Very scarce as a complete set
Rushdie, Salman : Coetzee, J.M. : Atwood, Margaret : Unsworth, Barry et al. ~ Oak Tree Press ‘First Chapter Series’ Of Booker Prize Winning Titles : Complete Deluxe Set Of Ten Volumes Signed By The Author With Signed Artwork
Oak Tree Fine Press, UK : 2006-2012
A complete set of the Deluxe edition comprising ten volumes, numbered 93 of only 150 deluxe hand-bound copies. The ten titles are : 'The Life and Times of Michael K', 'Disgrace', 'Holiday, 'The Conservationist, 'Sacred Hunger, 'The Blind Assassin, 'The Line of Beauty', 'Possession', 'Schindler's List' and 'Midnight's Children'. Each book is signed by the author, and is accompanied with a signed and numbered print from the illustrator. The 'First Chapter Series' was launched in 2006, with the publication of Oak Tree Fine Press's first ever book, 'The Life and Times of Michael K,' illustrated in black and white by South African artist Colbert Mashile. The support of Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee has been crucial to the success of the series, and its second volume featured his Booker Prize winning novel of 1999, 'Disgrace.' Since then, a wide range of authors have collaborated on the series, linked by their shared status as Booker Prize winners, and their mutual interest in contributing to a worthwhile cause through the creation of beautiful and thought provoking book. Each book is comprised of the first chapter of the title, accompanied by an illustration commissioned especially for the series. All proceeds from the original sales were targeted at organizations which offer support to the child victims of the African HIV/AIDS crisis. Originally featuring designs by up and coming authors, the series has expanded to include signed works by some of our greatest living artists. In each volume, the images offer an acutely relevant and valuable perspective on the themes and styles of these inspiring literary works. 'Holiday' is illustrated by the author, Stanley Middleton, 'The Conservationist' by Nadine Gordimer is illustrated with etchings by Cyril Coetzee, 'Sacred Hunger' by Barry Unsworth is illustrated with woodcuts by Ezequiel Mabote, 'The Blind Assassin' by Margaret Atwood is illustrated with an ink drawing by Yoko Ono, 'Schindler's List' has B/W artwork by Anthony Gormley and 'The Line of Beauty' by Alan Hollinghurst is illustrated with artwork by Gilbert and George. Note: As issued, all artwork is signed by the illustrator except Volumes V and X do not come with separate signed artwork and the artwork for Volume VIII is unsigned. All ten BOOKS are in Fine condition with original coloured cloth covered boards with a printed paper label to the upper board and backstrip. Each book is housed in a matching slipcase which are in near Fine condition. As issued, 7 volumes have a matching portfolio housing a signed print by the illustrator, two volumes have the artwork as part of the book contents and one volume has the artwork loosely inserted. A scarce complete set of the deluxe edition. A handsome production.