December 4, 1996 - January 13, 1997

In December of 1994, Dianne and Michael Bienes generously donated their art book collection to the new Bienes Center for the Literary Arts. In addition to their magnanimous financial support, the gift of a core collection of 647 titles was an important first step in the long-term development of the collections of The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library.

The extraordinary book collection consists primarily of art titles covering all periods and countries. Most of the volumes deal with individual artists, including painters, sculptors, designers, graphic artists, and photographers. Major and minor schools and periods of art from classical to modern are well represented. Many titles are catalogue raisonnes or limited editions with extra illustrations, and many are beautifully bound and have slipcases or boxes.

Volumes published in France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and many other foreign countries are also represented in the collection. The donation contains books from the 1800s to the 1990s with the majority having been published since the 1950s. Titles from earlier periods are represented by many fine facsimiles printed in limited editions, and while they are generally not considered rare in the traditional sense, often they are special in that they make information available from unique volumes that would otherwise be inaccessible.

The Bienes' gift complements an already significant collection, and almost overnight has helped to transform Broward County Library into an important regional center for the study of the fine arts. Their willingness to create a sanctuary where the literary arts are cherished, preserved, and celebrated, was a generous and bold gesture that will long continue to enrich the lives of all of the residents of Broward County. Upon the inauguration of the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, it is entirely appropriate that we honor their generosity with the exhibition Ars Libri: Selections from the Dianne & Michael Bienes Book Donation.


1. Renzi, Renzo. I Clown. Bologna: Capelli, c1988. Limited edition, #179/200; with lithograph of Federico Fellini by Gelsomina (Giuletta Masina) from the film 'La Strada' (BIENES IT R 791.4372 CL)


2. Walt Disney Productions. Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven dwarfs. Chicago: Circle Fine Art Press, c1978. Limited edition, #1563/9500, with original color serigraphs. Includes slipcase. (BIENES R 398.2 WA)

3. Milbank, Caroline Rennolds. Couture, the great designers.1st ed. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang: distributed by Workman Pub., c1985. Signed by Milbank in green ink on half title page. (BIENES R 746.920924 VA)

4. Talley André Leon. Valentino. Milano: F.M. Ricci, c1982, Limited boxed edition, #360/6000, (BIENES R 746.920924 VE)

5. Versace, Gianni. South Beach stories. Special Bloomingdale's edition. Milan: Leonardo Arte, 1993. (BIENES R 746.92 VE)

6. De Combray, Richard. Armani. Milan: F.M. Ricci, c1982. Limited edition, #3017/6000. (BIENES R 746.992092 AR)

7. Fabian, Rainer. Masters of early travel photography. New York: Vendome Press; 1983. (Translation of: Fruhe Reisen mit der Kamera). (BIENES R 779.99104 FA)

Riefenstahl, Leni. Vanishing Africa.

8. Riefenstahl, Leni. Vanishing Africa. 1st American edition. New York: Harmony Books, c1982. (BIENES R 779.9967 RI)

9. Stieglitz, Alfred. Alfred Stieglitz, photographs & writings. first edition. Washington: National Gallery of Art. [1983] (BIENES R 770.92 ST)

10. Avedon, Richard. In the American West. New York: Abrams, 1985. Signed by Avedon on front flyleaf. (BIENES R 779.2092 AV)

Leibovitz, Annie. Photographs--Annie Leibovitz

11. Leibovitz, Annie. Photographs--Annie Leibovitz, 1970-1990. 1st edition. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, c1991. (BIENES R 770.92 LE)

Karsh, Yousuf. Karsh: a fifty-year retrospective.

