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Ed Ruscha (A collection of 16 artist's books, 1963-1978) [15 SIGNED; All 16 First Editions in Fine Condition]: Twentysix Gasoline Stations; Various Small Fires and Milk; Some Los Angeles Apartments; Every Building on Sunset Strip; Thirtyfour Parking Lots; Royal Road Test; Business Cards; Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass; Crackers; Babycakes With Weights; Real Estate Opportunities; A Few Palm Trees; Records; Dutch Details; Colored People; Hard Light; PLUS additional artist's books [3 SIGNED] and ephemera.

Publisher: Los Angeles, Hollywood, California and New York: Ed Ruscha, Heavy Industry Publications and Multiples, Inc., 1963
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 112762

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A collection of 16 artist's books by Ed Ruscha, plus additional books and ephemera. All titles first editions. 15 of 16 titles signed by Ruscha (all titles except Dutch Details). Three additional titles signed.

ARTIST'S BOOKS:

1) Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Limited Edition [SIGNED and dated "1966"]. 1963. First limited edition of 400 numbered copies (this being #396/400), additionally signed and dated by the artist ("Edward Ruscha, 1966") in blue ink on the dedication page. Soft cover. White matt wrappers with title printed in red on cover and spine, with original glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 26 black and white illustrations, printed by The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. 7 1/16 x 5-1/2 inches. Very rare. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] CONDITION: Fine in Fine original glassine dust jacket. A very rare Near Mint copy with vintage signature.

2) Various Small Fires and Milk [SIGNED]. 1964. First edition of 400 unnumbered copies. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in black on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 15 yellow-toned plates, and one black and white plate, printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simons, Los Angeles. 7 x 5-1/16 inches. A rare signed copy of the first edition. CONDITION: Fine (a bright, tight, mint copy in a Near Fine glassine dust jacket), in Near Fine original glassine dust jacket (1/16-inch chip missing from the heel of the spine, 1/8-inch closed tear along bottom edge of rear cover, and at bottom of front fold, else Fine).

3) Some Los Angeles Apartments [SIGNED]. 1965. First edition of 700 unnumbered copies. Signed in blue ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in lime green on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 34 black and white illustrations printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles. 7 x 5-1/16 inches. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket.

4) Every Building on Sunset Strip [SIGNED]. 1966. First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers, with title printed in silver on cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued; with silver paper-covered cardstock slipcase and rare obi band. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated accordion-fold, with numerous black and white panoramic plates printed as if one continuous photograph across the upper and lower sections of all of the pages. 7-1/16 x 5-5/8 inches (approximately 27 feet fully-extended). This first issue was limited to 1000 copies (with the extra 2-inch flap at the end of the last folded page, which was the result of the printer's miscalculation). [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] CONDITION: Near Fine (glue residue from slipcase on front cover, vertical crease to spine which is endemic to the title), else Fine in Very Fine slipcase wth Fine rare obi/belly band.

5) Thirtyfour Parking Lots [SIGNED]. 1967. First edition, first printing. Signed in pencil on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in orange on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket as issued. Concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Photographs by Art Alanis. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 31 black and white plates. 10 x 8 inches. This first edition was limited to 2413 copies. CONDITION: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (edgewear and yellowing to jacket).

6) Royal Road Test [SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY from Mason Williams to Allan Blye; also SIGNED by Ed Ruscha]. 1967. First edition, first printing. Association copy, signed, dated the year of publication ("4 May 1967") and inscribed to Allan Blye (then producer of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour) in blue ink on the first page by Williams ("To Allan with ink, Mason Williams, 4 May 1967, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"). [Also included with the book are 2 copies of Allan Blye's business card.] Signed in pencil on the title page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Pale yellow wrappers with title printed in black on cover; spiral-bound with white laminated coil. Photographs and text by Ed Ruscha in collaboration with Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell. Unpaginated (64 pp.), with 36 black and white illustrations. 9-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 1000 copies. CONDITION: Fine.

7) Business Cards [SIGNED (by Bengston and Ruscha)]. 1968. First edition. Signed (as issued), in ink on front cover by Ruscha and Bengston (with his initials "B.A.B."). Soft cover. Faux wood-grain cardstock wrappers, bound with a leather thong knotted in front, with a black and white snapshot of the artists tipped-in with photo corners on the front cover (stamped "JAN 3 1968" on lower margin), no dust jacket as issued; with both artists' business cards stapled to last page, as issued (Bengston's business card is crumpled in each copy of the book as a nod to the "Dento" series of paintings he did in the 1960s). Collaboration between Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, photographed by Larry Bell. Unpaginated (32 pp.), with 12 black and white plates. 8-3/4 x 5-1/8 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 1000 copies. CONDITION: Fine.

8) Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass [SIGNED]. 1968. First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White laminated wrappers with title printed in black on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. 64 pp., with 10 four-color plates. 7 x 5-1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 2400 copies. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).] CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket.

9) Crackers [SIGNED]. 1968. First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Brown flexible wrappers, with title printed in scarlet on cover and spine of white dust jacket. Photographs by Ed Ruscha, Ken Price, and Joe Goode illustrating Mason Williams' 1967 short story "How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers" (the text of the story is printed on the back dust jacket flap). Includes the following cast of characters appearing in the photographs: Man -- Larry Bell; Woman -- Léon Bing; Bellhop -- Rudi Gernreich; Chauffeur -- Tommy Smothers. Unpaginated, with 115 black and white plates. 8-3/4 x 5-5/8 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 5000 copies. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).] CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket.

