Item #4120 78-187880. Ira Einhorn.


Einhorn, Ira

Garden City: Doubleday, 1972.

First printing. (192) pp., 5.25 x 8 inches. Perfect-bound in printed card covers. Designed and photographed by Marshall Henrichs. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs. Toning to edges and slight waviness to pages; light wear to edges of covers and a couple of small closed tears to back cover. Item #4120

An experimental visual book of counterculture or new age philosophy, designed in the spirit of such predecessors as McLuhan’s The Medium Is The Massage and Fuller’s I Seem To Be A Verb. (The title is the catalog number assigned to the book by the Library of Congress.) The author was an antiwar and environmental activist as a student, and something of a hanger-on with many significant countercultural figures; he claimed significant roles, for example in the creation of the first Earth Day in Philadelphia in 1970, but his claims were disputed.

Just days before he was set to go on trial for the 1979 murder of his girlfriend Holly Maddux, Einhorn fled the country. He was extradited and returned in 2001, after a four-year international legal process; retried for the crime (he had been initially convicted in absentia), he was sentened in 2002 to life in prison without parole. He died in prison in April 2020.

Einhorn used the handle “Unicorn” from the translation of his last name, and so became known as the “Unicorn Killer.” Though the book is not uncommon, signed copies are decidedly scarce.

Price: $350.00

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