Cane by Jean Toomer
Illustrated with 10 Woodblock Prints by Martin Puryear
Arion Press, 2000, Signed Limited Edition, 384 of 400
Signed by Martin Puryear
This is a signed limited edition of “Cane” published by the Arion Press in 2000 with a limitation of 400 copies with this being number 384. From the publisher, “Cane is regarded as the highest literary achievement of the Harlem Renaissance and a masterpiece of African-American writing. To call it a novel is misleading, for the book is made up of many parts, by turn fiction, poetry, drama, set in rural Georgia, urban Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. It was first published in 1923, though sections appeared earlier in magazines. While it may seem at first a collection of writings, it is a highly experimental novel, novel in concept and form, and is a unified artistic whole. Cane was praised when issued but sold few copies. Toomer isolated himself after the book was published, and it was not rediscovered until the 1960s with the rise of academic interest in black history and culture. Jean Toomer (1897-1967) wrote several autobiographies, other fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, but published only one other book, Essentials, a collection of aphorisms, in 1931.”
Measuring 11.5” x 13.875”, the book features 10 woodblock prints by Martin Puryear and an afterward by the eminent historian of the black experience in America, Leon Litwack. The book is bound in full tan linen over limp boards with brown linen ties. The text type is Times New Roman, 14 point, with long descenders, with 12 point for subsidiary material, composed by Monotype. The display type is Lucian Bold, composed by hand. The text paper is Biblio, mouldmade in Germany. The print paper is Kitakata, handmade in Japan. The original prospectus will accompany the book.
The book is signed and numbered by Martin Puryear on the colophon.
The book and prospectus are in FINE condition.
Photographs of the book, prospectus, and 3 stock illustrations contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
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