Translated from the Hebrew by Robert Alter
Illustrated with a Frontispiece Two-Color Etching by Michael Mazur
Arion Press, 1996, Signed Limited Edition – 132 of 200
Signed by Robert Alter and Michael Mazur
This is a signed limited edition of “Genesis” published by the Arion Press in 1996 with a limitation of 200 copies with this being number 132. From the publisher, “This highly acclaimed new translation of the first book of the Bible by Professor Alter of the University of California, Berkeley, was issued simultaneously with the scholarly trade edition, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1996. The Norton Genesis is included with the Arion edition so that the reader will have access to Alter's copious notes on the text and his decisions in translating. The Arion Genesis provides the Hebrew text from Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, printed from type set in Israel. The frontispiece print by Michael Mazur evokes the creation, as chaos congeals into recognizable forms.”
The books measure 16.25” x 11.5” with 104 pages. The binding is non-adhesive with the sections hand sewn with linen thread into a heavy paper cover, purple Colombe, handmade at the Larroque et Pombié mill in France. The volume is presented in a chemise and slipcase covered in purple cloth. The type for the Hebrew is Hadassah, set in photocomposition by El Ot Printing Enterprises, Tel Aviv. The type for the English is Lydian, set in photocomposition by M & H Type, San Francisco. Both texts printed by letterpress from photopolymer plates, in two colors, black and purple. The paper is handmade Prague, from the Velké Losiny mill in the Czech Republic. The intaglio printing for the frontispiece was done by the R. E. Townsend Studio, Georgetown, Massachusetts.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus and a companion trade edition volume.
The frontispiece two-color etching is signed by Michael Mazur under etching and Robert Alter has signed and numbered the book on the colophon.
The book and slipcase, companion volume, and prospectus are in FINE condition with no flaws.
Photographs of the book and slipcase, a stock photo of the frontispiece and the covers of the companion volume and the prospectus 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."