THE LIBRARY OF BABEL - Rare Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Borges, Jorge Luis (Translated by Andrew Hurley); Desmazieres, Erik (Artist) & Giral, Angela

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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 #

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Synopsis: This first edition features an introduction by Angela Giral as translated by Andrew Hurley. The Library of Babel was printed at the Stinehour Press on Finch Vanilla and bound in Cialux. It also includes eleven engravings by Erik Desmazières, notes and a colophon, and a complimentary copy slip laid-in. 36, 9 pages. cloth with paper cover label, dust jacket. 8vo..

Language Notes: Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish

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Publisher: Boston, MA: David R. Godine
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