(Marinetti in Czech) - Marinetti, F. T. and Václav Špála, designer.
(Marinetti in Czech) - Marinetti, F. T. and Václav Špála, designer. Ohnivý buben. Africké drama žáru, barvy, hřmotu, vůní. Přeložili Ugo Dadone a Josef Kodíček [Il tamburo di fuoco. An African drama of heat, color, noise, and scent. Translated by Ugo Dadone and Josef Kodíček]. Prague: Nakladatelství "Obelisk", 1922. Octavo (24 × 16 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Václav Špála; 99,  pp. The fragile wrappers lightly soiled and worn to spine, with partial loss; small repair to lower right corner; fragment of rear wrapper lacking; owner signature to half title in pencil; still about very good. (51327)
Sachgebiete: Afrika, Avantgarde, Europa, Italien, Literatur ab ca. 1900
(Polish Unofficial Art - Conceptual Art) - Janiak, Marek, editor, and Piotr Rypson, designer.
(Polish Unofficial Art - Conceptual Art) - Janiak, Marek, editor, and Piotr Rypson, designer. Kultura Zrzuty, 1981-1987 [Zrzuta culture, 1981-1987]. Warsaw: Akademia Ruchu, 1989. Quarto (29.6 × 20.6 cm). Original pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound; 190 pp. Very good; this copy signed and inscribed by Zbigniew Libera. (51311)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Europa, Kunst nach 1945 , Osteuropa, Polen
(Spiritualist Photography - An Influence on Italian Futurism) - Imoda, Enrico and G. Simoni, photographer.
Fotografie di Fantasmi [Photographs of phantasms]. Turin: Fratelli Bocca, 1912. Large octavo (25.7 × 17.8 cm). Original printed cream wrappers in translucent calque; recent cloth-backed card folder and slipcase by Devauchelle with printed title to spine. With 48 tipped-in gelatin silver prints and one halftone by G. Simoni of Rome, ranging in size from approx. 7.5 × 7.6 to 16.5 × 11.6 cm. This copy includes the pink label on page 88, as issued, in lieu of a fiftieth small photograph not available at the time of publication (a later facsimile copy is laid in). Light wear; overall a very good copy in a fine slipcase. (50109)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Italien, Kulturgeschichte, Occulta, Photographie
(Hungarian Avant-Garde) - Kassák, Lajos, editor.
Dokumentum: művészeti és társadalmi beszámoló [Document: artistic and social reports], nos. 1-5 (all published). Budapest, 1926-1927. Large octavos (24.5 × 17 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 52, 40, 36, 36, and 36 pp. Illustrated from photographs throughout. Good to very good copies of these fragile publications, with light wear to wrappers. Two issues with pencil ownership annotation to cover. (51019)
Sachgebiete: Architektur, Avantgarde, Design, Typographie, Ungarn
(A Revolutionary Carneval Journal) - Wiest, Dr. Franz and Ludwig Kalisch, editors.
Narrhalla: Carnevalszeitung für die Saison 1841. Other titles: Narrhalla. Mainzer Carnevalszeitung, and: Narrhalla. Mainzer Carnevals-Zeitung. Ein Organ für die Mainzer Karnevalsbestrebungen [Mainz carnival paper: an organ for the Mainz carneval effort]. Vols. I–VI (of VII published), bound in two volumes. Mainz: Wirth, 1841–1846. Octavos (22.5 × 16 cm). Later brown calf over four raised bands; spine labels; 128; 112; 1,  11–132 (complete!); 84, 23, ; 126, , 16; and 136 pp. Occasional light foxing and spotting; a few leaves with smaller closed tears; overall about very good. (50031)
Sachgebiete: Deutschland, Europa, Festlichkeiten, Judaica, Revolutionen
(First Edition in Book Form of Bulgakov's Masterpiece) - Bulgakov, Mikhail.
Master i Margarita: roman [The Master and Margarita: a novel]. Paris: YMCA-Press, 1968. Octavo (30.2 × 22.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 219,  pp. With the author's portrait on page 15. Very good; spine sun-tanned. (50600)
Sachgebiete: Erstausgaben, Exilliteratur, Literatur ab ca. 1900, Osteuropa, Russland
(Experimental Typography and Orthography – Proto-Bauhaus) - Porstmann, Dr. W. (1886-1959).
Sprache und Schrift [Language and Writing]. Fundamente der Organisation, ed. Richard K. Hinz [Fundamentals of organization; series title]. With: folded New Year's card by Porstmann's company "fabriknorm" (1936). Berlin: Verlag des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure, 1920. Quarto (29.5 × 23.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 108 pp. Laid in is a folded greeting card of Porstmann's firm, measuring 10.5 × 7.5 cm. About very good; light wear to title; a few pages with light spots. (51333)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Bauhaus, Dada, Sprachwissenschaft, Typographie
[Netolitzky, Fritz, Richard, and Magdalena].
