SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF DAVID MAMET’S BAR MITZVAH, ONE OF ONLY 395 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED HAND SILK-SCREENED PLATES HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD INLAYS BY DONALD SULTAN
MAMET, David. Bar Mitzvah. El Segundo, California: MFA Contemporary Atelier, 1999. Oblong folio (17-1/2 by 23 inches), original full brown leather gilt, original cardboard box. $4200.
Signed limited edition of this poignant story about a boy's bar mitzvah, number 135 of only 395 copies signed by Mamet and artist Donald Sultan, exquisitely illustrated with 20 hand silk-screen plates, many heightened with 22-karat gold inlays.
Award-winning playwright David Mamet's original story concerns a young boy who, on the eve of his bar mitzvah, learns about life from an old man whose antique watch reveals something of man's relation to God. "At a time when numerous people have bemoaned the lack of meaning in and the excessive costs of b'nai mitzvah, Mamet's message offers a counterpoint. For that reason, the tale is perhaps not simply for the child becoming an adult, but for the adult becoming more of an adult as well" (J. Weekly). Includes 20 hand silk-screened plates (many with hand-inlayed 22-carat gold leaf) by modern artist Donald Sultan, four of which are signed by Sultan and removable (and thus suitable for framing).
A fine copy.