leaves, written on rectos only. Small 4to (207 x 160 mm.), patterned softcover (extremities a little sunned), manuscript title on upper cover, exposed sewing. Amsterdam: 1973.
A most exciting discovery: the manuscript, in the hand of Ulises Carrión (1941-89), for an early bookwork. Amor, la palabra was one of no fewer than six books that he published in 1973, it is also among his rarest. As in the final printed version, this manuscript is dedicated to Carrión’s partner, Aart van Barneveld (1951-90), who co-founded Other Books and So, Stempelplaats, and Timed Based Arts: “para aart, / que estudia filología.”...
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 leaves, written on rectos only. Small 4to (207 x 160 mm.), patterned softcover (extremities a little sunned), manuscript title on upper cover, exposed sewing. Amsterdam: 1973.
 leaves, interfoliated leaves with manuscript notes identifying virtually all the participants. Folio (ca. 320 x 240 mm.), orig. color-printed covers, orig. black cloth tape over spine (small split to tail of spine). [Amsterdam: ca. 1973-84].
One of the most compelling books we have handled, and a truly remarkable discovery: Ulises Carrión’s own guest book, a re-appropriated Tarzan children’s coloring book. Throughout all the rapidly proliferating literature on the artist and his circle, we have not seen any mention of this precious book. Several of Carrión’s friends have confirmed that he asked visitors to his home in Amsterdam to color...
Graphite drawings throughout on triangular paper, laminated.  leaves, laminated covers with ms. title, signature, and date written in blue marker, metal spiral-bound. [Amsterdam?]: Self-published, 1984.
A unique hand-drawn bookwork by Ulises Carrión (1941-89), unrecorded by Ocampo and Agius in their catalogue raisonné. In the final decade of his life, Carrión created a group of geometric and minimalist books about which very little is known. This one depicts two rectangles that are initially nearly touching but, as one turns the pages, become increasingly distanced while the rectangle on the right shrinks. The book is signed by Carrión in blue marker...
[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 Mexicana de Literatura (1955-65). A good copy; some chipping to the upper wrapper and marginal dampstaining to the final few leaves of text.
❧ G. Schraenen, ed., Dear reader. Don’t read (2016), p. 255 (as “Un Cuento”).
Port. on lower wrapper.  pp. 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Amsterdam: Boekie Woekie, 2012.
A facsimile of Before and After, an unpublished typescript bookwork composed by Carrión in 1972. As suggested in Raul Marroquin’s note at the end of the publication, this work may precede Sonnet(s).
Fine; staples rusted. WorldCat locates no example in North America.
105,  pp. Small 4to (200 x 146 mm.), orig. printed pictorial softcover (minor wear to spine), title on spine. [Mexico]: Ediciones Era, 1966.
First and only edition of Carrión’s first published book. 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 spent time in France and Germany (1964-65) learning...
[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).
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) devised this as a retrospective of his works and communications with his collaborators, for which he investigated the use of names and addresses.
This catalogue, with the introduction in parallel Dutch and English, is fully illustrated with reproductions of Carrión’s earlier works and performances, including pieces such as...
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.
70 pp. 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...
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 black & white illus. 5 p.l., 179 pp. & Notes. 8vo, crimson pictorial softcover, title on spine. New York: Tanam Press, 1983.
First edition, second printing (1st printing: 1982) of Cha’s Dictee. “Published in 1982 by the now defunct Tanam Press, Dictee is about mothers and martyrs, revolutionaries and uprisings. Divided into nine chapters named after the Greek muses, Dictee documents the violence of Korean history through the personal stories of Cha’s mother and the seventeen-year-old martyr Yu Guan Soon, who led the protest against the Japanese occupation of Korea and then died from being tortured by Japanese soldiers...
Black & white illus.  p.l., 179 pp. & Notes. 8vo, pictorial softcover, title on spine. Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1995.
First printing of the Third Woman Press re-publication of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee; the first edition was published by Tanam Press in 1982.
“Published in 1982 by the now defunct Tanam Press, Dictee is about mothers and martyrs, revolutionaries and uprisings. Divided into nine chapters named after the Greek muses, Dictee documents the violence of Korean history through the personal stories of Cha’s mother and the seventeen-year-old martyr Yu Guan Soon, who led the protest against the...
Several illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, accordion format housed in a transparent plastic jacket. Halifax, U.K.: 1998.
The scarce inaugural catalogue for this artists’ books fair coordinated by Chris Taylor and John McDowall. This fair, as were the subsequent iterations, was held at the Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax on 16 May 1998. In the Introduction, Taylor writes: “The Artist’s Book Fair aims to establish a provincial focus for practitioners and publishers outside the capital’s arena; to raise a greater awareness and appreciation from a wider audience; to open up a discourse on the possible limitations that the Artist’s Book genre...
One black & white illus. Large folding poster (215 x 145 mm. fully folded), printed on one side. London: [ca. 1987].
A scarce poster catalogue distributed by Coracle. It lists the group’s books, pamphlets, exhibition catalogues, postcards, portfolios, etc., and includes the work of Cutts, van Horn, Terauchi, Sackett, Long, Tuttle, Jonathan Williams, Willats, etc.
The text in the rightmost panels sums up Coracle’s objectives and universal vision for the artist’s book: “These are the remainder of the products of twelve years of publishing, gallery and collaborative activity. There has always been an identity between the needs of a formative...
Many illus.  pp. Small 4to (170 x 125 mm.), pictorial dust-jacket & gray wrappers, staple-bound. [London: 1991].
An uncommon catalogue issued by the Coracle Press, interspersed with numerous, if a little blurry, illustrations of the books on offer. It lists the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Susan Hiller, Simon Cutts, Colin Sackett, Bernard Lassus, Hamish Fulton, Richard Long, Richard Tuttle, Bill Culbert, Stephen Willats, Erica van Horn, Yoko Terauchi, Shelagh Wakely, etc. All entries are priced and provide bibliographic information.
Near fine copy, a few small stains to the upper wrapper.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on...