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The Complete Greek Tragedies: A Centennial Edition
The Complete Greek Tragedies
A Centennial Edition
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226307638

"These authoritative translations consign all other complete collections to the wastebasket." Robert Brustein, "The New Republic"
"This is it. No qualifications. Go out and buy it everybody." Kenneth Rexroth, "The Nation"
"The translations deliberately avoid the highly wrought and affectedly poetic; their idiom is contemporary....They have life and speed and suppleness of phrase." "Times Education Supplement"
"These translations belong to our time. A keen poetic sensibility repeatedly quickens them; and without this inner fire the most academically flawless rendering is dead." Warren D. Anderson, "American Oxonian"
"The critical commentaries and the versions themselves...are fresh, unpretentious, above all, functional." "Commonweal"
"Grene is one of the great translators." Conor Cruise O'Brien, "London Sunday Times"
"Richmond Lattimore is that rara avis in our age, the classical scholar who is at the same time an accomplished poet." Dudley Fitts, "New York Times Book Review""

Chicago, University Of Chicago Press 1992. Four volumes. Hardcovers in slipcase. Rust colored cloth with a small illustrated plate on each front cover and spine printing in silver inside a black box. Condition of Books is Fine. Volume 1 appears to be the only volume that has even been opened. Slipcase has one bumped corner otherwise Fine. No dustjackets as issued. An attractive set.

Cremaster 2
Cremaster 2
Paperback      ISBN: 0935640649

The fourth installment of Matthew Barney's ongoing series of Cremaster "operas, " Cremaster 2 is loosely based on the life of serial killer Gary Gilmore. This time out, Barney filmed in the Salt Flats of Utah, the Columbia Icefield in Canada, and New York City. The scenario revolves around Gilmore's fascination with his alleged maternal grandfather, Harry Houdini, and his desire to join Houdini in the afterlife. Cremaster 4, the first in the series, was commissioned in 1995 and shot on the Isle of Man. The second, Cremaster 1, was shot in Boise, Idaho and appeared later that same year as part of a larger exhibition of the artist's work at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Cremaster 5, released in 1997, was filmed in Budapest and shown commercially at the Film Forum in New York City. With this latest installment in the Cremaster series, Barney is sure to challenge and perplex, delight and intrigue his growing audience.

"Oblong small 4to, Unpaginated. Full bound in pictorial paper wraps. Full photographic illustrations with fold outs. With plastic dustcover & unopened in plastic wrapping.

David Bowie Is...
David Bowie Is...
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851777377

David Bowie's career as a pioneering artist spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. He continues to be cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers working across the creative arts.

This book, published to accompany the blockbuster international exhibition launched at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, is the only volume that grants access to Bowie's personal archive of performance costumes, ephemera, and original design artwork by the artist, bringing it together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his enormous impact on 20th-century avant-garde music and art. Essays by V&A curators on Bowie's London, image, and influence on the fashion world are complemented by Howard Goodall on musicology; Camille Paglia on gender and decadence, and Jon Savage on Bowie's relationship with William Burroughs and his fans. The more than 300 color illustrations include personal and performance photographs, album covers, costumes, original lyric sheets, and much more.

Praise for David Bowie Is

"Perusing David Bowie Is (V&A Publishing, distributed by Abrams), the exhibition's catalog, with its procession of poses and costumes and weighty essays tracking the cross-references to pop culture and high art, you get a sense of how much hard work it took to be Mr. Bowie." --The New York Times

"The fans of 50 years or those making discoveries in retrospect will be intrigued by the accompanying book David Bowie Is that is far more than a fanzine."--The New York Times

"Lends context and picks away at Bowie with such insight that it's a rare hagiography with soul." --Chicago Tribune

"Combining top-notch articles on the singer/actor's life and work with official images and reproductions of his fashion and associated ephemera, the hefty, mango-colored book is nothing short of a treasure trove of all things Bowie; a one-stop smorgasbord for the eyes whose pictorials chronicle the groundbreaking star from Ziggy Stardust to Thin White Duke to Heathen and every personality in between." --Examiner.com

Die Welt Des Puppenspiels: The World of Puppetry
Die Welt Des Puppenspiels
The World of Puppetry
Hardcover      ISBN: 3362002447

Dust Jacket : Very Good. In slipcase

Dig Infinity: The Life and Art of Lord Buckley
Dig Infinity
The Life and Art of Lord Buckley
Hardcover      ISBN: 1566491576

Presents a biography of the American comedian, vaudevillian, and jazz musician.

