The Ship That Sailed to Mars

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Courier Corporation, Oct 20, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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A raison d'etre of Calla Editions is to make long-forgotten masterworks available to contemporary bibliophiles, and this book fulfills that aim like few others can. The Ship That Sailed to Mars has a legendary reputation, and the original edition is much sought after by an ardent cult of collectors. Its author, William Timlin, was an obscure South African architect who, in a singular burst of creativity, brought forth a magical intertwining of science fiction and fantasy, a kind of Burroughs meets Tolkien. With 48 pages of calligraphic text — in Timlin's hand — and 48 color plates, it is a work of stunning design, illustration, calligraphy, and overall conception. The Calla Edition also features a new introduction by John Howe, one of the two chief conceptual designers for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. The reappearance of this much-discussed title will be applauded by many fans of science fiction, fantasy, and book illustration.

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User Review  - Stephanie Ricker - Goodreads

I found The Ship That Sailed to Mars in a glorious bookshop in Boulder, Colorado. How have I gone my whole life and not heard of this work of art? The story is a 1920s scifi fantasy that looks like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

A beautiful read and expereince. Was given to me as a gift and I will treasure it. The binding is beautiful, the illustrations are exquisite and the words are transporting. Read full review


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About the author (2011)

John Howe was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1957. He attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg. He has had three monographical titles published on his work, including "Myth and Magic" (Harper Collins, 2001), and worked extensively on the conceptual art for "The Lord Of The Rings" films with artist Alan Lee and director Peter Jackson.

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