Eureka, An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe by Edgar Allan Poe
Illustrated with 6 Relief Prints by Arakawa
Arion Press, 1993, Signed Limited Edition, 29 of 250
Signed by Arakawa
Includes a Signed Card from Andrew Hoyem with the Closing Lines from the Essay
This is a signed limited edition of “Eureka, An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe” published by the Arion Press in 1991 with a limitation of 250 copies with this being number 29. From the publisher, “Eureka, a treatise on the nature of the universe and its ultimate destiny, was Poe's last great work. When he finished it in 1848, Poe declared that he was ready to die, because he had nothing more to say. Arakawa, a leading artist in the Minimalist and Conceptualist movements, attributes to Eureka a formative influence on his art. His illustrations use excerpts from the text, overlaying textual and linear elements. Words are crossed out and underlined, obscured and emphasized; vectors powerfully point to and away from points of meaning; curves connect and release cognition; abstractions push and pull betweeen the symbolic and the concrete. The typographic elements of the prints were arranged by Andrew Hoyem. A retrospective exhibition of the work of Arakawa toured Japan in 1991. Eureka was exhibited in 1992 at the New York gallery representing the artist, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.”
Measuring 13.5” x 9.75” with 120 pages, the binding is hand sewn over linen tapes with a grey-flecked rose-colored Japanese cloth over boards, and an acrostic of title, author, and artist on front and back covers. The types are Monotype Walbaum for the text and handset Bodoni Book for display. The illustrations are printed from type and photoengravings in grey and black ink. The paper is English mouldmade T. H. Saunders Waterford, hot-press finish.
The book is signed by Arakawa on the limitation page. The original prospectus will accompany the book as well as a signed Christmas Greeting that is signed by Andrew Hoyem that highlights the last lines of the Essay.
The book is in FINE condition.
Photographs of the book and the Andrew Hoyem signed card appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."