Let us take a fantastic journey

Let us take a fantastic journey.  A journey through colored pages of palest rose, antique yellow, light sage green, and dusky blue.  We will follow the trail of ornate letters of a bygone era pressed into the paper, and the words will be our guide through Fairyland where we will meet Tangle and Mossy and accompany them on their quest to find the lock that fits...

The Golden Key by George MacDonald. Illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk.  Pegana Press 2015

The Golden Key

By George MacDonald

“This story is filled with a lambent, glowing air of its own.  It is dreamy and mystical, with a vague, dim, wondering beauty, and perhaps for these reasons it reminds me more of MacDonald's two great haunting dream romances, Lilith and Phantastes."  

---Lin Carter's introduction for Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series

This edition strictly limited to 80 copies. Printed in sections of French and German paper with hues of rose, custard, soft green, and blue. Deluxe hardback hand bound in cloth of soft yellow with ornate spine and titling; decorative Florentine endpapers. Watercolour frontispiece and three interior pen and ink illustrations by renowned artist Charles van Sandwyk. Each frontispiece is hand signed by Charles and Giclee printed for superb colour rendition and archival art quality.  Included with each book, is a letterpress print of The Old Man Of The Sea, suitable for framing.  


 Further copies will be bound upon order and will ship within 8  to  10  weeks.

Regularly priced  at  $400.   On  Sale now  until February 29th  at  $350.

Illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk

The Golden Key Sale Price $350


Charles van Sandwyk

         ​Born in Johannesburg, South Africa Charles van Sandwyk emigrated to Vancouver BC, Canada with his family in 1977.  While still in his teens,  he was selling his drawings and watercolours reminiscent in a style of the old prints and paintings which hung in the family home.

         The National Library of Canada has maintained archives on the work of this award winning artist since 1986 and his watercolours, etchings and books are collected across North America and Europe.

         Charles divides his time between Vancouver and Fiji, where he paints and writes.  His own books are designed, written and illustrated by himself, and he oversees every step of their publication.  To read more about Charles van Sandwyk and his published works, you may visit CVS Fine Arts and the Fairy Press.​  

Mike talks about Charles van Sandwyk and The Golden Key: 

When envisioning the book in my head I felt we needed a beautiful watercolour to begin the book with.  I immediately thought of Charles van Sandwyk as the only living artist who could work in that medium as well as the old masters.  His eyes and artistic soul had early on been deeply imbued with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, realms of fairy and imagination.  He works on a remote island in the Fiji chain and is surrounded and influenced by the elements and the natural life pulsing around him.  His own unique style, while paying homage to the masters, are the vibrant colors he sees about him, and his gentle sense of whimsy and comfort.  When I was able to reach Charles, he was familiar with The Golden Key but hadn't read it in years so he read a copy and was moved enough by it to not only agree to do a watercolour but also some pen and ink drawings to thematically tie the book together.  Charles is a true renaissance man in that he makes and designs his own books by hand, does hand copper etching plates and uses old world techniques for his work.  It was truly a collaboration as he understood and was familiar with the papers and shades I was using and how his artwork would best translate to the mediums of the book.  He personally supervised the Giclee printing of the watercolour and volunteered to hand sign each one.  He really cares about making beautiful books and having the artwork be as fine as possible.  His wonderful pen and ink drawings of the aeranth, The Old Man of the Sea, and a stylized Golden Key to end the book were made into laser etched magnesium plates and locked into the press and printed letterpress.  It was a rare privilege to have someone as gifted as Charles contribute to the life of the book.

--Mike Tortorello  November 2015



Yay... I received my book the other day and love it! "The Golden Key" is an excellent read and invites my imagination to assume entrance to a very special time and place. Thank you for choosing this enchanting story and for your excellent choice of font, papers and binding. What a treasure!! --Bruce, USA

End Papers for The Golden Key by George MacDonald.  Illustrations by van Sandwyk. Pegana Press 2015

I've been away and just arrived back to my beautiful book - it's really stunning and such a labour of love. I'm so thrilled I found your press and can't wait to see what else you have planned! --Kirsty, Australia


My decision to devote an immense amount of energy and labor to print The Golden Key also stems from my habits as a book lover and collector. I've always chosen works that I would want to have in my own library. Beautiful editions that support and enhance the wonder and glory of the written word that you can hold and caress. I felt that The Golden Key needed such an edition. The inclusion of the wonderful illustrations have made what I feel is a truly representative version of this amazing story. --Mike Tortorello, Pegana Press, August 2015

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