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The photography by itself doesn’t mean anything to me: it’s the gas station, that’s the important thing.

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Twentysix Gasoline Stations Various Small Fires and Milk Some Los Angeles Apartments Every Building on the Sunset Strip Royal Road Test Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass Business Cards Crackers Babycakes with Weights Real Estate Opportunities A Few Palm Trees Records Dutch Details Colored People Hard Light

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A complete collection of Ruscha’s artist books, all first editions, most signed or inscribed. $125,000

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“It is perhaps unfair to write a review of a book which, by now, is probably completely unavailable. But the book is so curious, and so doomed to oblivion, that there is an obligation, of sorts, to document its existence, record its having been there.” –Philip Leider, Artforum in September 1963.

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Twentysix Gasoline Stations Alhambra, CA: National Excelsior Press, 1963.

FIRST EDITION, limited to 400 hand-numbered copies, the entire edition (this is #355). Signed by Ruscha on dedication page. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; printed wrappers; glassine jacket, as issued; toned, with light chipping to top edge.

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“I want absolutely neutral material. My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter. They are simply a collection of ‘facts’; my book is more like a collection of ‘readymades.”

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Various Small Fires and Milk Hollywood: Anderson, Ritchie and Simon, 1964.

FIRST EDITION, limited to 400 copies the entire editon. Signed by Ruscha on first free endpaper. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; printed wrappers; glassine jacket, as issued; edges lightly toned.

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“Superficiality can be profound and funny and worth living for. I mean, everything’s ephemeral when you look at it in its proper focus. It just happens more quickly in L.A.”

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Some Los Angeles Apartments Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1965.

FIRST EDITION; 1/700 copies, the entire edition. Signed by Ruscha on first free endpaper. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; distributor’s stamp at bottom of title page; printed wrappers; glassine jacket, as issued. Lightly toned.

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“All I was after was that store-front plane.... It’s like a Western town in a way. A store-front plane of a Western town is just paper, and everything behind it is just nothing.”

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Every Building on the Sunset Strip Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1966.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the “Jaguar” building printed on the final flap. Signed by Ruscha on top edge of mylar case. Octavo; accordion-style. Illustrated throughout with black-andwhite photographs; printed wrappers; slight sunning to spine; in silver mylar slipcase, as issued; very minor shelf wear to mylar.

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“It was too directly bound to its own anguish to be anything other than a cry of negation; carrying within itself the seeds of its own destruction.” –Mason Williams, from the preface to Royal Road Test

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Royal Road Test. With Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell. Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1967.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. A presentation copy, inscribed at time of publication on first free endpaper to Betty Gold: For Betty Gold – / Best Wishes – / Ed Ruscha / 1967. Royal Road Test documents the throwing of a Royal typewriter from a 1963 Buick Le Sabre. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; light sunning to edges; spiral bound; printed stiff wrappers, tanned on versos; a few light smudges to wrappers.

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“I remember meeting an old man who said, ‘God, this place used to be a paradise in 1942’. I’ll never forget that. I knew exactly what he meant.”

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Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1967.

FIRST PRINTING, one of 2413 copies. A presentation copy, inscribed by Ruscha at time of publication on first free endpaper: To Betty and Phil with love, / Ed Ruscha. Quarto. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; sheet of five printed peel-off stickers loosely held at first free endpaper; printed wrappers; spine and edges sunned; light marks on rear wrapper.

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“It’s information age art. I’m not a seafaring guy.”

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Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1968.

FIRST EDITION, limited printing of 2,400 copies. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with color photographs; printed wrappers; original glassine jacket. Edges and spine lightly sunned, trivial chipping and wear to top edge.

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Business Cards. With Billy Al Bengston. Hollywood: Heavy Industries Publications, 1968.

FIRST EDITION, one of only 1,000 copies. A presentation copy, doubly inscribed to Betty Gold by both authors on front wrapper at time of publication: Betty / Billy, and Love to / Betty / Ed Roo. Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston designed business cards which they then exchanged at a dinner party. This book documents the project. Slim quarto. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; two printed cards stapled to recto of last free endpaper; bound with knotted leather strip; faux woodgrain color cardstock wrappers with black-and-white photograph affixed with corners; date stamped in red.

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Crackers


“One of the weakest things I’ve ever done.”

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Crackers Hollywood: Heavy Industry Publications, 1969.

FIRST EDITION; one of 5000 copies, the entire edition. Quarto. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; plain brown wrappers; printed white dust-jacket.

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Babycakes with Weights Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1970.

FIRST EDITION. Signed by Ruscha on first free endpaper. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; pink ribbon binding; light blue paper wrappers with raised textural type for title.

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“It’s a playground, is all it is. Photography’s just a playground for me. I’m not a photographer at all.”

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Real Estate Opportunities Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1970.

FIRST EDITION; one of 4,000 copies, the entire edition. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; printed wrappers; glassine jacket; spine lightly sunned, tiny chips at extremities.

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“Camera facing west on all photos.”

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A Few Palm Trees Hollywood: Heavy Industry Publications, 1971.

FIRST EDITION; one of 3,900 copies, the entire edition. Signed by Ruscha on first free endpaper. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; black wrappers; small chip to right edge of front wrapper.

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“I am not trying to create a precious limited edition book, but a mass-produced product of high order.”

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Records Hollywood: Heavy Industry Publications, 1971.

FIRST EDITION. Photographs of 30 LPs from Ruscha’s personal collection. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs; original printed wrappers.

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Dutch Details Netherlands: Octopus Foundation, 1971.

FIRST EDITION, one of 3,000 copies. Text in Dutch and English. Signed by Ruscha on verso of first fold-out spread. Extremely rare. Most copies were destroyed. Oblong folio; ten fold-out pages; distributor’s printed sticker at bottom of title page; printed white cardstock wrappers.

“When I came over on the plane the pilot said that he did not know what the weather was like in Amsterdam, but he’d let us know the details very soon. And that just clicked in my mind, this word details, and so I let that be something to guide me on this project and then I immediately thought: Dutch Details.”

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“What new techniques are required to document new forms? We should aim to dead-pan the material so that it speaks for itself. Ruscha has pioneered this treatment in his monographs... It is a way to avoid being upstaged by our own subject matter.” –Denise Scott Brown

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Colored People Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1972.

FIRST EDITION. Fifteen color images of cacti, placed one per page, with multiple blank pages following. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with color photographs; printed yellow wrappers.

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“The idea was to keep it as free-flowing, as unserious, as possible. Collaborations have always had the lightest attitude; you would think that it would call for serious planning - not at all.”

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Hard Light. With Lawrence Weiner. Los Angeles: [Self-published], 1978.

FIRST EDITION. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with color photographs; printed yellow wrappers.

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