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Angus MacLise – Books and Broadsides

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


1. MacLise, Angus. STRAIGHT FARTHEST BLOOD TOWARDS (OPENING SECTION)
ph_straightFirst edition:
Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
Single 6.25″ x 22″ sheet folded three times to make six printed pages and a cover, 5.5″ x 6.5″, letterpress printed and with a block print  cover by Piero Heliczer. Angus MacLise’s first publication.

According to BeatBooks: It was after noticing a copy of this title in City Lights Books that La Monte Young first became aware of Angus MacLise. When the latter moved to New York in 1961 they began performing together regularly, and it was through Young that MacLise first met John Cale.

2. MacLise, Angus. YEAR, A WEDNESDAY PAPER SUPPLEMENT
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First edition:
New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
Multiple sheets tape-bound to make a single accordion fold with 12 panels, one for each of the twelve months and an entry for each day, 4.6″ x 9″ (folded), letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Cover illustration, “The Ascension of St. Rose of Lima”, by Aubrey Beardsley.

According to BeatBooks: The publication prints MacLise’s renaming of every day of the year, some simply assigned a number, but most given poetic names, such as “day of the hearts blood”, “day of the two daughters”, “the shouts from the sea”, and “last day of the autumn feast”. La Monte Young used the calendar to date many of his recordings from the period, including “B-flat Dorian Blues (Fifth Day Of The Hammer)”.

3. MacLise, Angus. THE NEW UNIVERSAL SOLAR CALENDAR
First Edition:
New York: George Maciunas, (1969)
Broadside, 20.5″ x 23.5″. Black calligraphy offset printed on white stock, intricately and elegantly folded as issued.

Note: Similar to MacLise’s earlier “Year,” The New Universal Solar Calendar renames the days of the year, but in this format prints the phrases in his characteristic calligraphic hand, producing a full artwork that actually seems to take itself a bit more seriously than most of the multiples produced by Macianus at the time. [ see Fluxus Codex page 398]

4. MacLise, Angus. THE CLOUD DOCTRINE
First edition:
Kathmandu: Dreamweapon Press, 1974
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.5″ x 10.75″, 16 pages, letterpress printed on handmade paper. Cover woodblock print from a photograph by Ira Cohen.

Note: The Cloud Doctrine was one of the first books produced by the Kathmandu beat poetry presses, and set the template for the books issued in this style.

5. MacLise, Angus. THE SUBLIMINAL REPORT
a. First edition:
Kathmandu: Bardo Matrix, 1975
Machine-sewn in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 10.75″, 28 pages, 500 numbered copies, letterpress printed on handmade paper. Cover woodblock print from a photograph by Ira Cohen. Published as Starstreams Poetry Series, No. 4

According to Ira Cohen: The Subliminal Report included two photos printed in silver ink on white machine made paper, one a mylar portrait of Angus taken in New York, the other a stone garuda sinking into the ground in Dhoka Tole just in front of the Raj Photo Shop where the negatives were developed and first printed…There was a very special collaboration going on here between the artists and artisans, Nepalis and foreigners, which was mutually inspiring and gives the books their unique quality. The Subliminal Report was the first book to utilize Bhutanese silk paper as cover stock.

b. First edition, revised facsimile:
New York: SZ Press, 1984

Photocopied reissue printed in advance of the publication of The Map of Dusk, with brief introductory text by John Fallon and Carolyn Betensky.

6. MacLise, Angus. THE MAP OF DUSK
First edition:
New York: SZ Press, 1984
This is the first publication of the poem in full. An excerpted version of The Map of Dusk appeared in a previous publication by Piero Heliczer in 1959. Illustrated with calligraphic drawings by the author. Includes introduction by Ira Cohen.

Angus Maclise

Angus MacLise was a musician, poet, artist, and counterculture figure who was a mainstay of the downtown New York arts scene in the 1960s.


Angus MacLise Checklist:

Section A: Books and Broadsides
Section B: Contributions to Periodicals
Section C: Recordings
Section D: Publications Edited and Published


· The Dead Language [see also Piero Heliczer]
· Bardo Matrix


Angus MacLise was born in Bridgeport Connecticut in 1938. He studied music and dance before moving to Paris in the late 1950s. In Paris he and his high school friend, avant-garde filmmaker Piero Heliczer, started the Dead Language Press in 1958. The press specialized in poetry and published early works by poets such as Gregory Corso, Olivia de Haulleville, Hendrik Jan Marsman, Anselm Hollo, and others. MacLise also published several of his own poems and manuscripts through the press, including the pamphlet Year that renames all of the days of the year—a convention that MacLise and many of his friends used in dating correspondence or artworks.

MacLise and Heliczer moved back to the United States in the early 1960s, settling in New York and bringing the press with them. In New York, MacLise continued his publishing efforts, while also pursuing music and becoming involved in avant-garde theatrics and performance art pieces. He was a member of the Theater of Eternal Music, started and organized by composer and musician LaMonte Young. He was a regular participant in Fluxus events in New York City and appeared in many experimental films being made by his friends in the downtown arts scene at the time, notably Piero Heliczer and Ira Cohen.

