New York: Woodstock Editions, 2001. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's silk-screened cloth, marbled edges, original cardboard packing box.
Signed limited edition of photographer Hans Gissinger and writer Gérard Oberlé's comic love letter to the crown jewel of cured meats. "To stuff, to fill, to coat, to encase, to cover, to interlard, to truss, to soak are tasks that concern comestibility as much as debauchery. Wrapped, weighed, sold!" In series of essays with deliciously salacious titles like "Beauties of Sausagery," "Heroes of Salami," and "Wandering Gluttons, Zampone and the Blessed Bacchus," Oberlé chronicles the history of salami through a series of personal and historical anecdotes. Gissinger's photo – 58 large-format color plates reminiscent of the still lifes of Richard Avedon – alongside the gorgeous and thoughtful graphic design (note the marbled salami textblock edges), ground and mirror Oberle's writing with their succinct wit and sincerity. Number 398 of 500 copies signed by Gissinger on the colophon. Text in French and English. Fine, with publisher's original numbered cardboard packing box. Item #1829