Der Aegyptische Struwwelpeter: für brave Kinder von 3-12 Jahren [The Egyptian Struwwelpeter: for well-behaved children aged 3-12]. Wien: Carl Gerold's Sohn, [1895 or 1896]. Small quarto (25.5 × 19.7 cm). Publisher's quarter cloth; pictorial boards; 16 leaves of chromolithograph illustrations by Magdalena Netolitzky accompanying printed text. Wrappers and cloth spine somewhat worn; internally very good. (P6277)
Sachgebiete: Ägypten, Archäologie, Illustrierte Bücher, Kinderbücher, Österreich
(The Sorrows of Young Werther in Russian) - Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, and F. Galchenkov, translator.
Strasti molodogo Vertera, chast’ I–II [Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, parts 1 and 2 (complete)]. St. Petersburg: Pri imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk (Imperial Academy of Sciences), 1794. Second edition (“Vtorym tisneniem”). Large 12mo (15.3 × 9.8 cm). Contemporary full calf, spine tooled in black and with red title label; edges red; 1–124 and 125–249 pp. (consecutive pagination). Professional restoration to edges of boards; small paper repairs to tips of upper corners; contemporary ink ownership annotation to front pastedown (“Kapitan Aleksandr Ostaf’ev”); still about very good. (51061)
Sachgebiete: Deutschland, Erstausgaben, Europa, Literatur bis ca. 1900, Russland
(Galadzhev Photomontage) - Friedrich, Alexander, Karl Radek (preface), and Petr Galadzhev, artist.
Gugo Stinnes: opyt politicheskoi kharakteristiki. Predislovie Karla Radeka. Perevod s nemetskogo V. i N. Aronovich [Hugo Stinnes: an attempt at political characterization. With a foreword by Karl Radek. Translated from German by V. and I. Aranovich]. Moscow–Berlin: Mezhrabpom, 1924. Octavo (17 × 11.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers with a photomontage design by Petr Galadzhev; XXV, 117 pp. With one map. About very good; light wear to wrapper edges and spine extremities. (50967)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Deutschland, Photographie, Russland, Typographie
(Seminal German Exhibition in the Soviet Union) - Mezhrabpom (International Workers’ Aid).
1 vseobshchaia germanskaia khudozhestvennaia vystavka [First all-German art exhibition]. Moscow-Leningrad: Mezhrabpom, 1924. Octavo (22.4 × 15.3 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 36,  pp. Occasional contemporary annotations in pencil; light wear to lower spine extremity; else about very good. (50332)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Deutschland, Kunstgeschichte, Russland, Typographie
Heine, Henrich; [I. V. Mainov, translator].
Idei [Ideen. Das Buch Le Grand]. Neapoli [i.e. Bern]: Presso Giacomo Palpiri [i.e. V. I. Bakst], 1863. Octavo (17.8 × 11 cm). Recent paper-covered card binding; part of front wrapper affixed to front board; , 109 pp. Internally very good. (P4884)
(Russian Displaced Persons in Post-War Germany) - Kipling, Rudyard.
Maugli [Mowgli, e.g. selections from The Jungle Book]. [Frankfurt a. M.]: Posev, 1946. Octavo (22 × 16 cm). Original pictorial wrappers on light blue stock; 176 pp. Cover, one full-page and forty-two smaller illustrations by N. Niko. Small handwritten annotation to spine; else very good. (51280)
Sachgebiete: Deutschland, Exilliteratur, Illustrierte Bücher, Literatur ab ca. 1900, Nationalsozialismus
Nitti, Francesco, with V. Grigorieva (translator) and I. V. Shubin (editor and introduction).
Tragediia Evropy: Chto sdelaet Amerika? (K desiatiletnei godovshchine voiny) [The tragedy of Europe. What will America do? (For the tenth anniversary of the war)]. WITH: Tragediia Evropy. Kak Frantsiia grabila Germaniiu [The tragedy of Europe II. How France pillaged Germany]. Moscow; Berlin: Mezhrabprom, 1924. Octavos (18 × 13 cm). Original printed wrappers; XVIII, 136 and 244 pp. respectively. About very good, some chipping to the bottom edge of each cover and minor toning, a handful of pages disbound in volume II, minor chipping to spines. (51276)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Europa, Italien, Nationalsozialismus, Typographie
Chikhi i chukhi [Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, oder Reich und reich gesellt sich gern]. Authorized translation by Valentin Stenich and Semen I. Kirsanov. Moscow: Khudozhestvennaia literatura, 1936. Octavo (22 × 15 cm). Original pictorial embossed cloth; 197,  pp. Twelve full-page illustrations and thirteen vignettes by Evgenii Kogan, who has signed and inscribed this copy, most likely to the writer Lev Grigorevich Gel’man (1864–1951). Very good. (P004280)
Sachgebiete: Deutschland, Illustrierte Bücher, Literatur ab ca. 1900, Nationalsozialismus, Russland
(German Leftist Theatre Performed in Moscow) - Gruppe Junger Schauspieler.
