1st Printing. 36 pages. Published in 2000. Artist Book. One of the greatest Artist Books of our time. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. 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 rare. A brilliant production by Erik Desmazieres: Regular-sized volume format. Gray cloth boards with etching reproduction pasted on the front board's center and gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Jorge Luis Borges. Preface by Angela Giral. Art by Erik Desmazieres. The etchings are reproduced using the photographic Duotone Process, resulting in reproductions of dense texture, a grave yet luminous beauty. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In wraparound pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jorge Luis Borges' "The Library of Babel" in a felicitous English translation. One of the greatest essay-stories ever written, reproduced in its entirety and beautifully complemented with a sequence of etchings by Erik Desmazieres. One of the most revered living engraver/print-makers, Desmazieres' work is in the Permanent Collections of The British Museum London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, La Bibliotheque Nationale Paris, and The Library of Congress Washington, DC as well as major private collections. Desmazieres' realizations of Borges' imaginary (and truly fantastic) library are stylistically inspired by Giambattista Piranesi, who created etchings of structures (prisons, in his case) that could not possibly be realized. Borges' library is itself a work of fiction, his interpretation of the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel, which Borges re-imagines as a "feverish library, whose random volumes constantly threaten to transmogrify into others, so that they affirm all things, deny all things, like some mad and hallucinating deity. Books smaller than natural books, books omnipotent, illustrated, and magical" (Jorge Luis Borges). One of the most sublime Artist Books on books and libraries, this is an absolute "must-have" title for Jorge Luis Borges and Erik Desmazieres collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful copies we have ever seen. Please note: Even though some of them have serious flaws, many copies available online command as much as $500, which is, however, where the book's value is headed. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 11 duotone plates. Jorge Luis Borges' body of work is regarded by Harold Bloom, George Steiner, and Susan Sontag as among the canonical works of modern literature. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JORGE LUIS BORGES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 156792123X. Bookseller Inventory # 19002
Title: THE LIBRARY OF BABEL - Rare Pristine Copy of...
Publisher: Boston, MA: David R. Godine
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description David R. Godine Publisher, Jaffrey, NH, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Desmazieres. Erik (illustrator). First Edition. Near fine with light rubbing, scuffing and edgewear to mylar protected, matte dust jacket. Trace soil to text edges. Otherwise tight, clean, unmarked interior. Shipping confirmed! Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 009078
Book Description David R. Godine Publisher; Boston, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. David R. Godine Publisher; Boston. 2000. FIRST EDITION Hardcover-- dark gray-green cloth w/ inset paper graphic on front cover-- in FINE Condition in FINE unclipped Dustjacket. Letter on half-sheet letterhead from David Godine, publisher, to Richard Hilkert, famous San Francisco bookseller, dated 20 September 2000. "Dear Richard, I thought, as a person of taste and grace, that you'd appreciate a personal copy of our new edition of Jorge Luis Borges's great mediation "The Library of Babel," illustrated with etchings by Erik Desmazieres. Treasure this little tome, because it most likely will be the last book you get in your lifetime from a "for profit" publisher that is sewn, bound in full cloth with a label, printed in duotone on a nice paper, and at a price that an ordinary mortal (which you aren't) can afford. And the writing and artwork aren't too shabby either. If you actually put this book out where people can see it, they will probably buy it. And then we can perhaps go on to make more books that will make you (and us) proud to be in a business where these small matters of pride used to-- and can still-- mean something. This is probably our jewel of this year. It comes with my fond regards and warm personal wishes for a successful season. (SIGNED) David" + short initialized additional note. Bookseller's label on rear pastedown. Also included: Hilkert bookmark & oversized (post card size) business card. A gorgeous copy, suitable for gifting or collection. Carefully shipped in secure parcel. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 509653