Every Building on the Sunset Strip
  • artists' book
  • wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • accordion
  • slipcase
  • black-and-white
  • 17.8 x 14.3 cm. [closed] ; 17.8 x 760.7 cm. [extended]
  • 2 vol. : 1 vol. : 1 continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments ; 1 vol. mylar covered slipcase
  • edition size 5000
  • unsigned and unnumbered

Every Building on the Sunset Strip

[First Edition / Second Printing]

Edward Ruscha

Every Building on the Sunset Strip


Second printing of the so-called "first edition" of Edward Ruscha's classic book documenting, literally, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, in Los Angeles. Shows every address on the north and south side of the street moving from east to the west towards the Pacific Ocean. Documents a very specific time and place in the history of both artists' books and Los Angeles. The second printing of the book is indicated by the lack of a 2 1/2 inch span of unprinted paper at the end of the book; the seconding printing terminates with a clean cut at the conclusion of last image. As both the "first printing" and the "second printing" have identical copyright / colophon information the lack of white space at the end of the book is the only indication of which printing is which.


No. 4 in "Books by Edward Ruscha" by Edward Ruscha. Munich, Germany : Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1970.
"International General, Distributing Independently Produced Vanguard Art Books, Catalogues and Information" by Seth Siegelaub. New York, NY : International General, 1971.
"Esthétique du Livre d'Artiste 1960 / 1980" by Anne Moeglin-Delcroix. Paris, France : Jean-Michel Place / Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1997, pp. 222.

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Every Building on the Sunset Strip [First Edition / First Printing]
Los Angeles, CA: E. Ruscha,
Condition:  BOOK: GOOD. Creasing, yellowing, and yellow soiling of spine and light yellowing and foxing of accordion facing inside of spine. Light yellowing of paper. Contents clean and unmarked. SLIPCASE: POOR / FAIR. Missing top portion of slipcase. Additional wear to slipcase includes tearing and flattening of top edge of slipcase and loosening of glue attaching mirrored paper to book board. Lacks belly band. Due to fragility of this title additional shipping charges will be required for International orders.
[Object # 38839]