Item #2659 Il nome della rosa [The Name of the Rose]. UMBERTO ECO.
Il nome della rosa [The Name of the Rose]
Il nome della rosa [The Name of the Rose]

Il nome della rosa [The Name of the Rose]

“Monasterium sine libris est sicut civitas sine opibus, castrum sine numeris, coquina sine suppellectili, mensa sine cibis, hortus sine herbis, pratum sine floribus, arbor sine foliis…”

[“A monestary without books is like a city without wealth, a fortress without numbers, a kitchen without utensils, a table without food, a garden without herbs, a meadow without flowers, a tree without leaves…”]

– The Abbot to William of Baskerville


Eco’s historical mystery novel, set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327, follows the tale of a the friar William of Baskerville and the young Benedictine monk Adso of Melk, who are sent to investigate a series of murders that have occurred within the monastery. Renowned not only for Eco’s intricate plot, Il nome della rosa contains a vivid depiction of the late Middle Ages rich in historical depth and precise in its depiction of the tensions within a medieval community.

The present signed copy is in remarkably fine condition, with the original unclipped dust-jacket and a label from Italy’s copyright authority SIAE (Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori; Italian Society of Authors and Publishers) verifying the copy as one of the first printings from September 1980.

ECO, UMBERTO. Il nome della rosa. Bompiani: Milan, 1980. First edition, first printing (September 1980). Octavo (5 x 9 in), 503, [13] pp., red cloth with gilt lettering to spine, with original dust-jacket. Signed by Eco in ink on title page. SIAE first edition sticker numbered "0031009" on copyright page; original “L. 10.000” price displayed on unclipped dust-jacket. Very faint marks to upper wrapper, tiny chip to top of wrapper spine; a spectacular copy of the first edition with dust-jacket colour extraordinarily vivid. Rare signed.
Contursi A021a.

Price: $4,000 .

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