MacLise was a founding member of the Velvet Underground—he was introduced to the band through his roommate John Cale and became the band’s first drummer. Though he helped to found the band, and may have even given it its name, his time with the Velvet Underground was short due to MacLise’s disinterest in creating art for profit or on a schedule dictated by anything other than his own inspiration. He does not appear on any of the band’s recordings.

In 1967 MacLise moved briefly to Berkeley, where he joined the Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, a street performance troupe that included the painter and illustrator Hetty McGee. McGee and MacLise were married in Golden Gate Park in a ceremony officiated by Timothy Leary. The two would later have a son, Ossian, who began living in a Tibetan monastery at the age of 4 and was recognized at 7 as a tulku—a reincarnation of a lama.

The couple moved back to New York where MacLise again collaborated with Ira Cohen, scoring and appearing in Cohen’s film The Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda.

In 1970 Angus and Hetty began a tour of Asia that ended with their settling in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Nepal, MacLise helped operate the Spirit Catcher Bookshop in Kathmandu which became a gathering place for the growing community of artist and poet expatriates living and working in the area. He founded a literary and poetry journal, Ting Pa, and in 1974 he and Ira Cohen started the Bardo Matrix publishing venture. They published work by MacLise, Paul Bowles, Charles Henri Ford among others.

During this time he was particularly interested in calligraphic art and works on paper. Much of his own work from his time in Nepal includes calligraphic illustrations in a made-up script. He was working on establishing a handmade paper company, Himalayan Paper, Inc. at the time of his death.

MacLise died in 1979 in Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of 41.


References Consulted:

Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938-1979
New York: Boo-Hooray, 2011


Online Resources:

Blastitude – Angus MacLise: Master of Synthesis

Columbia University Libraries – Angus MacLise papers

Piero Heliczer – Ephemera

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SECTION E:
This index includes flyers and announcements for readings and film screenings


1. DEAD LANGUAGE / LE SOLEIL DANS LA TETE
Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
Flyer, 6.25″ x 11″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer

Note: An announcement for a reading at the Left Bank bookshop-gallery, Le Soleil Dans La Tête. The text reads: “burroughs heliczer horovitz maclise norse & om in dead languages last poem session two xiii. & viv. august ix. pm soleil dans la tete 10 rue vaugirard”.

2. PIERO HELICZER WILL READ HIS POEMS
London: Gallery Bookshop, 1961
Flyer, 5″ x 7.75″, offset printed

Note: announces a poetry reading by Piero Heliczer at the Gallery Bookshop, Soho, London on December 9, 1961. Illustrated with the same photograph by Ph. Mechanicus that appears in Outburst, No. 2 and on the cover of & I Dreamt I Shot Arrows In My Amazon Bra.

THE DEAD LANGUAGE PRESENTS WM BURROUGHS reading from THE NAKED LUNCH (recorded in paris 1959) & PIERO HELICZER reading his latest book of poems THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE
New York: Dead Language, 1962
Handbill, 7″ x 14″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer

Note: announces a reading on December 16, 1962 at B Flat, 201 Avenue B, New York, “admission one dollar”. Illustrated with the photograph from the front cover of Heliczer’s poetry collection, The First Battle of the Marne, with the same art nouveau decorative border.

THE DEAD LANGUAGE PRESENTS A BENEFIT FOR FLAMING CREATURES / THE FILMS OF SMITH
New York: The Dead Language, 1963
Flyer, 7.5″ x 7″, offset printed

Note: announces screening of Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures on March 9, 1963 at painter Jerry Jofen’s cavernous West 20th Street loft, which, among other things, had a reputation as a shooting gallery.

FIRST RUSHES OF PIERO HELICZERS NEW FILM
New York: Astor Play House, 1965
Flyer, 4.75″ x 5.5″

Note: announces a screening of a new (unnamed) film by Piero Heliczer at the Astor Play House in New York on Friday, July 30, 1965.

NEW YORK UNDERGROUND: 8-HOUR SPECTACLE – APPEARANCE OF THE STARS
New York: Broadway Central Hotel, 1965
Flyer, photocopy printed

Note: announces ‘New York Underground: 8-Hour spectacle, appearance of the stars’ in New York on August 11, 1965. Calligraphy by Angus Maclise. This marks one of the earliest performances of the Velvet Underground, appearing as the Falling Spikes. This event also marks a joint appearance of Piero Heliczer and Jack Smith as MC’s, who were both arrested at the event for outstanding warrants.

PIERO HELICZER – THE LAST RITES
New York: Filmmakers Cinematheque, 1965
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces a performance of Heliczer’s multimedia play The Last Rites at the Filmmaker Cinematheque on November 10, 1965 in New York.

