Publisher: New York: Random House, 1967
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106112
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink opposite the title page by Stephen Shore. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with tipped on 3-D photographically illustrated plate on cover and title stamped in silver on spine; no dust jacket as issued; missing original printed plastic bag. Contributions by Andy Warhol, Stephen Shore, Billy Name, Nat Finkelstein, Paul Morissey, Ondine, Nico, Christopher Cerf, Alan Rinzler, Gerald Harrison, Akihito Shirakawa and David Paul. Unpaginated (74 pp.), with pop-ups, fold-outs and affixed items, one 45-rpm record and black-and-white illustrations throughout. 11-1/4 x 8-3/4 inches.
[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]
Near Fine. Binding is attached but loose for the first and last signatures; Covers have some surface wear in white areas (very small bump to front lower right corner); missing original printed plastic bag; Castle pop-up is attached, complete and fully-functioning; Red accordion is attached, complete but squeaker is not audible; Bi-plane pop-up is attached, complete and fully-functioning; "The Chelsea Girls" paper wheel mounted on a spring is attached, complete and in fine condition; The 12-sided "sphere" is complete (elastic band on inside broken and separated at one side). The "sphere" is unattached to the black string, which is still attached to book; The Lou Reed Picture Disc Record is attached to the binding, complete within its square (not removed) and in excellent condition; The double image of the rainbow nose with pink overlay is complete, functioning and attached, as are the fold-out pages; The "Hunt's Tomato Paste" can pop-up is complete, functioning and attached; All eight of the rectangular tear-offs, from the "FOR A BIG SURPRISE!!!" page (four on left, four on right) are present including all four printed with "Andy Warhol"; The balloon has deteriorated and is sticking the two pages together (this is common in virtually all copies of this book).
From Vince Aletti in The Book of 101 Books: "One of the earliest and most thoroughly documented [books] of the Factory's crews is memorialized in [this book], the artist's first publication to use photography and text after an earlier series of privately printed illustrated books. A disjointed and playful pastiche, Index (Book) has the impromptu feel of a project thrown together as a lark. Most of its pages are filed with high-contrast, snapshot-style black-and-white photographs taken by ... Billy Name....As if to puncture this glam bubble, Index (Book) is also filled with an ingratiating array of gimmicks. Among them: a pop-up illustration of a castle under attack (with photos of Warhol & Co. collaged into its windows), a red pleated accordion tucked into a gatefold, another gatefold with Andy's nose in profile sliced into a series of colored flaps, a balloon, a Velvets record, a Chelsea Girls ad on a spring, and a Hunt's tomato past can that pops up between two head shots of International Velvet."