Very Good / Very Good. Item #11255
New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970. First Edition. Quarto (28.5x22.5x2.5cm); 332pp. Densely illustrated throughout, largely in B&W but with some color.
Pictorial dustjacket. Vivid orange cloth with black stamping on spine and front panel. Unclipped dustjacket—with first issue pre-Christmas/post-Christmas pricing—has closed tears at right vertical spine folds, some minor edge-chipping and tiny closed edge tears, and yellowing (visible in our photograph) near top and bottom edges. The volume itself is pristine, but Praeger, for reasons that pass human understanding and that undermine all bibliophilic standards, printed the book on what must have been the most acidic paper stock in West Germany. The results: every copy printed has deeply, but evenly, toned pages. We would describe our copy as Near Fine but for the toning, which Warhol would probably grin at and call suntanning.
This monograph by Rainier Crone (1942-2016) is the first attempt in Warhol scholarship at a catalogue raisonné for his work, and the first major European work to cover the uber-American Warhol phenomenon. Prized now for its primacy among Warholiana.