The Bridge of San Luis Rey
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1962. Charlot, Jean. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 1500 copies, quarto size, 158 pp., signed by Jean Charlot. Fine. Item #CNFBV087
American playwright and novelist Thornton Niven Wilder (1897-1975) wrote "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" to international acclaim; the novel won the Pulitzer Prize when it was published. The novel focuses on six characters who all perish in the collapse of a rope bridge in Peru; much of the book relates the lives of the individual characters as it explores the cosmic implications of these sudden, unnecessary deaths.
This lovely edition was published by the Limited Editions Club, and includes full-colour lithographs by French painter Jean Charlot (1898-1979), an artist who was prominent in the Mexican Mural Movement and who brought international attention to the Mexican printer Jose Guadalupe Posada.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black leather with tan cloth boards, simple silhouettes of people crossing a bridge in black and gilt on the front and back boards, gilt lettering and ruled borders on the spine, all edges stained yellow, title page with full-colour double-page lithograph and gold and white lettering, fourteen full-colour lithographs (excluding title page) by Jean Charlot throughout; Plantin type, Curtis natural rag paper, quarto size (11" by 7"), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xix [1-2] 3-137  [1 colophon], one of 1500 numbered copies, signed by Jean Charlot on the colophon. Loosely laid in is the LEC Monthly Newsletter, one sheet folded into four pages and then folded in half for mailing purposes. In a slipcase covered with yellow paper, with a black paper spine label with white lettering and ruled borders.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, without wear; some slight overall soiling, else fine; the newsletter near fine, with a bit of toning and light wear.
___CITATION: LEC no. 331.
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