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Book Palace Books publishes books that we ourselves are proud to put on our bookshelves. Consequently we take enormous care in all aspects of pre-production, scanning, printing and binding to produce the very best books possible.
| Some of our latest books ... |
King Solomon's Mines
Author: H Rider Haggard, introduction by Steve Holland
Artists: Jesus Blasco, Mike Hubbard, C.L. Doughty, Bill Baker, John Millar Watt (cover)
Publisher: Book Palace Books, 2013 First Edition
Number of pages: 126
Format: Soft Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 8" x 12" (210mm x 297mm)
Heros the Spartan
Yes, we have been working on this massive book for over a year and our research and scanning is nearing completion.
The overall size of the book will be the same as our enormous Wulf the Briton by Ron Embleton.
Artist: Frank Bellamy
Author: Tom Tully, Frank Bellamy
Publisher: Book Palace Books
Publication Date: due Spring 2013
Pages: 272 pages
Size: 11" x 14" (270mm x 360mm)
Format: Hard Cover
Illustrations: Full Colour
illustrators is all about some of the most iconic images ever to see print. In the pages of illustrators you will read about some of the most inspired artists to commit their art to print. These are the people who with brush, pen and pencil were capable of transporting their audiences to the farthest reach of their imaginations.
The audiences that many of these artists were catering for were international, their work was collected and admired by readers the length and breadth of Europe and the US. But with the passing of years and the ascendancy of new media, much of this brilliant and inspirational work is falling from the collective conscious.
illustrators will remedy that by presenting you with a publication that four times a year will guide you through the stories behind these artists, the publishers that commissioned them, the agents that promoted them, the friends and partners that posed for them and the crazy stuff such as the artist who created his incredible covers in an unfurnished bedsit with a parrot for company.
All this and more will be revealed in each edition of illustrators.
Our first issue features the hardboiled art of Denis McLoughlin, an interview with the legendary Ian Kennedy looking back on his sixty two years in the business, the fin de siècle erotica of Cheri Herouard, and Mick Brownfield tells the story behind his iconic 2009 Radio Times cover featuring Daleks, Dancers and Decorations!
illustrators magazine is available on annual subscription (4 issues) or as separate issues:
Visit illustrators website for more details
Choose from two fabulous editions:
Artist: Denis McLoughlin
Author: David Ashford, edited by Peter Richardson
Publisher: Book Palace Books
Publication Date: August 2012
Pages: 272 pages
Size: 9" x 12" (220mm x 297mm)
Format: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Illustrations: Full Colour
Written by David Ashford, one of McLoughlin's close friends, the book celebrates every aspect of the artist's career, from examples of his earliest work whilst still in uniform to his lengthy association with T.V. Boardman, for whom he produced hundreds of dust jackets for their Bloodhound crime series and their yearly best-selling Buffalo Bill Annual.
The Boardman covers are almost unique in British publishing history as no major publisher relied on a single artist to produce so many of their jackets. But tracking down useable examples has proved to be a long and gruelling process. As Peter says: "We needed high quality scans of all the covers we sought and the logistics of having to carry a scanner and computer to spend a day getting under the feet of a McLoughlin devotee, which would have secured us a reasonable number of scans but by no means all the ones I craved gave us pause for thought. Photographing the books would have been quicker, but the results are light years away from a scan. It simply wasn't an option.".
Hooking up with San Francisco-based collector Mark Terry gave fresh impetus to the book as Mark already had a network of contacts with collectors through his facsimile dustjacket business; the finished book will now contain dozens of examples, carefully restored.
The book contains many examples of McLoughlin's comic strips and a biography by David Ashford, as well as behind-the-scenes photos and examples of his original artwork.
The definitive book and biography of Denis McLouglin, packed with full colour images of his art and a complete bibliography.
The book features reproductions from the surviving original artwork, "pulls" in high quality print, never-before-seen photos chronicling the artist's life and page after page of some of the most stunning artwork ever to see print in the 20th century.
Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton: The Complete Adventures
All of Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton stories, gloriously reproduced in colour to the very highest standard and at the same size as they originally apppeared in Express Weekly, with over 300 pages!
Wulf the Briton was without doubt Ron Embleton's comics masterpiece after he took over the strip - which was a single page cover feature on Express Weekly - in 1957.
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The Don Lawrence Westerns
Strictly Limited Hard cover edition of just 700 copies worldwide.
Wells Fargo and Pony Express all the exploits of the men driving and protecting the mail stages and their passengers. Wyatt Earp rode shotgun for Wells Fargo in Arizona, Wild Bill Hickok was a coach driver for the Pony Express and even Apache leader Cochise worked as a woodcutter for the Overland Mail.
For a limited period for pre-paid orders we are giving away a numbered limited edition glorious full colour print of a western bar scene by Don Lawrence. This is a numbered high quality print of just 150 copies. These are available while stocks last.
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The Fleetway Picture Library Index volume 2: The Thriller Libraries
Includes an unprecedented number of reproductions of original cover art and interior art pages, never before seen.
This eagerly awaited book is the second in a series of 3 volumes chronicling the full credits of all Fleetway Picture Libraries and contains a complete index of artists and writers for Thriller Picture Library, Cowboy Picture Library and Super Detective Library.
Every issue is covered as well as the Robin Hood, Kit Carson and Buck Jones Annuals. Packed with colour illustrations of every cover as well as reproductions of cover and interior original art, by Sep Scott, John Millar Watt, Patrick Nicolle, Alex Raymond, Ron Turner, Derek Eyles, Cecil Doughty, HM Brock, Eric Parker, Carlos Roume, Arturo del Castillo, Jesus Blasco, Ferdinando Tacconi, and many more.
Years of research have gone into producing this definitive, luxurious guide to these legendary British comics - truly a collector's treasure.
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Harvey Horrors Collected Works - Chamber of Chills Volume 1
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Wulf The Briton; The Don Lawrence Westerns; Fleetway Picture Library Index
We are immensely grateful for the plaudits we have received for these books - here are just a few from the top of the pile:
"Extraordinary beautiful! Big Size. Wonderful job with the restoration of the Technicolor. The best comic book of the year" [Wulf the Briton]
"Well, you promised they would be worth the wait and never was a truer word said"! [Wulf and The Don Lawrence Westerns]
"Wulf the Briton is literally brilliant to have the entire series as well as the annuals in one place in such sparkling colours is a delight. The Don Lawrence Westerns are a revelation, and the Thriller Libraries book is also downright luxurious."
"My life is complete" [Fleetway Thriller Index]
"These will be collectors' items in the near future" [Wulf the Briton and Don Lawrence Westerns]
"the Wonderful Wulf the Briton & Don Lawrence Westerns ... they are books I'll enjoy and treasure for years"
"my edition of Wulf has arrived and I am speechless - I am going to reply properly ... I never expected anything so original & sumptuous & BIG!!"
"I love WULF, the size and the quality, everything!"
"The repro, the production and the features are all beyond excellent" [Wulf the Briton]