PIERO HELICZERS CHRISTMAS SHOW
New York: U-P Film, 1966
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s Dirt Trilogy (Dirt, Satisfaction, Venus in Furs) presented by the Paris Filmakers Cooperative at the U-P Film in New York on December 15-16, 1966.

PIERO HELICZERS NEW YEAR SHOW
New York: U-P Film, 1968
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s Joan of Arc with music by Tony Conrad and starring Andy Warhol, Ted Berrigan and “many others” presented by the Paris Filmakers Cooperative at the U-P Film in New York on January 19-20, 1968.

MEDALS OF THE UNDERGROUND
New York: U-P Screen, 1968
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s The Stone Age resented by the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative at U-P Screen on February 23-24, 1968.

UNDERGROUND FILMS
Paris: The American Centre, 1968
Flyer, 8.5″, x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s The Stone Age Part Two, and USA v Piero Heliczer, plus other films by Gerard Malanga, Storm de Hirsch, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas and others at The American Centre in March 1968.

PIERO HELICZERS CHRISTMAS SHOW
Paris: The American Center for Students and Artists, 1968
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s Dirt and Joan of Arc, parts one and two at The American Center for Students and Artists on November 29–December 1, 1968.

RETURN OF THE LIGHT, PIERO HELICZERS NEW YEAR SHOW
Paris: The American Center for Students and Artists, 1969
Flyer, 9.5″ x 14″, offset printed

Note: announces a screening of three films by Piero Heliczer, presented by the Paris Filmmakers Coop, “avec wm burroughs andy warhol jeff keen betaudier & the children of albion” at 9pm, January 24-26 (1969) at The American Center for Students and Artists located at 261 Blvd. Raspail (Paris).

PIERO HELICZER – AQUARIUM & HEART
London: ICA, 1969
Flyer, 8″ x 13″, offset printed

Note: announces a screening of films by Piero Heliczer at the ICA in London on March 15, 1969. Prints a 16-line text by Tom Raworth and a list of titles of other work by Heliczer, including Autumn Feast (1961), Satisfaction (1965) and Rushes from the Stone Age (the latter featuring Tom Raworth, Jack Smith, Gerard Malanga et al).

The title of Heliczer’s film, Aquarium, had previously appeared in the name of Aquarium Productions, set up by Heliczer and Angus MacLise sometime around April 1965 for a multimedia stage presentation they were organizing at the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque in New York. Called Launching The Dream Weapon, it featured an early incarnation of the Velvet Underground and preceded Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable shows by almost a year. (©BeatBooks.com)

POETRY & FILMS
New York: Ikon & Millenium, 1969
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, offset printed. Illustrated with a montage by Jud Yalkut featuring two central images of Piero Heliczer, one of them showing him with his 8mm  camera.

Note: announces a poetry reading at Ikon at 78 East 5th Street in New York on October 11, 1969 and films at Millenium at 46 Great Jones Street in New York on October 12, 1969.

PIERO HELICZERS CHRISTMASS HOW
New York: Elgin Cinema, 1969
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. Illustrated with a montage by Piero Heliczer.

Note: announces screenings of five films by Piero Heliczer at the Elgin Cinema in New York City on December 21, 1969. The films shown included Venus in Furs (named after the Velvet Underground song and featuring Lou Reed, John Cale, Angus MacLise and Barbara Rubin), and Satisfaction (also featuring Cale, MacLise and Rubin, along with Gerard Malanga, Irene Nolan, Mario Montez, and Jack Smith). (©BeatBooks.com)

PIERO HELICZER NEWY EARS HOW
New York: Bleecker Street Cinema, 1970
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed

Note: announces a benefit for the Paris Filmmakers Coop featuring screenings of films by Piero Heliczer, Andy Warhol, Tony Conrad and Ira Cohen at the Bleecker Street Cinema in New York at midnight on January 31, 1970. Lists the world premiere of Heliczer’s film, ‘Stone Age’, along with Andy Warhol’s ‘Couch’ (in which Heliczer appeared with Gerard Malanga); ‘The Flicker’ by Tony Conrad; and Ira Cohen’s ‘The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda’, though the film title is not stated on the flyer. The multi-media event also featured a performance by Angus MacLise, readings by Gerard Malanga and William Burroughs (possibly from his recently completed novel, ‘The Wild Boys’), a light show, theatre, and ‘inflatable environments’. (©BeatBooks.com)

BLEECKER STREET CINEMA
New York: Bleecker Street Cinema, February 1970
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, offset printed

Note: announces a benefit for the Paris Filmmakers’ Coop at the Bleecker Street Cinema in New York, featuring a midnight screening of films by Piero Heliczer, Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Ron Rice, Jud Yalkut, Yayoi Kusama (presumably ‘Kusama’s Self-Obliteration’), and Jack Smith. Designed by Piero Heliczer.

ITALIAN TOUR
Paris: Paris Filmmakers Coop, (c. 1970)
Fyler, 9.5″ x 12.75, offset printed. Illustration by Hundertwasser.

