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Spiegelman, Art (Artist) & March, Joseph Moncure (Author). THE WILD PARTY: THE LOST CLASSIC BY JOSEPH MONCURE MARCH. New York City, NY: Pantheon, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 111 pages. Fine/Fine.

New rendition/interpretation of the Modernist classic. One of the most brilliant literary-cum-art books of the 20th century. Banned when it first appeared in 1928, it is now considered a modern classic. The First Edition Thus. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition Thus is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Art Spiegelman: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Art by Art Spiegelman. Text by Joseph Moncure March. Blood-red velvet endpapers. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in a definitive new edition, Art Spiegelman's rendition of Joseph Moncure March's "The Wild Party". Retrieves a lost masterpiece that now also showcases the inimitable graphic art of the creator of "Maus". "A poem that can make even readers with no time for poetry stop dead in their tracks. It is repulsive and fascinating, vicious and vivacious, uncompromising, unashamed, and unremittingly powerful. An amazing tour-de-force" (Louis Untermeyer). "The book that made me want to be a writer" (William S. Burroughs). An absolute "must-have" title for Joseph Moncure March and Art Spiegelman collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Art Spiegelman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named (his name is enclosed in a speech bubble by the artist), and is a Chicago-based photography expert and important artist/painter in his own right. Spiegelman also drew a brilliant liquor-cum-poison bottle, which is lifted from/appears in the book itself. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy (with original drawing) of the First Edition Thus/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most innovative American poets of the 20th century, interpreted by the greatest American graphic artist of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ART SPIEGELMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679424504. $200.00

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