Title: THE RAVEN GIRL - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Abrams ComicArts, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 80 pages. Published in 2013. The author's fourth novel-in-pictures. Even by Audrey Niffenegger's exacting standards, it is one of the most beautifully realized book productions of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the British Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A stunningly beautiful production by Audrey Niffenegger and Sara Corbett: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with black titles on spine, as issued. Art and text by Audrey Niffenegger. Pale gray gilt edges, which match the color of the DJ. Printed on thick glossy stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with pale gray metallic-silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Audrey Niffenegger's "Raven Girl". Her fourth illustrated novel. Unlike her previous works in the same vein (where the images dominate), "The Raven Girl" is told in images and text of equal weight and significance. "A dreamy, dark fairy tale. In it, an English postman falls in love with a fledgling raven from East Underwhelm, Otherworld. The pair conceive a child, a raven trapped in a girl's body, who becomes so distraught that she engages the services of a plastic surgeon to give her wings" (Rebecca Barry). "Hauntingly captures the world of birds and humans, and as the title suggests, a creature somewhere in between" (The Chicago Tribune). Niffenegger's Grimm-ly erotic tale, with its Gothic look, has been compared, very favorably, to the sublime work of Edward Gorey. Still, the brilliant use of iconographic patterns, unusual perspectives, tensile lines, and gossamer atmosphere suggest a hypnotic and mesmerizing otherworldliness that is Niffenegger's own. Her 21st-century, post-feminist response to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", "The Raven Girl" has been adapted into a full-length ballet by The Royal Ballet London, which premiered on May 24 and ran until June 8, 2013. An absolute "must-have" title for Audrey Niffenegger collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (on the day of "The Raven Girl" exhibition) in black pen-marker on the title page by the artist/author: "Audrey Niffenegger June 14, 2013, Chicago". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. According to Niffenegger herself, she did not tour, but made special appearances in London and New York to promote the book. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the "Raven Girl: New Etchings" Exhibition Announcement Card. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine copy. Please note: Copies from online mass marketers and in bookstores are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American artist/writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1419707264. Bookseller Inventory # 18020
Synopsis: Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven.
So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child—an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her.
One of the world?s most beloved storytellers has crafted a dark fairy tale full of wonderment and longing. Complete with Audrey Niffenegger?s bewitching etchings and paintings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility.
Praise for Raven Girl:
“With her signature wit, wry melancholy, and keen gothic sensibility, Niffenegger weds the fabulous with the deeply human in this concentrated, suspenseful fable. . . .? --- Booklist, Starred Review
“The book is a colorist?s dream that hauntingly captures the world of birds and humans and, as the title suggests, a creature that is somewhere in between.? – The Chicago Sun-Times
“Niffenegger ( The Night Bookmobile) blends art and prose in this eerie picture book for adults.? — Publishers Weekly
“Raven Girl is a delight to hold and take in. Lovers of fairy tales and some graphic novel fans should find much to love here.?
— School Library Journal online
"A haunting grown-up fairy tale" – Variety Magazine
“Provocative and beautiful.? — ForeWord Reviews
“A runaway hit? This one?s going to fly.? —DailyCandy
“It?s a lovely story.? — Chicago Reader
“ Raven Girl is an insidious intermingling of words and pictures to be treasured.?—Tor.com
About the Author: Audrey Niffenegger is the author of the international bestsellers The Time Traveler?s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, as well as a fine artist who has published three illustrated books with Abrams: The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile. She lives in Chicago and London.
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