Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive, 1993.
First trade edition. (141) pp., 5.75 x 8.75 inches. Cloth over boards in printed dust-jacket. Illustrated throughout with reproductions of watercolor paintings by Francesco Clemente. First published in 1988 by Grenfell Press as a limited fine-press edition. As new. Item #4635
A book about masturbation: sixty-one short prose vignettes that, in the words of the publisher, “record the imaginative varieties of this solitary activity in prose that is playful, intimate, urgent, quirky, and humane. The soloists range in age from nine to eighty; the locales from Australia to Zaire; the means of masturbation from the commonplace to the bizarre. . . . the late Georges Perec, in describing Singular Pleasures as ‘a great ecumenical work,’ rightly underscored the essential generosity of an apparently scandalous enterprise.”
A lovely copy of a virtuosic, entertaining, and bracing book.