Easton Press Deluxe Limited Editions Signed by the Illustrator Series
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1 -- 2335 -- Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs: /800, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 10/1/2012 -- Shipped: 12/14/2012 -- Sold Out: 2014
LT Discussion: Tarzan
Photo Album: Tarzan
Illustrator's Website: Eggleton
**Signed by artist Bob Eggleton**
2 -- 2770 -- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: /1200, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 8/2013 -- Shipped: 11/11/2013 -- Sold Out: Yes
LT Discussion: Carol
Photo Album: Carol
Illustrator's Website: Caniglia
Other Sites: Caniglia
**Signed by artist Caniglia**
3 -- 2871 -- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle: /1200, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 10/2013 -- Shipped: 12/2013 -- Sold Out: 12/31/2018
LT Discussion: Baskervilles
Photo Album: Baskervilles
Illustrator's Website: Stewart
**Signed by artist Matthew Stewart**
4 -- 2870 -- Dracula by Bram Stoker: /1200, 4@$69.00 ($276.00)
Announced: 5/2014 -- Shipped: 6/2014 -- Sold Out: Yes -- Second half Printed: 11/08/2018 -- Sold Out: 12/2020
Easton Press: Dracula
LT Discussion: Dracula
Photo Album: Dracula
Illustrator's Website: Berry
**Signed by artist Rick Berry**
5 --2986 -- Stories & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe: /1200, 4@$59.00 ($236.00)
Announced: 10/2014 -- Shipped: 11/2014 -- Sold Out: 8/20/2018
LT Discussion: Poe
Photo Album: Poe
Illustrator's Website: Palencar
Other Sites: Palencar
**Signed by artist John Jude Palencar**
6 -- 2968 -- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells: /1200, 4@$69.00 ($276.00)
Announced: 6/2015 -- Shipped: 7/2015 -- Sold Out: Yes -- Re-printed: 4/7/2020
Easton Press Site: War
LT Discussion: War, War
Photo Album: War
Illustrator's Website: Targete
**Signed by artist Jean Pierre Targete**
7 -- 3061 -- Dante Alighieri’s Inferno: /1200, 4@$89.00 ($356.00)
Announced: 10/2015 -- Sold Out: 8/13/2020
Easton Press Site: Inferno
LT Discussion: Inferno
Photo Album: Inferno
Illustrator's Website: Burckhardt
**Signed by artist Marc Burckhardt**
8 -- 3202 -- O. Henry Stories: /1200, 3@$125.00 ($375.00)
Announced: 3/2016 -- Sold Out:
Easton Press Site: O Henry
LT Discussion: O Henry
Photo Album: O Henry
Illustrator's Website: Caniglia
Other Sites: Caniglia
**Signed by artist Caniglia**
9 -- 3113 -- Gilgamesh: /1200, 4@$74.00 ($296.00)
Announced: 5/2016 -- Shipped: 7/2016 -- Sold Out: 5/11/2019
LT Discussion: Gilgamesh
Photo Album: Gilgamesh
Illustrator's Website: Yanovskaya
Other Sites: Behance
**Signed by artist Rebecca Yanovskaya**
**Signed by translator Stephen Mitchell**
10 -- 3515 -- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: /1200, 5@$75.00 ($375.00)
Announced: 8/2016 -- Sold Out: 4/1/2019
LT Discussion: Jekyll, Hyde
Photo Album: Jekyll Hyde
Illustrator's Website: Colucci
**Signed by artist Alejandro Colucci**
11 -- 2879 -- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: /1200 5@$79.00 ($395.00)
Announced:11/2016 -- Sold Out: 5/14/2019
Easton Press Site: Metamorphosis
LT Discussion: Metamorphosis
Photo Album: Metamorphosis
Illustrator's Website: Despain
YouTube Interview: Despain
**Signed by artist Brian Despain**
12 -- 3293 -- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli: /1200, 4@$85.00 ($340.00)
Announced: 3/2017 -- Sold Out: 5/26/2020
Easton Press Site: The Prince
LT Discussion: The Prince
Photo Album: The Prince
Illustrator's Website: Ho
**Signed by artist David Ho**
13 -- 3304 -- Animal Farm by George Orwell: /1200, 4@$84.00 ($336.00)
Announced: 5/2017 -- Sold Out: 9/10/2019 -- Second Print: 6/18/2020 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Animal Farm
LT Discussion: Animal Farm
Photo Album: Animal Farm
Illustrator's Website: Mayer
Other Sites: Animal Farm
**Signed by artist Bill Mayer**
14 -- 3190 -- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: /1200, 5@$75.00 ($375.00)
