Category: Signed Books

Ettore Sottsass
Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten

Ettore Sottsass signed copy of this incredibly scarce, unique publication from 1990. “Ettore Sottsass : Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten” was published by Ikon Galerie fur Design-Zeichnungen (Frankfurt am Main), reproducing sketches for furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects by influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007), which are interspersed throughout the text design of this catalogue, which includes a lively interview by Rainer Krause with the artist (a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others), text by fellow collaborator and architect/designer/artist Andrea Branzi, and Sottsass’s lengthy informal essay presenting his personal view of the sociological significance of the chair.

All texts are in both English and German, with interview also in Italian.

This special copy has been signed by the designer with “Sottsass” across the title page in black pen. A super collectable copy of this already very rare and special book on one of the world’s most influential designers and visionaries.

* Condition: Very Good (tight and clean throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Aquirax Uno
Posters 1959-1975

Very special Aquirax Uno signed copy of this fantastic hardcover collection of his poster work dating 1959-1975.
Aquirax Uno, also known as Akira Uno (born March 13, 1934) is a Japanese graphic artist, illustrator and painter who was very influential in the 1960s and 1970s. His incredibly unique work is characterized by fantastic visuals, capricious and sensuous line flow, flamboyant (and occasionally grotesque) eroticism, and frequent use of collage and bright colours. Uno was prominently involved with the Japanese underground art of the 1960s–1970s, and is particularly notable for his frequent collaborations with Shuji Terayama and his experimental theater Tenjo Sajiki.

Signed “Aquirax” in gold marker across black front endpaper.
First edition, in “as new” perfect condition w. dust jacket and obi-strip.

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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.

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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.

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