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Hallberg, Garth Risk. A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA. New York City, NY: Mark Batty Publisher, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. As New.

The author's debut novella, supplemented with color photographs, and presented as an Artist Book. One of the most original American fictional works of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Garth Risk Hallberg's "A Field Guide To The North American Family". Hallberg's text and the book's notebook design are beautifully supplemented with color photographs by sixty-two photographers (one on every other page), all of whom are credited at the Appendix. As such, and were it not for the fact that Hallberg is a singular voice, the book is as much a photography book as it is a novella. "A compendium of brief one-page thoughts titled alphabetically and matched with a photograph that illuminates the words. The entire book is a marvel of design, taking the form of a notebook one would take on a journey, a collection of musings, paraphernalia, variations in paper types and typefaces, and printed in such a way that the reader feels almost guilty about opening the cover of someone's private diary, so intimate is the structure and content" (Grady Harp). "A must-read for anyone looking for something to calm the soul and warm the heart. The author develops the idea put forward by W. G. Sebald ('Austerlitz'), and brings it to an American setting, offering us a rare insight into the lives of two American families, the Hungates and Harrisons, through photographs and brilliant writing" (Seth J. Frantzman). An absolute "must-have" title for Garth Risk Hallberg collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Garth Risk Hallberg 11.20.15 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have major flaws because the book was issued without a DJ. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American novelists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GARTH RISK HALLBERG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0977985091. $80.00

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