([New York]: Limited Edition Club, 1990). 307 x 224 mm. (12 x 8 3/4"). 3 p.l., 183,  pp.,  leaf (colophon).With afterword by David Shapiro. Translated by Willard R. Trask. No. 63 OF 375 COPIES, SIGNED by the artist.
Publisher's dark brown calf by the Jovonis Bindery (credited in colophon), upper cover with title stamped in blind, smooth spine, black endpapers and flyleaves. In the original black linen slipcase. With eight lithographs by John Hejduk, seven of them in color. In mint condition.
This Limited Editions Club edition of the Nobel laureate's short story about an aging woman rejuvenated by love only to be devastated by disease is printed in Gill Sans and illustrated with stark, geometrical illustrations by artist and architect John Hejduk, design choices that emphasize the brutality of the tale. Like Mann's best-known work, "Death in Venice" (1929), "Black Swan" looks frankly at human aging, decay, and mortality, but from a woman's perspective, with its additional concerns over societal expectations and loss of fertility. It was written in 1954, when Mann (1875-1955) was himself all too aware of the impact of aging and the finite nature of life. Hejduk (1929-2000) was a professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at Cooper Union, and, most unusually, an artist who produced a series of books with drawings related to and inspired by buildings he had designed--not architectural plans but image interpretations. (ST15816-44)
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PJP Catalog: 77.138