(SOLD): JOSEPHSON, Kenneth. The Bread Book.
(Chicago): Self-published, 1973. First edition. Oblong 8vo. Artists book created in direct response to the photo story sequences that were being created and published by Duane Michals at about that time. “If you look at a Duane Michals book you see it and you get it, and you never look at it again,” Josephson said. “With The Bread Book there is nothing to get. You can even look at it backwards.” Josephson is notorious for the understatement. He does not make mention, for example, what must be obvious after a moment’s reflection, that the bread book incorporates the physical aspects of a loaf of bread. It not only records the bread in detail, but the form of the book is the plan and layout for the reconstruction of the loaf. When you stand the book on end it becomes a sliced loaf of bread again. And like the building plans for a house, it has been condensed to a thickness of a mere eighth of an inch. Similar to other books of instructions with similar deadpan titles which appeared in the seventies — books The Dome Book, The Massage Book — Josephson’s book seems to hold the same promise of completeness and no-nonsense authenticity. And it is. It’s all there, the whole loaf. The slices are even reproduced full-size. This a near fine copy in stapled wrappers with some minor edgewear. This copy signed by the artist on the front cover although as in black ink (on black covers) it is not immediately visible.