Signed first printing of the first American edition, a murder mystery set in a medieval monastery with a gloriously labyrinthine library.
Fine in about-fine jacket.
THE NAME OF THE ROSE
"At this point all you have to know is that Umberto Eco has written a novel - his first - and that it has become a literary event in Europe." – Franco Ferrucci, 1983
Eco's reputation as an accomplished academic who also achieved mainstream popular success stems chiefly from the acclaim showered upon this novel, a thriller that turns on the lost works of Aristotle and is "filled with the good-natured polyglot banter of the superfluously learned" (LA TIMES). First published in Italian as IL NOME DELLA ROSA in 1980 and the basis for the film of the same name, it is beloved of "the superfluously learned" everywhere.
Read more: Ferrucci, "Murder in the Monastery," The New York Times, 5 June 1983; "From the Archives: The Times' 1983 review of Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose:' An intriguing detective story," Los Angeles Times, 20 February 2016.
San Diego, New York and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1983). 9'' x 6''. Original quarter cream cloth, burnt orange paper boards, metallic orange-stamped front ornament and -lettered spine. In original price-clipped pictorial dust jacket using a detail "from a manuscript of the Apocalypse." Cartographic endpapers. Translated by William Weaver. , 502 pages. Signed by Eco in black ink on title page. Miniscule wear at extremities of jacket.
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