frankfurt am main: typos verlag, 1967. First edition of 75. Spiral bound square 4to in thin clear plastic covers with French-fold pages silk screened in green, blue, orange, red, purple, and yellow. Unpaginated (36 pp.) Text in German.
Eight artists’ book by Wolfgang Schmidt examining the format of the square through a horizontal portrait divided into 36 sections in varying colors. Includes a title page typeset in Futura and a concrete poem titled ‘lilligedicht.’ Colophon notes the portrait in the book is reproduced at a scale of 2:1. 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 or better with rubbing to plastic covers, trace amounts of age toning along text block extremities, and offset rubbing to a few of the pages on account of the thick ink. Item #926