Roma/Houston: Arco d’Alibert edizioni d’arte & Kiko Galleries, 1966. First edition. 4to in printed red hardcovers with red cloth strip spine, a white die cut circle pasted onto the cover, and French fold binding. Unpaginated. Inside front and rear covers features two tipped in green envelopes, the first of which contains a 7" vinyl record of the performance and a fly sheet denoting the first time it was preformed, and the second containing a folded four-page glossary defining the words used in the performance. Inside left cover also features a handwritten inscription in English and Japanese with a date and signature in black ink that reads ‘Happy Birthday To Max!!’, alongside ‘Dec. 10, 1978’. Signed by the sculptor Masaru Takiguchi.
A colorful and remarkable piece of sound poetry where Berberian performs a list of onomatopoetic words borrowed from comic books. The book opens with a thoughtful and manifesto-like introduction by Umberto Eco. From there, the varied use of color, typography, and supporting design elements making each spread unique to further illustrate the sounds they’re attempting to create. Berberian’s performance is also captured on the accompanying 7" vinyl record. An intimate walk between sound and concrete poetry that delivers eloquently on both art forms.
Very good with signs of wear to the front cover including light sunning to top edge and a single small stain. Back cover has three small stains. The cloth binding has dried and weakened with age, but remains intact. Inside pages bright and clean. The green envelope on the inside left cover with the vinyl record has begin to split along the seams on account of the sharp edges of the record. Vinyl record has not been played, but has no visible scratches. Item #17
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