Sunday, December 29, 2019

Self-Published Rarities You May Have in Your Own Bookcase

Coming across a rarity is always the fantasy of hard-core collectors.  Our "eureka" moment occurred  recently during a clean-out of a property in Southern California when we found a cache of six softcover pamphlets dating from the 1960's and 70's.   These were self-published books - popular among unknown and budding artists looking to get their art and/or their philosophy of art to a wide audience.

In the case of these 48 page pamphlets - found languishing and long forgotten in a bookcase - the publisher was Ed Ruscha who put out these books in limited runs of under 3000.

These pamphlets, and similar self-published books by other psychedelic era artists may at first glance appear to be throw-away items, or at the very least candidates for Goodwill donation.  Never judge a book by its cover.... Originally selling for under $4 each in their day, these self-published books now command between $500 and $2000 each.  Not a bad return.

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