Illustration by Sam Weber for Folio Society’s 50th anniversary edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Frank Herbert’s Dune turns 50 this year, a remarkable occasion for a book that many science fictions fans consider a masterpiece. Arthur C. Clarke wrote that “Dune seems to me unique among novels in the depth of characterization and the extraordinary detail of the world it creates. I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings”
Folio Society has published a whopper of a Dune-lover’s edition, with its own slipcase and an introduction by critic Michael Dirda. But what’s really jaw-dropping are the painted illustrations by Sam Weber. Here are a bunch of them from the Dune page at Folio Society and Weber’s own site.
Paul Atreides on the cover of Frank Herbert’s Dune from Folio Society, art by Sam Weber
Muad’Dib summons The Great Maker
Dr. Yueh and Duke Leto
The Gom Jabbar
Guild ships over the basin
Jessica drinks The Water of Life
Ornithopter and the sandstorm
The Slave concubine before the Padishah Emperor
Black and white chapter head illustrations
Interior of Frank Herbert’s Dune from Folio Society, art by Sam Weber
Frank Herbert’s Dune in slipcase from Folio Society, art by Sam Weber