The Alienist by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Carroll Dunham

The Alienist by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis


Artist's Book

10" x 14"


Arion Press

San Francisco, CA


$2,200 - $5,500

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Machado de Assis, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1839, is considered the greatest Latin American novelist of the nineteenth century and the precursor to Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Manuel Puig in the twentieth. Best known for two satiric novels: The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (1880) and Dom Casmurro (1899), Machado de Assis also wrote many shorter works. The novella, The Alienist, newly translated by Alfred Mac Adam, professor of Latin American literature at Barnard College and Columbia University and a respected translator of Latin American fiction, is a hilarious indictment of nineteenth-century science, in which an alienist—the nineteenth-century equivalent of a psychiatrist—attempts to discover a foolproof means to distinguish sanity from madness.

Format: The book is in a large oblong format, 10 by 14 inches, consisting of 80 pages, 56 pages for the text on cream paper and 24 pages for the 12 drawings on green paper. The paper is German mouldmade Bugra. The types are Gill Sans Medium for the text, and Gill Sans Bold for display, composed in Monotype, with Gill Sans Cameo Ruled for initials and display, handset. The type and photopolymer plates for the drawings were printed by letterpress. The binding is full green cloth with green paper labels for titling and two drawings, enclosed in a cloth and paper slipcase. The book by itself is out of print. The book and suite sets are available for sale at $3,200.