I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
“This may be the most terrifying novel you will ever read.”
This quote from mystery writer William Campbell Gault graced the first edition cover of what would become one of the most influential and adapted works of the 20th century. Originally published in 1954, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend ushered in a different kind of novel, defying and transcending genre to combine elements of horror and science fiction within a post-apocalyptic frame.
I Am Legend is the story of Robert Neville, who appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic that has turned the human race into a crossbreed of zombies and vampires. Robert must hunt by day, hide by night, and most importantly, survive.
In 2012, the Horror Writers Association gave I Am Legend the special Vampire Novel of the Century Award. The novel and Richard Matheson are often credited for creating the zombie-vampire genre.
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ABOUT THE EDITIONS
The limited edition of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” trim size and feature six black & white illustrations by award winning artist Allen Williams. All copies are signed by the artist.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full goatskin binding featuring a handcrafted wooden stake affixed to the cover which is laser engraved with the title. The spine is foil stamped, and endsheets are hand marbled on acid free Fabriano Ingres. The edition is printed letterpress on Hahnemühle Biblio mould-made paper, with a deckled fore edge. Title, chapter and section pages are printed with an additional spot color, and the edition is housed in a half-leather clamshell enclosure with a marbled paper cover.
The Numbered edition of 250 copies is an elegant quarter vellum binding with Spanish marbled boards and foil stamping on the spine. The edition is printed letterpress on Teton paper with a deckled fore edge. Title, chapter and section pages are printed with an additional spot color, and the edition is housed in a unique cloth and paper covered slipcase. Each copy is bound by hand.
ARTIST GIFT EDITION
Signed by Allen Williams, the Artist Gift edition is limited to 1000 copies and features a dust jacket with cover art by Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) from the original 1954 edition. It is a full cloth smyth-sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping, and printed endsheets. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket. The book is printed offset, and is housed in a printed slipcase with cloth on the upper and lower sections.
“We worked very closely with Richard Christian Matheson throughout the project to create an edition that honors the legacy of the author and this groundbreaking novel.”
— Paul Suntup
I Am Legend Premiums
Shipping with every pre-ordered copy of the Numbered and Lettered editions of I Am Legend is this limited premium set of a 6” x 9” print, a 2” x 8” bookmark and printed envelope. All Artist Gift edition orders receive the bookmark.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Matheson (1926-2013) is the author of many classic novels and short stories. He wrote in a variety of genres including terror, fantasy, horror, paranormal, suspense, science fiction and western. In addition to books, he wrote prolifically for television (including The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Star Trek) and numerous feature films. Many of Matheson’s novels and stories have been made into movies including I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time, The Shrinking Man and What Dreams May Come. His many awards include the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards for Lifetime Achievement, the Hugo Award, Edgar Award, Spur Award for Best Western Novel, multiple Writer’s Guild awards, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Allen Williams is an award winning illustrator, concept designer and fine artist. From a young age a pencil and paper was an escape and a refuge for Allen. Now nationally and internationally known, for over 28 years Allen has applied his talents to everything from illustration for gaming companies and book covers, to concept work for major motion pictures and television. His vision for such projects ranges from illustration to concept work and creature and character designs.
- Lettered Edition
- ISBN: 978-1-7328448-6-5
- Limited to 26 copies
- Publication price: $3,500
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Four payments of $875*)
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- Numbered Edition
- ISBN: 978-1-7328448-7-2
- Limited to 250 copies
- Publication price: $695
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Four payments of $173.75*)
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- Artist Gift Edition
- ISBN: 978-1-951151-21-8
- Limited to 1000 copies
- Publication price: $75
- OUT OF PRINT
WHAT MAKES OUR EDITIONS DIFFERENT?
There is a clear distinction between a book that is mass produced, and one that is a finely crafted book. Most of our limited edition releases are hand bound and we go to great expense to utilize only the finest papers and materials for all of our editions. Where indicated, our editions are printed letterpress which is the printing method perfected by Gutenberg, who used it to produce the first book printed from moveable type in the West, the now-famous Gutenberg Bible.
The mission of our press is to publish finely crafted limited editions by collaborating with some of today’s leading writers, artists, designers, printers and bookmakers to create an edition that is itself, an art object. By incorporating elements of the story into the design of the book and enclosures, our editions offer a unique reading experience.
ABOUT FINE PRESS EDITIONS
The Fine Press movement began in the late 19th century, when William Morris decided to produce books as they did before the advent of the printing press for mass publication. The movement represented a rejection of the cheap mechanized book-production methods which developed in the Victorian era.
Fine press books were made using high-quality materials, in very small numbers, and were often bound by hand. A great deal of attention was given to page and type design, illustration and binding, in order to produce a unified and cohesive whole where all of the elements work together. Our editions are made in the spirit of the Fine Press movement.
MATCHING NUMBERS & LETTERS
Owners of our previous publication will have received a private pre-order link. If you did not receive the email, simply place your order before the book goes out of print and we will match your number. To ensure you get matching numbers please make sure that you checkout using the same email address you used on your previous order.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALLEN WILLIAMS
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustration © 2019 by Allen Williams.
Artist Gift edition cover art by Stanley Meltzoff © 2020 Silverfish Press.
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