The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Laurence Sterne
Illustrated by Tom Phillips RA
Preface by Patrick Wildgust
Limited to 750 hand-numbered copies

Editorial material by Melvyn New

Over Half sold

The ultimate edition of this comic masterpiece newly illustrated and signed by Tom Phillips RA

Limited Edition

One of the greatest works of imagination in English literature ——————— this hilarious fictional autobiography of a hapless anti-hero tore up the rules of novel-writing when the novel had scarcely been invented.

The Folio Society’s unique limited edition has been designed, illustrated and signed by an equally extraordinary artist —— Tom Phillips RA. Rising to the challenge presented by such an experimental work, Phillips has packed his instantly-recognisable collages with verbal and visual puns, to form the perfect pictorial counterpart to Laurence Sterne’s comic masterpiece.

What is all this story about?——
A COCK and a BULL, said Yorick —— And one of the best of its kind, I ever heard.

Limited Edition

  • 750 hand-numbered copies signed by Tom Phillips
  • Limitation page printed letterpress by Hand & Eye on Hahnemühle Bugra Bütten paper and tipped-in by hand
  • Bound in Charmante-Gwebe cloth printed and blocked with a design by Tom Phillips
  • Title blocked in gold foil on spine
  • 512 pages set in Founder’s Caslon and printed on Abbey Pure paper
  • 10 illustrations by Tom Phillips, including frontispiece, printed on Veltique paper
  • Marbled page by Jemma Lewis tipped-in by hand
  • Gilded top edge
  • Ribbon marker


  • Preface by Patrick Wildgust, curator at Shandy Hall
  • Editorial material by Melvyn New
  • Bound in Iris cloth blind-blocked with a design by Tom Phillips
  • Title blocked in gold foil on spine
  • 180 pages


  • Cloth-covered slipcase with top and bottom lips
  • Blocked in dark red foil on one side with a design by Tom Phillips
  • Lined in Art Vellum paper
  • 10½" x 7¾"
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