Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Featured: Two Books




C.F. Ramuz, The End Of All Men
Hardcover, 1947

“What will people be reading in the year 2000? Not much more than Barbusse, Paul Morand, Ramuz and myself…”  -Louis-Ferdinand Céline





Mulk Raj Anand, Two Leaves And A Bud
Hardcover, 1954

...one the "founding fathers" of the Indian English novel. Pals with T.S Eliot, E.M. Forster, Herbert Read, Henry Miller, and George Orwell.




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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Events: Short Hours Today (Tuesday)








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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Featured: Three Children's Books




Leo Lionni, Frederick
Hardcover
(First Edition, Early Printing)




 Ora Ayal, Ugbu
Hardcover




Lee Bennett Hopkins, Kim's Place, And Other Poems
Hardcover
Drawings by Di Fiori




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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Featured: New Charles Burns





Charles Burns, The Hive
Hardcover

"Doug is still in the netherworld. He's working a cleaning job in the Hive's stinking hallways, trying to ignore the screams, and reading romance comics to the breeders. But as the stories unravel on the page, frame by frame, mirrored memories plunge him back into his waking life. And that's where the real nightmare is.
In Burns's trademark hard-edged style, The Hive is horrifying and completely absorbing: an incredible new installment from one of the most exciting artists in the comics world." -Random House, UK

"The second volume in Charles Burns's head-scratching series about a man trapped in a creepy netherworld is outstanding." -Rachel Cooke, The Observer

"At the juncture of fiction and memory, of cheap thrills and horror, lies the dark world of Charles Burns. His stories, which first attracted notice in the pages of RAW during the early 1980s, take comic book clichés — wiseacre kids, sinister scientists, tough-as-nails detectives, teenage lust and EC-style horror — and rearrange them into disturbing yet funny patterns. Beneath this interplay of familiar iconography lurk the real traumas of childhood, traumas of loss and alienation.
Similarly, Burns' ice-cold artwork polishes a "conventional" comic look to the nth degree, underlying the artificiality of what we take for normal. At times, Burns's work suggests that our worst fears about mainstream comics are true: that they are stamped out by machines programmed by someone who is going slightly insane." -Fantagraphics

"The work of Charles Burns is a vision that’s both horrifying and hilariously funny, and which he executes with cold, ruthless clarity... It’s almost as if the artist... as if he weren’t quite..... human!" – R. Crumb

"Burns is a central figure in a generation of artists who have absorbed Pop Art and pop culture as integral a part of their work as any classical tradition." – Spin











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Friday, October 26, 2012

Featured: Three Covers


 M.R. Kadish, Point Of Honor
Hardcover
(Cover by George Giusti)




Shirley Jackson, The Haunting Of Hill House
Hardcover
(First Edition)






The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas
Hardcover
(First Edition)




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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Featured: Photography In Children's Books







 

Benny Bear, The Farmer
Hardcover






Tana Hoban, I Read Signs
Hardcover





Puss In Boots
Hardcover with Hologram Cover






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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Featured: Walt Disney's Bongo





Walt Disney's Bongo
A Little Golden Book




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Friday, October 19, 2012

Featured: Chris Ware



...got in quite a bit of Chris Ware, just about all of it out of print.




Acme Novelty Library #15
Paperback







 Jimmy Corrigan
Hardcover, First Edition




Floyd Farland, Citizen of the Future 





 

Acme Novelty Library #16
Hardcover








Acme Novelty Library #18 1/2 
(The New Yorker Thanksgiving Issue Covers)





 Acme Novelty Library #04
Paperback






Quimby the Mouse
Paperback 
 
 
 


 Acme Novelty Library #02
Paperback




 ACME Novelty Library #17
Hardcover








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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Featured: Camus' The Plague






Albert Camus, The Plague
Hardcover, First Edition, Third Printing




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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Featured: The Looking Glass Library





Richard Hughes, The Spider's Palace
Hardcover





 Charlotte Yonge, Countess Kate
Hardcover




Howard Pyle, Otto Of The Silver Hand
Hardcover





 The Looking Glass Book Of Verse
Hardcover
 



Edward Gorey, The Haunted Looking Glass
Paperback




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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Featured: Bud Schulberg





Bud Schulberg, Waterfront
Hardcover, First Edition

...from the great Bud Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run.) Currently in publishing limbo, it seems ripe for the NYRB treatment.



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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Featured: Yayoi Kusama's Alice




Alice In Wonderland, illustrated by Yayoi Kusama 
Hardcover

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass endure as some of history's most beloved children's storytelling, full of timeless philosophy for grown-ups and inspiration for computing pioneers. The illustrations that have accompanied Lewis Carroll's classics over the ages have become iconic in their own right, from Leonard Weisgard's stunning artwork for the first color edition of the book to Salvador Dali's little-known but breathtaking version. Now, from Penguin UK and Yayoi Kusama, Japan's most celebrated contemporary artist, comes a striking contender for the most visually captivating take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland yet.
Since childhood, Kusama has had a rare condition that makes her see colorful spots on everything she looks at. Her vision, both literally and creatively, is thus naturally surreal, almost hallucinogenic. Her vibrant artwork, sewn together in a magnificent fabric-bound hardcover tome, becomes an exquisite embodiment of Carroll's story and his fascination with the extraordinary way in which children see and explore the ordinary world.
A breathtaking piece of visual philosophy to complement Carroll's timeless vision, Kusama's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the latest affirmation of what appears to be the season of exceptionally beautiful books." -Maria Popova, The Atlantic























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Friday, October 12, 2012

Featured: Henri's Walk To Paris




Henri's Walk To Paris
Illustrated by Saul Bass, story by Leonore Klein
Hardcover
Henri’s Walk to Paris is the story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city. 


