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Lot 4045

$3,250

Details: This lot features an original, antique Chinese bowl. The bowl has been dated to be of the Daoguang, or Tao-Kuang, Empire. This emperor lived from 1782 to 1850, was the eighth emperor of the Manchurian Qing Dynasty and the sixth Qing emperor to rule over China, holding power from 1820 to 1850. The bowl is white with blue decoration on the bottom of the basin and on the outsides of the walls. A garden motif is displayed in the bowl while the sides play out a panoramic set of vignettes in a courtyard and garden/interior scenes. The bowl bears a signature on the bottom, along with a paper label identifying it as being of the Tao-Kuang period. It is accompanied by two pieces of ephemera relating to Chinese porcelain, including a 1927 auction catalog where it is believed the bowl was most recently sold. This piece came to us from the Long Island estate of a long-time collector who kept records of his acquisitions.
Condition / Notes: This bowl shows beautifully with bright glaze that is free of any crazing. The blue decorations are bright and unfaded. There is a small chip and a separate flake to the lip of the bowl.
 
Lot 4046

$150
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Ornithology; or, the Science of Birds. From the Text of Dr. Brehm. With Two Hundred and Twelve Illustrations by Theodore Jasper - Dated 1878 by Jacob H. Studer & Co. - First Edition - Ex-library volume bound in green cloth, with gilt lettering and decorative design to spine. Customary library markings and attachments are visible. Pages are clean and without markings. Tissue-guarded plates are well preserved, with coloring still bright.

- The Birds of North America: Drawn and Colored from Life by Theodore Jasper. One Hundred and Nineteen Colored Plates, Representing upwards of Seven Hundred Different Species and Varieties of North American Birds, including a Popular Account of Their Habits and Characteristics by Theodore Jasper - Dated 1878 by Jacob H. Studer & Co. - First Edition - Ex-library volume bound in green cloth, with gilt lettering and decorative design to spine. Customary library markings and attachments are visible. Pages are clean and without markings. Tissue-guarded plates are well preserved, with coloring still bright.
 
Lot 4047

$25

Title: The History of Infant Baptism. Part II. Containing Several Things That Do Help To Illustrate the Said History
Author: William Wall
Publisher: R. Bonwicke and 10 Others
City: London
Year: 1720
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 533 pages plus 3 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce enlarged third edition of this work. Part II only.

Antique volume is bound in full leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine label. Front board is detached. Rear hinge is cracked. Front flyleaf is also detached. Antique library bookplate appears on front pastedown. Text block is intact. Numbers written in pencil and ink can be seen in top margin of title page. Age-toned pages show occasional light foxing.
 
Lot 4048

$90

Title: De l'optilogue ou du cylindre parlant, applique a la transmission des idees chez les sourds-muets, a la communication lointain des habitants de la campagne, a l'interpretation des ballets-pantomimes, a la celbration des fetes nationales et a la publication des ordres du gouvernement. Avec une planche explicative par B...
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Darin, Libraire
City: Paris
Year: 1801
Binding Style: Sewn Binding
Pagination: 67 pages plus page of errata
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: French-language treatise on "the speaking cylinder, applied to the transmission of ideas among the deaf and dumb." The optilogue was an instrument based on optical principles for communicating to deaf mutes, for transmitting regulations to a great number of people over a distance, etc. The machine is a cylinder in which letters, broken up in a particular way, revolve.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original blue wrappers. Pencil annotation can be seen on front cover and top margin of title page. Final pages now detaching. Lightly age-toned pages show very sporadic light foxing and small perforations to inside margins.
 
Lot 4049

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the decoratively bound antique set of classics shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 4050

$15

Title: Documentos relativos a su visita Pastoral de la Diocesis de Caracas, 1771-1784
Author: Mariano Marti - Mariano Marti was a Spanish ecclesiastic, named bishop of Puerto Rico in 1761, then bishop of the Capitania General de Venezuela in 1770, where he served until 1784. During that time he collected a vast quantity of demographic, ethnic and social data that became the basis for his monumental "Documentos relativos a su visita pastoral de la diocesis de Caracas, 1771-1784."
Publisher: Academia Nacional de la Historia
City: Caracas
Year: 1969
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Number of Volumes: 7 Complete: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Condition / Notes: Volumes are bound in original printed wrappers. Books show light external wear. Previous owner's name appears on top edges and on reverse of front cover. Pages are clean and without markings.
 
