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The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Introduction by Sophie Mackintosh
Afterword by Jan Garden Castro
Illustrations by Ken Cunningham
Narrator Offred is a Handmaid serving the Republic of Gilead – formerly part of the United States. Her role is to bear children for her Commander, whose wife is unable to conceive. If Offred refuses, she will be hanged or sent to die of radiation sickness in the Colonies. Yet she can remember a different life, when she had a home, a husband, and – most agonisingly – her own child.
The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies, and is the only edition to include a dust jacket illustrated by Ken Cunningham. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping, and is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase. The edition features embossed endsheets and is printed offset on premium archival Cougar Natural Vellum paper. This edition is signed by the artist.
A NOTE ON THE TYPOGRAPHY
Given that The Handmaid’s Tale is about the oppression of women, we thought it important that the types we used to set the book be designed by a woman. In this case, one woman: Maria Doreuli. Her William Text is based on the types of William Caslon (1692–1766), whose letterforms would have been familiar to Puritan New Englanders from whom the founders of Gilead seemed to take so much inspiration. The display type, Kak, has its own oppressive qualities: It’s heavy and dark and looming, always making its presence known. Like Gilead, it is overwhelming, inescapable, and allows for no light (or hope) to get through.
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- 408 Pages.
- Limited to 1000 copies.
- Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
- Two-hits foil stamping.
- New exclusive introduction by Sophie Mackintosh.
- New exclusive afterword by Jan Garden Castro.
- Six full color illustrations by Ken Cunningham.
- Dust jacket featuring wraparound artwork by Ken Cunningham (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).
- Signed by Ken Cunningham.
- Embossed endsheets.
- Printed offset on premium archival Cougar Natural Vellum.
- Housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.
- Comes with bookmark.