Künstlerbuch | Artists’ book: Ed Ruscha. Crackers, 1969

1969 1_Crackers Cover

Künstlerbuch | Artists’ book: Ed Ruscha. Crackers, 1969

Black-and-White offset printing on 60-lb Lithosheen Gloss paper

22.2 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm

  • Edition | 5000
  • Exterior | Softcover, chipboard. 3350 copies of dust jacket printed on Loc-in brand freezer wrap. 1650 copies on Coated Label paper with varnish overprint
  • Binding | Glued (perfect bound)
  • Pages | 240 (115 pages with photographic illustrations, 1 title page, 1 copyright page, 1 caption page, 1 credity page, 121 blank pages)
  • Inscription | Unsigned and unnumbered
  • Printer | G.R. Hutter Lithography, Burbank, California
  • Publisher | Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood
  • Commends | This book illustrates Mason Williams’ short-short story „How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers“ (1967). The story is printed on the inside back flap oft he dust jacket. The caracters in the photographs are Larry Bell (man), Léon Bing (woman), Rudi Gernreich (bellhop), and Tommy Smothers (chauffeur). Crackers, which was intentionally photographed as if it were a collection of film stills, was the basis for Ruscha’s film Premium made in 1970.
  • The current price for Crackers is about 300-600€, available on abebooks.


Pictures and Information are taken from:

Edward Ruscha. EDITIONS 1959-1999 | Catalogue Raisonne, Vol. 1: Prints, Books Misc; Vol. 2: Essays, Entries, Information, Minneapolis 1999 and from Crackers in the mumok library, Vienna.

Ed Ruscha. Crackers, 1969 | mumok library vienna

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