Scrap: the New York Sunday supplement [subtitle varies], Nos. 1-8, December 9, 1960 through June 14, 1962. An exceptionally rare complete set

New York, [1971?]. A few illustrations in each issue. No. 1 is 4 pp. on off-white paper, 35.5 x 28.1 cm; nos. 2-8 are 8 pp. each on pale gray paper with page size 30.5 x 22.9 cm (folded in quarters from sheets about 61 x 46 cm). A spirited look at the New York art world during a period of extraordinary change. No. 2 has excerpts from a WBAI interview with the editors, "Scrap's First Tape" [a pun on Samuel Beckett's great monologue "Krapp's Last Tape"]. In no. 3 Paul Brach writes on Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns reviews the printed version of Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Geist on Rothko fills most of no. 4. No. 8 features two reviews of Harold Rosenberg's Arshile Gorky: the Man, the Time, the Idea. Now, about this complete set: Scrap originally appeared on the cheapest newsprint, and the few copies available are usually browned, chipped, and very brittle. Some time after 1969, when Geist lent—not gave—a set to the Smithsonian for microfilming, he apparently decided to make a limited number of sets on better paper. MoMA has this version both bound and unbound and assigns it a date of 1971(?). That sounds plausible; I first encountered copies in 1974. A close comparison of both versions confirms that the much crisper second printing was made from original masters or negatives, not reproduced from the 1960-1962 newsprint copies. OCLC locates 15 full or partial sets, some of those in microform. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order. Item #78101

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