Item #40328 SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA. SUCK COLLECTION.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.
SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.

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SUCK #1-8 + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey + WET DREAMS - Films & Adventures + SUCK MANIFESTO (signed and dated by Heathcote Williams) + four SUCK POSTERS and various items of SUCK EPHEMERA.

An exceptional collection of Suck material, including a complete set of the magazine, the Suck Manifesto by Heathcote Williams, posters from the two Wet Dream Film Festivals organised by the publication’s editors, and various other items of scarce printed ephemera.

i) Suck #1-8 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969 & Amsterdam: Joy Publications, March 1970 - June 1974), all published, including first and second printings of Suck #6 (the second printing was revised, with minor changes, and printed on semi-gloss paper in a slightly reduced format). Newspaper format, each 16pp.-32pp. Profusely illustrated in colour and b/w. Edited by William Levy, Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer and Heathcote Williams, with assistance from Willem de Ridder, Susan Janssen, Lynne Tillman, Fatima Ingram and others. Issue #1 of Suck has a faint central horizontal crease, with small tear at spine and slight age-toning to paper, but notably and unusually lacks the Amsterdam PO box address rubber stamp found on the front cover of most issues; closed 4cm. tear to upper edge of front cover of the second printing of the sixth issue, o/w all issues unfolded and Fine or Near Fine.

ii) Virgin Sperm Dancer. Den Haag: Bert Bakker, June 1972. First edition. Sm. folio. Illustrated wrps., 72pp. Written by William Levy, photographed by ‘Ginger Gordon’ (Anna Beeke) and designed by Anthon Beeke (“an ecstatic journey of a boy transformed into a girl for one day only”). Near Fine (paper slightly tanned).

Together with: a copy of the second edition from 1978. Perfect bound. Fine (still sealed in publisher’s original shrinkwrap).

iii) Wet Dreams - Films & Adventures. Amsterdam: Joy Publications, May 1973. First edition. Sm. folio, glossy wrps., 270pp. Edited by William Levy and designed by Willem de Ridder. Cover art by Peter Pollmann (aka Peter Pontiac). Near Fine (minor corner wear only). Includes contributions by Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer, Heathcote Williams (“Why I Stole the Goose”), Barbara Breiteneicher, Izak Haber, Rosemarie Heinikel, Mel Clay, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Brion Gysin, Susan Janssen, Al Goldstein, Felix de Mendelssohn, Doris Lauer, Lynne Tillman, and Betty Dodson (“Cunt Positive Women Getting It Together”) + Wet Dream Film Catalogue and prize winners + a list of S.E.L.F. members, more.

iv) Suck Manifesto. Small poster printed in red on white paper. 35x28cm. A calligram written and designed by Heathcote Williams in the shape of a large penis. SIGNED and dated 1970 by the author (whose Suck pseudonym was ‘Billy Sugar’). The text was printed in the ‘Wet Dreams’ book, but with different graphics. Old corner pinholes, o/w Very Good plus.

v) Suck stickers. Two different colourways. Each 13x10cm. Versos ungummed. Reproduces a drawing from “L’Art Erotique” by American sexologists Drs. Eberhard and Phyllis Kronhausen, published by Artistes de Paris in 1969, an advert for which appeared in Suck #2. Near Fine.

vi) Poster announcing the 1st Wet Dream Film Festival. Printed in red on pink paper. 44x34cm. Provides information, a list of the jury panel, the S.E.L.F. Statement, etc. Near Fine.

vii) Poster announcing the 2nd Wet Dream Film Festival. Printed offset in purple on salmon-coloured paper. Not dated (c. Spring 1971). 38.5x30cm. “2nd Int. Porno Film Festival in Amsterdam this October. 6000 Yankee Dollars Prize Money for best films” + quotes from reviews of 1st WDFF and list of winners. Near Fine.

viii) Publicity poster for “The Virgin Sperm Dancer”. Reproduces the title page from the book (1972). Offset on glossy paper stock. B/w. 38x27cm. Illustrated with a photograph of ‘Ginger Gordon’ (Anna Beeke). Fine. (2 copies).

ix) Group of 7 documents relating to the 1st Wet Dream Film Festival. Includes S.E.L.F. membership card, programme, information sheet, etc.

x) Famous Artist School. Colour centrefold page from Suck #7 (June 1972), produced separately as a poster, as here. Artwork by Alice-Claude Harmant. Offset on semi-gloss paper. 43x61cm. Two faint vertical creases, o/w Near Fine.

