Klabunde, Charles. Unbound. Stamford: The New Overbrook Press, 1984. 1st Edition. Fine.
First edition thus, limited edition. One of 250 copies, signed by the author on the colophon. Illustrated with original intaglio prints by Charles Klabunde. A fine copy with bright pages, printed in Gill Sans typeface on Rives BFK mould made paper; housed in the publisher's beige clamshell box, with the slightest hint of smudging to the rear panel, else fine. The Lost Ones is a story about characters who are trapped in a cylinder and are trying to escape, first published a year after the author received the 1969 Nobel Prize. This English edition was translated from the original French by the author and signed in Paris. Each of the seven illustrations are original etchings, all signed and numbered by the artist, who printed them in his New York City studio. The grotesque beauty of Klabunde's etchings mirror the tragic vitality of Beckett's lost characters. The handmade paper and the carefully chosen typeface, which was designed to complement the signage of the London Underground, add to the beauty of Beckett's narrative. Charles Altshul designed The Lost Ones as an inaugural publication for The New Overbrook Press; Altschul founded the original Overbrook Press, which privately printed fine books from 1934 - 1969. As The Daily Princetonian wrote of The Overbrook Press in 1941, "Every bit of its output has been printed purely for the owner's pleasure with no thought of the expense incurred or of the profit to be derived from its sale." The Lost Ones demonstrates The New Overbrook Press's adherence to this esteemed precedent.