Wednesday, March 20, 2013

eBidiot: Jazz Graphics David Stone Martin by Manek Daver

I first scame across the Japanese-published art book on David Stone Martin in the 1990s at Borders.

The list price was $60. Having been spoiled rotten by Half Price Books and Lucky Dog Books (aka Paperbacks Plus), I was sure it would turn up for a lot less -- if I would just have the patience to wait. It never did. Every time I looked it up online, the prices were listed at $500 and up. Last week I nabbed it with a winning, unchallenged opening bid of $125 -- closure at last!

From a current listing where the one UK copy is listed at $855 USD:

Title: Jazz Graphics.
Publisher: Tokyo: Graphic-sha Publishing Co., Ltd., 1991
Publication Date: 1991
Edition: First Edition
Quarto. Original card wraps. with the dust jacket. Very good. Profusely illustrated in color. Text in English and Japanese. First and only edition. Beautifully produced in limited numbers, this is the closest thing to a catalogue raisonné of the work of this prolific and highly influential artist-illustrator, Norman Granz's designer of choice for Jazz At The Philharmonic, and for the Clef, Norgran and Verve record labels.

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