the book on book on artists books by Arnaud Desjardin
Arnaud Desjardin's "The Book on Books on Artists Books" is a
bibliography of books, pamphlets, dealer catalogues and other printed
materials on artists' books that takes stock of a wide variety of
publications on artists' books since the early 1970s to assess the
historical documentation of distribution, circulation and reception in
the field. Together, these materials constitute a unique history of the
overlooked ephemera produced by the exhibiting, publishing,
disseminating and collecting of artists' books during the last 40 years.
Desjardin's criterion for inclusion was to include only informational
material on artists' books, rather than critical writing or theoretical
texts. Consummately researched, with more than 600 entries, "The Book on
Books on Artists Books" constitutes a groundbreaking bibliography that
will prove essential for scholars, librarians and fans of artists'