Introduction

Hello and welcome to the 2019 mid-year list of upcoming ‘beautiful book’ releases that are on my radar – editions with something a little bit special, as well as a few that are offering pre-order swag and that sort of thing. All the special editions I’m linking below are available at the time of posting, but some will sell out quickly. (So if you’re here after they sell out, consider subscribing so you don’t miss out next time!). Most of the books are covered in the video, but there are a few more in the list below, and I’ll update it as new information comes available. Books are grouped by genre and listed by release date within each genre. If you want to jump ahead, there are books under fantasy, classics, children’s books, the Harry Potter series, and a few other items of interest. I’ve also added a pre-order swag section at the end, for offers that are available between June-December 2019.

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Fantasy Special Editions

The ‘Definitive’ Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Paul Kidby

I really enjoyed the Good Omens TV series, and am thrilled that the renewed interest in the books it has generated has resulted in a lovely set of new editions illustrated by the wonderful Paul Kidby. These new editions feature a new revised text, approved by Neil Gaiman and the Pratchett Estate, which clear up typos and errors from previous editions. 

The Standard Edition is a hardback with 12 colour illustrations and 5 pencil images.

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The Slipcase Edition is a hardback in a slipcase with 12 colour illustrations, 5 b&w images and a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby.

Where to find it:

There are also three ‘Dunmanifestin Editions’ exclusively available from PaulKidby.com and Discworld.com

The Occult Edition is a ‘naked’ hardback in a snakeskin-effect clamshell box, with metallic red page edges, 19 colour illustrations with additional graphics and pencil images. Numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby. Limited to 1655 copies. £95 – £102. Released 20 June. 

The Ineffable Edition is a ‘naked’ hardback in a deluxe presentation box, with gold page edges, 20 colour illustrations with additional graphics and pencil images. Numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Neil Gaiman & Paul Kidby. Also comes with a separate folio of Good Omens ephemera. Limited to 666 copies. £295 – £302. 

The Celestial Edition is a leather-bound hardback featuring metal corner pieces and gold foil page edges, contained in a burr oak presentation box with brass inlays. 17 colour illustrations with additional pencil images. Each copy individually hand-printed and bound by specialists in the UK. Named tipped-in sheets, each book and its unique box corresponding to a letter of the Greek alphabet, signed by Neil Gaiman & Paul Kidby. Separate folio of Good Omens ephemera. Limited to 24 copies. POA.

Where to find the Dunmanifestin Editions:

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro, illustrated by Cornelia Funke

US: Katherine Tegen Books, 2 July 2019
UK: Bloomsbury, 2 July 2019

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun is a collaboration between Guillermo de Toro and Cornelia Funke. The book fleshes out the dark fantasy film from 2006, in which a fairy tale clashes with Spanish fascism as an 11-year old girl escapes from a war through a twisted labyrinth. In addition to amazing illustrations by Cornelia, the book also has additional short stories to flesh out the fantasy world.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Sourcebooks, 9 July 2019

First printings for this new fantasy about magical elemental crows will have a hidden gold foiled design on the boards under the dust jacket.

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, illustrated by Jonathan Burton

Folio Society, 16 July 2019

The Folio Society will shortly be releasing the first in their series of clothbound collector’s editions of George Martin’s Game of Thrones series. The books are printed in black and gold, and are illustrated by Jonathan Burton. They include illustrated endpapers, illustrated house sigils and family trees, as well as a foldout map inserted in the slipcase. It’s good to hear also that they have committed to printing the whole series.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

HarperCollins (UK), 19 Aug 2019 | St Martin’s Press (US). 3 Sep 2019

The conclusion of the Nevernight Chronicles. According to the blurb: “Truedark approaches, and Mia, Ashlinn and Jonnen must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic.”

The Waterstones exclusive edition features black sprayed page edges.

Where to find it:

The Institute by Stephen King

Hodder & Stoughton (UK), 10 Sep 2019 | Scribner (US). 10 Sep 2019

A couple of kids try to escape a sinister school for children with paranormal abilities.

The Waterstones exclusive edition features sprayed page edges and decorative endpapers.

Where to find it:

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Of Wars, and Memories and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard

Subterranean Press (US), September 2019 

A collection of short stories by award winning author of The Tea Master and the Detective. Dust jacket is by Maurizio Manzieri, and the edition is limited to 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies.

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A Pilgrimage of Swords by Anthony Ryan

Subterranean Press (US), September 2019 

A new dark fantasy adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies. Limited to 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

FlatIron (US), 1 Oct 2019 | Gollancz (UK), 1 Oct 2019

Leigh Bardugo’s new fantasy Ninth House is billed as a tale of dark magic set among the Ivy League elite. With Netflix currently adapting her fantastic Gishaverse novels, this duology is likely to be popular with collectors. Waterstones have an exclusive signed UK edition with foiled jacket and boards, and Barnes & Noble are also have an exclusive US edition available for preorder at the moment.

