What to Look for in a Book — Physically & Catalogue 1965-66.

16 pp. (incl. wrappers). Small 4to (175 x 136 mm.), orig. white printed wrappers, staple-bound. [New York: 1966?].

The very rare first Something Else Press catalogue; not recorded in WorldCat. It opens with an article on book design and its limitations, as well as examples of attractive and structurally sound bookbindings. The article concludes: “We are not interested in built-in obsolescence. We want our books to be as fresh ten years from now as they are today, and as much of a joy to behold.” This is followed by a listing of the press’s publications, including works by Robert Filliou, Alison Knowles, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, and Daniel Spoerri.

In nice condition, lower wrapper with small stains.

❧ P. Frank, Something Else Press (1983), pp. 7 & 81. Not in BoBoAB.

P. Frank, p. 1–“It was the first publishing house in the United States to devote itself to what are now called “artists’ books” — integral artworks designed for publication and distribution in traditional book formats — and the scope and importance of its activities have not been equalled since. In the history of small presses, especially in America, the Something Else Press remains extraordinary, if not unique, in its combination of high-quality trade formats, well-crafted printing and assembling, and broad distribution methods.”

For a personal (and lighthearted) account of the Something Else Press, see Barbara Moore’s post on the website of the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center (republished from the 1991 Granary Books brochure for the exhibition Something Else Press)–“Dick’s and my duties were distinct. During my tenure he chose all the titles, took care of design and production (he had previously done these jobs for a book manufacturer), and handled finances. After all, as Emmett Williams pointed out, ‘It was…Dick’s money.’ In line with his book manufacturing experience, he made elaborate cost projections that determined, for example, that the price of Ray Johnson’s The Paper Snake had to be exactly $3.47.”.

Price: $650.00

Item ID: 6822