Item No: #363478 Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]. Bern Porter.
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]
Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]

9 Chapbooks of Bern Porter's Found Images, #6/39 Signed

Founds (Nos. 1 to 9]

Notes: A collection of nine small chapbooks of photocopies of found images selected by Bern Porter. The sheets were bound by Johnny Brewton with a title page / colophon leaf, a stiff sheet for structure, a found paper leaf as the cover, and a translucent sheet printed with the title and author. Each chapbook is limited to 39 copies, signed and numbered by Porter, and it is housed in a plastic envelope sealed with a paper-backed sticker.

Porter (1911–2004) trained as a physicist and he worked on the atomic bomb during the Second World War (at Princeton and Oak Ridge, Tennessee) and later on the Saturn V rocket, which carried the first Americans to the moon. He was also an artist interested in found images and mail art, and he dabbled in publishing with Henry Miller. Most of his work was published in small editions; this is one of the most substantial pieces (more than 120 images) with the smallest edition size.

The publisher, Johnny Brewton of the X-Ray Book and Novelty Co., designs and publishes small editions of literary and artistic works, often incorporating found and waste papers, as in this series.

5-1/2 by 7 inches, with 12 or 14 leaves (printed rectos only) of Porter's images.

Edition + Condition: All nine volumes are fine in wrappers, as issued, with the original plastic sleeves and paper seals intact. All nine books are numbered 6 of 39 and signed by Porter. The chapbooks came wrapped in a piece of printer's waste (probably left over from X-Ray Number Seven, one of Brewer's literary journals). It is also numbered 20/39 in the margin. The wrapper has surface scars from the original tape seals.

Publication: San Francisco: X-Ray Book Company, 1998.

Item No: #363478

Price: $400