San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1991. Arakawa. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 95 of 276 copies, folio size, 119 pp., signed by Arakawa. Fine. Item #19052005
"Eureka", a substantial essay on the nature of the universe, is a later work by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), published a year before he died. Best known for his Gothic and Romantic short stories and poems, especially "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher", Poe named this work a "prose poem", and he brings poetic sensibilities to his intuitive search for truth in the cosmos. The text has been interpreted numerous ways, partly because Poe's seriousness in the essay has been questioned by some due, for example, to his jocular treatment of historical figures.
Illustrating this Arion Press edition is Japanese artist and architect Arakawa (1936-2010), who takes excerpts of the text and overlays geometric symbols and patterns, simultaneously clarifying and obfuscating meaning.
___DESCRIPTION: Full light brown cloth, grey wraparound ruled borders, orange and grey lettering on the both boards and spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, photo-engravings based on drawings on mylar by Arakawa in grey and black throughout; Walbaum and handset Bodoni Book types, Waterford paper, folio size (13.75" by 10"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-ix [x] [1-4] 5-107  [1 colophon], one of 276 copies, this number 95, signed by Arakawa on the colophon. With original subscriber's invoice, one sheet with two folds for mailing, tucked in a clear plastic sleeve.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; slight discolouration to the paste-down endpapers from the linen sewing tapes, else fine. The subscriber's invoice is fine, clean and without wear.
___CITATION: Arion Press Catalogue, no. 35.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually large and heavy book, therefore additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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