Niffenegger, Audrey. HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY: THE BRITISH LIMITED EDITION. London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 390 pages. As New.

The author's second novel. Limited Slipcased Edition of 750 numbered and signed copies. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular British trade edition. What sets the Limited Slipcased Edition apart is that in terms of production values, it is superior in every respect to the latter. The concept and design elements are by Audrey Niffenegger herself. In stark contrast to the bright, tin-foil sheen of the trade edition, the author/artist has adopted an austerely elegant white/red color scheme: Pristine-white hard boards with red titles printed on the cover and spine; red matching page edges; and a pictorial design that is based on an original cat drawing by Niffenegger. In matching pictorial red slipcase. The text is printed on thick, uncoated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a Limited Edition format, Audrey Niffenegger's second novel. The title is taken from William Blake's "The Tyger", one of the greatest poems in the English language: "Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye, / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?". It is her most fully realized work in the Romantic/Gothic vein that characterizes her art as well as her prose. "The endurance of love animates this story set in Highgate Cemetery London. When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her estate, including an apartment overlooking the graveyard, to the twin daughters of her twin sister, from whom she has been estranged for twenty years. When Valentina and Julia show up to claim their inheritance, they soon discover that Elspeth is still in residence, in ghostly form. Niffenegger has a knack for taking the Romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secrets to be found in Elspeth's diaries and the lengths to which she will go to reunite with her younger lover. It's no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected" (The New Yorker Magazine). Readers who fell in love with her breakthrough debut, "The Time Traveler's Wife", will be spellbound again. "Beautiful prose. Literature that will last" (The Denver Post). An absolute "must-have" edition for Audrey Niffenegger collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page. It is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed as such in black ink-pen by Audrey Niffenegger. This edition is now collectible. This is one of very copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American artist/writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0224085611. $70.00

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