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Item Description: New York : Grove Press, 1963, 1962, 1963. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Evergreen edition ; 174 pages ; 21 cm. ; ISBN: 0394172442 ((pbk.)); 9780394172446 ((pbk.)) LCCN: 62-13054 ; LC: PQ7797.B635; Dewey: 863 ; OCLC: 12127323 ; color pictorial stiff paper wrappers ; Contents: Garden of forking paths -- Prologue: Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius -- Approach to Al-Mu'tasim -- Pierre Menard, author of Don Quixote -- Circular ruins -- Babylon lottery -- Examination of the work of Herbert Quain -- Library of Babel -- Garden of forking paths -- Artifices: Prologue: Funes, the memorious -- Form of the sword -- Theme of the traitor and hero -- Death and the compass -- Secret miracle -- Three versions of Judas -- End -- Sect of the Phoenix -- South. ; "The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues, brief elucidations that offer the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between." ; edited and with an introduction by Anthony Kerrigan. ; "Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1899, Jorge Borges was educated by an English governess and later studied in Europe. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1921, where he helped to found several avant-garde literary periodicals. In 1955, after the fall of Juan Peron, whom he vigorously opposed, he was appointed director of the Argentine National Library. With Samuel Beckett he was awarded the $10,000 International Publishers Prize in 1961, which helped to establish him as one of the most prominent writers in the world. Borges regularly taught and lectured throughout the United States and Europe. His ideas have been a profound influence on writers throughout the Western world and on the most recent developments in literary and critical theory. A prolific writer of essays, short stories, and plays, Borges's concerns are perhaps clearest in his stories. He regarded people's endeavors to understand an incomprehensible world as fiction; hence, his fiction is metaphysical and based on what he called an esthetics of the intellect. Some critics have called him a mystic of the intellect. Dreamtigers (1960) is considered a masterpiece. A central image in Borges's work is the labyrinth, a mental and poetic construct, that he considered a universe in miniature, which human beings build and therefore believe they control but which nevertheless traps them. In spite of Borges's belief that people cannot understand the chaotic world, he continually attempted to do so in his writing. Much of his work deals with people's efforts to find the center of the labyrinth, symbolic of achieving understanding of their place in a mysterious universe. In such later works as The Gold of the Tigers, Borges wrote of his lifelong descent into blindness and how it affected his perceptions of the world and himself as a writer. Borges died in Geneva in 1986." ; An Evergreen book, E-368 ; yellowing ; cover creases ; store stamp, else G. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 007398

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Borges, Jorge Luis

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Item Description: David Godine, 2000. 1st Edition. Fine in a near-fine dust jacket with price clipped. A very atractive copy. Bookseller Inventory # 7636

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Jorge Luis Borges

Published by David R. Godine Publisher (2000)

ISBN 10: 156792123X ISBN 13: 9781567921236

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Item Description: David R. Godine Publisher, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: NF. First Edition. Green Apple Books and Music, Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year 2014, has been San Francisco's favorite independent bookseller for more than 40 years! Shipping costs on oversize / international orders will reflect actual shipping charges and may be more than quoted by ABE. We will need to contact you with true shipping costs and ask for authorization before adjusting cost. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000011803

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Borges Jorge Luis; Desmazieres Erik (illus); Giral Angela (intro) and Andrew Hurley (transl)

Published by David R. Godine, Boston (2000)

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Item Description: David R. Godine, Boston, 2000. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine DJ. First edition. 37 pp., 8vo. Cloth hardcover in dj. First edition. A short story about the universe in the form of a vast, mathematically complex library. Engravings by Erik Desmazieres; reproduction fine-line duotone. Boards fine. Binding tight. Textblock clean & crisp. Some very light sunning to dj front panel top edge, otherwise dj fine. Bookseller Inventory # 160249

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Borges Jorge Luis; Desmazieres Erik (illus); Giral Angela (intro) and Andrew Hurley (transl)

Published by David R. Godine, Boston (2000)

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Item Description: David R. Godine, Boston, 2000. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine in Fine DJ. First edition. 37 pp., 8vo. Cloth hardcover in dj. First edition. A short story about the universe in the form of a vast, mathematically complex library. Engravings by Erik Desmazieres; reproduction fine-line duotone. Boards fine. Binding tight. Textblock clean & crisp. Dj fine. Bookseller Inventory # 160251

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Borges, Jorge Luis

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Item Description: David Godine, Boston, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Desmazieres, Erik (illustrator). First Edition. The Library of Babel. First David Godine edition. This book is in very good condition, with only minor signs of shelf wear or aging. dust jacket has been price-clipped, and has some shelf wear. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 900727

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Borges, Jorge Luis & Erik Desmazieres & Andrew Hurley & Angela Giral

Published by David R. Godine Publisher (2000)

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Item Description: David R. Godine Publisher, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 39 pp; Excellent book. Bookseller Inventory # 183061

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Borges, Jorge Luis (Author); Shakespeare, William; Nietzsche, Friedrich & Steidl, Gerhard

Published by Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2001

ISBN 10: 3882437782 ISBN 13: 9783882437782

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Item Description: Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. 100 pages. Published in 2001. Artist Book. One of the most beautiful 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. There is no American or British Edition. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Gerhard Steidl and Buchergilde Gutenberg: Regular-sized volume format. Gray cloth boards with original art embossed on the front board's center and titles embossed on spine, as issued. Short story by Jorge Luis Borges, interspersed with text excerpts from William Shakespeare and Friedrich Nietszche. The entire text is in German. The English translation is printed on white bond paper and enclosed in its own plastic sheet. Art by Gerhard Steidl and Buchergilde Gutenberg. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents Jorge Luis Borges' "The Library of Babel". One of the greatest essay-stories ever written, as an Artist Book that celebrates typography as the basis of the printed word. Borges' story is reproduced at the center of the book, preceded and followed by various sequences exploring typography's dazzling possibilities. They suggest (because they can never really exhaust) the inventiveness and infinity that are inherent to the typographer's art, an art that parallels the book's own infinite possibilities. Gerhard Steidl and Buchergilde Gutenberg are not typographers-gone-wild. On the contrary, they restrain their fantastic exploration of typeface-as-visual by setting it against a rigorous grid format on every page, which lists, one after another, every known human language, from German to English to French, from Kisuaheli to Nahuatl to Pilipino. Restraint and consistency yield elegance, which remains the highest ideal of typography. The excerpts by Nietzsche and Shakespeare also show how typeface, which is something we normally take for granted, captures the very character of both author and text. Every book has a note appended at the end about the typeface that was used. The note is there, but hardly anyone notices it. "Die Bibliothek von Babel" compels our attention just this once, by turning the note into the heart and soul of the book, an authentic visual interpretation of and homage to Jorge Luis Borges' great story. After all, typeface (an invented set of characters for an alphabet) and typography (the arrangement of that invention) are the very foundation of the book and therefore, of every library, even Borges' "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". An absolute "must-have" title for Jorge Luis Borges and book lover/collectors. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 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 3882437782. no. Bookseller Inventory # 17846

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Jorge Luis Borges

Published by David R. Godine Publisher; Boston (2000)

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Item 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

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