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bok 3a. wiederkonstruktion des buches aus dem verlag forlag ed 1961. (gesammelte werke band 5)

Roth, Dieter

reykjavik / stuttgart / köln / london. seimannsverlag / vormals edition hansjörg mayer. 1971
The deluxe gesammelte werke issue of Dieter Roth's Bok 3a with the multiple jacket.

From the edition limited to 1,000 copies, with this one of 100 from the vorzusausgabe (édition de tête) with Roth's additional multiple jacket with two blue relief prints ('flongs') each initialled, dated and numbered by Roth in ink.

Originally published in Reykjavik by Forlag Ed in an edition of 50 copies (the edition was planned as 200 but was never completed) in 1961, this Hansjorg Mayer re-issue as part of Roth's Gesammelte Werke (Collected Works) was published in 1971. 'Bok 3a' presents a book block composed of leaves from Icelandic daily newspapers; the contents, with their cyclical repetitions, suggest that a stack of remainder newspapers was cut to size to form the book block.

Although Dobke gives an edition of 100 deluxe copies with the additional jacket with Roth's relief prints, the artist has, for the present example, numbered each from an edition of 50 ('29 / 50'); the book itself, on the leaf with publication details, lists a deluxe edition of 200 copies ('200 exemplaren mit numierten und signierten hardcover'). As with many of Roth's editioned works, some never completed as editions and others with a range of variants within an edition, it would appear that the artist was not concerned with a strict interpretation of limitation.

[Dobke B13].
[387 unnumbered leaves]. 8vo. (229 x 170 mm). Leaf with dedication verso, leaf with printed title, leaf with quotation in Icelandic 'ef ég vaeri á Akureyri' (If I were in Akureyri) and 382 leaves of cut sections of Icelandic newspapers, leaf with publication details verso and final blank leaf. Original publisher's pink printed wrappers with title and monochrome illustration to front and rear covers and titles to spine, additional black grooved faux leather jacket with gilt motifs to front and rear covers, matching motif in blind to spine, lined with turquoise-painted canvas with mounted relief prints to inner covers.

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