London: Ulysses, 1994. Limited Edition. Paper-Covered Boards. First Limited Edition, one of only 26 copies, lettered A to Z (this being copy D), with hand-colored frontispiece and signed and dated by both author and artist (Ian Beck). Tall , slim 8vo: unpaginated (14 leaves). Original pale yellow paper-covered boards patterned in green, dark green morocco spine lettered in gilt, printed on Velin Arches mould-made paper. Original mylar-type dust jacket. Flawless and apparently unread. Very Fine. Item #BB1567
"My name is Lily Campendonc. A long time ago I used to live in Lisbon. . . ." So begins Cork, in which a pragmatic young British widow, proprietor of a cork-processing factory, embarks on an affair with her husband's former office manager, Her lover will meet only once a year, and insists that their encounters be pseudonymous masquerades. For him, this role playing is essential: ''You see, because I am nothing, I can imagine anything. . . . If I were something, I would be unable to imagine.'' Punctuating the story are excerpts from a monograph on the peculiar traits of cork trees. injecting a seemingly dry scientific treatise into a tale of passion. As it turns out, the rare characters of cork—''lightness, impermeability, elasticity''—and the unusual nature of the love affair have much in common. “We never love anyone. Not really. We only love our idea of another person." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.