Announced: 8/2017 -- Sold Out: 7/10/2018 -- Second Half Announced: 1/14/2019 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press: Phantom
LT Discussion: Phantom
Photo Album: Phantom
Illustrator Website: Gerard
**Signed by artist Annie Stegg Gerard**
15 -- 3298 -- The Island of Doctor Moreau by H G Wells: /1200, 5@$79.00 ($395.00)
Announced: 9/2017 -- Sold Out:
Easton Press Site: Doctor Moreau
LT Discussion: Doctor Moreau
Photo Album: Doctor Moreau
Illustrator's Website: Stevanovic
**Signed by artist Ivica Stevanovic**
16 -- 3240 -- The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare: /1200, 4@$99.00 ($396.00)
Announced: 10/26/2017 -- Shipped: 11/2017 -- Sold Out:
Easton Press Site: Macbeth
LT Discussion: Macbeth
Photo Album: Macbeth
Illustrator's Website: Hillestad
**Signed by artist Luke Hillestad**
17 -- 3336 -- Beowulf Translated by Frederick Rebsamen: /1200, 5@$65.00 ($325.00)
Announced: 12/1/2017 -- Shipped: 1/31/2018 -- Sold Out: 12/1/19 -- Re-Print: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Beowulf
LT Discussion: Beowulf
Photo Album: Beowulf
Illustrator's Website: Lossel
**Signed by artist Yoann Lossel**
18 -- 3378 -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne: /1200, 5@$73.00 ($365.00)
Announce: 5/21/2018 -- Shipped: 5/2018 -- Sold Out: 6/3/2020
Easton Press Site: Journey
LT Discussion: Journey
Photo Album: Journey
Illustrator's Website: Araya
**Signed by artist Samuel Araya**
19 -- 3377 -- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell: /1200, 5@$75.00 ($375.00)
Announced: 5/24/2018 (6/18/2018) -- Shipped: 9/2018 -- Sold Out: 2/19/2020 -- Re-Printed: 6/4/2020
Easton Press Site: 1984
LT Discussion: 1984
Photo Album: 1984
Illustrator's Website: Waldman
**Signed by artist Bruce Waldman**
20 -- 3213 -- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin: /1200, 4@$67.50 ($270.00)
Announced: 11/08/2018 -- Shipped: 12/18/2018 -- Sold Out: 7/15/2019 -- Second Half: 2/2020
Easton Press Site: Left Hand
LT Discussion: Left Hand
Photo Album: Left Hand
Illustrator's Website: Lemen
**Signed by Ursula LeGuin and artist Vanessa Lemen**
21 -- 3376 -- Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes: /1200, 5@$73.00 ($365.00)
Announced: 12/6/2018 -- Shipped: 1/2019 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Argonauts
LT Discussion: Argonauts
Photo Album: Argonauts
Illustrator's Website: Komarck
**Signed by artist Michael Komarck**
22 -- 3230 -- The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov: /800, 5@$79.00 ($395.00)
Announced: 10/16/2019 -- Shipped: 10/2019 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Foundation
LT Discussion: Foundation
Photo Album: Foundation
Illustrator's Website: Eggleton
Other Sites: Eggleton
**Signed by artist Bob Eggleton**
23 -- 3472 -- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: /1200, 5@$74.00 ($370.00)
Announced: 12/23/2019 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Atlas
LT Discussion: Atlas
Photo Album: Atlas
Illustrator's Website: Salvati
**Signed by artist Jim Salvati**
24 -- 3146 -- The Eddas by Saemund Sigfusson & Snorre Sturleson: /800, 5@$79.00 ($395.00)
Announced: 2/10/2020 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Eddas
LT Discussion: Eddas
Photo Album: Eddas
Illustrator's Website: Sweet
**Signed by artist Justin Sweet**
25 -- 3656 -- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: /1200, 4@$75.00 ($300.00)
Announced: 11/18/2020 -- Sold Out: In Stock
Easton Press Site: Frankenstein
LT Discussion: Frankenstein
Photo Album: Frankenstein
Illustrator's Website: Bell
**Signed by artist Douglas Bell**
26 -- 3679 -- Tain Bo Cuailnge Translated by Ciaran Carson: /1200, 4@$80.00 ($320.00)
Announced: 1/7/2021 -- Sold Out: Pre-order
Easton Press Site: Tain Bo Cuailnge
LT Discussion: Tain Bo Cuailnge
Photo Album: Tain Bo Cuailnge
Illustrator's Website: Johnson
**Signed by Howard David Johnson**
Votar: Do you like the thumbnails at the top of the page?
