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Ursus Rare Books is renowned throughout the book world for handling outstanding copies of important rare books. Our inventory ranges from early printed books to modern livres des artistes. Our particular strength is in illustrated books of the 20th Century, however, we carry works from all periods, from the 15th to 21st centuries.

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From Les Chants de Maldoror By Salvador DALÍ

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An exploration of artistic book illustration from the 16th to 20th Century.

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Artists & Books from Jost Amman to Jasper Johns

Henri MATISSE

Florilège des Amours by Pierre de Ronsard

1948

38.2 x 28.3 cm

Printed book with a Drawing & Lithographs

One of the special copies limited to 30 examples with the 8 original signed lithographs. From a total edition of 320, all on Arches. The colophon signed by both Matisse and Skira

$97,500

Joan MIRÓ

À Toute Épreuve. By Paul Eluard.

1958

32 x 25

Woodcut and collage in a printed book, with 2 original woodblocks

One of 130 copies.

$95,000

Jost Amman

Enchiridion artis pingendi, fingendi & sculpendi

1578

16.8 x 12.5 cm

107 woodcuts in a printed book

First Edition of one of the earliest model books intended to aid painters, designers, engravers, and printers

$27,500

Pietro da CORTONA

Tabulae Anatomicae a Celeberrimo Pictore Petro Berrettino Cortonesi

1741

40.5 x 28.5 cm

Illustrated with an engraved plate on title and 27 full-page engraved anatomical plates after Pietro da Cortona

First Edition. One of the most artistic anatomical atlases ever published.

$25,000

From Der Zee-Vaert Lof, by Rembrandt

Jasper JOHNS

Fizzles. By Samuel Beckett

1976

33.3 x 25.3 cm

Illustrated with a total of 34 original illustrations, including lift-ground aquatints, dry-point etchings, and soft-ground etchings by Johns, printed by Crommelynck in Paris.

One of an edition of 250 copies signed by Beckett and Johns

$40,000

Detail of Kamisaka SEKKA Furuya KORIN et al.
Bijutsu-Kai. 1935

Henri MATISSE

Florilège des Amours by Pierre de Ronsard

38.2 x 28.3 cm

Printed book with a Drawing & Lithographs

One of the special copies limited to 30 examples with the 8 original signed lithographs. From a total edition of 320, all on Arches. The colophon signed by both Matisse and Skira

$97,500

Joan MIRÓ

À Toute Épreuve. By Paul Eluard.

32 x 25

Woodcut and collage in a printed book, with 2 original woodblocks

One of 130 copies.

$95,000

Jost Amman

Enchiridion artis pingendi, fingendi & sculpendi

16.8 x 12.5 cm

107 woodcuts in a printed book

First Edition of one of the earliest model books intended to aid painters, designers, engravers, and printers

$27,500

Pietro da CORTONA

Tabulae Anatomicae a Celeberrimo Pictore Petro Berrettino Cortonesi

40.5 x 28.5 cm

Illustrated with an engraved plate on title and 27 full-page engraved anatomical plates after Pietro da Cortona

First Edition. One of the most artistic anatomical atlases ever published.

$25,000

Jasper JOHNS

Fizzles. By Samuel Beckett

33.3 x 25.3 cm

Illustrated with a total of 34 original illustrations, including lift-ground aquatints, dry-point etchings, and soft-ground etchings by Johns, printed by Crommelynck in Paris.

One of an edition of 250 copies signed by Beckett and Johns

$40,000