Some Los Angeles Apartments. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Published by the artist, 1965. FIRST PRINTING. Total edition of 700 copies. (Reprinted in 1970 in a much larger edition of 3000 copies). 48 pp. Duodecimo (7 x 5 1/2 in.). Stiff printed wrappers. 34 black-and-white reproductions. Original glassine protector.
NOTE: Due to fragile nature of this book, interior shots only below are taken from Sylvia Wolf, Ed Ruscha and Photography.
Ruscha's second artist's book and the first to deal with the vernacular architecture of Los Angeles. Predates Every Building on Sunset Strip by a year. Extremely rare in first printing: a crisp bright copy!
"In the 1960s, Ed Ruscha more or less reinvented the artist’s book. By turning away from the craftsmanship and luxury status that typified the livre d’artiste in favor of the artistic idea or concept, expressed simply through photographs and text, Ruscha opened the genre to the possibilities of mass-production and distribution. Some Los Angeles Apartments, with its straightforward presentation of modern California domestic buldings, celebrated the vernacular architecture of Southern California."--from the amazing Pacific Standard Time website
Fine+. Crisp and bright with slightly age darkened glassine; no creases or tears.