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    The Modern History of Somaliland from nation to state by Lewis, I. M

    New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers, 1965. xi, 234p., line maps, inserted b&w photo section on coated stock, first American edition from British sheets. Green cloth gilt with a top edge tint, letterpress, nice production whose back cover yawns slightly, a very good one-owner copy.


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    Image Nation Eleven. Photographs By Women About Women by Greenberg, June et alia, the Women's Photo Co-op: editors

    Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1980. Paperback. 60p., profuse captioned b&w and colorized photography clearly (but not lavishly) reproduced on imperfectly alkaline glazed paperstock and staplebound into 7.5x8 inch black wraps. Covers somewhat rubbed and edgeworn, has a small round sticker scar and some crimp-lines along the spinefold, textpaper faintly toned; all images are clean and sound but a good-only copy.


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    Original ink sketch by Masiutin, Vasilii N. (Masjutin, Masyutin, 1884-1955)

    [Riga?], 1920. Study of various figures and faces, ink on paper, 21 × 17 cm, ca. 1920 (paper with watermark of a Riga papermill). With the estate stamp of Masiutin to lower right. Light wear to edges; matted using adhesive tape; else about very good. Original ink sketch of various figures and faces, quite likely from Masiutin's earlier phase, before his poor eyesight led him to focus largely on the woodcut media. The image has a phantasmagoric quality similar to his early etchings. Vasilii N. Masiutin (1884-1955, also Masjutin), whose work blended symbolism, the grotesque, and even surrealism, was occasionally referred to as the Russian Goya. He was active in a range of media, including lithograph and woodcut, as well as producing original drawings and paintings. After 1921, he emigrated and settled in Berlin, where he collaborated with numerous Russian emigre publishers, such as "Neva" and "Gelikon," as well as illustrating many German translations of Russian classics.


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    Marxistická filosofie a přírodní vědy [The Marxist philosophy and the natural sciences].; Živé myšlenky, vol. 2 by Haldane, J. B. S. and Karel Teige, designer

    Prague: Práce, 1946. Octavo (20.5 × 15.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers with design and typography by Karel Teige; 161 [2] pp. Unopened and uncut; in protective mylar; very good or better. A translation of the 1939 text by the British scientist and Marxist J. B. S. Haldane, with cover design by Karel Teige, the central figure of the Czech avant-garde. Teige was one of the founding members of the Devětsil group in the 1920s and responsible for a more pan-European avant-gardism in the Czech art scene. In the 1930s and 1940s, Teige worked more and more in book cover design, creating covers for science, technology, and agriculture texts like this one. This 1946 photomontage cover, with its use of diagonals and the nesting of Lenin and Marx imagery, resembles especially closely the poster and cover designs by the Soviet artist Gustav Klutsis in the late 1930s, making the Soviet influence apparent. Pictured in: "Karel Teige a typografie," no. 492. KVK and OCLC show copies only in Dresden, IISG, the British Library, and the University of Ljubljana.


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    Wiener Kunst Auktionen. 16 Kunstauktion, 30 Sept.1997: Gemalde. Bilder des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts

    Vienna: Wiener Kunst Auktionen, 1997. Unpaginated, displays items 1-215 from a very large, multi-day, multi-catagory auction. Softbound, 11.5x8.5 inch glossy (super-glossy!) white wraps; slightest edgewear, no markings, a very good copy.


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    Original signed linocut print by Josef Bartuška of the Linie Group by Bartuška, Josef (1898-1963)

    České Budějovice, 1925. Original linocut print on thin laid paper, measuring 22.4 × 15.5 cm, plate size ca. 10 × 7 cm. Signed in pencil and with Bartuška's stamp to lower left. Very good, save for smudge to upper right corner. Original signed linocut print by Josef Bartuška (1898-1963), the leading figure of the Linie Group, an avant-garde movement active in České Budějovice after 1931, which embraced cubist and other modernist tendencies in opposition to the dominant local school of traditional landscape painting and decorative arts. Bartuška was an extremely versatile artist, working in photography, graphic arts, painting and line drawings, as well as collages. He also worked as a poet, playwright and film script-writer, amateur film director, musician, critic and theoretician. Along with Karel Valter, Ada Novák, Emil Pitter, Miroslav Haller and others he published the group's eponymous journal, Linie from 1931 to 1938. As a graphic artist he was influenced by Toyen and Štyrský, as well as by the Cologne "Gruppe progressiver Künstler." In the second half of the 1930s he created numerous more political drawings and prints, often with reference to the war in Spain. He is known primarily for his photographic work, subject of a separate 1932 exhibition, while the rest of his extensive oeuvre remains unknown, especially outside the Czech Republic. For more on this under-appreciated group, and on Bartoška in particular, see Jaroslav Anděl's monograph, "Avantgarda o mnoha médiích: Josef Bartoška a skupina Linie, 1931-1939" (2004).


