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Ex Libris records

Creator:
Cohen, Arthur Allen, 1928-1986  Search this
Cohen, Elaine Lustig, 1927-  Search this
Ex Libris (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1973-2007
Summary:
The records of Ex Libris measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1973-2007. Ex Libris was a New York City based antiquarian establishment that dealt in rare 20th century avant-garde books and periodicals, and was founded by Elaine Lustig Cohen and her husband Arthur A. Cohen. The records include professional files, sales records, printed material, and photographic material.
Scope and Contents:
TThe records of Ex Libris measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1973-2007. Ex Libris was a New York City based antiquarian establishment that dealt in rare 20th century avant-garde books and periodicals, and was founded by Elaine Lustig Cohen and her husband Arthur A. Cohen. The records include professional files, sales records, printed material, and photographic material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series

Series 1: Professional Files, 1973-2007 (0.9 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Sales Records, 1979-1998 (0.1 linear foot; Box 1)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1973-circa 1991 (0.9 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Photographic Material, circa 1980s (0.1 linear foot; Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
Ex Libris, a New York City based antiquarian establishment that dealt in rare 20th century avant-garde books, periodicals, and archives, operated from 1973-circa 2000, and was founded by Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927- ) and her husband Arthur A. Cohen (1928-1986). Elaine Lustig Cohen is a graphic designer, previously married to the graphic designer Alvin Lustig (1915-1955), who later married her long-time friend Arthur A. Cohen, a scholar, theologian, and author, in 1956.

The Cohen's began collecting avant-garde books and ephemera from antiquarian bookstores and artists in Europe. Ex Libris began when the couple amassed a surplus of material and Arthur placed an ad in the New York Times that said, "send for my list of Dada, Surrealist, Avant-Garde periodicals and ephemera." The inventory of Ex Libris grew to include other movements of modernism including Bauhaus, Futurism, Cubism, De Stijl, German Expressionism, Constructivism, and Fluxus.

Ex Libris published catalogs of their inventory, designed by Elaine, which were sent to libraries and museums all over the world. The catalogs are now collector's items. Exhibitions were organized at Ex Libris that complemented their inventory, and they often loaned material to be included in exhibitions elsewhere.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Elaine Lustig Cohen papers concerning Alvin Lustig, 1982, available on microfilm reel 2802.
Provenance:
The records were donated in 2015 by Elaine Lustig Cohen, co-founder of Ex Libris.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Booksellers and bookselling -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Futurism (Art)  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Ex Libris records, 1973-2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.exlibr
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-exlibr

Western America in documents from the Mississippi to the Pacific, 1669-1890

Title:
Western America in documents
Author:
Edward Eberstadt & Sons  Search this
Subject:
Edward Eberstadt & Sons  Search this
Physical description:
111 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Booksellers' catalogs
Place:
New York (State)
New York
West (U.S.)
Date:
1963
[1963?]
20th century
Topic:
Booksellers and bookselling  Search this
History  Search this
Sources  Search this
Call number:
F591 .E29 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081943

A register of artists, engravers, booksellers, bookbinders, printers & publishers in New York City, 1633-1820; compiled by George L. McKay

Author:
McKay, George Leslie 1895-  Search this
New York Public Library  Search this
Physical description:
78 p. double front.(plan) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1942
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Engravers  Search this
Booksellers and bookselling  Search this
Printers  Search this
Publishers and publishing  Search this
Call number:
N6507 .M15 1942
N6507.M15 1942
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_76617

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