Lot 4051

$40

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains titles by English authors, among which are "The Master of Ballantrae" (1965) by Robert Louis Stevenson and Thackeray's "The Rose and the Ring" (1942). These attractively illustrated books are signed by their illustrators. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. All of these books show light pencil markings to copyright page and, occasionally, to adjacent page and/or rear flyleaf. Stamped number in small print may appear at bottom of title page. Please note that the copy of "A Child's Garden of Verses" (1944) present in this lot lacks spine cover.
 
Lot 4052

$175

Book Details: This lot includes the group of bound compilations of Harper's Weekly shown in the corresponding image(s). These issues date from the years 1899 and 1900. Harper’s Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper and Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor. During its most influential period it was the forum of the political cartoonist Thomas Nast, and also featured the work of some of the era’s most important illustrators: Winslow Homer, Granville Perkins and Livingston Hopkins. The issues included in this lot are originals and feature the following important articles and illustrations:

1899

Illustrations: Large-scale illustrations contributed by Zogbaum, Sterner, Hitchcock, H.M. Pettit and others. The growth in the use of photography to illustrate the stories is again apparent in this volume.
Article Content: Topics include President McKinley's Annual Message, Harvard Football, The Spanish-American War, as well as fiction by Henry James and H.G. Wells. Also included are stage and book reviews, commentary and many other subjects.

1900

Illustrations: Contributions made by these artists: A.I. Keller, H. Siddons Mowbray, Kenyon Cox, W.A. Rogers and many others.
Article Content: Subjects covered include Governor Roosevelt's Message, travel to St. Thomas, the latest in Field Artillery, Automobile Racing, as well as fiction, humor, politics and opinion.

Each folio volume measures approximately 11.5" x 16.25.

Condition / Notes: Issues are well preserved in sturdy library binding. Pages are clean, bright and without markings. Initial front cover may display foxing. All front endpapers and first front covers bear library stamp
 
Lot 4053

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains works by English authors, among which are Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat" (1975, slipcase) and Max Beerbohm's "Zuleika Dobson or an Oxford Love Story" (1960, in slipcase). These attractively illustrated books are signed by their illustrators. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. All of these books show light pencil markings to copyright page and, occasionally, to adjacent page and/or rear flyleaf. Stamped number in small print may appear at bottom of title page.
 
Lot 4054

$475

Title: The Man Who Planted Trees / L'homme qui plantait des arbres
Author: Jean Giono - Jean Giono was a French author who wrote works of fiction mostly set in the Provence region of France.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1995
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 25 pages
Width: 14.5" Height: 17.5"
Book Details: "The Man Who Planted Trees" (French title "L'homme qui plantait des arbres"), also known as "The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met," and "The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness," is an allegorical tale published in 1953.

It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century. The tale is quite short—only about 4000 words long. It was composed in French, but first published in English.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by French author Jean Giono, signed by Belgian photographer Martine Franck. This is copy 228 of 300. Artist's signature in pencil appears on limitation page.

Volume is bound in textured paper-covered boards with gilt lettering to black leather spine and vellum tips to outside corners of boards. Book is in excellent condition.

The text presented in two colors, a line-by-line presentation in bold black English translation and the original French in red italic.

This book contains 5 photogravures by Martine Franck (b.1938), a member of the Magnum Photos agency. She was the second wife of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson after his divorce from Ratna Mohini, and is president and co-founder of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, which administrates his estate.

This edition was designed, set in Monotype Garamond,, and printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The five photogravures were printed by Jon Goodman.

Black clothed slipcase is in excellent condition and measures approximately 15" x 18". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4055

$175

Book Details: This lot includes the group of bound compilations of Harper's Weekly shown in the corresponding image(s). These issues date from the years 1897 and 1898. Harper’s Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper and Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor. During its most influential period it was the forum of the political cartoonist Thomas Nast, and also featured the work of some of the era’s most important illustrators: Winslow Homer, Granville Perkins and Livingston Hopkins. The issues included in this lot are originals and feature the following important articles and illustrations:

1897

Illustrations: Many large-scale illustrations by W.A. Rogers, Max Klepper, Lucius Hitchcock, de Thulstrup, and many others.
Article Content: Article subjects include Hawaii, College Football, the Lick Observatory, the Inauguration of President McKinley, as well as poetry, politics, travel and many others.

