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Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell, Photography by Laurie Simmons, Arion Press, 116 of 300



Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

Illustrated with 68 Photographs by Laurie Simmons

Arion Press, 2009, Signed Limited Edition, 116 of 300

Signed by Evan S. Connell and Laurie Simmons

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a signed limited edition of “Mrs. Bridge” published by the Arion Press in 2009 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 116. From the publisher, "Published in 1959, Mrs. Bridge is a quiet masterpiece of mid-twentieth-century fiction, and this edition celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. A novel of the American heart-land, it takes up familiar themes, set in a comfortable middle-class Midwestern family in the decades before World War II. At the same time, it is experimental in form, a work that unobtrusively advances the art of the novel.”

The book includes 68 photographs, half duo-tone and half color, by Laurie Simmons. Simmons is a leading American artist who uses photography to explore the role of women in the domestic sphere. Beginning in the mid-1970s when she took photographs for a toy company catalog, Simmons has been fascinated with the artifacts of the household. During the remaining years of that decade she used dolls and doll house walls, furniture, and fixtures to make set-ups for photographs. These works established her as one of the most important artists in photography in the United States. The images in this book were selected from that series.

The book measures 10.5” x 8” with 274 numbered pages and 68 unnumbered pages for the photographs. The type is Binny, composed and cast in Monotype, 12 point for the text. The printing of the text is by letterpress. The photographs are printed by offset photo-lithography. The paper is Mohawk Superfine, as in this prospectus. The binding is full yellow Iris cloth, with color photographs by Laurie Simmons on the front and back covers.

The book is signed by Evan S. Connell and Laurie Simmons.

Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

The publisher’s stock photographs of the book and photographs contained in the book 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."