Andy Warhol's Index book
Edition: First Edition
New York: Random House, 1967. 1st edition. Signed twice by Warhol: to title page and to 'tomato can' page. Stiff metallic wrappers showing some wear and with crease at back cover. Unpaginated - 280 x 215 mm (11 x 8½ inches). As ever, the contents are in varied states of repair. This is the softback edition. Alan Rinzler was editor of the Loft 1967-1969. Involved in "producing with him [Warhol] in a very collaborative creative process The Andy Warhol Index Book, a large format heavily designed book with special foldout and pop-up features, photos, audio recordings, and text.
In 1965, a photographer named Billy Liar had come to me with an idea for a photo book on Warhol and his factory, but when he brought me there, I took the opportunity to ask Andy if would like to participate more personally in creating a book that was also work of art, something he actually put together, as the author. And not just photographs and text but other ideas we could cook up that related to everything else he was producing at the time. Luckily, Andy was happy to agree and became the author of the book."
Alan Rinzler "Andy Warhol" Blog post on his website.
Condition: In this copy:
Pop-up castle in fine condition; Red accordion present, but doesn't make sound; Pop-up plane in fine condition; Chelsea Girls ad with spring attached; Dodecagon is missing, black string attached; Lou Reed pictorial record missing; Tri-fold pink and rainbow noses present; Pop-up tomato paste can in fine condition (with signature to page); For A Big Surprise!!! three tabs still attached; Balloon glued to pages, (this seems to be universal).
A little rubbing and bumping, with minor handling, but in excellent condition apart from the flaws mentioned here.