Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1987. Quarto, publisher's textured black paper covered boards, spine stamped in red, illustrated endpapers, publisher's original pamphlet laid in.
Facsimile of Marcel Duchamp’s Manual of Instructions, a document he prepared for the disassembly and transport of his last major work, Étant donnés, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Completed over the course of two decades, the complex tableau surprised the art world because Duchamp had renounced art for competitive chess. In it, the viewer is transformed into a voyeur as they peek through a large heavy door; on the other side of the peephole there is an illuminated landscape in which a nude woman lies in a field with her legs spread, her head un-viewable from the door. Duchamp collected meticulous notes and instructions on its assemblage through 116 polaroids and 35 pages of notes and sketches in a looseleaf binder, reproduced here in color with foldout plates. With laid in single signature pamphlet containing an introduction by museum director Anne d’Harnoncourt. Lacking original bellyband; without dust jacket as issued. Light wear to pamphlet, spine tail gently bumped. Near fine. Item #5187