mimeographed leaves, printed on rectos & versos. Oblong 8vo (143 x 199 mm.), orig. white paper wrappers, stamped title label on upper wrapper, orig. black cloth tape over spine, staple-bound. [From the colophon]: Amsterdam: In-Out Productions, 1973.
One of 50 copies, an early and very rare bookwork by Carrión (1941-89), issued through the publishing arm of the artists’ space he co-founded, In-Out Center. Only two copies of this minimalist, text-based artist’s book by the influential and oft-cited Mexican artist, publisher, bookmaker, and bookseller are found in North America: Museum of Modern Art (NY) and UC San Diego.
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 mimeographed leaves, printed on rectos & versos. Oblong 8vo (143 x 199 mm.), orig. white paper wrappers, stamped title label on upper wrapper, orig. black cloth tape over spine, staple-bound. [From the colophon]: Amsterdam: In-Out Productions, 1973.
96 unnumbered pages. Thick 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), semi-stiff printed wrappers. Geneva: Editions Héros-Limite, 2005.
The scarce second edition of Ulises Carrión’s famous Arguments (1st ed.: 1973, published by the Beau Geste Press). In the Getty Research Institute exhibition catalogue Artists and Their Books, Books and Their Artists (2018), Zanna Gilbert writes (about the first edition): “Carrión humorously interrogates the structure and content of books and the literary devices used by authors and playwrights. The titular exchanges in Arguments are indicated only by the names of the participants, with no reference to the actual content of their disagreements. The...
 pp. Tall 8vo (206 x 95 mm.), printed thick-paper covers (tiny stain to upper cover & foot of spine cracked but sturdy), Swiss binding, title on spine. Utrecht: exp/press, March 1973.
One of Ulises Carrión’s earliest editioned bookworks, published in March 1973 by G. J. de Rook’s imprint exp/press; according to WorldCat there is no copy in North America. It was printed in a numbered edition of 250 copies, with 12 signed by the author (numbered i-xii); ours, no. 7, is unsigned. Similar in approach and layout to the artist’s amor, la palabra (1973), the book probes the manifold...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. 4to, self-bound, stapled. Warsaw: Galeria Remont, 1976.
An extremely scarce exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with Carrión’s first exhibition at Henryk Gajewski’s Galeria Remont. Gajewski (b. 1948), the Polish artist and filmmaker, founded this contemporary art space in a dormitory student club at the Warsaw University of Technology. The gallery operated from April 1972 to November 1979, hosting performance art, exhibitions of photography, stamp art, and bookworks, and many other events. Among the catalogues from the 1970’s and early 80’s of which Carrión was the subject or curator, this is by far the...
30 pp., mimeographed & rubber-stamped, french-fold. Small 4to (215 x 157 mm.), found sheet music wrappers (small tear to upper wrapper & extremities a trifle worn), title and author’s name stamped on upper wrapper, orig. green cloth tape on spine, staple-bound. Amsterdam: In-Out Productions, 1973.
One of Carrión’s earliest bookworks, produced in an edition of 100 numbered copies — it is numbered in manuscript on the flap of the upper wrapper (ours no. 59). This work fuses the Mexican artist’s lifelong interest in language and his budding association with mail and stamp art. He has appropriated dance instructions from a....
159 pp. & one leaf with index & colophon. Small 8vo (180 x 115 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers (spine slightly worn). Guaymas, Mexico: Joaquín Mortiz, August 1970.
First and only edition of Carrión’s second book, a collection of six short stories, printed in a numbered edition of 3000 copies. In the 1960s, Carrión (1941-89) was one of Mexico’s emerging literary talents; a number of his short stories had been published in leading journals, and his first play, El Gran Espectáculo, was performed at the Casa de la Cultura de Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, to rave reviews. Following his studies in philosophy...
[in]: Revista Mexicana de Literatura, Nos. 11-12 (November-December 1962), pp. 17-22. 81 pp. & ads. 8vo, printed wrappers (lacking lower wrapper). Mexico City: 1962.