To the photo album, which is where they lead now.
To the LT discussion page.
To the Easton Press page. Some have been deleted from their catalog.
Is anyone having a delay in load time?
Oh, come on! We all love the photos! If we were all extremely practical we would all be buying Penguin Classic paperbacks and none of us would be on this forum. We like the pictures, the feel, the look of visual feast of these books. We want to see a beautiful book, feel the added luxury of the leather and heavy weight textured paper, enjoy the quality illustrations; it all adds to the reading experience. We buy these DLEs to make enjoyment of these books as much of an experience as we can possibly have. If I could read each one while sitting on a beach in Barbados, or sitting in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, I would.
So yes, we love the photos, Wootle. Thank you so much for adding the additional thumbnails of each. With a mere title, I could possibly confuse it with an older publication, but with the thumbnail I instantly recall each book.
This is a tremendous resource. So thank you for taking the time and effort to put all this together. If I could vote "Yes" more than once, I would. So yes, this is definitely a "YES" vote from me!
Now if you can simply subsidize my purchase of the books you list... :)
Update: I figured it out. Clicking on a thumbnail at the top gets me the full library, but clicking on the thumbnail in the individual description doesn't. I need more chocolate.
I forgot LT had a Wiki feature when I wrote this but I've also never tried to use it to add or edit content. It may or may not be too cumbersome to use.
EP seems to be slowing down with the DLEs. A couple of months ago there were 72 for sale, but there are just 68 now with several on the limited quantities list. Maybe it’s seasonal.
The downside, of course, is that they are pricey. The first half-dozen were priced in the $200-$300 range, but later the ones have been around $100 more. While not an insignificant investment for most of us, EP’s practice of publishing only about 3 new ones each year makes collecting a full set feasible. Most are still available, while the older ones go for $400-$500 on eBay.
Kudos to Easton Press for doing it right.
It’s really tough to pick a favorite. I’m a sucker for colorful art such as Tarzan and Doctor Moreau, but I really love the painting of the hound in Baskerville. The gray-toned paper in Baskerville seems to be controversial, but I think it adds to the mysterious atmosphere of the story.
I ordered that one in the current promotion. Once we get them, we can compare notes.
Dracula also looked out of place crawling along the stone walls of the outside of his castle.
ps you should definitely acquire the Tarzan DLE!
I believe we had a profession thread some time back.
I work in IT, which means I am out of place with my English degrees and constant flow of books into the office. A fact if which many of my coworkers often remind me when a make some obscure comment at the office. However, I believe work should be fun, and some people are simply way too serious. :)
Believe it or not, there was one. Abe.com lists a few for sale.
I’m sure a talented artist could create some really eye-catching illustrations depicting the murders!
The whole DLE series may be in trouble. 72 available in December, 62 now, and 13 on the endangered list.
I would like to see them drop it to six a year and be pickier about what gets produced and make better editions the way they used to, and occasionally still do.
