Toibin, Colm. THE TESTAMENT OF MARY. New York City, NY: Scribner & Company, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 81 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Colm Toibin collectible set. A signed copy of "The Testament of Mary" with a signed copy of its play adaptation-version's Broadway program material. The author's novella on the Virgin Mary. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Colm Toibin's spare account of (what is, in effect and in its effects) The Gospel According To Mary. In Colm Toibin's hands, Mary The Icon becomes a "tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone". Her testament, ironically yet lovingly told, is a defiance of authority (this time, the Apostles), poignantly mirroring Jesus' own rebel story. "Mary, now an aging widow, is kept in solitary confinement by men eager to ensure that her account of her son's life matches the official version. But Mary is not a Christian; she prays to the goddess Artemis, urges Jesus to flee the Romans, and expresses skepticism about miracles (especially the Virgin Birth) " (The New Yorker Magazine). "When you say that he redeemed the world, I will say that it was not worth it" ("The Testament of Mary"). Toibin wrote the novel's brilliant and moving play adaptation-version, which had a critically and commercially successful Broadway run in 2013, with Fiona Shaw, the great British actress, as the Virgin Mary. An absolute "must-have" set for Colm Toibin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by Colm Toibin. It comes with "The Testament of Mary" Broadway Souvenir Program, also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the cover by the author/playwright. As far as we know, this is the only such signed set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1451688385. $150.00

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