Slaughterhouse-Five, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition

Easton Press‘s latest Deluxe Limited Edition is Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, signed by Kurt Vonnegut.    This is considered Vonnegut’s most influential work, and is generally considered one of the great novels of the twentieth century.  Like so much great literature, themes of free will and fatalism are predominant.  Because the book seems to feel that most of humanity is insignificant and powerless, people largely do what they do only because they must, this seems to be a more modern exploration and variant  of the similar philosophy of The Absurd as recently reviewed here in Camus’ The Plague.

I love the leather cover, it is probably one of the smoothest from Easton Press (though not as nice as some DLE’s like Kelmscott Chaucer, or Midsummer’s Nights Dream).  The coloring and design of the cover stands out, both due to the coloring and how bright it is.  The design with skull and crossbones very apropos for the story (as one would expect, since it is based on an illustration by Vonnegut himself).

The paper seems a bit thicker than standard Easton Press editions, but it is not as nice or as smooth as the few other DLE’s I have.  I like the illustrations much better than those from the same book in Easton’s Great Books of the Twentieth Century series. The slipcase is also very well put together, and I am happy they choose to precisely match it with the cover. The signature page seemingly was lifted from Easton’s Signed Modern Classics series. There is just a tiny bit of a feel of throwing this edition together with bits and pieces of other editions they have laying around. However, it is much less expensive then most of their DLE’s, so that is no huge complaint. In fact, I think this is a great addition to the EP DLE series, and look forward to more.

Features of this edition (from Easton Press):

  • New Illustrations exclusively for this edition by Dennis Lyall (eight specially commissioned, full-color illustrations)
  • Text paper especially milled by Glatfelter Paper, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Genuine Saderra leather by Cromwell Leather Group, Mameroneck, New York
  • Special 3-color stamping
  • Lithography by Falcon Press, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Custom slipcase and binding by Bindtech Deluxe, Nashville, Tennessee

Limited to 850 copies (mine is number 363)

Here are some photo’s.

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Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Book in SlipCase
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Book next to Slip Case
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Certificate of Authenticity
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Signature Page
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Title Page
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Copyright Page
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Sample Illustration
Easton Press DLE, Slaughterhouse-Five, Second Sample Illustration

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