Published 3 May 2010 by Temporary Culture.
First publication of an original short
story by Ellen Kushner.
Original frontispiece illustration and decorations by Thomas Canty.
6 x 9 inches, 32 pp.
First issue, 21 copies hand bound in
iridescent sooty red Japanese cloth with Ann Muir marbled
by the author and with the frontispiece signed by the artist. Fully subscribed before publication.
Trade issue, 400 copies, paper covers.
ISBN 0-9764660-6-6 ; ISBN 13 978-0-9764660-6-2 SOLD OUT.
The story is available online at : http://www.tor.com/2010/12/01/the-man-with-the-knives/.
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The Man with the Knives
A superb and dramatic story that concludes the events
begun in her acclaimed novel, Swordspoint,
A Melodrama of Manners (1987).
On Swordspoint :
“ A glorious thing, the book we might have had if Noel Coward had written
a vehicle for Errol Flynn. It’s wicked and visual and witty, and it pulls
you in like the doorman of a Bourbon Street bar. ”
— Gene Wolfe
Kushner is the author of Swordspoint , The
Fall of the Kings (with Delia Sherman), The
Privilege of the Sword (2006),
and numerous other works, and the longtime host of public radio’s Sound & Spirit .
Thomas Canty is a brilliant
and acclaimed fantasy illustrator, a two-time winner of the World Fantasy
Award. His art has been associated with Ellen Kushner’s work since
1987, when his
striking cover launched the original U.S. publication of Swordspoint by
the then-unknown author.
The cover design (above left) includes a detail of an anatomical plate from the 1579 Plantin Valverde-Vesalius.