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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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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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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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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…

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…

Alice in Wonderland – An Illustrated Bookshelf Tour

I love Alice, and the video linked above is an illustrated tour of my (ridiculously extensive) Alice in Wonderland collection. I’ve also prepared another of my illustrated bibliographies for Alice, which includes all of the books in the video as well as many more that I ran out of time to Read more…

Errol Le Cain – Master of Design and Colour in Children’s Book Illustration

A new entry in my illustrated bibliography series is a complete bibliography of the work of master illustrator Errol Le Cain. My favourite of his works are the incredible classic fairy tale picture book versions of Cinderella and Thorn Rose (Sleeping Beauty). Just look at these beauties: But honestly, all of his work Read more…

Gorgeous editions of classic fiction – new illustrated bibliographies feature

I have started a new feature here, providing links to illustrated bibliographies of the most beautiful editions of classic fiction, science fiction & fantasy, and – of course – all of my favourite vintage illustrators. The links and illustrations of each of the books are provided in separate pages, so I will Read more…