- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; -25th Anniversary ed. edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145215595X
- ISBN-13: 978-1452155951
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Griffin and Sabine, 25th Anniversary Limited Edition: An Extraordinary Correspondence Hardcover – Special Edition, April 5, 2016
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This singular, magical volume invites readers to examine handmade postcards and open colorful envelopes as they eavesdrop on lonely London card-designer Griffin Moss and mysterious South Pacific islander Sabine Strohem. Sabine introduces herself to Griffin with a note congratulating him on a design on one of the postcards he illustrates--and alluding to an alteration he made during the creative process. Perplexed because he works alone and discusses his creative dilemmas with no one, he responds, begging her to enlighten him as to how she knew about the original design. In her next missive, she admits, "I share your sight," and their correspondence grows increasingly intimate. Sabine continues to make psychic observations and beckons to Griffin from her atoll; Griffin fantasizes about her to escape his drab existence, his interest turning to obsession. Their personalities shine through both their art and penmanship: Griffin's faintly disturbing, often subliminally violent collages, blocky printed words and imperfectly typewritten pages contrast with Sabine's whimsical doodles, fanciful postage stamps and flowing, calligraphic script. Pop-up book author Bantock's ( There Was an Old Lady ) images and concept will haunt the imagination.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nick Bantock, born and raised in England, now lives in Victoria, British Columbia. An acclaimed writer and artist, he is the author of books ranging from fiction to creative inspiration. His art is publicly and privately collected throughout the world.
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1. On the cover of this one, it says 25th Anniversary Edition.
2. The dust jacket blurb on the inside cover is slightly revised.
3. On the very last page there is one more envelope. Inside is a postcard with Bantock's artwork on it--the card is smaller than a standard postcard; it is about the size of 1/4 of a piece of US copy paper. Also inside is a similarly sized sheet of six stickers with images from the Griffin and Sabine books.
4. The quality of the reproduction of the artwork in the Anniversary edition, at least in the copy I received, isn't as sharp / crisp nor is the color as vibrant. If you didn't have the two books side by side you might not notice, but the printing/detail in my old version is definitely better.
That's it. So for the first time in well over 15 years of ordering from Amazon, I am returning something. Bummers.
If you do not have a copy of Griffin and Sabine already (why not?!!!), you might well enjoy this one. Given the difference in reproduction of the art, if you are an artist or particular about details (guilty on both counts), you might look for an older printing. But it's a great book and great series. Just irked at the publisher's misleading blurb.
Don't go into this expecting a full-blown story. It is mostly about the artwork, with an unlikely romance blended in.
Since there doesn't seem to be any savings to buying the set of 3, just try this first one (like I did) and see if you like it enough to get the others too.