New York: The Limited Editions Club, printed at Heritage Printers, (1989). Cosindas, Marie. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 650, folio size, 41 pp., signed by Friedrich Durrenmatt and Marie Cosindas, with LEC Monthly Letter. Near fine. Item #171031137
A lovely production by the Limited Editions Club of a new telling of the ancient Greek story of Oedipus, featuring photogravures by Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1990), a post-WWII German-language writer who is "in essence post-expressionist". With Hitler defeated, "writers were aware that terrible events could emerge from what might seem at first innocent activity"; add to that the then-recent discoveries of surrealism and psychoanalysis, and "the most potent influence of all - of Franz Kafka" and a re-telling of the old story becomes an important message, "that which is most important - not from whence we came but what one is" (n. b., above quotes from LEC Monthly Newsletter, punctuation mine).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter burgundy Nigerian goatskin with natural linen boards, gilt lettering on the spine, fore-edge uncut, two photogravures by Marie Cosindas printed on Arches paper, both plates were made from original negatives by Jon Goodman, both with tissue guards; Didot English monotype, Cartiere Enrico Magnani paper, folio size (14.5" by 11"); pagination: [i-viii] ix-xv [xvi-xviii] [1-2] 3-41 [42-47] [1 colophon, one of 650 copies, this number 351, signed by the artist Marie Cosindas and the author Friedrich Durrenmatt. With LEC Monthly Letter laid in. Housed in a slipcase covered in black cloth with red cloth lining.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the leather spine has some sight sunning and a spot of darkening to the head, page edges with the ubiquitous light pink tinge from the dye the publisher used for the cloth lining the slipcase, else fine. The slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, with minimal wear to the cloth covering at the corners.
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