THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
With five black and white photographs by Martine Franck
Limited Editions Club, 1995
Designed and printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler, with the photographs printed as photogravures by Jon Goodman, for the Limited Editions Club.
Published in an edition of 300 copies.
This book made my list as soon as I’d got it!
The text is my favourite short story, and thoroughly deserving of the lavish treatment the Limited Editions Club have bestowed upon it. I had wondered whether this much-loved allegorical tale might exist as a fine press edition since first reading it in a trade paperback a few years back. On browsing the internet I soon discovered that it had, in the form of this LEC edition. But copies were not cheap, with those I located averaging around the $1,000-$1,200 mark. As this is an amount rather more than I tend to pay for books (I’m by no means rolling in money) it became one of those want, but can’t have items.
However, a copy did come into my possession after I’d accrued rather a lot of untaken days of holiday at work and decided that the best way for my boss to pay me for them would be with a copy of this book from my wish list. A damn good way to take a holiday in my opinion – much better than some days off!
It really is an exquisite addition to my shelves (although it’s actually far too large for any of my bookshelves, or even the drawer I reserve for extra-large fine press items). Everything about it is beautiful; from the immaculate deep bite press-work of the Garamond type, to the highly evocative black and white photogravures, and the wonderfully tactile mulberry bark binding.
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