San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2009. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 29 of 300 copies, quarto size, 164 pp., with prospectus and original invoice. Fine. Item #20041702
Leonard Michaels’ (1933-2003) stories focused on the character of Raphael Nachman, "loyal to friends, bashful with women, reverent before the transcendent order of mathematics and music" (per the prospectus). Written at the end of the author’s life, between 1997 and 2003, the Nachman series is a capstone to the career of a master of the American short story; the final story, "Cryptology", appeared in "The New Yorker" a few weeks before the author's death. With essays by Robert Hass and Morton Paley, Robert Pinsky, and Diana Ketcham. Collected and published together for the first time, and illustrated with nine photographs taken throughout the author's life (the frontis and one before each story), pulled from the collection of the Michaels family.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue "Iris Wisteria" cloth, with a titling band of Japanese Yatsuo handmade mustard-colored paper running diagonally across both boards, gray mouldmade Italian Tiziano endpapers, nine black and white photographs printed by offset-lithography on white dull-coat stock, tipped-in; Janson type, gray Basingwerk paper, quarto size (9.75" by 6.5"), pagination: [1-7] 8-163 [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 29 (plus 26 copies NFS). With publisher's prospectus, two sheets folded to eight pages, one of the photographs tipped onto page 2, printed on the same gray Basingwerk paper; also with original owner's invoice from The Arion Press dated 27 March, 2009.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, the covers clean and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The prospectus also fine, clean with only a few barely perceptable light creases; original invoice is fine, clean, without wear, with the original owner's pen markings circling the total price and a "paid" notation at the bottom margin with the date ("4-1-09") and presumably their check number used.
___CITATION: The Arion Press Catalogue no. 84.
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