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25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy
New York: Self-published [1954] - First Edition. Octavo. Number 110 of a limited edition of 190 numbered copies, SIGNED by Andy Warhol. (According to the printer, Seymour Berlin, about 150 copies were actually printed.) One of Warhol's earliest, rarest, and most beautiful artists' books, made up of 17 hand-colored lithograph plates printed on Arches paper, with an additional hand-colored lithograph mounted to the front cover. Accompanied by a typed letter, SIGNED by Warhol on his letterhead (Andy Warhol Enterprises), sent to Kirby's department store in Salt Lake City along with two copies of the book, and inquiring how the store had learned of the book's publication, as most copies had been given away. Near fine in leatherette boards, with the original hand-colored lithograph mounted to the front cover (slightly soiled and with tiny losses at one edge, but far better than usual). An exceptional copy, vibrantly colored, of a book that sadly often winds up broken with the illustrations removed. One of the great typological artists' books of the 20th century, predating Ruscha's 26 Gasoline Stations, and Various Small Fires and Milk, for which "Sam" would appear a likely antecedent. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Harper's Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2014-10-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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