New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1962. Hoffmann, Felix. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500 copies, two volumes (complete), quarto size, 734 total pp., signed by Felix Hoffmann, with LEC Monthly Letter. Fine / very good. Item #171031026
German writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955), a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929, is best known for his novels and short stories employing symbolism and examining the psyche of those in intellectual circles, most famously in his works "Buddenbooks" and "Death in Venice"; this work, set in pre-World War I Europe, examines themes of humanism and human connection, health and disease, and contemplation.
This publication by the Limited Editions Club includes illustrations by Swiss graphic designer and illustrator Felix Hoffmann (1911-1975), whose wood engravings have a raw sense of line and colour, conveying the isolation of the characters, the yearning that pervades Mann's novel.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter grey cloth with light brown paper boards, round brown paper inset with gilt letter "M" on the front board, grey paper label with decorative borders and lettering in gilt, top edge stained dark green, title page in red and black, colour and black-and-white wood engravings by Felix Hoffmann throughout; linotype Fairfield and monotype Perpetua, Curtis smooth wove paper, quarto size (11" by 7.25"), pagination: Volume One: [i-iv] v-xvi [1-2] 3-343; Volume Two: [i-iv] v [vi-vii] 1-366  [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by Felix Hoffmann on the colophon. Both volumes in glassine wrappers, housed in a slipcase covered in grey paper, with a grey paper spine label with dark grey decorative borders and lettering. The LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once, and announcement for the book are loosely laid in.
___CONDITION: Both volumes are fine, with clean covers, straight corners with no rubbing, the bindings are tight with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. The glassine wrappers are very good, clean, with light edge wear, both with a small loss at the tail of the spine and small chips to the head of the spine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for a few spots of soiling on the spine, without wear, some sunning to the spine and to the top edges. The LEC Monthly Letter (with original mailing fold) and announcement are fine, clean, without wear, the Monthly Letter with light toning to the edges, else fine.
___CITATION: LEC no. 333.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this set is unusually heavy and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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