1898

lllustrations: Many excellent illustrations by A.B. Frost, Frank Richards, R.F. Zogbaum, and now appearing as the introductory illustration for the year's volume, a full page picture by Maxfield Parrish.
Article Content: Topics include: England's "Little War" in India, a profile of artist James McNeill Whistler, irrigation issues in the West, "With Our Troops in Manila," as well as commentary, politics, humor and fiction.

Each folio volume measures approximately 11.5" x 16.25.

Condition / Notes: Issues are well preserved in sturdy library binding. Pages are clean, bright and without markings. Initial front cover may display foxing. All front endpapers and first front covers bear library stamp
 
Lot 4056

$40

Title: Venezuela en los Cronistas Generales de Indias
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Academia Nacional de la Historia
City: Caracas
Year: 1962
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: These are volumes 58 and 59 of the series Biblioteca de la Academia Nacional de la Historia.
Condition / Notes: Set is bound in original printed wrappers. Volumes show light external wear, with first volume displaying light pencil writing to front cover. Lightly age-toned pages also have occasional light pencil markings.
 
Lot 4057

$550

Title: Vowels
Author: Arthur Rimbaud - Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891) was a French poet. Born in Charleville, Ardennes department, he produced his works while still in his late teens - Victor Hugo described him at the time as "an infant Shakespeare" - and he gave up creative writing altogether before the age of 20. As part of the decadent movement, Rimbaud influenced modern literature, music, and arts and prefigured surrealism.

He was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, traveling extensively on three continents before his death from cancer just after his 37th birthday.
Translator: Wallace Fowlie - Wallace Fowlie was an American writer and professor of literature. He was the James B. Duke Professor of French Literature at Duke University from 1964. Known for his translations of the poet Arthur Rimbaud and his critical studies of French poetry and drama, he also wrote about rock-poet Jim Morrison. Perhaps his most enduring legacy, however, is the product of six decades of teaching at universities in the United States, including Yale, Bennington, Holy Cross, U. Colorado-Boulder, and Duke. Devoted to teaching, particularly undergraduate courses in French, Italian, and modernist literature, Fowlie influenced several generations of American college students.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1996
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 15.5" Height: 12.75"
Book Details: "Voyelles" (Vowels) is a sonnet written in 1870 or 1871 and published for the first time in the journal Lutece on October 5, 1883. It is by far one of the most celebrated of Rimbaud's poems.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of poetry by French poet Arthur Rimbaud, pencil signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the colophon page. This is number 228 of 300.

This oblong folio is bound in full linen over boards with gilt-lettered leather spine. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains interlining French original and English translation, using different typface. Illustrated with three multi-color watercolor woodblock prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

This edition was printed on hand made Tosa Hanga by Daniel Heleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress. This edition was designed and hand set in Perpetua & Gill Sans Serif types by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry. The Japanese watercolor woodblocks were cut and printed by Keiji Shinohara.

Velvet-lined clamshell case with inset gilt-lettered leather spine label is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 16" x 13.75". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4058

$15

Title: Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Works of the Canals of the State, for the Year Ending September 30, 1888, and on Trade and Tonnage of the Canals, for the Year 1888
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: The Troy Press Company, Printers
City: Troy, New York
Year: 1889
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 339 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped dark brown cloth, with bright gilt lettering to spine. Book shows mild external wear. Binding is firm. Endpapers display foxing. Previous owner's name can be seen at top of front flyleaf. Inscription on the same reads "Compliments of / M. M. Kenyon / Albany." Pages are clean and without markings.

Large fold-out map at front of volume shows tearing to panels attaching map to book. Small tears can also be seen at folds. Map measures approximately 40.5" x 28".
 
Lot 4059

$30

Details: This lot includes the illustrated promotional booklet for "Gone with the Wind" shown in the corresponding image. This original booklet is is bound in color pictorial stapled wrapper and illustrated with b&w photos and color drawings. This 18-page booklet sold in theaters that were showing the film (circa 1948). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Front cover shows light soiling, otherwise booklet is well preserved, with clean, bright pages.
 
