Many black & white illus. 522 pp. Thick 8vo, pictorial softcover, title on spine. San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, 1984.
First and only edition, an essential book on Mail Art, with contributions by Ken Friedman, Dick Higgins, Ulises Carrión, Judith A. Hoffberg, Jean-Marc Poinsot, Milan Knizak, Klaus Groh, Anna Banana, Robert Rehfeldt, Edgardo-Antonio Vigo, C. E. Loeffler, Peter Frank, etc. It was published by La Mamelle’s Contemporary Arts Press.
“The sub-title of the book correctly states its place in the pantheon of mail art publications: the ‘Source Book for the Network of International Postal Art Activity.’ For no other work on mail art can match it for number of writings or illustrated examples of the genre. It was compiled with an eye towards giving mail art respectability and could easily be used as a college text on the subject. The book is divided into four parts: ‘A Definition of Correspondence Art,’ ‘The Origins of Mail Art,’ ‘The Spread of Mail Art,’ and ‘Exhibitions and Publications.’ Three appendixes are also included: a ‘Selected List of Mail Art Exhibitions,’ a ‘Survey of Correspondence Artists,’ and ‘Mail Art a.k.a.s.’”–John Held, Jr., ed., Mail Art: An Annotated Bibliography (1991) 8.
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