Friday, September 16, 2016

The Kate Inside: Collector Edition Book by Guido Harari

I recently received my copy of The Kate Inside book, and I do want to point out that depending on where you live in the world, you may possibly get hit with C.O.D. charges upon delivery. I was, and even though it wasn't a staggering amount, just keep your credit card handy in case you are.

There are two versions of the cardboard box with Kate's face on it. Collector versions of the book get the brown box, and the deluxe versions get a white box. I must tell you that this box is very well protected with a brown paper wrapping over it, plus about a mile of bubble wrap. So if people want to keep their box, and they're worried about it being marred with all sorts of stickers and postage marks, or even damaged - don't be. The box also makes a great way to store your book if you don't have a place to display it, or you just want to protect it from any harsh light or potential fading from the sun. The box is also completely collapsible if you want to keep it, but not use it, and store it flat.

The version I purchased is the collector edition. The deluxe edition has a totally different cover and also comes with a special slipcase. I chose the collector edition simply because of the front cover - which is from one of my favourite photo sessions of Guido's.

The lettering on the spine, and the edges of the pages have a unique rainbow gilding effect applied to them. Unfortunately, I didn't do a very good job of capturing this for you, but you get the idea... kind of.

Included with the early subscribers of the book is a personalized "Thank You" card written and signed by Guido. I know there are at least 400 of these, and they're totally suitable for framing if you want to do that. Mine was not inserted directly into the book, but rather it rested on top of the book when I opened the packaging. I'm assuming they've all been placed on top of the book in this fashion, so I would suggest being very careful when opening yours up and open the box from the back where the taped seam is located.

There are 1,500 worldwide copies of the book, and each copy has been hand numbered in the book and on the box. Signed editions vary between the deluxe and collector editions. Deluxe numbered editions have a special page that's signed by both Guido and Lindsay Kemp. Collector numbered editions have a stickered area that's been signed by Guido only. I blocked out my number because nobody really needs to see that.

Below I've posted a very small sampling of what you can expect in the book. I chose not to take very many photos for a couple of reasons: 1. It's a very heavy book to start with and I didn't want to risk cracking the spine from awkward handling. 2. I know a lot of people still don't have their copy yet, so I don't want to ruin all the surprises inside. If you want to see everything in it, then I suggest you buy the book while you still can.

The book is stunning, gorgeous and absolutely beautiful. No matter which edition of the book you have, or choose to buy, you won't be disappointed. It's definitely the book that many of us have been hoping for years that Guido Harari would finally publish someday. If you're a huge fan of Kate's and Guido's work, then I highly recommend that you get this book.

Thank you, Guido, for putting your heart and soul into such a magnificent book. It's everything and more.

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