Andy Warhol Index (Book)
Signed Limited Edition, 1967 – 68 of 365
Signed and Numbered by Andy Warhol
Near FINE Condition
This is a signed, limited edition of Andy Warhol’s classic artist book “Index” published by the Random House, NY in 1967. The book is a compilation of interviews, art inserts, pop-ups, photographs, recording discs, and descriptions of life at the Factory. An important Warhol document and an absolutely iconic publication of the psychedelic era in New York. The photographs are by Billy Name and other Warhol co-conspirators with the assistance of Stephen Shore, Paul Morrissey, Ondine, and Nico.
The book has been signed and numbered (68 of 365) by Andy Warhol on the front cover and he has also initialed all 10 multiples/objects. All objects (with the exception of the balloon which was removed before pages bound together) are present and in great shape. The accordion still squeaks!
The book is bound in the original publisher's cloth-backed white printed boards with the front board featuring a silver paste down holographic montage. This is a notoriously fragile book and is prone to condition issues. This copy is no exception. I have classified the book as Near Fine+ with a split seam (see photo) and tears to two pages that occurred when Andy Warhol opened the sealed pages to initial the mobile (see images with Lou Reed disk and string mobile). As noted previously, the balloon was removed (fortunately) and only the masking tape that would hold the balloon remains (slight staining on reverse). There is also a tiny lower corner bump that appears to the front cover not affecting the contents that must have been there when Warhol signed and numbered the front cover based on the marker signature. Overall, this is a wonderful copy of a scarce and highly sought after book. Provenance: Edward Weston Editions.
Cited in “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” by Andrew Roth.
Photographs of the book cover with signature, some of the initialed multiples/objects contained in the book, and the faults mentioned above appear in the photo section of the listing.