► Where to find it:

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Assassin’s Apprentice Illustrated Edition by Robin Hobb, illustrated by Magali Villeneuve

Del Ray, 1 October 2019

To celebrate 25 years of Robin Hobb’s classic Assassin’s Apprentice featuring FitzChilvalry Farseer, a special illustrated edition is being released in September with ten full-colour illustrations by Magali Villeneuve.

► Where to find it:

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman | Book of Dust series

Penguin (UK), 3 Oct 2019 | Knopf (US), 3 Oct 2019

The second book in Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust series is due out soon. Waterstones are releasing another limited slipcased edition to match the first in the series – these actually have pretty large limitations, but they did sell out well before publication date last time, so it’s worth preordering now if you are collecting them, particularly because the BBC is adapting the His Dark Materials series for television later this year, which will bring even more attention to his work.

Where to find them:

A Conjuring of Light Collector’s Edition by VE Schwab

Tor (US), 8 Oct 2019 | Titan (UK), 8 Oct 2019

The Collector’s Edition of A Conjuring of Light, the final volume in the collector’s set of VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is due out in October. Titan have been very tight-lipped about the UK edition, but the US collector’s edition features a ribbon bookmark, fan art, an updated glossary and an original short story. There will also be a Barnes & Noble exclusive edition with a metallic cover and additional short story if you’re collecting these.

► Where to find it:

If you haven’t started collecting yet, or are looking for a gift, there’s also the US collector’s boxed set which will be released on 5 November 2019.

► Boxed set:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Vintage, 5 November 2019

This magical new novel from the author of the wildly popular The Night Circus is shaping up to be one of the big fantasy releases of 2019. The Starless Sea is blurbed as “a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.” 

The Waterstones exclusive edition will have a specially designed jacket and decorative sprayed page edges, as well as three assorted designs hidden under the dust jacket (choose in store, or one will be sent out at random for online orders). 

► Buy the Waterstone’s exclusive edition…

► Buy the standard UK hardback edition from Book Depository

► Buy the standard US hardback edition from Amazon (US)

George RR Martin Clash of Kings illustrated edition

Clash of Kings Illustrated Edition by George RR Martin | Book 2 of the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Bantam, 5 Nov 2019 | HarperCollins (UK) 14 Nov 2019

Continuing the anniversary releases of the novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, the illustrated edition of A Clash of Kings will be released in November. It includes a forward by Bernard Cornwell and 22 original b&w illustrations by Lauren K Cannon.

► Where to find it:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Collector’s Edition by Sarah J Maas

Bloomsbury, 5 Nov 2019

The collector’s edition will include a cloth slipcase with foiled artwork, an updated map, metallic endpapers and a ribbon bookmark.

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Sarah J Maas Miniature Throne of Glass announcement

Throne of Glass Miniature Character Collection by Sarah J Maas

Bloomsbury, 5 Nov 2019

All 8 books in the series are being released in limited number of miniature editions, with each miniature book featuring a different character’s name highlighted in a signature colour when the name appears.

► Where to find them (all books sold separately):

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black | Book 3

Hot Key (UK) 19 Nov 2019 | Little, Brown (US) 18 Nov 2019

The conclusion of Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy will have a Barnes & Noble exclusive edition with an alternate jacket and bonus letters from Cardan.

► Where to find it:

Fire & Blood by George RR Martin, illustrated by Gary Gianni & Doug Wheatley

Subterranean Press (US) ‘Fall’ 2019

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

The Subterranean Press edition will be leather-bound and contain all the art of the trade edition, as well as additional artwork, including a gatefold illustration. Limited to 750 signed and numbered copies.

► Where to find it:

Children of Virtue & Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Henry & Holt (US) 3 Dec 2019 | Pan MacMillan (UK) 3 Dec 2019

This will complete her Legacy of Orïsha duology, and a special B&N edition is being released which includes a poster with fan art and a map.

► Where to find it:

Classics

The Seasons Fine Editions Classics

Thomas Nelson, 21 October 2019

This new series of classic books features a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping and individually numbered stickers. They feature decorative end sheets and eight decorative quotes throughout the book, two-colour printing, and a ribbon bookmark.

The first series is for the ‘Winter Season’ and includes Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, and Wuthering Heights. The pictures look lovely, so I’m very interested to see how these turn out.

Buy Little Women from Amazon (US) or Book Depository
Buy Pride and Prejudice from Amazon (US) or Book Depository
Buy A Tale of Two Cities from Amazon (US) or Book Depository
Buy Wuthering Heights from Amazon (US) or Book Depository

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tina Berning

Rockport, 23 July 2019

Rockport are releasing Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson in their wonderful Reimagined Classics series, this volume is illustrated by Tina Berning. The books in this series so far have all been pretty stunning, so it’s worth looking out for.

