May 14, 2018

Crouching and Screaming

Wonderful 1978 illustrations by Outi Markkanen (Finland, b.1951) on Kuriosas. Visit the link for many more illustrations from Kurnau ja Kamaluu.

May 13, 2018

Histoire de Magali

Illustration by Madeleine Charléty for Histoire de Magali (1930) by André Chamson (Amaz link)

May 10, 2018

May 7, 2018

May 5, 2018

Kazys Šimonis, Mirages of Dreams

Kazys Šimonis (1887 – 1978, Lithuania)
via the exhibit Mirages of Dreams at 

May 4, 2018

Marcus Behmer, Nobody Can Resist His Fate

See my big post on Marcus Behmer from a few years ago.

If I'm interpreting the auction house correctly, "Niemand kann wider sein Schicksal" is a picture story (for adults) on a single sheet made by Marcus Behmer in 1905 (printed later?) and dedicated to Harry Kessler (see Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918 and Berlin in Lights: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1918-1937). 

May 3, 2018

Mount Analogue 1960

Mount Analogue
binding illustration, first American edition, 1960 Pantheon

May 2, 2018

Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum (from Karma International gallery, Zurich).

See more here: “Chicago Imagists” at Karma International

Previously: Smoke Hairy Who
Also see the book Chicago Imagists
(I have not yet seen the documentary Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists.)

May 1, 2018

Antonio Fernandez Reboiro

Antonio Fernandez Reboiro, 1979, Poster for documentary film by Idelfonso Ramos (Debemos Saber, We Should Know) via MOMA (some reproductions of his work on Amaz)

January 20, 2018

I'm making postcards of my favorite images from the archives -- vintage oddities and also the work of the living. (The creators were kind enough to give permission.) Contribute $10 and receive a postcard pack as a thank you.

The first set of 10 designs (the "December 2017 edition") is now gone. Thanks! The February 2018 is now available.

Postcard Pack 1.2 (Feb 2018 edition)

Image: Preview of 8 of the 10 cards in the February 2018 postcard pack. Includes work by

Mahendra Singh
Bette Burgoyne
Lewis Heriz
Alenka Sottler
Samplerman, and 
Julian Montague.

November 20, 2017

Introducing 50wattsBooks

I'm now selling books from my collection. I put some info here. Please follow @50wattsBooks on Instagram. Thanks!

March 26, 2015

Jo Daemen cover designs

From the collection of Anne Aalders

I read about Johanna Maria Hendrika Daemen (1891–1944) on feuilleton and then found some book covers she designed. These are from 1928 to 1930.

Jo Daemen cover design, collection Anne Aalders 3

Jo Daemen cover design, collection Anne Aalders 4

Jo Daemen cover design, collection Anne Aalders 2

Jo Daemen cover design, collection Anne Aalders 5

Jo Daemen cover design, collection Anne Aalders 1

March 11, 2015

Der Widiwondelwald

HILDE KRÜGER, Der Widiwondelwald, 1924

HILDE KRÜGER, Der Widiwondelwald, 1924

HILDE KRÜGER, Der Widiwondelwald, 1924

HILDE KRÜGER, Der Widiwondelwald, 1924

HILDE KRÜGER, Der Widiwondelwald, 1924

I try not to think about how much I would pay for a copy of Hilde Krüger's 1924 children's book Der Widiwondelwald. Some links (in German): one, two, three -- see the full book as smaller images at the last link to the kibook blog.

[Update: this was briefly in print last year -- might still be able to find it.]

I kept coming across this book when working on my Kinderbuch series over the years.

January 1, 2014


Bookseller's description: "[AVANT-GARDE POETRY] HINO Shunsuke. Shishû SEKIJI NO KUBI WO KIRU. Tôkyô, Erosu-dô. Shôwa 4 [1929]. 18.5 x 12.7, bound Western-style in wrappers with illustrated covers, book design and illustrations throughout by Iguchi Masao. A product of the Nagoya avant-garde. The illustrations and design of this "CUTTING THE BABY'S THROAT" are jarring, some of the poems sound and feel like they were written while falling down a flight of stairs. The paper is browned and some pages a bit edgeworn but a very good copy overall of this ephemeral production."