The Ark First Edition is a publication of two never before seen texts by Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt in only six copies.
Paul Auster’s ALONE is a short story from 1969 – supposably his earliest piece of prose ever to be published. It deals with the subjects of artistic inspiration, literary burdens and whiteness. Also, it introduces the earliest printed form of his world famous character Quinn from the New York Trilogy.
Siri Hustvedt’s Becoming the Other in Translation is an essay from 2014 written with this particular publication in mind. It is concerned with the topic of literary translation and personal, as well as artistic and intellectual, development. It is a personal and moving text with relevance to her literary works.
The First Ark Edition is entirely handmade. It has two covers consequently dissolving authorial hierarchy. In a sense the work is reminiscent of a classic leporello binding. However, unlike a classic leporello binding, it has two spines. After taking out both spines, one can keep reading it indefinitely. Putting back the spines, though, it then reverts, and becomes a sealed box – a closed universe entirely.
Year of publication: 2015
Materials: Viking Norma paper, 308 g (made in Denmark), book board, linen book cloth
Techniques: letterpress printed text, end sheets and covers.
Description: Books were printed on a mid-century Eickhoff letterpress in Copenhagen, Denmark. The text is printed on 308 g Norma paper by Viking, made in Denmark. The end sheets were printed using the same method. The text block is folded in an accordion style and bound in a double sided, hard-bound format, with two removable spines.
Size in cm: 9.2 x 14.8 x 1.3
Size in inches: 3 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 1/2″