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Pianeta Fresco (Numbers 1 and 2-3)

First Edition. Quarto. Two volumes (all published); including the scarce first number, printed in only 275 copies, according to Maffei. Legendary artist magazine edited by Ettore Sottsass and Fernanda Pivano, with Allen Ginsberg recruited as "Direttore irresponsabile." Influenced by the aesthetics of countercultural magazines such as Oz and the San Francisco Oracle, Pianeta Fresco was designed as a "technology for deconditioning," amidst an increasingly authoritarian and technocratic society. "This means the magazine is interested in research and experimentation into the psychic and spiritual structures of an individual, research into new chemical products which might affect or speed up perception, research aimed at rediscovering the original reality and purposes of spoken, written, and visual language" (Pivano in Maffei, p. 99). Across the two volumes, contributors of both text and images included: Archizoom, William S. Burroughs, Jan Dibbets, Mircea Eliade, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Allan Kaprow, Timothy Leary, Jonas Mekas, Fernanda Pivano, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ettore Sottsass (as photographer), Gary Snyder, Tomasso Trini, and Alan Watts; with Archizoom's contribution to first volume consisting of 7 pages of experimental gazebo designs. Contents: (1) first number with self-wrappers plus 58 leaves, for [120] pages total. Front cover present in its purple-and-turquoise version. Preserved in remarkable condition; fine. (2) Second number with wrappers plus 82 leaves, for [164] pages. Minor stains to front cover, with short-tear to top of first leaf, else near fine. Set housed in custom cloth slipcase with acetate window to front panel.