Fred the frog rings the bell once a penny two a penny hot cross buns.
23 mounted illus. (all but one in color). 86 pp., one leaf with colophon. 4to, green printed boards, title on spine. Cologne: Galerie Max Hetzler, 1991.
Scarce Martin Kippenberger (1953-97) exhibition catalogue, signed by the artist; produced in an edition of ca. 500-800 examples, according to Koch. Kippenberger has signed in the center of the title-page.
“[The catalogue] contains 23 pasted-in reproductions of a series of oil paintings on the theme of ‘Fred the frog on the artist’s cross.’ The first painting, reproduced in black and white, was created in 1988 in Seville, the others in 1989-90 in Venice, California. The book also contains 39 thirteenth- to nineteenth-century English poems with a German translation by Wolfgang Schlüter.”–Koch.
We note that on several instances in WorldCat, this catalogue’s title is taken from the text on the recto of leaf three: “Dreiundzwanzig Gemälde: Neununddreißig englische Gedichte übersetzt von Wolfgang Schlüter.”
A signed copy in excellent condition.
❧ Uwe Koch, Annotated catalogue raisonné of the books by Martin Kippenberger, 1977-1997 (2003) 106.
Item ID: 8337