Note: announces ‘Italian Tour – piero heliczer 29 30 31 Mai andy warhol larry rivers irene nolan pattilee chenis claudio monteverde the rolling stones pluto venus 261 Bd Raspail à 21 h’.

PIERO HELICZERS APRIL FOOLS SHOW
flyer_aprilfool
Boston: Kenmore Square Cinema, 1970
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screenings of Heliczer films at the Kenmore Square Cinema at 644 Beacon in Boston on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, 1970.

PIERO HELICZERS EASTER SHOW
flyer_aquarium
New York: Bleeker Street Cinema, 1970
Fyler, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed

Note: announces Aquarium Productions and Museum of the Future gala benefit for Paris Filmmaker Cooperative held at Bleeker Street Cinema in New York on April 10, 1970. The event included screenings of Stan Brakhage’s film Moth Light, Heliczer’s films Robin Hood (avant premiere), Venus in Furs, Satisfaction, Joan of Arc, The Stone Age, and The Plays of Piero Heliczer (avant premiere), plus William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, Jack Smith, and others.

THANKSGIVING SHOW
New York: Max’s Kansas City, 1970
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces the screening of Dirt, Joan of Arc, and The Autumn Feast at Max’s Kansas City in New York City on November 25, 1970

UNIVERSAL MUTANT THEATRE
New York: Universal Mutant Theatre, 1970
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed. Illustrated with a montage by Heliczer

Note: announces screenings of films by Piero Heliczer, Ira Cohen, Marty Topp, Charles Henri Ford, Patti Lee Chenis, and Bruce Conner, “plus films by Schneider [Don Snyder?] Malanga &C a benefit for the museum of the future film school at Universal Mutant Theatre 141 Prince Street”, at midnight on December 11-12, 1970. The building on Prince Street, just outside Greenwich Village, was also home at the time to the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian organization in the United States. (©BeatBooks.com)

UNDERGROUND FILMS
Paris: The American Centre, 1972
Flyer, 8.5″, x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s Robin des Bois at The American Centre on January 28-29, 1972.

A MAJOR POETRY READING BY PIERO HELICZER
New York: Saint Marks Church, 1972
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: announces a reading at Saint Marks Church in New York on Wednesday, November 29, 1972

CROWN OF THE UNDERGROUND – PIERO HELICZER’S ST VALENTINES DAY SHOW
New York: Paris Filmmakers Coop, 1973
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed

Note: announces film screenings presented by the Paris Filmmakers Coop at Dramatis Personae at 114 West Street in New York on February 13-14, 1973. Lists the world premiere of “Heliczer’s latest film”, Robin Hood, along with Rushes from Ste Therese. Also lists screenings of Storm De Hirsch’s film, Shaman, A Tapestry for Sorcerers (1966), and Jonas In The Brig, newsreel footage of “Jonas Mekas shooting his filmed version of The Brig on the set of the Living Theatre production” (1964). (©BeatBooks.com)

PARIS FILMMAKERS COOPERATIVE
Paris: The American Centre, 1972
Flyer, 8.5″, x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screening of Heliczer’s Robin des Bois at The American Centre on January 28-29, 1972.

PARIS FILMMAKERS COOP
Paris: Paris Filmmakers Coop, 1976
Flyer, 8.25″ x 11.75″, offset printed

Note: announces screenings of three films by Piero Heliczer presented by the Paris Filmmakers Coop on April 10 and 17, 1976 at Theatre Mouffetard at 76 Rue Mouffetard in Paris. The first screening showed Autumn Feast (1961) and Dirt (1965), as well as films by Patti Lee Chenis and Ray Wisniewski; the second date showed Joan of Arc (c. mid-60s), and Couch by Andy Warhol. Heliczer co-founded the Paris Filmmakers Coop with mover/shaker and filmmaker Barbara Rubin and her friend, Pamela Badyk, a member of the American Living Theatre company, and its venue for screenings, as here, was invariably the cinema at “La Mouffe” the “Maison pour tous” on rue Mouffetard. (©BeatBooks.com)

PARIS FILMMAKERS COOP
Paris: Paris Filmmakers Coop, 1976
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed

Note: announces a screening of films by Piero Heliczer presented by the Paris Filmmakers Coop at Theatre Mouffetard at 76 rue Mouffetard in Paris on May 15 and May 22, 1976. The first date featured Heliczer’s film Robin Hood and the second, Sainte Thérèse. The screenings also showed Yoghurt Subculture, a film by Patti Lee Chenis (who also appeared in Robin Hood), and Paul Sharits’s film, Nothing. (©BeatBooks.com)

FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION…
Amsterdam: n.p., 1977
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces the fourth anniversary of Piero Heliczer’s Coronation as Emperor of Europe in Amsterdam on January 1-2, 1977, with a screening announced for January 3-4.

VOTE FOR PIERO HELICZER
Amsterdam: n.p., 1979
Flyer, 8.5″ x 13″, photocopy printed.

