Edward Ruscha (American, born 1937) A collection of 17 photobooks, 1962-2005 1st editions unless otherwise stated, and two signed copies. Various sizes
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Edward Ruscha (American, born 1937) A collection of 17 photobooks, 1962-2005 1st editions unless otherwise stated, and two signed copies. Various sizes
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Edward Ruscha (American, born 1937)
A collection of 17 photobooks, 1962-2005
1st editions unless otherwise stated, and two signed copies.
Various sizes

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  • The group comprises:
    Twenty-six Gasoline Stations, 1962 (3rd Edition, pub. 1969); Various Small Fires and Milk, 1964 (2nd edition, pub. 1970, signed); Some Los Angeles Apartments, 1965; Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966; Royal Road Test, 1967; Business Cards, 1968 (co-authored by Billy Al Bengston); Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, 1968; Billy, 1968; Crackers, 1969; A Few Palm Trees, 1971; Records, 1971; Colored People, 1972; Edward Ruscha: Young Artist, 1972; Hard Light, 1978; Cityscapes/ O Books, 1997; S Books, 2001; Then & Now: Hollywood Boulevard, 2005 (signed).

    Literature:
    Parr, M. & Badger, G. (eds.), The Photobook: A History (Volume II) (London: Phaidon, 2006), pp.140-3

    'The most renowned series of artist's books in the history of the genre, Ed Ruscha's works still retain their capacity to surprise, delight and puzzle in equal measure. In the several decades since they were published, they have been much exhibited, written about and analysed, yet they somehow are still objects of mystery and fascination, beguiling in their utter simplicity and immutable rightness..' (pp.140-1)
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