Hard Cover. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1975. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Signed by Warhol on the half-title: "AW" and additionally inscribed on the same page with a soup can illustration: "Date May 24 75 / Roz Cole / [soup can] Love / Andy Pie". Publisher's red-orange cloth and yellow boards, lettered in black and white; in the original black dust jacket designed by Herb Lubalin, with a photograph of the author by Philippe Halsman to the front panel, lettered in white and yellow. Book fine; unclipped dust jacket with a hint of wear to the spine ends, else fine. A bright copy, with excellent provenance. Warhol inscribed this copy of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol to his literary agent Roz Cole, who helped inspire the writing of this text. As Bob Colacello remembers in his memoir Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up (1990), "Roz told Andy that he should write his autobiography. He told her that [Bob Colacello] was writing his biography, referring to [his] Warhol films book…Roz was very quick on her feet: 'Well, why don't you write your philosophy. I mean, if anyone has a philosophy, it's got to be you.' Andy loved the idea…of course his idea of philosophy was going shopping for underwear, and musing on love and sex along the way- and why not? 'Philosophy is anything, Bob. Just make it up.'" The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is Warhol's second commercially published book, created after he had been established as a major 20th century artist and international celebrity. Although it was professionally published, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is only marginally more serious than his art books; the text is abstract, more a collection of scattered reflections and thoughts than a cohesive narrative. It covers a variety of subjects, including Warhol's thoughts on his childhood, his life as a celebrity, art, New York, life, and love. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol was largely ghostwritten by Warhol's secretary Pat Hackett, to whom the book is dedicated; in his subsequent commercial publications, Warhol included Hackett as a co-author.