The MirrorstoneThe Mirrorstone
by Michael Palin

Illustrated by Alan Lee

Limited Edition Hardcover- $40.00
Fine w/o dj, as issued; new and unread, direct from the publisher

Alfred A. Knopf, 1986; 32 pp.; First Edition.

An adventure in picture-book format, designed to make use of laser-produced holographic images, of which seven are included. Paul, an English schoolboy, travels through his bathroom mirror to a medieval-looking world where the evil wizard Salaman tries to trick him into making a perilous sea journey. Running away, he falls into the sea through a reflecting puddle, evades sea-monsters, is somehow trapped within the sphere of the mirrorstone, but crashes back into his own bathroom when it shatters. The watercolor illustrations include plenty of eerie, mysterious spaces and nightmare-like architecture. The holograms are fascinating, with the surface appearance of shiny foil: when manipulated under a light source, they reveal three-dimensional images derived from complex constructions by the artist, bathed in ever-changing colors. Mr. Palin has done a splendid job telling the story, but the real hero of this enterprise is Alan Lee, the illustrator. His carefully researched, intricately detailed watercolors are just right for illustrations that must be naturalistic enough to complement the images in the hologram.

Sample Artwork with Hologram

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