New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981. Uncorrected Proofs. Tall, narrow octavo, publisher's blue stiff paper wraps, spine and upper wrap lettered in black. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Presentation copy of the uncorrected page proofs of the acclaimed Italian fabulist's meta-fictional novel in variations, a love letter to narrative and to reading: "What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?...You have one hope left, that the ten novels that evaporated in your hands the moment you began reading them can be found in this library." Inscribed by Calvino on the front endpaper: "after 250 signatures/on Palomar's Fabriano sheets/a signature/coming from my heart/on these 'uncorrected proofs'/for my dear friends/Roslyn and Bill/Italo/Rome, October 2nd 1981." Literary agent Roslyn Targ handled foreign rights for Calvino's books; her husband William was a noted editor and bibliophile who, in 1981, published Calvino's story "The Silent Mr. Palomar," in a signed limited edition of 250 copies on Fabriano Roma paper, under his Targ Editions imprint. Calvino personally inscribed a number of his books to the glamorous literary couple, but none more affectionately and playfully than here. Originally published in Italy in 1979. Minor repair to joints near spine-ends, some toning to spine and wraps. Near fine. An exceptional association copy. Item #492