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Larsen, Reif (Author/Illustrator) & Gibson, Ben (Co-Illustrator). THE SELECTED WORKS OF T.S. SPIVET. New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 380 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough debut illustrated novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the year 2009. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The book is very beautifully produced by Ben Gibson and Reif Larsen, in pictorial hard boards with gilt titles and design on cover and spine, maps and all kinds of delicate illustrations reproduced throughout the book, and a dazzling DJ design by Jeff Middleton. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. "When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T. S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking him from his family ranch to the museum's hallowed halls. He meticulously maps, charts, and illustrates his exploits. We come to see the world through his eyes, and in his thorough investigation of the outside world he also reveals himself. As he travels away from the ranch and his family, we learn how the journey also brings him closer to home: A secret family history found within his luggage tells the story of his ancestors, offering profound insight into the family he left behind and his role within it. He discovers the shadowy boundary between fact and fiction and realizes that, for all his analytical rigor, the world around him is a mystery" (Publisher's blurb). Larsen's heady mix of text and image is subtle and cunning: "Instead of a direct one-to-one correspondence, there's a satellite-like relationship between the text and the image, a kind of graphical parallelism. TS will talk about his suspicion of the adult male and then include a chart of male-pattern baldness, and it is through these somewhat disparate leaps between text and image, between the main story and the marginalia, that we begin to soak in TS's habits of mind" (Reif Larsen). A brilliant debut about "mapping" (the novel's running theme) the experiences, sensations, and lessons of heartbreak, loss, loneliness, and love, this is a "must-have" title for Reif Larsen and contemporary literature collectors. This title is an instant collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594202176. $50.00

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