16. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, with art by Michael Kenna.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated with 50 photographs by Michael Kenna, 1985.

The English photographer Michael Kenna had made a series of haunting landscape studies on the English moors, particularly on Dartmoor, where The Hound of the Baskervilles is set. Thus we felt compelled to make Sherlock Holmes the second detective in our mystery fiction series. In the novel the moor is more than just a backdrop; it is essential to the plot and action. Michael Kenna wrote about his photographs: "I found the reality of the moor to be as Arthur Conan Doyle portrayed it: beautiful but bleak, and subject to volatile changes. The images chosen are deliberately non-specific in terms of time and place, the suggestion of atmosphere being more important to me than literal illustrations." A trade edition was published by North Point Press in 1986.

Format: 10 by 7-1/2 inches, 208 pages. The type is set in three versions of Baskerville: American Type Founders, English Monotype, and Mergenthaler Digital (used for the text and set by photo-composition on the Linotron computer system); Cloister Text is used for display, with initial letters designed by the calligrapher Ward Dunham. Printed by offset lithography, with duotone and varnish for the photographs. Bound in dark brown cloth over boards, with paw prints screened on the covers. Presented in cloth slipcase with photographic panels on the sides. Edition of 400 copies, $300.00. Out of print.

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