The Something Else Press was founded by Richard C. (Dick) Higgins in 1964 and lasted a decade. It was the first publishing house in the United States to devote itself to what are now called ‘artists’ books’ - integral artworks designed for publication and distribution in traditional book formats - and the scope and importance of its activities have not been equalled since. In the history of small presses, especially in America, the Something Else Press remains extraordinary, if not unique, in its combination of high quality trade formats, well-crafted printing and assembling, and broad distribution methods…A complex of factors, training from the nature of the times to the personal troubles then besetting Higgins himself, caused the press to cease operations just as a wider audience was coming to appreciate its accomplishments. Now, the publications of the Something Else Press are sought and prized by artist, collector, and historian alike. - Peter Frank, “Introduction” from Something Else Press: An Annotated Bibliography, McPherson, 1983.
A one hour video of Dick Higgins discussing the genesis and process of working and running the Something Else Press.
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