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Reizreime [Irritant rhymes]. Nonnendose 3 [Nun can 3].

[Hamburg: Quer-Verlag], 1966. Single broadsheet, printed to recto, measuring 68 × 13.5 cm, rolled and housed in red paper-covered tube, measuring 15.2 × 4 cm, tan printed label affixed. Minor wear; very good.

Very rare book object from the debut publication by Uwe Wandrey (born 1939), a series of "nun cans" (Nonnendosen), which contain paper scrolls with poems on nuns. The present work begins: "Manche Nonne trägt im Knie unterm Rock ein Genie" ("Some suns carry a genius under their skirt and in their knees"). Each stanza of the poem is divided by an illustration of a nude nun. The orange tube form suggests a can of irritant, or tear, gas. This metaphor is underscored by the title, which translates as "irratant gas" (or "tear gas"). Wandrey is better known for his iconic 1968 volume of agitational slogans bound in bent metal and titled "Kampfreime" (Fighting rhymes). With its sharp protruding edge, the book was actually intended to be used as a weapon.

Of the present work, as of January 2020, KVK and OCLC only show the holdings at the German National Library.

Book ID: 50533

Price: $1,750.00