Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Neil Gaiman drawing in a leather bound edition of "Seasons of Mists"
Today, we're going to take a big step away from rare novels and take a quick look at a leather-bound first edition of Book IV of Neil Gaiman's epic Sandman comic. Supposedly, there are ten leather-bound first editions (one for each volume of the series) and I've only run into a few in my life. It seems they're quite rare; I was very surprised to find one behind the counter at a used bookstore on Smith Street in Brooklyn.
Seasons of Mists a very striking book, bound in a maroon leather with gold detailing on the spine. There's also a menacing key stamped to the front in gold (it's the key to Hell, if you're curious as to what it unlocks). Now, most exciting for any Sandman fan is that the book is signed by Gaiman with a drawing of the comic's titular character, Dream. Gaiman himself did not illustrate any of the Sandman issues, so it's fascinating to see how the author renders his own creations.