The Thing of Beauty


I’ve blogged about needlessly expensive editions of books whose primary purpose seem to be separating plutocrats from their lucre. (See items here and here.) This time, though, I genuinely covet one of these “oligarch editions.” The Man Booker Prize and Oak Tree Fine Press produce the “First Chapter Series,” which combines fine art and first chapters of prize-winning novels. The latest offering is a signed, limited edition of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty with a signed print by Gilbert and George.

The books are ₤150, and proceeds go to children affected by by HIV and AIDS. Details are here.–David E

One thought on “The Thing of Beauty

  1. Considering all proceeds go to children in Africa affected by HIV and AIDS, I’m extremely glad to see you didn’t leave this project in the same category as a diamond encrusted book about entrepreneurship whose proceeds go to that, ahem, very same entrepreneur.

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