"Art is language of the entire human personality": First Editions of Each Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Cairo Trilogy; Each Volume Signed by Naguib Mahfouz
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street.
Item Number: 274
New York: Doubleday, 1990-1992.
First American editions of author’s most well known work; a trilogy originally published in Egypt in the 1950’s and which garnered him the Nobel Prize in literature decades later in 1988. Octavo, 3 volumes. Original half cloth. Each volume is signed by Naguib Mahfouz. All three are fine in fine dust jackets. Books signed by Mahfouz are rare as he left Egypt only twice during his life, each time only but for a short time.
The Cairo Trilogy traces three generations of the family of patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. The Trilogy is the achievement of a master storyteller reminiscent of Tolstoy. Laid into Palace Walk is the publicity from Doublday. "Naguib Mahfouz is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola, and a Jules Romains" (Edward Said).