Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Illustrated with Twelve Drawings by Wayne Thiebaud
Arion Press, 1999, Signed Limited Edition, Limited to 400 Copies
Signed by Wayne Thiebaud
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Shipping Box
This is a signed limited edition of “Invisible Cities” published by the Arion Press in 1999 with a numbered limitation of 400 copies with this being an unknown number because the book remains unopened . From the publisher, “Italo Calvino, regarded by many as the greatest master of Italian fiction in this century, first published this work in 1972 as Le citta invisibili. A tale mixing fantasy, reality, and philosophy, it recounts a long conversation between a young Marco Polo and an aging Kublai Khan. The book was lauded by Gore Vidal as more than a novel, more like a "meditation or poem" and "perhaps his [Calvino's] most beautiful work". William Weaver, who translated it from the Italian into English, considers that among his translations, "it is the one I reread with the most pleasure.”
The artist Wayne Thiebaud contributed 12 drawings, with the idea that the images of cities and objects remain invisible until the reader takes action. To realize this concept, Andrew Hoyem designed the book with the drawings printed on clear plastic in different colors of inks, each matching the color of the following sheet. The images are revealed only when the transparent sheet is turned back onto the preceding page, a white sheet with printed text.
Measuring 14” x 12” with 164 pages, the book is is bound in an anodized aluminum ring binding with U-posts, allowing the leaves to be turned over in sequence. A back cover supports four U-posts, a lid has four slots through which the U-posts rise, and a locking pin of aluminum rod slips through the hoops securing lid to base. The binding was fabricated by Paul Sheet Metal Works in San Francisco. The titling is screen-printed onto a side of the lid. The paper, both colored and white, is Italian Tiziano, mouldmade at Fabriano mill. The types are Veronese (Monotype and handset) and Twentieth Century (handset). The type (on paper) and the photopolymer plates for the drawings (on mylar) were printed by letterpress.
The book is signed by Wayne Thiebaud.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original shipping box.
A composite photograph of the binding plus the prospectus and a stock photograph from the publisher (please note that the etching contained in this photograph is not included with the book) as well as individual photographs of the prospectus and publisher’s photograph 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."