Play Power: Exploring the International Underground. Richard NEVILLE.
Play Power: Exploring the International Underground.
Play Power: Exploring the International Underground.
Play Power: Exploring the International Underground.
Play Power: Exploring the International Underground.

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Play Power: Exploring the International Underground.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. First edition. Yellow paper covered boards. 362pp.


SIGNED by Richard Neville and Martin Sharp on the title page. 'Headopoly - an Underground Almanac Poster-Game' (conceived by Jon Goodchild, then working at Rolling Stone in San Francisco, and modified by the author with Jim Anderson) loosely inserted in rear pocket, as issued, with psychedelic dustwrapper design by Martin Sharp, whose illustrations also appear on the title page.


Neville began writing the book in 1968, commissioned and coaxed by Ed Victor at Cape. Its working title, 'Flower Power', was changed late on to 'Play Power', the concept of playfulness seen by Neville as both matching his mood and fundamental to the counterculture. Appendices include a "Directory to the World's Underground Press", and a reprint of Nicholas Albery's "Project London" booklet.


The book, along with its barely opened poster insert, is in bright, very Near Fine condition, with only slight fading to the spine panel of the dustwrapper and trivial edge-wear. An exceptional copy.

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