The Beautiful Book. Fumetto for a Silent Movie
New York: Tangiers [i. e. New York]: Editions Cinemaroc [i.e. Dead Language Press], 1962. Item #4573
8vo, 19 photographic prints tipped onto yellow sheets, and saddle-stapled into wraps silkscreened by Marian Zazeela. With printed title page, a single unbound folded leaf laid in, with an ALS by Jack Smith to Jonas Mekas in pencil at verso. Also laid in is a composite sheet of six photographs, and and the Dead Language Press letterpress flyer for the benefit screening of Flaming Creatures.
Provenance: from the collection of Jonas Mekas.
A superb, complete example with the very rare printed title page laid in, which was not bound into
most known copies, and is virtually unknown thus. This is only the second complete copy we’ve seen
with the title page extant, which bears the printed subtitle of the work as catalogued above, which
doesn’t appear elsewhere in the book.
The composite sheet laid in features one of the images found in the book, but not the other five,
which are from the same shoot.
A touch of oxidation to the margins of the prints, as usual, but less so than usually found. Tips of
wraps lightly creased, else fine.