xi) Sodomy Correspondence from Joy Publications. Suck information poster, printing subscription prices and mail order coupon (1972). Offset. B/w. Illustrated with magazine front covers and photograph of a nude “Suck editorial meeting” (Bill Levy, Willem de Ridder, Marjolein Kuysten, Maria Hazenberg and Jim Haynes). Published in the seventh issue of Suck and, later, the second printing of the sixth issue. Folded in three for mailing, as issued (measures 58.3x41.5cm. unfolded). Fine.

xii) Suck Turns Flesh Into Words. Suck information poster (1974). Published as the centrefold in Suck #8 (June 1974), produced separately as a poster, as here. Offset on glossy paper stock. B/w. 43x60cm. Near Fine.

xiii) A sheet of unused Suck stationery. Printed in red on pink paper. 29x19.5cm. Illustrated with a photograph of a female nipple being tweaked. Fine.

The idea for what billed itself as the “first European sexpaper” originated in the summer of 1969 when William Levy, Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer and Heathcote Williams (together with Jean Shrimpton) decided to create “a new revolutionary sex-publication”. The paper was funded in part by “a large gift from a 6 foot red-head Parisian millionairess art patron”, and produced in Amsterdam with the help of the artist, designer and former Fluxus Chairman for Northern Europe, Willem de Ridder.

The first issue caused a sensation, especially in England, where Special Branch closed down the Postbox address and raided the Arts Lab in Drury Lane. During its five-year life Suck’s eclectic list of contributors included: H. Rap Brown; Robert Crumb; Alex Gross; Alexander Trocchi (a translation of Apollinaire); W.H. Auden (“The Gobble Poem”); Wolinski; Valerie Solanas (“The S.C.U.M. Manifesto” in the first issue); Jean Stapleton; Michael McClure (“Fuck Essay”); Marion Blau; Mel Clay; S. Clay Wilson; Tom Clark; Otto Muehl; William Burroughs (issues #5 and #6); Harold Norse; Theo van den Bogaard; Suzanne Brøgger; Bernard Holtrop (‘Willem’); Rita Linnenkamp; Eugene Schoenfeld; Shinkichi Tajiri; John Michell; the editors, and many others. Photographers whose work appeared in its pages include: Anna Beeke; E.F. Bouwman; Ed van der Elsken; Gabi Nasemann; Gerlinde Prejawa; Nigel Waymouth; Ralf-Rainer Rygulla; Ron Reid; Bill Daley; Keith Morris; Brummbär; and others, while the letters pages featured correspondence from Sinclair Beiles, Barbet Schroeder, Richard Neville, Felix de Mendelssohn, Urban Gwerder, Jean-Jacques Lebel and Caroline Coon. Advertisers included It, Time Out, Oz, Rolling Stone, Giorno Poetry Systems, the Sexual Freedom League, and Other Scenes, along with numerous personals (‘Signals’).

The publication provided a forum for open and frank accounts of sexual experience. Its aim, as reported by Tom Wolfe following a conversation with Jim Haynes and Germaine Greer in 1969, “was sexual liberation and, through sexual liberation, the liberation of the spirit of man.” The editors organised the two Wet Dream Film Festivals (“so Suck readers can meet each other”), held in November 1970 and October 1971, events extensively documented in the ‘Wet Dreams’ book. Al Goldstein, editor and publisher of Screw, was on the jury panel of the first Festival, along with Richard Neville, Jay Landesman, Germaine Greer, Michael Zwerin (European editor of the Village Voice), and Didi Wadidi (Fatima Igramhan).

Suck had as many female editors as male, but for Germaine Greer the paper’s purpose was the creation of a new pornography, an attempt to demystify male and female bodies, rather than to shock or amuse. The tensions between these libertarian values and her feminist critique of male supremacy culminated in her resignation from Suck, triggered by the publication in issue #7 of Keith Morris’s explicit nude photograph of her (incorrectly credited to Pete Sanders), rather than the nude photos of all the editors, as previously agreed. Greer’s letter of resignation to Jim Haynes, published in the final issue, expressed her outrage and accused the paper of being “pseudo-revolutionary”. In Thanks for Coming! (p.229), Haynes attributes the demise of Suck in part to the controversy, but concludes that overall the paper “helped transform the puritan climate of the time.”

Rare to find a complete set, especially in this condition and with supporting material.

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