I admit to being a fan of books like this, especially when they take classic stories from influential authors and add beautiful art to them. This weeks Small press in the spotlight focused on The fairy tales of Oscar Wilde, the second edition of this special Illuminated Edition beehive books. Illustrations are with Yuko Shimizu, and the book comes with an introduction of Michael Cunningham.
The campaign to fund the book is currently ongoing here crowd fundrand supporters can not only receive a new edition at a reduced price, but also a limited edition gold foil art print by Yuko himself.
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“The Illuminated Editions series invites exceptional visual artists to reinterpret literary classics through a complete series of illustrations and illuminated letters. We weave the new art and original text to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that tells classic stories in a whole new way. Each book begins with an original essay introduction that invites experts and innovators to explore, interpret, and contextualize the text and artwork.
We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the most visionary artists and writers working today. We have published editions illustrated by Dave McKean, Brecht Evens, Bill Sienkiewicz, Rebekka Dunlap, Jim Woodring and many more, with texts by Guillermo Del Toro, Alan Moore, Darren Aronofsky, Brooke Bolander and other luminaries.
Our best-selling and award-winning project to date is one of our launch titles: a glorious anthology of Oscar Wilde’s complete fairy tales, brought to life through the incredibly beautiful, artistic, haunting illustrations by Yuko Shimizu (BARBED WIRE BASEBALL, THE UNWRITTEN), with a lyrical Introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham (THE HOURS, A WILD SWAN).”
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