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Rulfo, Juan (Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden) & Sacabo, Josephine (Artist/Photographer). PEDRO PARAMO: THE "WITCLIFF GALLERY SERIES" ARTIST BOOK. Austin, TX: University Of Texas Press, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 161 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Artist Book. The first appearance of the novel in this edition, which is the fifth title in the Witcliff Gallery Series. 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 by a University Press. The First Edition Thus is now very scarce. A brilliant production by Josephine Sacabo: Oversize-volume format. Red-orange cloth boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Juan Rulfo, in a magisterial new translation by Margaret Sayers Peden. Photographs by Josephine Sacabo. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the hughest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in an Artist Book rendition, Juan Rulfo's masterpiece. One of the canonical titles of the 20th century, it is beautifully interspersed with a photographic narrative sequence by Josephine Sacabo. The definitive translation by Margaret Sayers Peden was originally published by Grove Press, made possible by Susan Sontag, who promised Juan Rulfo at his deathbed that she would arrange a new translation of his novel. "Interspersion" hardly does Sacabo's contribution justice. She has, in effect, re-interpreted a great novel, honored it in the process of re-imagination, and created a whole new book, in the collaborative spirit of the Artist Book. Juan Rulfo was a major influence on some of the most important writers who came after him and are identified as key figures of the so-called "boom" in Latin-American literature: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Donoso, and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others. He has also been an inspiration to artists, photographers, and other creative spirits, Josephine Sacabo being one of them. Her photographs tell a parallel and haunting story, very much like Rulfo's, simultaneously recounting both the physical journey ("pilgrimage") and emotional discovery ("homage") by an individual of his complex past. Josephine Sacabo has collectively titled the photographs, "The Unreachable World of Susana San Juan: Homage to Juan Rulfo". Mysterious, poetic, and eloquent, this is an absolute "must-have" title for Juan Rulfo and Josephine Sacabo collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Josephine Sacabo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Edition Thus/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 51 hand-tinted plates. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0292771215. $150.00

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