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The design of this special, limited edition of ‘Stardust’ has been heavily influenced by the books of the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’ from the early part of the 20th century. These were the days of book illustration giants such as Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen and Edmund Dulac who were illustrating the Brothers Grimm, Aesops Fables and other fairytale classics.
The page layout is very similar to those ‘Golden Age’ books, with extra-large margins and a compact text block.
There are nine wonderful, full colour illustrations by Charles in this illustrated edition of ‘Stardust’ plus the title page. Three of these illustrations are new, the other six are older but did not appear in the original DC edition. Charles has also written a new foreword for this edition.
The Leather edition – This book is limited to 100 copies and is signed by the author and illustrator. It is fully bound in dark blue smooth calf which has been hand sprinkled with gold ‘dust’. All three page edges have been gilded and the endpapers are made with handmade marbled paper by Freya Scott of Paperwilds (UK) especially commisioned for this edition. Internally, the text is printed letterpress on 148gsm Mohawk Superfine paper from polymer plates by Phil Abel of Hand and Eye Letterpress (London) using his Heidelberg SB cylinder press. All illustrated plates are tipped on with tissue guards.
The Leather edition comes in a curved edge, suede lined slipcase covered with purple cloth. There is a large leather label to the front which has been stamped with the Charles Vess design.
Most pictures provided by the courtesy of Yegor Malinovskii @ artofcollectiblebooks