Out-of-print. Sergio Toppi's five volume graphic novel collected in English.
From the publisher:
Far from the auction halls of the elite, The Collector seeks out rare and mysterious artifacts across the world.
At home in the salons of Paris as he is in the jungles of Borneo, The Collector is a man who has dedicated his life to finding objects very special and almost unknown, which tracks through his research in a variety of locations. But beware, a man who comes into possession of such items does not hesitate to use any means without scruple. Set against the backdrop of late 19th-century colonialism, The Collector is a delightful, swashbuckling adventure by a master of European comic books - Sergio Toppi!
On Sergio Toppi:
"The exquisite draftsmanship, the focused concentration on the human face, the attention to detail in the costuming and atmosphere of the period story, the compositions of both panels and pages, the extensive use of textures within the drawings, the powerful play of negative space throughout the work, the combination and continuity of images, and the visual storytelling dancing across the pages I knew instantly I was in the presence of the work of a superb picture maker and story teller. And I've spent the last 25 years finding and looking at his work, studying it, and trying to incorporate a touch of his extraordinary vision into my own efforts." -- Walter Simonson