SURREALISM the Road to the Absolute
Dutton, 1970 Revised. Book Condition: Good. All books held by me, for immediate despatch. Packed weight 350g Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Theology & Religion ; ISBN: 0525472525. Inventory No: 0021273. (Book ref. 0021273) £6.00
THE HISTORY OF SURREALIST PAINTING. With the collaboration of Arpad Mezei. Translated from the French by Simon Watson Taylor.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1960. 1st English Ed. Sm. 4to. 384pp. Profusely illus. including several in colour and many from photos. Good in original white lettered black hessian cloth with cold. title to upper board. US$101 (Book ref. 213599) £65.00
An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Bunuel
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. First English Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0520208404 Although Luis Bunuel, one of the great filmmakers of the 20th century, was notoriously reluctant to discuss his own work in public, he wrote on many subjects over the years. This collection proceeds chronologically, from poetry and short stories written in Bunuel's youth in Spain to an essay written in 1980, not long before his death. The writings offer insights into the filmmaker's life and thought. The earliest pieces came well before Bunuel joined the Surrealist movement in Paris and created the landmark film "Un Chien andalou" with Salvador Dali. Yet these and the early Surrealist writings reveal the inventiveness of the mind that would later create such masterpieces of cinema as "L'Age d'or", "Los olvidadoes", "Viridiana", "The Milky Way", "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", "Belle de Jour" and "That Obscure Object of Desire". Later writings, which include screenplays and reflections on his own and others' films, illuminate many aspects of Bunuel's career, as well as the ways of thinking and perceiving that underlie his cinematic style. The final essay sums up his view of the world at the end of his life. Includes poetry and short stories from Bunuel's youth in Spain and features writings on cinema and aesthetics, including Bunuel's own films, as well as autobiographical writings. Foreword by Jean-Claude Carriere and a new afterword by Juan Luis Bunuel and Rafael Bunuel. (Book ref. 039009) £11.99
Hans Bellmer Catalogue.
London: Editions Graphiques Gallery., 1968. 1st.. Soft Back. VG.. A5, stapled card covered booklet, unused, 16pp. A slim catalogue of an exhibition of drawing by Hans Bellmer which has been illustrated in b&w throughout with examples of his erotic work. Includes a 2 page introduction by V. Arwas. (Book ref. 012277) £18.00
45 Dangerous Minds: The Most Intense Interviews from "Seconds" Magazine
London: Creation Books, 2005. First Edition. Paperback. New. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 1840681241 This thought-provoking collection contains 45 key interviews with celebrities from the world of rock, art, literature and the counter-culture. Interviewees include Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, J.G. Ballard, Henry Rollins, Allen Ginsberg, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, John Waters, GG Allin, Afika Bambaataa, Bobby Beausoleil, Glen Benton, Vincent Bugliosi, Joe Coleman, Julian Cope, Jayne County, Glenn Danzig, Joey Demaio, Mike Diana, Eva O, Paul Morrissey, Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, Billy Name, Ron Jeremy, Wayne Kramer, Anton Lavey, Henry Lee Lucas, Charles Manson, Stu Mead, Buddy Miles, Rahowa, Richard Ramirez, James Earl Ray, George Roden, Ed Sanders, Peter Sotos, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tiny Tim, Stryper, Rozz Williams, Varg Vikerne, Robert Williams among others. (Book ref. 039000) £5.99
Harold Hitchcock: a romantic symbol in surrealism
U.S.A: Walker & Company, 1982. 0802706975 First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Very clean, tightly bound larger format book with no inscriptions, in a bright unclipped dustjacket which has a small nick at the top edge. Appears little used. 124 pages, 34 colour and many b/w photos in the text, pictorial endpapers, glossary, index (Book ref. 36091) £18.00
Joan Miró The Ladder of Escape
Tate Publishing, 2011. 1854379771 Paperback. Very Good+. Illustrated card covers, pages bright and unmarked; catalogue to accompany the recent 'Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape' exhibition at the Tate Modern, April-September 2011, contains extensive colour illustrations of Miro's work.; 4to 9.75" x 11.5"; 240 pages (Book ref. 16918) £15.00
Secker & Warburg, London 1975 8vo.,xiii,269pp.,17 photographic ills.on 8 plates,list of works,Satie's published writings,bibliography.ex.college lib.with booklplate,withdrawn stamp,adhesive marks to boards where old cover removed,VG+ in VG dust jacket,sl.rubbed, small hole to back panel of d/j (Book ref. 5113) £12.50
