Kickstarter - Frankenstein Illuminated Edition
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A few years ago a kickstarter was launched for an illustrated Poe edition, which drew the attention of some here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/270650
Owning one of the copies I can say it's a beautiful production and I'm very pleased with it.
The same creators have now started a kickstarter for an illuminated Frankenstein. I'm sharing the link below for those who might be interested.
EDIT: I am not linked to the campaign, besides ordering a volume myself.
The Good News and the Bad News:
1. The Good News: They have correctly selected the vastly superior original version (1818) of Frankenstein for this edition.
2. The Bad News: Unlike their illustrated Poe edition (This and Nothing More) this looks quite tacky.
Remarkably, it makes the silly, cartoonish illustrations in another recent Kickstarter Frankenstein campaign from the Thornwillow Press look attractive.
That said, for a bit more money ($195) the Thornwillow Press half-cloth edition of Frankenstein, which also uses the original 1818 Shelley version, is vastly superior to this offering. The Thornwillow book is printed on a much finer paper, it is printed letterpress (quite rare at this price) and the binding is very tasteful.
I have their Poe and I wish I was more impressed. The typography is all over the place, with line spacing and column width selected seemingly at random and a out of place sans serif title on the bottom of every page.
I also have been disappointed by the Poe, for the exact same reason. The layout is all over the place and lacks taste.
It shows the driver for the project was an illustrator, few thoughts have been given to the text.
Also disappointed by the Poe. Skipping the Frankenstein as well as the Thornwillow. I suggest the Barry Moser illustrated edition if you’re looking for the 1818 original text. Pennyroyal edition if you can afford it or the UC Berkely trade edition, like me, for an affordable copy.
Also, I like the silly Thornwillow illustrations. But then again I'm a silly person. :)
I think I will buy the upcoming Arion Press edition. Unless Suntup also makes a move on this, it might turn out to be one of the best yet.
I like the tipped-in illustrations. The binding, however, looks like a typical Barnes & Nobles edition, with "illumination" providing an extra touch of tacky bling. And what's up with the creased top of the spine?
I'll never fund or a buy a book without seeing a sample of the actual text. It's baffling how many publishers of pricey books, even as big and established as Easton Press, don't think that typesetting and typographical layout are things that customers need to see before making a decision to purchase a book.
Another problem I have with many a new publisher/kickstarter campaign is that they all go for the same old handful of titles. Just how many copies of Frankenstein, Poe, Sherlock Holmes, or Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde does a bibliophile need? Yes, I know, it was a centenary of Frankenstein last year, but it ain't anymore!
>8 elladan0891: Re. same titles - I sort of agree, it would be nice to see some under appreciated titles given lovely treatments, but as the proud possessor of over 20 different Alice in Wonderlands (all with different illustrations) I know there will be people out there who will love each and every one of these little foundlings.
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