In the finest tradition of the livre d’artiste, this significant work of Latin American literature features two Nobel laureates, Octavio Paz and Samuel Beckett, twelve etchings by prominent Mexican painter and printmaker Enrique Chagoya, a binding designed by noted California book artist Julie Chen, and presswork by one of America’s premier fine presses, Yolla Bolly. It is printed in Bembo types on mouldmade Zerkall Halbmatt and Twinrocker Chapin paper. The book is enclosed in a linen covered slipcase.

The project grew out of an anthology of Mexican poetry compiled by Paz for the Indiana University Press in 1958. Twelve poems were chosen from this earlier book and illustrated here by the artist Enrique Chagoya. The poets included are:






The translation by Beckett is discussed in the book by Eliot Weinberger, the long-standing translator of and collaborator with Octavio Paz.

This copy is number eight of eighty-five numbered and signed copies out of a total edition of 141 copies. It is signed by Paz, Chagoya, and Weinberger.


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Bernardo de Balbuena
Luis de Sandoval y Zapata
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Ignacio Rodrígez Galván
Salvador Díaz Mirón
Manuel José Othón

Amado Nervo
José Juan Tablada
Enrique González Martínez
Ramón López Velarde
Alfonso Reyes

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