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In another of our occasional series of posts highlighting in stock titles, we've selected four wonderful signed titles. Copies are limited.

The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler / Map Of Babylon
By John Gossage. Published by Steidl

The first publication of Gossage's color work, The Thrity-Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon is an innovative dual publication that presents two series at opposite ends of the book, each complete with endpapers and a reversible dust jacket, but joined together in a single binding. The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler explores a neighborhood in Washington DC while the images in Map of Babylon were taken around the globe. By fusing these two books in one cover, a fascinating interplay is created between the series. The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon was selected as a Best Book of 2010 by Alec Soth and Martin Parr.

"This first book in color by Gossage is fascinating as he makes it look like he was a new colorist all along. Mainly shot in the suburbs of Washington DC, he can find photos in the most mundane territory with the greatest of ease." --Martin Parr

By Paul Kooiker. Published by Van Zoetendaal Gallery

Selected as a Best Book of 2012 by Erik Kessels and Rémi Faucheux, Heaven by Paul Kooiker is a sizable collection of Kooiker's Polaroids from his famous nude series and also lesser known work. With the photographs arranged sequentially, a lyrical quality emerges, giving new dimension to Kooiker's evolving oeuvre.

"A book where Paul Kooiker shows an overview of all his Polaroids. He made a beautiful and touching edit in this large publication. Paul Kooiker is a master in combining the brutal, sexual and personal with each other." --Erik Kessels

"Containing 494 Polaroids from the 12 last years, Heaven is a very dense book. Lots of nude photographs but also landscapes and cityscapes. A great layout with an interesting composition of several Polaroids in each double-page spread." --Rémi Faucheux

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By Stephen Shore. Published by Walther Konig.

Stephen Shore's MOSE: A Preliminary Report investigates the MOSE Project, an experimental system of mobile gates designed to protect the city of Venice from flooding.  The book combines Shore's images of the construction sites, laboratories and locations of this massive project with maps, archival photographs and newspaper clippings to tell the complicated story of the MOSE Project and the need for a solution to the problem of flooding in Venice. Dotted red lines cross some photographs to indicate the high water line on buildings during the worst of the flooding, while other red text transforms photographs into diagrams, showing how the project will change the landscape of the Venetian Lagoon.

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By Manabu Someya. Published by Tosei-Sha.

Nirai is a book of beautiful and sumptuous photographs expressing an understanding of death as interpreted through the mythical island of Nirai Kanai. The photographs are diverse in subject matter, featuring both more obvious symbols of death and others personal and oblique, but all with an undeniable sense of the otherworldly.

"The project of this book, as the artist describes it, is to explore the notion of 'Nirai Kanai' - a mythical locale to which the spirits of the dead are said to travel in the culture of the southern Japanese prefecture Okinawa. In the 74 colour images featured here, Someya sets out to visualize this place as it 'co-exists' with the lives lived by real people in the Okinawa region and further south, in Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines." --Faye Robson

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