A work that subverts, elevates and transcends its genre, Gene Wolfes fantasy epic tells the story of Severian, a young torturer who falls in love with one of his victims. His punishment for allowing her a quick death, rather than a brutally slow demise, is exile to a distant city, but his arduous journey is fraught with danger, magic and questions about his destiny. This spectacular new collectors edition of Wolfes multi-award-winning work features a powerful introduction by Neil Gaiman, which attests to the authors literary prowess and enduring influence on the genre: The more deeply you delve into The Book of the New Sun, the more it will repay the delving. Celebrated artist Sam Weber was commissioned to illustrate the work a labour of love that took the best part of a year to complete and four colour illustrations in each volume, two of which are double-page spreads, twelve original black-and-white illustrations and binding designs, for each of the four books that comprise this epic story, which form the front and back bindings of this two-volume edition.The two-colour text includes decorative chapter initials based on an ancient script adapted by Weber to incorporate symbolic references to the story; a fitting tribute to a literary legacy that will stun generations to come. Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed paper sides. Set in Jenson with Priori Serif display. 4 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads, 12 black & white illustrations in total. Decorative capital letters drawn by Sam Weber. Printed in black & red. The books are brand new and factory wrapped.
Please read the Folio Society Blog, below, regarding the new way they are hand-wrapping using sustainable materials. The Book of the New Sun.
A stunning new two-volume Folio edition of Gene Wolfes acclaimed. Lavishly illustrated by Sam Weber and introduced by Neil Gaiman.
This spectacular new collectors edition of Wolfes multi-award-winning work features a powerful introduction by Neil Gaiman, which attests to the authors literary prowess and enduring influence on the genre: The more deeply you delve into. The more it will repay the delving. Celebrated artist Sam Weber was commissioned to illustrate the work a labour of love that took the best part of a year to complete and four colour illustrations, two of which are double-page spreads, twelve original black-and-white illustrations and binding designs, for each of the four books that comprise this epic story, which form the front and back bindings of this two-volume edition. Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed paper sides Set in Jenson with Priori Serif display 1160 pages in total 4 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads, 12 black & white illustrations Printed in black & red Coloured tops Blocked slipcase 10 x 6¾. SAM WEBER AND NEIL GAIMANS CONTRIBUTIONS.Project as a dream come true, award-winning illustrator Sam Weber relished the opportunity to illustrate writing that was so nuanced, rich and mysterious. Webers love for, and deep connection with, the work is evident in the detail and intimacy of his illustrations, where every component from the decorative initials to the muted palette of the colour illustrations nods to the complexity of the novel.
Weber throws light and shadow onto a haunted world and adds another layer of meaning to this already multifaceted work. Reading Gene Wolfe is dangerous work. Its a knife-throwing act, and like all good knife-throwing acts, you may lose fingers, toes, earlobes or eyes in the process. Gene is throwing the knives.Neil Gaiman, from his introduction. While Webers artwork enriches the reading experience, Neil Gaimans exclusive Folio introduction reiterates Wolfes literary prowess.
This towering achievement is a legacy that readers of fantasy, readers of science fiction, and readers, full stop, will continue to appreciate for generations to come. The books are chests full of wonders; full of images like jewels, of words a reader can get drunk on, of people and incidents that will linger long in memory.
Gene Wolfes own definition of a great story was one that can be read with pleasure by a cultivated reader and reread with increasing pleasure, and. It is both an epic novel and a puzzle; a labyrinth that readers gladly lose themselves in again and again, chasing down each clue and revelation.
It brims with allusion and playful language, using the archetypes of fantasy and science fiction to tell a deep, complex story a challenging read, but one that rewards endlessly. Each of the four stories has won awards, including the Nebula, the Locus and the British Fantasy Award, and Wolfe himself was presented with the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1996. Gene Wolfe is a wizard, a torturer, frightening, delightful.
Severian, a young torturer just learning his trade, makes the mistake of falling in love with one of his victims. Unable to bear the sight of her pain, he offers his love the mercy of a sharp blade, and for his crime he is exiled from his home.
