First Edition of Gao Xingjian's Buying a Fishing Rod For My Grandfather; Signed by Him
Buying a Fishing Rod For My Grandfather.
Item Number: 1237
New York: Harper Collins, 2004.
First American edition of the author’s first collection of short stories published in English. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated in the year of publication by Gao Xingjian on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated from the Chinese by Mabel Lee.
These six stories by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian transport the reader to moments where the fragility of love and life, and the haunting power of memory, are beautifully unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiety overshadows the delirious happiness of an outing with his new wife on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a man narrowly escapes drowning in the sea, only to find that no one even noticed his absence. In the titlestory, the narrator attempts to relieve his homesickness only to find that he is lost in a labyrinth of childhood memories. “[Gao’s] narrators walk as if in a dream through a private landscape of memory and sensation” (Boston Globe).
Other Books by this Author
Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2003.
First edition in English of the Nobel Laureate’s play that is based on the legendary Huineng, the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism in the Tang Dynasty. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Gao Xingjian on the title page. Review copy, with slip laid in, fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Gilbert C.F. Fong.
"Only a lunatic would think that art is superior to nature": First Edition of Soul Mountain; Signed by Gao Xingjian
New York: Harper Collins, 2000.
First edition in English of the author’s magnum opus, which led to him winning the Nobel Prize in literature in 2000. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Gao Xingjian on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Mabel Lee.
New York: Harper Collins, 2002.
First American edition of the Nobel Prize winning author’s second novel published in English. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Xingjian on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Henry Landau's All's Fair: The Story of the British Secret Service Behind the German Lines; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1934.
Early printing of Landau’s biography of his time in the British Secret Service. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Captain Henry Landau.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.
London: Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent and Co Ltd, 1922.
First edition of this humorous story on golf written as a Shakespearian parody. Octavo, original boards, illustrated throughout.
Boston: L.C. Page, 1899.
First edition of this collection of golf short stories by the father of American football. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of a woman golfer by H.C. Ireland, vignette on title page, top edge gilt. In near fine condition.