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Ed Ruscha: Twentysix Gasoline Stations (Second Edition of 500) [SIGNED]
Ed Ruscha (Self-published), Los Angeles 1967 - 1963/1967. Second edition. (Originally published in 1963 in an edition of 400 numbered copies). Signed in blue ink on the dedication page by Ruscha. Soft cover. White matte wrappers with title printed in red on cover and spine, with glassine dust jacket. Photographs, artist's book concept and design by Ed Ruscha. Unpaginated (48 pp.), with 26 black-and-white illustrations printed by The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. 7-1/16 x 5-9/16 inches. This second edition was limited to 500 unnumbered copies. Out of print. Very scarce.[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (G├Âteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, G├Âttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (two 1/8-inch chips at crown of spine and bottom front edge, slight toning, else Fine). A bright, tight copy. A coveted, landmark artist's book which included photographs of gasoline stations dotting old Route 66 between Los Angles and Oklahoma City (the artist's hometown). Each "snapshot" (as Ruscha referred to them at the time) is captioned only with its location and the oil company name, and was originally made, according to Ruscha, solely to serve the book's conceptual approach. The publication was rejected by the Library of Congress for its unorthodox form and supposed lack of information. Twentysix Gasoline Stations is a monumental, albeit unassuming, contribution that helped shape the strong resurgence of interest in artist's books from the 1960s to the present. Signed by Author. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Vincent Borrelli, Bookseller]
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