Berkeley, California: Transitional Face, 1980. First Edition. Hardcover. One of 100 copies, duodecimo size, 18 unnumbered pp. Fine. Item #CNBR186
This collection of poems by Jim Nisbet (b. 1947) exemplifies his swerving experimental style, as he responds to the writings of George Berkeley (1685-1753), specifically "A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge", an excerpt of which is printed before the poems. Berkeley is known for his theory of immaterialism, and Nisbet's poems challenge the reader to look beyond what is merely visible, to dig in to what is rooted deeply in the human psyche. This particular edition was printed at the Univerisity of California, Berkeley, which takes its name from George Berkeley. A card reading "With the Authors' compliments" is slipped in.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter grey cloth with textured paper boards with abstract pattern, silver lettering on the spine; Bell type, duodecimo size (6.25" by 4.5"), pagination: 18 unnumbered pages, one of 100 copies, unnumbered.
___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; very minor rubbing to the top and bottom corners, else fine. "Authors' compliments" card is near fine, clean overall, with a couple slight creases.
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