Various Small Fires and Milk. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Self-published, 1964/1970. 48 pp. Duodecimo (7 x 5 1/2 in.). Second edition. (Originally published 1964 in an edition of 400, 50 of which were signed; this edition 1970, 3000 copies.) Stiff printed wrappers. Original glassine jacket. 16 black-and-white reproductions.
NOTE: Interior shots only below are taken from Sylvia Wolf, Ed Ruscha and Photography.
Ruscha's second book, released in 1964, one year after Twentysix Gasoline Stations.
"Though he is a believer to the end, Ruscha suggests that Los Angeles might be a mirage and California a myth--a façade about to crumble into the desert, a set about to liquefy into the sea."--from Hal Foster, At the Whitney, London Review of Books, 2 September 2004.
Fine+; Unusually crisp; just a trace of wear to upper edge of glassine.