David Palladini, Stephen King "The Eyes of the Dragon" Artwork Portfolio Signed Limited Edition of 300 - sk156

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Experience the illustrations from The Eyes of the Dragon in a way that you have never seen before in this Signed Limited Edition of only 300 copies.

Artwork has been professionally restored from the originals and reproduced in this portfolio on premium archival paper with a vibrance and scale not possible in the trade printing of the book.

This numbered portfolio measures 10” x 15½”. The illustrations are printed on premium archival paper and are housed in a clamshell box of European linen book cloth over archival boards.

Details of the Numbered Edition:

  • Includes twenty-two black & white and two color illustrations.
  • The portfolio includes a previously unpublished illustration that has never been reprinted and is included here for the first time.
  • Includes a reproduction of the Title page illustration hand-colored by David Palladini appearing in print for the first time in this portfolio.
  • An exclusive afterword written by David Palladini for this edition.
  • Artwork and text pages are printed on premium archival paper.
  • The Title page, Signature page, Afterword and Colophon are letterpress printed.
  • The illustrations are housed in a custom handmade clamshell box covered in European linen book cloth over archival boards.
  • Materials used are acid free and arch

About the artist

David Palladini is an American illustrator, best known for his Aquarian Tarot decks and illustrations of children’s books, especially The Girl Who Cried Flowers and other tales by Jane Yolen (T. Y. Crowell, 1973). His style is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau illustrations of Alfons Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley.

Palladini was born in Italy and emigrated to America as a child. His dual cultural background is expressed in the lush creativity of his work. After studying art, photography, and film at the Pratt Institute in New York City, he was a photographer at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on his first job.

Palladini illustrated the second edition of a novel by Stephen King, The Eyes of the Dragon (Viking, 1987). The artwork was rendered in pencil and ink on Bienfeng velour paper.[citation needed] Depending on retention of the illustrations subsequently, that may be his most widely held work in WorldCat libraries. Otherwise Yolen’s The Girl Who Cried Flowers is his most widely held, by a wide margin.[2] He also did an edition of Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (1978), her first novel.

David’s newest work is his artistic memoir, The Journal of an Artist, a bracingly honest look at a man who chose to honor his authentic path by devoting his life to art. The book is published by Black Swan Press.

David has worked and lived in The Hamptons (New York State), Jamaica, and France. He currently lives in Newport Beach, California and continues to paint, write, and exhibit his work.

From the publisher:



We are excited to announce the publication of The Eyes of the Dragon Art Portfolio.

The Eyes of the Dragon is a novel by Stephen King that was first published in a 1984 limited edition via King’s personal imprint, Philtrum Press, and in a trade edition by Viking in 1987. Originally written for his daughter Naomi, the book is a work of fantasy.

Artist David Palladini was commissioned to create a series of new illustrations for the trade edition. Mr. Palladini created twenty-four original illustrations that were rendered in pencil and ink on Bienfang velour paper.

This is the first official art portfolio to be published featuring the illustrations from the Viking trade edition of The Eyes of the Dragon. It also marks the 30th anniversary of the original Viking publication of the book.


The portfolio is published in two editions, both of which are signed by David Palladini: a numbered edition of three hundred copies and a lettered edition of twenty-six copies.

Both editions include twenty-two black & white illustrations and two color illustrations. An afterword written exclusively for this edition by David Palladini is included in both editions. A previously unpublished drawing and a reproduction of the only extant copy of the Viking Title page illustration, hand-colored by David Palladini, are included in both editions.

The text has been set in Waters Titling and Warnock Pro typefaces and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates by Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress in Ojai, California on his 18” x 23” Heidelberg Cylinder press. The text pages are printed on 100% cotton paper which has the feel of fabric. The papers used in these editions are environmentally responsible and acid free.


As New without any flaws. The condition is of the highest quality.

Only 3 numbers still remaining for this edition: 42, 43, 48. In the Comments section at check-out, please indicate which number you would like to receive.

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Suntup Press 2017
Artwork Portfolio
Signed Limited Edition of 300
17" x 11" Overall