Paris: Internationale Situationniste, 1958-1969. First Editions. Twelve octavo volumes (23.5cm); original metallic card wrappers, stapled; 32; 36; 40; 40; 52; 44; 56; 68; 48; 84; 72; 120pp; illus.; text is in French. All issues with light wear to extremities, some modest rubbing and occasional creasing to metallic wrappers; Nos.1-2 show subtle tanning to text edges; scattered ink underlining and a few brief notes to inner rear wrapper of No.10; Very Good+. This run contains the scarce first printing of No.2 (the only issue to be reprinted), with shallow losses to the cheap aluminum foil along the spine-fold and wrapper extremities, though without loss to titling; Very Good only.
Complete, well-preserved run of the chief theoretical journal of the Situationist International and its members. "The first issue of IS appeared in June 1958...Bound in stunning gold-colored card wrappers, only about 200 copies were printed of this first edition. Through the 11 years of its existence it stayed remarkably consistent in style, with only the colour of its metallic covers changing for each issue. The key strategic significance of journals within the history of the avant-garde, such as Dada and La Révolucion surréaliste, was a lesson well learnt by the SI. As Debord later wrote, in addition to bankrupting its two printers, the journal "dominated this period, and it attained its goal. It was very important for passing on our theses in this epoch"" (Ford, Simon. The Situationist International: A User's Guide, p.53). Among its articles, theory, attacks on art and culture, the journal also listed key terms and definitions, alongside detourned photographs and illustrations. Contributors included Guy Debord, Mohamed Dahou, Asger Jorn, Michèle Bernstein, Raoul Vaneigem, Mustapha Khayati, Alexander Trocchi, Jørgen Nash, and others.
While the earliest issues of the journal were printed in the hundreds, the readership and reach of the SI expanded over time, with later issues being printed in higher numbers (4,000 copies for no.8, 5,000 copies for no.11, and 10,000 copies for the final issue). This particular set was on display as part of Wounded Galaxies: 1968 - Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach, a festival and symposium exploring the legacy of 1968 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (held January-February, 2018, at Indiana University's Lilly Library). RASPAUD & VOYER, pp.107-126.