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Collecting Charles van Sandwyk

New collector’s guide to Charles van Sandwyk released I’ve been collecting Charles van Sandwyk’s delightful handmade artist books for many years, and I’m thrilled to announce that I just finished putting together a guide that I hope will help other collectors of his work. The annotated bibliography is illustrated and Read more…

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Spit, Spot, A Mary Poppins Comparison

Todays article is all about Mary Poppins. I’ll be reviewing some of the most beautiful editions of the books, and will also share a little trivia and discuss some of the differences between the books and the movies. Author Pamela Lyndon Travers was born Helen Lyndon Goff in 1899 in Read more…

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Literary Maps & Fantastic Landscapes

Today’s video is all about literary maps and books that explore the real and imaginary landscapes of our favourite novels in detail. The Writer’s Map  Editor: Huw Lewis JonesPublication: 2018Where to buy: The Writer’s Map @ Book Depository or Amazon (US) About the book: This is probably my favourite of all of this Read more…

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Agatha Christie Mystery Collection – Bantam Books

Publication History The Agatha Christie Mystery Collection is a book club set released by Bantam. Typically, the volumes feature leatherette hardcover boards with gold lettered titles on the spine and a uniform silhouette of Christie and the series title on the front cover. The colour of the boards is called “Sussex Read more…

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Penguin Galaxy – Hardback Science Fiction Set – Illustrated Bibliography

In October 2016, Penguin released their Galaxy Series – including six of their greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, curated by Neil Gaiman. Each volume features bright, bold “bare boards” naked hardcover designs with titles in stylized, embossed gold leaf type. The series was curated by crowd favourite Neil 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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Muller’s World Fairy Tales – The Complete List, Illustrated

A new page in my list of illustrated bibliographies has been added. The Frederick Muller’s World Fairy Tales Collections (also known as the ‘Folk and Fairy Tales’ series) were published between the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The books contain some lovely tales from countries all around the world, Read more…

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The Princess Bride – All The Books!

Many of you will be familiar with The Princess Bride from the almost perfect cult classic movie produced by Rob Reiner in 1987. But the movie was based on an equally fabulous book, and if you’ve never read it you are really missing out, because the book has all the Read more…

Folio Society’s Myths and Legends Series

Greetings, dear readers, and welcome to this tour de force through the Folio Society’s beloved myths and legends series! The books in this series share a thematic theme of classic mythological retellings, and a visually similar design being large 10” x 7” volumes with a quarter leather binding over cloth covered Read more…