Special Collectors’ Hardback Editions Lovingly Restored to Original Designs
“I love these editions—so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.” Philip Pullman
Sort of Books have produced beautiful collectors’ editions of all eight of the classic, and world famous, original Moomin novels. The first four (shown above) will be published October 2017 in time for Christmas, with four to follow in 2018.
Special features include original 50s and 60s cover artworks, fold out maps and gorgeous endpapers. We’d challenge a hemulen to pay more attention to the details – even the fonts are as close as possible to those used in the 50s. Images have been rescanned from the archives and careful revisions and special touches made by Tove, such as tiny running head commentaries on each page, are included for the first time.
These are titles that will transport grown-up Moomin fans to the books they read in childhood, and provide the perfect gift for readers aged 7 to 107.
These timeless stories with their love of nature, kindness, inclusiveness and a respect for the freedom and creativity of others, have a unique and enduring appeal.
“Tove Jansson is one of the greatest children’s writers there has ever been.” Sir Terry Pratchett
“Finn Family Moomintroll was part of what had made me a writer.”
“I was utterly blown away by Moominland Midwinter as a child. It transported me to an icy, magical world.” Maggie O’Farrell
“They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them…a perfect marriage of word and picture” Philip Pullman
“I have long been a passionate Moomin appreciator – it’s not just Tove Jansson’s wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design.” Lauren Child
“One of the greatest gifts a children’s book can give you is to add future nostalgia to the small pleasures that will get you through the hard times when you’re older.” Frank Cottrell Boyce
Some interesting links:
Tove Jansson.com has informative photo galleries on Tove’s art, family, studio and her summer island home of Klovharu.
A new Moomin Museum opened in Tampere, Finland, in 2017, displaying the huge archive of drawings and models Tove left to the city.
Moomin.com is a fun site with news and information on all matters Moomin – and an online shop for everything Moomin.