London: The Folio Society, 2017. First Edition Thus. Quarto, bound in full black eco simulated leather blocked with a design in blind and gilt by Dan Hillier, hand-marbled endpapers by Jemma Lewis, all edges blacked. 417 pp. Issued in an edition of 750 hand-numbered copies, this being copy No. 306, presented in a folding solander case with an extra signed print by Hillier laid in. A fine, unread copy, as new. Fine in slipcase. Item #310978
¶ A new landmark in the long history of Lovecraftian illustration and publishing. Housed in a sea-green and purple duotone solander box, the volume is pitch black down to its very page edges, intended to rival even the forbidden tomes of Lovecraft’s cursed libraries. The binding is embossed with a gold device and astral symbol, akin to the ancient hieroglyphs used to summon his ancient god monsters. Inside, each of acclaimed artist Dan Hillier’s six mesmerising artworks is paired with a unique mandala-esque design. A signed print, created exclusively for the limited edition by the artist, is also included. In a brilliant new preface, written for The Folio Society, author Alan Moore traces his own – and the literary canon’s – troubled relationship with ‘Providence’s paranoiac prophet’ and unearths a writer ‘more subtly insidious and more magnificently visionary … than the one that you remember or anticipate’.