San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2007. Anderson, Ross. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 63 of 300 copies, octavo size,  pp., Fine. Item #18052114
In 1790, author Xavier de Maistre (1763-1852), a hot-blooded young officer in the Piedmontese army, participated in a duel. As punishment for duelling, he was confined to his room in Turin for forty-two days, during which time he wrote the present work, the idea being that even though he is interned, he can take a type of journey. Though de Maistre spent most of his life as a military man, he is remembered as a writer, especially because of this work. The illustrations by architect Ross Anderson are low-resolution cell phone photos of a room and its furnishings, printed on translucent paper that allows the reader to see the text through them; the "result is an elusive evocation of an interior that becomes the vast expanse of the interior of the mind" (n. b., from the Arion Press Catalogue).
___DESCRIPTION: Original pink and gray striped cloth with title in black on the spine, pink endpapers, title in pink and black, initials at the start of each chapter in pink, with sixteen illustrations; Suburban French and Gallia type, Arches Text paper, octavo size (8.25" by 5.75"), pagination: [1-4] 5-149 [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 63.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, with clean binding, 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; like new.
___CITATION: Arion Press Catalogue no. 78.
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