19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 11,250
Estimate GBP 9,000 - GBP 12,000
Dutch Details. Deventer: The Octopus Foundation and Sonsbeek 71, 1971.
Oblong folio (110 x 378mm). 116 black and white photographs on 10 fold-out leaves. Original white card covers printed in black (light wear at the extremities, light spotting on the binding tape).
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF RUSCHA'S RAREST BOOKS: one of only approximately 200 copies which survived when 'most of the edition was accidentally discarded from the warehouse where it has been stored' (The Open Book). 'The unique place of Dutch Details among Ruscha's books and its emphatic horizontality reflect Ruscha's response to the Dutch landscape around Groningen, where he was invited to work' (Engberg and Phillpot). Engberg and Phillpot, Ed Ruscha Editions, B14; The Open Book, pp.198-99.
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