arnhem: bloknoot, 1972. First edition of 150, of which this is no. 16. Side-stapled 4to in green 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 a stapled in blank postcard, one large printed envelope containing a blank sheet of edible paper, an appropriated advertisement, and a small glassine envelope containing a folded sheet of printed paper. Unpaginated. Text mostly in Dutch and English, some German. Three contributions signed in pen or pencil, with eight additional contributions signed in plate.
Issue no. 7 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 David Mayor, Hans-Werner Kalkmann, U. G. Stikker, Toon Verstappen, Janos Urban, Bernd Löbach, Peter Finch, Petr Stembera, Clemente Padín, Bertus Mulder, Klaus Groh, Robin Crozier, Jirí Valoch, Pier van Dijk, Geert-Jan Buitenhuis, Ubbo-Derk Hakholt, Oey Tjeng Sit, Erik Slagter, Humphrey Ottenhof, Robert joseph, Ruud van Aarsen, G. J. de Rook, and Wim Kröber. A few contributions of note include a typescript performance piece by David Mayor documenting a walk between the front doors of Stanley Brouwn and Siggi (Sigurdur) Gudmundsson, a ‘minimal monument’ paper sculpture by Jirí Valoch consisting of a four-sided pyramid with the word ‘merde’ printed on three of the four sides meant to be cut out and assembled, a typescript three-page essay in Dutch on visual and concrete poetry by Erik Slagter, two pieces by G. J. de Rook, one of which is a glassine envelope with a printed and folded piece of paper inside it, and the other a page from de Rook’s artists’ book ‘dutch railway system,’ which was published one year earlier in 1971, and a few pieces by Robert Joseph, including a tipped in envelope containing a sheet of edible paper with two photographs printed on the envelope front featuring the artist eating a sheet of paper, and a photo essay titled ‘waterval’ from 1971. Scarce and lovely.
Very good with 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, a few instances where tape has been used to affix an item which has toned adjacent pages, and rust to staples on pages where items have been stapled in which also have caused discoloration and indents to adjacent pages.
Ref. Perneczky, Géza, ed.: ‘ASSEMBLING MAGAZINES 1969–2000.’ Budapest, Árnyékkötök Foundation, 2007, pp. 181. Item #962