Way back in February 2005 I subscribed to acquire a numbered copy of the 25th Anniversary edition of Little, Big by John Crowley, from Incunabula, a boutique American publisher.
I wrote about it enthusiastically in September 2006 on this blog but to date have yet to receive the book.
Through all the years since I subscribed I have maintained my faith in the project, despite the set backs experienced by the publisher over the 16 years it has been in production.
The good news is that the book will finally be published by the end of this year. I almost don’t believe it, but the recent revelation of the dust jacket, and latest update on the Little, Big site, convinced me.
It has certainly perked me up in this endless lockdown, while still missing Bingo the cat.
Judging by the dust jacket the final book will be an object of supreme beauty which I am longing to finally receive.
The illustrations throughout are by noted American artist Peter Milton and are astoundingly apposite to the book. Though John Crowley and Peter Milton did not know of each other whilst they were creating their works, it is almost as if unconsciously they were in collaboration all along.
So it has been a long wait, but I feel strangely privileged to have lived through this extensive period – sort of one of a chosen few who subscribed to Little, Big 25 way back when and have followed its progress ever since. And of course, when I finally have the book in my hands it will be a rare and precious edition like no other in my possession.