by Charles Portis
Edited by The Folio Society
Illustrated by Juan Esteban Rodríguez
Introduced by Donna Tartt
In its first sortie into western genre, The Folio Society commissioned me to illustrate Charles Portis' True Grit. In an exercise of nostalgia, I tried to depict those vast landscapes, ruthless bandits and the strength and bravery of main characters in this beautiful edition. I created the binding illustration, the slipcase and 6 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads and a black & white frontispiece for the insides. The edition is bound in printed and blocked cloth with a blocked slipcase in gold metallic ink.
They tell me you are a man with true grit
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross wants to avenge her murdered father, but she can’t pull in the fugitive killer on her own, so she asks around town for the meanest gun for hire. A one-eyed US Marshall with a taste for whiskey and a trigger-happy approach to law enforcement, Rooster Cogburn, is happy to take her money. But there’s a catch: there’s an outstanding warrant on the killer, and debonair Texas Ranger LaBoeuf is hell-bent on claiming it ... so, he’s packing his saddlebags and joining the search party.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth
Set in Kennerley
Black & white frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads
9˝ x 5¾˝
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