It is getting harder to find a perfect gift for Father’s Day and unless you have tickets and the requisite reservations for Galaxy’s Edge you may be left scratching your head. We think we may have found the prefect gift for this year, a leather bound and personalised edition of the fabulous Star Wars Galactic Atlas, authored by Emil Fortune with illustrations by Tim McDonagh, and published by Egmont.
We reviewed the atlas when it was first released in 2017, and here is an excerpt of what we said then.
A full colour magnificent tome with glorious double-page spreads covering every planet of significance from the past seven Star Wars films, including elements from the TV series and canon literature – the Galactic Atlas from Egmont is a wonderful in-world guide to the Star Wars galaxy.
From the moment I picked up the book, I had the impression that this was a book of sheer luxury. It’s unusual size, the pitch black spine with gold bar, the stunning detailed cover of Tim McDonagh – you just knew that every element of this book had been considered, and I hadn’t yet opened the book.
There is a wonderful used feel to the book, the paper density gives it an element that adds a level of sophistication to the book, and each page has a weathered appearance further enhancing its in-world look and feel.
The book starts by giving an introduction setting the in-world scene that book exists around. It teases the Graf Archive, an obvious reference to the family who are front and centre to Egmont’s Adventures In Wild Space series of books, and whom are thus assumed to have assembled the maps in this collection – they are a family of cartographers after all.
It is greatly emphasised that these maps may not be complete, or wholly accurate and gives just a “feel” for the worlds represented. The intro emphasises that the maps focus on the Skywalker family and many of the tales may be “tales spun by explorers.” This is a clever out for the book, and allows the author and artist creative freedom to provide a scope and level of detail desired in these books without locking in locations that cause issues for future creative. However, in the same hand this is absolutely not a cop-out. It is clear that the research and effort to form the book is extensive, and it is laid out in such a layered and detailed manner that allowing flexibility was essential in the craft of the publication.
Our opinion has not changed and you can read our full review here. The special edition of the Galactic Atlas can be yours in just a few days, so you still have time for Father’s Day or perhaps you want to treat someone else, order it here now.
View the trailer for the original edition of the book….
Thanks to Signature Book Publishing who sent us a copy of the book.