New York: Sphere, 1971. First Thus. Square format softcover (13 x 13cm); unpaginated (288pp); cheeky orange card covers illustrated with a still from her film Bottoms.
A very tidy, square copy. Spine is sunned and creased; wraps have faint scratches and are gently creased; printed prices on rear cover have been scratched out with a black pen; blue dot on the bottom edge of the text block; the number '86' in blue pen in the top right hand corner of the ffep; interior is clean thoughout though just a shade toned, particularly at outer margins. Item #1273
Grapefruit is an important work in the development and documentation of mid twentieth century conceptual art. It is primarily a collection of performance art scores that reflect Ono's engagement with experimental musician John Cage and owes something to her association with George Maciunas and Fluxus.
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). While this edition is unsigned, we do have a copy signed by Ono and Lennon for sale.
Provenance: Private collection, Brisbane.