signed first edition Hardcover
2002 · Fullerton, CA
by Frederic Prokosch (1906-1989)
Fullerton, CA: Lorson's Books and Prints, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. Signed. Miniature Book. 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 inches. Unpaginated. The poetic text printed on what in a traditional codex structure would be the end-papers, inserted in the end-papers is a tissue-paper origami-style pop-up structure with an abstract design in 2 different color papers; my first impression was that the pop-up evoked a praying mantis; on the colophon D'Ambrosio remarks that Prokosch was an amateur lepidopterist, implying that the pop-up design is of a butterfly; text clean, unmarked. Housed within a codex-style case with patterned cloth spine, printed patterned paper over boards, the colophon in printed on the rear board, printed paper spine label, comes in a green-paper-covered slip case as issued; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Joe D'Ambrosio on the colophon. GKK221-031. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies, SIGNED by Joe D'Ambrosio on the colophon. Frederic Prokosch was an American writer, known for his novels, poetry, memoirs, and criticism, and was also a distinguished translator. "America, My Wilderness" first appeared in 1972, published by Farrar Straus Giroux. In this work the hero, Pancho Krauss, has a magical vision of America, his experience both realistic and surreal. In this excerpt, Krauss poetically experiences the landscape of America in his mind's eye. REFERENCE: not in D'Ambrosio, A Memoir of Book Design, which ends 2 years prior to the creation of this artist's book.
(Inventory #: GKK221-031)