frankfurt am main: materialis verlag, 1982. Second edition of 50 of which is no. 1. 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. Inscribed, signed, and numbered by the artists at clear plastic cover in red felt pen.
Second edition of Wolfgang Schmidt’s eight artists’ book examining the format of the square through a horizontal portrait divided into 36 sections in varying colors. The first edition was issued in 1967 by Typos Verlag, with the second edition by Materialis Verlag in 1982. This version differing through the word ‘SCHUND’ added to the clear plastic cover, a few of the pages printed in more than one color, a few text additions, and printed on thinner paper than the first edition, but with a slightly higher page count. 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. This being an association copy inscribed, numbered, and signed in red felt pen at cover to art historian and graphic designer Eckhard Neumann. 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 #927