LESSING, GE: Laocoon: An Essay Upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Laocoon: An Essay Upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry. New York: The Noonday Press, 1965. Unmarked. Good. Paperback. (#26070) $12.00

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Translated by Ellen Frothingham. 245p.

Lessing’s contention is that confusion of the arts, such as literary painting or descriptive verse, can only lead to aesthetic disaster. According to Greek mythology, Laocoon was a Trojan priest who, along with his two sons, offended the gods. As punishment, the three were strangled by sea serpents.

The discovery in 1506 of an ancient Greek sculpture showing the three figures in their death agony not only gave rise to renewed interest in the classical period but also created repercussions in the art world.

It was this work of art that German dramatist and critic Gotthold Lessing used as a point of reference for his essay Laocoon, originally published in 1766.

CSULB ODYSSEY PROJECT: In Search of Self: A Collaborative Show of Visual Artists and Writers

In Search of Self: A Collaborative Show of Visual Artists and Writers, book coverYun, Lawrence T; Perez, Tim. In Search of Self: A Collaborative Show of Visual Artists and Writers. CSULB Odyssey Project, 1998. Unmarked.Very Good. Paperback (Saddle Stitched). (#26022) $18.00

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Collaborations include Rene Diedrich and Elizabeth Casuga, Todd Fox and Marleen Ruberstein, Rita Mitzner and Lawrence T. Yun, Tim Perez and Glenn Bach, and others. 28p. B/W illustrations throughout.

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SMITHSONIAN: From Reliable Sources: An exhibition of letters, photographs, and other documents from the collections of the Archives of American Art

Woolfenden, William E.; McCoy, Garnett. From Reliable Sources: An exhibition of letters, photographs, and other documents from the collections of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 1974. Unmarked. Sun line on cover. Good. Paperback. (#26003) $14.00

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Materials include papers and photographs, sketches and printed material commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the archive. B/W illustrations. Includes Peggy Bacon, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, David Smith, Ben Shahn, Alexander Calder, Ad Reinhardt, and others.

ICA: The Legacy of French Theory (Ideas From France)

Appignanesi, Lisa (editor). The Legacy of French Theory (Ideas From France). London: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 1985. ISBN: 0905263502. Unmarked. Some rubbing on the cover. 48p. Measures 8×11.25 inches. Very Good. Paperback. (#25849) $28.00

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Includes three sections:

Pleasures and Pitfalls of theory, with contributions from Christian Descamps, Malcolm Bradbury, Jacques Roubaud, Terry Eagleton and Cora Kaplan;

The Archeology of Michel Foucault, with contributions from Alan Sheridan, Jeffrey Weeks, John Forrester, and Peter Dews;

The Rise and Fall of Structural Marxism, with contributions from Gareth Stedman Jones, Ted Benton, Michele Barrett, and Bob Jessop; and The Uses of History, with contributions from Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and Peter Burke.

DODGSON, CL: The Rectory Magazine

Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (Lewis Carroll). The Rectory Magazine. Sydney, Australia: Juvenilia Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780733426810. Unmarked. Very Good. Paperback. (#25773) $20.00

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Edited by Valerie Sanders and Elizabeth O’Reilly. Illustrations by the author. 136pp.

The Rectory Magazine is one of several family publications that Lewis Carroll edited, wrote for, and illustrated (with some contributions from his brothers and sisters) during his teens, while living at the Croft Rectory. An amalgam of prose, verse, satiric “Reviews,” “Answers to Correspondents,” and illustrations. The Rectory Magazine reveals an intelligence, wit, and careful eye for the absurd in contemporary literature and magazines.

SHLOSS, C: In Visible Light: Photography and the American Writer, 1840-1940

Shloss, Carol. In Visible Light: Photography and the American Writer, 1840-1940. Oxford University Press, USA, 1987. ISBN: 0195038932. Unmarked text. Notes. Bibliography. Index. 308p. Illustrated. Some bends and edge wear on dust jacket.Very Good in good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#25733) $16.00

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Chapter topics include Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daguerreotype; Henry James and Alvin Langdon Coburn,; Theodore Dreiser, Alfred Stieglitz, and Jacob Riis; John Dos Passos and the Soviet Cinema; James Agee and Walker Evans; John Steinbeck and Dorothea Lange; Norman Mailer and Combat Photography.

BRANDON, R: Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945 by Ruth Brandon

Brandon, Ruth. Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945. Grove, 1999. ISBN: 0802116531. Unmarked. First American edition. Some bumps on edges of boards. Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#25688) $12.00

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Examines key surrealists and and their place in the twentieth century. Includes such figures as Breton, Dali, Duchamp, Picabia, Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Mas Ernst, Bunuel, Peggy Guggenheim, 527p. Index. Bibliography. Endnotes. Two sections of illustrations (38 total) that includes art, photographs, etc.