Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Raw. The Graphix Magazine... [a complete run of the eight issues of Volume 1, containing the ORIGINAL SERIALIZATION OF SPIEGELMAN'S "MAUS"]

New York: Raw Books and Graphics Inc., 1980-1986. First edition. Folio (14-1/4" x 10-1/2"). 8 issues in color printed wrappers, some with die-cut front covers. A complete run of Volume 1, but lacking 3 inserts (Spiegelman's "Two Fisted Painters" inserted in No. 1, the gum and cards inserted in No. 2, and the vinyl record inserted in No. 4). However, included in this run are the separately inserted first seven original parts of Spigelman's "Maus: A Survivor's Tale" which begin in Raw, Vol. 1, No. 2, with a bound in 18 page comic book (7" x 5-1/4") printed in black & white. By Vol. 1, No. 4, the continuing comic book insert has acquired colored wrappers and has grown in size to 9" x 6" and in length to 32 pages. It remains in that format through its seventh chapter in Raw, Vol. 1, No. 8. See below for bibliographic details.

Though the run of Maus inserts is complete and in fine condition, we would judge its parent magazine, Raw, Nos. 1-4 to be in good + or better condition (in addition to the missing inserts, No. 1 has a small light stain on its back wrapper), and we would judge Nos. 4-8 to be in near fine condition (issue #8 has a small closed tear on the bottom edge of the front cover and a barely noticeable discoloration at the top corner. Note: No. 7 has an intentionally (as issued) torn top corner reinserted inside the front cover.

"Raw" / "Maus" bibliography:

Raw #1, (4), 8, (15)-36pp.
Though "Maus" does not begin until the next issue, it still contains a double-spread of drawings by Spiegelman.

Raw #2, 34pp. w/
"Maus, a Survivors Tale" Chapter One. (1)-16pp. Tipped in on the inside back wrapper.

Raw #3, 50pp. w/
"Maus, the Honeymoon" Chapter Two. (17)-31pp. Stapled at inner margin of page 28.

Raw #4, (4), 42pp. w/
"Maus, Prisoner of War" Chapter Three. (32)-61pp. Tipped in on the inside back wrapper.

Raw #5, (8), (15)-38, (8)pp. w/
"Maus, The Noose Tightens" Chapter Four. (62)-85pp. Tipped in on the inside back wrapper.

Raw #6, 74pp. w/
"Maus, Mouse Holes" Chapter Five. (86)-120pp. Stapled at inner margin.

Raw #7, 49, (1)pp. w/
"Maus, Mouse Trap" Chapter Six. (121)-152pp. Stapled at inner margin. (There is also a (16)pp. pamphlet by Yoshiharu Tsuge entitled, "Red Flowers," stapled to the inside back wrapper).

Raw #8, 78pp.
"Maus, Mauschwitz" Chapter Seven. (2), (153)-179pp. Stapled at inner margin.

"Maus, a Survivor's Tale" is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's terrifying story. In cartoon form the Nazis are cats and the Jews are mice. It is, "a remarkable feat of documentary detail and novelistic vividness... an unfolding literary event." (New York Times Book Review)

The first six chapters of Maus, with slight modifications, were collected and published in book form by Pantheon in 1986. Chapter Seven, noted above in Vol. 1, #8, is the beginning of Maus II.

Some of the other named writers and cartoonists represented in this run of Raw (many of whom were Spiegelman's art students) include Alfred Jarry, Bruno Richard, Geoff Robinson, Kaz, Jacques Tardi, Joost Swartz, Jerry Moriarty, Mark Newgarden, Patricia Cairee, Lynne Tillman, George Griffin, Gerry Capelle, Francois Mouly, Mark Caro, Paul Boyer, Norman Dog, Sue Coe, and approximately 20 others. Item #51104

Price: $3,500.00

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