Willimantic, Connecticut: Ziesing Brothers, 1982. Fabian, Stephen. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 27 of 100 special copies, octavo size, 123 pp., signed by both Gene Wolfe and Stephen Fabian. Fine / near fine. Item #19031716
Fantasy and science fiction writer Gene Wolfe (b. 1931) has written a plethora of novels and short stories, and he is best known for "The Book of the New Sun" series; his works have garnered many awards, including the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award.
"The Castle of the Otter" is Wolfe's collection of essays about "Book of the New Sun" tetralogy; the title comes from a mistaken announcement in the science fiction magazine "Locus" for the series' last volume, "The Citadel of the Autarch", in which an incorrect, though similar-sounding, title was printed.
The dust jacket is illustrated by American artist Stephen Fabian, a prolific illustrator of science fiction and fantasy works, and he received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2006; this volume is signed by both Gene Wolfe and Stephen Fabian, with the illustrator's signature on the copyright page.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, facsimile of the author's signature in gilt on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, deep blue endpapers; octavo size (9.25" by 6"), pagination: [i-vi] 1-117, one of 100 special copies (total edition of 520), this number 27, signed by Gene Wolfe on the colophon and additionally by Stephen Fabian on the copyright page. With illustrated bookplate laid in. In a cream paper dust jacket with black and blue illustration by Fabian on the front panel, blue lettering on the front panel and spine, and a description of the book with author bio on the front flap; the dust jacket is not price-clipped, but there is no printed price.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. The dust jacket is just a shade below fine, unclipped, clean but for a couple stray marks to the spine and rear panel, very light wear to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners.
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