The Silent Mr Palomar by Calvino Italo

The Silent Mr Palomar

Calvino Italo

1/250 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Translated by William Weaver.The first of the two signed limited editions published by Calvino in English. Ten pieces, all featuring Mr. Palomar, seven of which would later appear in the complete Italian (1983) and English (1985) editions, while the remaining three – “The Lotus-Eaters”,The Gods of Objects” and “The Form of the Tree – have not been reprinted. Calvino began Palomar in 1975, wrote it contemporaneously with If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979), and was his response to the self-imposed problem of “writing about something that is not written”, see the conclusion to “On Reading a Wave”, quoted above, for Calvino’s own explanation of his problem. “On Reading a Wave” sits in the middle of the Targ edition and, a helpful leg up for readers, is the first piece in the full published version. Number thirteen of the 25 titles published by William Targ, from his home in Greenwich Village, after his retirement from a distinguished career in mainstream publishing. Designed and printed by hand at the Grenfell Press. Printed on Fabriano Roma, an all-rag, handmade sheet; coloured initial letters at the beginning of each piece and frontispiece woodcut by L.Grenfelli. Marbled cloth and black boards. Erratum slip laid in.

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Publisher: Targ Editions. First edition 1981
Fine in transparent glassine dustwrapper, a couple of chips on the rear panel, with frontispiece portrait of Calvino printed on the front panel of the dustwrapper.

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