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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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Best In Children’s Books Series

Introduction Welcome to this illustrated bibliography of all of the books in Nelson Doubleday’s “Best in Children’s Books” series. If you’re a collector of these lovely little books, I hope it will help you to build or complete your collection! Or if you’re just interested in learning more about the series, the complete Read more…

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Illustrated Bibliographies

Classic Fiction Beautiful collections of classic novels, modern classics, Shakespeare plays and poetry. Click through to view… Children’s Books & Fairy Tales Fairy tale and folklore collections, beautiful modern children’s classics, stunning vintage children’s literature collections, and illustrated bibliographies of some amazing artists. Click through to view… Fantasy & Science 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…

Best in Children’s Books – The Complete List, Illustrated

Hi all Today’s post is a companion to last week’s one on the Junior Deluxe Editions. The Best in Children’s Books series was also released by Doubleday, and they share enough design features with the JDE series that many casual readers conflate the two. But this series is quite different, and in fact Read more…

Junior Deluxe Editions – The Complete List, Illustrated

The latest page in my list of illustrated bibliographies is finally up – a complete list of all the books in the Junior Deluxe Editions series. Many people will be familiar with these brightly coloured and cheerfully illustrated children’s books, as they were the book club for children throughout the 1950s. Most of the books Read more…