Auctions & Rare Finds

Man Ray

The Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London. Study for Cover: Photographs by Man Ray, 1920-1934, 1933

In addition to being one one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century Man Ray was right in the middle of the cultural and literary goings on his day. He was a important part of both the DADA and Surrealist movements and chronicled the major players of the art and literary world through his photographic portraits.


Andre Breton, c. 1930

A collection of never before seen prints once belonging to Man Ray’s darkroom printer, Pierre Gassman is currently on view at the Atlas Gallery in London.

As a complement to the exhibit  here are a few book gems from the Biblio Marketplace:

Man Ray. MAN RAY. London: Hanover Gallery, 1969. First Edition. 8vo. Aluminum Boards with Clasps. Artist Monograph. Near Fine/No Jacket – As Issued. 36pp, 7 color and 10 b&w illustrations. Designed by Sergio Tosi. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. Utilizing aluminum covers silkscreened with a design by the artist and bound with three metallic ring-clasps, this is the cleverly designed catalogue published in conjunction with a 1969 London Hanover Gallery exhibition of twenty-three paintings and sculptures by Man Ray. $467.50


A Man Ray Tribute

 MAN RAY 1890-1976. Deluxe edition by Jan CeuleersAntwerpen: Ronnie Van de Velde Gallery, 1994, first deluxe edition, number 78 of 200 copies, containing the hardcover exhibition catalogue and a cloth folder with a double leaf with two photographic plates and justification; also in this folder are 2 loose original photographs after Man Ray, each numbered in pencil and with stamps ”Man Ray / Paris” and ”Tirage original reéalisé par Pierre Gassmann” verso. The exhibition catalogue with over 300 pages and about 300 monochrome plates by Man Ray; cloth with all edges gilt in dust jacket. The 2 items housed in a solander case with leather spine with gilt lettering; the front of the case with a plexiglas window displaying a ”trompe-l’oeil” replica of ”Pechage”, an assemblage by Man Ray from 1969. The case is fit in a slipcase, overall size 13.5 x 11.5 x 2.75 in (35 x 29 x 7 cm), as new. A very handsome book-object. $1500



Self PortraitBoston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1963. Stated First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. 6 1/2 X 9 1/2 inches high. xiv, 402 pages. Black cloth with gilt and lavender lettering on spine, top edge tinted lavender, as issued. condition of the book is Near Fine; exterior excellent, text and illustrations are very clean, binding is tight. Condition of the dust jacket is Very Good; a few small chips at top of spine and front corner, light wear to fore edge of front cover, not price-clipped ($7.95), but price is crossed out and changed to $5.99, in new mylar wrapper. $40

Man Ray: The Photographic Image. Milan: Electa, 1977. First Edition. Softcover.. VG+. Small 4to, 228pp. Stiff wraps. Numerous Colour and Black & White plates. More images available on request. Excellent survey of Man Ray’s photographic work. $44.20


Cafe Man RayLos Angeles: G Ray Hawkins Gallery, 1986. First trade edition limited to 1,985 sets. About Fine in a felt-lined square black paper-covered box with pictorial label on the front fold, with contents in Fine condition. Slight crease on the box flap, light rubbing to paper spine label. “Exhibition catalogue” containing 13 objects including lapel button, illustrated match boxes, a sheet of stamps among other things. $25


Slideshow: Rare Contact Prints from Man Ray’s Archive – TIME/LightBox

Here are some more recently added books by and about Man Ray 



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