The second book in Philip Pullman’s 'Book of Dust' series, the Folio Society edition of The Secret Commonwealth is beautifully illustrated by Peter Bailey, including a stunning metallic-blocked binding design.
La Belle Sauvage
‘The Book of Dust’ – Volume 1
Illustrated by Peter Bailey
Discover the genesis of Lyra’s story in Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage. This gorgeous Folio edition is produced in series with His Dark Materials and features new illustrations by Peter Bailey.
‘Too few things in our own world are worth a 17-year-wait: “The Book of Dust” is one of them.’
- Washington Post
La Belle Sauvage is the first volume of The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman’s highly anticipated return to the much-loved world of His Dark Materials. This special collector’s edition has been produced in series with Folio’s enormously popular His Dark Materials three-volume set, with series artist Peter Bailey returning to provide 11 atmospheric colour illustrations. Pullman has written a special new foreword exclusively for this edition, and the decorative slipcase is branded with a ring of glittery Dust. Taking place 12 years before the events of Northern Lights, this coming-of-age epic gives readers a glimpse of Lyra Belacqua as a baby and reveals the remarkable events and heroics that led to her finding a home at Jordan College. The brilliant keystones of Lyra’s world – the daemons, the aleithometer – are still present, only alongside a new set of heroes to love and to follow. An unmissable volume for anyone eager to return to the fantastical worlds of Lyra’s Oxford and beyond.
Bound in screen-printed and blocked metallic cloth
Set in Adobe Caslon
Frontispiece plus 10 full-page colour illustrations
9½˝ x 6¼˝
‘We know all the short cuts and the shallow ways and the deep ways. We can always slip away and they’ll never catch us. And the water’s on our side, not theirs.’
- from La Belle Sauvage
Young Malcolm Polstead is used to overhearing gossip while he collects glasses in his father’s pub, and when the nuns of the priory are given a baby to look after it’s all anyone can talk about. There are whispers that the child is Lyra Belacqua, the infant daughter of the mysterious Lord Asriel, and the witches in the north claim she is at the heart of a dangerous prophecy. Drawn into a secret realm of espionage, Malcolm soon finds himself on the run with the baby Lyra while the world around him succumbs to an apocalyptic flood. Dark forces are gathering on every side, and all that stands between them and Lyra are Malcolm and his sturdy canoe.
With Northern Lights in 1995, Philip Pullman created a new fantasy classic. The world of His Dark Materials has become as beloved as Narnia and Middle-earth, its mythologies as deep and as richly imagined. La Belle Sauvage expands this mythology in new directions; if the original trilogy shared particles with Paradise Lost, then La Belle Sauvage is awash with the eerie delights of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Pullman has described La Belle Sauvage as an ‘equel’ rather than a prequel, a book that stands alongside its predecessors, and there is no doubt that for anyone with a curious soul it will become an equally essential read.
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