In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this iconic masterpiece of horror and paranormal suspense, Suntup Editions is delighted to announce a fine press limited edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. One of the most controversial novels ever written, The Exorcist was first published in June 1971, and would go on to become a cultural phenomenon. The book spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at #1. Five decades later, the novel retains its power to possess readers with its raw and visceral prose.
Inspired by a 1949 article in The Washington Post in which a Catholic priest recounts his experience performing the ritual of exorcism on a young child, William Peter Blatty’s groundbreaking novel details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil. When neither medical professionals nor psychiatrists can come to Regan’s aid, her mother enlists the assistance of two priests. Overwhelmed but determined, they endeavor to rescue Regan from an unspeakable fate. To do so, they must face a series of terrifying moments that will test not only their strength, but the very core of their faith.
Two years after its publication, The Exorcist, was adapted for the screen by Blatty. The film, directed by William Friedkin, who has penned an exclusive introduction for this edition of the novel, would become a wildly successful motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. Friedkin and Blatty formed a lifelong friendship, with Friedkin often referring to Blatty as “my brother,” and “the most spiritual man I ever met.” To both men, The Exorcist was not a horror story, but one of the great mystery of faith. Friedkin’s new introduction chronicles the moments of inspiration that led Blatty to write the novel.
On September 27, 2011, The Exorcist was re-released as a 40th Anniversary Edition in hardcover, paperback and audiobook featuring new and revised material. Of this edition, Blatty wrote:
“This will have a touch of new material in it as part of an all-around polish of the dialogue and prose. First time around I never had the time (meaning the funds) to do a second draft, and this, finally, is it. With forty years to think about it, a few little changes were inevitable — plus one new character in a totally new, very spooky scene. This is the version I would like to be remembered for.”
Suntup will publish the author’s preferred text in the fine press edition of The Exorcist.
About The Editions:
The limited edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is presented in four states: Roman Numeral, Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Marc Potts as well as a new exclusive introduction by William Friedkin.
The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies with wrap-around dust jacket art by Marc Potts. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket, and is signed by artist Marc Potts. The edition is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.
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The Numbered edition of 250 copies is a handmade lapped component case binding constructed from purple and black Japanese cloth covers and purple folded single folio endsheets. It features foil stamped titling at the spine, a white Plike paper collar, flush mounted and wrapped at the head of the book, and is housed in a cigar-style enclosure covered in Japanese cloth. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via Vellum and is signed by William Friedkin and Marc Potts. Each copy of this edition is sewn and bound by hand.
Please note that the demand for Suntup Numbered editions has been far greater than the available supply. They have taken action to increase print runs on future titles. There is a chance that this edition may only be available for purchase through a lottery when it opens up for public pre-order for $850.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full leather binding with laced-on boards. It is hand bound in pigskin with an embossed design adorning the front cover. Headcaps are sculpted and the endbands are rolled marbled paper. Endsheets are hand marbled by Claire Guillot in Southern France, and are flexible with a folded hinge at the fore edge. The edition is printed letterpress on Zerkall Frankfurt mouldmade paper and is housed in a clamshell enclosure covered with purple and black Japanese cloth with an inset leather spine label. The edition is signed by William Friedkin and Marc Potts.
Please note that if any copies of the Lettered edition are available when it opens up for public pre-order for $3,250, those will be sold through a lottery only.
Roman Numeral Edition:
The Roman Numeral edition is limited to 10 copies and is bound in embossed grey goatskin. It is a three coverboard structure, with the middle board in purple goatskin visible through the cross cut on the front cover and at the board edges. The top edge is adorned with pigment foils. The edition features leather doublures and sculpted headcaps with leather endbands.
The clamshell enclosure is full black goatskin with a rounded spine, leather endbands and suede inner linings in purple with black Japanese cloth. The edition is printed letterpress on Zerkall Frankfurt moldmade paper and is signed by William Friedkin and Marc Potts.
Please note that this edition is first offered to owners of the Roman Numeral edition of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Remaining copies are sold by lottery. The cost will be $6,500.
The Numbered and Lettered editions are available for pre-order on Saturday, February 6th 2021 at 9 A.M. Pacific. More info HERE.