044 Klaus Burkhardt & Siegfried Maser
Rot 24: Strukturen / Berechnungen (with original materials)

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044 Klaus Burkhardt & Siegfried Maser
Rot 24: Strukturen / Berechnungen (with original materials)

750.00

With Manuscript Pages and Original Negatives

Stuttgart: Hansjorg Mayer, 1965
(36) pp., square 16mo. Perfect-bound in printed wrappers. Sixty-seven illustrations, including tables and diagrams.

Physicist Heinz von Foerster’s copy, with his ownership stamp and annotations, two manuscript pages in Foerster’s hand, and an envelope of negatives. Some soiling and one small abrasion to back cover, and title written in ink on otherwise plain spine, otherwise very good; envelope, negatives, and manuscript pages in fine condition.

Issue number 24 of Mayer’s long-running journal devoted to concrete poetry, experimental typography, and aesthetics; this issue devoted to the mathematics of rotated and tiled letters, creating rosettes, textures, and other patterns.

Von Foerster was the youngest attendee of the Macy Conferences in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which gave birth to the field of cybernetics, and he edited the resulting five volumes of transcripts; his many accomplishments across a very wide range of disciplines include advances in high-frequency electronics and in population modeling, as well as a pioneering text on computer music.

In addition to several annotations to the text, he has added two manuscript pages, both featuring hand-drawn graphs and equations, exploring aspects of the mathematics of, in one case, the capital letter R (which is the building block of the first forty patterns in the book), and in the other, a particular shape of curve. (In the latter instance, he has cut one of the French-fold pages and tipped in the graph between the pages.) Also accompanying the volume is a folder containing the ten original opaqued production negatives for the images in the first half of the text (the forty patterns created by rotating Rs).

Altogether an extraordinary document of research in process.

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