NY: Pantheon Books - Random House, 2000. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Signed by Author. F/F first edition signed twice - first with tipped in page signed with a purple Phl, one of only 15 copies signed thus (For Pelafina Heather LiÃ¨vre) and numbered 7/15 in pencil. When the author came to sign our stock, he also signed Phl in script on the "This is not for you page" together with a rough schematic drawing of walls, a door and three tiny explorers. This copy is unique in that Danielewski brought blue and red markers (to sign either Z or JT if we had any of the copies with those tipped-in pages, but he didn't bring a purple marker and we didn't have one lying around. So he signed in both red and blue to make a purple signature and added 7/15 and a small schematic of the tunnel in green ink. See photos. House of Leaves is difficult to describe. At the core (?) of this first novel is a house that is larger inside than it is outside. When award-winning photojournalist Will Navidson and his companion ex-model Karen Green move into the modest house on Ash Tree Lane with their two small children, their efforts toward normal domesticity are shattered by this discovery. Walls move, doors appear, and a vast labyrinth opens before them. Will decides to investigate and film the phenomenon; a mysterious old blind man dies while compiling the Navidson Record, a document describing the making of the film and annotating all of the interpretations which have sprung up to explain it; an apprentice tattoo artist discovers the manuscripts and continues the work. Haunting, scary, wicked, funny, puzzling, beautiful -- and, ultimately -- an elegant and moving love story. This book is not for everyone. But for people who love books, we think every collector will want a copy of the hardcover edition for the sheer beauty of the publisher's art embodied here. House is 700 pages long -- Danielewski and Pantheon have succeeded in creating a fascinatingly interactive and attractive physical object. The typography reflects the pace of the narrative, ranging from densely packed notations, some in mirror image, to spiraling print with but a handful of words on a page. Each time the word 'house' appears it is printed in blue ink; we could go on and on. House rocks! Signed by Mark Danielewski at Partners & Crime on March 14, 2000. All of our first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Dustwrappers are protected with clear archival wraps and we pack each book like it's a Tiffany egg.
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