STRIPSODY, by Eugenio Carmi - 1966 [1st Ed]


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written and illustrated by Eugenio Carmi

Vocal Interpretation by Cathy Berberian

Introductory Text by Umberto Eco

FIRST EDITION. Houston, TX: Kiko Galleries, 1966.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Volume is quarter-bound in red cloth, and features red covers with black text and simple abstract design, partially in relief. Interior features heavy-stock pages with colorful abstract illustrations.
  • Book displays light overall aging and wear.
  • Boards exhibit gentle overall fading, rubbing and some scuffs, as well as gentle edgewear.
  • Spine shows minimal fading.
  • Binding is fragile, with gutter splitting  at title page. 
  • Title page has dedication at head left corner. (See photos)
  • Interior is well preserved, with rare occasional faint smudges.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges display some toning, with foxing and scuffs.
  • Pocket in front is partially split along edges.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191114

20 pages. 8 x 11.5 inches.

Book features front and rear pastedown pockets. Front pocket has Glossary of Onomatopoeic Sounds. Rear pocket has vinyl record with a musical work based on the onomatopoeic sounds of comic strips conceived and interpreted by Cathy Berberian. [Carmi's site]

Book is colorfully illustrated in graphic designs with onomatopoeia sounds expressed throughout.

This intriguing book is the result of the author's quest to create a new world of sound. Based on the onomatopes used in comic strips, Carmi's book separates them from their expected contexts to present a world in which only they exist, speaking their universal language. It serves to make us more aware of the noises we hear every day, whether or not we notice them, and invites us to realize that sound is omnipresent and all around us. The book is meant to be read aloud to experience the full impact of these onomatopes, or, better yet, play the recording on a turntable.

Eugenio Carmi (1920-2016) was an Italian artist who is considered to have been one of the main exponents of Abstractionism in Italy. A painter and sculptor, he often produced works that used factory materials such as welded steel and iron. At the time this book was published, he had abandoned his earlier informal style for geometric rigor.

Umberto Eco (1932-2016) was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. He is the author of the widely known novel Il nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose), in which he combines biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory in a historical mystery.

EDITION POINTS: First Edition.

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