Sommerville, Massachusetts: Abyss Publications, 1972. First edition. Softcover 8vo in white wrappers printed in black throughout. Unpaginated. Signed and dated by the artist.
Artists’ book by Bern Porter featuring a comprehensive collection of early found poems consisting of appropriated advertisements, scientific charts, product diagrams, articles, images, and drawings. Includes a vertical portrait of the young artist on the endpapers and a printed dedication to Kenneth Patchen and Bob Brown. Signed and dated ‘Bern Porter, Oct. 1, 1996’ on copyright page.
Select founds from this book also appear in a new Bern Porter book titled ‘Now It Can Be—Why Did It Fail Before?’ published by The Idea of the Book fall of 2023.
Rubbing to covers, including some faint staining and trace amounts of age toning throughout. Near fine. Item #1055