Published 3 May 2010
in Upper Montclair,
New Jersey, and New York City.
First publication of an original short
story by Ellen Kushner.
Original illustrations and decorations by Thomas Canty.
6 x 9 inches, 32 pp.
First issue, 21 copies hand
iridescent sooty red Japanese cloth with Ann Muir marbled
by the author and with the folding plate signed by the artist.
A few copies were offered with an inserted original pencil drawing by Thomas
for the book. Sold out.
Trade issue, 400 copies, paper covers
(front cover design, above, is a detail of an anatomical plate
from the 1579 Plantin Valverde-Vesalius).
ISBN 0-9764660-6-6 ; ISBN 13 978-0-9764660-6-2.
Ten copies of the plate, unfolded,
signed by the artist, are offered for sale : price $100.00 plus $15
packing & postage.
Seven (7) copies still available.
Inquiries to :
P.O. Box 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-0072 USA
Electronym : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
On The Man with the Knives :
“ a poem, a song, a spell, an
artifact . . . the spare, inferential narrative,
small bits that move from Alec to Sofia, images, recollections, gestures, little
revelations that lead us through a much larger story than we find on the pages. ”
— R.M. Tilendis, for the Green
“ a whole world of unspoken feeling and meaning [. . .]
a past that Kushner tenderly yet unflinchingly unfolds for her readers ”
— Paul Witcover, for Realms of Fantasy
“ beautiful and heartbreaking all at once ”
— C. D.
Click for images of the title
page of the text, and the large
folding plate by Thomas Canty.