A labor of seventeen years, Vollmann's first book of nonfiction since 1992's An Afghanistan Picture Show is a gravely urgent invitation to look back at the world's long, bloody path and find some threads of meaning, wisdom, and guidance to plot a moral course. From the street violence of prostitutes and junkies to the centuries-long battles ...Read MoreA labor of seventeen years, Vollmann's first book of nonfiction since 1992's An Afghanistan Picture Show is a gravely urgent invitation to look back at the world's long, bloody path and find some threads of meaning, wisdom, and guidance to plot a moral course. From the street violence of prostitutes and junkies to the centuries-long battles between the Native Americans and European colonists, Vollmann's mesmerizing imagery and compelling logic is presented with authority born of astounding research and personal experience.Read Less
Good. Volume 3 only, Justifications, former library copy with usual markings and stickers, note that there is no dust jacket as issued and labels have been applied directly to the cloth, interior very good, pages are tight, bright and unmarked.
(VOLLMANN, WILLIAM T.). Vollman, William T. WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN: RISING UP AND RISING DOWN-COMPLETE IN SEVEN SLIPCASED VOLUMES. San Francisco, CA: McSweeney's Books, 2003. First Edition. Small 4to. Gilt-Stamped Cloth in Slipcase. Literary Monograph. Near Fine/No Jackets-As Issued. 282 + 332 + 558 + 496 + 340 + 624 + 672pp, no illustrations. "This massive, unprecedented book, begun in the early '80s and mostly completed by 1998 is nothing less than "a critique of terrorist, defensive, military, and police activity, " along with an attempt to construct a moral calculus for the human use of violence. Focused on political violence-or force used to realign the ways in which power is distributed among and within groups and states-the book emerges out of several related questions that Vollmann answers with historical and ideological analysis, phenomenological and physical description, reportage and quotation: when do people use violence for political ends, how do they justify it, and at what scale do they undertake it given differing situations and ideas about them? Although Vollmann does not deal with the events of September 11th or their aftermath, the book could not be more timely, and, within certain limits, it is almost as successful as it is ambitious". A most handsome example of the uncommon 2003 first edition whose seven cloth and gilt-stamped volumes are still bright in the publisher's gilt-stamped buckram over boards slipcase showing a touch of light wear along with slight dents to three of its corners. It has been priced accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value-we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. 1-932416-02-1 Inventory Number: 023801.
Fine. No Jacket. Signed by Author Limited Edition. First Printing. Signed by William T. Vollmann on title page of each volume. Seven volume set (Vols 1-VI plus MC), total of 3298pp. Part I: Categories and Justifications, Part II Studies in Consequances. Books: Vol 2: Hinges little loose. Couple volumes hinges tender. Overall bindings are tight. Bright copies. Text is clean. Slipcase: Interior tissue repair to bottom edge of rear panel. Rear panel cloth puckering. Top and bottom panels little rubbed, scuffed.
As New in As New jacket. Signed by the author at the title page of Volume MC (the "Moral Calculus" index/annotations volume), this copy is crisp, bright, and clean as new. Complete in seven volumes (numbered I-VI plus MC), each volume bound in black cloth and titled in gilt at front and spine, in a burgundy slipcase with gilt titles at both ends. Illustrated with black-and-white photographic and drawn illustrations.
As New. No Jacket as Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Fine. Unread. Seven-volume set (Volumes I-VI and Volume MC) in 'As New' burgandy slipcase with gilt lettering. Each volume is signed by Vollmann on title page and in Volume I he has also drawn a picture of a rifle. Volume MC, "The Moral Calculus", contains Annotated Contents, Annexes and Sources Sited for the entire set. In addition, each volume lists copious Notes. Illus. with photos and drawings in B&W. Total set has 3298 pp.
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