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Ed Ruscha: Every Building on the Sunset Strip (First Printing) [SIGNED on slipcase]

Publisher: Los Angeles: Ed Ruscha, 1966
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113753



First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the top side of the slipcase by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matt wrappers, with title printed in silver on cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued; with silver paper-covered cardstock slipcase. 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).]


Near Fine (slight creasing to the spine, else Fine) in Near Fine Mylar slipcase (slight rubbing to the mylar, else Fine).


Ed Ruscha took the photographs contained in this publication with a motorized Nikon camera mounted to the back of a pick-up truck. This allowed him to photograph every building on Sunset Boulevard (between Crescent Heights Boulevard in Hollywood and Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills), while driving -- first down one side of the street and then the other. The pictures were then pasted in order, the individual buildings were labeled with their respective addresses, and presented with the north side of the street at the top of the page, with the south side of the street inverted and aligned below it.