Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, SIGNED, 1968/1976
Original white wrappers with black lettering, 48 pp with 9 color photographic illustrations of generic very blue swimming pools, and 1 of a broken glass against a blue background, interspersed among 52 blank pages. Self-published, Los Angeles, CA. Second edition of 2000 copies. SIGNED with a dedication on the front free endpaper.
7h x 7 1/2w in
During the 1960s and 1970s, Ed Ruscha created a series of 16 small, self-published books. The books were composed around a single artistic idea or concept that was expressed simply through photographs and minimal text. This straight forward approach reinvented the artist book and was the inspiration for what it is today. Nine Swimming Pools was Ruscha's eighth artist book. The photos in it were all taken of swimming pools at low-rent Las Vegas hotels.
Missing glassine dust jacket, front and back cover shows some soiling, otherwise in fine condition inside and out.