New York: Sphere, 1971. First Thus. SIGNED BY YOKO ONO AND JOHN LENNON. Square format softcover (13 x 13cm); unpaginated (288pp); cheeky orange card covers illustrated with a still from her film Bottoms. Signed on the first blank by Yoko in black marker and Lennon in dark blue marker. Also included, two LOAs, one from Frank Caiazzo dated December 6, 2002 and one from the PSA/DNA Authentification Team dated April 2005.
A very tidy, square copy. Spine is sunned, incidental dints, lower corner of top cover lightly creased and top corner very slightly bumped, interior clean thoughout though just a shade toned. Item #1263
As well as being extremely collectible as signed memorabilia, Grapefruit is an important work in the development and documentation of mid twentieth century conceptual art. It is primarily a collection of "poetic and thoughtful" performance art scores that reflect Ono's engagement with experimental musician John Cage and owes something to her association with George Maciunas and Fluxus. The sphere publication also includes reprintings of quick John and Yoko caricatures, done by John.
First appearing in Japanese (Tokyo,1964), Grapefruit was first published in English by Peter Owen in London in 1970 in hardback. The Sphere paperback edition came out the following year. Ono and Lennon attended book signings at Selfridges Department Store (July 15) and at Claude Gill's bookshop in Oxford Street (July 16).