10) Babycakes With Weights [SIGNED]. 1970. First edition. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Baby-blue matte wrappers with title in green felt-like flocking material on cover, bound with a pink ribbon, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Ed Ruscha, Elizabeth Claman, Sid Felsen, Jerry McMillan and Danna Ruscha. Unpaginated, with 24 black and white plates. 7-1/2 x 6 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 1200 copies, 600 of which (according to several sources) were used for the Multiples, Inc. boxed edition "Artists & Photographs" also released in 1970 by Multiples, Inc., New York. CONDITION: Fine.

11) Real Estate Opportunities [SIGNED]. 1970. First edition. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in black on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 25 black and white plates. 7 x 5-1/2 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 4000 copies. CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket.

12) A Few Palm Trees [SIGNED]. 1971. First edition. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Black laminated wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs of palm trees in Los Angeles, all photographed facing west and identified by their respective addresses. Unpaginated (64 pp.), with 14 black and white plates. 7 x 5-1/2 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 3900 copies. CONDITION: Fine.

13) Records [SIGNED]. 1971. First edition. Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Red leatherette wrappers, with title printed in black on cover, no dust jacket as issued. Concept by Ed Ruscha. Photographs by Jerry McMillan. Unpaginated (72 pp.), with 60 black and white plates. 7 x 5-1/2 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 2000 copies. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).] CONDITION: Fine.

14) Dutch Details. 1971. First edition. Soft cover. White printed wrappers; no dust jacket as issued; contained in a black cloth-covered clamshell box. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (22 pp., including 11 two-page gatefolds). 4-1/2 x 15 inches. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).] CONDITION: Near Fine (moderate wear and soiling to the wrappers, else Fine in Fine clamshell box).

15) Colored People [SIGNED]. 1972. First edition. Signed in pencil on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Yellow laminated wrappers with title printed in black on cover, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (64 pp.), with 15 four-color plates. 7 x 5-1/2 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 4065 copies. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).] CONDITION: Fine.

16) Hard Light [SIGNED]. 1978. First edition, first printing. Signed in pencil on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated laminated wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Artist's book presented as a collaborative photo-novella by Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner. Unpaginated, with 51 black-and-white plates. 7 x 5 inches. This first and only edition was limited to 3560 copies. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).] CONDITION: Fine.

ADDITIONAL BOOKS AND EPHEMERA:

17) Cityscapes / O Books and S Books. Two volume set, enclosed in a corrugated slipcase [each book SIGNED]. 1997 and 2001. First edition, first printing. Each edition was limited to 2000 copies. Cityscapes / O Books (1997): Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Illustrated stiff wrappers (published only in wraps). 64 pp., with 37 four-color plates. 8 x 5-3/4 inches. Published on the occasion of the 1997 exhibition Cityscapes / O Books at the Leo Castelli Gallery (commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Ruscha's association with the Gallery. S Books (2001): Signed in black ink on the first page by Ruscha. Soft cover. Illustrated stiff wrappers (published only in wraps). Unpaginated, with 26 four-color plates. 8 x 5-3/4 inches. A selection of altered vintage monochromatic book covers, each with the letter 'S' etched or otherwise 'applied' to the surface (using a variety of methods). Published on the occasion of the 2001 exhibition S Books at James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Out of print. Scarce. CONDITION: As New (both volumes).

18) Edward Ruscha (Ed - Werd Rew - Shay) Young Artist: A Book Accompanying The Exhibition of Prints, Drawings and Books of Edward Ruscha at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts April 18 - May 28, 1972 [SIGNED]. 1972. First edition, first printing. Signed in pencil on the first page by Ruscha. Hardcover. Green paper-covered boards printed with palm trees and title in black and white on cover and spine. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Includes a biography and a checklist of prints. Includes laid-in business cards from Edward Ruscha, and Gus Foster, which is creased). Designed by Edward Ruscha and Gus Foster. Unpaginated (436 pp.) with black and white illustrations throughout, printed on 40-lb manila drawing paper by Kolorpress, Inc., Minneapolis. 4-9/16 x 3-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 2,000 copies. Out of print. Scarce. Printed in the format of a classic "Big Little Book," the intentionally non-archival paper and binding glue has ensured that most extant copies are in poor condition. CONDITION: Fine (some rubbing to rear cover).

19) Prints and Publications 1962-74. ISBN: 0728700581. 1975. First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated wrappers enclosing accordion-fold pages. Prints and artist's books by Ed Ruscha. Essay by Reyner Banham. Designed by Andrew Barron. Unpaginated (38 pp.), with black and white illustrations throughout. 6 x 4-1/4 inches. CONDITION: Very Good (moderate wear to the spine and extremities; interior is Fine).

20) Billy Al Bengston: Billy. 1968. First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Sandpaper wrappers with the title "Billy" in pink flocking on cover, bound with machine screws and nuts, with a pink satin ribbon page marker. Paintings by Billy Al Bengston. Text by James Monte. Includes a list of plates, exhibition history and bibliography. Designed by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (64 pp.), with 10 four-color and 36 black and white plates and additional illustrations printed in Los Angeles by Toyo Press. 9 x 11 inches. This first edition was limited to 2,500 copies. Published on the occasion of the 1968 exhibition "Billy Al Bengston" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Very scarce.
CONDITION: Fine.

21) Ephemera. Postmarked and cancelled book envelope from Heavy Industry Publications (year not indicated; bears two Eisenhower postage stamps); An invoice dated 9/11, 1972 for the purchase of Ruscha's Records ($2.50).

Condition

Fine (unless noted otherwise).