Item #31128 La Sierra [Cover Title]. Patricia Oberhaus.

La Sierra [Cover Title]

[Berkeley]: The Artist, [1971]. 5 1/4 x 7 3/4" oblong booklet, [15] pp, mimeographed from drawings and holograph on rectos only and side-stapled into handmade wraps made from layered cigar box labels. The first two pages are text, and the remainder of the work is illustrated with erotic drawings, followed by a hand-written colophon which states "Book 46. first edition."

An erotic artist book made in protest of the Vietnam War. The first two pages are reproduced from Oberhaus' hand, and are addressed to "Dearest Cannonball. " I am puttinga hex of death, of black death on the whieUS Marine-Corps! Until you are released for life from their death trip!" Alternate activities are then suggested, and the remainder of the book reprodu ces her explicit, psychedelic line drawings of sexual acts. The boldness of the work, the unabashed depiction of femaile sexuality and the use of found covers all make this book seem like a predecessor of the zine explosion.

Oberhaus was a brilliant visual artist, underground filmmaker and psychedelic musician whose work is now as obscure as it was once influential - many readers in the 60's knew her for her distinctive drawings featured in the pages of the underground press, especiall the Berkeley Barb, Rolling Stone, and Canyon Cinema newsletters, not to mention her contribution to the Exploding Plastic Inevitable newspaper in Andy Warhol's Pop Art issue of Aspen. Her work is longer overdue for rediscovery.

Rare. OCLC locates only a single holding, at NYPL. Item #31128

Price: $850.00