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SORT OF BOOKS Proudly presents Tove Janssons MOOMIN novels and Moomins In Canada is happy to be able to offer them to you.
These Special Collectors Hardback Editions are 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)are available in October 2017 in time for Christmas, with four to follow in 2018.
The special features include original 50s and 60s cover artworks, fold out maps and gorgeous endpapers. Wed 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. So cool that they have taken the time to add these original features.
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 childrens 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 OFarrell
“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 – its not just Tove Janssons 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 childrens book can give you is to add future nostalgia to the small pleasures that will get you through the hard times when youre older.” Frank Cottrell Boyce
The four titles available now are:
FINN FAMILY MOOMINTROLL, SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION
And so this classic story begins, full of fun and excitement and the most unexpected happenings. Such as when Moomin and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find a Hobgoblin's hat that casts a spell over the whole of Moominvalley.
Hardcover edition with a paper slipcover in amazing color, The Finn Family Moomintroll is 142 x 191 x 24 (mm) and 176 pages in length.
COMET IN MOOMINLAND, SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION
In this first and most exciting Moomin novel, we meet the wandering Snufkin, the fascinating Snork Maiden and her brother the Snork as they join Moomin in his race to get home to Moominmamma before the comet crashes.
Hardcover edition with a paper slipcover in amazing color, Comet in Moominland is 139 x 192 x 27 (mm) and 176 pages in length.
MOOMINLAND MIDWINTER, SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION
Moomins always sleep through the winter while the snow settles all around them, waking up in time for spring and the arrival of Snufkin and other friends. Or they did until one year when Moomintroll happened to wake up and find himself all alone in a sleepy, dusty house in a silent, snow-covered valley.
In this moving story of a small, brave Moomin finding his way in the mysterious world of winter we discover that there are always new friends to be found - like the calm and wise Too-ticky and the irrepressible Little My - and new ways to play and be kind .
Hardcover edition with a paper slipcover in amazing color, Moominland Midwinter is 139 x 192 x 25 (mm) and 176 pages in length .
THE MEMOIRS OF MOOMINPAPA, SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION
A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, gorgeous endpapers and including for the first time a special prologue written by Tove but never before published in the UK. 'One cold and windy autumn evening many years ago a newspaper parcel was found on the doorstep of the Home for Moomin Foundlings. In that parcel I lay, quite small and shivering with cold.'So begins the remarkable Memoirs of Moominpappa, a book written to delight his dear son Moomintroll and friends.
What follows is a story about storytelling itself. Moominpappa weaves one fabulous tale after another, writing at night to read aloud by day and featuring not only the fearless, adventurous author but also the fathers of Sniff and Snufkin - the rather muddled Muddler and the carefree Joxter. Add to this mix the genius inventor Hodgkins and a grand finale in which Moominpappa rescues a shipwrecked Moominmamma from the waves and the fun becomes irresistible.
The Memoirs of Moominpappa, was first published in the UK in 1950 under the title The Exploits of Moominpapa. In the early 1960s Tove Jansson substantially revised this text, redrawing pictures and reinstating her preferred title. This is the very first time the revised edition has become available in the UK. This is the UK edition we are selling.
Hardcover edition with a paper slipcover in amazing color, The Memoirs of Moominpapa is 141 x 193 x 28 (mm) and 176 pages in length.
Choose one or more of these amazing special editions. May ship directly from our UK book distributor as there is not a wholesaler in Canada as of yet. We are working to set up a deal to distribute ourselves in Canada.
Each Special Edition book is $24. plus tax including shipping or a set of 4 for $80. plus tax.
We will have the next 4 editions next year as well.