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Ralph Steadman’s Illustrations from Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

About a decade ago, Graham Press published a special limited edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, but you can be forgiven if you’ve never seen it — just 451 copies were printed. It was a 50th anniversary deal, but it appears to have missed the anniversary (which would have been 2003) by a year or two. Such is life.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

We haven’t seen it in the flesh, either, but plucked these images from Brainpickings.org, where Maria Popova adds this context:

In his magnificent 2013 monograph, Proud Too Be Weirrd, Steadman admits to having grown jaded with illustrating other people’s prose — “not much more than shameless self-indulgence” — but writes of having gladly completed the Bradbury project due to its “vitally important theme — the burning of all books.” He reflects on the significance of Bradbury’s masterwork: “As someone once said, I think it was me: There is nothing so dangerous as an idea. Particularly one whose time has come…”

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

Ralph Steadman Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. Copyright 2005 Graham Press.

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Published on: July 29, 2015

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