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catalogue number: hdv 1962.10.
date created: 1962
classification: books
medium: 200 empty pages except page [5] indicating title, author, publisher and impressum and [] with an introduction by J.C. van Schagen
dimensions: 21.5 × 20 × 3 cm
signature and inscriptions: []
edition: 5 copies, numbered and signed in white
published by M.J. Israel : Arnhem 1962, printed by D.A. Gubbels
added: 4 collages
current location:
collecting history:
related works: the book Hansjörg Mayer published in 1967 had another format (500 copies). Another (third) edition came out in Bern (artists press, [1980]); indicated as an edition of 5000 but only 100 were made. It is a 'revised edition', as there is no text anymore in the book or at the outside. the text is here only on abanderole [i.e. wrapper], so if you take away the banderole, the book is empty, no title, no (empty) introduction, anonym." In 2012 and 2014 more white books were published.
comment: this blank book appeared in several versions. In a letter to Anne Moeglin-Delcroix of January 16, 1997, herman de vries describes them: "i liked simply the idea of expressing 'white' as it was and make an almost empty publication, but not empty of content. later i made the book wit [= white], in 1962, in 5 copies, from which only one was for sale.
photo/scan:
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
published references
catalogue raisonné herman de vries. les livres et les publications: catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) image repr. on page 98 (catalogue number 4).