Item #6884 The Leaning Tower of Venice. Ralph Rumney.
The Leaning Tower of Venice

The Leaning Tower of Venice

Montreuil, FR: Silverbridge, 2002. In cloth. 8 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. [36 pp]. Single leaf with publisher’s introduction tipped in, as issued. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Limited edition, numbered 268/350. Text in French, English, and Italian. Minimal wear on cover; else near fine. Item #6884

The first complete edition of Ralph Rumney’s The Leaning Tower of Venice, originally produced in 1957 for inclusion in the premiere issue of the International Situationniste.

A psychogeographic exploration of the city, the work consists of 128 black and white photographs shot by Rumney and overlaid with text, utilizing the collage and détournement techniques of Situationism, a disorienting satire of the fotoromanzi common in Italy at the time.

Rumney missed the submission deadline for the magazine, and was subsequently ejected from the SI, announced in a fake obituary in the next issue. Elements of the collages were published in three issues of ARK: The Journal of the Royal College of Art in 1959 and 1960; sadly, the original collages were apparently lost by ARK during this time. This book, published in a limited edition in the year of the artist’s death, gathers the work in one volume for the first time.

This edition includes a preface recounting the fate of the original photo-novel, the full reproduction of The Leaning Tower of Venice, and a screenprint of the artist’s hand, and introductory text from publisher tipped in.

Four examples located on OCLC as of June 2023.

Price: $750.00