signed first edition
1998 · New York
by UPDIKE, John (foreword); VONNEGUT, Kurt, et al. (contributor)
New York: American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1998. First Edition. Quarto (31.25cm); pale gray cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; 112pp; illus. Though not called for, this copy has been signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half-title page, with an original hand-drawn self-portrait dated May 12, 1999. Small scuff to lower margin of copyright page, tiny smudge at mid-spine, else Fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
Nicely-produced volume collecting works of art by fifty Academy members. With a foreword by John Updike, including works by Kurt Vonnegut (portrait of Kilgore Trout), Paul Cadmus, Leonard Baskin, Frank O. Gehry, Jasper Johns, Wolf Kahn, Jacob Lawrence, Mary Frank, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Resika, Richard Meier, George Segal, and others. Uncommon signed. (Inventory #: 33798)