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(MUTEL, DIDIER.) Kafka, Franz. Metamorphosis. 3 volumes. Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. 24 original copper engravings by Mutel. 250x283 mm; 9 3/4x11 1/4 inches, sheets. Oblong small folio, contents loose as issued in original numbered white wrappers; solid copper slipcase, a bit tarnished. (SA) [Paris] : Didier Mutel, 1996
copy number one of only sixty sets of the brilliant concept, design, and layout by Didier Mutel. His Metamorphosis typeface was created from fragmented letters as a metaphor for Kafka's famous tale about Gregor Samsa who is turned into a giant insect. In Volume 1, vertical marks are substituted for type of the words of the novel. In Volumes 1 and 2, several abstract images of Samsa are presented, but in Volume 3, only abstract marks are depicted. The words in Volume 2 are printed with combined vertical marks and Metamorphosis letters. According to Mutel, "It is the story of two worlds. Samsa's world, which cannot meet his family or outside world [as] there is no communication. When we can read the engravings, we cannot read the text and vice versa."