Walser, Robert (Translated by Susan Bernofsky) & Benjamin, Walter (Contribution). MICROSCRIPTS. New York City, NY: New Directions/Christine Burgin Gallery, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's masterpiece. One of the greatest books of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Robert Walser's "Microscripts", known as such because he wrote down every single page in extremely minute handwriting. "Robert Walser wrote many of his manuscripts in a highly enigmatic, shrunken-down form. Narrow strips of paper covered with tiny ant-like markings only a millimeter or two high came to light only after the author's death in 1956. At first considered a secret code, the microscripts were eventually discovered to be a radically miniaturized form of German script: A whole story could fit on the back of a business card. Selected from the six-volume German transcriptions of the original microscripts, these 25 short pieces are gathered in this gorgeously illustrated co-publication with The Christine Burgin Gallery. Each microscript is reproduced in full color in its original form: The detached cover of a trashy crime novel, a disappointing letter, a receipt of payment. Walser used the pages of small tear-off calendars (but only after cutting them length-wise and filling up each half with text) . Schnapps, rotten husbands, small-town life, the radio, pigs (and how none of us can deny being one) , jealousy, Van Gogh, and marriage proposals are some of Walser's subjects" (Publisher's blurb) . "The incredible shrinking writer is a major 20th-century prose artist who, for all that the modern world seems to have passed him by, fulfills the modern criterion: He sounds like nobody else" (The New Yorker Magazine) . "One of the profoundest products of modern literature" (Walter Benjamin) . "One of the most important German-language writers of this century. He is a truly wonderful, heartbreaking writer" (Susan Sontag) . An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Walser collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have serious flaws while the few copies in fine condition command as much as $900. This is a lovely and accessible alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT WALSER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) . ISBN 0811218805. $300.00

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