19. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, with art by Lou Stoumen.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, with an introductory essay by Lawrence Clark Powell, illustrated with 40 photographs by Lou Stoumen, 1986.
For the third in its series of classic detective novels, the Arion Press selected photographer Lou Stoumen to visualize the rich girls, hoodlums, and petty grifters with whom Chandler peopled Los Angeles in the 1940s. The characters were costumed and posed in the manner of motion picture publicity stills. The resulting photographs depict crucial events in the story, like a "paper movie", as Stoumen writes in his afterword. In designing The Big Sleep Andrew Hoyem recalled modern styles current when the novel appeared half a century ago. A trade edition was published by North Point Press in 1989.
Format: 10 by 8 inches, 252 pages. The type is Monotype Scotch Roman for the text with handset Futura Black for display, printed in two colors by letterpress on Mohawk Superfine, with the illustrations printed by photolithography in blue-black duotone with varnish. Bound in bevelled plexiglass boards and curved plexiglass spine, with silkscreened titling and decoration. Edition of 400 copies, $425.00. Out of print.*
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