So, it should be noted that I’m really quite fond of Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas (with it ranking alongside Danielweski’s House of Leaves, Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Pratchett’s Small Gods, and Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle in my favorite books). I read it after having watched the movie interpretation, The Ninth Gate, several times, and was not so thrilled with it the first go. But, just like for all its faults the movie stuck with me, so did the novel, and on reading it again after being more accustomed to Pérez-Reverte’s mannerisms and nuances, it really shaped up into one of the most powerful bits of literature I’ve read.
So much so that I’ve been getting some groundwork in on a painting based on some ideas I picked up from it. With that in mind, I was trying to look up who did the nine illustrated plates in the version I have (I think they might have been Pérez-Reverte himself, since I can’t find any other attribution, but I’m going to keep looking), when I discovered this upcoming special super-limited edition of the novel coming soon. Being a former student of bookmaking, and a fan of books in general, I’m all for a book that mentions such things as “printed in two colors on 80# Finch, bound in a fine cloth, with a projected full-color cover, five full-color interior plates, and sixteen duotone images by Vincent Chong.” That, to me, justifies the expense of $125 bucks for one of the 500 limited press copies.
Now, to find the dough.
Also, I checked out Vincent Chong briefly, and his work looks stellar, I’ll do a follow-up post on him tomorrow.