With so many on the endangered list, perhaps they are shortening the limitation on some of the slower sellers.
I’ve got the bug for these too. I now have 10 of them and would like to get 2 or 3 more. Several just don’t interest me, though. If anyone knows where I can pick up “A Christmas Carol,” the one signed by artist Caniglia, I’d love to know about it. I never see it advertised.
I’m sorry love2read is having trouble with Jekyll and Hyde. It’s the first issue I’ve heard of in this series.
Probably The Prince would be the only one I see right off that doesn't interest me. Perhaps Macbeth.
Christmas Carol is a tough one. Looks like one sold in Feb though, so it does come up.
The Prince is one that doesn’t interest me. Also, O Henry doesn’t fit the horror/fantasy/sci-fi theme of the series. Neither does Animal Farm really, as it is more like satire/philosophy. And I already have a very nice Beowulf from Folio Society.
Do you know how much Christmas Carol sold for in February?
Edit: With a little more research it appears to have sold for $360.
Thanks. Sometime I need to learn to do that myself!
My worry exactly. I will be shocked if they don't at least produce Frankenstein for the 200th anniversary. I think this is the best series they have ever done. I recently obtained Tarzan, and WOW! I think it's the best in the series by far. When I ordered it I didn't realize every chapter had a header illustration, plus the illustrated endpapers are stunning. The book also has the best quality, soft leather IMO. I wish Easton used the same leather on all the books in this series. Everything about this edition just seems like the quality is better than the others I have seen in person or own. Great story too. This is my first time reading it. I'm half way through it, and I can't wait to get home to see how it ends. It's a real page turner for me. I pick it up for only $295 from Abebooks and it was completely worth it.
I agree it’s their best series, but not all of them have headpieces or designer end pages.
P.S. by "unique chapter headpieces" I mean each chapter has a different illustration, not one that is duplicated like in Phantom of the Opera for example.
Tarzan of the Apes
A Christmas Carol
The War of the Worlds
I would be very happy if they could make them available. You can email them to me or post them in their respective threads if possible.
I had been on the fence about Dr. Moreau, but had been warming on the illustrations. When it went on sale I thought I would bite.
Macbeth on sale was a no brainer for me. However, I think with the higher price had not been moving for them. Since EP never changes the price on a book (except sales) I wonder if this was simply priced too high for their customers.
If you missed these, they will be back on sale Friday.
Also, thanks again to Wootle, for keeping these lists up to date on the various collections.
EDIT: Corrected my "King Lear" to "Macbeth".
As you say, I don't think they will list Metamorphosis since that is down to 57 copies on the limited quantities page. I wouldn't be surprised to see The Prince, as I haven't even heard anyone here say that they have purchased it. Maybe I am forgetting a thread.
So yes, possible one more in this year's sale, possibly O-Henry (which I do have and with which I am very pleased), and the Prince would be the other option. But since thy already have 2, possibly not.
I did want to pick up this volume and was surprised it sold out so quickly. I'm hoping this was simply the first half of the run.
Thanks for posting the pole.
I'll take a new photo once I have recovered from Black Friday and can order a couple more books.
I placed the volumes (for those I have ordered) in the order of their release for ease of reference. If anyone has a more complete collection and is willing to take a photo, I'm more than willing to have my photo replaced.
“Easton Press is proud to announce that artwork from three of our recent books was selected for inclusion in
Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art!
“Spectrum is the premier showcase for the most extraordinary fantastic art being produced today.
“This year Spectrum included art from The Phantom of the Opera illustrated by Annie Stegg Gerard, Beowulf illustrated by Yoann Lossel and A Journey to the Center of the Earth illustrated by Sam Araya.
“Easton’s deluxe illustrated leather-bound editions – signed by the artists – are some of the most prestigious editions currently being produced. We are proud to see our artists achieve the recognition they so richly deserve.
“Congratulations to all of them!”
Well, I collected. I have the first 10 or so, so I'm... uh, many behind. I guess the "good" news is the first few are the hardest to find, but they're pretty awesome, and being nominated is wonderful news!
