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White, Edmund (Author) & Sorin, Hubert (Artist). OUR PARIS: SKETCHES FROM MEMORY. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 122 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Book-length account on subject. The author's first book on Paris, followed by "The Flaneur" and "Inside A Pearl". The First Hardcover Edition. 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. "Autographed Copy" white sticker pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely production by Alfred A. Knopf: Small-size volume format. Red hard boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Edmund White. Illustrations by Hubert Sorin. In ribbed pictorial DJ, which utilizes one of Hubert Sorin's sketches, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Edmund White's "Our Paris: Sketches From Memory". One of the most autobiographical and most moving valentines from Edmund White for his adoptive and legendary city. The author lived in Paris for the better part of his adult life (and at the peak of his creative powers) as an expatriate American, following in the footsteps of predecessors in Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, among countless other iconic figures. The book is illustrated with witty and delightful sketches of the city by the immensely talented Hubert Sorin, an accomplished architect and artist, who was the author's lover until he died of AIDS in 1994. As Edmund White revealed in subsequent interviews, this gem of a book was a collaborative act of love. He wrote about his romance and marriage (in effect if not in legal fact) with Sorin (who left his French wife to live with White) in his masterly and elegiac novel, "The Married Man", where the eponymous character is really two people: Hubert Sorin and Edmund White. Written in White's effortless, supple prose, which serves him well in this graceful celebration of life's most civilized pleasures, the greatest being Paris itself. "One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language" (Dave Eggers). An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: At the time of the book's publication, Edmund White was based in Paris, suffering from AIDS, and believed he would never return to America. He was one of the first prominent figures to be diagnosed with the illness, and after more than twenty-five years, remains one of its longest-living survivors (through a cocktail regimen). So signed copies from the period will be difficult to find. A rare signed copy thus. 30 black-and-white plates. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679441662. $50.00

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