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Catch-22 – Bomber Edition

$2,970.00

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The Bomber Edition is a letterpress printed edition of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and it is limited to only 26 lettered and signed copies.

Bound in the finest goatskin leather and featuring a custom designed velcro bomber patch, it comes in a unique tray case inspired by the famous B-25 Mitchell bomber.

This edition is currently available for preorder. The production is under way, so we expect to ship at some point in late June or early July. It will be shipped via DHL Express in an insured package upon completion.

FREE insured shipping worldwide via DHL Express once the production of the book is completed, which is expected to happen by Q2 2024.

  • Limited to 26 lettered and signed copies.
  • Signed by Marko Matijašević (creative concept), Damir Mazinjanin (illustrations) and Tvrtko Jakovina (introduction), and the rest of the in-house production team.
  • Case inspired by the canopy of the B-25 Mitchell bomber, famous for its use in WW2.
  • Inside of the case is lined with sheep shearling akin to those in bomber jackets.
  • The book is bound by hand in finest brown goatskin leather and the front cover features a bomber patch held by velcro (additional patch is included).
  • Spine blocked in silver foil.
  • Zipper tail bands.
  • Handmade marbled endpapers designed to look like a sky filled with antiaircraft barrage.
  • Printed letterpress on 100% cotton mould-made Hahnemühle Printmaking paper (custom made to our specifications).
  • 22 full page letterpress illustrations.
  • Royal UK trim size (156 x 234 mm)
  • Several hidden design details.
  • Bookmark in shape of a plum tomato on one side and bomb on the other side.
  • Art portfolio with all featured illustrations.

For more information on this edition, please read below or check out our production methods.

Please note that these product photos are photos of hard proof prototypes and the final product is liable to changes and could feature some improvements as well.

With each lettered and numbered edition we try to include some extra content that was never announced. It can range from a notebook to various other materials that were tied-in with the book. This is meant as our thank you for purchasing directly from us and trusting us to deliver you the most exciting editions of the books you love.

It is important to note that the purchase of this edition not only grants you matching rights for the next lettered title during private preorders, but also opens up special pricing reserved only for customers allowed in during that time. To benefit from this, you must create or have an existing account so our system can automatically apply these benefits to you.

Since we’re based in Croatia, EU, our native currency is euro. If you’re from USA or UK, the price will be automatically converted from euro to your domestic currency by the current going rate either right away or at the checkout when you enter your shipping address. Customers from other countries will be charged in euros since we are unable to currently support that many currencies.

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Concept and Design

The Bomber Edition represents our ultimate edition of Catch-22. It is limited to only 26 lettered and signed copies, and it boasts many unique and special features.

All three editions share the same creative concept, just interpreted in different ways. The concept stems from the absurdity of war, which Heller so aptly mocked in this cult classic. The goal was to emphasise that absurdity through illustrations and other design elements, thus enhancing the story. Therefore, there are twenty-two illustrations throughout the book, each depicting moments where Catch-22 situations were most prominent in the dialogue between the characters. All these illustrations feature at least one detail where the geometry and logic are broken, akin to the drawings of M.C. Escher, and even the typography used in title—Macula—defies geometry in a similar manner. These challenging illustrations were meticulously made by Damir Mazinjanin.

The introduction for this book was written by a Croatian historian Tvrtko Jakovina, giving an insight into circumstances which led to Korean war, which was what Catch-22 was really about. Not only does he aptly paint the picture of the events that led to the war and how it was perceived in the States, but he also draws parallels with situation in former Yugoslavia, thus providing a very unique and interesting perspective to the themes of the book.

The case for this edition was designed as an homage to the B-25 Mitchell bomber, which was prominently used in WW2. The canopy of the bomber is prominent on the front of the case, providing the view of the bombardier inside—the book.

The book is bound in the finest brown goatskin leather, featuring our Catch-22 themed bombardier patch on the front cover and the title on the spine. The patch is held by a velcro, so it can be removed, and an additional patch is provided, should you want to incorporate it on your own clothing. Once the book is opened, there are gorgeous marbled endpapers, which are made to resemble blue skies with clouds filled with antiaircraft barrage. The book is completely printed letterpress, including all twenty-two illustrations, on 100% cotton paper.

The bookmark is two-sided, featuring a bomb on one side and a plum tomato on the other side. Both were quite prominent in the story and it’s meant to represent how for some a war can is a horrible thing, while for the other’s it’s just business as usual.

As previously mentioned, the whole run has 26 lettered and signed copies, with a few additional publisher’s copies for the key participants of the project that will never go to sale, making this a true rarity.

Photography: Danijel Berković & Dino Šertović.

 

Production and Materials

This edition of Catch-22 features quite a few unique details, all working in unison to make it a truly stunning edition.

The case is bound in metallic paper to make it look like a B-25 Mitchell bomber (non-painted). Since the case is enlarged, the book can be safely nestled into it’s compartment on the right side. It features thick margins, which are lined with real sheep shearling material, since shearlings were used to line bomber jackets.

The book is bound in the finest goatskin leather and the bombardier patch featured on the front is made by the company Jacquard, which manufactures patches like these for the military, police and other government services in need of such service. The spine of the book is blocked in silver foil. Marbling is done on a sky-blue paper, featuring multiple layers and shades of white, mixed with black to reach the desired effect. The paper used throughout the book will be 100% cotton mould-made Hahnemühle Printmaking paper, customised to our specifications. The whole book will be printed letterpress on our own Heidelberg Cylinder, including the illustrations, which will be printed in two tones.

The bookmark is produced by careful blending of shapes of a bomb and a tomato in order to reach the desired optical illusion.

All of these details make this a truly unique edition of Catch-22.

 

Shipping

Since we put a lot of effort into creation of our books, we like to see them delivered safe and sound (and fast!) straight into your hands. That is why we ship with DHL Express, which means that your order will be trackable at all times and it’ll arrive straight into your hands. The official expected delivery time is 7-10 business days at the latest, but the average deliver time is usually around five business days. Also worth mentioning is that all our books are shipped insured for full amount.

Please be aware that although books are not subject to customs fees in many countries, they might be in yours. This may mean they’ll be held at customs for inspection, delaying the delivery time, and you may be charged a customs fee, or import tax, or something similar. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about customs clearance; customs rules of each country make the importer (the buyer—you!) responsible for these fees. Some of our customers have managed to reduce these fees by opting to do the import documentation themselves at the customs office instead of letting the courier (DHL) do it for them.

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 32 × 24.6 × 12.2 cm
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Croatia

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4901.99.00.91

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