[From upper cover]: Catalogue of Artists’ Books. Inc PRINTED MATTER.
[From upper cover]: Catalogue of Artists’ Books.

Printed Matter Catalogue One

[From upper cover]: Catalogue of Artists’ Books.

15 black & white offset printed images. 48 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (220 x 85 mm.), stiff silver wrappers (extremities very slightly worn), date & board members on lower cover, staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, Inc., December 1976].

Printed Matter’s very rare first catalogue, published in December 1976, eight months after the drafting of the organization’s mission statement. The founders established two fundamental criteria for their inventory: works in editions of 100 or more copies and works affordable to the general public. Much of the early stock came from Martha Wilson’s Franklin Furnace bookstore, which she had decided to divest and turn over to Printed Matter. The rest of the works featured came from the founders’ many contacts in the art world.

The catalogue lists about 450 artists’ books, magazines, and “packages,” which were thematic gatherings — Color; Feminism; Fiction, Narrative, Fantasy; Landscape/Nature; Letters/Signs/Symbols; Politics; Self Portraits; Photography; Wit; and Books Published by Printed Matter — discounted at ten percent and supplemented with a free copy of Sol Lewitt’s Geometric Figures within Geometric Figures. It includes the now famous (and much sought-after) works of Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Stanley Brouwn, David Hockney, Robert Jacks, Suzanne Lacy, Louise Lawler, Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Marcia Resnick, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Tony Shafrazi, Athena Tacha, Lawrence Weiner, Martha Wilson, etc.

In the present copy, an “OUT OF PRINT” stamp has been used on a number of the items. An early annotator has also added a few marks in black marker (they were clearly collectors of Hockney, Lewitt, Long, and Ruscha). The mail-in order form is on the final page.

Fine copy of a great rarity.

❧ Julie Ault’s December 2006 interview with Lucy R. Lippard, transcribed on the Printed Matter website.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 6256