The Alienist by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Illustrated with 12 Drawings by Caroll Dunham
Arion Press, 1998, Limited Edition, 44 of 250
This is a limited edition of “The Alienist” published by the Arion Press in 1998 with a limitation of 250 copies with this being number 44. From the publisher, “Machado de Assis, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1839, is considered the greatest Latin American novelist of the nineteenth century and the precursor to Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Manuel Puig in the twentieth. Best known for two satiric novels: The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (1880) and Dom Casmurro (1899), Machado de Assis also wrote many shorter works. The novella, The Alienist, newly translated by Alfred Mac Adam, professor of Latin American literature at Barnard College and Columbia University and a respected translator of Latin American fiction, is a hilarious indictment of nineteenth-century science, in which an alienist—the nineteenth-century equivalent of a psychiatrist—attempts to discover a foolproof means to distinguish sanity from madness.”
Measuring 10” x 14” consisting of 80 pages, 56 pages for the text on cream paper and 24 pages for the 12 drawings on green paper, the book is bound in full green cloth with green paper labels for titling and two drawings, housed in a cloth and paper slipcase. The paper used in the book is German mouldmade Bugra with the type and photopolymer plates for the drawings were printed by letterpress. The book was translated by Alfred Mac Adam.
Accompanying the book will be the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in FINE condition.
Photographs of the book and slipcase along with the cover of the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.
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