Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kenneth Koch and Larry Rivers, When The Sun Tries To Go On (Black Sparrow Press, 1969, signed and numbered edition)

  
This is a piece that has been on my want list for ages: Kenneth Koch's 1969 When The Sun Tries To Go On, illustrated by Larry Rivers, in a remarkable edition of 200 copies with a kind artwork multiple for its cover. 


The cover is composed of two different layers of printed boards, and the whole thing feels like a mixed-media combine. Take a look:


Koch's lengthy poem is interspersed with illustrations by Rivers -- a handful in black & white and some particularly gorgeous full-color pieces:



If you take a look at the below colophon, you'll see that there weren't any lettered copies of the book, but instead only 5 copies that came with a portfolio with an original collage by Larry Rivers. Amazing to imagine those!


We're going to get a perspex slipcase made for this sometime soon -- it's certainly a book to display face out.

Currently reading:
The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt

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