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THE MISCHANCES OF MORLEY PERUS IN THE UNIVERSAL MIND : PART THE FIRST by  Richard Oviet Tyler - Paperback - First Edition - 1960 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and


by Tyler, Richard Oviet

Condition: Very good

New York: Uranian Press, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Tyler, Richard Oviet. [24] pp. including in-text woodcut illustrations by Tyler. Original orange wrappers, printed in black, side-stapled. Numbered and signed in pencil by Richard Tyler on the publisher's page over his rubber-stamped seal. Seal of Uranian Press embossed in title leaf. Light rust stains in gutter from staples; light foxing at top edge of text leaves; light dampstain, advancing no more than 1/8 inch from bottom edge of rear wrapper. Very good.

Numbered 15 of 300 copies. One of the first chapbooks printed by the Uranian Press. The Press's 1959 advertising broadside, ELIZABETHAN BALLADS, describes the 18th-century chapbook as "'the literature of the illiterate,' enjoyed by a populace of elementary taste and childlike intelligence... . [Its] grand & naive treatment of of myth & legend, illustrated with 'fantastic woodcuts', was highly prized in Queen Anne's time." THE MISCHANCES OF MORLEY PERUS is a hallucinatory homage to that genre - a dense, violent, psycho-philosophical dialogue between seven characters, illustrated with nightmarish woodcuts, all by the visionary artist and founder of the Uranian Press Richard O. Tyler. 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 four copies.

  • Bookseller: W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 708
  • Author: Tyler, Richard Oviet
  • Illustrator:Tyler, Richard Oviet
  • Format/binding:Softcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Uranian Press
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1960
  • Keywords: American literature, art, modern art, psychology, pregnancy, psychosis, avant garde, New York, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, artist's book, chapbook, illustrated
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature; Book Arts;


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