HIROSHIMA, SIGNED BY HERSEY, PENN WARREN, AND LAWRENCE AND ILLUSTRATED WITH EIGHT FULL COLOR SILK-SCREEN PRINTS
HERSEY, John. Hiroshima. With a New Poem by Robert Penn Warren and Silk-Screens by Jacob Lawrence. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1983. Quarto, original full black calf. Original black cloth slipcase. $2300.
Limited edition, number 301 of only 1500 copies signed by Hersey, Penn Warren, and Lawrence, and illustrated with eight full color silk-screen prints by Lawrence.
“The quietest and the best of all the stories that have been written about the most spectacular explosion in the time of man” (New York Times Book Review). “John Hersey once described himself as a novelist of contemporary history… In 1946 he visited Hiroshima, interviewed survivors of the first atomic bomb attack, and published the New Yorker article which changed him profoundly. In Hiroshima… Hersey drew from the victims themselves the understanding of history that had eluded him as a war correspondent. The six Hiroshima residents told him how they had lived before the bomb struck, why they were not killed, and precisely how illness, exhaustion, and personal sorrow had qualified their survival” (Contemporary Novelists, 634).
Some rubbing to upper edge of front board; light wear and rubbing to original slipcase. A near-fine copy, splendidly illustrated.