arnhem: bloknoot, 1973. First edition of 150, of which this is no. 31. Side-stapled 4to in blue wrappers with pages printed on various paper types, some of which are mimeographed, others offset printed, and some rubber stamped. Includes several tipped in items, among them two small envelopes — one containing a photo, the other with small torn pieces of paper, three gatefolds printed on high-gloss paper, and an appropriated postcard. To which is added an exhibition catalogue folded down to 10 x 21.5 cm (3.93 x 8.46"), which unfolds to 61.5 x 43 cm (24 x 16.9"), printed in black and white on recto side only. Text mostly in Dutch, some English and German. Three contributions signed in pen or pencil, with five additional contributions signed in plate.
Issue no. 8 of one of the earliest assembling publications edited by Ruud van Aarsen, Robert Joseph, and G. J. de Rook. The colophon describes bloknoot as ‘ontmoetingstijdschrift van proza, poëzie, konkrete poëzie, conceptual art, kunst enz. / meeting-review of prose, poetry, concrete poetry, conceptual and other art etc.’
This issue with contributions by Theo van Doesburg, Til Brugman, Juan Carlos Romeno, Carlos Ginzburg, Luis Pazos, Edgardo-Antonio Vigo, Petr Stembera, Michael J. Philips, Mary Harding, Ubbo-Derk Hakholt, Michael Gibbs, Hans Clavin, Hans Eykelboom, Miroljub Todorovic, Klaus Groh, Marc Bruynseraede, Herman Damen, Robert Joseph, Antonio Claudio Carvalho, Jirí Valoch, Ulises Carrión, Hans van der Heijden, Janos Urban, U. G. Stikker, Joerg Daumeter, Toon Verstappen, Paul de Vree, Maurizio Nannucci, Szentjóby Tamás, Charles Amirkhanian, J. H. Kocman, Gábor Tóth, Prospet Zucotti, Pier van Dijk, and G. J. de Rook. A few contributions of note include early sound poems typescript in Dutch titled ‘Soldaten,’ ‘De Fabriek,’ and ‘De Vlinder’ by Theo van Doesburg, ‘violence — the human cross, the culture of happiness, 12 appointment’ by Juan Carlos Romeno, Carlos Ginzburg, Luis Pazos, and Edgardo Antonio Vigo, a typescript concrete poem by Michael Gibbs titled ‘The Way of Life,’ the project ‘Lunar Sign’ by Miroljub Todorovic, two typescript concrete poems by Carvalho, a poem by Valoch, typescripts of ‘Argument 12’ and ‘Argument 18’ by Ulises Carrión, two concrete poems by Paul de Vree, ‘Motion Phases’ by Gábor Tóth, a typescript concrete poem titled ‘ay man ray’ by Hans Clavin, a sheet with two rubber stamps by J. H. Kocman which has also been signed by the artist, several pieces by Robert Joseph, including a small hand-colored piece of artwork, two pieces by G. J. de Rook, one of which is a glassine envelope small torn pieces of paper inside it, and a group exhibition catalogue in the form of a folded poster titled ‘visuele poëzie’ featuring the work of Hans Clavin, Herman Damen, Robert Joseph, and G. J. de Rook, which was a traveling exhibition showcasing their visual and concrete poetry held the same year. Scarce and lovely.
Very good with handling creases to covers and bumps to corners, including a closed 2 cm (0.75") tear at upper right margin which has been mended with cellophane tape from the inside. Laminated spine covering beginning to split at heel and crown. Darkening and age toning along margins and text block extremities, including light foxing to a few pages. With additional toning to contributions printed on more inferior paper, including darkening to glassine envelope.
Ref. Perneczky, Géza, ed.: ‘ASSEMBLING MAGAZINES 1969–2000.’ Budapest, Árnyékkötök Foundation, 2007, pp. 181. Item #961