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A modern take on Dante's masterpiece: Hand-lettered, beautifully illustrated, printed letterpress, and hand-bound.
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For the first time in hundreds of years,

artist George Cochrane brings us a manuscript edition of Dante's masterpiece. We are excited to bring together this iconic text and the craftsmanship of the Medieval scribe and bookmaker. Allow us to introduce INFERNO.

Learn more about Dante's Inferno in this interview . . . 

This edition is unlike any you've ever seen. Not only is it printed letterpress and hand-bound, but each letter of each line has been written by hand, and each margin is lush with illustration.

In bringing together Dante and George Cochrane, each masters of their own craft, we hope to bring forward an edition of INFERNO unlike any which has ever existed. It is a manuscript edition (hand-lettered, hand-illustrated) which Dante would have found familiar, brought to life by the finest letterpress printing and hand binding. 

Allow us to introduce you to INFERNO, a letterpress printed and hand-bound book . . . 

We are proud to present 'Inferno'—in four magnificent versions.
We are proud to present 'Inferno'—in four magnificent versions.

 

Each binding offers something unique - check out the 'THREE BINDINGS' tier to get a copy of each!
Each binding offers something unique - check out the 'THREE BINDINGS' tier to get a copy of each!

A handmade book, through and through.

George has spent years hand-lettering this edition. The text is presented in both Italian and in English, and each margin illustrates the scene on the page. As he says, the lush illustrations give the reader a "visual gloss" as they follow Dante down into the depths. 

Each page was drawn completely by hand . . .
Each page was drawn completely by hand . . .

 

. . . with Dante's poetry hand-lettered, and marginal illustrations bringing each scene to life.
. . . with Dante's poetry hand-lettered, and marginal illustrations bringing each scene to life.

What is a 'fine press' book?

While most books are commercially mass-produced by machine, these are not. They are made by hand. When you add a Thornwillow fine press book to your collection, you can expect:

  • Each page to be printed letterpress. You can feel the impression of the type as you run your finger across the page.
  • Each book to be expertly hand-bound, using only the finest materials. 
  • Each book to be individually hand numbered.
  • And finally, when you pledge, your name is included on a subscribers list accompanying every book, and archived in the world's greatest collections.

Please enjoy this short film by our friends at Surrender Pictures about the Thornwillow philosophy   .   .   .

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What's different about this edition?

Friends of Thornwillow—those who have been collecting for years or who have just started—should know a few, exciting things which differentiate this edition from our past ones.

  • It is printed in two colors, in both red and black.
  • It is larger. While The Shakespeare Sonnets, Sherlock Holmes Hexalogy, Three War Stories, and Frankenstein were all roughly quarto size, this is printed in a folio format. (See the photos below for a comparison.)
  • The book has no typesetting—everything from the magnificent illustrations to the copyright page is in George's own hand.
INFERNO is the fifth edition we've brought to life with crowdfunding. We are offering two of the previous editions, THE SHAKESPEARE SONNETS and SHERLOCK HOLMES HEXALOGY alongside it.
INFERNO is the fifth edition we've brought to life with crowdfunding. We are offering two of the previous editions, THE SHAKESPEARE SONNETS and SHERLOCK HOLMES HEXALOGY alongside it.

PAPER-WRAPPER | $85. Edition size limited to one hundred more than backed.

Our paper-wrapper version is bound in a letterpress cover.
Our paper-wrapper version is bound in a letterpress cover.

CLOTH | $185. Edition size limited to one hundred more than backed.

Our half-cloth version is bound in scarlet book cloth and letterpress board papers. The text is printed letterpress on heavy felt paper, with letterpress patterned endpapers.
Our half-cloth version is bound in scarlet book cloth and letterpress board papers. The text is printed letterpress on heavy felt paper, with letterpress patterned endpapers.

HALF-LEATHER | Starting at $585. Only 66 copies available.

