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Concrete Poetry and Spatialism

Vers univers, nos. 1-6 (all published).

Rotterdam: Universum Press, 1966-1967. Quartos (28 × 22 cm). Original staple-stitched printed and silk-screened wrappers; 52, 60, 43, 58, 58, and 74 leaves of mimeographed typescript to rectos. Numerous full-page illustrations throughout. Very light wear to spines; else a very well preserved set in the original fragile wrappers.

Complete run, published from May 1966 through September 1967 in six issues, of this scarce journal for concrete poetry and spatialism. The first issue includes a two-page mimeographed letter by the editor, Frans Vanderlinde, explaining the motivation behind the journal. Each issue was printed in approximately 250 copies (this print run is stated in issues 1 and noted in pen in issue 6, which is no. 203 of 250). The issues contain texts and visual poems by, among others, Czech artist Ladislav Novak, Pierre Garnier, Paul de Vree, Antonio Carlos Cabral, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henri Chopin (including texts in French), Seiichi Niikuni, Ondra Lysohorsky, Herman de Vries, Hansjörg Mayer, Michel Seuphor, Hans Clavin, Herman Damen, Wouter Kotte, Pierre Hendriks, Robert Joseph, Timm Ulrichs (a tipped in envelope with printed card), and Frans Vanderlinden. The second issue contains two mounted color plates. The wrappers of issues 3 and 6 are silk-screened by Jan Snoeck of The Hague, who also designed the wrappers for no. 2. The fourth issue features the subtitle "Tydschrift voor (evolutieve) Poezie" (Journal for (evolutionary) poetry) and contains numerous graphic contributions and a loosely inserted supplement. The wrappers for the fourth issue by Herman de Vries. The last issue with tipped-in envelope by Timm Ulrichs and a printed postcard ("die redewendung"), that can be read from both sides. Rare complete. As of December 2019, KVK and OCLC only show a single complete run. The Museum MuHKA, Antwerp, also holds a complete run.

Book ID: 50360

Price: $3,500.00