1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – Limited Edition

After being sworn to secrecy over the past few months, we can finally reveal a rather special book project that we have been working on – a limited edition of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. We letterpress printed the covers onto Somerset Velvet Newsprint 280gsm card stock and the book edges were printed at our studio using an innovative technique that will be staying a closely guarded secret!

This signed and numbered edition of 1Q84 is limited to exactly 111 copies. The front and back covers are printed on Somerset, a 100 percent cotton archival paper, using a Swiss-made 1963 Gietz Art Platen hand-fed letterpress. This limited edition is a collaboration between Simon Rhodes, Kristen Harrison at  The Curved House and designer  Stefanie Posavec. Text design by Jim Smith. Covers printed by Justin Knopp at   Typoretum. Text pages printed and bound by Graphicom, Verona. Published by Harvill Secker in 2011.

1Q84 Limited Edition – Books 1, 2 & 3

1Q84 Limited Edition – Signed back of Book 3

1Q84 Limited Edition – Book 3

1Q84 Limited Edition – Book 2 (detail)

More photographs of this project can be viewed on our  Flickr Photostream.


  1. Posted October 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    That is so great!! Congratulations with this wonderful work!

  2. Simon Pilkington
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Murakami 1Q84 signed – where can I get a copy of this limited edition?

  3. Ferdinand Salis
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Lovely Work!

    Any way to get one of these…

  4. Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Hello Simon – So far as I am aware the whole edition of 111 copies was pre-sold prior to publication. This limited edition is published by Harvill Secker, 2011, and I’m passing on any email enquiries to the publisher. Justin

  5. msc
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I do like these…so simple and so beatiful!

  6. Posted November 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    it’s a beauty.

  7. Betty Lee
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Mesmerising…Thank you for this great work for a worthy author.

  8. Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    If you remove everything else, at its heart, 1Q84 is really a love story. But there is quite a lot to the “everything else.” Haruki Murakami’s epic novel is the story of Aomame and Tengo, and the first two-thirds of the story are told in chapters changing between the viewpoints of the two. In the last third, a new character and POV are added to the mix. Similarly to those works, browsing the novel felt like slowly sinking into a well of dreams, and being wrapped in a mood of curiosity and off hand beauty/absurdity.

    So generally, if you like his works like me, this is a must read and a good time : If you have never read him, you might like to begin with something shorter like Hard Boiled Wonderland.

  9. 川本 秀隆
    Posted May 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink


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