With a New Introduction by Jordan Peele
Afterword by Ira Levin
“Across the room, in the one large window bay, stood a black bassinet. Black and only black it was; skirted with black taffeta, hooded and flounced with black organza. A silver ornament turned on a black ribbon pinned to its black hood.”
— Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby
One of the bestselling horror novels of all-time, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin is considered a masterpiece of modern horror. Selling 4 million copies upon its publication in 1967, the novel’s success launched a new wave of books in the horror genre, while critics heralded it “one of the most perfectly crafted thrillers ever written.” One year after the novel’s release, Rosemary’s Baby was adapted into an Academy Award winning motion picture directed by Roman Polanski. Author Ira Levin called the film “the single most faithful adaptation of a novel ever to come out of Hollywood.”
ABOUT THE EDITION
This fine press edition of Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin is limited to two hundred & seventy-six copies, and is presented in two states: Lettered and Limited. The edition measures 6¼” x 9¼” and features six black & white illustrations by Richey Beckett, as well as an exclusive introduction by Academy Award winning writer/director, Jordan Peele. Also included is an afterword by Ira Levin which originally appeared in the 2003 New American Library edition. The editions are signed by Richey Beckett and Jordan Peele, and are printed letterpress.
“Hail, Suntup – their new edition of Rosemary’s Baby will undoubtedly be the most extravagant to date.
We can’t wait for it to arrive.”
—The family of Ira Levin
The Limited edition is a quarter leather binding and is limited to 250 copies. The goatskin spine is stamped with silver foil, and the boards are covered in Japanese cloth. Endpapers feature flecks of metallic gold and silver, and the edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine. It is housed in a cloth covered, foil stamped slipcase.
The lettered edition is limited to 26 copies for sale, lettered A-Z and is printed letterpress on Moldmade Zerkall paper. It is a full goatskin binding with a foil stamped spine, and glass eyes inset into leather-formed eyelids on the cover. Endpapers are hand marbled in Germany on Hahnemühle Ingres paper. The edition is housed in a custom ‘bassinet’ enclosure with a rocking bookbed.
The Bassinet Enclosure
The Lettered edition enclosure is covered in genuine lace-embossed black leather and features an inner bookbed that rocks from side to side. The bookbed is lined with black silk, and a sterling silver cross is suspended from the upper edge of the lid by a black silk ribbon. When the box is opened, the cross hangs above the seated book. The inside of the lid is flounced in black organza.
“Ira Levin is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel; in terms of plot, he makes what the rest of us do look like those five-dollar watches you can buy in the discount drugstores.”
— Stephen King
Artist Gift Edition
Due to popular demand, an Artist Gift edition is available for pre-order and will be published in the Summer of 2019. This is a full cloth, smyth-sewn binding with a foil-stamped cover and spine. Included are six black & white illustrations by Richey Beckett, and a unique double-sided, full-color dust jacket with wrap-around art created exclusively for this edition. This is the only edition that will have the jacket. This edition is offset printed, and is signed by artist Richey Beckett. The book is housed in a printed slipcase. All pre-ordered Artist Gift editions will ship with a Rosemary’s Baby bookmark. Limitation is based on pre-order demand, not to exceed 1000 copies.
THE ROSEMARY’S BABY LIMITED EDITION PREMIUMS
— Only Available on Pre-Orders of the Letterpress Editions —
Shipping withpre-order are these limited edition premiums, which includes a 6” x 9” art print, a 4” x 6” postcard and a UV coated 2” x 8” bookmark, all packed inside a metallic printed envelope.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Novelist and playwright Ira Levin (1929-2007) was a native New Yorker whose novels include A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary’s Baby, This Perfect Day, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, Sliver, and Son of Rosemary. His plays include No Time for Sergeants, Critic’s Choice, Veronica’s Room and Deathtrap – the longest-running thriller (and fifth longest-running play) in Broadway history. His musical Drat! The Cat! (for which he wrote book and lyrics) yielded the Barbra Streisand classic He Touched Me.
Levin was a graduate of the Horace Mann School and New York University, a longtime Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times letters section, and repeat winner of the New York Magazine competition. He was the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar awards (including their highest honor, the Grand Master Award), as well as the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for lifetime achievement.
More information on Levin’s work can be found at his official website, IraLevin.org, including “Rosemary’s Baby Album,” an online gallery which celebrates the work’s 50th anniversary in 2017, by tracing its development using Levin’s own notes, drafts, etc.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Richey Beckett is an illustrator, based in rural Wales, UK. Working predominantly in pen and ink, he has gained recognition for his intricately detailed record covers, movie posters, and screen printed artwork.
Beckett uses traditional pen and ink methods to create lavishly detailed pieces of black and white illustration. Taking influence from historic biblical, literary and natural history illustrators and engravers such as Doré, Dürer, Audubon and Bewick, along with the decorative flair of Art Nouveau, he creates his own organic world which expands with each new piece. Richey has created art for Metallica, The Grateful Dead, Mondo (A Game Of Thrones, The Lord Of The Rings, Army Of Darkness), Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, AMC (The Walking Dead) and The British Film Institute. Richey’s illustrations for Rosemary’s Baby are printed letterpress along with the text.
Jordan Peele is an actor, writer, producer, director, and is the founder of Monkeypaw Productions. Following five seasons as a cast member on Mad TV and finding success on his own sketch comedy series Key & Peele, Jordan Peele landed a recurring role in the first season of the FX anthology series, Fargo, based on the film of the same name. In 2017, Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, earned wide critical acclaim, winning him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, along with nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. Peele cited the novel Rosemary’s Baby among his greatest influences in writing Get Out. His second directorial feature, a psychological horror film called Us, is due to be released in March 2019.
Publication: Summer 2019
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- Artist Gift Edition
- ISBN: 978-1-7328448-3-4
- Publication price: $85
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- Limited Edition
- ISBN: 978-1-7328448-1-0
- Publication price: $695
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- Lettered Edition
- ISBN: 978-1-7328448-2-7
- Publication price: $3,950
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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. Our Limited and Lettered editions are handbound, one at time, and we go to great expense to utilize only the finest materials available. Most of 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 and production of the books, 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 tradition of this Fine Press movement.
MATCHING NUMBERS & LETTERS
Owners of our previous publication (Horns) will have first refusal rights on Rosemary’s Baby. A private pre-order link will be sent to previous owners. If you do not receive the email by the public pre-order date, please let us know. Your order must be received, at which time ordering will be opened up to the public.
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustration © 2019 by Richey Beckett
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