Our half-leather version is bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin with handmade pastepaper. It comes in a suede-lined clamshell box with a leather spine label.
Our half-leather version is bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin with handmade pastepaper. It comes in a suede-lined clamshell box with a leather spine label.

FULL-LEATHER | Starting at $1,500. Six versions available.

The Inferno centers on Dante, Virgil, and Beatrice. We are offering six copies of each in Full-Leather with their motifs gold tooled into the cover. Dante is bound in scarlet Morocco. Virgil is bound in Edwardian brown Morocco. Beatrice is bound in terracotta Morocco. 

Most spectacularly of all, we are offering three unique copies. When Dante reaches the bottom of Inferno, he finds the Devil three headed. The left head is black, the middle head is crimson, and the right head is yellow. Together, they are devouring Brutus, Cassius, and Judas Iscariot. We have crafted three monumental copies, representing the three heads, each set with gems in their eyes.

Moreover, each of these one-of-a-kind copies is printed on its own special paper stock and comes with an actual manuscript leaf by George Cochrane.

Most magnificently of all, the Middle Devil copy is also copiously hand-colored and extra illustrated by the artist. 

The Full-Leather bindings.
The Full-Leather bindings.

Each individual book is hand-bound at the press. Our master binders use the highest quality archival paper stock, book cloth and vegetable tanned Moroccan goatskin.

CLOTH and HALF-LEATHER copies are bound with Fleur-de-lis letterpress endpapers.
CLOTH and HALF-LEATHER copies are bound with Fleur-de-lis letterpress endpapers.

 

Risks and challenges

Having conducted twenty projects in the past, each of which has been delivered on time, we are confident in our ability to successfully manage any unexpected challenges. That said, we will always communicate them to our backers if they do arise.

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    Paper-Wrapper Binding

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    Complete Cloth Collector

    Receive three Thornwillow books.

    A copy of INFERNO, bound in half-cloth and letterpress boards.

    A copy of THE SHAKESPEARE SONNETS, bound in half-cloth and letterpress boards.

    A copy of SHERLOCK HOLMES HEXALOGY, bound in half-cloth and letterpress boards.

    All are individually hand numbered. Your name will be included on INFERNO's subscribers list.

    Add $15 if you'd like your copies of SONNETS and SHERLOCK shipped right after the project ends, rather than alongside INFERNO.

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    EARLY BIRD | Half-Leather Binding

    Receive a copy of INFERNO, bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin and handmade pastepaper boards. Each copy is individually hand numbered and signed by both the Publisher and George Cochrane. You will be included prominently on the subscribers list.

    Each copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane.

    Includes a cloth clamshell box with a leather spine label.

    Only 66 available.

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    SEMI-EARLY BIRD | Half-Leather Binding

    Receive a copy of INFERNO, bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin and handmade pastepaper boards. Each copy is individually hand numbered and signed by both the Publisher and George Cochrane. You will be included prominently on the subscribers list.

    Each copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane.

    Includes a cloth clamshell box with a leather spine label.

    Only 66 available overall. All 33 early bird copies have been subscribed. Only 10 available in the semi-early bird tier.

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    NEARLY-LATE BIRD | Half-Leather Binding

    Receive a copy of INFERNO, bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin and handmade pastepaper boards. Each copy is individually hand numbered and signed by both the Publisher and George Cochrane. You will be included prominently on the subscribers list.

    Each copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane.

    Includes a cloth clamshell box with a leather spine label.

    Only 66 available overall. All 33 early-bird copies have been subscribed. All 10 semi-early bird copies have been subscribed. Only 10 more available at early pricing.

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    Half-Leather Binding

    Receive a copy of INFERNO, bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin and handmade pastepaper boards. Each copy is individually hand numbered and signed by both the Publisher and George Cochrane. You will be included prominently on the subscribers list.

    Each copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane.

    Includes a cloth clamshell box with a leather spine label.

    Only 66 available.

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    Patron of Dante

    Receive three copies of INFERNO—one bound in letterpress paper wrappers, one bound in half-cloth and letterpress boards, and one bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin and pastepaper boards.