Note: prints a song text with musical notes and the slogan “Europe Without Piero Is Like A Song Without Words” with the credit line: “1979 Piero Heliczer. The Committee For The Restoration Of The Holy Roman Empire, Van Woustraat 5, 1074 AA Amsterdam”.

PIERO FOR PRESIDENT
New York: Rare Book Room, (c. 1985)
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: reproduces a photograph of two Rabbis, captioned with one saying to the other: “I hear the Rabbi is running for President!”, and the other replying: “You mean, Piero Heliczer?”. A box below requests that signatures for Piero’s name to be on the ballot should be sent to the Rare Book Room at 125 Greenwich Avenue in New York. The flyer coincides with the period when Piero Heliczer was living on the streets of New York, wandering the city and marking its monuments and walls with his signature holograph, a capital ‘P’ inside a segmented circle, with the words ‘Vote for Piero Heliczer’ or ‘Piero Heliczer for President’. (©BeatBooks.com)

PIERO HELICZERS BOOK STREET
New York: Piero Heliczers Book Street, (c. 1987)
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces “Piero Heliczers Book Street Waverly Place & Sixth Avenue”. Dates from the period Piero was living rough on the streets of New York and eking-out a meagre living by selling used books.

SUNDAYS CHILD
New York: Rare Book Room, (c. 1988)
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces the Rare Book Room’s publication of Heliczer’s autobiographical sketch, Sundays Child printing a brief descriptive blurb, and simultaneously announcing Heliczer’s campaign for the American presidency.The flyer coincides with the period when Heliczer was living on the streets of New York, wandering the city and marking its monuments and walls with his signature holograph, a capital ‘P’ inside a segmented circle, with the words ‘Vote for Piero Heliczer’ or ‘Piero Heliczer for President’.

PIERO HELICZER – FILM RETROSPECTIVE
New York: Film Art Fund, Inc., 1990
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces a series of screenings of Heliczer films during May and June, 1990 at the Anthology Film Archives. The flyer is illustrated with a collage of Andy Warhol with barbells and two nuns set against the backdrop of a crucifixion scene.

PIERO HELICZERS CHRISTMAS SHOW
New York: Saint Marks Church, 1990
Flyer, 8.5″ x 11″, photocopy printed

Note: announces “piero heliczer’s christmas show” on December 10, 1990 at Saint Marks Church, illustrated with a Dezo Hoffmann photo of the Beatles collaged against a backdrop of a bridge over the Seine (presumably referencing the group’s 1963-64 Christmas shows).

PIERO HELICZERS MYSTERIOUS REAPPEARANCE
New York: Knitting Factory, 1990
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: announces “piero heliczer’s mysterious reappearance” at the “knitting factory” on December 12, 1990, reproduces a Dezo Hoffmann photo of the Beatles with the addition of a large photo of Heliczer’s high school graduation photo from June 1954.

SCREENINGS OF DIRT AND AUTUMN FEAST
Amsterdam, Poets Cinema, 1992
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, photocopy printed

Note: announces screenings for Dirt and Autumn Feast on September 20, 1992 at Poets Cinema in Amsterdam.

Piero Heliczer – Publications Edited, Printed, and Published

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SECTION D:
This index includes publications edited printed, and published by Piero Heliczer and his Dead Language Press


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



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


b. First edition, white paper:
Paris: Dead Language Press, 1958
Broadside, 5″ x 6.5″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Contents: “Maria” [poem]
[not in archive]

Note: poem written partly in English and partly in French, probably composed in memory of the author’s maternal aunt, and wife of Aldous Huxley, Maria Nys, who died in 1955. (©BeatBooks.com)

3. Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville]. LEMURS
First edition:
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
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.

4. [anthology] A PULP MAGAZINE FOR THE DEAD GENERATION, edited by Piero Heliczer
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a. First edition, green cover:
Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
Three un-boud folded sheets laid into printed wrappers, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Contributors: Om, Henk Marsman, Gregory Corso.

b. First edition, blue cover:
Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
Three un-boud folded sheets laid into printed wrappers, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Photograph of Om affixed to last leaf, as issued.Contributors: Om, Henk Marsman, Gregory Corso.

Note: the book prints “Lemurs” by Om; five poems by Henk Marsman (the Dutch poet, Hendrik Jan Marsman, aka J. Bernlef); and four poems from The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems by Gregory Corso. Each contribution is preceded by a brief text, Corso’s probably written by Piero Heliczer, the others by the poets themselves. (©BeatBooks.com)

5. THE DEAD LANGUAGE DIXHUIT RUE DESCARTES PARIS
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First edition:
Paris: Dead Language, (c. 1959)
Flyer, 4.5″ x 8.25″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.

Note: verso lists Dead Language publications, 1957-1959.

6. PURCELL FESTIVAL M.CM.L.IX
First edition:
Paris: The Dead Language, 1959
Flyer, 4.5″ x 8.25″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.

Note: 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.

