Auction 500 / Lot n° 294

DEPERO, Fortunato (1892-1960) - Depero futurista. Rovereto: tipografia della Dinamo Mercurio, 1927. A good copy of this object-book, a "must have" for any livre d'artistes collector. Depero designed this groundbreaking, tour-de-force book as a Futurist manifesto, personal propaganda and self-promotional portfolio, which not only highlighted his immense typographic abilities but also his various artistic enterprises around Italy, including his Casa d'Arte. F.T. Marinetti referred to it as a "typographical racing car," and indeed, it is a virtuosic graphic masterpiece, often cited as a landmark Art Book. Each page is an innovative, dynamic and distinguished type-set masterpiece. The tome is colloquially and reverentially called "the Bolted Book," as each book is held together with bolts that could be unscrewed, allowing Depero to display pages as advertising for his own portable art gallery. These 'machine parts' align with the Futurists' veneration of modern technology and industrialization. The intended printed edition of this original 1927 version was 1000, though it is unclear if that many were actually produced. Rare. Mechanical Age pl. 10, Page Design p. 112, MoMA 202.1997. Oblong folio (239 x 320mm). 234 pages with a double-page, printed on various types of paper, numerous photoreproductions, 2 coloured, numerous illustrations, a folding page (with a tear at the fold, light foxing to first leaf, minor short clean tear to page with “Piatti di rame di Depero”). Original blue paper covers printed in black and silver with metal bolts (very light wear and some minor dampstainig at inner margin).

Auction: 26 January 2021 at 15:00

Estimate € 12,000 - 18,000

Sold € 14,500
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