Np: Commonpress, 1978. First edition of 300. Softcover side-stapled 8vo with green plastic tape folded over spine, as issued. Xeroxed throughout, including French-fold covers, with one additional rubber stamp in green applied at lower front cover. 40 pp.
‘Commonpress Magazine of Art No. 5,’ guest edited by Ulises Carrión on the topic of boxes, boxing, and boxers. Featuring an assembling of photocopied conceptual art, mail art, and writings. With contributions from Europe, South America, and North America by Johannes van Dam, Bill Gaglione, Michelle Perfetti, Klaus Groh, Ko de Jonge, Niels Lomholt, Pawel Petasz, Paulo Bruscky, Buster Cleveland, Robin Crozier, Marcondes Silva, Graciela Marx and Edgardo Antonio Vigo, and Anna Banana among others.
Trace amounts of age toning to pages, bumps to corners, gentle crease at top front cover, and some dried faint glue residue along taped spine from the binding process. Else near fine.
Ref. Schraenen, Guy, ed.: ‘Ulises Carrión. Dear Reader. Don’t read.’ Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2016, p. 218, 220–221.
The founding principle of Commonpress encouraged each contributor to edit, print, and distribute a future periodical on a specific theme, thus democratizing the responsibility and ownership of the press. For most issues, Commonpress operated through an international publishing fraternity featuring a different guest editor for each issue. Pawel Petasz edited issue No. 1 in Poland in 1977, and subsequent editors included Ko de Jonge, Peter Below, Ulises Carrión, Adriano Spatola and Giulia Niccolai, Klaus Groh, Aart van Barneveld, Guy Schraenen, G. E. Marx Vigo, Vittore Baroni, Johan van Geluwe, György Galántai and Júlia Klaniczay, and Guy Bleus among several others. Item #964