Fine in the red wraparound band.

L. Cappiello: Sa vie et son oeuvre.
J. Vienot. Preface de Jean Cocteau.
Cappiello, Leonetto.
Editions de Clermont. Paris. 1946. Near fine wraps in near fine blue jacket. More than 50 full page plates, including 15 in color, beautifully printed. French poster artist Leonetto Cappiello is considered the father of the modern poster whose iconic work includes posters for Cinzano and Dubonnet.

Marey, Etienne Jules.
Appleton. New York. 1895. First American edition. A beautiful, bright copy in original red cloth and gold lettering. Important and comprehensive work by one of the two pioneers of instantaneous photography (the other being Muybridge, who is included in this work.) 200 illustrations.

Le Magasin Pittoresque - 1839 (Septième année)
Charton, Edouard.
Paris, 1839. Near fine hardcover. Green cloth, 1/4 green leather spine with raised bands. Gold title and date on spine. 412 pages, minor foxing. Notable for a very early description of the daguerrotype process, indeed the first publication on this photographic process illustrated with plates. Many engraved illustrations on other subjects including architecture, art and the decorative arts of France.

Impressions of Old New Orleans.
Genthe, Arnold.
Doran Company. New York. 1926. Green boards, gilt lettering to spine. Minor wear for it’s age. No foxing throughout. Beautiful architectural photography.

The Marilyn Monroe Story.
Franklin, Joe. Palmer, Laurie.
Rudolph Field. New York. 1953. Fine hardcover. First edition. In bright pictorial jacket that is missing a torn section to the bottom 1” of the front. Still a very beautiful copy of this rare book. The first to be entirely devoted to Marilyn Monroe.

The Berlin Stories.
The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin.
Isherwood, Christopher.
New Directions. New York. 1945. First American edition. Fine hardcover in near fine jacket.

Eloise in Paris.
Thompson, Kay.
Simon and Schuster. New York. 1957. First edition, first printing. Fine hardcover. Very good jacket shows age but little wear. Very clean and bright throughout. No foxing.
Signed by Kay Thompson on colophon page. Inscribed by Thompson on following page: “A Susan Jean, ‘Allo Cherie.” Additionally signed “Moi Eloize” over the vignette of her feeding a pigeon.

Thompson, Kay.
Simon & Schuster. New York. 1955. First edition, eighth printing (same year) of the first Eloise book. Very good hardcover, some scuffing to underside of the boards. Very good jacket shows age and some minor chipping. Very clean and bright throughout. No foxing.
Signed by Kay Thompson on inside cover. Inscribed on following page: “For Susan Jean, Have fun fun fun for Lord’s sake. Me Eloize.”

A Decade of Guess? Images 1981 to 1991.
A Second Decade of Guess? Images 1991 to 2001.
Marciano, Paul.
Guess? Inc. Los Angeles. 1991. Two volume set. Fine hardcovers in fine jackets. Extravagantly produced photography books with numerous film transparencies and overlays. Packaged together in a 20th anniversary Guess? tote bag.

Azzedine Alaia.
Tournier, Michel. Alaia, Azzedine. Gatty, Juan.
Steidl. Germany. 1999. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. Housed in a fine custom slipcase. A very special find of this rare, limited production in such condition.

Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury.
Pasols, Paul-Gerard.
Abrams. New York. 2005. English edition. Fine hardcover in fine jacket. A sealed copy packed in a brown LV box. Already rare, especially in this condition.

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