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Kurzweil, Allen. A CASE OF CURIOSITIES. New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 358 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "The narrator buys a box of randomly assembled objects at a Paris auction. It is a life box, the memento of Claude Page, an 18th-century French clockmaker with a passion for the mechanical and a great zest for life. As a young man, Claude is taken in by a God-hating monk, who employs him to paint naughty scenes, with moving parts, on the faces of watches and clocks. 'The tree of knowledge is there for us to climb', counsels his mentor. 'Climb it. Ignore the fences. Swing from branch to branch. You, Claude, are a discoverer'. In Paris, Claude struggles to construct a fabulous talking automaton, with which he hopes to earn his fortune. But fortune has a different plan for Claude. The eccentrics and bohemians who touch Claude's life are one and all grotesques of compelling interest and comic force. Kurzweil tells a real story. It is funny, human, and exciting all at once" (David Keymer). A cult title, this is a "must-have" for Modern First collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue fountain pen on the title page by Allen Kurzweil. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page, as the Franklin Mint edition is. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American novelists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALLEN KURZWEIL TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0151157936. $150.00

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