How can I purchase a copy of The Complete Writings of Donald Judd
December 11, 2003 7:19 AM   Subscribe

Here's one for the rare art book crowd, of which I am not a member. There is a book called The Complete Writings of Donald Judd. I know because the Seattle Library lent it to me about a year ago. Unfortunately, the book came due and so it was returned, and it has since dropped out of the library's catalog.

Any rare book sleuths out there who can take me further than Google, Powells or Barnes and Noble?

Incidentally, here is a reference to the book from this bibliography.

Judd, Donald. The Complete Writings of Donald Judd. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; New York: New York University Press, 1975
posted by tomharpel to Media & Arts (12 answers total)
posted by mookieproof at 7:27 AM on December 11, 2003

Have you tried They don't seem to have a copy now, but they're a good source for tracking down rare books.
posted by jdroth at 7:37 AM on December 11, 2003

Looks to me like the Seattle Public Library still has it. The UW library and the Seattle Pacific Library both have it as well, if you have access to either.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:43 AM on December 11, 2003

jdorth beat me to it. A good site just to browse and drool.
posted by Cyrano at 7:43 AM on December 11, 2003

Another thing: though I can't recommend this as ethical, I have, in the past, borrowed a book from the public library, "lost" it, and then paid whatever fee they assessed me. Before the Dawn of the Internet, this was sometimes the only way to obtain a hard-to-find book.

Yeah, yeah. Don't give me crap. I have a book problem. So sue me!
posted by jdroth at 7:57 AM on December 11, 2003

Bookfinder, baby, is where to go for books. Though we come up dry on this one.

BooksInPrint indicates that the book is available through Brodart. Probably print-on-demand.

If there's any chance you read French, the Strand has what looks like a French translation for $15.
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:55 AM on December 11, 2003

wow, this stumped biblioz. . .
posted by crush-onastick at 9:34 AM on December 11, 2003

I second bookfinder. they include abe, so you get more for your search.
posted by grimley at 9:43 AM on December 11, 2003

Wow! Abebooks and Bookfinder are incredible resources ... thanks all!
posted by ScottUltra at 12:09 PM on December 11, 2003

Another happy abe customer here ... including once when the seller said they shipped a book, it didn't arrive, I contacted the seller and got no response, contacted abe, they refunded my money. One of the things I really like about abe (versus Amazon's used) is that it's easy to sort out the books that have no marks/underlining, which is important for me.
posted by carter at 3:40 PM on December 11, 2003

BTW I'm looking for Pelle Ehn, 1988, "Work-oriented design of computer artifacts," Stockholm, Arbetslivscentrum ;-)
posted by carter at 3:43 PM on December 11, 2003

For best results, try AddAll. The used and secondhand books page offers a metasearch engine that currently accesses sixteen different online catalogues and databases, ranging from multi-store sites like abebooks to dedicated catalogues like the Strand and Powell's. Good for hours and hours of fun, albeit potentially hard on the wallet. The index page will land you on its new books search engine, set up for comparison shopping.
posted by thomas j wise at 7:06 PM on December 11, 2003

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