As most of our regular readers know, we curate a collection of materials created by the world-renowned artist and illustrator, Barry Moser. In the last month we have received several new additions to our already stellar collection and I want to share one of the more interesting pieces.
Centipede Press released The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (with woodblock prints by Barry Moser) in a deluxe edition in 2011. Characteristics of this edition include:
- Limited to 200 copies, each signed by Patrick McGrath, Barry Moser, and Aeron Alfrey.
- Full-color gallery of old movie posters based on the novel.
- Full cloth binding with printed front and rear panels.
- Illustrated endpapers.
- Six bonus short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and handsome slipcase.
One of the most interesting elements of the book can be found in the chapter, Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case. The chapter begins with an unusual “destabilized” type of text. As the chapter progresses, and Dr. Jekyll continues to lose his grip on his own thoughts & reality, the text is presented in progressively “shakier” versions of the same type. (See image above.)
Read more about this edition of this classic text on Centipede’s website. As always, we would love to see you in the Special Collections to see this new and exciting acquisition!