Karmel, Pepe, ed. New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection. New York: Grey Art Gallery/New York University, 2008, first edition. Wraps, 7 13/16 by 10 3/4-inches, 207 pp. New, still sealed in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. This copy of Cool is housed in a custom, one-of-a-kind slipcase that was hand-painted in acrylics on canvas by world-unrenowned artist Gabe Konrád (ahem…). The painting is meant to mimic the poem-painting “Meet Me in the Park” by Norman Bluhm and Frank O’Hara that graces the cover of New York Cool. The painting is signed on the bottom of the slipcase and is coated with an archival, flexible matte varnish for protection. From Irving Sandler’s blurb on the back of the book: “New York Cool reminds us that the decade 1955-1965 was a period of extraordinary creativity, witnessing the emergence of Assemblage, New Realism, Color Field Painting, Hard-Edge Painting, Minimalism, and Pop. Rediscovering artists and discussing those still familiar in a new light, Pepe Karmel changes our understanding of both the past and the present.” Beautifully illustrated, Cool includes essays by Lynn Gumpert, Alexandra Lange, Lytle Shaw, and Karmel. No writing, highlighting, names, or other markings. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA, ILAB, IOBA) is an open shop dedicated to offering fine books for discriminating readers.