 















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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Featured: Kafka's Trial



 


Franz Kafka, The Trial
Knopf, 1937 Hardcover
Cover by James Salter
First Edition




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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Featured: Dada In Paris




Dada In Paris
Paperback

 Michel Sanouillet's Dada in Paris, published in France in 1965, reintroduced the Dada movement to a public that had largely ignored or forgotten it. Over forty years later, it remains both the unavoidable starting point and the essential reference for anyone interested in Dada or the early twentieth-century avant-garde. This first English-language edition of Sanouillet's definitive work (a translation of the expanded 2005 French edition) gives English-speaking readers their first direct access to the author's monumental history (based on years of research, including personal involvement with most of the Dadaists still living at the time) and massive compilation of previously unpublished correspondence, including more than 200 letters to and from such movement luminaries as Tristan Tzara, André Breton, and Francis Picabia.

In the years after Dada's relatively brief Paris flowering in the 1920s, its members were often depicted as opportunistic youths, hedonistic jokers engrossed in a monstrous solipsism. Sanouillet was the first to see them instead as the most gifted and sensitive representatives of a generation, intent on finding a new way of living, writing, and feeling. Dada in Paris offers a behind-the-scenes account of the French avant-garde's riotous adolescence, with a timeline that begins with Tzara and Picabia and stretches to include Breton, Philippe Soupault, Louis Aragon, and Paul Éluard. Sanouillet describes the pre-Dada Parisian milieu, the connection made with Zurich Dada, and Parisian Dada projects and their reception. Finally, by 1923, Dada-according-to-Tzara gave way to Dada-according-to-Breton—which a few months later, under tumultuous circumstances, took on the new name of Surrealism. The longer-lasting, more conservative Surrealism would overshadow Dada for decades to come.

"More than forty years after its original publication, Michel Sanouillet's Dada in Paris remains the definitive study of the movement, in all its many manifestations, from its Zurich roots to its post-Surrealist heirs. The revised French edition, with its up-to-date apparatus and marvelous collection of letters between Breton, Tzara, and Picabia--now translated into English for the first time-- is as delightful as it is necessary. Reading Sanouillet in 2009, one comes to understand, all over again, what Dada was and what it meant for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."
Marjorie Perloff, author of The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rapture
"Sanouillet’s Dada in Paris is rigorous history while managing to be simultaneously voluptuous like a bath and thrilling like a tabloid. The enormous research and detailed scholarship of Dada's crucial Paris years unfolds here with a joie-de-vivre possible only by having an artist-in-residence, a feat that Sanouillet accomplishes with grace and verve. Short of having experienced 1921 in Paris at the side of Tristan Tzara, I can't think of better company than this dream-inducing thriller, document, and love fest. Like Dada itself, Sanouillet married incompatibles and created a text that resounds with the urgent concerns of the twenty-first century. Dada's timeless time beats are impossible to ignore now."
Andrei Codrescu, author of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess





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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Featured: William Carlos Williams





William Carlos Williams, Kora In Hell
City Lights Pocket Poetry Series Number Seven

...from 1967. Pre-digital printing. A lovely copy with matte covers.




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Monday, October 8, 2012

New Arrival: Gary Panter's Dal Tokyo




Gary Panter, Dal Tokyo
Hardcover

Gary Panter began imagining Dal Tokyo, a future Mars that is terraformed by Texan and Japanese workers, as far back as 1972, appropriating a friend’s idea about “cultural and temporal collision” (the “Dal” is short for Dallas).
Why Texan and Japanese? Panter says, “Because they are trapped in Texas, Texans are self-mythologizing. Because I was trapped in Texas at the time, I needed to believe that the broken tractor out back was a car of the future. Japanese, I’ll say, because of the exotic far-awayness of Japan from Texas, and because of the Japanese monster movies and woodblock prints that reached out to me in Texas. Japanese monster movies are part of the fabric of Texas.”
In 1983, Panter finally got a chance to fully explore this world, and share it with an audience, when the L.A. Reader published the first 63 strips. A few years later, the Japanese reggae magazine Riddim picked up the strip, and Panter continued the saga of Dal Tokyo in monthly installments for over a decade. But none of these conceptual descriptions will prepare the reader for the confounding visual and verbal richness of Dal Tokyo, as Panter’s famous “ratty line” collides and colludes with near-Joycean wordplay, veering from more or less intelligible jokes to dizzying non-sequiturs to surreal eruptions that can engulf the entire panel in scribbles. One doesn’t read Dal Tokyo; one is absorbed into it and spit out the other side.











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