The festival was organised by Piero Heliczer, a keen listener of English baroque, William Byrd as well as Purcell. When he visited Cambridge in early February 1960 as part of Michael Horovitz’s Live New Departures, Heliczer was presented with a viola da gamba by the musicologist and Purcell exponent, Thurston Dart, an instrument that Horovitz remembers Heliczer soon mastered.

Earlier, in June 1959, a petit scandale emerged when Peter Forbes, a British tabloid journalist, visited Heliczer in Paris after hearing of his invitations to English school girls to attend the festival, one of them sent to the headmistress of Queen Anne’s School in Caversham. Forbes’s article appeared in the Sunday Pictorial on June 7 and featured a photograph of Heliczer with Olivia de Haulleville (“A Bohemian young scamp and his girl friend”).

It claimed that Heliczer was offering “to receive groups of girls at a festival in Paris… The girls would pay their own fares, but Heliczer would provide free hotel accomodation.” Forbes added that Heliczer hoped “to get one of his girl guests to act in a play he has written. It features a headless man and a girl who appears naked standing on a tombstone”, and quotes the headmistress as initially having been “quite enthusiastic. Some of the girls had obtained their parents’ consent and were looking forward to the trip. Now, however, we shall unquestionably withdraw. I shall write to Heliczer telling him so.” The article concludes: “Other headmistresses, please copy. And Piero, please drop those crackpot capers. They will land you in real trouble one day.” (©BeatBooks.com)

7. Haulleville, Eric de. MÉLANCHOLIA 1
First edition:
Paris: The Dead Language, (c. 1959)
Postcard, 6″ x 4″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.

Note: Baron Eric de Haulleville, Olivia’s father, was a Belgian poet and writer who died in France during the second world war, shortly after his daughter’s birth.

8. Tyndall, Thomas. CITY SUMMER NIGHT
First edition:
Paris: The Dead Language, nd. (c. 1959)
Postcard, 6″ x 4″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer

9. WHY ARE YOU LOOKING ASKANCE IM JUST TRYING TO SHOUT
a. First edition, cream-colored stock:
Paris: Dead Language, (c. 1959)
Postcard, 4″ x 6″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.

 

b. First edition, orange-colored stock:
Paris: Dead Language, (c. 1959)
Postcard, 4″ x 6″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.

 

Note: a publicity card printing a short text by Piero Heliczer on his private press (“the only one left which has not been absorbed by those given over to reminiscence”), and listing the titles and prices of its early publications.

10. MacLise, Angus. STRAIGHT FARTHEST BLOOD TOWARDS (OPENING SECTION)
ph_straightFirst edition:
Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
Single 6.25″ x 22″ sheet folded three times to make six printed pages and a cover, 5.5″ x 6.5″, letterpress printed and with a block print  cover by Piero Heliczer. Angus MacLise’s first publication.

Note: it was after noticing a copy of this title in City Lights Books that La Monte Young first became aware of Angus MacLise. When the latter moved to New York in 1961 they began performing together regularly, and it was through Young that MacLise first met John Cale. (©BeatBooks.com)

11. [anthology] WEDNESDAY PAPER, edited by Piero Heliczer and Angus MacLise
a. First edition, white cover:
New York: The Dead Language Press, (c. 1961)
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″,  12 pages, offset printed.  Contributors: Gregory Corso, Cyclops [Lester], Anselm Hollo, Gustav Schiele.

ph_wednesdaya. First edition, pink cover:
New York: The Dead Language Press, (c. 1961)
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″,  12 pages, offset printed.  Contributors: Gregory Corso, Cyclops [Lester], Anselm Hollo, Gustav Schiele. This apparent later issue adds the title to Hollo’s poem on the cover.

Note: prints the poems “Song of Stations” by Anselm Hollo and “It Was the Happy Birthday of Death” by Gregory Corso (reputedly included without Corso’s permission). Also features reproductions of a sketch by Egon Schiele (with accompanying texts by him); a holograph letter from Cyclops Lester to Piero Heliczer; a ‘Woman Contest’ (“every two weeks wednesday paper will run photos of the winner and runner up of our quarter moon woman contest”); newspaper clippings; and brief ads. for the Dead Language, New Departures, and “hollands leading litry magazine”, Barbarber. (©BeatBooks.com)

12. MacLise, Angus. YEAR, A WEDNESDAY PAPER SUPPLEMENT
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First edition:
New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
Multiple sheets tape-bound to make a single accordion fold with 12 panels, one for each of the twelve months and an entry for each day, 4.6″ x 9″ (folded), letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Cover illustration, “The Ascension of St. Rose of Lima”, by Aubrey Beardsley.