There is no way to tell for sure, because EP won’t give us the numbers. All we can do is to interpolate from experience. Even if they have printed only half of them, there is no assurance that they will ever print the last half (or when). It’s an educated guessing game.
I paid $600 for Dracula only to see EP print a new batch shortly thereafter. Win some, lose some!
Easton uses this method of illustration in many of their finer books including all of their illustrator-signed editions of which Dracula is one. I’ve been collecting them for many years, and none has ever come loose nor has the glue bled through. I’ve come to like this method of presentation.
Eggleton posted the interior picture 11/30/2017.
1. The War of the Worlds
2. Tarzan of the Apes
3. The Island of Dr. Moreau
4. Nineteen Eighty Four
5. Animal Farm
6. Left Hand of Darkness
7. Foundation Trilogy
It looks like EP relies on heavy-weights from that series. With EP publishing a signed copy of The Speaker for the Dead, depending on the sales, they may follow with an illustrated DLE of Xenocide from the Ender Saga.
Interesting choices for an Illustrated DLE may also be Rosemary's Baby, Dune (with the upcoming movie), 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dragonflight, Hyperion, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers or maybe two-volume slip-cased extravaganza of Verne's From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon (since EP has leaned on Verne heavily as of late). Perhaps EP will pay tribute to Gene Wolfe and publish 4th installment of The Book of the New Sun (The Citadel of the Autarch)...
Left hand of Darkness is also showing as shipping in mid-February. Didn't this initially say a limited edition of 600? I note that the website now says 1200. I know the first printing sold out fairly quickly, I presume since it is also signed by Ursula LeGuin (or at least it has inserted signature cards by her now that she has passed). Wootle, I note that your screen captures both show 1200 so maybe I simply imagined the smaller print run.
Both of these are still on my buy list to add them to the collection.
“Left Hand” is being marketed as one of the signed-by-the-illustrator DLEs, but it doesn’t have all the usual trappings. It is a smaller size, presumably because the page size had to match Le Guin’s signature page (the illustrator’s signature is on a separate page). Also, the illustrations, though original, are not protected by a translucent sheet as they are in other books of the series. The limitation is 1,200, however.
“Inferno” is perhaps the most beautiful book in the entire series.
I held off on purchasing Inferno, since I already had the DLE Divine Comedy, but the illustrations grew on me and my completist nature says that I will have to have it. This is why Easton Press likes me. :)
Illustrations in “Left Hand” are printed on the page rather than tipped in, another difference of this book compared to others in the series. It’s like making this book part of the series was a last-minute decision, and perhaps not a good one.
On a side note, I see that Ursula K. Le Guin's signature page is on a glossy paper page, whereas the rest of the book is on coarser paper stock. I already knew these were presigned and then bound into a book printed much later, but this simply makes it stand out a bit more than others that I have.
Thank you hamletscamaro, much appreciated.
Tristram Shandy: https://www.foliosociety.com/usa/the-life-and-opinions-of-tristram-shandy-gentle...
Madame Bovary: https://www.foliosociety.com/usa/madame-bovary.html
I think there is an anniversary driving the Tristam Shandy books.
2018 would have been the 250th anniversary of Sterne’s death, and 2021 would be Flaubert’s 200th birthday.
I’m not thrilled with Tristram’s illustrations, but it comes with a useful commentary volume.
The color illustration on the silk cover of Madame Bovary is gorgeous and so are the interior illustrations. Several members of their forum, though, are remembering the silk covers on some of the LEC volumes that did not wear well over time.
and a few others. Obviously some of the illustrator series such as War of the Worlds has been produced by the LEC (my personal favorite edition) as well as potentially other fine presses. I like it when the FS produces more unorthodox works. For example, they were supposed to release a deluxe edition of Alan Moore's "From Hell" which I would certainly purchase.
And just like this current revelation with LEC ... a year or so ago I asked the same question about FS ... why had I only been obsessed with EP titles.
