The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Illustrated with Thirty-Two Color Photographs by Stephen Shore
Arion Press, 2004, Signed Limited Edition, 243 of 300
Signed by Stephen Shore
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “The Age of Innocence” published by the Arion Press in 2004 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 243. From the publisher, “Truly a thing of beauty” according to Forbes magazine, this edition celebrates a classic of American literature. The book has a special status as an affectionate record of the streets and buildings of New York City. At every moment of the novel the reader knows where the characters are, walking down a particular street, standing in front of a certain address, looking out the window of a familiar room.”
The Arion Press edition is illustrated with images of the novel's actual setting, as they are today, captured by noted photographer Stephen Shore. Shore's work has been exhibited widely; New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman raved about one exhibition: "The show is wonderful. The work’s laconic eloquence speaks of an era and a nation." Shore brought to this project a personal knowledge of the historic buildings and streets that made up Wharton's New York world. The photographer produced thirty-four color images for The Age of Innocence, two appearing on the slipcase and cover.
The Age of Innocence has an introduction by novelist Diane Johnson, who like Wharton is an American novelist who lives and writes in Paris. A note on Stephen Shore’s photographs was contributed by Sandra S. Phillips, curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Phillips writes of Shore's photographs for this book: "These are illustrations in the very best sense; they are accompaniments to this wonderful novel, and they extend our reading of it imaginatively in the present tense."
The book measures 9.875” x 6.875” and is bound in full cloth with a photographically illustrated spine label with titling and housed in a slipcase with cloth edges on the top and bottom and is wrapped with a photograph of Central Park. The text type, Ronaldson Old Style, was chosen for its origin and use during the period of the novel. The title is set in Typo Script with DeVinne Outline initials. The type was printed by letterpress on all cotton mouldmade Velata paper from the Magnani mill in Italy. The photographs were printed in color on paper that has been toned around the pictures to match the color of the text paper.
The book is signed by Stephen Shore.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the book, slipcase, and three examples of Stephen Shore’s photographs in the book as well as 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."