Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles. 1964
Published in 1964, "Various Small Fires and Milk" is Edward Ruscha's second photographically illustrated artist book - a humorous cataloguing of flames and a glass of milk.
Various Small Fires and Milk delivers a sequence of fifteen images depicting lit matches, cigarettes, a gas stove burner, a blowtorch, a highway flare, etc., followed by the book's final, incongruous and delightful plate: a single glass of milk. Challenging the logic of classification systems, while continuing his efforts to redefine the role of photography in conceptual art, this artist's book stands as one of the defining contributions to the medium.
Limited to four hundred unnumbered copies in the publisher's extraordinarily well-preserved glassine wrapper showing a tiny tear to the upper back cover wrapper. Slight tears on upper front glassine wrappers. Glassine has slight yellow discoloration, inside cover and pages in very good condition. Bright copy.Tight spine and minimal foxing on edges on pages not noticeable on any interior pages. Nice copy.