Rare & Beautiful

 

13 blog entries
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.
Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus June 25, 2019

Color has been a subject of fascination and importance for artists and designers since our earliest times and cultures. Over the centuries, numerous books have explored theories of color—how it used and perceived. The second installment in a collaboration between Designers & Books and Peter Kraus’s Ursus Books & Gallery in New York highlights three important books from the past devoted to color theory. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus May 14, 2019

Peter Kraus, owner of Ursus Books & Gallery in New York, looks at two innovative graphic design publications from the past: Ladislav Sutnar’s Package Design: The Force of Visual Selling, issued in 1953, and F. T. Marinetti’s Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes, published in 1919, 100 years ago. More...

Rare & Beautiful
February 4, 2019

Please visit www.boltedbook.com to keep current on any updates for the Bolted Book project. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Steve Kroeter September 22, 2016

We’ve just launched a new website dedicated to Italian Futurist artist Fortunato Depero’s tour de force of avant-garde book design, Depero Futurista, also know as The Bolted Book because it is famously bound by two industrial aluminum bolts.

Visit wwww.boltedbook.com to explore this 1927 gem page by page and learn about our Kickstarter to support publication of a new facsimile edition of the book launching on October 18. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Stephanie Salomon April 22, 2015

Rediscover Visual Design in Action (1961), a “lost milestone” of modern graphic design literature by the father of information graphics, Ladislav Sutnar. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Stephanie Salomon November 25, 2014

To uncover some rare and out of print design book finds, we asked four book dealers—F. A. Bernett, Carnegie Hill Books, Modernism 101, and Optos Books—featured on the Designers & Books Online Book Fair, for a few highlights of their vintage gems in all price ranges. (All books are available for purchase as of November 25, 2014, and to celebrate the winter holidays Optos Books is offering 15% off on all Online Book Fair titles and Modernism 101 is offering 10% off through December 31) More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Anne Quito, Superscript November 5, 2013

Rediscovering the work of American graphic design pioneer Clarence Hornung with rare modern book dealer Randall Ross. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Anne Quito, Superscript September 25, 2013

Honey & Wax Booksellers talks about the photographer Walker Evans’s personal copy of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” testifying to a special connection between two titans of American modernism. More...