Ed Ruscha. Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles. Self-Published, Los Angeles, 1967. Unpaged (48 pp). Small Quarto (10 x 8 in./25.5 x 20 cm.) First Edition, 1 of 2413 copies (reprinted in 1974 in an edition of 2000 copies). Printed Wrappers with glassine wrapper. 34 black-and-white photographs (1 die-cut and folded).
NOTE: Due to fragile nature of this book, interior shots below are taken from Sylvia Wolf, Ed Ruscha and Photography.
"Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles" is Ed Ruscha's fifth photographically illustrated artist book, and the largest in format of his self-published works of the sixties. For it, Mr. Ruscha presciently hired local aerial photographer Art Alanis to capture grand, bird's eye views of the parking lots of the likes of Universal City, The May Company, Dodger Stadium, and thirty-one more - all completely devoid of cars! An internally most handsome example of the 1968 first edition (entry B5 in Siri Engberg's "Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999" which is also cited on page 141 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II", pages 198-201 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book",
Fine/fine- glassine; clean tight copy, with only moderate tanning to fragile glassine; a couple of tiny nicks to edges.