By Angus Hyland and Angharad Lewis
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The Purple Book is a luxurious compendium of
contemporary illustration that explores fantasy,
sensuality, and the erotic imagination. It highlights
visual art and the written word as media for
representing human desire’s relationship with the
dream-state, make-believe, and symbolism.
The title of the book is inspired by The Yellow Book,
the periodical published in the 1890s and initially art
directed by Aubrey Beardsley. While the color yellow
represented the daringly salacious in the 1890s,
today the color purple is synonymous with opulence
• Presents illustrators’ intimate, unpublished
work, much of it seen for the first time
• Includes specially commissioned works
illustrating five classic literary texts
• Lavish package with quarter binding
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