New York: New Directions Books, 1962. First American Edition. A monumental work, and the first appearance in the U.S. of the Argentine author's fantastical and metaphysical short stories. "The definitive collection of Borges material in English, using material from Ficciones (1956), El aleph (1957), Discussión (1957), Otras inquisiciones (1960), and El hacedor (1960). The collection includes twenty-three stories including the classic "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," about a new world where external objects are whatever each person wants; "Pierre Menard," about the man who rewrote parts of Don Quixote word for word as well as "The Circular Ruins," "The Library of Babel," "The Garden of Forking Paths," "The Lottery of Babylon," and many other subtle fables full of wonderful intelligence, a wealth of invention and tight, almost mathematical style" (Barron, Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide 4A-41). In our experience, the most difficult of Borges's English-language editions to find in truly Fine condition. Becco 266. Item #5487
First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); turquoise patterned paper and black cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver on spine; yellow topstain; dustjacket; xxiv,248pp, with photographic frontispiece portrait of the author. Signed by co-editor and translator Donald A. Yates on the title page. Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket (priced $5.50).