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Niffenegger, Audrey. THE RAVEN GIRL. New York City, NY: Abrams ComicArts, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fourth novel-in-pictures. Even by Audrey Niffenegger's exacting standards, it is one of the most beautifully realized book productions of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the British Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A stunningly beautiful production by Audrey Niffenegger and Sara Corbett: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with black titles on spine, as issued. Art and text by Audrey Niffenegger. Pale gray gilt edges, which match the color of the DJ. Printed on thick glossy stock paper to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with pale gray metallic-silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Audrey Niffenegger's fourth illustrated novel. Unlike her previous works in the same vein (where the images dominate), "The Raven Girl" is told in images and text of equal weight and significance. "A dreamy, dark fairy tale. In it, an English postman falls in love with a fledgling raven from East Underwhelm, Otherworld. The pair conceive a child, a raven trapped in a girl's body, who becomes so distraught that she engages the services of a plastic surgeon to give her wings" (Rebecca Barry). "Hauntingly captures the world of birds and humans, and as the title suggests, a creature somewhere in between" (The Chicago Tribune). 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. Her 21st-century, post-feminist response to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", "The Raven Girl" has been adapted into a full-length ballet by The Royal Ballet London, which premiered on May 24 and ran until June 8, 2013. An absolute "must-have" title for Audrey Niffenegger collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (on the day of "The Raven Girl" exhibition) in black pen-marker on the title page by the artist/author: "Audrey Niffenegger June 14, 2013, Chicago". According to Niffenegger herself, she will not tour, but will make special appearances in London and New York to promote the book. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the "Raven Girl: New Etchings" Exhibition Announcement Card. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine copy. Beware: Copies from online mass marketers and in bookstores are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American artist/writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1419707264. $70.00

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