Frankfurt am Main: Edition Suhrkamp, 1969. Softcover. First edition. Softcover 8vo in laminated black and white pictorial wrappers with pages printed in black and white. Laid inside yellow dust jacket printed in black and white. Unpaginated.
Artists’ book by Ferdinand Kriwet created while in America documenting the 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 second moon launch of Apollo 11 in 1969. Copiously illustrated, this day-by-day journal features texts, newspaper articles, travel forms, photographs, sounds, advertisements, illustrations, diagrams, concrete poems, collages, radio transmissions, and television footage all relating to the Apollo moon project. The dos-à-dos binding creates two distinct yet overlapping narratives surrounding the historic event. Somewhat reminiscent of Marshall McLuhan’s 1967 book ‘The Medium is the Massage,’ but more poetic in its execution.
Dust jacket very good with rubbing and chipping along margins, including darkening along spine and a small faint area of tide marking along lower front cover which has affected the first page. Book also very good with age toning throughout, the common lifting to the cover laminate along spine, and previous owners’ signature in red ink at top of first page. Item #1006