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Walser, Robert (Author); Young, Donald; Cooke, Lynne; Fischli, Peter & Other Artists. A LITTLE RAMBLE: IN THE SPIRIT OF ROBERT WALSER. New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Artist Book. Collection of Robert Walser's writings interspersed with interpretative contemporary art. One of the most beautiful literary and art books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2013 Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents "A Little Ramble: In The Spirit of Robert Walser". A landmark "homage" project initiated by the legendary New York gallerist Donald Young, who died in 2012, during its realization, and to whom the book is dedicated. The production values are exemplary in every respect. "I saw in Walser an exemplary figure through whom connections between art and literature could be discussed anew" (Donald Young). So he invited a group of artists to respond to Walser's writings. "The artists have chosen stories by Robert Walser as well as excerpts from 'The Walk' and conversations with the writer recorded by his guardian Carl Seelig. Much of the material appears in English for the very first time. Preface by Donald Young. Afterword by Lynne Cooke" (Publisher's blurb). "If Walser had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place" (Hermann Hesse). "One of the most important German-language writers of this century. A truly wonderful, heartbreaking writer" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Walser and contemporary art collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the 2012 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 are subsequent printings of the 2013 Reissued Edition or have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 50 color plates. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT WALSER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811220990. $150.00

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