Lot 4060

$35

Title: Capstans and Windlasses: An Illustrated History of Their Use at Sea
Author: John H. Harland
Publisher: Pier Books/Dupont Communications
City: Piermont, New York
Year: 2003
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 130 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in original wrappers. Book is in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos and drawings.

Please note that this lot contains 80 copies of THE SAME TITLE.
 
Lot 4061

$550

Title: A Portrait of Shunkin
Author: Junichiro Tanizaki - Jun'ichiro Tanizaki was a Japanese author, one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Soseki. Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family life in the context of the rapid changes in 20th-century Japanese society. Frequently his stories are narrated in the context of a search for cultural identity in which constructions of "the West" and "Japanese tradition" are juxtaposed. The results are complex, ironic, demure, and provocative.

Translator: Howard Hibbett - Howard Hibbett is a translator and professor emeritus of Japanese literature at Harvard University. He held the Victor S. Thomas Professorship in Japanese Literature.

Hibbett began his studies of Japanese as a sophomore at Harvard College 1942 before working as a language specialist for the US Army in 1942-46. After graduating from Harvard College in 1947, he went on to receive his Ph.D., also from Harvard, in 1950. He taught at UCLA before returning to Harvard as a professor in 1958. He was Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1985 through 1988.

Seven Japanese Tales, published in 1963, helped introduce the English-speaking world to Jun'ichirō Tanizaki and Japanese literature.

His publications include studies and translations of Edo and modern literature. He is particularly known for his translations of Tanizaki and works on Japanese language teaching.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 2000
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 64 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 13.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Junichiro Tanizaki, pencil signed by artists Eikoh Hosoe and Shunkei Yahagi on the colophon page. This is number 228 of 300.

This volume is bound in full pale pink silk with inset printed calligraphic title label to front cover. Volume is in excellent condition.

This edition was designed, set in Monotype Centaur and printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler. Photogravure plates were made and printed by Jon Goodman from the original negatives of Eikoh Hosoe. Calligraphy is by Shunkei Yahagi.

Velvet-lined gray silk clamshell box with printed calligraphic label to front panel is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 10.5" x 14.75".
 
Lot 4062

$120

Title: Della coltivazione degli ulivi e della manifattura dell'olio. Lettere del dottore Cosimo Moschettini. Tomo I
Author: Cosimo Moschettini - C. M. was an Italian agrarian scientist belonging to the physiocratic school.
Publisher: Presso Aniello Nobile
City: Naples
Year: 1794
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 380 pages
Width: 5" Height: 8"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original wrappers. Book shows external wear, with minor loss of material to spine and light soiling to covers. Front cover is detaching. Pages show occasional light foxing.
 
Lot 4063

$70

Title: In the Penal Colony
Author: Franz Kafka - Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories. Critics and academics, including Vladimir Nabokov, regard Kafka as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has become part of the English language.

Kafka was born to middle class, German-speaking, Jewish parents, in Prague, Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague's Church of St Nicholas, now contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author.

Most of Kafka's writing, including the large body of his unfinished work, was published posthumously.

Translator: Edwin Muir - Edwin Muir was an Orcadian poet, novelist and translator born on a farm in Deerness on the Orkney Islands. He is remembered for his deeply felt and vivid poetry in plain language with few stylistic preoccupations. , Willa Muir
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1987
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 53 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: "In the Penal Colony" (German: "In der Strafkolonie") (also translated as "In the Penal Settlement") is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, revised in November 1918, and first published in October 1919.

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's "The Torture Garden" as an influence. As in some of Kafka's other writings, the narrator in this story seems detached from, or perhaps numbed by, events that one would normally expect to be registered with horror. "In the Penal Colony" describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin in a script before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours. As the plot unfolds, the reader learns more and more about the machine, including its origin, and original justification.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Franz Kafka, pencil signed by illustrator Michael Hafftka on the colophon page. This is number 215 of 800.

This volume is hand-sewn and hand-bound in full parchment with with yapp edges and black spine lettering. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains four lithographs by Michael Hafftka printed on hand-made Japanese paper.

The text was set in Monotype Walbaum at the Out of Sorts Letter Foundery in Mamaroneck, New York. This book has been printed on Mould-Made Magnani paper at the Shagbark Press in South Portland, Maine. The lithographs were printed on hand-made Japanese paper at Trestle Editions Ltd., New York City. The design is by Benjamin Shiff.

