Pomegranate Europe Ltd will republish The Ultimate Alphabet Complete Edition by British artist and author, Mike Wilks, initially published in 1986.
The book, which includes paintings depicting as many words as possible in 26 images corresponding to the alphabet, was originally published by Pavilion Books. According to Pomegranate, the book sold “over 750,000 copies worldwide”, but has been out of print for many years.
Pomegranate’s sales and marketing director, Ley Bricknell, said: “The Ultimate Alphabet has a high nostalgia value about it. I was working in the book trade when it was first published and it was an absolute phenomenon and it's very exciting that we are now bringing his unique book to a new generation.”
The new edition brings together The Ultimate Alphabet and the later The Annotated Ultimate Alphabet, in which keys to the images were included, in a deluxe slipcase edition. One volume presents the paintings with a new introduction by the author; the other offers the keyed drawings and alphabetical words. The new edition will be published in September at £30 and an accompanying gift range will be released.
Wilks was born in 1947 and began his artistic career at age 13 when he won a scholarship to art school. He ran a successful graphic design business before he started writing and illustrating books. He lives in London.
Pomegranate Europe Ltd is the European sales office for Portland-based publisher Pomegranate Communications. It sells, markets, and distributes to the trade in UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Distribution can be contacted on 01926 430111.