I've just received an advance copy of George MacDonald's The Golden Key from Eerdman's Books for Young Readers, a new edition illustrated by the incomparable Ruth Sanderson, which will be published in December. Now, I've got quite a library of MacDonald's books, and am not easy to impress, but MacDonald and Sanderson are a marriage made in the third heaven, as St. Paul might say. Breathtakingly beautiful hardly begins to describe this book; Sanderson' black-and-white scratchboard illustrations have the haunting quality of one's profoundest dreams.
Those who want to read more about the genesis of this volume can read Sanderson's wonderful essay, Unlocking Wonder in the Golden Key. She has been musing about the book, exploring its depths, for forty years, and the following paragraph from her essay is worth quoting:
Click on the image below to view a slideshow of illustrations by Ruth Sanderson for The Golden Key--though the images on our site don't really do justice to their impact when you are holding the book in your hands.