12. Karsh, Yousuf. Karsh: a fifty-year retrospective. 1st edition. Boston: Little, Brown, c1983. Signed by Karsh. (BIENES R 779.2092 KA)

13. Szarkowski, John. Irving Penn. New York: Museum of Modern Art: distributed by New York Graphic Society Books, c1984. Signed by Penn. (BIENES R 779.092 PE)

14. Mapplethorpe, Robert. Certain people: a book of portraits. 1st edition. Pasadena, Calif.: Twelvetrees Press, [1985] (BIENES R 779.2092 MA)

15. Horan, James David. Timothy O'Sullivan, America's forgotten photographer; the life and work of the brilliant photographer whose camera recorded the American scene from the battlefields of the Civil War to the frontiers of the West. New York: Bonanza, c1966. (BIENES R 770.92 OS)

16. FMR. [Milano: Franco Maria Ricci, 1982?-] English edition. [June 1981; May/June 1988]

17. Delectorskaya, Lydia. With apparent ease--Henri Matisse: paintings from 1935-1939. Paris: A. Maeght, 1988. (BIENES R 759.4 MA)

18. Guillaud, Jacqueline. Goya, les visions magnifiques: dissins et peintures de Musee Prado. Paris: Guillaud, 1987. (BIENES FR R 159.6 GO)

Gogh, Vincent van. Van Gogh, vertigo of light.

19. Gogh, Vincent van. Van Gogh, vertigo of light. Paris: Guillaud Editions; New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1991. (Letters by Vincent van Gogh selected by Jacqueline Guillaud). (BIENES R 759.9492 GO)

20. Guillaud, Jacqueline. Fra Angelico: the light of the soul; paining panels and frescoes from the Convent of San Marco, Florence. New York: Clarkson N. Potter: distributed by Crown Publishers; Paris: Guillaud Edition, 1986. (BIENES R 759.5 AN)

21. Henry, Gerrit. Janet Fish. New York: Burton & Skira, 1987. (BIENES R 759.13 FI)

22. Canova, Antonio. Canova: disegni. Firenze: La nuova Italia, c1984. (BIENES IT R 730.92 CA)

23. Hunter, Sam. George Segal. New York: Rizzoli, 1984. (BIENES R 730.924 SE)

24. Des Cordes, Jacques-Chalom. Rembrandt Bugatti: catalogue raisonne. Paris: Editions de l'Amateur, [1987] Limited edition #2956/2100. (BIENES FR R 730.92 BU)

Sullivan, Edward J. Botero: sculpture.

25. Sullivan, Edward J. Botero: sculpture. New York: Abbeville Press, c1986. (BIENES R 730.92 BO)

26. Varia, Radu. Brancusi. New York: Rizzoli, 1986. (BIENES R 730.92 BR)

Sabarsky, Serge. Egon Schiele, disegni erotici.

27. Sabarsky, Serge. Egon Schiele, disegni erotici. Milan: Mazzotta, c1982, Limited edition, #119/1000, with suite of 12 plates in jacket on inside back cover, quarter bound leather folio with cork on boards in cork and leather slipcase. ( BIENES IT R 741.9436 SC)

Dali, Salvador. Dali.

28. Dali, Salvador. Dali. New York: Abrams [1968] (BIENES R 709.2 DA)

29. Matta Echaurren, Roberto Sebastian. Entretiens morphologiques: notebook no. 1, 1936-1944. 1st edition. London: Sistan, 1987. (BIENES R 759.983 MA)

30. Fort Lauderdale Museum of the Arts. Matta: paintings from South Florida collections: Mar. 9-27, 1983: and exhibition. Fort Lauderdale, Fla: The Museum, 1983. (BIENES 759.983 MA)

31. Selz, Peter Howard. San Francis. New York: Abrams, 1982. Deluxe edition, hand numbered 103/150, signed by Francis, in slipcase. (BIENES R 759.13 FR)

32. Gerdis, William. Art across America: regional painting in America, 1710-1920. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990. 3v. (BIENES R 759.13 GE)

Bible. N.T. Gospels. Latin. Book of Kells.