Note: the publication prints MacLise’s renaming of every day of the year, some simply assigned a number, but most given poetic names, such as “day of the hearts blood”, “day of the two daughters”, “the shouts from the sea”, and “last day of the autumn feast”. La Monte Young used the calendar to date many of his recordings from the period, including “B-flat Dorian Blues (Fifth Day Of The Hammer)”. (©BeatBooks.com)

13. Smith, Jack. THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK
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a. First edition:
New York: The Dead Language Press, 1962 Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.5″ x 9″, 20 pages, 200 copies (though it is often claimed that only sixty or so copies were ever completed), letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Includes 19 silver gelatin contact prints (2.25″ x 2.25″), one tipped on to each page: 19 photographs by Jack Smith, and 1 portrait of Jack Smith by Ken Jacobs. Cover art by Marian Zazeela.

b. Facsimile edition, second printing:
New York: Granary Books / Plaster Foundation, 2001
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.5″ x 9″, 20 pages, Includes 19 silver gelatin contact prints (2.25″ x 2.25″) made from the original negatives, one tipped on to each page: 19 photographs by Jack Smith, and 1 portrait of Jack Smith by Ken Jacobs. Cover art by Marian Zazeela.

Note: a printed sheet issued with the Granary Books / Plaster Foundation edition in 2001 stated: Noting the scarcity of this title on the rare book market and its absence from many prominent collections (not to mention the chaotic circumstances in which it was produced) it is likely that considerably fewer than 200 books were actually nished and distributed. Jack Smith, Piero Heliczer, and their associates assembled the books during the late spring and early summer of 1962 before shooting began on Smith’s seminal film Flaming Creatures (1963), one of the most notorious underground films of the 1960s, which became a test case of censorship laws.

14. FOLDING CHAIR OF THE PRINTING MASTER, A CATALOG OF ITEMS PRINTED BY THE DEAD LANGUAGE 1963
First edition:
New York: The Dead Language Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 4.75″ x 5″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Cover art by Aubrey Beardsley.

Note: a catalogue of Dead Language editions listing seven publications, each one including the price and pithy comments or quotes. The text ends: “make checks payable to piero heliczer”.

15. Hollo, Anselm. LOVER MAN
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First edition:
New York: The Dead Language Press, (1963)

Accordion-bound sheets laid into printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.75″ x 8.75″, 12 pages, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Cover art (“Le Viol”, 1934) by Rene Magritte.

Note: the Folding Chair Dead Language catalog describes the publication as “a very free translation of the lemminkainen cantos of the kalevala” (a 19th century work of epic poetry compiled from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology). (©BeatBooks.com)

16. FOLDING CHAIR OF THE PRINTING MASTER, A CATALOG OF ITEMS PRINTED BY THE DEAD LANGUAGE 1963
First edition:
Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1963
Multiple sheets tape-bound to make a single accordion fold with 8 panels, 4.75″ x 5″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Cover art by Aubrey Beardsley.

Note: a catalogue of Dead Language editions listing ten publications, with The Beautiful Book, The First Battle of the Marne, and Loverman added to the seven titles listed in the earlier edition, the first two featuring quotes from Ron Rice and Fielding Dawson respectively.

[facsimile at Brown University Library digital repository]

17. [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
First edition:
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, October 1980
Folded and gathered unbound sheets, 5.75″ x 8.25″, 8 pages, photocopy printed.

Note: prints the abstracts from the first meeting of the Imperial Council, attended by Piero, Bill Levy and Ira Cohen.

18. [anthology] DE VROUWE VAN ALLE VOLKEREN [trans. THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS], edited by Piero Heliczer
First edition:
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, 1981
Folded and gathered unbound sheets, 5.75″ x 8.25″, 12 pages, photocopy printed.

Note: includes a map of Amsterdam with numbers encircled of places of importance, a professional horoscope reading (by Ronnie Dreyer),  holy texts of Saints, and  an ad for a marijuana sweepstakes.

19. [anthology] CORONA SPINARUM, No. 3, edited by Piero Heliczer
First edition:
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, 1981
Folded and gathered unbound sheets, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 12 pages, photocopy printed.

Note: 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. Heliczer, Piero. THE TOMB OF HENRY JAMES, DIFERENCIA 1
First edition:
(White Plains): privately published, (c. 1957)
Staple-bound sheets tipped into printed wrappers, 12 pages, 24 numbered copies issued hors commerce.  Contents: “The Tomb of Henry James Diferencia 1” [play]

Note: prints the first part of Heliczer’s absurdist play. The play’s second part appeared in Accent (Spring 1958), and the complete (?) four-part play was published by the Dead Language Press in 1971. This first part was privately printed “as a distraction” by Heliczer in White Plains, New York, “for personal use of its author”, and does not bear the Dead Language (or any) imprint. It was included in the Dead Language catalogue for 1959 (item #49), though only a tiny number of copies were sold or, more likely, given away. (©BeatBooks.com)

2. Heliczer, Piero. GIRL BODY
First edition:
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]

Note: the subject of this sensual and concupiscent poem is Olivia de Haulleville, Heliczer’s girlfriend, whose breath he compares to a turtle’s and “her sex” to “a turtle shell” (Piero owned a pet turtle which he led on a leash and is said to have once deposited it at the Louvre’s cloakroom during a visit). (©BeatBooks.com)

3. Heliczer, Piero. IN WHICH THE POET WALKS…
First edition:
Paris: Dead Language, 1958
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]

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

Note: Heliczer’s first book. In his avant-Propos, Robert Graves liken Heliczer’s work to “a translation of poems from a foreign language, which I would like to understand” (“an indication”, Anselm Hollo later noted, “of the limited range of the older poet’s ear”). The title is credited to Siggy Wessberg, Olivia de Haulleville’s half brother. (©BeatBooks.com)

5. Heliczer, Piero. THE LION KEEPER
First edition:
Paris: The Dead Language, 1960
Postcard, 4″ x 6″., letterpress printed. Contents: “The Lion Keeper”.



