Rare & Beautiful

 

21 blog entries
Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus November 24, 2020

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books spotlights one of the least-known periods in the evolution of the photo book in Japan, from the Bauhaus-influenced late 1920s to wartime propaganda. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus August 13, 2020

For most of the twentieth century, books that brought together literature and fine art were largely published in France. Certainly almost none were published in the United States. The advent of the San Francisco-based Arion Press in 1974 changed all that. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus June 23, 2020

The Russian-born book designer and publisher who went by the name of Iliazd and worked in Paris from the 1920s to the 1970s occupies a unique place in the history of the illustrated book. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus May 5, 2020

Peter Kraus chooses eight rare art and design books to remind you of the beauty of the world beyond your walls while you’re self-isolating. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus April 7, 2020

From Palladio to Frank Lloyd Wright, architects have brought their work to the printed page with exquisite results. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus February 4, 2020

From German Expressionism to Pop Art, catalogues preserve exciting moments in 20th-century art. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus December 10, 2019

Matisse had an intense love for books, creating a myriad of vivid illustrations as well as overseeing the selection of paper, typeface, and layout for many of his publications, on which he lavished care and attention. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus November 5, 2019

To look at a collection of the books published by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler in Paris is to get a unique insight into the artistic ferment that marked the early twentieth century. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus September 4, 2019

Beginning with the Dada and Surrealist movements, along with major works from high-profile art dealers and publishers, Paris also nurtured a tradition of artists illustrating imaginative and important books on a more modest scale, but often without any diminution of their aesthetic appeal or artistic importance. Peter Kraus explores some of these publications. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus July 30, 2019
Japan remains a wonderful place to buy illustrated antiquarian books and to connect with a still thriving community that retains a unique respect for printing, publishing, and collecting books. Peter Kraus uncovers some finds in Tokyo’s Jimbocho district and Kyoto.