Bucharest, Romania: Acadamiei dei Stiinte Sociale si Politice, 1985. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff wrappers. 169pp. Very good. Mild wear to outer wrappers (only) -- tight and internally near fine. Item #46444
Attractive issue of this scholarly journal, entirely in Romanian, concerning literary history and theories -- and an extraordinary association copy. Notable Romanian literary critic, novelist, cultural anthropologist and historian of religions ANDREI OISTEANU (born 1948) contributes the article "Ioan Petru CULIANU: Reconstituiri in domeniul mitologiei romanesti" (pp. 89-93) and this is the very copy he presented to his subject. Ioan Petru Couliano (1950-91) was a controversial Romanian philosopher, essayist and historian of ideas, religion and culture; in May 21, 1991, he was murdered -- some say assassinated -- in a bathroom at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, likely because he proved a vocal critic of Romania's Communist post-Revolution regime in interviews and articles. On the title page, Oisteanu's name/address label has been affixed at upper right, and above this he signs and inscribes it in black ballpoint in Romanian to Couliano, dating it Bucharest, 6 May 1986. His article bears several miniscule inked crossouts, but whether these were accomplished by Oisteanu or by Couliano is not ascertainable. In any case, an exceptionally unusual and desirable copy.