Envelope No.1, David Prentice and Richard Chadwick editors. Birmingham, Selfpublished, undated 1969. Assembling style collection of works on paper housed in original envelope 41 x 30 cm, with affixed labels and title, addressed to Michael Gibbs in Warwick.
The project was organised by David Prentice (co-founder of the Ikon gallery Birmingham), contributors include Peter Berry, Richard Chadwick, Trevor Denning, Anthony Everitt, Martin Fuller, John Furnival, Eric Glithero, Stuart Mills, David Prentice, Eric Rimmington, Sylvani Smith and Nic Stoddard.
The concept is explained in an inserted stenciled sheet stating ‘Envelope is a collection of ideas. You are asked to contribute 100 copies of an idea to Envelope. You will be responsible for the production of your 100 copies. Envelope size is as Envelope no. 1 16”x12”’. It seems only one issue of Envelope was released. Added is a typed letter to Michael Gibbs by Richard Chadwick, dated 30.3.69, apologizing for the late sending of the envelope.
Among the 14 items is a silkscreen by John Furnival, 30 x 29 cm, printed green and yellow on thick white sheet, signed in pencil lower right. Undated (1968). The print is creased along the left and right margins, with a moderate spot on the right side. Also included is a tiny envelope containing 36 b/w silver gelatin photographs, 4 x 2.7 cm each, depicting scenes from the March 1968 anti-Vietnam war protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
The envelope itself features age wear with creasing and tears all around the edges, some larger prints have edge wear, most items are fine. Very rare.

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