London: Percy Lund, Humphries & Co., [1963 or later]. First British Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of this typographic analog of one of the "most complex as well as one of the most rewarding artistic experiences of modern times" (from the appendices). Demy 8vo (229 x 150mm): unpaginated (including one leaf folding and another printed on frosted glassine), with profusion of photographic plates, full-page drawings, diagrams, various typographic formats, annotations, vignettes, and musical notation, all relating to Marcel Duchamp's groundbreaking magnum opus, "The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even" (known familiarly as "The Large Glass"), a composition in oil paint, lead wire, and lead foil on two glass panels. Printed in red and black. Original light lime green paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in black-and white stippled type; original glassine dust jacket. Book and glassine dust wrapper in excellent, unmarked condition (small corner tear to jacket). Fine / Fine. Item #BB2360
Typographic interpretation of Duchamp's Green Box (`La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même (Boîte verte), a collection of 94 documents explaining the development and function of "The Large Glass," assembled between 1915 and 1923. During the 1930s, Duchamp oversaw the first printed edition of the Green Box, with each of the 94 original notes meticulously reproduced in collotype in exact facsimile (including torn edges, blots, erasures and even the occasional illegibility) and issued loose in a green box, in an edition of 300 with twenty deluxe versions. By 1956, the British artist Richard Hamilton had worked through the notes to develop a diagram of the areas in the glass to which he believed the subject of each notes related. And in 1960, Hamilton and George Heard Hamilton, professor of art history at Yale, produced this English translation of the Green Box, using typography, layout, and graphic design to communicate the intent of the original documents in a new (bound) format, the Green Book. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).