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Sedaris, David. NAKED. Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 291 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second collection of essays and short stories, presented as a memoir. Now considered a contemporary classic. The book design/production by Chip Kidd is now also considered a classic: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. The suggestive "naked" of the title turns out to be an X-ray image in front. Text by David Sedaris. In mid-sized pictorial DJ, which covers the X-ray image, and titles on the spine, as issued. Presents David Sedaris' memoir. "Sedaris has fashioned a memoir of his wonderfully offbeat life. To call his family 'dysfunctional' would be enormous understatement and beside the point. Sedaris's relatives and other companions become vital characters on the page. Sedaris' humor is wickedly irreverent but not mean. Travelling with him is well worth it for the laughs and for his generous human sensibility" (Library Journal). "I recently made the mistake of reading David Sedaris while I was eating lunch. Fortunately, I was alone in my office, so there were no witnesses when I spewed a mouthful of pastrami across my desk. Not one of the 17 autobiographical essays in this collection failed to make me crack up. Frequently, I was helpless" (Craig Seligman). An absolute "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "With the pleasure of meeting you. Love, David Sedaris". The recipient is named. Sedaris' specimen handwriting on this copy is one of the nicest we have ever seen - clean, legible, and sharp - precisely because he wrote an inscription, which other dealers and collectors misguidedly label as less collectible when the exact opposite is the case: The more an author leaves of himself on the page, the more collectible the copy is. And Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line (which are "circle-around-the-block" long) to get his or her book signed. We do not know of another American writer who sincerely bonds with (rather than keeps his distance from) his readers as Sedaris does. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings, remainder-marked, and have all kinds of flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316779490. $150.00

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