Item ID: 8586 A4 letter: Aan Onze Vrienden/Dear Friends. OTHER BOOKS AND SO.

A4 letter: Aan Onze Vrienden/Dear Friends....

Mimeographed on recto only. Single sheet, horizontal & vertical folds. Amsterdam: 1977.

A compelling discovery, a copy of the letter (printed in parallel Dutch and English) sent out by Ulises Carrión and Aart van Barneveld (1951-90) soliciting donations from their friends. We are not aware of any reproductions of this letter in recent exhibition catalogues, internet resources, or books on Carrión. Sent on the occasion of the move from Herengracht 227 to 259, it reveals the precarious nature of Other Books and So’s existence. The move was seemingly prompted by the need for a larger space to host exhibitions and performances.

The two founders approached the opening at the first address in a similar fashion, as Carrión describes in an interview reprinted in Umbrella magazine. For their transition to Herengracht 259, they estimate their expenses at around 7000 guilders. In exchange for a donation of 100 guilders, the two offered a 10% discount on purchases at the shop for six months. In their previous round of fundraising for the original location, friends were offered diplomas and discounts.

In fine and fresh condition, a previously unknown letter from a pivotal moment in the history of Other Books and So.

Price: $450.00

Item ID: 8586

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