[From upper wrapper]: katalog 1968. publisher EDITION HANSJÖRG MAYER.

[From upper wrapper]: katalog 1968.

Black & white illus. throughout. 61 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper wrapper). 4to (231 x 170), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Stuttgart: 1968].

Mayer’s very scarce 1968 catalogue, which offers the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Dieter Roth, Bob Cobbing, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, etc. It is profusely illustrated with facsimiles and photographs of the books listed, many full-page. It includes bookworks, poetry, prints, and multiples. Also represented are Mary Vieira, Andre Thomkins, and Peter Schmidt.

“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter Roth’s publisher, Mayer was prepared to find ways to convert every provocative artistic idea into the letterpress. Mayer moved to England in 1966, where he taught at the Bath Academy of Art and the Watford School of Art. In 1968 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague) dedicated the first large retrospective to the 25-year-old artist. Since then, Mayer has published more than 300 books, posters, films, records and videos in the edition hansjörg mayer.”–from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s exhibition website Hansjörg Mayer, Typoems and Artist Books (October 2019-January 2020).

Mayer’s publishing company was founded in 1964. “At the end of the sixties [Dieter] Roth collaborated with Hansjörg Mayer [b. 1943], who began to republish [Roth’s] earlier work in a standard format and in editions of at least 1,000 copies, thus bringing them out of the limited edition framework and into the multiple book art arena. Some of the volumes in the Collected Works recreated unique bookworks as multiples; others effectively transmuted earlier works into new bookworks; others again reproduced literature or functioned as documentation. In some cases the subject matter of the book went through several metamorphoses before publication in the Collected Works.”–Phillpot, p. 102.

In excellent condition; a very rare catalogue and valuable documentation of early European artists’ books and concrete poetry; we locate only one copy in North America.

❧ C. Phillpot, “Some Contemporary Artists and Their Books,” in J. Lyons, ed., Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook (1985), pp. 102-7. B. Ferran, The Smell of Ink and Soil: The Story of [Edition] Hansjörg Mayer (2017), Bibliography no. 310.

Price: $600.00

Item ID: 7272