Category: Signed Books

Issey Miyake
Photographs by Irving Penn

Wonderful Issey Miyake-signed copy of the first Japanese printing of this famous book, published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo in 1988. It is the hardcover version with original illustrated dust-jacket.
Published to coincide with the exhibition “Issey Miyake A UN,” organized by Miyake Design Studio in association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1988, this heavily photographic book features stunning full-page photos by Irving Penn of Issey Miyake’s 1987 line throughout the entire book. Foreword by Isamu Noguchi, and accompanying essay by Jay Cocks. Type design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Project coordinated by Midori Kitamura and June Kanai, who also modeled the clothes. Wonderful, iconic imagery of Issey Miyake’s late 1980’s works.

Dedication, signed and dated (1988) by Issey Miyake in bold black marker on title page!

* Condition: Very Good (tight copy protected by original dust-jacket under plastic wrap, very light shelf wear / tanning to cover, only light marks to endpapers)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Issey Miyake - Photographs by Irving Penn (1988, signed)
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Ed Van Der Elsken
Eye Love You

Rare first edition, signed by Ed Van Der Elsken!

“Eye Love You. Mensenboek, vrouwen-, mannenboek, libido-, sex-, liefdes-, vriendschapsboek. Boek van geluk, verdriet, lijden, dood, strijd, moed, vitaliteit. door: Ed van der Elsken”
“Eye Love You. People book, women’s-, men’s book, libido, sex- , of love-, friendship book. Book of happiness, sadness, suffering, death, struggle, courage, vitality. yours: Ed van der Elsken”

Eduard “Ed” van der Elsken (10 March 1925 – 28 December 1990) was a renowned Dutch photographer and filmmaker. His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist, spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970’s in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.
The life of photographer, filmmaker, artist and world traveler Ed van der Elsken was connected intimately with his work. He did not hide behind the camera, but used it to get in touch with the people he preferred to photograph: eccentric characters in the large metropolises, often belonging to the lower strata of society.

True first edition copy (with cloth-spine) of this, his first full-colour photo book, “Eye Love You” was published by Van Holkema & Warendorf, Bussum, in 1977 and features page after page of van der Elsken’s colourful, intimate and often confrontational photography and texts from all over the world. Like a travelogue of his encounters across Africa, India, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. in protest, famine, ritual, commune, celebration, mourning, and all in-between, it encompasses exactly what van der Elsken’s inscription inside states, “Book of happiness, sadness, suffering, death, struggle, courage, vitality”.
A truly special photo book from the 1970’s.

This copy is signed by Ed Van Der Elsken himself.

Design by Wim Crouwel, Total Design.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (signed by Ed Van Der Elsken on title page in red marker on white sticker, small amount of cover wear and spotting to first pages and fading to cloth on spine, otherwise tight/clean copy throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Eye Love You by Ed Van Der Elsken
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Sigmar Polke
Alice In Wonderland (signed)

Very scarce first edition copy of this fine Japanese Polke catalogue, signed by Sigmar Polke.
Published in 2005/2006 to accompany the Sigmar Polke exhibition “Alice In Wonderland” held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo and the National Museum of Art in Osaka, this handsome catalogue features many full-colour reproductions of Polke’s paintings and drawings throughout.
“This exhibition is composed mainly of works in the collection of the artist, so it might be described as an exhibition of “Polke by Polke.” In it, we examine the artist’s career through approximately 30 of his large-scale paintings, from his early masterworks Alice in Wonderland (1971), and representative pieces of the 1980s and 1990s to some of his most recent work.”
Includes texts in English and Japanese by Peter-Klaus Schuster, Wataru Hayashi, and more, plus an interview with Polke, biography, bibliography, exhibition list and list of exhibited works.
Comes wrapped in printed paper dust-jacket with Sigmar Polke’s signature penned into the front flyleaf.

A very collectable Polke publication!

Polke is a major contemporary German artist and one of the most noted painters in the world. Polke was born in Oels, Silesia, formerly an eastern part of German territory, in 1941. At age 12 he moved to West Germany. After studying at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, he began making paintings incorporating photographs and references to American pop art and he has continued to develop experimental methods. Paintings that show the raster dots used in printing became his trademark and he also produced paintings on printed fabric or transparent materials instead of canvas. With broad knowledge and penetrating observation, parody, irony, and a sense of humor, he has combined a wide variety of motifs from the everyday life of contemporary people, fairy tales, history, military events,myths, and alchemy. These groups of images arouse the imagination of viewers. They are both fascinating and enigmatic. He received the Gold Lion Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2002.

* Condition: Fine – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Sigmar Polke - Alice In Wonderland (signed)
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Issey Miyake by Irving Penn 1990
signed by Issey Miyake

Signed copy (by Issey Miyake) of the very scarce, collectable “Issey Miyake by Irving Penn” (1990), printed only once in a limited edition of 3,000 copies and published by the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo, 1990.

Signed and dated (Dec. 1990) by Issey Miyake on the title page in grey lead, this beautiful volume is made up entirely of legendary photographer Irving Penn’s elegant images of the great Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’s 1990 collection, in full-colour on gloss stock. One of the greatest collaborative partnerships in fashion image history.

‘through his eyes penn-san reinterprets the clothes, gives them new breath, and presents them to me from a new vantage point — one that I may not have been aware of, but had been subconsciously trying to capture. Without penn-san’s guidance, I probably could not have continued to find new themes with which to challenge myself, nor could I have arrived at new solutions.’ – Issey Miyake (from Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997)


Clothing Design by lssey Miyake
Photographs by Irving Penn

Book Design by lkko Tanaka
Face by Tyen
Hair by John Sahag
Modeled by Yuki Fujii

Printed and bound by Nissha Printing Company, Kyoto, Japan
Published by Miyake Design Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Published in a limited edition of 3,000 copies

* Condition: Very good – Fine – (Tight and clean copy, only shows only lightest signs of general shelf wear/age – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.


Issey Miyake by Irving Penn 1990 (signed)
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