London: Creation Books, 1995. First Edition. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 1871592151 A collection of poetry, prose-pieces, essays, translations and erotic film-scriptsfrom award winning writer Jeremy Reed, one of the most accalimed poets and novelists of his generation. Reed's Androgynous visions embrace a uniquely poetic universe, presided over by icons such as Jean Genet, Warhol, Hart Crane, David Bowie, Proust, Baudelaire and Marc Almond - all of whom appear in this collection. Kicks reveals the most outrageous, sexually-outspoken side of Jeremy Reed, Whilst demonstsrating with consumate artistry how the spangled threads of his influences draw together to form a maverick blueprint for the future of literature and art. (Book ref. 038963) £4.99
Affect Marcel: The Selected Correspondence of Marcel Duchamp
London: Thames & Hudson, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0500019584 Marcel Duchamp left a large volume of correspondence, a thousand documents that form a unique source for our knowledge of the artist's personality and work. In his letters, Duchamp talks of his latest plans and works in progress. He discusses important projects, including the "ready-made" - a concept that was radically to change the course of 20th-century art. Francis Naumann has devoted 20 years to assembling all traceable letters, translating them and annotating them in this volume. Naumann also focuses on the historical content and provides a detailed introduction to each correspondent. In this way, she seeks to make Duchamp's life and thought real and accessible to experts and the art-loving public alike. The book contains all the letters in their original language (French or English), together with a translation where appropriate. Contains a selection of Duchamps's correspondence with Louise & Walter Arensberg, Constantin Brancusi, Andre Breton, Suzanne Duchamp, Alfred Stieglitz, Tristan Tzara, Jacques Villon, and mnay others. Index of Marcel Duchamp's works, cited or evoked; Index of Names; Index of Letters by Correspondent. Edited by Francis M. Naumann & Hector Obalk. Marcel Duchamp 28 July 1887 - 2 October 1968) was a French artist (he became an American citizen in 1955) whose work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War I Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the Western art world. While he is most often associated with Dada and Surrealism, his participation in Surrealism was largely behind the scenes, and after being involved in New York Dada, he barely participated in Paris Dada. Thousands of books and articles attempt to interpret Duchamp's artwork and philosophy, but in interviews and his writing, Duchamp only added to the mystery. The interpretations interested him as creations of their own, and as reflections of the interpreter. A playful man, Duchamp prodded thought about artistic processes and art marketing, not so much with words, but with actions such as dubbing a urinal "art" and naming it Fountain. He produced relatively few artworks as he quickly moved through the avant-garde rhythms of his time. (Book ref. 038956) £11.99
London: The South Bank Centre, 1992. 1853320870. First edition large format paperback with illustrated covers. The book measures 11" x 9¼". It has 320 pages and is very well illustrated with colour reproductions and b/w photographs. Excellent condition. Like new. VG+. (Book ref. 15819) £10.00
Surrealist Transformaction No. 9
Sidmouth: Transformaction, 1979. First Edition. Pamphlet. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Contributors include Philippe Soupault, Clovis Trouille, Marcel Jean, Anthony Earnshaw, Ian Breakwell, Philip West, Patrick Hughes, Ian Breakwell, Luis Bunuel. (Book ref. 038925) £50.00
HAROLD HITCHCOCK. A Romantic Symbol in Surrealism. Foreword by Christopher Wright.
Walker and Company, New York 1982. 1st US Ed. Slim royal 8vo. 124pp. Port. frontis., 34 cold. plates, many b/w. ills. Good in d/w. lightly faded to spine. US$31 (Book ref. 212428) £20.00
Surrealism and After the Gabrielle Keiller Collection
Edinburgh: Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland, 1997. First Edition. 0 903598 68 X 4to. A very good copy. A little fading to covers. Spine a little slanted. Softcover. 208pp. Many illustrations including colour. An Exhibition catalogue. (Book ref. 8373) £14.00
Cologne: Taschen, 1983. VG+ black p/b with col illus & white lettering. 23cms x 30cms, 96pp. 59 b/w & col plates + biography & chronology. Clean, unmarked copy. Weight 494g. (Book ref. 2619) £4.50
The modern world.
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1965. 'Landmarks of the world's art' series. 1st. VG+ black cloth h/b with gilt illus & lettering to cover & gilt lettering to spine; VG black d/w with col illus & white/brown/gold lettering, not pc, some chips & tears & edgewear. 22cms x 29cms, 176pp. Brown/black timechart eps. Top edge blue. B/w illus to title page + 200 illus, 112 in col. Considers art in first & second halves of 19th century, 1900-1920, 1920-1940 & since 1940. Clean, unmarked copy. Weight 910g. (Book ref. 2632) £6.00
The life and works of Dali.