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    The Black tradition in American dance by Long, Richard A., photographs selected and annotated by Joe Nash

    New York: Rizzoli, 1989. Hardcover. 192p., profusely illustrated, very good first edition in cloth boards and unclipped dj.


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    Light from the west the Irish mission and the emergence of modern Europe by Marnell, William H

    New York: The Seabury Press: A Crossroads Book, 1978. Hardcover. 208p., several line maps, first edition cloth boards gilt in dj; bears an ownership presentation, very good copy. "Dark Ages" period.


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    Die Sammlung der Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung 7. November 1970 - 24. Januar 1971

    Basel: Kunstmuseum Basel, 1970. Unpaginated softbound, coated paperstock throughout with b&w and a few color reproductions. Mild signs of handling, good copy.


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    The Postmodern Political Condition by Heller, Agnes and Ferenc Feher

    New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. 167p., first edition black boards titled silver in glossy dust jacket; clean and sound, a very good copy.


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    Tiché kyvadlo [The quiet pendulum].; Edice Start, sv. 3 by Tmé, Miroslav

    Brno: Nakladatel Joža Jícha, 1932. Octavo (21 × 14 cm). Original decorative wrappers by J. Keprt; 46, [2] pp. About very good; light soil and foxing to wrappers. Sarce book of poems with avant-garde typography by an undocumented regional designer. Little is known about the author, Miroslav Tmé (1909-1998), a teacher and literary critic from Brno, and the designer, one J. Keprt. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library.


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    Itself the Struggle by Storm, Jim

    New York: author; credit to SB DEX LLC [book design and production], 1980. Paperback. 130p. (approx.; partially unpaginated), poems reproduced from keyboard-set text many of which opposite fullpage high-definition sepia photos, softbound in 10x8 inch decorated wraps. No. 88 of 250 exemplars signed, dated and numbered by the author / photographer. Cover and foredge somewhat thumb-soiled with a dusty print or two within, a good copy. World-weary? decadent? morbid? o taste and see.


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    TQ 20 Twenty years of the best contemporary writing and graphics from TriQuarterly magazine by Gibbons, Reginald and Susan Hahn

    Wainscott NY: Pushcart Press, 1985. 667p., graphics photographic and otherwise throughout the many texts; first edition cloth boards gilt in dust jacket; clean and sound, a very good copy.


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    Lidé z Reklubu: satirické veršování s karikaturami Karla Matějíčka [People from the Reklub: rhymed verses with caricatures by Karel Matějíček] by Šafr, Václav, Karel Matějíček, illustrator, and Stanislav Maršo, designer

    Prague: Reklamný klub československý, 1936. Octavo (18.5 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 42, [3] pp. Twenty caricatures by Karel Matějíček, most of them full-page. About fine, in protective mylar. A charming book of satirical verses and caricatures about leading figures of the pre-war Czechoslovak advertising world. In 1927, the "Reklub" - short for Reklamný klub československý, or the Czechoslovak advertising club - was founded to offer a community to various artists, designers, and texters active in the bourgeoning field of commercial advertising. Its aim was to defend the interests of agencies and individuals, and to inform about news of international advertising, and to provide a sense of community. The Club existed until 1949 and was the subject of a recent study by Dušan Pavlů. Jan Brabec, Jaroslav Hencl, Jiři Pacovský, Jaroslav Richter, Miroslav Sutnar, Jiři Solar and many others. Typographic design by Stanislav Maršo (1910-1976), a specialist in advertising and typography. KVK, OCLC show no copies outside the Czech Republic.


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    Aurora. haiku. Translated and edited by Masaharu Hirata by Suga, Etsuko

    [Japan]: Umeda Printing Co., presumably for the author, 1999. 173p., vignette photo and vita of Suga, pink boards titled in rainbow foil and decorated with a chaste inkwash; mild signs of wear and a little soiling, very good copy, remarkably fine haiku. Signed in inkpen on the ffep with personal stamp in red. Laid in is a personal publicity letter (some 100 words) from ur-translator Hirata to friends. Hirata's rough English versions may have been as rough as his Englished language in this short enclosed letter; excellence on the page must be due in great part to two persons credited an authorial note p.173, acknowledging "Ms. P. Donegan and Ms. Y. Ishibashi who refined my haiku and into a flowing style" as indeed they did; Suga's conceptual powers are however eminent and unmistakeable.


