Dieter Roth was an artist well known for his multi-faceted work with books and multiples. Over the course of his career, he created numerous artist’s books using a variety of creative approaches, from books with holes cut in them to books made of newspaper clippings. One category of book that Roth engaged with throughout his career was that of the diary. In Flacher Abfall (Flat Waste) (1973-75), Roth documented his life by collecting food packaging and other scraps he produced in the course of daily living. In Ein Tagebuch (A Diary) (1982), he presented a written, filmed, and photographed record of six months in his life.

This work, Die Blaue Flut, presents a diary for 1966 that is entirely typographic with cryptic notes printed on each day. No illustrations are included and even the punctuation marks are spelled out as words. This perfect-bound volume has a plain white cover printed with the title, the author’s name, and the publisher’s name in black. In 1973, Roth reissued this book with a different cover and additional material as Volume 14 of his self-published Gesammelte Werke (Collected Works) series.

This copy of the original book is number 259 out of 500. This book has some slight cracking at the spine with a few pages partially detached, but is otherwise in very good condition.


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