Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003. Limited Numbered First Edition. Full Leather. New / No Jacket as Issued. Item #4099
A masterpiece of comic brilliance in a scarce magificent limited edition set signed by Gary Larson in the front of Volume I and numbered 1070 of only 2000 Limited Edition copies, Size: 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" -- 2 Volumes (Volume 1 - 664 pages with bonded burgundy leather cover, Volume 2 - 608 pages with bonded burgundy leather cover). Both leather volumes rest in an elaborate clamshell case covered in T-Saifu maroon and cream cloth with a full-color inset surrounded by a gold foil frame on the front of the box. The Limited Edition print is the Larson cartoon "Wendell I'm not content..." and is numbered the same number as the books and is signed by Gary Larson. The print measures 13" x 17" on the inside, 20.5" x 24" overall. It is beautifully matted in a black plastic frame protected by a high quality Plexiglas face with a quality hanging mechanism and is ready to hang.
The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated--over 4,000 presented in more or less chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that have never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his pithy thoughts in a foreword and Gary Larson's former editor describes what it was like to be "the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon."
The custom shipping box has outside dimensions 24" x 27.5" x 11" and weighs 35 lb. with the books and framed print included. In the original packaging. Beautiful set purchased new by Parrish Books in the year of publication.
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