frankfurt am main: edition s / dato galerie, 1961. First edition of 50. Plastic comb-bound square 4to with pages silk screened in black on thick paper. Unpaginated (36 pp.) Text in German.
Third artists’ book by Wolfgang Schmidt exploring the format of the square through the rotation of black squares at varying sizes. Includes a title page typeset in Futura poetically outlining the process and a small thumbnail image showing all the pages of the book contained within a smaller square. Scarce.
One in a series of square artists’ books by the German artist, graphic designer, and typographer, all of which were printed in limited editions. Reminiscent of other artists’ books from the 1960s by Schmidt’s contemporaries and colleagues, including Hansjörg Mayer, Franz Mon, Diter Rot, and Bruno Munari.
Very good overall with darkening to plastic comb, age toning along text block extremities and offset rubbing to a few pages on account of the thick ink. With four areas of faded staining, three of which are on pages inside the book varying in size between 5–10 cm (2–4"), and one at the back cover approximately 5 cm (2") in size. Item #922