London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of the first English-language edition (translated, from the Italian, by the inestimable William Weaver) of T con zero). Small 8vo: ,152pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; illustrated dust jacket by Stanley Chapman, priced 25s. Tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout, virtually pristine. A truly superb example. . Fine / Fine. Item #BB0072
Collection of short stories that draws its title from the narrative focusing on a particularly uncertain moment in the life of a lion hunter. The hunter considers this second in time, t0 (or t zero), against known previous seconds (t-1 , t-2 , . . . ) and hypothetical future seconds (t1 , t2 , . . .). Time and the Hunter (T con zero, 1967) and Cosmicomics (Cosmicomiche, 1965) were "harbingers of an interest in new narrative theories which Calvino had encountered in France (communication theory, semiotics) and which would deeply influence his fictional production . . . [rooted] in the creative potential of mathematical methods such as combinatorics." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).