Guy Schraenen Presents Text, Sound, Image – Small Press Festival – 1976.

66, [10] pp. ads & index. Tall 8vo (200 x 110 mm.), pink printed wrappers, two glue-bound gatherings laid-in wrappers as issued. [Antwerp: 1976].

The scarce catalogue issued by the curator and publisher Schraenen (1948-2018), which lists hundreds of early artists’ books; one of 500 copies printed. At the beginning, it contains contributions by Schraenen, Carrión, Kostelanetz, and Klaus Groh. It then lists the works of Beuys, Burroughs, Cage, Carrión, Degottex, Downsbrough, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Ginsberg, Higgins, Jacks, Kostelanetz, Rot, Shiomi, Tuttle, Vostell, E. Williams, etc. There are also long listings of records, magazines, and posters. This catalogue was published to accompany events held in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, and Amsterdam in 1976-1977.

Schraenen writes in his introduction: “After sending an invitation to participate to the Festival, the amount and quality of the received material exceeded all my expectations. Most of the publications presented in this exhibition are unknown by the public, because they are refused by a majority of bookshops and are distributed mainly in ‘circuit fermé’.”

In excellent condition, except for a few loose leaves in the first gathering. We locate only four copies in North America.

❧ BoBoAB (2nd ed.: 2013) 142.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 6823