Communion Of Dreams

Here come “The Beedles”
December 4, 2008, 8:06 am
Filed under: Amazon, Book Conservation, Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, Marketing, Music, NYT, Promotion, Publishing

Here comes the latest round of this generation’s British Invasion:

‘Beedle the Bard,’ on View at the Library

Harry PotterIllustrations by J. K. Rowling accompany one of seven handmade copies of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” the latest book by the best-selling children’s author. The copy is on view at the New York Public Library. The skull above accompanies one of the stories, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” (Photo: Scholastic)

The wizard book is now available for muggle eyes. A hand-written and hand-illustrated copy of J. K. Rowling’s newest book, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” was unveiled on Wednesday at the New York Public Library, an event to garner publicity for the commercial release of the book Thursday.

I’ve written about these custom bindings before, as well as the collector’s edition.  But still, it is rather exciting that this book is available.  And as I am currently listening to Deathly Hallows as I work in the bindery, I’ve been thinking about the (still?) unknown bookbinder who did the custom volumes, and understand the desire of fans of the series to have their own copy of Beedle.  But as I said before, if anyone spends the money for a “collector’s edition” for me as a gift, I will kick them.  Get a trade edition and donate the balance of what you would have spent to a charity, instead.

Jim Downey

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