► More of the Reimagined Classics series

► Where to find it:

Penguin Clothbound Classics

Part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality, colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

War of the Worlds by HG Wells
US: 17 September 2019 | UK: 6 December 2018

Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
US: 10 December 2019 | UK: 4 July 2018

Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Tales of 1001 Nights
US: 170 December 2019 | UK: 5 September 2018

Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot

Penguin US, 8 October 2019 | Penguin UK 8 October 2018

The Penguin Classics Book documents the classics through their various Penguin editions, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of WW1, providing a fascinating tour through classic works of fiction, non-fiction, histories, plays, poetry and philosophy.

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Wordsworth Collector’s Editions

The Wordsworth collector’s series comes in attractive bright colours with matching coloured end papers, and feature embossed gold and coloured blocking to enhance their beautiful, bespoke cover illustrations. (Note: glued binding, so inexpensive but not a long-term investment.)

More about the Wordsworth Collector’s Editions…

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wordsworth Editions, 15 September 2019

Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Wordsworth Editions, 15 September 2019
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Chiltern Classics

Chiltern Publishing, 1 September 2019

A beautifully crafted collection of hardback classics, featuring pearlescent and embossed covers, with thick, creamy paper.

► Adventures of Sherlock by Arthur Conan Doyle
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► Emma by Jane Austen
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

► The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery
Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Children's Books

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Murder Most Unladylike
Puffin, 6 June 2019

A special anniversary hardback edition of the first book in the award-winning children’s mystery series starring schoolgirl detectives, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Also includes an exclusive, brand-new chapter.

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Perks of Being A Wallflower (20th anniversary edition) by Stephen Chbosky
Gallery Books, 24 Sep 2019

A 20th anniversary edition of this heart-breaking, hysterical and honest high-school coming-of-age story.

Alice by MinaLima

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, illustrated by MinaLima | MinaLima Interactive Illustrated Classics series
Harper Design, 29 September 2019

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is the next instalment in MinaLima’s Interactive Illustrated Classics series. This is going to have a removable map of the Looking Glass world, a Cheshire cat with a tab that removes the cat but leaves its grin, and an Alice that you can grown and shrink, among other interactive delights. This is a fantastic series, I’m really looking forward to see what they do next.

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A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer | Land of Stories series
Little, Brown (US), 1 Oct 2019 | Hatchette (UK), 1 Oct 2019

B&N are also releasing an exclusive of Chris Colfer’s A Tale of Magic, part of his Land of Stories series, which will have unique artwork and a bonus scene.

Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan | Trials of Apollo series
Little, Brown (US), 8 Oct 2019 | Hatchette (UK), 8 Oct 2019

Rick Riordan is releasing the fourth book in his Trials of Apollo series, The Tyrant’s Tomb, which will also include a limited edition offering and a B&N exclusive with poster and extra diary entries. I particularly love John Rocco’s cover art for this series.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban House Editions by JK Rowling

The latest in the ‘house editions’ series of Harry Potter books has been released, which feature page edges sprayed in house colours.

Where to find it:

Book Dep: http://bit.ly/AzkabanSlytherin | Amazon: https://amzn.to/2X3NBla 

Book Dep:http://bit.ly/AzkabanGryffindor | Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XtSqDH

Book Dep:http://bit.ly/AzkabanHufflepuff | Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Y8gVmS

Book Dep:http://bit.ly/AzkabanRavenclaw | Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XrCNg0

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
Bloomsbury (UK) | Arthur Levine (US), 5 November 2019

If you’re outside the US and preorder directly from Bloomsbury, you can get a limited edition tote bag. There is also a new limited edition for the illustrated series as well, which has a similar preorder offer.

► Tote Bag Offer:

UK/ROI: https://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-and-the-goblet-of-fire-illustrated-editions-pre-order-offers/

AU/NZ: https://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/au/harry-potter-and-the-goblet-of-fire-illustrated-editions-pre-order-offers/

► Where else to find it:

US edition from Amazon or Book Depository

US Limited edition from Amazon or Book Depository

UK edition from Book Depository

UK Limited Edition from Book Depository

Other Books of Interest

After The End by Clare Mackintosh
Orion, 25 June 2019

After the End by Clare Mackintosh also has a bit of buzz – is sounds like a heartbreaker as it looks at the agonizing decisions tearing apart the parents of a critically ill child, and is based in part on the author’s own experiences. Waterstones have an edition with sprayed pages edges.

Something to Live For by Richard Roper
Orion, 27 June 2019

Waterstones has just released a cool edition of Something to Live For by Richard Roper, with train tracks decorating the sprayed edges. This one is a story about wanting to fit in despite life not always going to plan.

