On Certainty / Uber Gewissheit
On Certainty / Uber Gewissheit
On Certainty / Uber Gewissheit
On Certainty / Uber Gewissheit
On Certainty / Uber Gewissheit

On Certainty / Uber Gewissheit

San Francisco: Arion Press, 1991. Bochner, Mel. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 295 of 300, folio size, approx. [100] pp., signed by Mel Bochner. Fine. Item #CNJL485

The philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) has been vastly influential to artists and thinkers alike; despite having only one book published during his lifetime, Wittgenstein was a prolific writer and many of his manuscripts were published posthumously. "On Certainty" is his last work, written during the last year and a half before his death, and as the title suggests, it is a dive into certainty and doubt, into how we know and perceive things in the world, and the part language plays in our perception.

American conceptual artist Mel Bochner (b. 1940) created a series of minimalist drawings based on the writings of Wittgenstein in 1971, called the "Wittgenstein Illustrations", and here they are featured throughout the book; each illustration shows a grid in red with Arabic numerals forming a pattern along the lines. Bochner writes in the artist's statement at the beginning of the book, "Only a series of images could show how doubt was imbedded in method."

___DESCRIPTION: Full grey cloth, light blue cloth label with black lettering and red illustration inset on the front and rear boards, light blue cloth spine label with black lettering and red ornaments, fore- and bottom edges uncut, paste-down endpapers with red and black numerical pattern, title page in blue and black with red illustration, illustrations in red and black by Mel Bochner throughout, text printed in double columns with German on one side and English on the other; Monotype Plantin type, Rives Heavyweight paper, folio size (15" by 13.25"), approximately 100 unnumbered pages, one of 300 copies, this number 295, signed by Mel Bochner on the Artist's Statement page. Housed in a slipcase covered in grey cloth, with a light blue cloth spine label with black lettering and red ornament.

___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, without wear, clean with only a few spots of soiling to the cloth, the cloth spine label curling slightly at one corner but still securely attached.

___CITATION: Arion Press Catalogue no. 34.

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Price: $350.00