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Eco, Umberto (Translated by William Weaver). HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A SALMON AND OTHER ESSAYS: THE ADVANCE PROMOTIONAL EXCERPT. New York City, NY: A Helen And Kurt Wolff Book/Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 10 pages. As New.

Rare Umberto Eco collectible item. Advance Promotional Excerpt. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. Issued by the publisher in a tiny print run as a small-size softcover original/keepsake to announce the release of "How To Travel With A Salmon And Other Essays". None of the copies was sold to the public. There is no ISBN. The Advance Promotional Excerpt is now rare. Presents a preview of Umberto Eco's "How To Travel With A Salmon And Other Essays" in a felicitous English translation. A foretaste of Eco's third collection of essays in English, all of them culled from "Diario Minimo", his now-legendary newspaper column. "The work presented, from the 1980's and 1990's, celebrates and condemns modern life. Eco focuses on articulating his amusing complaints, analyzing our quotidian myths with light touches and lamentations that recall Andy Rooney sooner than Roland Barthes" (Kirkus Review). The title piece pits Eco against an English hotel management intent on making it difficult for him to refrigerate an expensive salmon that he brought from Copenhagen. Time flies: One looked forward to a new Umberto Eco book with reliable, nearly annual, regularity, and even if, lest one forget, the book in question needed to be translated first - with the author's complete involvement and full blessing - before it could actually be published. Those of us who were fortunate enough to see and hear him in person knew first-hand that apart from being a ground-breaking scholar, philosopher, cultural critic ("semiotician"), and literary artist/novelist, Eco was a fastidious polylinguist whose command of the English language was better than most native speakers'. Umberto Eco died on February 19, 2016 at the age of 84, the exact same day as Harper Lee, another literary icon of the less prolific kind, who died at the age of 89. They will both be missed. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Umberto Eco collectors. This copy of the Advance Promotional Excerpt is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen in front by Umberto Eco. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Eco signed his name in full (as opposed to the more common "U. Eco"), and his signature is clean, flowing, and elegant. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Advance Promotional Excerpt available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: None of the copies was sold to the public. There is no ISBN. This signed copy comes with another pristine copy of the Excerpt for your reading pleasure. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER UMBERTO ECO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $50.00

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