Great Gatsby, The

One of the Scarce Fifty Special Copies

[ARION PRESS]. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Illustrated by Michael Graves. San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1984.

One of fifty special copies contained in a magnificent box with a terra cotta bas-relief by Michael Graves of his site plan for Gatsby's estate and two original drawings for the book (for the drawing on page 19 and on page 45), out of a total edition limited to 400 copies, and signed by the illustrator. Large octavo (10 15/16 x 6 1/2 in; 252 x 165 mm.). [6, blank], 179, [1, blank], [1, signed colophon], [5, blank] pp. Designed and printed at the Arion Press, under the direction of Andrew Hoyem. The types are Goudy Light and Piehler Capitals. The paper is French mould-made Rives. The drawings in the book and on the binding are by the architect Michael Graves.

Bound by the Schuberth Bookbindery as issued in half green cloth over gray printed boards with printed paper label on spine. Gray pictorial endpapers. A very fine copy. In the original green cloth and gray paper board box with inset terra cotta bas-relief. In the original shipping carton.

The fifty special copies are of the utmost scarcity, rarely entering the open marketplace and with no copies coming to auction since the edition's publication. This is the only copy currently available and the first we have seen in many a year.

“Graves, the well-known architect of Princeton, was invited by the publisher to draw the buildings and grounds, the furniture, fixtures, landscaping, automobiles, telephones, and cocktail glasses of East and West Egg and New York, and the gas station and pool where the characters met their ends, but not Jay, Tom, Daisy, or the narrator, who are left to the reader’s imagination” (Checklist of Arion Press Books).

Checklist of Arion Press Books 15. Item #01417

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