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Stunning Illustrations for a Deluxe “Dune” 50th Anniversary Edition

Frank Herbert Dune Sam Weber
Frank Herbert Dune Sam Weber
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”

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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.

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Paul Atreides on the cover of Frank Herbert’s Dune from Folio Society, art by Sam Weber
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Muad’Dib summons The Great Maker
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Baron Harkonnen
Frank Herbert Dune Sam Weber
Alia
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Dr. Yueh and Duke Leto
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Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
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The Gom Jabbar
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Guild ships over the basin
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Jessica drinks The Water of Life
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Ornithopter and the sandstorm
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The Slave concubine before the Padishah Emperor
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Stilgar
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Thufir Hawat
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Black and white chapter head illustrations
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Interior of Frank Herbert’s Dune from Folio Society, art by Sam Weber
Frank Herbert Dune Sam Weber
Frank Herbert’s Dune in slipcase from Folio Society, art by Sam Weber

8 thoughts on “Stunning Illustrations for a Deluxe “Dune” 50th Anniversary Edition

  1. Great work keeping this masterpiece available to the uninitiated . And I am jealous of anyone reading Dune for the first time and be able to do so out of such a beautiful book. I can see a thousand years hence a religion based on a long forgotten book but the idea once born never dies.

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