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The “Index” was sold during the 1967 holiday season as a “hip gift book”. It was available in both a Hardback ($ 12.95), a Softback ($4.95), and a signed boxed edition ($50.00). Both editions have the same interiors. The included flexidisc plays – not an unrecorded song by Nico and the Velvet Underground but – , a casually recorded actual conversation between Nico, Warhol, and others about producing and designing the book. Also in the original advertisement above for this book above, the “strange” rainbow nose was promoted as “a do it yourself nose job.” According to Billy Name the nose was Bob Dylan’s. The squeak that one hears on the accordion page was supposed to depict/sound like a fart. The tear off papers that some think were for dropping acid were actually designed to drop into water. Once in the water they dissolve and the name Andy Warhol floats to the top. The Castle design was pulled from a Hallmark Robin Hood promotional. The biplane came from one of Graphic International’s promo pieces. Much of the text/design was based on inside jokes between Warhol and his friends”.


New York: Random House, 1967. 8vo softcover. 36 pages. With all 10 items including the Flexidisc and the accordion still squeaks, only the string for the Dodecahedron is not present and only four “big surprises” left, two of them stamped “andy warhol”. Balloon deflated and the two pages stuck together. Previous owners name sticker with a date from 1969 on cover (see photos). Some overall wear to corners etc. Overall a good, acceptable copy

First edition, the softcover version

Index Book was book cited by both Andrew Roth and Martin Parr as among the most influential photo/artists’ books of the century. (Andrew Roth’s The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century (2001) and Martin Parr & Gerry Badger’s three volumes of The Photobook: a history (2004)