Dieter Roth. Collected Works, Volume 12: Copley Book (Enlarged version of the book published by Copley Foundation, Chicago 1965). 1974
In 1960 Roth won the William and Noma Copley Award, in recognition of his book projects, and opted to use the prize money to produce a new artist’s book. Over the next several years he worked via correspondence, sending the project piecemeal from Iceland, where he was living at the time, to artist Richard Hamilton, a longtime friend and collaborator, who oversaw its production in London. Copley Book is about the process of making a book: its pages are an accumulation of Roth’s doodles and notes to himself; instructions on printing, production, and scale; mirrored and symmetrical images taken from an Icelandic children’s textbook; and a copy of a letter from the printer, who apologizes for having misplaced two pages intended for the volume. He reissued the project in 1974 as part of his Collected Works series.