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The sub-page The Burglar contains just covers for Block's book The Burglar who painted like Mondrian.

Text in italics is from the artist or seller, the rest is probably mine.

A detective novel by Lawrence Block with a great cover on the first edition. We read more crime novels than anything else and so this is a super intersection of interests. The cover is in itself a fine Mondrian artifact.

The first of a collection, now here.

Signed by the author at one of his London visits.
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(18th Oct 2011)

Patterns for Worship, Warren J Lyman
(9th October 2011)

Two from Amazon:

An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage, Geoffrey Leech, Susan Conrad, Benita Cruickshank and Roz Ivanic.

Discover Classical Music of the Twentieth Century, David McCleery.
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(August 2011)

Usborne's Understanding Modern Art, a fine book which gave rise to the Identifying Mondrians page.
(20th Oct 2002)

And here's the perfect accessory for your book collection, an ex libris stamp.
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(23rd Sep 2002)

Mood Swings by Patrick James
published by Puff Adder Books
Mondrian's Elephant

is a delightful series of poems by Sylvia Adams on the subject of elephants. It includes a theory on the reason for M leaving out the black lines in his later works which is even more implausible than my theory on why he started using them in the first place.

Cover design by Steve Daigle

Sylvia has given permission for a small quote from the Mondrian poem:

Whatever he was, Mondrian wasn't mean.
He'd grown quite fond of his guest,
"I'll just keep you there until tea, " he said.
He made a whole bucket of Earl Grey
and a tray of banana sandwiches
and, true to his word, he released him at four.
They munched and slurped through their last good-byes,
then Piet gave his friend an autographed rug
and sent him on his way.

And if you look at Piet's later paintings,
you'll note he no longer used black.
His colour nudge each other
without those confining bars.

There's a rumour he ran out of black paint
but the elephants like to think
that the artist is saying, Sorry!
and maybe, even, I miss you!
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(23rd October 2001)

and a novel I have just come across, with a range of attractive covers. Description from an eBay seller, covers from Amazon

Boogie Woogie, by Danny Moynihan

Cover design by Damien Hirst. Danny Moynihan's Boogie-Woogie is the first novel that the New York art world has deserved for some time. As a curator and artist who has worked extensively in both New York and London, Moynihan has had ample opportunity to observe the bitchy, hysterical, pretentious and money-driven art world that he recreates with often hilarious results in Boogie-Woogie. The book's title comes from Piet Mondrian's famous painting Broadway Boogie-Woogie, an iconic image of abstract expressionism painted in New York in the 1940s. Alfred and Alfreda Rheingold are the proud but eccentric owners of one of Mondrian's last Boogie-Woogie paintings. In sweaty pursuit of the Mondrian is the reptilian, golf-loving art dealer Art Spindle, who prides himself on once having "managed to sell a Picasso watercolour on the 11th green". What unfolds in the manic attempt to land the Mondrian is a dizzying montage of the great and the not so good of New York's art world. Its neurotic, self-seeking cast list includes the predatory tattooed lesbian video-artist Elaine, the vain but failed artist Jo Richard with a penchant for anal sex, and the lecherous stammering collector Bob Macclestone with his "ah, Brancusi, ah, in the, ah, hallway". Moynihan paints a satirical and often hilarious portrait of the openings, closings and bad repartee of an art world where as one of Spindle's clients tells him, "That's business, Art". Told in the style of Robert Altman's film Short Cuts and reminiscent of Altman's own send-up of Hollywood life The Player, Boogie-Woogie does at times become too clever for its own good, and the hollowness of its entire cast grates towards the end. Nevertheless, it is a very funny and wry view of an art world gone mad .
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(26th September 2001)

Nabokov, Vladimir. NABOKOV'S QUARTET. New York, NY: Phaedra Publishers, 1966, First American Edition (First edition in English, preceding the U.K. edition). Grained grey-white textured paper covered boards, in red, yellow and white Dustjacket [faux Mondrian design]. Good+/ Good. Ahearn's, Juliar’s and Quill & Brush APG variant "b" with white endpapers, 104pp., 7¾" - 9¾". Picture of Nabokov on back cover.

[19th Oct 2011] The second piece is Yellow, 1965 by Richard Tuttle.
Acrylic on wood, 81x75cm.
From a Sotherby's sale, est $600-800k.
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(23rd November 2002)


Small 1/2" tear upper left corner along top of spine end. Smaller tear bottom front spine end. Through page 8, bottom ends of pages are coming loose, but pages are securely attached. Pages yellowed but not brittle. Complete and unabridged. Yellow, white, gray and black cover graphics are stark in a B-mive title way. Part of the design is a Mondrian - inspired motif.

Well vaguely ...
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(7th Feb 2002)

Found in Google Images
(14th Feb 2002)

I found this in a number of European bookshops but have no further details.
and magazines

(11th Nov 2002)


YOUR PHYSIQUE George Boulanger 1949 Gay Int
Welcome to Camp Classics! Check out all my exciting auctions. More vintage magazines up today. THIS LISTING: Highly collectible issue of YOUR PHYSIQUE from December 1949 with GEORGE BOULANGER on the cover in a Mondrian style photo. Very late 40s! Boulanger was a popular French Canadian model. Hard to find these decorated covers now. Great tribute to Bruce of LA favorite JIM SMITH inside.




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