Andy Warhol's Index Book, 1967


First Edition Hardback Monograph with Silver Holographic Cover and Multiple 3-D Inserts.

11.25 x 8.75 in

28.6 x 22.2 cm

True (stated) 1st printing, published by Random House, Inc., New York and Random House Limited Canada.


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    About The Work

    Andy Warhol's Index Book, called a “children’s book for hipsters”, is full of pop-ups, pull-outs, fold-outs and even a stuck balloon - as a practical joke! The present work is a handsome vintage 1st printing edition of this seminal 1967 artist's book cited by both Andrew Roth and Martin Parr as among the most influential photo/artists' books of the century. Running vertically along the edge of the title page is a single explanatory sentence: "Well, Andy loves mistakes. This wasn't rehearsed." 

    Andy Warhol's Index Book features a compilation of interviews, art inserts, pop-ups, photographs, recording discs, and descriptions of life at the Factory. To this day it remains an important Warhol document and an absolutely iconic publication of the psychedelic era of the late 1960's in New York. The photographs are by Billy Name and other Warhol co-conspirators with the assistance of Stephen Shore, Paul Morrissey (Warhol's movie producer) Ondine, and Nico. All objects are present and in great shape. The accordion still squeaks which is most uncommon and the Hunt's tomato paste paper can pop up as it should. So does the castle! This copy also has the Warhol stickers at the end which are very rare. All pop-ups, fold-outs and attached materials are present.

    Note: lacking holograph postcard. Sticker tabs along 3-page margins. The balloon melted and stuck to two pages at rear - but that is part of the book design and was done by Warhol in all the books as a practical joke on the reader! Some booksellers and art dealers don't realize that and earnestly lament that the two pages somehow got stuck together, faulting their own particular copy and the ravages of time. More details about the attachments: An elaborate pop-up paper castle attached to two pages above the incredibly prescient declaration "We're attacked constantly;" a bright red paper accordion attached to the intersection of a folded page; a colorful pop-up paper airplane attached between two pages; a paper disc with announcement & blurbs about Warhol's film Chelsea Girls, now loose but complete with loose spring & clear adhesive stickers; a folded paper geodesic structure with images of a nude, hairy-chested photographer, attached with black string to a circular sticker attached to a page; a 7" flexi-disc, paper with plastic grooved film on front side with image of Lou Reed, said to contain a recording by The Velvet Underground & Nico which may not have otherwise been released, & still attached between two pages with unbroken perforation & central hole still covered, therefore never played; a colorful two-overlay cut-out paper nose on the central section of a three-fold page; a pop-up paper Hunt's Tomato Paste can between two pages; a sheet of stamps still attached to a page with unbroken perforations & text. 

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

    About Andy Warhol

    From The Magazine

    • Literature: Cited in “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” by Andrew Roth.

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