Bristol: Parragon, 1994. Good col illus h/b with identical illus d/w, not p/c or chipped. 20cms x 21cms, 79pp. 50 col illus of Dali's paintings + comments. Damp has caused d/w to stick to covers; first few pages are slightly marked; o/w clean, unmarked copy. Weight 490g. ISBN: 1858136563. (Book ref. 3692) £4.00
Modern Art. Impressionism to post-modernism.
London: Thames & Hudson, 1992. Reprint. VG red cloth h/b with gilt dolphin logo to cover & gilt lettering to spine; VG white d/w with col illus & red/black lettering, not pc, some chips. 22.75cms x 26cms, 416pp. Preface, 8 chaps, chronologies & bibs, list of illus & credits, index. Col & b/w illus throughout. Pages 414-5 sl torn at spine. Clean, unmarked copy. Weight 1702g. 0500235546. (Book ref. 2537) £7.50
The Cut: Reading Bataille's Histoire De L'Oeil (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs)
London: Oxford University Press, 2000. First Edition. Cloth. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0197262007 An imaginative theoretical reading of an unsettling masterpiece by the French writer Georges Bataille, recognized now as a major figure in twentieth-century French literature. The obscene, erotic, and disturbing text Histoire de l'oeil (1928) is a traumatic event in the history of modernity, and in the prehistory of literary theory, provoking critical moments in the trajectories of structuralism and in the recent theorizations around Bataille's notion of the informe. Story of the Eye is a novella that details the sexual experimentation of two teenage lovers, and their increasing perversion. It is narrated by the young man looking back on his experiences. Story of the Eye consists of several vignettes, centered around the sexual passion existing between the unnamed late adolescent male narrator and Simone, his primary female partner. Within this episodic narrative two secondary figures emerge: Marcelle is a mentally ill sixteen year old, who comes to a sad end, and Lord Edmund, a voyeuristic, English emigre aristocrat. Simone and the narrator first consummate their lust on a beach near their home, and involve Marcelle within their activity. The couple are exhibitionists, copulating within Simone's house in full view of her mother. During this second episode, Simone derives pleasure from inserting hard and soft boiled eggs for her vaginal and anal stimulation, she also experiences considerable enjoyment from the viscosity of various liquids. The pair undertake an orgy with other adolescents, which involves some broken glass and involuntary bloodletting, and ends with Marcelle's psychological breakdown. The narrator flees his own parents' home taking a pistol from the office of his bedridden, senile, and violent father. They view Marcelle within a sanatorium, but fail to break her out. Naked, they flee during night back to Simone's home, and more displays of exhibitionist sex ensue before Simone's widowed mother. Later, they finally break Marcelle out of the institution, but unfortunately, Marcelle is totally insane. Deprived of her therapeutic environment, she hangs herself. The pair have sex next to her corpse. After Marcelle's suicide, the two flee to Spain, where they meet Sir Edmund. They witness a Madrid bullfight, which involves the prowess of handsome twenty year old matador, El Granero. Initially, El Granero kills the first bull that he encounters and the animal is consequently castrated. Simone then pleasures herself by vaginally inserting these taurine testicles. Unfortunately, El Granero is killed by the next bull that he fights, and his face is mutilated. As the corpse of El Granero is removed from the stadium, his right eye has worked loose from its socket, and is hanging, bloody and distended. Simone, Sir Edmund, and the narrator visit the Catholic church of San Seville after the day's events. Simone aggressively seduces Don Aminado, a handsome, young, Catholic priest, fellating him while Simone and the narrator have sex. Sir Edmund undertakes a blasphemous parody of the Catholic Eucharist involving desecration of the bread and wine using Don Aminado's urine and semen before Simone strangles Don Aminado to death during his final orgasm. Sir Edmund eviscerates one of the dead priests' eyes, and Simone inserts it within her vagina, while she and the narrator have sex. The trio successfully elude apprehension for the murder of Don Aminado, and make their way down Andalusia. Sir Edmund purchases an African-staffed yacht so that they can continue their debaucheries, whereupon the story ends. In a postscript, Bataille reveals that the character of Marcelle is based on his own mother, who suffered from bipolar disorder, while the narrator's father is also a transcription of his own unhappy paternal relationship. A British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph. (Book ref. 038869) £4.95
Art in Revolt Germany 1905-25 Exhibition in Aid of World Refugee Year
London: Marlborough Fine Art Limited, 1959. Card Covered. Very Good +/No Dustjacket. 12mo A tidy 7 1/2 " by 8 3/4 " card covered book of 184 pages with English and German text. Coloured and balck and white reproductions of the paintings and sculpture (Book ref. 022833) £10.00