[n.p.]: [n.p.], 1969. First Edition. Wraps. Thick 4to. Original blue paper wrappers with exposed glued spine (as issued). Xerographically reproduced throughout. Titles hand-written at front and "Schoenherr" in red ink on fore edge. Minor sunning to wraps. Page edges lightly ruffled with uniform toning. Very good. Very good. Item #16861
Rare book of of evococative xeroxed images, compiled in a phonebook-sized volume. Produced by the German experimental filmmaker HHK Schoenherr, PLAY 9 is part of a continuous series of films (running through at least PLAY 33) some of which exist only as concepts, reworkings of earlier footage, or in this case a gargantuan flip book made from film footage. Described by Schoenherr as a "creation of fancy," PLAY 9 and other works in the series take the various uses of the word play as a jumping-off point, experimenting with form, film stock, exposure and color, rearranging and compiling material to create new work.
Schoenherr, born in Germany in 1936, resided for most of his professional life in Zurich and began making films in 1966. His work was shown at many international festivals in the 1970s and 80s, including Venice and Cannes, and was the subject of a retrospective at Anthology Film Archives in 1991. In the program notes for these screenings, Jonas Mekas writes, "for over three decades HHK Schoenherr has been making films in the purest avatgarde film tradition. However, for a variety of reasons--one of them being that Schoenherrr's films require special projection equipment--his work is very littly known outside of his immediate circles."
Predating the seminal XEROX BOOK, PLAY 9 was actually printed by Xerox. We find no record of institutional holdings, and given the expense of xeroxing in the late 1960s (each copy would have cost hundreds to produce), this gargantuan volume is undoubtedly rare.