Bringing A Fantasy Classic To New Life
The Folio Society’s new limited edition, The Gormenghast Trilogy, is a startlingly original take on a cornerstone of speculative fiction introduced by the master of modern fantasy, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated by the extraordinary Dave McKean. Limited to 750 hand-numbered sets, each collection has been signed by both McKean and Gaiman. Here’s a video preview of it and McKean talking about how he brought it to life…
In his introduction for this Folio Society limited edition, Neil Gaiman writes: “Every glorious sentence, every obscure word pulled from obscurity and out into the light, every fragment of poem is waiting here for you. Revel in it.”
Encased within a majestic presentation box, this spellbinding three-volume set is as much a feat of imaginative design as the novels themselves. Award-winning illustrator Dave McKean has created 142 spectacular illustrations, as well as startling cover designs for each book and an exclusive art print of iconic villain Steerpike. Eschewing the traditionally gloomy and gothic, his concept has been inspired by The Gormenghast Trilogy’s often overlooked sense of passion and colour.
McKean has also created the hypnotic maze design that envelops the hinged collection case, bound in stone-grey cloth and blocked in crimson metallic foil with the title screenprinted in black ink. Opening the case releases a burst of corvids silhouetted against the sky in silver ink.
A grand and gothic dream come true, this lavish limited edition of The Gormenghast Trilogy offers a modern testament to Peake’s timeless creative genius. Regarded as one of Britain’s greatest literary fabulists, Peake continues to influence generations of authors and filmmakers including Michael Moorcock and Terry Gilliam.
Mandy Kirkby, The Folio Society’s Project Editor says: “I don’t think you could ask for a more brilliant and inspired visual interpretation, or a more exciting example of the art of book-making. A really wonderful edition.”
The Gormenghast Trilogy
By Mervyn Peake
Introduced by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean
Limited to 750 signed editions
Available exclusively from The Folio Society – www.foliosociety.com
Limited to 750 hand-numbered sets
Illustrated limitation label signed by Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman
Open-spine bindings of which loose threads are a feature
Sides covered in Setalux cloth printed with designs by the artist
Set in Albertina and printed on Abbey Pure paper
1,376 pages in total over three volumes
142 colour illustrations integrated throughout the three volumes
Black Burano endpapers and black page edges
Hand-made, cloth-covered presentation case blocked in metallic red foil, lined and screen-printed in black ink
Case interior printed in silver with a design by the artist
Separate print presented in a black Burano paper folder printed in silver
Books: 93/4″ × 6¾”
Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was born to Christian missionaries in the Kiang-Hsi Province of China. He returned to England at the age of 12, and later trained at the Royal Academy Arts. Joining the Royal Artillery in 1940, Peake received a special dispensation to continue writing his first novel, Titus Groan. Having served as a war artist for the Ministry of Information, he moved to the island of Sark and lived in an artist’s colony with his family. A prolific and well-regarded illustrator, Peake provided extraordinary images for all his own works, including the children’s book Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939), and his novels Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), Mr Pye (1953) and Titus Alone (1959). He also illustrated several classics including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Treasure Island, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as well as publishing several of his own plays and volumes of poetry.
Neil Gaiman is a critically acclaimed writer of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His many notable works include the groundbreaking series Sandman (the first comic book to win a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story) and the novels Good Omens (1990, in collaboration with Terry Pratchett), Stardust (1999), and American Gods (2001, The Folio Society 2017; winner of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for Best Novel) and Anansi Boys (2005, The Folio Society 2019; winner of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel).
Dave McKean has released 60 books as an illustrator, author, photographer and designer, including Cages, Pictures That Tick, and Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash. He has collaborated with Neil Gaiman (Sandman, 1989–97; Coraline, 2002), John Cale (What’s Welsh for Zen, 1998; Sedition and Alchemy, 2003), David Almond (The Savage, 2008), Richard Dawkins (The Magic of Reality, 2011) and others. He has worked in theatre, galleries, and the music industry, and has written and directed three feature films: MirrorMask (2005), The Gospel of Us (2012, winner of two Cymru BAFTAs), and Luna (2014, winner of the Raindance Award for Best Picture, BIFA).
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