DIETER ROTH, Bastel-Novelle, 1992
30 x 21 x 2 cm
4 magazines, stapled, 2 yellow stickers on plastic bag
only ca 10-20 signed, dated on plastic bag
couver Basel Novelle 3: also signed and dated in pencil:
published by Dieter Roth Verlag and issued as package with 4 booklets on behalf of Basel Art Fair 1992
mint condition, although light seepage of glue to front of the yellow stickers
Originally these four publications were issued by Hans Jörg Mayer in 1974-1978. In 1991 a second run as reprints issued by Dieter Roth Verlag were included in Volume 35 being part of ‘Dieter Roth Gesammelte Werke’.
Bastel-Novelle number 1 printed in an edition of 250.
Bastel-Novelle number 2 printed in a numbered edition of 300.
Bastel-Novelle number 3 printed in an edition of 1000, dated and signed with initials.
A signed copy is in the collection of Getty Museum.
History of prices:
Derringer Books, Avon, CT, USA December 2021 US$ 500.- Number 1, unsigned
Tim Byers Art Books, Richmond, UK December 2021 US$ 207.- Number 1, unsigned
Zwiggelaar Auctions, Amsterdam 9 December 2021 € 170,- Number 3, signed (hammer price)
MICHAEL GIBBS, Extinction, 1974
9,9 x 14,7 cm
booklet, 8 pp., stapled
published by In-Out productions, Amsterdam
condition: fine, 1 cm wide light scuffing at top edge of front cover, slightly colour aged
€ 180,- plus € 15,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
This booklet was purchased at Other Books and So in Amsterdam that was owned and run by Ulises Carrión. At the top right corner of the cover Ulises made notes in pencil about the price (Dfl. 1,-) and from whom the copies were taken in stock, here 8x ‘car’ in total. As such this copy has a special touch of archival history.
Gibbs’s first solo exhibition after having moved to Amsterdam was “Extinction” which was held from March 26 to April 6, 1974 in In-Out Center. It was closely related to the theme ‘language operations’ of his concrete and visual poetry, for which this booklet was published. He used photomontage superimposing an alphabet that becomes energized while obliterated by a fire extinguisher. For that action a polystyrene and hardboard template of the alphabet was doused in petrol, set on fire, and put out with an extinguisher by the artist. The same year Gibbs performed ‘Extinction’ life on 21 november 1974 at de Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht.
History of price:
William Allen Word & Image, London, UK US$ 90.17, 1 October 2021
JÖRG IMMENDORFF, Brandenburger Tor Weltfrage, 1982
HC, 76 pp., with English text by A.R. Penck
published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
condition: excellent, although inside very slightly aged
€ 75,- plus € 15,- Track & Trace EU registered mail
History of prices:
Antiquariat Heiner Henke, Passau, Germany € 30,- September 2021
Amazon, Seattle, Washington, USA US$ 768.57 September 2021
Big Bill’s Books, Austin TX, USA US$ 66.41 September 2021
JAROSLAW KOZLOWSKI, Lesson, 1975
21,2 x 15,9 cm
published by Beau Geste Press, Cranleigh, Surrey, England
SOL LEWITT, Sunrise & Sunset at Praiano, 1980
20 x 19,7 cm
SC, 16 pp., Lümbeck binding
published by Rizzoli International Publications Inc. and Multiples, Inc., New York, USA
condition: good to very fine, slightly colour aged
€ 450,- plus € 18,- Track & Trace EU registered mail
History of prices:
Amazon, USA, 27 February 2021 US$ 650.-
Arcana Books, USA, 27 February 2021 US$ 500.-
KRISTJAN GUDMUNDSSON, Ef/If, 1974
21 x 21 cm
SC, 4 pp., hand bound; screen print on various kinds of paper, glued, linen spine
edition 200, here 1/200
only 3-5 copies have been produced
published by Silver Press, Amsterdam / Reykjavík
condition: aged, with light bend in cover, minor foxing
€ 3.600,- plus Track & Trace registered mail
In the seventies Kristján Gudmundsson lived with his family in a large appartement in the Daniel Stalpaertstraat in Amsterdam. He produced more than a few books and “Ef/If” was one of his hand made artist’s books published by Silver Press, founded and owned by himself in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The complete book is in screen print, also the printed text on tracing paper that introduces the concept of the book:
Ef staer∂ þessarar si∂u táknar ibúafjölda jar∂arinnar, þá tákna hringarnir ibúi Kina, Tanzaníu of Íslands.
If the size of this page represents the number of people in the world, then the circles represent the people of China, Tanzania and Iceland.
The works of Kristjan Gudmundsson invite to contemplate on his method of working related to what his art encompasses. Usually texts on his works contain either personal memories or chronological summery. In fact, in many works he attempts time by time again to capture factual data into hand sized works, like here in this thin booklet that contains the amount of inhabitants of China, Tanzania and Iceland. In the middle of the last page a tiny bright white screen printed (sic) dot of 1 mm diameter may be detected, when exposed to strong daylight.
Right from the start the production of the book caused problems. In order to keep the costs low the text was prepared for the printer through adhesive letters, hence the dancing letters on the title page. The running direction of paper was not taken into account which caused waving binding. The very thin tracing paper of the first page stuck to the screen when printed. And the most problematic part of the book was the white circular dot of less than 1 millimeter on the last page; with a magnifying glass the print had to be checked every time, and more than quite often no dot at all could be detected; again a misprint. Not being well provided with capital Kristjan Gudmundsson soon stopped the production.
A very fragile and extremely difficult book to find; in Kristján Gudmundsson’s catalogues and monographs this book is always overlooked. Therefore, by now it may be considered almost as a unique work of art. KvG
LAWRENCE WEINER, Thrown someplace, 1991
21 x 10 cm
SC, stapled, English/Dutch
splendid condition, although slightly yellowed by age
published by Art & Project, Amsterdam
€ 85,- plus € 12,- Track & Trace EU registered mail
BEA McMAHON, Jesus and chlorophyll, 2012
21 x 18 cm
SC, 46 pp., stapled, digital printing, screen print, paper collage on cover, incl. loose text page
published by Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
This book edition contains 18 pages text by curator Maeve Connolly about the works of Bea McMahon, the other pages – 28 in total – are obviously pages that could fit into an artist’s book. This makes the edition into a hybrid book, i.e. partly catalogue, partly artist’s book.
FRANZ GRAF, Schauraum : Kunstraum, 1992
27 x 19 cm
SC, black and white offset print, 16 pp., stapled
€ 120,- plus € 12,- Track & Trace registered mail
Pages feature images of showroom mirrors and cars with texts on the car windows. Each black and white photo shows a circular form cut out from the image below on the same page. Apart from the first page, the publication looks like an artist’s book or a wrong catalogue of a car dealer with on the first page a text by curator Dr. Otmar Rychlik. This installation by Franz Graf was made in a car showroom of Mercedes Benz in Vienna, Austria, in 1992.
DAVID SHRIGLEY, DDWOPT Idiot, 1996
14,2 x 10,2 cm
series of unique hand drawn cover
published by The Armpit Press, Glasgow, Scotland
condition cover: slightly aged and smudgy
€ 350,- plus € 12,- Track and Trace registered mail
Very rare edition and early artist’s book by David Shrigley, his 7th self-produced book. The cover is a drawing in coloured felt tip pen. The letters on the cover are standing for ‘Drawings Done Whilst On Phone To Idiot’.
The Armpit Press is a self-publishing press created by David Shrigley.