New Arrivals at Veery Books
- Mu Xin (1927-2011), Richard M. Barnhart, Jonathan Hay, Wu Hung, Alexandra Munroe.
The Art of Mu Xin: Landscape Paintings and Prison Notes.
Yale University Art Gallery; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, New Haven, London, Chicago, 2001, Hardcover, , , Fine /Very Good
150 pp. 36 plates, some with full-page details, numerous figures, some in color. Nine pages of reproducing more than 60 pages of ms. Prison notes. Folio [14.75 x 14 inches]; VG/F. Matte black dust jacket makes a good impression however shows minor rubbing and bumping easily, else fine. Foreword and acknowledgements--Kimerly Rorschach and Jock Reynolds; Preface--Robert Rosenkranz; Palimpsest: nearby Mu Xin--Alexandra Munroe; Landscape painting at the end of time--Richard M. Barnhart; Mu Xin and twentieth-century Chinese painting--Jonathan Hay; Reading Mu Xin: an exile without a past--Wu Hung; Tower within a tower: Landscape paintings, Prison notes [Mu Xin]; Passages from the Prison notes--translated by Toming Jun Liu; A dialogue with Mu Xin--Toming Jun Liu; Mu Xin: an annotated bibliography. The 33 landscape paintings and the prison notes were produced in the late 1970s during the Cultural Revolution in China while he was imprisoned and then under house arrest. “Mu Xin wrote the Prison Notes in miniscule characters on purloined paper provided for ‘self-criticism,’ which he then rolled up and sewed into his prison garb to avoid detection”—from the preface. The notes contain imaginary dialogues between historical cultural figures such as Aristotle and Dostoyevsky. Mu Xin (??) is the pen name of Sun Pu (??). Mu Jin is a Buddhist expression meaning “educator with a true heart)
- Gian Francesco Malipiero; Luigi Pirandello
La favola del figlio cambiato [The Fable of the Exchanged Son]
Ricordi & Cie., Milano, 1933, Hardcover, , , Very Good /
Facsimile of the composer's manuscript of the full conductor's score of the opera. Plate number 122941. Ricordi's blind stamp to the first pages indicates that the score was printed in October, 1933. Elegant paper-covered boards with recessed paper label. Previous owner's stamp on ffep. Light wear to extremities of binding. A beautiful and important manuscript facsimile difficult to find in the market at this time. In the middle of the night, witches swap children in their cribs. The witches replace the fat, healthy son of the mother with the king's sickly child. The child taken as the king's and living in luxury struggles to find happiness and in the end escapes to the country where he is near his mother. "Devo esser creduta! Anche Dio non si vede e si crede! E chi ora ride certo non vide il mio bambino com'era.""I must be believed! Even God is not seen and believed! And whoever laughs now certainly did not see my baby as he was. "
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1858, Hardcover, , , Very Good /
215 pp. Quarter leather with gilt-lettered spine, marbled boards and endpapers. Leather scuffed at extremities, but still pleasant. Title page gives 1859 date, verso of TP, 1858. Ads probably removed for binding.
O my songs! whose winsome measures
Filled my heart with secret rapture!
Children of my golden leisures!
Must even your delights and pleasures
Fade and perish with the capture?
Fair they seemed, those songs sonorous,
When they came to me unbidden;
Voices single, and in chorus,
Like the wild birds singing o'er us
In the dark of branches hidden.
Must each noble aspiration
Come at last to this conclusion,
Jarring discord, wild confusion,
Not with steeper fall nor faster,
From the sun's serene dominions,
Not through brighter realms nor vaster,
In swift ruin and disaster,
Icarus fell with shattered pinions!
Sweet Pandora! dear Pandora!
Why did mighty Jove create thee
Coy as Thetis, fair as Flora,
Beautiful as young Aurora,
If to win thee is to hate thee?
--Epimetheus, or the Poet's Afterthought
- John Sayles
Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2020, Hardcover, , 1st ed, 1st printing, Fine /Fine
416 pp., 8vo, (9.25 x 6.25 in.) Fine/Fine, in mylar cover. First edition, first printing. DJ now in an archival cover. Sayles is a "fiction writer, screen writer, actor, and feature film director. . . . He has written more than one hundred screenplays and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay." "Ruby wishes it wasn't in the Three Nations' office. Even the casino would have been better, and maybe more appropriate, given the way she feels about Skiles. But as many times as she's explained to the Chairman how important it is to keep reservation business and his new private venture absolutely separate, he insisted on the signing being on his home court."
- Bill Berkson
N.I., N.P., N.D., none, , , Fine /
One leaf, 10.25 x 7.25 inches. Signed.
- Dzekas Keruakas [Jack Kerouac]
Kelyje: Romanas [On the Road]
“Sviesa”, Kaunas, Lithuania, 1991, Hardcover, , , Very Good /
248 pp. Quarter cloth, illus. paper-covered boards. Little wear to exterior, pages starting to tan near edges, but still quite flexible. PO inscription in Lithuanian on the FFEP. On the Road--in Lithuanian. Worldcat finds a copy in France and one in Germany. A short essay in Lithuanian on Kerouac and his novel. A Paaiškinimai [appendix, literally, explanations, but most like a glossary]. Greihaundas, Houboukenas, Belvju, Bronksas et cetera. Along with On the Road, Signet, 25th anniversary edition, 30th printing, or so, included as a guide on the road. Learn Lithuanian!