"First Edition, First Printing. Full bound in black paper boards with gold stamped titling on spine. The book comes with a CD of Buckley's most legendary live performances, vinyl casing has never been opened. Book is solid, clean and crisp. There is a small pin head sized spot on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket is in excellent condition with a clear archival protective cover.

The First Folio of Shakespeare
The First Folio of Shakespeare
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393039854

When it was published in 1968, The Norton Facsimile set a new standard for scholarly accuracy. It was the first facsimile in which every page had been selected from a large number of copies in an attempt to find a clean, clear example with minimal show-through. Even more important, it offered the latest, most corrected state of pages known to vary from copy to copy because of correction at press. Finally, it introduced a standard system of reference, "through line numbering," based on the lines printed in the 1623 edition rather than on the acts, scenes, and lines of a modern edition. These improvements, the meticulous work of the great Folio scholar Charlton Hinman made possible by the extensive Folger Library Collection, established The Norton Facsimile as an indispensable volume for book collectors and serious readers of Shakespeare.

Francesco Vezzoli
Francesco Vezzoli
Hardcover      ISBN: 8887029326

Francesco Vezzoli's Trilogia della Morte (Trilogy of Death) explores video and embroidery, an unconventional combination unified by both passion and effectiveness. The 120 Seats of Sodom, inspired by the Italian director and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini's The 120 Days of Sodom, aligns 120 black Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs with embroidered seats before a tapestry showing erotic scenes from other Pasolini films. Non-Love Meetings, conceived as a reinvention of Pasolini's documentary Love Meetings, in which the director traveled through Italy interviewing people about love and sex, is set in a television studio and evokes Blind Date as much as its titular reference. Like Love Meetings, it seeks to create a psychological territory in which the public speaks openly about sex and love; like reality TV, it stars a showgirl, as well as actresses from the film world, MTV and soap operas, all of whom are courted by unlikely suitors. A fetching and thought-provoking mix of both formal and colloquial entertainment.

"Oblong 8vo. Full bound in black leather with a pictorial plate on front cover and copper titling on spine. Binding is solid and interior is clean and bright. Extensively illustrated. This publication was realized on the occasion of the exhibition Francesco Vezzoli: Trilogia della Morte at the Fondazzione Prada in Milan, in 2004. Corner tips are mildly bumped, else fine. No dust jacket, as issued.

Gregorian Chant : A History of the Controversy Concerning its Rhythm
Gregorian Chant : A History of the Controversy Concerning its Rhythm
Paperback      SKU: 1199432083

"CONTREVERSY CONCERNING ITS RHYTHM. 8vo, 90pgs. Solid binding and clean interior. Paper wraps show only minor tanning at spine, else fine.

Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts: An Interlinear Translation with Reference Guide to Biblical Quotations and Allusions
Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts
An Interlinear Translation with Reference Guide to Biblical Quotations and Allusions
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810829797

The German church cantata of the eighteenth century was the culmination of a long tradition of Lutheran "sermon music" that used the proclamation, amplification, and interpretation of scripture to teach and persuade the listener. Bach's cantatas also served this didactic purpose and typically incorporate numerous allusions to scriptural passages or themes in their librettos. Unfortunately, many of these passages remain obscure to the twentieth-century musician because they demand a much closer familiarity with the Bible than is common today. The Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts identifies scriptural references for the wording, imagery, and themes that Bach's listeners would have known. In addition, the religious or literary theme of each text is summarized within the specific context of the cantata as a whole. With interlinear translations and a full complement of indexes.

Hard Hitting Songs For Hard-hit People
Hard Hitting Songs For Hard-hit People
Hardcover      SKU: 1199465852

Stated first printing. Clean, tight, unmarked save for small signature of Ellen Stekert, former Minnesota state folklorist. Jacket has small chipping at head & foot of spine, otherwise fine.