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Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (Author) & Arad, Ron (Architect/Designer). THE IDIOT: THE PENGUIN BOOKS 60TH ANNIVERSARY ARTIST BOOK. London, England: Penguin/Penguin Designer Classics, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 704 pages. As New/As New.

Artist Book. One of the most stunningly beautiful Artist Book interpretations of the classic ever created. Limited Edition of one numbered and signed copy. Should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 1000 copies. A brilliant production by Ron Arad: Oversize-volume format. Text by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Art by Ron Arad. White cardboard box with foam protectors. Printed on archival acid-free stock paper in the United Kingdom to absolutely the highest standards. In pristine transparent plexiglass ("Perspex") box, which serves as the book's DJ. Published on the occasion of Penguin Book's 60th Anniversary, "The Idiot" is one of five classics that the publisher issued in a Limited Edition by commissioning five of the world's most important artists in their respective fields. The other titles are Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary", D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is The Night: A Romance", and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime And Punishment" (he is the only novelist to be honored with not one, but two, masterpieces in the Series). "Arad's book has no cover so the reader will pick it up and read the author's first words. It is stripped back to show the glue and thread in the spine which is visible through an acrylic slipcase with a fresnel lens so the text appears to move as the lid is removed" (Publisher's blurb). "By not wanting to have a cover, it ended with the book becoming an amazing object that is alive, but which maintains its transparency. It becomes a glorious box with a book inside, almost like a monument" (Ron Arad). Said like a true architect who has worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, the Vitra Design Museum Germany, and the Victoria & Albert Museum London. The ultimate book-as-object, the literary classic-as-work-of-art, worthy of this auspicious celebration and posterity. A "must-have" edition for Fyodor Dostoyevsky and art/graphic design collectors. This copy is Number 1, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the first page by Ron Arad. The Limited Edition sold out before publication. This is the only such numbered and signed copy available anywhere and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. One of the greatest novels of all time, re-interpreted by one of the finest living architect/designers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PENGUIN DESIGNER CLASSIC TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0713999659. $6000.00

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