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Auster, Paul (Author); Sante, Luc (Contributor) & Frieder, Blickle (Photographer). PAUL AUSTER'S NEW YORK. New York City, NY: Henry Holt And Company, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 97 pages. Fine. Signed.

Commemorative Retrospective Keepsake. Retrospective collection of excerpts from the author's works, with accompanying photographs. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The book was exclusively distributed to the trade only and not commercially sold to the public. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Walter Hellmann: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard covers, which feature a wraparound photographic reproduction of New York City's skyline, and gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Paul Auster. Introduction by Luc Sante. Photographs by Frieder Blickle. Maroon satin ribbon marker. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Paul Auster's New York". Excerpts from the writer's outstanding body of work, all of them set in New York City, beautifully interspersed with evocative blue-toned photographs by Frieder Blickle. Paul Auster's breakthrough, "The New York Trilogy", established him as one of the iconic writers of his generation. Although he spent a long time in Europe as a struggling writer and translator, his oeuvre is permeated by what we fondly call the "New York state of mind", a place turned into an inner landscape, something one also finds in the work of such other artists as John Ashbery and Woody Allen, among others. "Paul Auster's New York can sometimes be a forlorn and lonesome strand, sometimes a carnival complete with party hats, but at any extreme it always radiates a singular, occult beauty" (Luc Sante). An absolute "must-have" title for Paul Auster collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Paul Auster. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $175 because the keepsake is rare. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL AUSTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 080505667X. $100.00

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