WITH THE CHICKEN WIRE SLIPCASE TO THWART MEMOIRES – DEDICATION COPY
Paris: Edition Internationale Situationniste, 1961.
28 x 22cm. 34 pp. Original boards. Illustrated throughout in b/w and colour with original lithographs and various other designs by Martin. Pictorial paper over boards with a further design by Martin. Enclosed in a slipcase with the title hand stencilled in white (on black) and with an overlay of small-gauge chicken wire. First edition. One of 750 numbered examples (total edition) signed by Nash and Martin although this copy is additionally dedicated in hand above the signatures on the first page in a different colour ink by Nash to the fellow artist Johnny Skattberg and dated 1961. A striking collaborative work by the poet (Nash) and illustrator (Martin) which show the Cobra influence in Nash’s illustrations to Martin’s poems and evidence that Jorn was not the only artist of ability amongst the siblings when Nash was on form. Both Nash and Martin were major actors in the Situationist movement at the time of this publication and the hard-edged polemic of the work underscores this. Later the movement came to influence both the riots in Paris in 1968 but also the Punk sensibilities of detournment and cut ups – and Jamie Reid and Malcolm McLaren were both aware of both Memoires and Hanegal. A very good example of this rare book with a slight mark to the boards of the book and minor wear to the extremities of the black slipcase, both internal protecting cards are still present however which are usually missing from most copies and the chicken-wire is in perfect condition (again this is commonly damaged when copies do come on the market – as good a copy as can be found and further improved by the unusual dedication. Rare.
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