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Piedra de Sol
Mexico: Tezontle [Fondo de Cultura Econ?a], 1957. Mexico: Tezontle [Fondo de Cultura Económica],, 1957. Octavo. Original pale buff wraps, printed in red and black. Housed in a black quarter leather on matching linen folding case, with title in single fillet gilt longitudinal panel to the spine. Two illustrations to the text. Wraps a little rubbed, and slightly rippled, light toning, else very good. First edition limited to 300 signed copies, this number 163. Original edition of the Mexican Nobel Prize winner's early masterpiece, the poem which represents the summation of his art at that point, the first clear expression of his uniquely Mexican voice, which has been variously described as "a high point of Mexican learned poetry"; "probably one of the best-known [poems] of Latin America in the second half of the 20th century" (Smith, Encyclopaedia of Latin American Literature); "a magnum opus of seismic dimensions with a lyrical exploration of eros, history, Meso-american/Hindu/and Greek symbols" (Hydra); and the poem "that definitively established Paz as a major international figure" (Sagetrieb). Composed as a single 584-line sentence, paralleling the 584-day synodic period of Venus as expressed on the Aztec stone calendars which give the piece its title, the last six lines loop back to the beginning suggesting a cyclical structure, but "this esoteric correlative design … does not circumscribe its subject. [It is] a lyrically discursive exploration of time and memory, of erotic love, or art and writing". Well represented institutionally, but no copy traced at auction.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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