This wonderful volume is the 1934 Limited Editions Club re-issue of Erewhon by the English Novelist Samuel Butler, with a special introduction by Aldous Huxley, and illustrated with 10 color lithographs and reproductions of 30 line drawings by American artist Rockwell Kent. The edition of 1500 copies was hand-set in Garamond types and designed and printed by Elmer Adler at the Pynson Printers’ shop in New York. The binding is full silk, printed with a design by Rockwell Kent, and the edition is signed by the artist.
Erewhon, a Utopian narrative set in a fictional country and intended as a satire on Victorian British society, was originally published anonymously in 1872 by Nicholas Trübner in London. It was quite popular in its day, went through many editions in the 20th century, although no one seems to be reading it these days.
I’ve long been a fan of Rockwell Kent the prolific illustrator of books, but he only illustrated two Limited Editions Club publications, Erewhon and Leaves of Grass in 1929. An avid voyager and adventurer, Kent’s illustrations for Erewhon were produced during a time when he lived above the Arctic Circle in the tiny fishing settlement of Illorsuit, Greenland.