Assembling

ASSEMBLING PRESS BOOKS AVAILABLE THROUGH ARCHAE EDITIONS: CATALOG 2014

ARCHAE EDITIONS, known already for distributing Richard Kostelanetz books that are otherwise unavailable, has taken over the inventory of Assembling Press publications with which he was involved. Between 1970 and 1982, Assembling Press published thirteen world-famous annuals of “otherwise unpublishable” (aka avant-garde) art and literature, Assemblings. Instead of selecting from submissions presented to it, Richard Kostelanetz (and, at various times, Henry James Korn, Mike Metz, Scott Helmes, and David Cole) invited potential contributors to submit a thousand copies of whatever they wanted to include, and these feasty festivals of visual and verbal waywardness were alphabetically assembled into 8 1/2″ by 11″ books. Evaluating these alternate activities, the American poet and critic Karl Young wrote in the critical magazine Margins, “In 1917 Ezra Pound hoped to edit magazines as whole entities--having the kind of completeness, formal integrity, structure and continuity you find in a good novel. Since [Pound’s] The Exile we have had--as far as I know--only one gut innovation in magazine editing technique. That came in 1970 with the founding of Assembling.”

Assembling Press has also issued books of poetry, fiction and criticism and other related experimental works in several media. These publications have been reviewed, exhibited and distributed around the work. In October, 1978, all of Assembling Press’s works were displayed at the the Pratt Graphics Center in New York City; it was, as far as anyone can tell, the first time since the Dial that a small American literary press was honored with an institutional retrospective.

Among the Assembling Press publications now available through Archae Editions are:

The classic critical appreciation of this genre, acknowledging in its title the centrality of Assembling, is Geza Perneczky’s book Assembling Magazines 1969-2000 (2007).

NOTE: When stocks of any number of Assembling are exhausted, it will not, cannot, be reprinted.

OTHER ASSEMBLING PRESS PUBLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE THORUGH ARCHAE EDITIONS

POETRY & FICTION:

EXPERIMENTAL PROSE:

BOOK ART:

The date of this catalog is July 2011. Prices subject to change upon increasing scarcity. Later volumes of Assembling, including Samizdat & All Species, as well as Assembling Press books by Rose Drachler and Charles Doria, are available from Dr. Doria, 506 Ft. Washington Ave, 2-C, New York, NY 10033. For the complete list of books and related literary material available through Archae Editions, please consult its page on this website. Please make all checks out to Archae Editions. Retail customers in New York State or City must add appropriate sales tax(es). Discounts only to dealers, paying in advance. (Only defective copies can be returned.) With every order above $50.00, we add gratis, upon request, a copy of RK’s Recyclings Vol. 1 (Assembling Press, 1974). On all domestic orders, please include $5.00 for postage and packing; on foreign orders, necessarily airmailed, $10.00.

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