Very Good / Very Good. Item #9529
Hygiene: Eridanos Press, 1988. First Thus. The Eridanos Library, Volume 11. Octavo (23x15x3cm); xxvi + 240pp.
Standard first-generation Eridanos dustjacket in mauve and brown color-blocks, illustrated with Odilon Redon etching. Jacket unclipped, with slight spine fading and three small, nearly indiscernable stains; some chafing to top edges of jacket flaps—but strictly the edge of the edges, Lernet-Holenia might say. Volume itself is nearly as new in sober, elegant gray cloth with white stamping on spine. Textblock pristine, tight, and crisp.
Alexander Lernet-Holenia (1897-1976) stands at the more recent end of that line-up of brilliant, icy Austrian writers—Herren Rilke, Musil, Zweig, Broch, Roth, und Wittgenstein—that we all should be reading more of. Der Baron Bagge (1936) and Der Graf Luna (1955) are considered Lernet-Holenia's masterpieces. Add Joseph Roth to Isak Dinesen to Robert Musil, and there you have it.
The Eridanos Press was founded in Hygiene, Colorado in the late 1980s as an effort to bring lesser known international fiction to the American reading public. One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Name of the Rose had become American hits, and Eridanos wanted to nourish that global view. It was a joint effort by Juan Garcia de Oteyza, Mexican diplomat and editor, Andrea Nasi, Italian publisher, and Bompiani, the Milanese publishing house. The handsome volumes were printed and bound in Italy.