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Below are examples of the books and original graphics that we publish and distribute. These include art reference books, deluxe editions, original prints and posters.

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A Collection of Menus, Celebrations and Wine Lists

 from San Francisco's most celebrated restaurant, beginning with its debut in June, 1908 (following the earthquake in 1906) to its closing due to Prohibition (meals without wine!)  in April, 1922

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The Picasso Project     Otsu - Popular Japanese Folk Paintings     The Work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir     Printed Sources of Western Art Collection
Sunday B. Morning Edition of Andy Warhol Silkscreens The Frank Lloyd Wright Project Circa 1890 Cities in the Late Victorian Period  Leonard Baskin
 
A Collection (Sammlung) of Art and Autograph Material by Hermann Hesse and his family. (Artist and Writer)
Hesse, Hermann.

Switzerland: 1917-1979. 1) Original Watercolors on letters by Hermann Hesse, 1917-1918. (3)2) Original Letters and autograph illustrated cards by Hermann Hesse, 1918-1958. (10)A small archive of correspondence from Hermann Hesse:· 2 autograph letters, signed.1) Original Watercolors on letters by Hermann Hesse, 1917-1918. (3)2) Original Letters and autograph illustrated cards by Hermann Hesse, 1918-1958. (10)A small archive of correspondence from Hermann Hesse:· 2 autograph letters, signed.· 2 signed postcards.· 4 signed cards with illustrations by Hesse (two typed, 2 in holograph).· 1 original photograph of Hesse, inscribed by him on the rear. Also includes a small group of letters and other items from Hermann Hesse's son Heiner Hesse and other family members.3) Ephemera and documents on Hermann Hesse, 1950s. (10)4) Documents and autograph material by the sons of Hermann Hesse: Heiner, Bruno and Martin, 1963-1979. (21)5) Documents and autograph material about Hermann Hesse, 1959-1977. (5)Provenance: The Hesse material is from the family of Hesse's close friend Jakob (Köbi) Flach

Price: $9,500.00

Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu. (Signed first edition) (Artist and Writer)
Balzac, Honoré de (Author) and Pablo Picasso (Artist)

Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1931. 13 original etchings unbound as issued in a sleeve inside the bound book.One of 65 copies (no. 10) on Japan paper, signed by Picasso and Vollard.(Only the deluxe copies on Japan paper were signed on the colophon by the artist and publisher.)Housed in a custom clamshell case encased throughout in three leathers by the celebrated binder Alexandr Mosalov.References : Cramer, Pablo Picasso, les livres illustrés, n° 20 ;Bloch: 82-94; Livre no, 19Un des précieux exemplaires sur Japon sans la suite.In-4 (228 x 250 mm). En feuilles, sous chemise rempliée illustrée. Quelques défauts à la couverture (dos et bords inférieurs du premier plat légèrement passés, accident à la coiffe supérieure, quelques taches), coin inférieur du premier feuillet blanc coupé, bords des planches de la suite très légèrement maculées, sans atteinte aux gravures.13 eaux fortes originales hors texte (dont la table des gravures) et 67 dessins gravés sur bois de Pablo Picasso.Un des 65 exemplaires de tête sur Japon impérial (n° 10), sans la suite des eaux-fortes sur vélin de Rives, monogrammés par Vollard et signés en bistre par Pablo Picasso.

Price: $30,000.00

The Temple of Flora, or Garden of the Botanist, (the so-called 'lottery edition'). (Books with Original Graphics)
Thornton (Dr. Robert John)

London: By the author,1812. Small Folio, half morocco, rubbed, inner edges gilt-tooled, spine gilt in compartments, sunned. Engraved pictorial title and half-title,original hand-coloured stipple-engraved frontispiece, 2 uncoloured stipple engraverdallegorical plates, and 28 original hand-coloured aquatint botanical plates, printed in blue on thick wove paper, each c.370 x 290mm., occasional marginal soiling, some spotting and offsetting to tissue guards only;presentation inscription by Lady Sidmouth on front free endpaper, recipient's name partially erased, and armorialbookplate of M. Philips. Inscribed "For Miss Georgiana .........., a last remembrance from Lady Sidmouth'" presumably around 1842, the year the second Lady Sidmouth died. There is a second inscription, attached as Thornton Sidmouth 1, of 'M. Sidmouth, Richmond Park'. This is clearly a different hand to the other, and must be that of Marianne Sidmouth, at their White Lodge, Richmond Park address, the house given to Viscount Sidmouth by a grateful King George III, therefore presumably inscribed between 1823 and 1842*** This reduced-format version of Thornton's magnum opus was published in a vain attempt to finance the continuationof the magnificent folio edition started in 1799. Copies of the book and individual plates were sold by lottery, but thisventure also failed and bankrupted Thornton. The work, however, in both formats remains one of the greatest of all botanical works. This copy includes the plate depicting The Persian Cyclamen, which is sometimes missing. Sitwell, Great Flower Books, p. 143.

Price: $17,500.00

Le Réparateur de radios ou d'amour et d'eau fraîche. (Original drawings by Brassaï for the ballet and manuscript annotations by Triolet) (Artist and Writer)
Triolet, Elsa (Author) and Brassaï (Artist)

Paris: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 1949. Seven original drawings by Brassaï who did the décor for the ballet, together with the typescript with the author's manuscript annotations as well as the printed publication.Louis Aragon, Elsa's husband, described the performance in Les Lettres françaises, n° 1096, 915 septembre 1965.Ça me rappelle cette soirée aux Champs Elysées, à la première d'un ballet d'Elsa, musique de Jean Rivier, chorégraphie de Boris Kochno, décors de Brassaï, le réparateur de radios, avec le déchaînement de la salle, les sifflets à roulettes parce que l'on voyait danser les gens du monde dans une boîte de nuit, et qu'est-ce que vous voulez tout de suite, tout Paris se sentait visé !Dessins originaux à l'encre de Chine, sur 7 feuillets (environ 246 x 159 mm), représentant des bouquets de muguet (3) ou des papillons (4), destinés à illustrés le texte de présentation d'Elsa Triolet "Le Réparateur de radios" publié dans le programme du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées de 1949-1950.[On joint :]- Triolet, Elsa. Le Réparateur de radios ou d'amour et d'eau fraîche. Tapuscrit corrigé (3 p.) et épreuves corrigées (3 p.) signées.Le livret du Réparateur de radios d'Elsa Triolet sera mis en musique par Jean Rivier, avec une chorégraphie de John Taras, au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.- Programme du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 1950, n° 10.In-4 (324 x 346 mm), en feuilles, cordelette. Dirigé par Boris Kochno, textes de Paul Eluard et Elsa Triolet, dessins de Balthus, Cecil Beaton, Brassaï, etc.

Price: $15,000.00

 
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