This little book is something of a curiosity, containing an historical photographic record of the author's life - as he states in the introduction: "it ... portrays our growth as persons, the growth of our children, the growth of our friends, surely even the development of our society in Mexico. It can prove ... our existence as one more generation still alive". Produced in 1973 in a limited edition of just 200 copies, it was clearly intended to be the first of a series, as it is subtitled 'Book I'. Apart from the introduction (presented in both English and Spanish), it consists of unlabelled photographs, reproduced using brown ink to convey a sense of history. There is no indication of the identities of the subjects, which perhaps implies that the book was intended mainly for them and their relatives. The Beau Geste Press was set in Devon up by the author/artist during his exile from Mexico (1968-74).
Felipe Ehrenberg (1943) is a Mexican artist who has worked in painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, and book and magazine publishing, among other media. His artistic career of more than 70 years includes the conceptual art of the 70s, including mail art and mimeography, a neographical technique of which he is a pioneer. His multifaceted personality makes classification of his work difficult, so Ehrenberg has defined himself a 'neologist', the term itself a neologism which underlines the experimental characteristics of his work. He considers himself an artist, chronicler, professor, politician, diplomatic, editor, actor, organiser, and tireless traveller.
Our copy is in good condition considering its age and format - a small book in stiff, buff-coloured card covers protected by a shiny paper jacket which has been stamped by ?the bookseller on the rear flap; the jacket is a little worn along the top edge, and generally slightly grubby. The binding is tight, and the pages clean apart from one or two editorial marks in the text of the dedication page and the English introduction. There are a few very small brownish marks to the edges of the textblock. An inscription in ink on the title page reads: 'Jay - Fran, Here's to all of us to all of ours - your friend Felipe'.