NAKED - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Inscribed by David Sedaris
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1st Printing. Signed. 291 pages. Published in 1997. The author's second collection of essays and short stories, presented as a memoir. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover 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. The First Edition is now scarce. The book design/production by Chip Kidd is now also considered a classic: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. The suggestive "naked" of the title turns out to be an X-ray image in front. Text by David Sedaris. In mid-sized pictorial DJ, which covers the X-ray image, and titles on the spine, as issued. Presents David Sedaris' "Naked". His most celebrated family memoir. "Sedaris has fashioned a memoir of his wonderfully offbeat life. To call his family 'dysfunctional' would be enormous understatement and beside the point. Sedaris's relatives and other companions become vital characters on the page. Sedaris' humor is wickedly irreverent but not mean. Travelling with him is well worth it for the laughs and for his generous human sensibility" (Library Journal). "I recently made the mistake of reading David Sedaris while I was eating lunch. Fortunately, I was alone in my office, so there were no witnesses when I spewed a mouthful of pastrami across my desk. Not one of the 17 autobiographical essays in this collection failed to make me crack up. Frequently, I was helpless" (Craig Seligman). An absolute "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "With the pleasure of meeting you. Love, David Sedaris". The recipient is named. Sedaris' specimen handwriting on this copy is one of the nicest we have ever seen - clean, legible, and sharp - precisely because he wrote an inscription, which other dealers and collectors misguidedly label as less collectible when the exact opposite is the case: The more an author leaves of himself on the page, the more collectible the copy is. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very 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: Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line to get his or her book signed. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings, remainder-marked, and have all kinds of flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316779490. Bookseller Inventory # 18143
About this title:
Whether he's taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.
This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.
Review: Hip radio comedy fans and theater folks who belong to the cult of Obie-winning playwright/performer David Sedaris must kill to get this book. These would be fans of the scaldingly snide Sedaris's hilariously described personal misadventures like The Santaland Diaries (a monologue about his work as an elf to a department store Santa) seen off-Broadway in 1997. In a series of similarly textured essays, Sedaris takes us along on his catastrophic detours through a nudist colony, a fruit-packing plant, his own childhood, and a dozen more of the world's little purgatories.
Title: NAKED - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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