0 - 9. (ZERO TO NINE)

Nos. 1-6, with Supplement “Street Works”, (all publ.). New York, April 1967-1969. Tog. 7 ssues of 60-120 pp., stencilled and stapled. And the 3 Minimalist books of the Press (see below). The first issue of the periodical is complete with the very fragile blue carbon-paper front-cover, and No. 4 with the dust-jacket . Printed in a very small edition of 100 to 200 copies. All issues show light wear to extremities and some minimal handling; mimeograph stencil paper cover on No.1 detached but present, with several nicks, tears and losses; No.2 with faint foxing to text edges; No.4 with small stains to covers; contents clean, complete; altogether an excellent and well preserved set.
published by 0-9 Press:
- Saroyan, Aram: Coffee Coffee. 1967
- Bernadette Mayer: Story. 1968
- Acconci,V.A. : Four Book. 1968
All 3 in near fine condition, details on request.
Extraordinary and very rare ensemble. Ed. by Vito Hannibal Acconci and Bernadette Mayer, in addition to the editors, also contribs. by Clark Coolidge (poems), Aram Saroyan (poems), Bruce Marcus, Rosemary Mayer (drawings), Dan Graham, Yvonne Rainer, Adrian Piper and many others. Zero to Nine originates from the New York group of conceptual artists, of which Vito Hannibal Acconci is an important representative.
No. 1 (est.100 copies, [iv], 79, [3] pp); No. 2 (est.100 copies, [iv], 80 pp); No. 3 (est. 200 copies, [ii], 82 pp); No. 4 (est. 200 copies, [iv], 114, [2] pp); No. 5 (350 copies, [ii], 96 pp); No. 6 (est. 200 copies, [iv], 113, [7] pp); No. 6 Supplement: “Street Works” (limitation unspecified, [64]pp). Complete run of Acconci and Mayer’s little magazine, one which “followed in the Greenwich Village spirit of self-publishing embodied by Ted Berrigan’s C Magazine, John Ashbery’s Art & Literature, and Ed Sanders’s Fuck You. The work in 0 to 9, however, soon moved off into a very different direction from the post-Beat and New York School poetics as practiced by the editors’ contemporaries in the downtown scene. Instead, 0 to 9 created a niche that can now be located at the beginnings of the Language and performance poetry movements” (Aarons & Roth. In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, p.33). The magazine contained art, drama, Language, concrete, and experimental poetry, and was distributed by hand to local New York bookstores like the Gotham Book Mart, Eighth Street, and Sheridan Square. Acconci and Mayer employed a curious aesthetic, cobbling together covers using materials as diverse as crumpled-up paper, dustjackets from their own collection, blank sheets, and mimeo stencil paper. It included works by Acconci and Mayer, Gertrude Stein, Anne Waldman, Aram Saroyan, Tom Clark, Ron Padgett, Raymond Queneau, Rosemary Mayer, John Giorno, Clark Coolidge, Robert Greene, Bruce Marcus, Ted Berrigan, Jacksin Mac Low, Dick Higgins, Sol LeWitt, Harry Mathews, Hannah Weiner, Bern Porter, Jerome Rothenberg, Kenneth Koch, Yvonne Rainer, Jasper Johns, Robert Heizer, Michael Smithson, and others. [Aarons & Roth, pp. 33-37; Clay & Phillips, pp. 206-209.; Archiv Sohm] SAROYAN, Aram. Coffee Coffee. NY: 0 to 9 Books (1967). 4to. [82 pp]. Side-stapled wrappers; corners very lightly bumped, else fine. WITH the original mailing envelope adressed to Wormwood Review in Storrs (postmarked Nov 10 ‘67) MAYER, Bernadette. Story. NY. 0 to 9 Books, 1968. 4to. Side-stapled orange wrappers, front cover rubber-stamped in red ink “STORY.” Front cover restapled with staples that were a bit smaller than the originals,the resulting old hole neatly repaired. Very light toning, internally fine). ACCONCI, Vito Hannibal. Four Book. NY. 0 to 9 Books, 1968. Side-stapled wrappers, 42 leaves. (Small old price in right upper corner of title). Mimeographed, graph paper front wrapper, Lightly toned, near fine.

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