After the excellent History of Nintendo: Volume 1 book, publisher Pix'n Love is expanding its catalogue to Nintendo's great rival and its legendary mascot.

Early 2012 sees the release of The History of Sonic, a 300 page guide to the genesis and development of SEGA's greatest hero, including concept sketches and developer interviews showing how the hedgehog came to be.

It's currently only available to pre-order in French for €30, but Pix'n Love has confirmed to us that English pre-orders will commence soon, with free worldwide shipping too. You can take a sneak peek at the book and pre-order at the Pix'n Love site.