33. Bible. N.T. Gospels. Latin. Book of Kells. The Book of Kells:...fine art facsimile volume. Luzern: Faksimile-Verlag, c1990. 2 v. Limited edition. #131/1480, facsimile volume in decorated presentation box, commentary volume in slipcase. (BIENES LAT R 226 BI)

The Tres riches heures of Jean, Duke of Berry: commentary to the facsimile edition of manuscript 65 from the collection of the Musee Conde, Chantilly.

34. The Tres riches heures of Jean, Duke of Berry: commentary to the facsimile edition of manuscript 65 from the collection of the Musee Conde, Chantilly. New York. Harry N. Abrams: Lucerne: Faksimile-Verlag, c1984. 2 v. Limited edition, #297/980. Facsimile edition is published in limited edition of 980 copies, of which 350 copies are reserved for the English-language market. This is no 297. (BIENES LAT R 264.024 TR)

Bible. O.T. Spanish (Old Spanish), Alba.

35. Bible. O.T. Spanish (Old Spanish), Alba. La Biblia de Alba: an illustrated manuscript Bible in Castilian. Madrid: Fundacion Amigos de Sefarad, 1992. Limited edition, #35/500. (Founder's Copy). (BIENES SP R 221 BI)

36. The Rothchild miscellany: a scholarly commentary. London: Facsimile Editions, 1989. 2 v. Limited edition. #56/500, with slipcases. Facsimile of the Rothschild miscellany, a 15th century Italian manuscript, consisting of 4i74 folios on 948 pages. (BIENES HEB R 296.4 RO)

37. Bible. O.T. Hebrew. Kennicott Bible 1. 1985. The Kennicott Bible. [London: Facsimile editions, 1985]1 case (2 v.) Limited edition, #256/500. A full-color facsimile of a manuscript Hebrew Bible written in 1476 and illustrated by Joseph Ibn Hayyim, now in the Bodleian Library and known as the first Kennicott Bible. (BIENES HEB R 221.44 BI)

Bible. N.T. Gospels. Latin. Codex Caesareus Upsaliensis.

38. Bible. N.T. Gospels. Latin. Codex Caesareus Upsaliensis. Codex Caesareus Upsaliensis: a facsimile edition of an Echternach gospel-book of the eleventh century.Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, [1971]. 2 v. Limited edition of 500 copies in slipcase. [Published in 1971 for the 350th anniversary of the University Library of Uppsala]. (BIENES LAT R 226 BI)

39. Dante Alighieri. II Dante urbinate della Biblioteca vaticana (Codice urbinate latino 365). [Citta del Vaticano] Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, 1965. 2 v. Number 391, with slipcase. (Facsimile edition of a 15th-century manuscript of the Divina commedia, with illuminated initials and miniatures). (BIENES IT R 851.1 DA)

Catholic Church. Book of Hours (MS> Vaticano Rossiano 94).

40. Catholic Church. Book of Hours (MS> Vaticano Rossiano 94). II libro delle ore Ross. 94 [Milan, Italy]: Jaca book Codici, [1984]. 1 case. (BIENES LAT R 264.024 CA)

Catholic Church. Book of Hours (Codice Vaticano latino 3781).

41. Catholic Church. Book of Hours (Codice Vaticano latino 3781). Uffico della Madonna Vat. lat. 3781: fin del XV secolo. [Milan, Italy]: Jaca book Codici, [1986]. 1 case. (BIENES LAT R 264.024 CA)

42. Great Domesday. English & Latin. Great Domesday. Penny editio. [London]: Alecto, 1986-1992. 6 v. Limited "Penny" edition, #162/250, with silver penny of William the Conqueror & bronze penny from Wlizabeth II (proof). Published in the 900th Anniversary Year of Domesday. The facsimile volumes (v. 1-2) comprise stitched quires quartebound in white goatskin & antique (circa 1500) oak boards, with slipcases...full color facsimile made by continuous-tone offset lithography from the disbound original. (BIENES R 333.320942 GR)

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