London: Peter Owen Limited, 1970. First British Commonwealth Edition. Square format hardcover (14 x 14cm); unpaginated (280pp); olive cloth covered boards with lettering in gilt on the spine; black and white decorative endpapers; white dustwrapper illustrated with a photo of Ono, lettering in black and white.
A very tidy, square copy. Head of spine and bottom corner of rear board are very gently pushed; minor abrasions at the hinges of the tail of the spine; a little vertical movement in hinges; edges of text block a shade toned, light foxing to the top and fore edges, a faint scuff mark to the bottom corner; 20 x 25mm water mark on the bottom of the ffep; 1-2mm adhesions to a 35mm section at the bottom of the rear endpapers where the lfep has adhered and then been gently separated from the rear paste down; clean and bright throughout with very occasional spotting to the top outer margin; unclipped dust wrapper is a shade toned, spine has light droplet marks, a 20 x 5mm mark on the front cover, 20 x 25mm water mark to the flap inside the front cover, top edge gently rolled, a 2mm nick to the bottom of the front hinge, 5mm closed tear without loss to the top right corner of the front cover, 18mm closed tear without loss to the top of the rear cover. Item #1275
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), this is the first English translation of Grapefruit.
Provenance: Private collection, Brisbane.