Paris: Internationale Situationniste, 1969. 8vo, unpaginated, saddle-stapled in printed wraps. Text in French.
The IS issued a small number of the the final issue of the periodical in these fictitious covers, for covert distribution to help avoid censors in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Another fictitious cover was designed for issue no. 10 as well.
By 1969 the metallic covers had become so closely identified with the journal that there is a strong sense of dissonance opening the drab covers of this edition to find the IS title page. The almost impossibly drab design and tongue-in-cheek tone of the text seem to be a wink at the knowing reader, while simultaneously being persuasive enough to bore even the most diligent censor or border agent into not flipping open the book.
There would be no further issues of the journal, but the back cover of this edition prints a curious promise:
“Un numéro spécial de notre revue paraîtra en février 1970 wui sera consacré au compte-rendu par l’équipe du Professeur Riseau-Lebel de l’expédition de recherches sur la fosse 74 de Meni-Montang (Indonésie). Nos abonnés recevront automatiquement ce numéro spécial.”
Very good with some slight staining to wraps. Item #25904