    Each copy is individually hand numbered and the half leather copy is signed by the Publisher and George Cochrane. Your name will be included prominently on the subscribers list.

    Don't miss this opportunity to own all three bindings of this magnificent edition!

    Includes:
    • INFERNO | Half-Leather Binding
    • INFERNO | Cloth Binding
    • INFERNO | Paper-Wrapper Binding
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    FULL-LEATHER | Dante

    The Comedy revolves around three characters: Dante, Virgil, and Beatrice.

    Receive your copy of INFERNO bound in full Moroccan scarlet leather, with Dante's portrait stamped in gold on the cover.

    Needless to say, your name will be very prominent on the subscribers list.

    Each copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane.

    You will also receive a complimentary paper-wrapper reading copy.

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    FULL-LEATHER | Virgil

    The Comedy revolves around three characters: Dante, Virgil, and Beatrice.

    Receive your copy of INFERNO bound in full Moroccan brown leather, with Virgil's portrait stamped in gold on the cover.

    Needless to say, your name will be very prominent on the subscribers list.

    Each copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane.

    You will also receive a complimentary paper-wrapper reading copy.

    Includes:
    • INFERNO | Virgil Full-Leather
    • A Cloth Clamshell Box with Leather Spine Label
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    Complete Half-Leather Collector

    Receive three Thornwillow books.

    A copy of INFERNO, bound in scarlet Moroccan goatskin and pastepaper boards.

    A copy of THE SHAKESPEARE SONNETS, bound in beige Moroccan goatskin and pastepaper boards.

    A copy of SHERLOCK HOLMES HEXALOGY, bound in black Moroccan goatskin and pastepaper boards.

    All are individually hand numbered and signed by the publisher and the special artists/writers involved with the respective edition. Your name will be included prominently on INFERNO's subscribers list.

    Add $15 if you'd like your copies of SONNETS and SHERLOCK shipped right after the project ends, rather than alongside INFERNO.

    Includes:
    • INFERNO | Half-Leather Binding
    • SHERLOCK HOLMES HEXALOGY | Half-Leather Binding
    • THE SHAKESPEARE SONNETS | Half-Leather Binding
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    FULL-LEATHER | The Left Devil

    When Dante descends to the bottom of Inferno, he finds the devil three-headed. The left head is black.

    Receive your copy of INFERNO bound in full Moroccan black leather, with the Devil stamped in gold on the cover, and opals set in his eyes.

    Needless to say, your name will be most prominent on the subscribers list.

    This copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane, and you will receive an original manuscript leaf.

    You will also receive a complimentary paper-wrapper reading copy.

    Includes:
    • INFERNO | The Left Devil
    • A Cloth Clamshell Box with Leather Spine Label
    • INFERNO | Paper-Wrapper Binding
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    FULL-LEATHER | The Right Devil

    When Dante descends to the bottom of Inferno, he finds the devil three-headed. The right head is yellow.

    Receive your copy of INFERNO bound in full Moroccan yellow leather, with the Devil stamped in gold on the cover, and citrines set in his eyes.

    This copy will be hand-inscribed with a an illumination by George Cochrane, and you will receive an original manuscript leaf.

    Needless to say, your name will be most prominent on the subscribers list.

    You will also receive a complimentary paper-wrapper reading copy.

    Includes:
    • INFERNO | The Right Devil
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    FULL-LEATHER | The Middle Devil

    When Dante descends to the bottom of Inferno, he finds the devil three-headed. The middle head is crimson.

    Receive your copy of INFERNO bound in full Moroccan crimson leather, with the Devil stamped in gold on the cover, and carnelians set in his eyes.

    Needless to say, your name will be most prominent on the subscribers list.

    This copy will be hand-colored by George Cochrane, and you will receive an original manuscript leaf.

    You will also receive a complimentary paper-wrapper reading copy.

    Includes:
    • INFERNO | The Middle Devil
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