-The Arion Press Edition-
First Thus (Number 240 in a limited edition of 275 copies)
Arion Press [San Francisco, CA]
Tall Quarto (Unpaginated)
Hardcover [Aluminum boards]
Item Number: 211258
One of the imaginative wonders of 20th Century Fine Press bookmaking. This elaborate re-rendering by the Arion Press of a late-19th century science fiction novel by English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott (who published pseudonymously under the name: “Square”) relates the story of a square living in a two-dimensional world who visits a world of lines, another comprised of just a single dot, and is in turn visited by a three-dimensional sphere. A two-sided accordion-style binding encased in aluminum boards allows the book to unfold as one 33-foot long text, then recoil to slide back into an elegantly configured latched aluminum-tooled frame.
The book contains a signed Introductory Essay by science fiction titan Ray Bradbury and is illustrated with hand-colored die-cutouts by Arion Press founder Andrew Hoyem. It is Number 240 in a limited edition of 275 copies and is in virtually mint condition.