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THE PARANOID'S PRIMER : CONTAINING SOME NOTES ON RAY MACHINE REALITY AND DEUS EX MACHINA OR THE 'S' BOMB TOGETHER WITH A MODUS OPERANDI, FOR SCHIZOTHYMIC AGT.'S by  Richard Oviet; [Claes Oldenburg & Jim Dine] Tyler - Paperback - Signed First Edition - 1961 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and Biblio.com

THE PARANOID'S PRIMER : CONTAINING SOME NOTES ON RAY MACHINE REALITY AND DEUS EX MACHINA OR THE 'S' BOMB TOGETHER WITH A MODUS OPERANDI, FOR SCHIZOTHYMIC AGT.'S

by Tyler, Richard Oviet; [Claes Oldenburg & Jim Dine]

Condition: Fine


New York: Uranian Press, 1961. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Tyler, Richard. [28] pp. including in-text woodcut and deep etch relief illustrations. Original green wrappers, printed in red, side-stapled. Numbered and signed in pencil by Richard Tyler on the publisher's page over his rubber-stamped monogram. Seal of Uranian Press embossed in title leaf. Fine.

Numbered 41 of 300 copies. An early and important work of visionary artist Richard O. Tyler's Uranian Press, "Offered not only as an Object of Curiosity & Entertainment, but as a Work of Real & Substantial USE." 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. THE PARANOID'S PRIMER brings together three works reflecting Tyler's interest in nuclear-apocalyptic fears, Jungian psychology, Western astrology, and psychosis. The first is referred to in the text as a revised version of "Some Notes on Ray Machine Reality," which had been written by Tyler originally for the Ray Gun Documents series and printed for the Ray Gun Exhibition of 1960 at Judson Church Gallery by Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine. The second, "Deus ex Machina or the 'S' Bomb," was printed separately by Tyler the same year as the PRIMER. It contains a double-page deep-etch relief print in red, "The Schizophrenic Bomb : An Artifice for Armageddon," a nightmarish city scene that would become one of Tyler's best-known images. The text, printed the same year as Michael Hollingshead famous first meetings with Timothy Leary, includes one of the earliest counterculture references to LSD. The final piece, "Modus Operandi for Schizothymic Agt's," comprises a series of quotations from psychiatry textbooks, Jung's writings, and other sources, as well as an advertisement for "The Complete Assassin's Kit for disassociated anarchists" ($5) on the final page.A fine, clean example, without the rusting in the staples affecting many copies. OCLC records six copies.


  • Bookseller: W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 704
  • Title: THE PARANOID'S PRIMER : CONTAINING SOME NOTES ON RAY MACHINE REALITY AND DEUS EX MACHINA OR THE 'S' BOMB TOGETHER WITH A MODUS OPERANDI, FOR SCHIZOTHYMIC AGT.'S
  • Author: Tyler, Richard Oviet; [Claes Oldenburg & Jim Dine]
  • Illustrator:Tyler, Richard
  • Format/binding:Softcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Uranian Press
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1961
  • Keywords: American literature, art, modern art, psychology, astrology, war, avant garde, New York, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, artist's book, chapbook, illustrated
  • Bookseller catalogs: Book Arts; Social Movements;


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