Linen-covered clamshell case with cloth lining and printed paper spine label is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 8.25" x 11.75".
 
Lot 4064

$225

Title: New Topographical Atlas of Oswego County, New York. From Actual Surveys Especially for This Atlas
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: C. K. Stone, Publisher
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1867
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 13.75" Height: 15.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique folio volume is bound in cloth-backed marbled paper boards. Paper title label mistakenly appears upside down on rear cover. Book shows wear concentrated at extremities. Front board has detached from text block but is still attached to cloth spine. Front endpaper displays water markings and soiling. Rear endpaper is also soiled. Light foxing and marginal staining are visible on title page. Water markings appear along top edge of pages, without affecting illustrations or maps. Illustrated with
five b&w illustrations and many full- and double-page color maps.
 
Lot 4065

$10

Title: Tavole di ragguaglio o riduzione della moneta napoletana di ducati e grana a quella di lire italiane e centesimi e viceversa
Author: Napoleone Giuseppe Pacifici
Publisher: Stamperia di Gennaro Fabricatore Fu Gennaro
City: Naples
Year: 1861
Binding Style: Sewn Binding
Pagination: 90 pages
Width: 6" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume appears to lack wrappers. Book is soundly bound. Title page and final blank page show mild soiling and faint water markings. Pages display light foxing.
 
Lot 4066

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books on South American history and/or anthropology shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 4067

$1100

Title: Ten Seriagraph Prints from "Arabian Nights and Days"
Artist: Nazli Madkour
Medium: Print
Features: Signature
Print Year: 2005
Width: 15.25" Height: 17.25"
Art Notes: This portfolio contains 10 giclee graphics. This is number 29 of an edition of 60 numbered and signed by the artist.  These prints served as illustrations for the English language translation of "Arabian Nights and Days."

Condition: Prints and case are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 4068

$1600

Title: Tres Poemas / Three Poems
Author: Octavio Paz - Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Translator: Eliot Weinberger - Eliot Weinberger is a contemporary American writer, essayist, editor, and translator. His work regularly appears in translation and has been published in some thirty languages. Collections of his essays have most recently appeared in Russia, Albania, Flemish Belgium, Spain and Germany.

Weinberger first gained recognition for his translations of the Nobel Prize winning writer and poet Octavio Paz. His many translations of the work of Paz include the Collected Poems 1957-1987, In Light of India, and Sunstone. Among Weinberger's other translations are Vicente Huidobro's "Altazor," Xavier Villaurrutia's "Nostalgia for Death," and Jorge Luis Borges' "Seven Nights." His edition of Borges’ Selected Non-Fictions received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Today, Weinberger is primarily known for his literary writings (essays) and political articles, the former characterized by their experimental style, verging on a kind of documentary prose poetry, and the latter highly critical of American politics and foreign policy, particularly during the Bush administration.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1987
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 18.25" Height: 21.75"
Book Details: This work includes three poems by Octavio Paz: "San Ildefonso Nocturne," "Return" and "The Skin of the World, the Sound of the World," all written in the 1970′s. "The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World" was written for his friend, the artist Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991 , in 1971). Motherwell , who provides the illustrations for "Three Poems.", was influenced artistically throughout his career by the words of Octavio Paz and others he felt embodied the modernist spirit.

Condition / Notes: This is a scare limited edition of this edition of poetry by Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, signed by the author and artist Robert Motherwell, whose lithographs illustrated this volume. This is number 379 of 750.

This elephant folio is bound full tan linen cloth with an inset color lithograph by Motherwell to front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. Poems printed in the original Spanish, with Eliot Weinberger's English translation on facing pages. One of the poems is a tribute by Paz to Motherwell. This book contains twenty-seven original lithographs by American painter, printmaker and editor Robert Motherwell, one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston..

This edition employs Bauer Bodoni and Bauer Bondoni Bold Italic types, cast by Fundicion Tipografica Neufeille. The text was hand set at Stamperia Valdonega. The first poem has been printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress, the second poem printed at Stamperia Valdonega, and the last poem at Heritage Printers. Text was printed on mould made paper from Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The lithographs were printed at Trestle Editions, on various hand-made Japanese papers. The design is by Benjamin Schiff.

Clamshell case with stamped black lettering to spine and velvet lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 19.75" x 23.5".
 
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