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[R.O.T.]'S 8 DEATH TRACTS 8 by  Richard Oviet] [Tyler - Paperback - Signed First Edition - 1960 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and Biblio.com

[R.O.T.]'S 8 DEATH TRACTS 8

by [Tyler, Richard Oviet]

Condition: Fine


New York: Uranian Press, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Tyler, Richard; Dorothea Baer; Manuel Narciza. 8 broadsides, 11 x 8½ inches, in original pictorial paper folder, 11½ x 9¾ inches. Printed in black and red, broadsides on pale yellow paper, folder on orange stiff paper. Signed and numbered in pencil by Tyler on folder second leaf verso. All broadsides and first leaf of folder embossed with seal of the Uranian Press. Fine.

Numbered 12 of 300 copies. An early Uranian Press portfolio, containing 8 broadsides with text by Richard Tyler and four deep-etch relief prints by him and four by Manuel Narciza, all hand-set and printed at the Press and bearing its imprint. Each tract consists of two lines of cryptic thanatological text, one above and one below an associated image. Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) established the Uranian Press in 1958 in the basement of a tenement on the Lower East Side where, by 1960, he had installed four printing presses. Under the Uranian imprint, Tyler, his wife, Dorothea Baer Tyler, and friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village during this period, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. OCLC records three copies.


  • Seller: W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera US (US)
  • Seller: Inventory #: 701
  • Title: [R.O.T.]'S 8 DEATH TRACTS 8
  • Author: [Tyler, Richard Oviet]
  • Illustrator:Tyler, Richard; Dorothea Baer; Manuel Narciza
  • Format/binding:Softcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Uranian Press
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1960
  • Keywords: American literature, art, modern art, psychology, alchemy, astrology, avant garde, New York, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, artist's book, ephemera, portfolio, broadside, illustrated
  • Bookseller catalogs: Religion; Book Arts;


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