F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Graves

The Great Gatsby

Arion Press


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Beautifully bound deluxe edition of Fitzgerald's classic text by the Arion Press, illustrated with 97 drawings by Michael Graves, including two original drawings by Graves and an ornate clamshell box with recessed terracotta bas relief of Gatsby's estate.

  • Sold as a set of 3.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (American).
  • Illustrated by Michael Graves (American).
  • San Francisco: Arion Press, 1984.
  • Deluxe edition, limited to 50 copies of a total limited edition of 400.
  • Signed by Michael Graves on the limitation page.
  • The text is composed in Monotype Goudy Light with Piehler capitals and figures for display; the paper is French mouldmade Rives buff.
  • A copy of the original prospectus as well as additional ephemera accompany the book including a limitation sheet, and two matted original drawings for the book (pages 12 and 74) that are signed and dated by Michael Graves.
  • Bound by the Schuberth Bookbindery in blue-green cloth spine and corners over printed grey paper boards with a printed paper label on the spine, photo-engravings printed in terracotta, titling and chapter numbers in blue-green.
  • Housed in a green cloth clamshell box with the lid recessed for a terracotta bas relief designed by Michael Graves of a three-dimensional site plan of the Gatsby estate.

From the publisher, “Michael Graves, the well-known architect of Princeton, was invited by the publisher to draw the buildings and grounds, the furniture, fixtures, landscaping, automobiles, telephones, and cocktail glasses of East and West Egg and New York, and the gas station and pool where the characters met their ends, but not Jay, Tom, Daisy, or the narrator, who are left to the reader’s imagination.”

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."

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Height: 10 inches / 25.4 cm
Width: 6.5 inches / 16.51 cm
Art, Architecture, Americana, English literature and history, Drawings and watercolours, Fine bindings, Novels, Illustrated
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