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Ur-Text Volume III
(a.k.a. Wordswords)

Editions KOCH
26 copies
10.5 x 16 inches


A hyper-modernist edition of the concrete poem wordswords is Koch’s final disarticulation and ironically symbolizes the devaluation and loss of faith in the Word. Ur-Text is an extreme example of a metaphor and an icon of the book as object.

Published by Editions KOCH.

Cover and text design, and printing by Peter Koch.

Binding and enclosure by Daniel E. Kelm.

Text composed in Monotype Reproducing Bold type and printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. Hand-bound in various metals. Covers are acid-etched zinc lined with doublures of oxidized brass. Primary sewing is braided dacron thread holding each signature to an external brass spine rod covered by aluminum tube segments, leaving space for a weaving of braided silk thread which connects the covers and signatures. Housed in a black and red Japanese-cloth-covered portfolio with magnetic fore-edge flap. Page edges tinted black.

Held in private collections.

You may request to see Ur-Text Volume III (a.k.a. Wordswords) at:

  • Harvard University
  • Library of Congress
  • New York Public Library, Schwarzman Building
  • San Francisco Public Library, Special Collections
  • Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections, Gunst Collection
  • University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft
  • University of California, Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
  • University of Montana-Missoula, Special Collections
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of San Francisco, Gleeson Library
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections

Here the binding is resting on the fully opened black and red Japanese-cloth-covered folder.