Limited Editions Club Journeys Among the Dead
Eugene Ionesco, the artist and illustrator for our copy of Journeys Among the Dead, was one of the leaders of avant-garde drama in France, and is usually regarded as a proponent of theater of the absurd. In his work, he created a nightmare world energized by ferocious parody and resting on two basic tenets of avant-garde art: 1 the fundamental isolation of man and 2 the breakdown of language. For Ionesco, the failure of communication is related to man's alienation as a result of the claims and forms of social organization, from what is most distinctively human in himself. Social order and authority are shown to be shams based on a typically bourgeois misconception of their logical necessity. The alienation of man is also seen in terms of the sterility of his moral and emotional life, a sterility Ionesco often conveys by using meaningless and mechanical platitudes, spasms of verbal delirium, or labored parodies of logical argument. In our book's preface there is a conversation with Ionesco and Verena Heyden-Rynsch that occurred in Paris, March 14, 1987, in which Ionesco says of Journeys Among the Dead that the play is a sort of dreamed autobiography, by which I mean that the things I have seen, heard, or lived through, the people I have quarreled with or loved during the course of my existence, have reappeared, and revealed themselves to me....
Journeys was considered by Ionesco to be his best play, and our lovely edition of his remarkable self-disclosure was illustrated by Ionesco himself with four color lithographs. The lithographs were printed by Erker Presse, Franz Larese and Jurg Jannett in St.
Gallen, Switzerland on Fabriano "Umbria" paper stock. The paper for the text was made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani, in Pescia, Italy. The volume is softly bound and wrapped in paper by Recalcati, of Milan; it is housed in a hard felt-lined slipcase with red Moroccan leather at top and bottom. This is copy number 960 of 1000 copies, and is signed by the great artist Eugene Ionesco. There was no Monthly Letter for this publication, as well as two other 1987 Limited Editions Club titles, BUT THERE WAS A ONE PAGE INSERT issued and it is included in the offering.
I do not think this insert is available anywhere in the marketplace. In any event, this is a seminal work, beautifully crafted, and illustrated with gorgeous lithographs by the playwright himself.
The offering should have wide appeal to anyone who follows theater closely and who enjoys being challenged by non-conformist artists. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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- Year Printed: 1987
- Topic: Drama
- Binding: handmade paper wrap by Recalcati/Milan
- Illustrator: Eugene Ionesco
- Author: Eugne Ionesco
- Publisher: Limited Editions club
- Place of Publication: Typostudio Schumacher-Gebler/Munich
- Special Attributes: Collector's Edition, Illustrated, Inscribed, Limited Edition, Numbered