Dusseldorf: ZAGAVA, 2016. First Edition, Lettered Issue. Quarto [20 x 30 cm). Bound in full black leatherette, front panel with title in gilt, plain spine & rear panel, red endpapers, silk ribbon page marker, all edges gilt. 211 + VII pp., six full-page colour plates by Erika Seguín Colás. This is the special deluxe lettered edition limited to just 26 copies, this copy being letter "F". The faintest of small corner dings to upper front corner; a fine copy without dust jacket as issued. Item #312675
¶ An anthology of weird fiction about bibliomania and the passion for books. Contributors to this anthology are (in alphabetical order):
Carl Abrahamsson, Avalon Brantley, B. Catling, Brendan Connell, Quentin S. Crisp, Richard Gavin, Martin Hayes, Colin Insole, Timothy J. Jarvis, Andrew Liles, Chris Mikul, Daniel Mills, Damian Murphy, Reggie Oliver, Thomas Phillips, Ray B. Russell, Michael Siefener, Charles Schneider, Thomas Strømsholt, Supervert, Mark Valentine, Paul Wallfisch, DP Watt, Ron Weighell, & Jonathan Wood.
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.”
— Franz Kafka in a letter to his friend Oskar Pollak, 27. January 1905.