1962-1965. All First Editions. Softcover. Glossy printed plain white wraps with original glassine jackets. 5.55" x 7.05" Fine. Item #175498
An extraordinary set of the first three of Ruscha's iconic publications, in pristine condition. The three glassine jackets are all original and virtually unscathed, with the exception being a Lilliputian hole along the spine edge between the top and middle lines of text. The jackets exhibit some age-toning and offsetting from where set on top of each other for some period of time as if in a display. The inside flaps of the glassine show very small folds at the front and back of TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS, and there is a tiny fold to the inside glassine jacket at the rear of SOME LOS ANGELES APARTMENTS. The superior condition of these three books cannot be overstated. From what can be pieced together, this group was likely sent to a New York Art Book store as part of a marketing campaign to sell the books, which originally did not sell well for Ruscha. These are all first editions. TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS is not signed, lending strength to the proposal that these were complimentary copies sent to try and drum up business. TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS is dated 1962 on the title-page, and is an unnumbered copy of 400 copies printed in April 1963 by The Cunningham Press. VARIOUS SMALL FIRES AND MILK is dated 1964 at the base of the title-page and is copyrighted 1964, and one of 400 copies printed by Anderson Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles. SOME LOS ANGELES APARTMENTS is dated 1965 at the base of the title-page and is copyright 1965, and printed by Anderson Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles. An extraordinary set.