So the last year or so I've found myself hardly finding any interest in any of EP's newer titles (one or two maybe ... but I find I really love their titles from years back ... I think their designs/quality is 'different' now).
And thought I still absolutely love my rather large collection of older EP DLE's ... I've found over the last year I've been enjoying and grabbing more FS titles. I was late in the game in appreciating what they had to offer.
Flash forward to today ... when I decided to search the LEC 'war of the worlds' ... and ... how have I not know about this. It looks like such a nicely produced version.
So thx >112 astropi: for pushing me into my 3rd phase of book exploration.
Considering that this has been for sale since 2014, and it looks as through these Deluxe Illustrated Editions releases have slowed of late, I'm wondering if EP is re-considering this series. It would seem they peaked at 6 titles released in 2017, but this year they have had only 1 thus far. It is a great series, but the prices are high enough I imagine that this is a smaller subset of EP collectors. They have been printing these volumes in smaller batches, hence the fact that titles simply disapear for a bit, only to reappear later. Hard to say if this is just a COVID-19 year of uncertainty, or they are planning to just do one release a year (or none altogether).
I’ve managed to acquire all the “DIE” editions and regret only 2or 3 of the later ones. With their specially commissioned art and their beautiful paper and fonts, it is without a doubt the finest series EP has ever produced. As a subset of the DLEs, though, it looks like a disappearing act. The prices, $250-400, no doubt reflect the cost of the signatures and limitations, but I would have purchased them even without these marketing tricks because of their high quality. EP seems determined to return to its roots by concentrating on coffee-table books, mostly printed by other publishers, and on monthly series, many of them signed but with no other special features.
If Easton Press does return to more coffee table books, that should make my life easier as I have no desire to purchase them. Most of my purchases in the past several years have been with their DLEs, and even those I have been somewhat picky out of necessity. Slowing publication of these has simply meant slowing my purchases, and letting my bank account recover a bit. However, I would like to see them continue this series since I do believe that most of them are worth it.
I also notice that the Caniglia-illustrated edition of “A Christmas Carol,” which was almost impossible to find 2 or 3 years ago and cost upwards of $600 when you did, is now available on eBay for $299 in like new condition.
It’s gone now, hopefully purchased by one of our members. There are two more, though, priced at $400-$450. Search on “carol caniglia easton.”
I will be more active on LT (including my library list) after I retire in January. It’s been a educational, albeit expensive, experience so far.
Táin Bó Cúailnge (1200 copies at 4 x $80 = $320, signed by illustrator Howard David Johnson, available on Feb 12)
I’m glad to see another book in the series and I love the art, but I confess never to have heard of this story. Looks like a lot of great violence!
Just wanted to point out a couple of minor things you may want to update when you have a chance. The Dracula edition is sold out now, but I'm not sure of when that happened, as I've only come back into collecting recently after a long hiatus.
Also, there seems to be a bad link to the Eddas photo album.
Kudos once again for keeping this up to date!
As far as sold out items, I've about given up on tracking dates. EP keeps a lot of titles on the site and runs them in and out of stock daily it seems. I'll probably just leave the dates alone until I can see that it has been taken off the site altogether.
I wouldn't chance it, not if you want a decent copy, at least. Let's assume for a moment that the seller is not an expert Easton Press books collector or an expert at grading books, which seems reasonable given the word "thrift" in the sellers name and the volume of books they sell. What is really worrisome then is the description: "Readable copy. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting." If a non-expert rates something that bad, it must surely be bad. Conversely, if the seller is an expert at either Easton Press books or just grading books in general, this is truly bad. If they had been vague and rated the book "Very Good" without explanation, it might warrant a request for pictures and a text description.
Jason and the Argonauts was also briefly listed as being out of stock but has now disappeared from the site entirely. Not sure if this means that the title just won't be coming back for a while before they print more or if it won't be coming back at all.
136: Eddas already went out of stock once in May/June 2020 (again in February 2021), so it is safe to assume it is in the second half now. Then again, since it has an unusual limitation, EP may just as well have gone for a 300/300/200 split.
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