Edgar Allan Poe – A Wilderness of Dreams

Author : Edgar Allan Poesold out
Publisher : Sea Urchin
Year : 2015
Language : English
Originally published in ‘Hans Phaall – A Tale’, 1835
Illustration : Ben Schot
4 pages laser printed on 200 gr paper, flyleaf of Japanese hand dipped paper
Size: 210 x 150 x 3 mm
Binding : blue thread pamphlet stitch
Cover : watercolour on 300 gr. Saunders Waterford
Limited, numbered and hand made edition of 15
€ 15.00
Postage & packing not included

‘A Wilderness of Dreams’ is a passage from Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Hans Phaall – A Tale’, an early science fiction tale about a balloon flight from Rotterdam to the moon that was published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835. After its first publication ‘Hans Phaall – A Tale’ was revised and reprinted several times and renamed ‘The Unparalleled Adventure of one Hans Pfaall’. A later version, which includes several earlier revisions and discards others, was published by Sea Urchin in 2001. From that 2001 version Sea Urchin has now lifted a dreamy, opiate passage that describes a scenery stretched into eternity in which, as Poe puts it: ‘Imagination, feeling herself for once unshackled, roamed at will among the ever-changing wonders of a shadowy and unstable land’. The passage was illustrated by Ben Schot and published by Sea Urchin as ‘A Wilderness of Dreams’. This slim chapbook has been put together from a fine pick of papers and cut, folded, watercoloured and stitched by hand in a limited edition of 15 copies.