The Collector lettered
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The signed limited edition of The Collector by John Fowles is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six illustrations by David Álvarez, as well as a new exclusive introduction by Bradford Morrow. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by Bradford Morrow and David Álvarez, and the Artist edition is signed by David Álvarez.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full leather bradel binding with amandine buffalo covering the boards, and blackberry goatskin on the spine. It is produced through a collaboration between Erin Fletcher in Boston, Massachusetts and Hannah Brown in Somerset, England. The front cover features a handmade embroidered butterfly leather onlay. Endsheets are hand marbled and custom designed for this edition. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine and is signed by Bradford Morrow and David Álvarez.
The enclosure is handmade from Tulipwood and features an acrylic viewing panel in the lid displaying seven paper butterflies with their scientific names printed letterpress on paper labels. It is made to appear like an entomological viewing case, showcasing the group of butterflies.
The box is made by routing out grooves for the acrylic and base panels to sit in. The lid is rebated and pushes snugly onto the base. The corners of the box are secured using splines of oak, chosen to contrast with the paler Tulipwood of the main box.
The book sits in a well in the base of the box which is lined with dark grey suede. The box is made by Hannah Brown and was inspired by a previous bookbinding project Hannah worked on that is now in the collection of the Boston Athenæum, USA.