Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1968. Small 4to in printed softcover wraps with French fold signatures printed in black and white with four chapter dividers printed in color. 194 pp. Text in Dutch, German, and English.
Published on the occasion of a 1968 exhibition at the Haags Gemeentemuseum in the Netherlands, a catalog that features some of the most iconic and recognizable concrete poetry of the 1960’s. Organized into four sections with the first featuring an introductory essay on the history and Mayer’s personal philosophy on concrete poetry written by Hans Locher and Kees Broos. The second featuring details of publications by Edition Hansjörg Mayer including the Futura broadside series and Emmett Williams’ Sweethearts. The third featuring individual contributions from Haroldo de Campos, Emmett Williams, George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Franz Mon, Herman de Vries, Diter Rot, and Reinhard Döhl among others. And the fourth featuring Mayer’s own artwork dating back to 1961. An extremely comprehensive and thoughtfully produced catalog that feels more like an artists’ book.
A near fine example with a small 5 mm closed tear to first signature along bottom margin, the usual age toning to text block, and light curling to covers. Item #406