A Pictorial Look At -- Suntup Press "The Lottery"

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A Pictorial Look At -- Suntup Press "The Lottery"

Editado: Out 23, 2023, 7:47 pm

This edition is the numbered edition. The only other edition was the lettered edition. The webpage is located here --

Highlights of the numbered edition:
-Publication Price $350
-Published in 2020
-Limited to 250 copies
-Four full-color illustrations by artist Miles Hyman who is Shirley Jackson's grandson
-SIGNED by Miles Hyman
-Introduction by Laurence Jackson Hyman, son of Shirley Jackson
-SIGNED by Jackson Hyman
-Printed letterpress on cotton mouldmade Frankfurt Zerkall paper
-Cover features full handmade marbled paper binding
-Slipcase features two additional illustrations by Miles Hyman
-Roughly 40 pages in length

Out 24, 2023, 5:26 am

>1 astropi: that marbling is — wow!

I see they got Miles Hyman to do the illustrations, just like Arion's The Sundial. Makes sense in light of the family connection, but I do also like these images.

Thanks for sharing!

Out 24, 2023, 7:37 am

>2 ubiquitousuk: This time the family connection worked but it doesn't always. I still think Kurt Vonnegut's daughter's illustration in Suntup's Slaughterhouse Five looks like a thrift store painting.

Out 24, 2023, 1:54 pm

>2 ubiquitousuk: Yes, I think this is really a companion piece to The Sundial. That said, I hope Suntup releases "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and also more of her short stories -- and I hope they continue to use Miles Hyman, I think his art perfectly captures Jackson's works :)

>3 LeBacon: Check out the Easton Press illustrations for their DLE Slaughterhouse-Five. I think they did a fabulous job.

Editado: Nov 6, 2023, 8:49 pm

>4 astropi: I hope Suntup releases "We Have Always Lived in the Castle"

I do, too. I bought Centipede's recent release of "Castle" and found it to be a rare let-down among their books.

Editado: Nov 6, 2023, 9:26 pm

>5 whytewolf1: I would love to see We Have Always Live in The Castle, but I would hope it would be an upgrade over Suntup's The Haunting of Hill House.

That book was very much a victim of what I consider Suntup's "design binder" phase where all the attention was on the exterior appearance of the books, and very little attention went to the text-block, paper, printing and overall production quality, including the practicality and durability of that particular binding design.

Still, I consider it the finest copy of Hill House on the market and have held on to it for a few years now.

Nov 6, 2023, 10:09 pm

Forgive me if I’ve missed a reference to it in another thread, but I assume you are aware of Folio Society’s recent publication of both a standard edition and a limited edition of “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.”

Nov 7, 2023, 1:46 am

>5 whytewolf1: What in particular was disappointing if I may ask?

>6 NathanOv: I'm hoping that Arion will publish Hill House with illustrations by Miles Hyman, as a companion to their Sundial. That would be magnificent. Not holding my breath, but one can dream...

>7 jroger1: I personally was not impressed. I think the price for the standard is reasonable --
But the popular consent is that the limited edition is "not worth it". Myself, I'd like a true fine press edition.

Editado: Nov 7, 2023, 2:32 am

>5 whytewolf1:
I liked that Centipede version alot. Compared to FolioSociety's version it is outstanding, in my humble opinion atleast, but more expensive aswell.
(The LE feels like a steal compared to the standard version)

An Letterpress printed version from Suntup would be an dream come true.

Nov 7, 2023, 7:04 am

>6 NathanOv: I’m quite a fan of the Suntup HoHH. I agree that extra attention was given to the exterior design, but I also like the text layout and illustrations. And the letterpress printing is crisp and even.

Can you elaborate on the lack of practicality/durability of the binding? I personally found the binding to be pretty soundly executed, but would like to know if there are issues I should be aware of.

Nov 7, 2023, 7:20 am

>10 Nightcrawl:
You talk about the Lettered I assume ?
The numbered Edition is printed offset.

Nov 7, 2023, 7:41 am

>11 Libri_mea_vita_sunt: Nope, numbered is letterpress printed as well.

Editado: Nov 7, 2023, 8:21 am

>12 Nightcrawl:
The Lottery is, but the HoHH is not if you visit the Suntup page atleast. Maybe an error on the page then.
So they upgraded it ? I don't have a copy myself unfortunately .

Nov 7, 2023, 9:52 am

>15 Libri_mea_vita_sunt: Interesting. I guess someone just have to open the box with this Schrödinger's book and check which it is... :)

Editado: Nov 7, 2023, 10:43 am

>13 Libri_mea_vita_sunt: I’m telling you the numbered Haunting of Hill House is printed letterpress. I don’t need to check the website because I own and have read the book haha.

But for the record, in most places that it is mentioned on the website, it does state printed letterpress. The one page that you shared is incorrect so I can understand your confusion.

Editado: Nov 7, 2023, 12:03 pm

>17 Nightcrawl: I can confirm the numbered is printed letterpress, I believe on Mohawk superfine. Not the most inspiring printing IMO, but letterpress none-the-less.

>10 Nightcrawl: my issues with the numbered binding are:

1. That it cannot sit on the shelf without damaging itself or other books without keeping track of the loose cardboard insert for the metal protrusion on the cover.

2. That the black cloth, in my opinion, is not fit for repeated handling (I.e; reading) with the amount of dust and hair it pickups, and also how quickly it seems to wear / fade.

Nov 7, 2023, 1:06 pm

>18 NathanOv: Fair points.

The cardboard insert does add a small level of tedium to the ownership experience, though worth the trouble in favor of an interesting design element IMO.

Also true that the cloth picks up dust very easily, but it has held up well for me over the past few years of ownership without any real wear/fading. And I handle the book fairly often.

Nov 7, 2023, 1:17 pm

>19 Nightcrawl: I think I'd be less annoyed by the metal decoration if it had been incorporated into the book itself, perhaps with a slot within the slipcase to accommodate it. On the slipcase, I don't see it at all while I'm reading, yet have to remember it's there and make an effort to accommodate it.

Editado: Nov 7, 2023, 1:30 pm

Could this be the reason for Paul, to change the numbered Schindlers Ark Edition, which is fully bound in Japanese cloth aswell, to be in an cigar-style-box, instead of an Slipcase, because of the possible fading and dust magnetism?

Nov 7, 2023, 2:47 pm

>10 Nightcrawl: I agree. In my view, the austere nature of the design fits perfectly with the story and Jackson's writing style.

Nov 9, 2023, 7:25 pm

I was not a big fan of the illustrations in the Suntup edition. They felt a bit like a comic book to me. I like this edition quite a lot. It's a simpler book and maybe the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction, with basically no illustrations other than type ornament and a frontispiece portrait of the author. All things considered, I like this one more. And the price, by comparison, is great.


Nov 10, 2023, 3:00 pm

>23 FvS: Different tastes for different folk for sure! To me, the Suntup "The Lottery" is by far the most beautiful edition. The illustrations by Jackson's grandson are perfect -- again, in my opinion. My only complaint is that for the price ($350) I wish they would have included a few more of her short stories. That said, other publishers such as No Reply Press also charge about $300 for their books which are a single short story (also, NRP does not commission new illustrations whereas Suntup does).