INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.
INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.
INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.
INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.
INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.
INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.

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INK #1-29 (London: May 1971-February 1972). The rare leather bound edition of the complete run. Felix Dennis's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown.

Dennis was a director and the publisher of Ink (he also helped paste up and design the reviews pages), and acquired the entire stock of back issues after the newspaper went into liquidation. He created 33 sets, "bound in durable stiff leather covers and double stitched for maximum protection", and announced them for sale in an ad. in Oz #43 (July 1972), headlined: "Attention Libraries, Museums, Rich Liberals & Collectors!". The advertised price was £100.00.

Tabloid newspaper format. Pagination varies (20pp.-24pp.). Illustrated with photographs, collages, drawings and cartoons. Weekly, later fortnightly. The numbering went awry from #20 on, with the last seven issues being incorrectly numbered, ie. #22 states #23.

Red leather embossed in gilt on the spine, with speckled edges. Boards slightly marked and scuffed, with light corner wear; front free endpaper slightly darkened; o/w Very Good; contents Near Fine.

Ink was co-founded by Ed Victor and Richard Neville, and edited by Alex Mitchell, later on by Andrew Fisher. An offshoot of Oz magazine, it was an ambitious attempt at a more orthodox alternative paper (the dream was of a politicised version of Village Voice for London), but it was ultimately thwarted by the combination of competition from Frendz, IT, and a newly-enlarged Time Out, tensions over internal democracy, and the inevitable financial pressures. Features include David Cooper on the family; Tim Souster on Stockhausen; "Ralph Nader for President?" by JG Ballard; Alexander Trocchi on the junkie scapegoat; the first appearance of "The Writer" by William Burroughs; Felix Dennis on John Lennon; interviews with Eldridge Cleaver, James Baldwin, and others; and news coverage of the Stoke Newington 8; Gay Liberation; censorship; the Prescott/Purdie, Angela Davis, Mangrove and Oz trials; and more.

Copies of this leather bound limited edition of the complete set seldom appear on the market, and rarely with such exceptional provenance.

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