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Niffenegger, Audrey. THE THREE INCESTUOUS SISTERS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVEL. New York City, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 176 pages. As New.

The author's novel-in-pictures. Now considered a contemporary classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A stunningly beautiful production by Audrey Niffenegger and Joseph Regal: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Pictorial hard boards with maroon leatherette overboards and white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art and text by Audrey Niffenegger. Round red sticker pasted on the cover. Printed on thick glossy stock paper to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Audrey Niffenegger's first illustrated novel, that is, a narrative told mainly in images accompanied by minimal text. Niffenegger is a brilliant and accomplished artist first, an imaginative writer second, but the wild success of her breakthrough debut novel, "The Time Traveler's Wife", has fixed her in the public mind as a writer. Based on an Artist Book that consisted of 80 handmade color etchings (it took her 14 years to finish them) and self-published by Niffenegger in an edition of 10 copies (museums bought all of the copies), "The Three Incestuous Sisters" is an eerily shimmering tale. The spare text is presented opposite the delicately nuanced full-page etching reproductions. They portray the Bronte-like lives of three inseparable, orphaned sisters: "Bettina, the youngest, is a lovely blond; Ophile, the eldest, has blue hair; Clothilde, in the middle, and in a world of her own, is a redhead. The svelte sisters possess extravagantly long hair and tapering, expressive hands; wear clinging, gray, ankle-length dresses; and are as powerfully evocative as dancers in a Martha Graham production. They live harmoniously in a lonely house by the sea until the lighthouse keeper's handsome son, Paris, appears and falls in love with Bettina, who soon becomes pregnant. Clothilde, whose esoteric talents include levitation, communes happily with her nephew while Ophile goes mad with jealousy" (Donna Seaman). Niffenegger's Grimm-ly erotic tale, with its Gothic look, has been compared, very favorably, to the sublime work of Edward Gorey. Still, the brilliant use of iconographic patterns, unusual perspectives, tensile lines, and gossamer atmosphere suggest a hypnotic and mesmerizing otherworldliness that is Niffenegger's own. A "must-have" title for Audrey Niffenegger collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Audrey Niffenegger. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine copy. A very scarce signed copy thus. 80 plates. One of the finest living American artist/writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0810959275. $70.00

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