It happened again a few weeks ago. A copy of Phlegm’s Illuminated Alphabet book came up on eBay and I foolishly thought I could scoop it by waiting until the dying seconds before entering my bid. By that time of course, the bidding had gone way over what I was prepared to pay and into silly money territory so I had watch as another copy got away from me.
Later in the week, I mentioned this frustration to my good friend Mr Cafe (who blogs here by the way) and was told that he was glad I had missed out on the auction as he had a spare copy which he would be happy to sell to me for the original selling price. I was ecstatic!
The book was produced in a limited edition of 300 copies back in 2011 and was completely hand printed by Phlegm himself. The front cover is a four colour print with a silver foiled letter A on the front and Z on the rear. Each of the illustrations inside depict one of the twenty six letters of the alphabet in either black ink or a shade of blue, all are meticulously drawn with pen and ink. Phlegm has used some of the strange characters which inhabit his worlds to construct some letters, others are formed using animals, trees, plants and other items.
It’s a beautiful book and one which I honestly thought I’d never own but thanks to Mr Cafe’s wonderful generosity I am now a very proud owner of. It’s given me much pleasure so far and is likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.
Here are some photos of the book.
Outside and inside covers;