Spare Parts [signed and inscribed to Ira Cohen]
Athens: A New View / B. Papachrysanthou, 1966. Offset. In bright orange illustrated boards, with original dust-jacket. Unpaginated. 10 x 13 ¾ in. First Edition, numbered 77 of 850. Very good, with light edgewear to boards and dust jacket. Signed and inscribed to Ira [Cohen] on front free endpaper, dated July 16, 1979. Item #6573
An extraordinary association copy of Charles Henri Ford’s book of concrete poetry, signed and inscribed to friend, long-time collaborator, and publisher Ira Cohen.
A book of Ford’s signature “poem posters,” idiosyncratic variations on concrete poetry, in which spliced-together typefaces and texts are blended with acid-colors and images culled from popular media, such as newspapers, magazines, and television.
These poems approach surrealist depths—the poetry of desire, dreams, and lack—through a strict adherence to the textual and visual surfaces of the 1960s. An exceptionally rare and profound work of poetry that wears its historical moment on its sleeve. Signed and inscribed by the artist to his friend and collaborator Ira Cohen on front flypaper.