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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West, Photography by Lucy Gray, Arion Press



The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

Illustrated with 20 Photographs by Lucy Gray

Arion Press, 2013, Signed Limited Edition, 66 of 400

Signed by Lucy Gray

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a signed limited edition of “The Day of the Locust” published by the Arion Press in 2013 with a limitation of 400 with this being number 66. From the publisher, “Considered by many critics the best novel ever written about Hollywood, the book is pivotal in literary history. It is by turns surreal, revealing of the shams of the motion-picture business, seedy, sinister, macabre, doped-up, sexy, funny, and tragic. As David Thomson states in his introduction: “Nathanael West was one of the first writers to feel that disappointment in America, and to relate it to the false promises, the shine of advertising, and the cult of being good-looking and happy, that had come with the movies. . . . This is the classic American dream slipping over into nightmare; it is the locusts eclipsing the sunlight”.  Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Lucy Gray’s twenty photographs are done in the manner of movie stills, as if taken at night. Discrete captions below the photographs identify the subjects.

The book measures 9.75” x 7” with 180 numbered pages plus twenty unnumbered pages for the photographs and is bound in full cloth chartreuse cloth over boards with titling and the image of a rising cloud of locusts on the cover. The book is presented in a cloth and paper covered slipcase. The paper is Italian mouldmade Magnani Velata, in two weights, lighter for the text and heavier for photographs which are tipped into die-stamped recesses. The text and photograph captions were printed by letterpress from Monotype Bodoni Book. The photographs were printed in duotone over a metallic silver ground, overlaid with varnish.

The book is signed by Lucy Gray. Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

Stock photographs of the book and slipcase as well as several 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."