RUSCHA, ED.  B.1937. Complete Set of 16 Artist's Books by Ed Ruscha. Various Places: Various Publishers, 1968-1973.

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RUSCHA, ED. B.1937.
Complete Set of 16 Artist's Books by Ed Ruscha. Various Places: Various Publishers, 1968-1973.

US$ 70,000 - 90,000
£ 51,000 - 66,000
RUSCHA, ED. B.1937.
Complete Set of 16 Artist's Books by Ed Ruscha. Various Places: Various Publishers, 1968-1973.
4to and 8vo, original wrappers, with glassine jackets, and slipcases, where called for, light wear, but generally very clean, near fine copies.

THE COMPLETE SET OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS BOOKS, all first printings, seven signed or with early inscriptions from Ruscha, comprising: 1. Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1962, no 128 of 400 copies; 2. Various Small Fires and Milk, 1964, 400 copies, inscribed ("Ed Ruscha"), and dated July 27, 1966; 3. Some Los Angeles Apartments, 1965, 700 copies,inscribed ("Ed Ruscha") and dated Nov. 18, 1965; 4. Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966, 1000 copies, inscribed ("Ed Ruscha"); 5. Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, 1967, 2500 copies, inscribed ("Ed Ruscha") and dated 1968; 6. Royal Road Test, 1967, 1000 copies; 7. Business Cards, 1968, 1000 copies, signed ("Ed Ruscha") and initialed by Billy Al Bengston; 8. Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, 1968, 2500 copies; 9. "Crackers, 1969, 5000 copies, inscribed ("Ed/1970"); 10. Babycakes With Weights, 1970, 1200 copies; 11. Real Estate Opportunities, 1970, 4000 copies; 12. A Few Palm Trees, 1971, 4000 copies; 13. Records, 1971, 2000 copies; 14. Dutch Details, 1971, about 200 copies; 15. Colored People, 1972; 16. Hard Light, 1978.

Beginning in 1962 and continuing through 1978, Ruscha published 16 compact, photography-based books, in the process altering the very conception of the artist's book. The antithesis of the lush and produced livre d'artiste, these sparing and beautiful books defied the conventions of art publishing in both format and subject matter, and spawned, more than any other artist, the world of the modern artist book. By now the subject of over one-hundred homages, tributes and appropriations, including artists from Bruce Naumann (Burning Small Fires, 1968) to Dan Colen (Peanuts, 2011), the remarkable work of Ed Ruscha has exerted an out-sized influence on the development of the modern book, and continues to resonate widely today.
"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 analyzed, yet they somehow are still objects of mystery and fascination, beguiling in their utter simplicity and immutable rightness." Parr, M. & Badger, G., The Photobook: A History (Volume II) (London: Phaidon, 2006), pp 140-1.
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RUSCHA, ED.  B.1937. Complete Set of 16 Artist's Books by Ed Ruscha. Various Places: Various Publishers, 1968-1973.
RUSCHA, ED.  B.1937. Complete Set of 16 Artist's Books by Ed Ruscha. Various Places: Various Publishers, 1968-1973.
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