Hollywood / Oslo: Heavy Industry Publications / Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, 1969 / 2011. First Edition. Card Covers. First Printing of both books, the first serving as basis for a film, the second, based on a film. Demy 8vo (222 x 148mm; 240 x 175mm). Crackers: unpaginated (118 leaves), with 115 black and white photographic images by Ruscha, Ken Price, and Joe Goode on rectos only, plus 3 pages of text (title and copyright pages, final leaf with cast of characters and photo credits). Perfect bound in publisher's drab card covers; first issue wax-paper dust jacket printed in red (of 5000 copies issued, 1650 received plain paper jackets when the wax paper ran out. Ruscha's aim was to mimic an actual box of crackers covered in wax paper to protect against moisture). Near Fine or better in like jacket with very minor wear, sunning to spine lettering (but clearly legible), insignificant abrasion to edge of rear panel. Roth (Open Book), p. 198. Peanuts: 96 unnumbered leaves with full-color photographs on rectos only, extracted from a 16mm film of the same name shot by Colen in 2010, followed by 40pp of illustrated text. Perfect bound publisher's beige card covers, white dust jacket titled in scarlet. With text by Gunnar B. Kvaaran, Mary Blair Taylor, Matt Kenny, Ellen Langan, and Francesco Stochhi. Commissioned as the catalogue for Colen's exhibition at Oslo's Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, January 20 to April 24, 2011. A tight, bright copy (seemingly unread), clean and fresh throughout. Near Fine+ / Fine / Near Fine+ / Fine. Item #BB2060
In his first film, Peanuts, Colen wanders the streets and parks of Manhattan, eating peanuts and leaving behind a trail of shells. The film is Colen's ode, from the Staten Island Ferry to the streets of Harlem, to the city he calls home and to the characters who populate it, The photo book Peanuts was inspired by Ruscha's early photo books, particularly Crackers, which was based on the daffy, Dada-esque piece of prose "How to Derive The Maximum Enjoyment From Crackers" (printed on the inside rear flap of the book's dust jacket) by Ruscha's childhood friend and frequent collaborator, Mason Williams. Members of the "cast" were Larry Bell, Leon Bing, Rudi Gernreich, and Tommy Smothers. Crackers was intentionally photographed as if it were a collection of film stills, and became the "script" for Ruscha's 1971 film, "Premium." 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.).