THE GRAVE OF LOST STORIES.
by Vollmann, William.
One of 15 deluxe copies only, 13 of which are for sale, all on Johannot paper, each signed and numbered by the artist/author and binder, from an edition of 200 (185 regular edition). Bound by Ben Pax: The hinge is powder-coated black as is the interior. The front cover is incised with the title, author's initials and Poe's dates. The copy number appears in roman numeral on the back cover (this being number 2). Along the fore edge, 13 teeth have been set in handmade silver bezels. The inside covers each have four brass and copper rods (oxidized green). The book itself is bound in boards with linen spine which are "leafed, and variegated and painted in metallic fungoid patterns over which the author has painted a female figure to represent one of the stories (author's description)." The gessoed boards are copper colored and the female in blue with onlays of four small white bones outlining the skeleton. The book lays into the marble box-sarcophagus. The four illustrations are hand colored by the author who has also made a number of small revisions in the text. Letterpress by Alastair Johnston in Electra and Cochin with display in Caslon, Marbleheart, Rimmed Lith and Astoria at Poltroon Press. title page printed in three colors, guards of black and gold gilt Japanese paper. The story first appeared in THIRTEEN STORIES AND THIRTEEN EPITAPHS in 1991. Vollmann has been called by The Washington Post, "the most prodigiously talented and historically important American novelist under 35" and by The Los Angeles Times an author of "unique and startling imagination" and Madison Smartt Bell says Vollmann is, "one of the precious few young American writers who can fairly be accused of genius."