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SCHOLTEN, Els.
Nulla da Dire [Nothing to Say].
1988-93.
SOLD (5 vols.)

Nulla da Dire [part i].
[N.p: Privately printed], 1988.

(198 x 290 mm), pp.[582]. 238 black-and-white photographs. Yellow endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side silk-screened in yellow. Signed and numbered 4/15 in pencil by Scholten to rear pastedown, additionally numbered in pencil to final leaf. Fine.

Nulla da Dire [part ii].
[N.p: Privately printed], 1990.

(195 x 287 mm), pp.[580]. 288 black-and-white photographs. Blue endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side silk-screened in blue. Signed and numbered 4/15 in pencil by Scholten to rear pastedown. Fine.

Nulla da Dire [part iii].
[N.p: Privately printed], 1991.

(195 x 290 mm), pp.[594]. 295 black-and-white photographs. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side silk-screened in red. Signed and numbered 4/15 in pencil by Scholten to rear pastedown. Fine.

Nulla da Dire [part iv].
[N.p: Privately printed], 1992.

(195 x 289 mm), pp.[526]. 261 black-and-white photographs. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side silk-screened in green. Signed and numbered 2/15 in pencil by Scholten to rear pastedown. Fine.

Nulla da Dire [part v].
[N.p: Privately printed], 1993.

(194 x 284 mm), pp.[532]. 264 black-and-white photographs. Black endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side silk-screened in yellow. Signed and numbered 4/15 in pencil by Scholten to to rear pastedown. Fine.

First editions, signed and numbered, each volume in an edition of 15 copies. Nulla da Dire consists of photographs taken from the Italian Newspapers La Republica and La Corriera della Serra, which were collected by Scholten during a series of visits to Rome. Each page shows a man, usually a politician or other public figure, gesturing with his hands or caught between words. Scholten began the series in 1988 following a three month stay in Rome. In total she made 9 volumes, each in an edition of 15, concluding the project in 1998. In 2000 she added a tenth volume of photographs of women.

OCLC locates 2 copies of the 1990 volume: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag; and a set at the Bavarian State Library, Munich.

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