American Buffalo by David Mamet, Art by Michael McCurdy, Arion Press, 347 of 400
American Buffalo by David Mamet
Illustrated with Five Wood Engravings by Michael McCurdy
Arion Press, 1992, Signed Limited Edition, 347 of 400
Signed by David Mamet and Michael McCurdy
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “American Buffalo” published by the Arion Press in 1992 with a limitation of 400 with this being number 347. From the publisher, “American Buffalo is the first dramatic work produced by the Press, and it is the first major work of one of our best contemporary playwrights. For this edition Mamet has written a new foreword, which divulges the real-life origins of the play, a long-running poker game in a junk shop in Chicago, where the author got the nickname "Teach", for having taught at a state penitentiary where some of his fellow players had done time. David Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Glengarry Glen Ross. His controversial play of 1993, Oleanna, was made into a movie directed by the playwright. Michael McCurdy is a prolific book illustrator, well known for his skill as a wood engraver.”
The book measures 10.75” x 8” with 118 pages and is bound in full blue-green cloth with titling on silver foil and a buffalo-head nickel embedded in the front cover. full blue-green cloth with titling on silver foil and a buffalo-head nickel embedded in the front cover. The text type is 12-point Monotype De Vinne with larger sizes handset for display. A second color of ink, blue-green, is used for display lines, and the wood engravings are printed in a third color, a slightly greyed black ink. The paper is Byron Weston all-cotton ledger.
The book is signed by David Mamet and Michael McCurdy.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
A composite stock photograph of the book and one of Michael McCurdy’s illustrations as well as the front cover of the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."