Art work is stunning. For a book with no words it drags you in with both hands.
"Dear Booktopia Customer,
You know you are in for something special when your parcel arrives and the item you have purchased comes in a beautiful leather bound case with its own belt (click on the images above to see what it really does look like). As you open the case you are spoiled with so much detail. The stains on the inside of the casing that make it look really, really old. You almost think that you have been sold a product that is ruined but then you realise that it is perfectly produced to look that way.
First you get to remove your personally signed and numbered print from Shaun Tan, only 1,500 have been made in this limited edition production.
Next you get to remove the two delightfully bound and produced books packed with gorgeous artwork from Shaun to complete the set. This edition of The Arrival is definitely not for kids, well it could be, but it is most likely for your private collection and to be adored by your friends. It is something, very, very special and will only increase in value over the years as Shaun Tan becomes more and more revered by critics and his ever-increasing fans. Enjoy this treasure.
Reviewed by Tony Nash, CEO of Booktopia"
This unique presentation of the best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic novel THE ARRIVAL, and a new companion volume of commentary and developmental drawings, SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND, beautifully packages the two books within a traveller’s suitcase that also contains a limited edition numbered Shaun Tan print of an illustration from THE ARRIVAL.
This collector’s edition will fascinate anyone who has fallen under the spell of Shaun Tan s timeless story, and offers a revealing insight into the craft of one of Australia s most compelling author-illustrators.
THE ARRIVAL has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. How did it come to be created, and what inspired its unique and captivating story?
In SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND, author Shaun Tan explains the origins of his ideas, using examples from early research and concept sketches through to finished artwork. In tracing this evolution, he sheds light on the silent language of images, the spirit of the migrant experience and the artist s creative journey.
About the Author
Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, both of which have won international awards such as the Honourable Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Prices, were CBCA Honour Books and have been widely translated. Previous books Shaun has illustrated include The Rabbits by John Marsden (CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and with Gary Crew, Memorial (A CBCA Honour Book) and The Viewer (winner of the Crichton Award for illustration). In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work.
For Ages: 7+ years old
For Grades: 2 - 12
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 14th November 2010
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 57.0 x 40.4 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 4.4
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Special edition