6. Heliczer, Piero. & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA
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First edition thus:
Brighton: Dead Language & London: Matrix Press, 1961
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, letterpress printed. Cover photo by Ph Mechanicus. Contents: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” [poem]

“& 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.”

Note: Heliczer’s 1963 Dead Language catalog prints the publication year as 1961, a year before he moved to New York; elsewhere Tom Raworth mistakenly gives the year as 1963, stating that “Piero was living with us; he and I printed it on my treadle press which was off Oxford Street in Richard Moore’s print-shop…”. Heliczer’s notebook dates the sale and distribution of copies in early December 1961, and records that he paid Tom Raworth £1.00 on the ninth of that month. (©BeatBooks.com)

7. Heliczer, Piero. THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE
First edition:
New York: Dead Language, (1962)
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 7″, 28 pages, letterpress printed. 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]

Note: “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).

8. Heliczer, Piero. THE SOAP OPERA
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First edition:
London, Trigram Press, 1967
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with illustrated dust jacket, 9″ x 10″, 36 pages, 500 copies (36 numbered and signed), letterpress printed. Illustrations by Paul Vaughan, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Wallace Berman, and others. 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.

9. Heliczer, Piero. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume I
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First edition:
Préaux: The Dead Language, 1971
Side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″,  30 pages, 100 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover photo by Avril Hodges. Contents: “The Tomb of Henry James, Diferencias I-IV” [play]

10. Heliczer, Piero. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume II
ph_plays2
First edition:
Préaux: The Dead Language, 1971
Side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 30 pages, 100 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover photo by Avril Hodges. Contents: “Wyatt” [play], “The Pecan Tree” [play], “Chaconne in G Minor” [play]

11. Heliczer, Piero. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume III
ph_plays3
First edition:
Préaux: The Dead Language, 1971
Side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies, 26 pages, mimeograph printed. Contents: “Harunobu” [play], “The Blue Centaur” [play], “Bessie Smith” [play]

12. Heliczer, Piero. THE HANDSOME POLICEMAN
First edition:
New York City : Moon Dragon Press, 1976
Broadside, 11″ x 17″. Contents: “The Handsome Policeman” [poem]
[not in archive]

13. Heliczer, Piero. ABDICATION OF THE THRONE OF HELL
First edition:
Heerlen, Holland: Uitgeverij 261, 1981
Perfect-bound in printed 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]

14. Heliczer, Piero. SUNDAYS CHILD
First edition:
(New York): (The Rare Book Room), (1987)
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 8.5″x 11″, 17 pages, 10 copies, xerox printed.

Note: a promotional flyer produced by The Rare Book Room and mailed by Heliczer to Bill Levy in late January 1988, states that the booklet was published in an edition of “Less than 10 copies”, and describes it as “An autobiographical sketch of some 17 pages by a former child star of Italy (‘Il Piccolo Pucci’), one of the earliest underground film-makers here (he also acted in Jack Smith’s notorious ‘Flaming Creatures’, some of Warhol’s earliest films), compulsive talker, womanizer – and, despite some occasionally wandering neurons – a fine poet. Mint. Signed by the author. 15.00”.

Forming only the first part of an unfinished life story, the narrative ends with the young Piero still in Italy at the end of World War II, prior to his emigration to America. Heliczer is referred to in the third person throughout, and it seems plausible that the text may have been based on conversations with the owner of The Rare Book Room, Richard Rogers. The Rare Book Room was a small bookstore on Greenwich Avenue in New York owned by Roger and Irvyne Richards. Roger was a friend to most of the Beat writers, notably Gregory Corso, as well as a regular at Warhol’s Factory. (©BeatBooks.com)

15. Heliczer, Piero. LEADBELLY
First edition:
n.p.: n.p., (c. 1988)

16. Heliczer, Piero. THE PERFECT DETECTIVE
First edition:
Amsterdam: Soyo Productions, 1989
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages. Contents: “Border Boredom”, “America”, “The Perfect Detective”


17. Heliczer, Piero. AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK
ph_afraidFirst edition:
Bayonne, N.J. : Beehive Press, 1991
Comb-bound in printed cover, 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]

18. Heliczer, Piero. A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA
First edition:
New York: Granary Books, 2001
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 150 pages. Edited by Gerard Malanga and Anselm Hollo, with a foreword by Hollo and a 19-page 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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