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War Pictures. Menthol Pictures. Menthol Wars

Prince, Richard

New York / Buffalo NY. Artists Space / CEPA Gallery / Self-published (Printed Matter). 1980
First editions of Richard Prince's scarce first artist book trilogy.

Issued during the course of 1980 (War Pictures in February, Menthol Pictures in June, and Menthol Wars in October) Prince's trilogy feature similar, but not identical, cover illustrations and similar, but again not identical, texts. Of the three, only the final volume, Menthol Wars, has been reprinted, in 2009.

Although represented in institutions in the US, Prince's trilogy is scarce on the market and elsewhere.
[6 unnumbered leaves; 10 unnumbered leaves; 12 unnumbered leaves]. 8vo. 3 volumes (c.218 x 138 mm). Each vol. with title to first leaf recto and printed text recto and verso, Menthol Pictures and Menthol Wars with publication details to final leaves. Stapled as issued in original printed wrappers flaps, monochrome illustration and titles in white.