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Edward RUSCHA

Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America born 1937

Mason WILLIAMS

Abilene, Texas, United States of America born 1938

Patrick BLACKWELL

G.R. HUTTNER LITHOGRAPHY

(organisation)

Royal road test 1967, printed 1980 Description: soft-cover artist's book containing 64 pages and 36 offset reproductions of black and white photographs taken by Edward Ruscha, Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell documenting in the manner of a forensic report the effects of a Royal (Model 'X') typewriter, thrown from a 1963 Buick 'Le Sabre' at 90 miles per hour, with captions
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, artist's books, planographic offset lithograph, printed in black ink; spiral bound. Support: 80-lb. white Prentice Gloss Text paper; cover manilla-coloured, coated paper; plastic spiral binding
Impression: 4th edition
Edition: 1st edition 1967: 1,000 unnumbered, some signed; 2nd edition 1969: 1,000 unsigned and unnumbered; 3rd edition, 2000 unsigned and unnumbered; 4th edition 1980: 1,500 unsigned and unnumbered
Publisher: RUSCHA, Edward and WILLIAMS, Mason
Place Published: California
Date Published: 1980

Edition Notes: 1st edition 1967: 1,000, some copies of which were signed by the artist, some by both Ruscha and Mason Williams, 60 pages; printed by Blair Litho, Los Angeles; 2nd edition 1969: 1,000 unsigned and unnumbered, 64 pages; printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, California; 3rd edition 1971: 3,000 unsigned and unnumbered, 64 pages; printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, California; 4th edition 1980: 1,500 unsigned and unnumbered, 64 pages; printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, California. Spiral bound by California Bindery - Griswold Corporation, Downey, California.
Primary Insc: front, black ink "ROYAL ROAD TEST"; title page: "ROYAL/ ROAD TEXT/ Mason Williams/ Edward Ruscha/ Patrick Blackwell", followed by copyright page (verso), followed by inscription "It was too directly bound to its own anguish to be anything other then a cry of negation; carrying within itself, the seeds of its own destruction"; explanatory captions accompany 35 of 36 photographic reproductions, placed beside or underneath the photograph
Dimensions: book (closed) 24.2 h x 16.5 w x 0.5 d cm
Cat Raisonné: Engberg & Phillpot, 'Edward Ruscha editions 1959-1999', vol. 1 pp. 92-93, vol. 2 p. 124 (cat. B6)
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.4161
Image rights: © ED RUSCHA