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Rose Daughter--le Livre d'Artist

Last year my fabulous mother-in-law gave me this book for my birthday. Only 1,000 gorgeous limited edition copies were created and one of them resides in my home. It is, hands down, the most beautiful book I own and the truth is I don't have an appropriately lovely manner in which to display it. So it sits on my dresser where I can gaze at it daily and trail my fingertips across the rose brocade. I first saw it when I came across the CMF Gallery website and fell in love with Anne Bachelier's beautiful, haunting illustrations.

They seemed to perfectly capture Rose Daughter's illusory quality. The uncertainty as to what kind of a beast he truly was. The allegorical character names. The inescapable feeling that it could all have happened somewhere. And perhaps did. That Beauty could have been anyone. Your own sister. A close friend.

Thumbing through the heavy linen pages, it is clear this extraordinary book is a labor of love that could only have been created by someone who truly loved the story and wanted to share the author's and artist's unique vision with others who feel the same way. Remarkable, really.

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