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Piero Heliczer – Ephemera

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SECTION E:
This index includes announcements and catalogues from the Dead Language Press, plus flyers for readings and film screenings


1. Dead Language Press Announcements and Catalogues

A. WHY ARE YOU LOOKING ASKANCE IM JUST TRYING TO SHOUT
Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
First edition, postcard, 3.8″ x 6″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. The card prints a short text by Piero Heliczer about his press, and provides current and forthcoming titles with prices of its early publications.

B. THE DEAD LANGUAGE DIXHUIT RUE DESCARTES PARIS
ph_dl1ph_dl2Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
First edition, notecard, 4.5″ x 8.25″, letterpress printed on both sides. Lists Dead Language publications, 1957-1959.


C. PURCELL FESTIVAL M.CM.L.IX.
Paris: The Dead Language, 1959
First edition, flyer, 4.5″ x 8.25″, letterpress printed. Announces a festival “to be held in paris the second week of july to celebrate henry purcells three hundredth birthday…organised by the dead language”. Text in English and French.

FOLDING CHAIR OF THE PRINTING MASTER
ph_foldingchairParis: The Dead Language, 1963
First edition, saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 5″, 4 pages, letterpress printed. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. Catalog of items printed by the Dead Language Press: GIRL BODY, A PULP MAGAZINE…, YOU COULD HEAR THE SNOW MELTING…, STRAIGHT (OPENING SECTION), WEDNESDAY PAPER, & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS…, YEAR.


2. Flyers for Readings and Film Screenings

A. (flyer) DEAD LANGUAGE / LE SOLEIL DANS LA TETE
Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
First edition, cardstock flyer, 6.25″ x 11″, letterpress printed. Probably an announcement for a reading at the bookshop-gallery, Le Soleil Dans La Tete.

B. APRIL FOOLS SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Heliczer films at the Kenmore Square Cinema (Boston?).






C. CHRISTMAS SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Heliczer films THE AUTUMN FEAST, DIRT, JOAN OF ARC, VENUS IN FURS, SATISFACTION at the Elgin Cinema.




D. EASTER SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Stan Brakhage’s film MOTH LIGHT, Heliczer’s films ROBIN HOOD (avant premiere), VENUS IN FURS, SATISFACTION, JOAN OF ARC, THE STONE AGE, THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER (avant premiere) benefitting the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative at the Bleecker Street Cinema.

E. NEW YEAR SHOW
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Flyer for showing of the world premier of Heliczer’s film THE STONE AGE, Warhol’s COUCH, and Tony Conrad’s THE FLICKER at the Bleecker Street Cinema benefitting the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative.


Piero Heliczer – Books Edited, Printed, and Published

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SECTION D:
This index includes books edited printed, and published


1. Piero Heliczer and Angus MacLise. IMPRIMATUR M.CC.LXXX.I and THE COMPLETED WORKS OF ANGUS MACLISE
White Plains, 1957
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 24 pages, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.




2. Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville]. MARIA
Paris: Dead Language Press, 1958
First edition, broadside, 6.75″ x 15″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Contents: “Maria” [poem]
[not in archive]



3. [anthology] A PULP MAGAZINE FOR THE DEAD GENERATION, edited by Piero Heliczer
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Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, three un-boud folded sheets laid into printed wrappers, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Contributors: Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville], Henk Marsman, Gregory Corso.

4.  Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville]. LEMURS
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
First edition, unbound sheets laid into printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 11″ x 9″, 6 pages, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. This is the first separate edition of one of three pieces collected in A Pulp Magazine for the Dead Generation.

5. Maclise, Angus. STRAIGHT (OPENING SECTION)
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Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, single sheet folded three times to make six printed pages and a cover, block print illustration presumably by Heliczer.



6. [anthology] WEDNESDAY PAPER, edited by Piero Heliczer
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
Contributors: Gregory Corso, Cyclops [Lester], Anselm Hollo, Gustav Schiele.




7. Maclise, Angus. YEAR, A WEDNESDAY PAPER SUPPLEMENT
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
First edition, multiple sheets tape-bound to make a single accordion fold: once face for each of the twelve months and an entry for each day, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.


8. Smith, Jack. THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1962 [reissued by Granary Books in 2001]
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, nineteen hand-tipped black-and-white contact prints by Jack Smith, 200 copies, cover art by Marian Zazeela.

9. Hollo, Anselm. LOVER MAN
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New York: The Dead Language Press, (1963)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.75″ x 8.75″. Cover art by Rene Magritte, letterpress printed and signed by Heliczer.



10. [anthology] CORONA SPINARUM: SON OF WEDNESDAY PAPER, OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE EMPIRE OF EUROPE & THE PIERO HELICZER FAN CLUB, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Piero Heliczer
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, October 1980
First edition, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 8 pages, photocopy. Prints the abstracts from the first meeting of the Imperial Council, attended by Piero, Bill Levy and Ira Cohen.


11. [anthology] DE VROUWE VAN ALLE VOLKEREN [trans. THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS], edited by Piero Heliczer
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, 1981
First edition, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 12 pages, photocopy. Includes a map of Amsterdam with numbers encircled of places of importance, a professional horoscope reading (by Ronnie Dreyer).


12. [anthology] CORONA SPINARUM, No. 3, edited by Piero Heliczer
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, 1981
First edition, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 12 pages, photocopy. Announces a poetry reading by Heliczer, and prints various texts (on Thomas Beckett, Bernadette Soubirous, Jeanne d’Arc, and Thérèse de Lisieux) in French, Dutch and English.

