How to Read Music in One Evening/A Clatworthy Catalog. Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. Cover design by Irv Long. Clatworthy Colorvues, 1974. Unpaged. Oblong quarto. First edition. Oblong quarto. Stiff illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
A book that pre-dates (and is considerably more scarce) than the imaginative Evidence, How to Read Music... shows the development the pair's amazing image-culling and image-editing skills. Includes twenty-nine plates, each with between one and four halftone images that challenge the viewer to follow the bizarre logic and visual sense of each grouping. Some were taken from period advertising or possibly product research or promotional materials. Many images are undeniably strange, almost obtuse, and only make sense in context of surrounding images.
Near Fine+; small ink mark upper edge; light shelf wear; a bit of rippling lower edge rear rapper.