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Sebald, W. G. (Poet/Author); Tripp, Jan Peter (Artist) & Hamburger, Michael (Poet/Translator). UNRECOUNTED: POEMS BY W.G. SEBALD LITHOGRAPHS BY JAN PETER TRIPP. New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. Fine/Fine.

Artist Book. Collaboration between two great artists who were close friends since childhood. Published posthumously, it is one of the most beautiful books in W. G. Sebald's oeuvre ever produced. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The production values are exquisite: Austerely elegant design by Erik Rieselbach, with the art and text presented en face horizontally. W. G. Sebald's poems are translated by no less than the great British poet Michael Hamburger, who also translated Sebald's illuminating Afterword Essay. Art by Jan Peter Tripp. Two additional poems by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Printed on pristine-white, very thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents thirty-three of W. G. Sebald's micro-poems paired with the art of Jan Peter Tripp. "Miniatures as unclassifiable as all of his works. The lithographs portray, with stunning precision, pairs of eyes: The eyes of Beckett, Borges, Proust, Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, Tripp, Sebald, Sebald's dog Maurice. The poems are epiphanic and non-narrative. What the author calls 'time lost, the pain of remembering, and the figure of death' here find a home" (Publisher's blurb). "The images set up a mysterious dialogue with the text, rather like the photographs Sebald inserted into his novels" (Adam Kirsch). "Think of Sebald as memory's Einstein" (Richard Eder). One of his most underrated achievements, this is a "must-have" title for W. G. Sebald collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of 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. Beware: Most copies available online are remainder-marked or have major flaws. A very scarce copy thus. Two of the greatest artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER W. G. SEBALD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811215962. $40.00

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