Flatland; A Romance of Many Dimensions

One of the Most Successful Arion Press Books

[ARION PRESS]. ABBOTT, Edwin Abbott. Flatland. A Romance of Many Dimensions. [Introduction by Ray Bradbury]. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1980.

Limited to 275 numbered copies, signed by Andrew Hoyem and Ray Bradbury. Folio (14 x 7 inches; 356 x 178 mm.). Accordion-style with fifty-six folded panels. Illustrated with fourteen line drawings and ten die-cuts by Andrew Hoyem. Colors and gray backgrounds added by hand. The type is Univers, composed in Monotype, then reset by hand. The initial letters are Gill Shadow. The paper is T.H. Saunders hot-press finish, mould-made.

Bound in aluminum covers in a hinged and clasped aluminum container. Covers and container stamped in black. The bare minimum of rubbing to edges of covers (from container), as usual. A very fine copy. This unusual book was one of the most commercially (and aesthetically) successful Arion Press books. Complete with the original folding prospectus loosely inserted.

“A satire about a two-dimensional world vexed by single- and multi-dimensionality that has been continuously in print since first published in 1884, enjoyed by young students of geometry and sophisticated physicists alike, and hailed as a precursor of science fiction. Andrew Hoyem’s radical design and illustrations realize many implications of the book, such as: the ‘volume’ can be opened out flat to form a thirty-foot plane; the plane-geometrical citizens of Flatland are infinitely thin (holes in paper); they cast shadows; their edges glow” (Checklist of Arion Press Books).

Checklist of Arion Press Books 7. Item #01442

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