VIENET, René. [Typed letter to Monsieur BOGAERT dated 9 August 1969]. 1 p.; 21 x 27 cm.; black ink on white and green Internationale Situationniste stock
Debord first met Eugene Bogaert in late 1959, entrusting him with the printing of the third issue of Internationale Situationniste (Paris: Internationale Situationniste, December 1959). In a letter dated 14 December 1959, Debord tells Constant “Nous sommes maintenant chez un imprimeur excellent” (“We are now with an excellent printer”). The previous printer had botched the printing of the second issue of Internationale Situationniste: the aluminum foil used for the wrappers was of such poor quality that the majority of copies did not survive the printing process. A second printing was realized by Bogaert in the Spring of 1962 using a more durable material (see here for pictures: https://situationnisteblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/internationale-situationniste-2-first-and-second-printing-1958-1962/).
Despite a few issues (e.g., with the printing of Internationale Situationniste 6, see letters in Correspondance Volume 2 , pp. 104-115), Debord and Bogaert would get along well and Ch. Bernard would remain the printer of Internationale Situationniste through the very last issue in 1969. This is in part due to the fact that Bogaert showed tremendous patience and understanding regarding the SI’s chronically delayed payments (see, for instance, the letter from Debord dated 1 October 1962 in Correspondance Volume 2, pp. 168-170). Bogaert would also print many of the SI’s leaflets and brochures over the years.
In a first letter dated 29-9-68, Bogaert had provided the tentative price for Internationale Situationniste 12 for different print runs, assuming a 72-page count. Internationale Situationniste 12 would would ultimately be nearly twice as long, standing at a 120 pages,
This letter from Rene Viénet to Bogaert, dated 9 August 1969, also concerns the twelfth (and last) issue of the Internationale Situationniste periodical. It confirms the wrapper design and color (Alsacienne 441) and print run (10.000 copies), as per a letter from Guy Debord dated 6 October 1968 (a xerox copy is included; also reproduced in Correspondance Volume 3, pp. 289-290). Viénet also recaps the latest accounting, asking Bogaert to confirm that the amount (3.847 Francs) is aligned with his own financial ledger.
Internationale Situationniste 12 would be ultimately published in September 1969.