Lynbrook, New York: Charnel House, 1992. Richardson, Peter. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 40 of 350 copies (plus 26 lettered copies), octavo size, 577 pp., in slipcase, signed by Tim Powers. Fine. Item #21102202
Historical events are often reimagined through works of fiction, but few writers bring the creative force and eloquent style of Tim Powers (b. 1952), who incorporates supernatural elements into his stories as motivations for the characters.
This work, "Last Call", draws on the historical character Bugsy Siegel and the development of the casinos in Las Vegas, while incorporating threads from the "Fisher King" legends. The story features "a detailed magic system, here based on divinatory tarot" (n.b., info and quote from Wiki).
In 1993 it would win both the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth shelfback stamped with white lettering, sides of illustrated paper over boards, light grey laid paper endpapers, the work divided into three sections ("Books") each of which opens with a full-colour depiction of a tarot card with a background in greys and blacks of gaming table motifs, limitation statement tipped-in at the back with the signature of Tim Powers; octavo size (9" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-10] 11-571 [1, blank] [1, colophon] [3 blanks] [1, colophon]. In the publisher's slipcase, the two sides decorated like the backgrounds of the book illustrations, the top, bottom and spine covered in plain black paper.
___CONDITION: Fine, the boards clean and without wear, 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; clean, crisp, and as new. The slipcase fine overall, strong and sturdy with no wear or splits to the seams, mostly clean other than a very light few specks.
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