Ulises Carrión’s first appearance in the experimental literary journal Revista Mexican de Literatura (1955-65). A good copy; some chipping to the upper wrapper and marginal dampstaining to the final few leaves of text.
❧ Not recorded by Schraenen in Dear reader. Don’t read (2016).
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp., 1 leaf of colophon. Small 4to, orig. printed wrappers, title on spine. Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1987.
One of Carrión’s final editioned artist’s books, one of 200 copies printed at the Visual Studies Workshop Press. Carrión (1941-89) was selected for the VSW’s artist-in-residence program in the spring of 1987 and this was the fruit of his time in Rochester. The book is now rather scarce.
“In For Fans and Scholars Alike, Ulises Carrión composed pages which are organized in graphic terms but do not contain any specific verbal or visual messages. The text...
[in]: Revista Mexicana de Literatura, Nos. 9-10 (September-October 1963), pp. 16-24. 60,  p. & ads. 8vo, printed wrappers (minor staining to wrappers), title on spine. Coyoacán, Mexico City: 1963.
Ulises Carrión’s second appearance in the experimental literary journal Revista Mexicana de Literatura (1955-65). A very good copy of this scarce issue, edition of 2000 copies.
❧ G. Schraenen, ed., Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016), p. 255.
Five black & white illus. 18 pp. (incl. inside of both wrappers). 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [From inside of lower wrapper]: Amsterdam: Stichting de Appel, 1984.
The very rare program for Ulises Carrion’s film festival celebrating the Mexican movie star Lilia Prado, a famous actor from his childhood. Prado (1928-2006) starred in a number of Mexican films as well as several directed by Luis Buñuel in the 1950s. Carrión organized a festival, screening four of her movies in four Dutch cities in 1984, which was attended by Prado herself. He conceived of this film...
105,  pp. Small 4to (200 x 146 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers, title on spine. [Mexico]: Ediciones Era, 1966.
First and only edition of Carrión’s first published book, one of 1000 numbered copies and now seldom seen on the market. In 1966, Carrión (1941-89) was one of Mexico’s emerging literary talents. A number of his short stories had been published in leading journals, and his first play, El Gran Espectáculo, was performed at the Casa de la Cultura de Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, to rave reviews. Following his studies in philosophy and letters at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he...
[in]: Anuario del Cuento Mexicano 1961, pp. 60-64. 248,  p. & index. Thick 4to, pictorial softcover (spine a little creased), title on spine. Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1962.
An early Ulises Carrión (1941-89) appearance in one of Mexico’s prestigious literary journals, this one focused on short stories. With a concise biography of the author. A very good copy; some light wear to the spine.
❧ Not recorded by Schraenen in Dear reader. Don’t read (2016).
 pp. Tall 8vo (230 x 109 mm.), orig. printed thick paper covers (small stain to upper wrapper), title on spine. [From lower cover]: N.p.: Verlaggalerie Leaman, 1978.
One of Ulises Carrión’s scarce artist’s books, printed in an edition of 300. In this bookwork, the artist has recreated the genealogy of the Muxlow family in Yorkshire, whose history he discovered on the final pages of a very worn bible while he was studying at the University of Leeds. The birth dates, marriages, and death dates for the members of this family have been documented and preserved through the simple layout...
Many black & white illus.  leaves, printed on rectos only (except for one leaf). Small folio (295 x 210 mm.), pictorial wrappers, fastened with black plastic clasps. [From verso of the first leaf]: Amsterdam: Agora Studio, Sept. 1980.
A rare exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 200. Carrión (1941-89), the Mexican book artist, publisher, and bookseller, devised a retrospective of his works and communications with his collaborators, for which he investigated the use of names and addresses. Drawing on his archive of names and addresses, the artist accomplished this by “concealing the signature on each one of the...
Unpaginated. Square 4to (247 x 204 mm.), printed covers with flaps as issued. Mexico City: Taller Ditoria, 2007.
