Paris: Internationale Situationniste, 1958-1969. First edition. 8vo, each issue saddle-stapled in metallic wraps.
All issues published of the main periodical of the Situationist International, with the rarely seen first edition of the second issue, whose delicate foil covers largely perished during the print run and which is usually found in the second edition from 1962, which has somewhat different internal design and typography.
The reflective covers of the journal remained remarkably consistent in design, and were produced at great difficulty and expense. The design was radically different than any theoretical journal produced to that point, and was sustained even after the movement under Debord exiled many of the original visual artists and the journal became increasingly theoretical. Bureaucracy and exclusions aside, arguably the most important periodical of its time, 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. 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 therwise generally very good. Item #23144