Paris: Internationale Situationniste, 1958-1969. First edition. First editions. 8vo, each issue saddle-stapled in metallic wraps.
All issues published of the central periodical of the Situationist International, including the rare first edition of the second issue.
All issues published of the main periodical of the Situationist International, with the rarely seen first edition of the second number. The fragile foil covers used on this number largely perished in the printing process, and the issue was not widely seen until it was reset and reiussed four years later with minor differences in design and typography.
The reflective covers of the journal was the only element of the periodical which remained constant across the issues. The reflective covers were produced with great expense and occasional peril, exemplified by the heatpocked and effaced cover of the second issue present here, the title and number largely effaced and the foil looking oddly like the cover of the moon. The importance the IS assigned to the metallic covers is underlined by the fact that most readers woudn’t read this issue until it was re-issued four yours later. The presence of the original no. 2 in this set exemplifies the extent to which the IS reified the materiality of the periodical, despite Debord’s evolving theoretical stances against the art world. Arguably the most important periodical of the 1960's, and a hall of mirrors still being reckoned with.
The second number shows considerable wear, as the few surviving copies tend to do, with chipping to margins and most of the printing on covers effaced, with foxing within - but complete and intact, and the first example we’ve handled. The first number has some noticeable indenting to wraps. The rest of the issues show varying degrees of wear to the impressionable covers, including creasing, scratching and rubbing, but aside from previously stated faults generally very good. Item #23144