Art Books

  • # 21480

    RUSCHA, Ed (1937 - )

    Make new history

    Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 2009. Oblong octavo, grey linen bound boards, facsimile artist’s signature to spine, the edges of the pages printed with the words MAKE NEW HISTORY to the three sides, approximately 600 blank pages, printed colophon stating ‘This art object was designed by Ed Ruscha in celebration of MOCA …

  • # 20841

    COVARRUBIAS, José Miguel, 1904-1957 (illustrator)

    [ART DECO] Vanity Fair. February, 1932.

    New York : Condé Nast Publications, Inc., February, 1932. Large quarto (325 x 250 mm), original pictorial wrappers, 88 pp, illustrated in colour and black-and-white; in superb condition, and featuring a stunning cover design by Mexican artist José Miguel Covarrubias – a caricature of actress Greta Garbo.

  • # 20924

    MOSER, Barry (1940 - )

    Gold rush. Twenty-five wood engravings by Barry Moser on a theme of the discovery and mining of gold in America, Africa and Australia.

    With a note on those prints by the artist. Los Angeles : Arundel Press, 1985. Folio, gilt lettered black cloth clamshell box, 7 leaves text; 25 original wood engravings each hand-signed by the artist. Printed for the Arundel Press by Harold McGrath at the Hampshire Typothetae in West Hatfield, Massachusetts on Rives BFK. Limited to …

  • # 21037

    WILSON, Natalie (editor)

    Plumes and pearlshells : the art of the New Guinea highlands

    Sydney : Art Gallery of New South Wales, [2014]. Quarto, illustrated cards, pp. 172, illustrated. New copy. ‘The peoples of the New Guinea highlands are renowned for their spectacular ceremonies, which involve hundreds of dancers festooned with elaborate body adornments, including highly prized Bird of Paradise plumes and the revered kina, or pearlshell. Appreciating the …

  • # 21031

    CLEMENS, Justin

    Marina Abramović : private archaeology

    Hobart :  Museum of Old and New Art, 2015. Quarto, illustrated boards in slipcase, pp. 158, illustrated. “Published on the occasion of her Mona exhibition, this catalogue-monograph includes exclusive photography of the artworks installed at Mona, and features a foreword by David Walsh and essays by Justin Clemens and Elizabeth Pearce.”–Publisher’s website.

  • # 21030

    KUSAMA, Yayoi

    Yayoi Kusama : give me love

    New York : David Zwirner Books, [2016]. Quarto, pictorial boards, pp. 118, illustrated. ‘Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love documents the artist’s most recent exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, which marked the US debut of The Obliteration Room, an all-white, domestic interior that viewers are invited to cover with dot stickers of various sizes and …

  • # 20789


    The unknown river. An etcher’s voyage of discovery

    With eight illustrations. London : Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, 1874. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, all edges gilt, 134; eight original etchings, a fine copy. Etchings created while travelling along the Arroux, a tributary of the Loire.

  • # 21034

    [HENSON, Bill]

    Lux et nox

    Melbourne : Thames and Hudson, 2008. Oblong folio, boards in illustrated dust jacket, unpaginated, 173 colour plates, first Australian edition, first published by Scalo, Zurich in 2002, new copy. A large format survey of Henson’s famous lyrical photographs. ‘Internationally renowned photographer Bill Henson is a passionate and visionary explorer of twilight zones, between day and …

  • # 21284

    HOWARD, Ian (1947 - )

    Action Man Story

    Montreal : the artist, 1976. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, 40pp. with offset lithographed photographic images and text throughout. An important early experimental artist’s book created by the Australian while completing a master’s degree in Canada. Like much of his work, this book draws on Howard background in the military, it is a stark and relevant commentary …

  • # 20899

    COATTS, Margot (editor)

    Lucie Rie & Hans Coper – potters in parallel

    Sydney : Craftsman House in association with Barbican Art Gallery, 1997. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 160, illustrated. A fine monograph on the distinguished potters.

  • # 20952

    HANKS, Elizabeth

    Australian art and artists to 1950 : a bibliography based on the holdings of the State Library of Victoria

    Melbourne : Library Council of Victoria, 1982. Quarto, printed wrappers, cloth spine, bookplate inside front wrapper, pp. xx; 397. A useful reference

  • # 20889

    MAP, Phil

    A Phil May picture book

    London : “Pall Mall Magazine” circa 1900. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 90, (4), extensively illustrated by Phil May, John Shirlow designed bookplate for J. G. Latham inside upper wrapper, a very good copy. Humorous sketches by the satirist who published in The Bulletin in Sydney.

  • # 21218

    SIBLEY, Irena

    William, the wizard who wasn’t (Presentation copy)

    Fitzroy, Vic. : The Five Mile Press, 1989. First trade edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the first blank for Melbourne publishers John and Zelma Gartner, owners of The Hawthorn Press, ‘To John and Zelma regards Irena Sibley 1989’. Quarto, fine illustrated boards in like dustjacket, 38 pp, illustrated with Sibley’s magnificent colour …

  • # 21191

    FRY, Gavin

    Nolan’s Gallipoli.

    Adelaide: Rigby, 1983. Folio, green cloth over boards in dust jacket, 118 pages illustrated in colour, tiny amount of foxing to extremities, a very good copy.

  • # 21162

    BRACK, John

    John Brack nudes. Fifteen original lithographs.

    Text by Margaret Plant. Introduction by Gordon Thomson. Melbourne: Lyre Bird Press, 1982. Large folio (465 x 340mm), in a modern binding of full black kangaroo decorated with Brack motif, housed in a black buckram clamshell box with gilt decoration and lettering on front panel. Illustrated with fifteen original large lithographs by Brack, each drawn on a …

  • # 21147

    GRAY, Anna

    Tom Roberts

    Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, 2015. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. 320, illustrated. New copy of the catalogue from this landmark exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. This book is now out of print. “This publication accompanies the exhibition Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and discusses Tom Roberts’s life and …