A sneak peek of first book from printers

by Eric Enno Tamm. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

Author Eric Enno Tamm with the first copy of his book fresh from the printers.

After what seemed like an eternity, the hard cover first edition of my book, published by Douglas & McIntyre, finally arrived this morning by courier. It has been a monumental project, which began a decade ago over a pint of lager at Lund University in Sweden. The official publishing date is September 1, 2010, but I’ve uploaded some photos below to give you a sneak peek before it hits stores later in August.

My good friend Anssi Kullberg, a Swedish-Finn like Gustaf Mannerheim, planted the idea in my head to retrace his epic journey a century ago. It took a year or two of planning and research before I set out in Mannerheim’s footsteps across the Silk Road. I spent nine months abroad, and arrived back in Canada in 2007, at which point I began working on the manuscript.

I have many people to thank, but for now I’d like to thank the team at Douglas & McIntyre that helped to make the physical book possible including Publisher Scott McIntyre, Associate Publisher Chris Labonte, Editor John Burns, Art Director Peter Cocking, Designer Jessica Sullivan and Cartographer Eric Leinberger. Thanks for your dedication, hard work and publishing savvy: the book looks fantastic!

Douglas & McIntyre Hard Cover Edition (2010)

Front cover, first edition hard cover, Douglas & McIntyre (2010)

Douglas & McIntyre Hard Cover Edition (2010)

Back cover with blurb from National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis.

Douglas & McIntyre Hard Cover Edition (2010)

Inside flap with red patterned endpapers.

Douglas & McIntyre hard cover first edition (2010)

Inside back flap with author photo and short bio.

Douglas & McIntyre Hard Cover Edition (2010)

Title page with photograph of Gustaf Mannerheim and mandarins in Aksu, Xinjiang

Douglas & McIntyre Hard Cover Edition (2010)

Map and typographic treatment inside the book.

Douglas & McIntyre Hard Cover Edition (2010)

Naked book with jacket removed.

Nice touch! Thanks Douglas & McIntyre!

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