"EMBRACES THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF MATHEMATICS AND PROSE AND MAKES ART FROM IT" (JAMES GLEICK): FIRST EDITION OF EVERYTHING AND MORE, SIGNED BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
WALLACE, David Foster. Everything and More. New York: W.W. Norton, (2003). Octavo, original half black and blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $950.
First edition of Wallace's bold "free fall into the mathematical and metaphysical abyss that is infinity," signed on the title page by him with his characteristic line drawn through his printed name.
As an intelligent and "gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite," Wallace's Everything and More skillfully "displays his trademark playfulnesss" (New York Times). Neal Stephenson, writing after Wallace's death, honored his extraordinary ability to explore "a set of mathematical achievements that are extremely abstract and technical, but also extremely profound and interesting and beautiful" (Introduction to 2010 edition). To critic Dennis Lim, "Wallace is the perfect parachute buddy for a free fall into the mathematical and metaphysical abyss that is infinity" (Village Voice), and James Gleick praised Wallace for a work that skillfully "embraces the incompatibility of mathematics and prose and makes art from it. And it's a great story too."
A fine copy.