KRISTJAN GUDMUNDSSON, Once around the sun – Volume I, 1975
26,3 x 26,7 x 6 cm
offset, SC, book object hand bound by the artist
edition 150, extremely rare, only ca 6-8 were made
published by Silver Press, Reykjavik / Amsterdam
Collection Kees van Gelder, Amsterdam
This book is a by Kristjan Gudmundsson hand made object while he was living in Daniel Stalpertstraat, Amsterdam during the seventies. The book object contains hundreds of full stops on each page and is three times thicker than the reprinted version by Ottenhausen Verlag in 1982. The front page states that each point is equal to a second. All points together represent the amount of seconds it takes for the earth to once orbit around the sun. In 1976 the artist made volume II making use of the notion ‘space’ using lines instead of full stops to visualize the orbit of the earth around the sun in length.
The production of this self published book by Silver Press – owned by the artist – was very laborious and no more than circa 8 copies were made. In 1982 Ottenhausen Verlag in Aachen / Munich, Germany, took over the project and published 100 copies which were less voluminous than the original book object hand made by the artist. With the reprint the width of the spine of each volume is shrunken to almost half of its size, making the work less sculptural than the original.
KRISTJAN GUDMUNDSSON, Once around the sun, 1982
each 27,6 x 27 x 3,5 cm
offset, two books in slipcase
SC, book, 2nd ed.
published by Ottenhausen Verlag, Aachen / München 1982
TAKAKO SAITO, To my friends, n.d. 
20.3 x 15.2 cm
book in hand-dyed slip case, Japanese bound, handwritten title and name, xerox printing, various color pencils, gouache, collage, tipped-in miniature mini-books
unique series of very small handmade edition
published by Beau Geste Press, Devon, England
SOL LEWITT, Incomplete Open Cubes, 1974
20,5 x 20,5 cm
artists book, offset, SC, 264 pp. (not paginated), 253 black & white illustrations
published by John Weber Gallery, New York 1974
very good condition
€ 680,- plus € 18,- Track & Trace EU registered mail
Published in conjunction with a 1974 John Weber Gallery exhibition, “Incomplete Open Cubes” is Sol LeWitt’s typically rigorous artist’s book that delineates each of the permutations of three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven part open cube sculpture and drawings.
KRISTJÁN GUDMUNDSSON, Circles, 1973
20,7 x 20,7 cm
artist’s book, 3 pp., cardboard covers
limited edition 500
published by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
€ 190,- plus € 8,- registered mail
The first page in the book ‘Circles’ of Kristján Gudmundsson is made of thin paper, the next page is of a heavier kind and the third page is the thickest. On each page circles in water are depicted that were caused by a stone thrown into the water. As is stated in the book the weight of each thrown stone is equal to the weight of each individual page. The result of the consequently different circles are depicted on each page. Definitively a sculptural book.
MARIA LASSNIG, Animation, 1973
29 x 21 cm
plastic transparent cover, ring binding
6 pp. with individual animation drawings
published by Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
very good condition (hardly aged), extremely rare
€ 390,- plus € 15,- registered mail
inv. MLas 544
Maureen Furniss: ‘Maria Lassnig’s animation is consistent with the larger body of feminist production appearing internationally, beginning just when she was creating her early work – focussing on domestic spaces and literally giving an authentic face to female experience.’
During the seventies Maria Lassnig produced her own films Encounter (1970), Chairs (1970), Shapes (1972), Palmistry (1974) a.o. These works refer to observations of the body or what she called the ‘bodily consciousness’. The latter is typically shown on the pages of this remarkable artist’s book.
The artist’s book ‘Animation’ contains 6 images related to animation techniques, incl. one page with an artist’s biography.
KRISTJAN GUDMUNDSSON, Nidur / Down, 1972
26,4 x 27,2 x 2,2 cm
offset, SC, book object
published by Silver Press, Reykjavik / Amsterdam, 1972
‘Nidur / Down’ is a by Kristjan Gudmundsson hand made object book while living in Daniel Stalpertstraat, Amsterdam, in the seventies. It is a book about the ‘Highest point of land’ and the ‘Lowest point of sea’ containing many parallel horizontal lines on each page. The total amount of lines are equal to the distance of the highest point on earth and the deepest point in the sea.
The production of this self published book by Silver Press – owned by the artist – was very laborious and no more than circa 50-60 copies were made. In 1982 Ottenhausen Verlag in Aachen / Munich, Germany, took over the project and published a limited edition of 100 copies. Collection Kees van Gelder, Amsterdam
Lesbian Dream Press, 1971
ca 24,5 x 17 cm
paper collage, typed written texts on cover; recto and verso, book block of empty pages
Published by Jón Gunnar Árnason, Reykjavik, Iceland
This issue number 6 was handed out to Sigurdur Gudmundsson with machine types instructions on the back of the cover on how to participate with a contribution to the magazine.
BRUCE NAUMAN, LA AIR, 1970
30,5 x 30,5 cm
note: signed in print
published by Multiples, Inc., New York, USA
Very fine – excellent copy, with only light bumping at left top spine corner
€ 680,- plus € 18,- registered mail
First and only edition of this photographic record of air quality, with ten full-page images in colour depicting Southern California light passing through the smog of Los Angeles. The artist’s signature is printed on the rear wrapper.
History of prices:
eBay-moplen2003, Sankt Augustin, Germany € 550,- 1 July 2020
Piasa, Paris, France € 877,- 2 December 2015 (hammer price)
Bauman Rare Books, New York, USA $ 1,500.- May 2013
STANLEY BROUWN, Tatvan / Tatwan, 1970
15,2 x 21,5 cm
stapled artist’s book: offset, screen print on cover, 32 pp.
Tatvan or Tatwan is a place in Turkey with a train track that abruptly comes to an end. Brouwn took pictures of the extension of the line as he imagines it would be. These photos are not shown in the book and instead distances are mentioned: x-Tatwan 1 km; x-Tatwan 1000 km, x-Tatwan 1000 000,etc.
JOHN CAGE, catalogue on scores, 1962
published by Henmar Press Inc. & C.F. Peters Editions, New York, USA, 1962
€ 120,- plus € 15,- track & Trace registered EU mail
Brochure with bibliograpy, chronology and discography. This is a catalogue John Cage’s scores and compositions available as of 1962 from his music publisher Peters, edited By Robert Dunn. It includes reproductions of Cage’s musical notation as well as an interview with Roger Reynolds with 22 black & white illustrations. An excellent and scarce copy as such.
Additionally a 4 page listing of Edition Peters, often lost at the offered copies. Folded once, with discoloring.
History of prices offered or determined by:
eBay-chubertiade_music_and_arts US$125.- 23 July 2021
Amazon.com, USA US$ 92.50 April 2013 (used)
Schubertiade Music, Vestal, NY, USA $125.- April 2013