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Penguin’s Foiled F. Scott Fitzgerald series

Introduction This collection of F Scott Fitzgerald’s works was designed for Penguin by the brilliant Coralie Bickford-Smith to mark the anniversary of Fitzgerald’s death. Coralie designed the delightful Art Deco cover patterns to evoke the elegance and glamour of the jazz age depicted in the stories, with the “sense of Read more…

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Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Bibliography

Introduction There are several hundreds of different illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Including them all in this list would be a daunting task, and to my mind maybe not so useful, as some are much more beautiful than others. The illustrated bibliography below therefore Read more…

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Collecting Junior Deluxe Editions

Ahhh – who doesn’t love a stack of cheap and cheerful vintage children’s books? Do you know how many books there were in this classic series of the 1950s and 60s? And which ones have multiple covers, multiple illustrators, and even in one case two different authors? This video includes Read more…

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Wordsworth’s Collector’s Editions of Classic Children’s Novels

Newly released last month is another delightful collection of hardcover classic children’s novels. These British Wordsworth colletor’s editions are very affordable volumes (hence, glued bindings, so perhaps not a long-term investment). They come in attractive bright colours with matching coloured end papers, and feature embossed gold and coloured blocking to enhance Read more…

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Cased Classics by Peter Owen

Peter Owen publishers have come out with an interesting series of novels which feature artwork from contemporary British artists printed paper-over-board beneath elegant die-cut jackets. I love that this collection features international classics, which is refreshing for a set of beautiful gift editions. Each volume is bound with printed endpapers, head and Read more…

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Sterling Signature Shakespeare

This illustrated bibliography features several large hardcovers that include the full text of each Shakespeare play, along with notes, commentary and scholarly essays. They are beautifully illustrated with laser-cut paper designs, but they are consequently quite delicate and require careful handling. Some internal illustrations are provided below, and the full list with Read more…

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Mr Boddington’s Penguin Classics

Introduction Mr Boddington’s Studio is a luxury stationer from Manhattan, where skilled artisans jacketed premium cotton stock in vintage-y, custom artwork to create this gorgeous series of classic fiction for Penguin. In addition to the beautiful covers, they have added a ribbon marker, deckle-edged pages and coloured endpapers.  These beautiful editions Read more…