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Reese, Harry; Arp, Jean [or Hans]
Arplines: a Portfolio of Lines By Harry Reese.
Isla Vista, Turkey Press, 1989


This stunning artists' book was created by Harry Reese in 1989 / 1990. The writings of Hans Arp have inspired this portfolio of poems, prints, drawings, and collages. Text lines from the poems, letters, interviews, prose writings, and experiences of Arp have been lifted from their original contexts, worked over, translated at times, and then recombined with various new images and objects to make new poems.

"The lines are Arp's, but the poems are mine", Reese declares. This stunning edition was adapted from an earlier (1980), small Turkey Press book of the same title, and is far more ambitious and elaborate.

Each unique copy of this edition of 43 numbered and signed copies is hand-created and unique. The text is loose as issued in the artist's folding box, the cover of which is a superb original acrylic painting by Reese. Among the finest examples of work in this form by Reese, Arplines has the virtue of combining the fruits of long contemplation of Arp's life and work with the accessibility of an entertaining Dada flavor that truly shows the artist's creative joy as well as his knowledge.

Harry Reese has long been among the most respected and influential printers and artists working in the book form, has been exhibited at museums throughout the US and Europe, and has become increasingly well known for his large public art projects.

Price: $3499.90

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Joan Miro Original Portrait of Miro Meeting Rita Hayworth

A True Icon of the Intersection of Art and Culture

An original painting by Joan Miro graces Rita Hayworth's own copy of Joan Miro by Jacques Prevert and G. Ribemont-Dessaignes.

The work was the property of Rita Hayworth, is personally inscribed to her, and bears a portrait of her (and of Joan Miro), on the occasion of their meeting. The book is signed by both authors, each of whom has drawn flowers as a means of expressing devotion sentiment towards Rita Hayworth.

Published by Maeght Editeur in Paris, 1956, the text includes some 160 color and black and white illustrations, including 8 original lithographs by Joan Miro printed by Mourlot. 7 of the lithographs are in color, and among them are included several double-page gatefolds (see example below).

Right hand detail shown of Miro painting.

Author Jacques Prevert has boldly inscribed the volume at top:

A Rita Hayworth
en amite d'un soir et du [layt...?]
Jacques Prevert"

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Price $29,995.00

Bret Harte's Writings in 20 volumes

The well-regarded Standard Library edition published by Houghton Mifflin in 1914, complete in 20 volumes as issued, illustrated with photogravures. Period 3/4 dark red crushed morocco over marbled boards, spines with raised bands and elaborate Art-Nouveau-inspired gilt floral tooling within gilt-ruled compartments, covers ruled in gilt, top edge gilt (front cover of volume 1 detached, secured by tape at inner hinge; some darkening, nicking, and wear to extremities and spine tips; joint wear to some volumes). Withal an extremely attractive set.

Price $550.00

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