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By Angus Hyland and Angharad Lewis
9 3/4 x 13 1/2 in; 224 pages pp; Hardcover
May 2013 ISBN 9781780671253 ISBN10 1780671253
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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• Presents illustrators’ intimate, unpublished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
Angus Hyland is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a partner
at Pentagram Design London. His work for Laurence King includes
(with Roanne Bell) Hand to Eye (2003), The Picture Book (2010) and,
with Steven Bateman, Symbol (2011).
Angharad Lewis is an independent writer and editor and former
editor of Grafik magazine. She has contributed articles to Eye, Icon,
Crafts and Etapes magazines and contributed to, authored and edited
books including Public Address System (2006), Street Talk (2006)
and for Laurence King Materials Process Print (2007). In 2012 she
launched online magazine and design retailer Up Side Up.
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