The first 26 copies of Rhys Hughes’ Tallest Stories will be ‘lettered’, signed and personalised by Rhys Hughes himself and they will each come with a very special extra, a bundle of original hand-written manuscripts and/or drawings by the author in his uniquely strange, quirky style. There’s also a few rare chapbooks thrown in for good measure. The biggest prize is letter A, which will come with a complete notebook filled with Rhys’s jottings and stories. That is 26 handwritten stories, including a few not yet published anywhere at all.
Prices for the lettered copies will be the same as a standard hardcover. In addition, I plan to put together a couple of discount bundles where you can get certain other books at a special cheap price if bought alongside Tallest Stories. The Smell of Telescopes, our other title by Rhys Hughes, will be the main one – with some 40% off the list price. I will also offer a bundle with our other forthcoming title, An Emporium of Automata by D P Watt, which is also illustrated and in terms of design, forms a kind of pair with Tallest Stories. You will have to wait until you see the ordering page for full details of all these offers though.
In order to take advantage of all these offers, a short pre-order period will open on Saturday the 5th January at 6 o clock PM GMT (London) time, and it will be first come first served, with the letters being allocated in the order the orders are received. So the first person of all to place an order will be the lucky winner of the coveted ’A’ copy.
Needless to say, this special promotion will only be available through the Eibonvale website and it will last for as long as there are lettered copies available, whereupon ordering will revert to the standard system. So – if you have any interest at all in getting the coveted A copy, I strongly advise you to be ready! I know there are already people hanging on ready to jump on these since there have been rumours and mentions flitting around facebook. At six o clock, I will be publishing an order page for the book and an announcement here on the Eibonvale Blog – so be ready to move quickly!
Sorry – but there is no chance of reserving a specific letter. And no orders will be taken by email before the official opening on the Eibonvale website.
And finally, need I remind you that even aside from these promotions, this is a very special book. 18 years in the making, over a year in the design phase alone and with 60 stories accompanied by 60 illustrations. Regarded by Rhys Hughes as possibly his most important book to date, and regarded by me (who slogged through those 60 illustrations) in a similar way, this is without doubt the most important book Eibonvale has released to date and one you really don’t want to miss.