First printed edition of Ulises Carrión’s typewritten manuscript of the same name. Carrión (1941-89) added handwritten punctuation to this work, but it was never realized during his lifetime. Entirely letterpress-printed, this book is now scarce on the market. It was co-produced by Martha Hellión, one of the founders of Beau Geste Press.
Near fine. This is a beautifully designed book printed on several special papers, from a numbered edition of 600.
❧ Juan J. Agius & Ricardo Ocampo, eds., Ulises Carrión: Books...
212 pp. 8vo, orig. printed softcovers with flaps, title on spine. Geneva: Editions Héros-Limite, 2008.
Second edition (1st ed.: 1997) of an important sourcebook. This book gathers Ulises Carrión’s most influential writings (printed in English and French) and pairs them with essays by the great scholars of artists’ books, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix (b. 1948) and Clive Phillpot (b. 1938). Found at the end are helpful lists of the artist’s books, magazines, mail art projects, media projects, video works, articles and essays, and exhibitions.
Near fine copy. The first edition (207 pp.) is now very rare.
Small 4to (210 x 160 mm.), pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. Amsterdam: VOID distributors, 1980.
The essential compendium of Ulises Carrión’s polemical essays; printed in an edition of 500 by Hetty Huisman’s VOID Distributors. His trailblazing theories and beliefs about artists’ books and mail art remain influential to this day. “The New Art of Making Books,” first published in Plural no. 41 (1975), is frequently cited by contemporary book artists.
The book includes his most important essays: “The New Art of Making Books,” “From Bookworks to Mailworks,” “Rubber Stamp Theory and Praxis,” “Rubber Stamp Art,” “Mail Art and the...
Several illus. , 133 pp. 8vo, blue printed softcover, perfect-bound. Brooklyn, NY: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020.
Handsomely printed re-publication of Ulises Carrión’s 1972 classic Sonnet(s). Fully reprinted here, in the 1972 bookwork Carrión devised 44 variations on Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s sonnet “Heart’s Compass.” With insightful essays and contributions by Veronica Gerber Bicecci, Annette Gilbert, Monica de la Torre, Michalis Pichler, Heriberto Yepez, India Johnson, and Felipe Becerra.
As new. Published through In-Out Productions in an edition of 200 copies, the first edition of Sonnet(s) is now very rare.
Two large folded newsprint sheets [=8 pp.],  pp. rubber-stamped, rest blank. Illustrated with stamps pressed with red, blue, purple, brown, green, black, and yellow ink. [Amsterdam: Other Books and So Archive, 1980].
Rare Ulises Carrión stamp art project that was never fully realized.
“The objective of this mail project was the production of a rubber stamp tabloid. Carrión sent an invitation the size of a newspaper page (479 x 330 mm.). The contributor had to mail back the design for his rubber stamp (to be produced at the Posthumus BV Stempel Factory) together with the page indicating the place...
 leaves. Small 8vo (178 x 115 mm.), orig. black printed dust-jacket, perfect-bound. Geneva, Switzerland: Ateliers Typographiques Héros-Limite, 1995.
The very rare second edition of Carrión’s beguiling bookwork composed of bound wallpaper samples, one of the artist’s lesser-known books, due to its rarity. The 1973 first edition, published by the artists’ space In-Out Center, was made in an edition of 50 numbered copies. The present work is one of 52 copies, 26 of which are lettered A-Z, the rest numbered 27 to 52; our copy is no. 42. This book is part of a series of re-publications that Juan J....
Many illus. in black & white. 240 pp. Small 4to (228 x 209 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (extremities a trifle worn). New York: Praeger, 1969.
First edition (an edition was published in Britain simultaneously) of this important anthology presenting the works of 35 American and European artists, accompanied by their artists’ statements; stapled to page 204 is an autograph postcard from Andre, dated 23 July 1976, in which he mentions a “terrible fight” with Donald Judd. Celant (b. 1940), the influential art critic and curator, coined “Arte Povera” in 1967 and frequently discussed this movement as well as artists’ books...