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First edition. Large single sheet folded four times as issued printed in black on recto and verso on glossy white stock. 61 x 43 cm unfolded, 22 x 15.5 cm folded. To which is added one postcard blind debossed on recto and printed in black on verso on white card stock, one smaller card printed in black on recto on thin white cardstock rubberstamped at verso, a vertically folded sheet printed in black on recto on newsprint, a small white envelope hand-titled in black ink at front containing pencil shavings, two larger A4 sheets printed in black on rectos on white and blue paper respectively, and a 4-page folded newspaper section printed in black and red. Text in French. Issue no. 13 of this quarterly Belgian artists' periodical with a focus on art and visual and concrete poetry. This issue being a folded sheet with contributions by Michele Perfetti, Jochen Gerz, Maurizio Nannucci, and André Morlain among others. One of the more notable contributions include Maurizio Nannucci's computer art project from 1971 titled ‘nine colours' consisting of computer-generated color combinations. Aside from the large folded sheet, our research has not been able to confirm which or how many items were originally issued with no. 13. This lot contains eight items in total including the large folded sheet alongside an artists' postcard by André Morlain, a small card by the publisher, a printed sheet titled ‘Verticalement', a small white envelope with a handwritten title in ink that reads ‘on taille une bavette (modèle d'écriture)' containing pencil shavings, two printed sheets, one of which is titled ‘Cristal Cubique' by P. A. Gette, and an appropriated section from the Belgian newspaper Femmes d'Aujourd'hui featuring a dress pattern. Large sheet, postcard, small card, sheet printed on white paper, and envelope all near fine with faint handling creases, bumps to corners, and trace amounts of age toning. Remaining three items very good with heavy age toning on account being printed on high-acidity paper.