Piero Heliczer – Books and Broadsides

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and broadsides


1. GIRL BODY
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 24″ folded twice to 5″ x 6″, white ink letterpress printed on black paper. Contents: “Girl Body” [poem]



2. IN WHICH THE POET WALKS FROM 945 PARK AVENUE
Paris: Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 6″ x 11″ folded twice to 6″ x 3.75″, letterpress printed on cream laid paper. Contents: “In Which The Poet Walks from 945 Park Avenue to His Home at 420 West 46th Street out of Which He is to be Evacuated as a Squatter and Finally to Battery Park at Noon” [poem]

3. YOU COUL HEAR THE SNOW DRIPPING…
Paris: Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, stapled printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 6.75″, 24 pages, letterpress, AVANT PROPOS by Robert Graves, original photo of Heliczer by Harold Chapman mounted to verso of last leaf. Heliczer’s first book. Contents: “Fuga XIII” [poem], “Ornithology For Love Cyclops” [poem], “England” [poem], “English Girls” [poem], “Paris A Scenario For A Silent Movie” [poem], “America” [poem]

4. THE LION KEEPER
Paris: The Dead Language, 1960
First edition, postcard, 4″ x 6″. Contents: “The Lion Keeper”.

5. THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE
New York: Dead Language, (1962)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 7″, (28 pages), letterpress printed, with an afterword by Anselm Hollo. Variant in orange wrappers (priority unknown). Contents: “Poem Number One” [poem], “Mantis” [poem], “Wm Byrd” [poem], “Bird Burgeoning Sky” [poem], “Buckingham Palace” [poem], “Carillon Booty” [poem]

Notes: “Poem Number One” appeared in LA LUNE EN RODAGE 1, (Basel); “Mantis” appeared in a French version in SENS PLASTIQUE, (Paris); “Wm Byrd” appeared in NEW DEPARTURES 2/3, (Oxford & London); “Buckingham Palace” appeared in OUTBURST 2, (London).

6. & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA
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Brighton: Dead Language & London: Matrix Press, 1959 (1963)
First edition thus, stapled illustrated wrappers, cover photo by Ph Mechanicus, Amsterdam, 4.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, letterpress. Contents: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” [poem]

Notes: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” is “a poem in eleven takes”.

“An earlier edition was dittoed by Anselm Hollo… My earlier inspiration little frogs and clay dams in the sound of leaves there’s no need to worry about fulfilling a sign as signs necessarily fulfill themselves just as every thing has a pot dimension ie that emitter sends pot signals to pot man it is not necessary to the manifestation whether the emitter is under the influence.”

7. THE SOAP OPERA
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London, Trigram Press, 1967
First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket, 9″ x 10″, 36 pages, 500 copies (36 numbered and signed), illustrations by Paul Vaughan, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Wallace Berman, and others, letterpress printed. Contents: “A Purchase in The White Botanica” [poem], “The Death Of Stephen Ward” [poem], “Wyatt: Elegy & Diferencias” [poem], “Victorian Era” [poem], “The Passion Of Johann Sebastian Bach” [poem], “The Autumn Feast” [poem]

Notes: “The Autumn Feast” was made into a movie, Jeffrey Keen did the photography and cutting, Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad made the soundtrack.

8. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume I
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “The Tomb Of Henry James” [play], “Diferencias I-IV” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

9. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume II
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “Wyatt” [play], “The Pecan Tree” [play], “Chaconne in G Minor” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

10. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume III
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: “Harunobu” [play], “The Blue Centaur” [play], “Bessie Smith” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

11. THE HANDSOME POLICEMAN
New York City : Moon Dragon Press, 1976
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17″. Contents: “The Handsome Policeman”.

12. ABDICATION OF THE THRONE OF HELL
Heerlen, Holland: Uitgeverij 261, 1981
First edition, perfect bound wrappers, 5.25″ x 8.25″, 48 pages, printed in English and Dutch, published as part of The Amsterdam School/Poetry Series. Contents: “In Coena Domini” [poem], “Leadbelly (A D 1882 To 1949)” [poem], “Chinatown” [poem], “None of This is Going to Be Really There” [poem], “And I Am Not Afraid Of The Dark” [poem], “Abdication Of The Throne Of Hell” [poem]

13. THE PERFECT DETECTIVE
Amsterdam: Soyo Productions, 1989
First edition, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages.

14. AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK
ph_afraidBayonne, N.J. : Beehive Press, 1991
First edition, comb bound, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 7 leaves printed recto only, includes a flyer for Heliczer’s reading at Saint Marks bound in with a brief biography. Contents: “And I Am Not Afraid of The Dark” [poem]

15. A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA
New York: Granary Books, 2001
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 150 pages. Edited by Gerard Malanga and Anselm Hollo, with a foreword by Hollo and a 19pp. biographical interview with Heliczer’s half-sister, Marisabena Russo, conducted by Malanga.

Piero Heliczer

Piero Giorgio Heliczer (June 20, 1937 in Rome, Italy – July 22, 1993 in Préaux-du-Perche, France) ph_foldingchairwas an Italian-American writer, screenwriter, poet, actor, publisher and underground filmmaker. Heliczer moved to Paris in 1957, where he established his imprint The Dead Language press, publishing his own poetry and later, work by authors Anselm Hollo, Gregory Corso, Jack Smith, and others. In the 1960s, Heliczer moved from Paris to London to New York, and, during that time, made his first film and soon fell in with the crowd that was buzzing around Andy Warhol’s Factory… (more)

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Piero Heliczer & The Dead Language Press
Opening Party, February 20, 6 – 9 PM

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