Crackers. Photographs by Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Ken Price illustrating Mason Williams' 1967 short story "How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers" (text of which is printed on the rear flap of dust jacket. Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood, California, 1969. 240 pp. Octavo (8 3/4 x 6 in.). Flexible brown wrappers. First and only edition of 5000 copies. Original white dust jacket with red lettering. 115 black-and-white reproductions.
One of the few Ruscha photo projects that takes humans as its subject. "Ruscha refers to Business Cards and Crackers (and Miracle follows suit) as the results of theatrical antics," writes Sylvia Wolf in Ed Ruscha and Photography. "'In each case,' he remarks, 'there's some harebrained story I'm acting out.'" In Crackers as in the film Premium (1971), the man is played by artist Larry Bell, and the woman by Leon Bing, the bellhop by Rudy Gernreich, and the chauffeur by comedian Tommy Smothers.
Near Fine+; jacket rubbed; slight tilt to spine; with small area of shallow creasing at upper edge.