np: nd [c. 1963-64]. np: nd [c. 1963-64]. Carbon from typescript, denoted with a "b' in red ink at upper margin of first leaf, with numerous changes, deletions, additions, and other changes throughout in red ink in Higgins' hand. Provenance; from the archive of the artist and musician Dan Lauffer, who was a correspondent of Higgins. Pagination; 1-9, 10a, 10b, 11-15, 16a, 16b, 17-45, 46, 46b, 47-56, 56b, 57-60, 61a, 61b, 62, 62b, 62c, 62d, 63-67, 68a, 68b, 69-71, 71b, 72-76, 76b [despite errors in consecutive numbering, the text is in all cases complete and consecutive]. With a flattened example of the dust jacket from the book.
Carbon typescript, with extensive corrections and emendations in Higgins' hand, of the book that launched the Something Else Press, and a key, early exposition of the birth of Fluxus and the New Arts. Higgins originally intended this book to be publishe by George Maciunas, but delays finally inspired Higgins to start his own press, the Something Else Press, and make this the first book, bound dos-a-dos with Jefferson's Birthday. The corrections, additions, and strike-throughs are a valuable insight into the development of the manuscript and Higgins' writing practice, documenting numerous passages which were changed in the published version. In one case, on p. 73, a full 21 lines are struck out, and do not appear in the published edition, though they completely legible here (and are partially about the Holiday Season)
A cursory examination of other changes show most, but not all, to have been reflected in the published work.
A rare and revealing state of one of the creation of one of the most important texts of the new arts in the 1960's, which launched the most influential artist run press of the decade.
Sheets lightly creased and dogeared, but clean, complete, and very good. Item #27125