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Wapper 5
B-2000 Antwerp
Belgium
Contact Kris Landuyt
Telephone +32 (0)3 231 66 27
Specialists Old and Rare Books, Prints, Artists' Books, Autographs, Modern First Editions, Modern Illustrated Books, Poetry
Antiquariaat de Slegte
Stand H06

The first book written and illustrated by Asger Jorn

JORN, Asger

Held og Hasard. Dolk og Guitar, Silkeborg, Privattryk 1952

109 [?] numbered and signed copies. Series ‘A’, copy no. 9 signed by Jorn on imitated hand-made paper. Copy of the first series of the first edition of the first book written and illustrated by Asger Jorn.

Note
Asger Jorn (1914-1973) was the central figure in the Cobra movement around 1948. From May to November 1951 he was hospitalized in the Silkeborg Sanatorium were he was confined to bed with pulmonary tuberculosis. During his stay there he wrote this treatise on aesthetics (‘Risk and Change’) and had it printed by himself (in co-operation with the hospital’s typographer Johs. Gregeren) on a small hand-press, a fact which calls for the numerous typographical irregularities (as the colophon states ‘handtrykt pa en korrekturpresse, hvilken udforelse forklarer de mange unregelmaessigheder’). Acccording to the colophon 109 copies were printed in 3 different variants: series ‘A’: 25 copies on imitated handmade paper, series ‘E’: 60 copies on unglazed paper and series ‘B’: 24 copies on glazed paper. It seems to be the case that all 3 "variants" are printed on the same type of paper.

Illustrated
79 linocuts by Jorn.

Edition
First edition

Signed / Inscribed
copy signed by Jorn and numbered A '9' (?)

Condition
Fine copy, nearly mint, only lower corner a bit hurt.

Binding
half linnen, original boards mounted with original coloured lino-cut by Jorn.
£9,500