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Niffenegger, Audrey. THE ADVENTURESS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVEL. New York City, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

The author's second novel-in-pictures. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Audrey Niffenegger and Joseph Regal: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with green velvet overboards and black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art and text by Audrey Niffenegger. Round green sticker pasted on cover. Printed on thick, glossy stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Audrey Niffenegger's "The Adventuress", her second illustrated novel. That is, a narrative told mainly in images accompanied by minimal text. "Follows the dream-like journey of an alchemist's daughter. After she is kidnapped by a lascivious baron, she turns herself into a moth and flees to the garden of a charming butterfly collector named Napoleon Bonaparte. The story of how the two become lovers, and how their affair ends in tragedy and transcendence, is told through Niffenegger's spare prose and haunting aquatint etchings. This Gothic romance packs the emotional heft of the world's great fairy tales. It will delight fans of the author's previous works and enchant an entirely new legion of readers" (Publisher's blurb). 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 the gossamer atmosphere suggest a hypnotic and mesmerizing otherworldliness that is Niffenegger's own. An absolute "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. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Pritning still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American artist/writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 081097052X. $50.00

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