Monday: Covers from the Hall Collection

mitchell0011.jpgAnd this is only the cover. Lavishly illustrated with exquisite etchings and colorful plates in Orientally influenced Art Nouveau style, this is the account of Persian explorers on board the “Zlōrub” who, in the year 2951, explore the ruins of a once-great America. “TO THOSE THOUGHTFUL PERSIANS WHO CAN READ A WARNING IN THE SUDDEN RISE AND SWIFT EXTINCTION OF A FOOLISH PEOPLE THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED”, it begins. One wonders if Mitchell might not succumb to moralizing.

There follows an introduction by “Hedful”, surnamed “THE AXIS OF WISDOM”, Curator of the Imperial Museum at Shiraz, author of the late twenty-first century runaway best sellers “The Celestial Conquest of Kaly-phorn-ya,” & “Northern Mehrika under the Hy-Beryan Rulers.”

Anyway, a quick perusal of the text, a fictional diary, published in 1889, suggests that our intrepid future Persians stumble upon the last American, relaxing with his bare feet up, enjoying some peace and quiet.

-Ed Scripsi

You can find more Covers from the Hall Collection here.


Published in: on November 14, 2006 at 11:47 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. What a fascinating novel! Would you be able to lure that Mr. Salmon Rushdie into returning for a book club / lecture?

  2. I think Mr. Rushdie is very busy–I doubt we’ll get to see him at the Merc anytime soon, although, being friends with Jerry Springer, perhaps he will look back fondly on our city and pay us a visit. Here’s an interesting experiment to see whether he has outlived Satanic Verses-inspired hatred…

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