Bern: E.W. Kornfeld, 1964. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. First edition, limited; of regular edition of 2,000, this example is marked “EXAMPLAIRE [sic] H.C.”; total edition of 2,100. Large folio in 6’s (16 _” x 11 _”) unbound. Tear to the tail and a patch of loss at the head of the dust-wrapper, as well as some nicks and creases. Some bumps and tiny tears to a few plates, but altogether a very good copy in publisher’s yellow cloth-covered slip-case (which is a bit grubby; the slip-cases were of several colors; the British Museum copy is blue). Marked “EXAMPLAIRE [sic] H.C.” — hors-commerce — and signed and dated by Walasse Ting (in blue fountain pen) “22 JUIN 1964 PARIS”. With a few laid-in items: an exhibition catalogue of Ting’s work from 1980, a magazine advertisement (promising 68 lithographs; there were only 62) and an onion-skin typescript listing each individual lithograph’s artist, which is quite handy. With 61 poems written by Ting and original lithographs by: Alan Davie, Alfred Jensen, Sam Francis, Walasse Ting, James Rosenquist, Pierre Alechinsky, Kimber Smith, Alfred Leslie, Antonio Saura, Kiki O.K. [Kogelnik], Asger Jorn, Rovert Indiana, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Karel Appel, Tom Wesselmann, Bram van Velde, Joan Mitchell, Allan Kaprow, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, K.R.H. Sonderborg, Roy Lichtenstein, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Reinhoud [d’Haese], Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Mel Ramos and Enrico Baj. This portfolio is the definitive document of the transition from Abstract Expressionism into Pop. Ting wrote the 61 poems in 1961, and then set out to commission artists — either friends of his or of Sam Francis — to make lithographs to go with them. Largely American, the corps of contributors also included members of CoBrA (Appel, Alechinsky, Jorn, Baj). Ting moved to Paris for 10 months to supervise the tome’s production; the lithography was carried out by Maurice Beaudet. The present copy is an hors-commerce number of the trade edition, which has been signed Ting; perhaps this was his own copy of the general edition (40 copies of the special edition, totaling 100, were set aside for the participants; the lithographs of the special edition are each signed). One of Ting’s lithographs (p. 94) is inscribed in grey ink “to Mr. L–––” and dated 3 December 1965. Art
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