15 December 2009
Philip Pullman is collaborating with charity publisher Oak Tree Fine Press this Christmas to publish a new book entitled À Outrance which is featured in a display at the Bodleian Library. Officially launched today at the Library,the book expands upon a story first told in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy – that of the great bear king, Iorek Byrnison, and his fight for the throne. All profits go to children made vulnerable by HIV/Aids in Southern Africa.
The small display features 17 uniquely bound copies of the book, each offering exceptionally beautiful examples of how each artist has individually interpreted the book. The book is limited to only 265 copies and features original woodcut illustrations by three of Britain’s foremost artists in this field.They are all signed and certain editions inscribed by Philip Pullman.
In addition some of the world’s leading designer bookbinders have been commissioned to produce fifteen unique copies. A silent online auction has begun with bidding closing at midday on 21 December 2009.
Oak Tree Fine Press was established through the support of Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee to raise money to help care for the many thousands of children made vulnerable by HIV and Aids. It produces limited editions by some of the world’s leading authors, accompanied by sensitive artistic interpretations. Authors published or to be published by the Press include J.M. Coetzee, Doris Lessing, John le Carre, Salman Rushdie, A.S. Byatt, Gunther Grass, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Barry Unsworth and Thomas Kenneally. More information can be found at www.oaktreefinepress.com