Köln: Divers Press, 1968. First edition. Oblong 4to, 21 leaves of thick plastic, silkscreened in black and white, and bound at left margin with four thick plastic screws. One of a limited edition of 30 numbered and signed examples, this example denoted as an artists' proof and signed by Iannone in orange ink.
The first and only edition of Iannone's first artist's book, a massive and unusual book which Iannone began working on in 1967 - the year she began an influential relationship with Diter Rot, and fully embraced an erotic and autobiographical turn in her work. In lists, Iannone documents all of the people she had slept with to that point, decades before the work of Tracey Emin. The striking and frankly erotic drawings are silkscreened directly onto padded vinyl, which, combined with the unsual thickness (over 4" thick at the spine) and heft of the book makes for a tactile experience that serves to make the reading of the book seem in intimate and vaguely illict act.
"The year 1967 saw a marked turn as the artist began to fully embrace the erotic nature of her work. Predating Tracey Emin by a few decades, that year Iannone made an artist’s book listing all of the men she had slept with — an act of radical transparency even today, and one of unimaginable bravery in the 1960s." - Karen Archey, Air de Paris p. 56.
Rare. OCLC locates only a single holding worldwide, the MOMA example.
Signature at limitation page smudged, with some offsetting to the same page, else a clean, near fine example. Item #26711