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Paris '68

Paris-Mai. (Agentzia 3).

Paris: Agentzia, 1968. Square quarto (inner sheet 29 x 29 cm, outer sleeve 30 x 30 cm). Heavy cardstock sheet housed in photo-illustrated record jacket-style sleeve. Slight edgewear to sleeve, minor soiling and foxing to back cover, small area of damage at center caused by inner sheet, overall very good.

A fascinating relic of the uprisings in Paris in May 1968, consisting of one heavy card stock sheet with two revolving discs, one mounted recto and one verso, one labeled "Revolution" and the other "Reaction", each with cut-outs; when the discs are rotated, the cut-outs expose key dates and both textual and photographic descriptions of what happened on individual days in May 1968. All housed in a simulated record-jacket, with a dramatic photograph of a street demonstration on the front cover and texts on the rear cover.

A very rare publication created in the midst of the upheavals. Both Gerz, who went on to a successful career as a conceptual artist, and Bory, a key literary figure in Parisian intellectual circles, understood the importance of documenting the events as they unfolded, and it appears that this work was published within weeks of the events chronicled.

As of November 2022, OCLC locates five holdings in North American libraries.

Book ID: 52514

Price: $2,750.00