Black & white illus. throughout.  leaves, printed on rectos only. Small 4to (210 x 152 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (spine a little sunned). Amsterdam: Cres Publications & Agora Studio, July 1978 [but 1979].
First edition of this scarce bookwork. Conceived by Ulises Carrión (1941-89) , it was the “July-Special” edition of Cres, a bimonthly publication. Although it is dated “July 1978” on the upper wrapper, a correction slip in this copy states that it is correctly dated to July 1979.
“[In Alphabetical Order] consisted of a set of twenty-four black-and-white photographs of a small wooden index card holder with a label saying ‘a-z.’ In each photograph, some of the cards are placed vertically so that they stand out from the others. They are clearly different each time. The type and size of the card holder suggests that the index cards record personal details. It could be the file of Ulises Carrión’s friends, although all the friendships are obviously not considered equal, nor do they all belong to the same social group or cultural scene. The series showed the wide range of possible categories of a single human group that has been sorted in alphabetical order.”–Javier Maderuelo, “An Archive Is an Archive Is an Archive Is an Archive,” in Guy Schraenen ed., Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016), p. 58.
Near fine copy; some sunning to the spine, internally pristine. From an edition of 400 copies. Photographs by John Liggins; layout by Thomas Gravemaker.
❧ U. Carrión, Quant aux Livres (2008), p. 200.
“As a poet and maker of books, his [Carrión’s] interest embodied all aspects of the codex form: the writing of a text, the production of books, how books influence reading, and how he felt books ought to be read. Throughout his writing Carrión aimed for a new aesthetic; always making comparisons between old books, i.e., traditionally-made books, trade publications, or even limited edition fine books, and new books, i.e., the books he was interested in devising, wanting to spread, talking about and lecturing upon…Carrión always preferred the term bookworks to describe the objects he was writing about. His original definition of bookworks was ‘books that are conceived as an expressive unity…where the message is the sum of all the material and formal elements.’ He expanded this to include ‘books that use other, non-formal aspects: books as document, as object, as idea.’”–Stefan Klima, Artists Books: A Critical Survey of the Literature (1998), pp. 35-36.
Item ID: 8073