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Twentysix Gasoline Stations.
National Excelsior Publication. Printed by the Cunningham Press, Alhambra., Los Angeles, 1963. With 26 black-and-white offset photographic illustrations (3 double-spread). First edition of RuschaÕs first artistÕs book, published in an edition of 400 hand-numbered copies, numbered in red pencil on the colophon page. A second edition appeared in 1967, and a third edition in 1969. Twentysix Gasoline Stations, as the title simply attests, is comprised solely of RuschaÕs photographs of petrol stations, along the highway between the artistÕs home in Los Angeles and his parentÕs house in Oklahoma City. The photographs are not reproduced in a perfect linear sequence, however, with five photographs reproduced out of order. Taken from the highway and often including large areas of forecourt or road, the shots appear to be simply factual records of the petrol stations. The captions consist of the name of the petrol station and its location (for example, ÔTexaco, Sunset Strip, Los AngelesÕ and ÔFlying A, Kingman, ArizonaÕ). This is a presentation copy inscribed by Ruscha, apparently to a girlfriend ÒHello Joy, From Ed, 1963Ó (see: Jennifer Eileen Quick - Back to the Drawing Board: Ed Ruscha 1956 - 68. Harvard dissertation 2015, p.184, for reference to a ÔJoyÕ). This copy also one of approximately 50 copies of the first edition housed in the original black paper-covered slipcase. [Ref. Siri Engberg & Clive Phillpot, Ed Ruscha Editions, B1; Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. II, p. 140; Riva Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, p.167]. White wrappers, with title … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Tim Byers Art Books [Richmond, United Kingdom]
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