Front cover of Andy Warhol’s Index rare book
Back cover of Andy Warhol’s Index rare book
Andy Warhol’s Index rare book in a printed plastic cover
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Andy Warhol’s Index

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Originally advertised as “a mod, gadget-packed item guaranteed to surprise and delight,” this “children’s book for hipsters” combines interviews and photographs with pop-up images and other interactive elements in a playful celebration of Andy Warhol’s Factory and its denizens. The artist’s first mass-produced book, Andy Warhol’s Index is an innovative and influential work of art and publishing in its own right.

The book contains ten pop-up or pull-out components: a pop-up castle; a harmonic accordion (or “Bronx cheer maker”); a pop-up biplane; a “spring-loaded” Chelsea Girls paper disc; an illustrated dodecahedron; a 45 RPM flexi disc recording of Nico and others talking over fragments of Lou Reed’s songs “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Femme Fatale”; a foldout photographic print; a pop-up Hunt’s tomato paste can; a sheet of perforated moisture-sensitive paper tabs; and a silver rubber balloon. The use of silver throughout the book was intended to reflect the Factory’s decor, while the “3D action cover,” created by Warhol in collaboration with artist and inventor Billy Klüver, has a holographic effect. This copy is housed in its original printed plastic bag.

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication date: 1967

Contributors: Nat Finkelstein, Billy Klüver, Billy Name, Nico, Lou Reed, Stephen Shore, Andy Warhol

Dimensions: 8 3/4 × 11 1/4 inches (22.2 × 28.6 cm)

Format: Hardcover

Language: English

Edition: First edition


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