Ordered to travel to the distant city of Thrax and take up the position of Executioner, Severian sets off, but the journey will be longer and stranger than he can imagine. While on the road he meets new friends, makes enemies and discovers a strange jewel that seems to command power over life and death a power that others will kill to obtain. And when a series of dangerous revelations about his dying world are revealed, Severian is forced to question the very nature of existence, and his own shadowy destiny.
Gene Wolfe was born in New York City in 1931. He attended high school and college in Texas and it was during his time at high school that he published his first piece of fiction. Wolfe was drafted to fight in the Korean War, studied for a degree, worked as an industrial engineer and later as an editor.
Although he had some success with his early writing, he didnt find acclaim until he was in his forties, and only took to writing full-time when he retired. He wrote more than 30 novels, including the critically acclaimed. The Fifth Head of Cerberus. (1972), and the Soldier of the Mist and Wizard Night series of books.
However, it was the four novels of the Book of the New Sun series that Wolfe will be best remembered for. He died at his home in Illinois in 2019 at the age of 87.After attending Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Sam moved to New York to pursue illustration and attend graduate school at The School of Visual Arts. His work for The Folio Society includes. (2015), the latter of which became one of the most sought-after titles Folio has ever published. Weber spent almost a year working on his extraordinary artwork for. 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. (the first comic book to win a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story), and the novels. (1990, in collaboration with Terry Pratchett).
(2001, The Folio Society 2017; winner of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for Best Novella, and a Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers) and. (2005, The Folio Society 2019). Credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, Gaiman is an author whose work crosses many genres and reaches audiences of all ages. His most recent publication is. This Folio Life: Its a wrap.
Back in 2019 we began to investigate replacing the plastic shrink-wrap on our books with a sustainable alternative. As an eco-conscious business, were always looking at ways to make positive changes and, having already switched from bubble wrap to recyclable paper in our packaging, removing shrink-wrap was the next vital step in reducing our environmental impact.
The replacement needed to be simple to implement by all suppliers regardless of size. Initially we considered using the same Kraft paper that wraps our limited editions.
But this would make titles impossible to identify without adding labels, and would make for a much less exciting unboxing experience for customers. We decided that we wanted a paper that offered protection and strength whilst also allowing a sneak peek of the book inside and, of course, it needed to have exceptional environmental credentials did such a product exist? We initially enquired about the transparent paper used on our editions of William Wordsworths. But, as that is not recyclable, we began searching for something similar, gathering samples from different suppliers.
We wrapped Folio editions of various sizes in paper sleeves to test the strength, durability and workability of each option, as well as the translucency over a variety of binding colours and designs. From these tests we concluded that larger, heavier sets would need to be fully enclosed in the paper wrapping to provide ample protection.A PAUSE DURING THE PANDEMIC. Originally we had planned to introduce the new paper wrap in May 2020 but the global pandemic halted our progress, with focus switching entirely to keeping production on track. Incredibly, our suppliers exceeded expectations by delivering every single book on time.
As the situation eased a little over the summer, we resumed testing, and by September had landed on the perfect solution. THE PERFECT PAPER FOR FOLIO EDITIONS. In the end, we didnt have to travel too far from Folio HQ to source our chosen paper. Is produced in Kent and, after extensive trials, it ticked all the boxes on our wish list.
Naturally translucent with a high grease barrier, Syvicta is 100% plastic-free, as well as being recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. Once all suppliers were on board with the new process, it was a small matter of ordering and delivering the paper in time to allow for final pre-production testing, ready for the production and despatch of our March 2021 collection. As usual, our trusted suppliers pulled everything out of the bag to hit the deadline, and every new Folio edition and reprint is now protected by our sustainable paper wrap.
ALL NEW EDITIONS INDIVIDUALLY HAND-WRAPPED. We think weve found the perfect balance between protecting the environment and protecting your beautiful books. It also means that every edition is now finished by hand, a true testament to the craftsmanship at the heart of Folios production values. This blog is by Scarlett, Folio's Senior Production Controller. Founded in 1947, The Folio Society applies the highest standards of design, binding, typography and illustration to commercially-produced books.
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And in a celebrated range of non-fiction books, our team of picture researchers know how to unearth images that are truly worth a thousand words. We include decorative head and tail bands, and gilded or coloured top edges where we feel it is appropriate.
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