- Donald Barthelme
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1972, Cloth, , 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Fine /Near Fine
183 pp. Octavo, 6.25 x 8.75 in. A bit of toning to the top of the pictorial jacket, else a fine volume in a fine pictorial jacket, now in a protective archival cover. Contents: Critique de la Vie Quotidienne; Traumerei; The Genius; Perpetua; A City of Churches; The Party; Engineer-Private Paul Klee Misplaces an Aircraft Between Milbertshofen and Cambrai, March 1916; A Film; The Sandman; Departures; Subpoena; The Catechist; The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace; The Rise of Capitalism; The Temptation of St. Anthony; Daumier. Honoré de Balzac went to the movies. He was watching his favorite flick, The Rise of Capitalism, with Simone Simon and Raymond Radiguet. When he had finished viewing the film, he went out and bought a printing plant, for fifty thousand francs. 'Henceforth,' he said, 'I will publish myself, handsome expensive de-luxe editions, cheap editions, and foreign editions, duodecimo, sextodecimo, octodecimo. I will also publish atlases, stamp albums, collected sermons, volumes of sex education, remarks, memoirs, diaries, railroad timetables, daily newspapers, telephone books, racing forms, manifestos, libretti, abecedaries, works on acupuncture, and cookbooks."