"We were able to execute just about every crazy idea we had because a special printer in Japan could manufacture this kind of pop-up, foldout book. So the book had these terrific features that were a lot of fun…" -Alan Rinzler, Warhol's consulting editor, on the making of the book
FIRST EDITION, PREFERRED HARDCOVER ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT COPY COMPLETE WITH THE ORIGINAL PLASTIC BAG, ORIGINAL AD SLIP AND ALL COMPONENTS.
"Andy Warhol's Index (Book), which is an expensive rarity today, was another portrait of the mysterious silver factory as a schizoid fun house. It consists primarily of photographs, blank pages, joke pages, and a pop-up cut-out of a medieval castle inhabited by Warhol's superstars above the logo 'We are constantly under attach.' The text is a rambling, seemingly random, classically monosyllabic interview with Warhol. Although it stands today as an essential report on the Warhol factory, the Index book operates on a different level entirely inasmuch as it does not rely primarily on language" (Bockris, Warhol: The Biography).
-pop-up castle, with small closed tear (as often) at one of the pop-up folds
-a paper accordion
-a multi-colored pop-up airplane
-a folded geodesic dome, with all the tabs still sealing the pages
-a paper disc with "The Chelsea Girls" in printed type
-45 R.P.M. flexi-disc with portrait of Lou Reed, which plays a supposedly unrecorded song by Nico and the Velvet Underground
-an illustration of a nose with two colored overlays on a double-folded page
-pop-up Hunt's Tomato Paste can
-a sheet of eight stamps to be placed in water
-balloon - not totally disintegrated with bottom in-tact and top sticking between the pages. (Pretty much every copy known has a completely disintegrated balloon - just a stain on the page.)
New York: Random House, 1967. Octavo, original black cloth with holographic front board; early custom slipcase with wonderful op-art pattern. Binding extraordinarily bright and clean. An exceptional, outstanding copy of a notoriously fragile book.
Price: $2,600 .