- Full Description
The acclaimed creator of some of the most striking fantasy images in modern times, Vess collects his finest work in this amazing first compilation! Known for his work with Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, George R.R. Martin and others, Vess has a whimsical style that is rooted in classical technique yet is amazingly imaginative. This is breathtakingly singular while recalling the golden age of illustration. Includes a gorgeous illustrated & signed bookplate illustration of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Charles, exclusively from us.
Includes rare fan and early pro work from the 1970s, such as The Shadow Weaver's Cottage, The Earth Witch, The Keeper of the Flame and Daughter of the Sea. Superlative full color, full page plates of fantasy figures, beautiful women, fairies, elves, witches. Works from the Spider-Man graphic novel from 1998, Spirits of the Earth. Wonderful cover art for The Sandman series c. 1994, by Neil Gaiman. And for the Swamp Thing Annual, 1993, The Spectre cover, 1993, Prince Valiant, Tarzan, The Lost Adventure, and DC's Books of Magic series which spun off from The Sandman.
The publishers spared no expense here, with special acetate overlay pages. There's also collaboration with W. Michael Kaluta (The Sultan's Bath), Charles's own highspot, his adaptation in an illustrated book of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1988), artwork from the Neil Gaiman graphic novel, Stardust, and from the limited edition first printings of Seven Wild Sisters, Medicine Road, and Moonheart.
And from George R.R. Martin's limited edition A Storm of Swords (2003) volumes 1 and 2. The list goes on and on, including special projects even his most devoted fans may have missed, like local (to West Virginia) events posters and an amazing 3-year project, a fairy fountain for the downtown park in his own hometown. And limited edition prints of charcoal drawings (Midnight Grove and Dierdre of the Sorrows) from Glimmer Graphics, 1992. What a magnificent book. Do not miss this.
Charles created a very large and special bookplate to go along with his Midsummer Night's Dream in 1992. We limited it to 277 hand-numbered copies, but we didn't go through them all before the book went out of print. So we are including this along with this art book, it's one of the nicest and handsomest bookplates we've had the pleasure to be involved with. It's illustrated here on our website (the third image from the left) so you can see for yourself.
Note: Copies have slightly curled corners.
- Additional Information
Item Code DDWS Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2011 ISBN 9781595827654 Condition Copies have slightly curled corners. Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 212pg Color Full Color