Despite some recent delays, I’m very pleased to finally release information on our highest tier edition of N.K. Jemisin’s “The Fifth Season”.
This edition truly sums up the “Amethyst” edition of the books, and after a long period of research and development I’m very pleased with the outcome. I had the idea early on in the creative process of The Fifth Season and I just had to try and make it happen. The finished product is very close to how I originally imaged it and hope you appreciate the work that has gone into it.
The Roman Numeral “Amethyst” Edition of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.
The box has been made my Master Stonecarver Nick Roberson, and is made out of real amethyst with a Princeton Quartz base (for durability). Inset within the lid is a Cumbrian, Scout Moor grey sandstone stone with the author, title and letter of the numeral hand carved by Nick himself.
Stone carving letters at this size is practically unheard of, and Nick even had to make a special tool for the job. He can only do a couple of letters at a time due to how taxing and difficult it is to produce this level of detail.
It has been beautifully lined by the artisans at Ludlow Bookbinders with sumptuous black suedel and has a matching black ribbon to release the book when needed. The inside of the lid includes a suedel covered block to ensure it stays in place, and allows the box to stand up comfortably without the cover slipping off.
There will also be a brass display stand on offer should the owners want to purchase for their copy.
Onto the book! The book is printed by Nomad Letterpress with two colours on 145gsm Liber Charta, a fantastic mouldmade paper which prints really well.
Handbound by Ludlow Bookbinders, the front and back of the boards have an incredible 194 separate leather onlays (with raised leather in between) making up a mosaic of the amethyst obelisk.
There are 5 different colours of leather onlay used, Blackberry, Ivory, Duckegg, Hydrainger and Purple, all of finest harmatan leather.
The endpapers are unique to each book, and have all been hand marbled by Freya Scott and her team at Paperwilds. Despite similar colour palettes the designs are all different.
The book is gilded gold on all three sides with purple tailbands and ribbon.
It is signed by both the author and the artist.
There will be 6 copies available for sale at a price to yet to be confirmed.