Tuesday, November 4, 2008
East of the Sun...
One of the most exciting book catalogs to find its way to Castle in the Air this fall is from a publisher that is both brand new and an old friend. Calla Editions was launched this year as a division of Dover Publications, whose miraculous trove of line drawings and full-color Victorian vignettes has been a godsend to artists for over 60 years.
Whereas Dover caters to the clip-art crowd, Calla takes advantage of the company's superb library to publish new editions of titles from the golden age of book illustration. We've received two titles from Calla's inaugural line--East of the Sun and West of the Moon, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, and Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, illustrated by Harry Clarke--with more on the way as they are published. These hefty volumes are a bibliophile's dream, with clean text reproduction and vibrant illustrations printed on thick pages. In an age when so much of publishing seems to be disposable, these books are instant classics.