West Burke, Vermont: The Janus Press, 1971. Van Vliet, Claire. Limited Edition. Folio. No. 48 of 100 copies, folio size, 24 pp., signed by Claire Van Vliet. Fine. Item #CNJL771
Presented as unbound sheets, with the lithographs printed on the same paper as the text. Claire Van Vliet (b. 1933), the artist for this book, is also the founder of The Janus Press which she started in San Diego in 1955. Van Vliet chose "Janus" as the name for her Press based on the ancient Roman god Janus, who looked both forward and backward and therefore stood for balance. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) has been called "the Dante of the 20th century" and Nabokov placed him among the greatest writers of that century. His writings often feature isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, from which has arisen the term, "Kafkaesque" (N.B., info on author from Wiki). This short story an excerpt from "The Penal Colony", per a note on the copyright page.
___DESCRIPTION: Unbound sheets, ten signatures total, eight full-page lithographs by Claire Van Vlient with tissue guards, the lithographs printed directly from the stones drawn by the artist (with no printing on the reverse side of the page containing the lithographs); folio size (approximately 12.75" tall), 12 printed leaves total, text Monotype Times New Roman, printed letterpress, paper Zerkall Butten; limited edition of 100 copies, this no. 48. The loose signatures are encased in a drop-back box covered in olive linen cloth, ivory paper spine label with black lettering, lined with black linen cloth.
___CONDITION: Fine - the signatures are clean, crisp, as new. The box is also fine, the spine label perfect; there are some natural variations in the linen cloth covering the box, as it came from the publisher.
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