Berlinskii teatr: k gastroliam v SSSR, organizovannym "VOKS" i "MENUOBROM" [Berlin theater: for the guest performances in the USSR organized by "VOKS" and "MENUOBROM"]. Moscow: Teakinopechat’, 1930. Small octavo (14.5 × 11 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 16 pp. Very good. (50375)
Sachgebiete: Deutschland, Kulturgeschichte, Russland, Theater
(Avant-Garde - Finno-Swedish Photo-Novel) - Olsson, Hagar and Olavi Paavolainen, artist.
På Kanaanexpressen [On the Canaan Express Train]. Stockholm: Holger Schildt, 1929 (printed in Helsinki by F. Tilgmann). Octavo (19.5 × 16.5 cm). Original photo-illustrated wrappers; 231,  pp. Twelve black-and-white photographs, a few full-page. Light wear to spine extremities; discrete owner annotation in ink to title and ffep; else very good. (51201)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Literatur ab ca. 1900, Photographie, Skandinavien, Typographie
Last Days of the GDR
Gedächtnisprotokolle. Tage und Nächte nach dem 7. Oktober 1989. Berlin [Memory protocols: the days and nights after October 7, 1989. Berlin]. [Berlin]: Evangelische Jungendarbeit, Stadtjugendpfarramt, . 43 leaves of A4 paper (various contributions with separate pagination), fastened with three staples to left margin; original and reproduced typescript and computer-printed text; compiled from various sources, as evidenced by the different quality of the paper stock. The first leaf lightly worn; else very good. (P6402)
Sachgebiete: Deutschland, Geschichte, Revolutionen , Sozialismus
(German "Arbeiterdichter" in Translation) - Engelke, Gerrit (G. Engel'ke), Vladimir Piast, translator, and M. Ushakov-Poskochin, artist.
Ritmy novoi Evropy [The rhythms of the new Europe]. Novosti inostrannoi literatury [News of foreign literature; series title]. Moscow-Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1925. Small octavo (17.5 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by M. Ushakov-Poskochin; 93,  pp. About very good. (50692)
Sachgebiete: Avantgarde, Expressionismus, Lyrik, Russland
The fine and decorative arts, archaeology, architecture, pre- and post-war avantgardes, graphic design and typography, social history, counterculture, propaganda, underground, as well as the print cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe.
Bernett Penka Rare Books buys and sells rare primary source material in the fine and decorative arts, architecture, the avant-gardes, graphic design and typography, social history, and other fields. We stock an ever-changing inventory of out-of-print books, serials, print portfolios, photographic albums, maps, guides, trade catalogs, architectural archives, and other materials from antiquity to the present day. We are charter members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and the Verband Deutscher Antiquare (VDA). German-Jewish war refugees Frederick Alexander Bernett and Ilse Blum Bernett founded F. A. Bernett Books in May of 1944, taking a small office directly across from New York’s Grand Central Station. Having fled occupied France for the United States themselves just three years earlier, the Bernetts coincidentally issued their first stock list, France: History Art Literature, on September 1, 1944, mere days after Allied forces liberated Paris. Art-related titles sold particularly well, leading the couple to focus on rare and out-of-print reference materials on the fine and decorative arts, architecture, and archeology. They drew on their common training as academic art historians (both Frederick and Ilse had completed doctoral studies at the University of Berlin) to guide the business, and soon became known as reputable dealers in the field. In 1949, F. A. Bernett Books became a charter member of the newly formed Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. The Bernetts moved their office from its original location in Manhattan to Larchmont, New York in 1953, where they settled to raise a family and continued to pursue the trade for more than 40 years. Peter Bernett joined the company in 1973, working as an assistant to his parents and traveling to meet one-on-one with collections development staff at key libraries and museums. As his father transitioned into retirement in the late 1980s, Peter eventually took over the firm’s buying trips in Europe. When Larry Malam joined the business in 1988, F. A. Bernett expanded its operations to include visits to Asia. Frederick Bernett passed away in 1993. Three years later, Peter — joined by his mother and Larry — moved F. A. Bernett Books to its current location in a former warehouse loft at 144 Lincoln Street, in Boston’s historic Leather District. In 2019, our seventy-fifth year of operations, we were joined by Philipp Penka (formerly Penka Rare Books, Berlin) and began operating as Bernett Penka Rare Books. With a staff including Erika Hapke and Melissa McCaffrey, we continue to purchase and sell books globally via the web and in-person visits to dealers, archives, and collections around the world. Under Peter’s guidance, our inventory profile has evolved from its original art-reference focus to feature an increasing number of unique and difficult to source books, periodicals, photographic albums, trade catalogs, artists’ editions, archives, and printed ephemera of interest to scholars and collectors in a variety of fields, including architecture, design, typography, fashion, cultural studies, media studies, history, and counterculture. Philipp has brought to the firm his extensive expertise in German, Russian, and other East European materials.
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