In honour of Germany winning the 2014 Fifa World Cup (despite me
backing France), I’ve decided to break out one of the most amazing books I’ve
ever picked up from The Monkey’s Paw – a rare translation of a German story.
|A case to protect the case|
|Don't foresee a Disney adaptation coming anytime soon.|
The Monk and the
is an 1891 novella by German novelist Richard Voss. In 1892,
it was translated by Adolphe De Castro who then contacted one of the most interesting
literary giants to edit and adapt it – Ambrose Bierce
. Ambrose Bierce ranks
quite higher on the list of writers I revere. In addition to being a crazy
literary critic, having a distinctively dark writing style, and authoring of
the greatest short stories of all time, the guy up and disappeared without a
trace one. No one knows what happened to him, only that he joined Pancho Villa’s
army and apparently felt that that wasn’t interesting enough so he left for an
unknown destination after. He was 71.
|Five artists on one page.|
This 1967 printing of The
Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter
is a private printing created with an extremely high attention to detail for The
Limited Editions Club. Coming with a
slipcover that fits into a slipcase, on the shelf it looks like a simple cardbound
book. However, the actual book inside the casings is bound in burlap with
embossed lettering and symbols.
|This photo really doesn't do it justice.|
|People went into battle with less armour than this in those days.|
While the book seems like an archival edition that you would
expect to contain no-nonsense black and white text in minimalist fashion, as
soon as you open it, you are blasted with an explosion of vivid colours.
Containing seven watercolour illustrations by Michel Ciry, it is a gorgeous
read through and through.
|Just like a storybook.|
|Begins well enough.|
|Minor setback, right?|
|Just like a German storybook, anyway. Spoiler alert.|
It’s not often that one finds a book that engages the senses
so well and I’m very fortunate to have snapped this up before someone else did.
Apparently it belonged to a notable film/television personality but I can’t for
the life of me remember who it was since I was too busy running my hands across
the cover when Stephen was telling me about it. Burlap really does make an incredible
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