worte sind schatten: die konstellationen 1951 – 1968
worte sind schatten: die konstellationen 1951 – 1968

worte sind schatten: die konstellationen 1951 – 1968

Hamburg: Rowohlt Verlag, 1969. First edition. Large hardcover 8vo in black linen boards with foil stamped title in white along spine. Inside laminated dust jacket printed in black and white. 308 pp. Text mostly in Swiss German, with some in Spanish, French, and English. Inscribed and signed on the title page by the artist.

A voluminous yet minimal artists’ book, mostly typeset in lowercase Helvetica, featuring notable concrete poetry, writings, and manifestos relating to Gomringer’s ongoing exploration of words as constellations. Complete with an eloquent dust jacket designed by Max Bill, a frequent collaborator Gomringer’s.

Hardcover book with darkening along top edge and age toning throughout, else near fine. Dust jacket with the usual heavy age toning and lamination beginning to loosen, some of which is missing along margins and back cover, and light chipping along top and bottom extremities. Else very good. Item #280

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