Title: A CASE OF CURIOSITIES - Scarce Fine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 358 pages. Published in 1992. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Franklin Mint 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. Presents Allen Kurzweil's "A Case of Curiosities". His breakthrough first novel. "The narrator buys a box of randomly assembled objects at a Paris auction. It is a life box, the memento of Claude Page, an 18th-century French clockmaker with a passion for the mechanical and a great zest for life. As a young man, Claude is taken in by a God-hating monk, who employs him to paint naughty scenes, with moving parts, on the faces of watches and clocks. 'The tree of knowledge is there for us to climb', counsels his mentor. 'Climb it. Ignore the fences. Swing from branch to branch. You, Claude, are a discoverer'. In Paris, Claude struggles to construct a fabulous talking automaton, with which he hopes to earn his fortune. But fortune has a different plan for Claude. The eccentrics and bohemians who touch Claude's life are one and all grotesques of compelling interest and comic force. Kurzweil tells a real story. It is funny, human, and exciting all at once" (David Keymer). An absolute "must-have" for Allen Kurzweil collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Allen Kurzweil. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as the Franklin Mint Edition is, or a bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALLEN KURZWEIL TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0151157936. Bookseller Inventory # 10555
Synopsis: In France, on the eve of the Revolution, a young man named Claude Page sets out to become the most ingenious and daring inventor of his time. In the course of a career filled with violence and passion, Claude learns the arts of enameling and watchmaking from an irascible, defrocked abbé, apprentices himself to a pornographic bookseller, and applies his erotic erudition to the seduction of the wife of an impotent wigmaker. But it is Claude's greatest device-a talking mechanical head-that both crowns his career and leads to an execution as tragic as that of Marie Antoinette, and far more bizarre.
Hailed by critics for the shimmering brilliance of its inventions and its uncanny fidelity to the textures of the past, A Case of Curiosities places
Allen Kurzweil securely in the ranks of the finest literary artists of our time.
Product Description: Tells of the bizarre adventures of an 18th-century watchmaker and mechanical wizard - Claude Page. Maimed by surgery at the age of 12, his manual dexterity destines him to become one of Europe's most gifted inventors when he acquires the skills of the enamelist and watchmaker.
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