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    Čo povieš svojmu decku? Rozhovory, príklady a rady pro sexuálnu výchovu [Wenn dein Kind dich fragt... / What will you tell your child?] by Reich, Dr. Annie, Jozef Rybák, designer, and Evžen Klinger, translator

    Bratislava: Dav, 1933. Octavo (19 × 13.8 cm). Original photo-illustrated wrappers; 47, [1] pp. Light toning to wrapper edges; else very good. ["Bratislava Bauhaus"]. First and only edition of this Slovak translation of Viennese psychoanalist Annie Reich's 1932 book on children's sexual education, "Wenn dein Kind dich fragt..." With wrappers by Jozef Rybák, who was involved with the School of Arts and Crafts (Škola umeleckých remesiel, or ŠUR) in Bratislava, founded in 1928 and in many ways close in spirit to the Dessau Bauhaus. Its founding members included The teachers noted avant-garde artists such as Ľudovít Fulla, Mikuláš Galanda, Jaromír Funke, and Zdeněk Rossmann, and visiting lecturers included Moholy-Nagy and Tschichold. Rybák created numerous wrapper designs during the late 1920s and 1930s, and was a contributor to the leftist Slovak avant-garde journal DAV (1924-1937), for which he profiled the ŠUR. Not in KVK, OCLC.


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    Be a man! males in modern society by Stearns, Peter S

    New York: Holmes and Meier Pub, 1979. Hardcover. ix+230p., introduction, notes, selective bibliography, index, illustrations, very good first edition hardbound in worn, torn dj with some chipping.


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    Dixie phoenix #22 October 2000 by Munson, Bjorn and Michael, editors

    Arlington VA: the poetry journal, 2000. 52p., staplebound 8.5x5.5 inch wraps, very good copy of, dagnabbit, the very last issue.


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    A letter from the country and other poems by Baker, Howard

    Norfolk CT: New Directions, 1941. 32p., on calendared paperstock with a monochrome vignette on title page, printed paper over boards in dj. Casing slightly age-discolored, jacket is chipped and has some tears, good clean sound copy. Elegant quatrains; what a loser.


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    Farbige Raumkunst. Achtzig Raumentwurfe moderner Innenarchitekten in Farbdruck by Hoffmann, Herbert, herausgegeben

    Stuttgart: Verlag Julius Hoffmann, 1935. Hardcover. xii (text), 80p.(color plates), plates all muted pastels and printed on coated paperstock. Hardbound, 11.5x9 inch green cloth boards titled gilt, titling printed on black cartouches. Case-binding shows a little card and fraying at corner-tips and rims, rear joint has begun to fray and the hinge is cracked (but holding), pastedown has a nice bookplate and free e.p. a bold ownership legend in pencil. Textblock leaves are mildly toned around the margins, not affecting graphics. A good to very good copy. Bauformen-Bibliothek Band 29.


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    Wiener Kunst Auktionen. 16 Kunstauktion, 1 Okt.1997: Jugendstil

    Vienna: Wiener Kunst Auktionen, 1997. Unpaginated, displays items 501-691 from a multi-day multi-catagory auction. Softbound, 11.5x8.5 inch glossy (super-glossy!) white wraps; slightest edgewear, no markings, a very good copy.


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    The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia by Khalid, Adeeb

    Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. Paperback. xx+335p., trade paperback, maps & tables, very good. Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies, 27.


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    XLV řádná jarní výstava jednoty umělců výtvarných v Praze, s kolekcí Vojtěcha Hynaise [45th spring exhibition of the unity of fine arts artists in Prague, from collection of Vojtěch Hynais]. (22. IV. -- 11. VII. 1926)

    Prague: Obecní dům, 1926. 12mo (15.6 × 11.7 cm). Original decorative wrappers; [56] pp. of text and [26] leaves of black-and-white reproductions. Laid in price sheet. Light wear to overlapping wrapper edges; else very good. Illustrated catalog for the 45th exhibition of works by František Naske, Jan Pašek, Ota Bubeníček and other Czech fine art artists, held at Municipal House, Prague, May 22 - July 11, 1926. Catalog designed by Alois Chvála. KVK, OCLC show only two copies.


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    Elements of Italy by St Aubin de Teran, Lisa; editor

    New York: Welcome Rain Publishers, 2002. vii, 230p., first American edition boards gilt in dj; a fine unblemished copy.


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    Empire Life by Albon, George

    Los Angeles: Littoral Books, 1998. Paperback. 72p., softbound in 8.5x6 inch glossy decorated wraps; "The first, full-length edition of Albon's work," per back-cover text; covers yawn a bit and bear a couple of very faint small smudges, a very good copy. Titlepage is inscribed and signed (as "George") with the slogan "long live the invisible streamers!


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