Return to Zero: Lorien Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore
Michael Joseph (UK), 27 June 2019

First printings of the UK edition of this final volume in the Lorien Legacies series have ‘Legacies Reborn’ sprayed on the page edges.

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Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters – Illustrated Edition by Maja Lunde
Head of Zeus (UK), 8 August 2019

The illustrated edition of the popular biography Take Six Girls is coming out in August. It looks at the fascinating lives of the Mitford sisters, who included a novelist, fascist, communist and duchess among their number.

The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde
Simon & Schuster (UK), 31 October | HarperVia (US), January 2020

Waterstones’ fancy edition of The End of the Ocean with special endpapers and blue sprayed page edges is due out in October. This story of nature and survival interweaves the journey of seventy-year-old Signe crossing the ocean in a sailboat in the present day with a near-future story of refugees fleeing from a war-torn Southern Europe plagued by drought. As you can tell from the synopsis, it’s a call for climate action.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Centipede Press, October 2019

The Centipede Press deluxe edition of Hill House will include six-color interiors and numerous black & white spot illustrations by Matt Mahurin; a new introduction by Caitlín R. Kiernan; an excerpt from Danse Macabre by Stephen King; a bonus essay by Shirley Jackson ‘Experience and Fiction’; a new afterword by Laurence Hyman (the author’s son), talking about the novel and growing up in the Jackson household; and a selection of drawings of the Hill House houseplans by Shirley Jackson. It also features an oversize format, printed endpapers, cloth slipcase, top-edge stain and ribbon markers, hand-tipped illustrations with translucent overlays, mould-made paper, and other extras. 

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel | Cromwell Trilogy
HarperCollins 5 March 2020

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will be out in early 2020, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Waterstones will be releasing a signed limited edition, which is available now for pre-order.

Pre-order Swag

I’m adding a collection of pre-order swag offers below, so if you’re interested in purchasing any of these books it’s definitely worth giving the author the boost from the pre-order since they will be rewarding you so generously!

Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
Inkyard Press (US), 25 June 2019

Offer:  Golden Apple Necklace
Availability: Canada/US
Expiry: 24 June 2019 (CLOSED)
Submission Form: https://app.wyng.com/5c642a826ed101062583da7a

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository.

WIcked Fox by Kat Cho
Random House (US), 25 June 2019

Offer: Character cards
Availability: International
Expiry: 2 July 2019
Submission Form: http://katchowrites.com/wicked-fox-order-gift/

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Chuck Wendig Wanderers Preorder Swag

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Random House (US), 2 July 2019

Offer: Enamel Pin
Availability: US
Expiry: 1 Jul 2019
Submission Form: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/campaign/wanderers/

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury 25 June 2019

Offer: Signed bookplate, bonus digital content and prize
Availability: International
Expiry: 1 July 2019
Submission Form: https://www.formpl.us/form/283166001

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Queen of Ruin – Tracy Ranghard
Little, Brown (US), 2 July 2019

Offer: Signed postcard (US only: enamel pin)
Availability: International
Expiry: 2 July 2019
Submission Form: http://tracybanghart.com/2019/05/queen-of-ruin-preorder-campaign

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Traitor’s Kingdom – Erin Beaty
Imprint, 9 July 2019

Offer: Bookmark
Availability: International
Expiry: 2 July 2019
Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdniAnP6hmaAJkARXDO-GQ4cnajoW5gpZPNgXUHZqAcvUKZXw/viewform

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

The Last Word – Samantha Hastings
Swoon reads, 9 July 2019

Offer: Hanky
Availability: International
Expiry: 8 July 2019
Submission Form: https://mailchi.mp/e12343bfe879/samantha-hastings-author-newsletter?e=cb457a64f8

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim
16 July 2019

Offer: Character cards, signed bookplate, bookmark and lottery entry
Availability: International
Expiry: 16 July 2019
Submission Form: https://www.elizabethlim.com/preorder

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Sea Witch Rising – Sarah Henning
HarperCollins, 22 July 2019

Offer: Signed bookplate and lottery entry
Availability: International
Expiry: 16 July 2019
Submission Form: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByXgYvSgJDv/

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

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Midnight Beauties – Megan Shepherd
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1 Octobber 2019 

Offer: Signed bookplate and lottery entry
Availability: International
Expiry: 16 July 2019
Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeb6cRDenxMYLFPhWNlq83-cBO17jKyDylvSdUA73PaD7u4Vg/viewform

► Buy from Amazon or Book Depository

Osprey Embers of Memory Game Box

Embers of Glass Game by Kuro and Sarah J Maas

Osprey Games, 1 Oct 2019

If you preorder the Embers of Memory card game based on Throne of Glass you can apply for an exclusive poster featuring art by Coralie Jubénot.

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