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Last updated January 9, 2016

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Elegantly illustrated new edition of the cult classic that’s made for the ages.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Elegantly illustrated new edition of the cult classic that’s made for the ages.

$3,397
pledged of $55,000pledged of $55,000 goal
40
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 9 2016 2:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 9, 2016

About

About Amaranthine Books

amaranthine (ăm′ə-răn′thĭn, -thīn′)
adjective

1. of or like the amaranth
2. unfading; everlasting; eternally beautiful
3. of purplish-red color.

Too many things nowadays are short-lived and temporary, but we believe some things should last.

Great literary work is eternal. Whether it is recent or hundreds of years old, it will touch the human heart. That makes books an ideal heritage, an inspiration for generations to come; something that will stay long after you are gone and speak lengths about your character.

We merely want to give these books the form that they deserve. We meticulously search for the right concept that inspires the art of the book. Once that is set, we give the utmost attention to detail in design, from the cover to the illustrations placed inside.

The end result is a printed classic turned into a piece of art that becomes your heritage.

Your legacy.

About the project

To prove ourselves, what we stand for, and why we believe this is an idea worth funding, we decided to create a prototype for Kickstarter; one that will showcase what we can do and what we want to do in the future.

To achieve this, we picked an all-time classic, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. After months of work we have developed the concept for the book and all the necessary art, but we also run numerous print tests to see how it turns out. Now we have a prototype and even though it is not a final product it already looks amazing.

Hyde edition front cover and box
Hyde edition front cover and box
Inside the Jekyll edition
Inside the Jekyll edition

But our M.O. is not to just fill the book with several illustrations, add a nice cover, and then send it to print. That wouldn’t do. What we do first, instead, is sit down and find the concept inside the book. The story is analysed, the conditions in which it was written, anything that could send us on the right track. After that, it is, as they say, simple.

Hyde edition back cover and box
Hyde edition back cover and box
Hyde edition
Hyde edition

Jekyll & Hyde are all about duality, two sides to one man, opposite sides of one personality and we decided to embed that wherever we can in the books. That is why covers portray a hand before and after transformation; why each illustration in the book is two-sided, like you are observing the same situations from opposite angles. We wanted to give the reader not only the view of major plot-points in the book, but also that sense of two different angles that is life of Jekyll & Hyde. Hell, there are even two versions of the book, Jekyll edition and Hyde edition!

Jekyll edition (green) and Hyde edition (black)
Jekyll edition (green) and Hyde edition (black)
Inside the Jekyll edition and Hyde edition
Inside the Jekyll edition and Hyde edition

The books are made from carefully picked materials, using the best printing techniques. There are many details in the books, as it can be seen on the pictures, but there are even some that we leave to the reader to discover. After all, a book with no mystery is no book at all.

Tiny illustrations for chapter beginnings
Tiny illustrations for chapter beginnings
Frontpaper
Frontpaper

We designed these books to be special by default, however, we felt that one of these books should be somewhat of a rare bird, just like Hyde is, and thus Hyde edition was imagined as a limited edition run aimed at collectors.

Hyde edition
Hyde edition

Hyde edition is quite an exquisite book which is somewhat harder to produce, notably because it is printed on black paper, giving it that much grittier, darker feeling, deserving of the name Hyde. It will also feature a different colour scheme on the covers and, most notably, it is limited to only 555 (numbered) issues, so it will never see another run in this exact form.

The funds we ask are a bare minimum to finish the book development, print them out and get this company going, but needless to say, the more we get funded the easier it is going to be to start working on other books once the Kickstarter campaign is done.

We also have some stretch goals in mind, with plans for some additional benefits and rewards. There are things that we can do and offer that are extra and do not intervene in the concept of the book, but rather enhance it. Ideally, we would like to reach a point where not only have we funded this first book(s), but got funded enough to start developing the second (and hey, maybe even a third if things start to get crazy).

About rewards

We wanted to skip all the intangible rewards and move right to the good stuff, so if you back us you get the Amaranthine Books version of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, be it Jekyll edition or Hyde edition.

Also, be vary that your country may have some kind of import duties and taxes (we ship from Croatia, EU).

What the funds will be used for

Reaching the goal will enable us the following:

  • Finish development, print the first series of books and send them on their way.
  • Set up a web-shop.
  • Start the development of next entries in the Amaranthine Books collection.

Schedule

  • December - Kickstarter
  • January - Start printing books (as soon as funds from Kickstarter are cleared)
  • February - Pack the books
  • March - Start shipping books

As always there might be some delays, but we left enough time just to be on the safe side. Books are finished design-wise, we just need to finish the production development.

Project Team

We are bunch of design and book enthusiasts who decided to incorporate all they know and love to create and deliver everlasting literature in the form it deserves to be.

The team: Marko, Svjetlana, Nebojša, Ivis
The team: Marko, Svjetlana, Nebojša, Ivis

Marko Matijašević, Founder & Creative Director
He founded Amaranthine Books and created the concept for the book. Spent years as a copywriter in an ad agency where he had a lot of hands-on experience with design and all kinds of production involving print.

Svjetlana Vukić, Business-end of all things creative
She made sure that everything regarding the book production runs smoothly. She makes things happen. Years of experience in ad agency with design and print process as a project manager.

Nebojša Cvetković, Designer & Illustrator extraordinaire
He made sure that the book looks great. A man that has built quite a reputation for his style, both in design and illustration. He has years and years of experience in both design studios and ad agencies, winning multiple awards for his work.

Ivis Burić, PRess and media contact
She made sure people hear about the book. Experienced in PR and all things promotion-wise.

New Photos!

On recommendation of some good folks we decided to shoot some new photos for everyone to see, and this time we tried to do more close-ups as well. We attached a few of those photos below, but if you want to see all of them, just click on our dropbox link (we'll even keep adding more if we shoot them): http://bit.ly/1OUvzBJ

Endpapers
Endpapers
Formula detail
Formula detail
"The Juggernaut" illustrations
"The Juggernaut" illustrations
"The Transformation" illustration 1/2
"The Transformation" illustration 1/2
Colored paper edges
Colored paper edges
"The Death" illustration 1/2
"The Death" illustration 1/2

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the whole team for many long hours (and nights) invested in this project; to Cerovski Print Boutique for believing in this project and offering their assistance; to Niko Klansek for acting as our business advisor; to video team (Igor Raguž and his crew) for having patience before, during, and after shooting; to our friends on endless support and advices; and basically everyone who participated and assisted us in this endeavour.

Risks and challenges

This is a book that has already been produced as a prototype. We have a few details that will be improved even further in the final version, but aside from that everything is ready to get it rolling. Since publishing of this kind is quite expensive we had to rely on Kickstarter to get the necessary funds. Our partner Cerovski Print Boutique can get to work as soon as we have the funds and we can start shipping them as soon as they are printed. Our aim is to have the books delivered as soon as possible.

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    JEKYLL EDITION "EARLY READER" - A Jekyll edition copy of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Being an early backer guarantees that we will ship your copy in the first batch!

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    JEKYLL EDITION - A Jekyll edition copy of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

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    HYDE EDITION BOOK (LIMITED EDITION) - A Hyde edition copy of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - The Hyde Edition”.

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    JEKYLL EDITION & HYDE EDITION (LIMITED EDITION) BUNDLE - Both copies of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, so you can have the whole set! The Hyde edition is still limited to 555 copies total, we're just moving 55 of them to this reward to make it easier to buy both. Please check the update #2 for more information.

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