Publication Date: 1986
From Bauman Rare Books (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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GARDNER, Joel and CARVER, Raymond. Batavia. Lunenburg, VT: Meriden-Stinehour Press, (1986). Large oblong folio (17 by 21 inches), eight black-and-white photographic prints (8 by 12 inches), matted, title/limitation leaf and essay leaf, together as issued in original gray cloth clamshell box. $3200.Signed limited first and only edition of this collection of eight photographs by the son of author John Gardner, signed by photographer Joel Gardner and by Raymond Carver, Gardner s renowned protégé, who contributed an introductory essay.Each print is numbered, dated and signed in pencil by Gardner. Carver writes in his appreciative essay on Joel Gardner s work: "I was nineteen years old, just a kid, when I met the photographer s father and enrolled in his creative writing class. Nothing, and I mean this, has been the same for me since that time. He set an example of a writer at work, working cnotinually, and at the highest pitch always. Judging from these photographs, his son, Joel, has learned more than a little from the high standards his father set for himself and expected of others as well. I wish how I wish! the father of the child could be alive to celebrate the appearance of these photographs. John Gardner has been gone from us for a while, nearly four years now, but his spirit lives on through his work and in the person of his artist-photographer son, Joel." Carver has been described as "one of the masters of American prose Carver s language was unmistakably like Hemingway s the simplicity and clarity, the repetitions, the nearly conversational rhythms, the precision of physical description" (New York Times). Photographic print of Gardner mounted to title leaf. This is number 9 of 50 numbered copies; an additional 10 lettered copies were also issued for a total edition of 60. Faint spotting to box. Prints and signatures fine. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 90743

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Title: Batavia

Publication Date: 1986

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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