Book Condition: Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
A very handsome first edition/first printing, Contursi A43b, in Very Fine condition in alike dust-jacket. SIGNED by author Umberto Eco directly on the title page.
In these five essays (originally lectures) Professor Eco reveals how serendipities - unanticipated truths - often spring from mistaken ideas. He explores the "linguistics of the lunatic," stories told by scholars, scientists, poets, fanatics, and ordinary people in order to make sense of the world. He uncovers layers of mistakes that have shaped human history - such as Columbus's assumption that the world was much smaller than it is leading to his attempt to reach the Far East by sailing West…Translated from the Italian by William Weaver; 8vo; Signed by Author.