Classics Reimagined Series by Rockport (Quarto)

Rockport’s Classics Reimagined is a library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors. 

Watch the video above to flip through the volumes, or read on below.

Important note: Later printings do not have the sprayed edge decorations – so look out for a first printing if you can!

Jekyll and Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tina Berning

Rockport’s Jekyll and Hyde was released in July 2019. This haunting gothic tale follows London lawyer Gabriel John Utterson as he investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The book is illustrated by Tina Berning, a Berlin-based artist and illustrator whose focus is figurative drawing. Berning keeps an online diary featuring her daily drawings on Instagram @tina_berning.

► Get Jekyll and Hyde from Amazon or Book Depository…

The Time Machine

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, illustrated by Alessandro Lecis and Alessandra Panzeri

Rockport’s edition of The Time Machine was released in May 2019. It is illustrated by a duo of Italian artists known as Ale + Ale who work from a studio based in Paris, France. ► Get The Time Machine hardback edition at Amazon or Book Depository…

Frankenstein

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, illustrated by David Plunkert

Rockport’s Frankenstein was released in early 2018 to celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s original version. This edition is illustrated with 100 dark and evocative images by American artist David Plunkert and includes an 8 page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs and a gatefold image of the monster. It has lovely endpapers too, but unlike the others in the series, this one doesn’t have the printed book block (apparently due to issues with ink seepage during production).

► Get Frankenstein hardback edition at Book Depository or Amazon

Poe's Stories & Poems

Edgar Allen Poe’s Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated by David Plunkert

Edgar Allen Poe’s Stories and Poems is also illustrated by Plunkert, whose spooky and surreal interpretations work well here too. This collection contains 12 classic stories and 12 poems, but the font is particularly small, which might be an issue for some.

► Get Poe’s Stories and Poems Hardback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

► Get Poe’s Stories and Poems Paperback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli

The Wizard of Oz is illustrated by Italian artist Olimpia Zagnoli. Her modern style makes use of only black, white, gold and emerald green for the illustrations, and much is conveyed through the use of simple shapes and repeated patterns.

► Buy The Wonderful Wizard of Oz hardback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

► Buy The Wonderful Wizard of Oz paperback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Yann Legendre

Grimm’s Fairy Tales illustrated by French artist Yann Legrendre are the graphic versions, where Cinderella’s sisters cut off their toes to fit into the slipper, which I thoroughly prefer. The cover is nicely debossed; however, I do take exception to the location of that apostrophe in the title, since there were two Grimm brothers.

► Get Grimm’s Fairy Tales hardback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…
► Get Grimm’s Fairy Tales paperback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Sophia Martineck

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is colourfully illustrated by German artist Sophia Martineck. More than 100 illustrations grace the book, which contains 12 mysteries.

► Buy Sherlock Holmes hardback edition at Amazon or Book Depository…
► Buy Sherlock Holmes paperback edition at Amazon or Book Depository…

Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino

Rockport’s Alice in Wonderland was released to celebrate the book’s 150th anniversary and is fancifully illustrated by American artist Andrea D’Aquino. The illustrations are a mix of watercolour and collage, with the Mad Tea Party literally using tea-stained paper.

► Buy Alice in Wonderland hardback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

► Buy Alice in Wonderland paperback edition from Amazon or Book Depository…

Pride & Prejudice

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen, illustrated by Alice Pattullo

And last for the Jane Austen lovers, we have Rockport’s very colourful edition of Pride and Prejudice, illustrated by British artist Alice Pattullo in a delightfully romantic folkloric style.

► Get Pride & Prejudice hardback edition at Amazon or Book Depository…

► Get Pride & Prejudice hardback edition at Amazon or Book Depository…


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Dave · 30 November 2019 at 5:22 am

Are these books glued or sewn bound? Thanks!

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    Daisy · 30 November 2019 at 10:52 am

    Mine are all sewn-bound and nicely made. However, I should note that I have first printings and I have been told that some of the later printings don’t have the sprayed page edge decorations (I assume that would not change the binding though).

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    Kamil Falentin · 16 January 2021 at 12:20 am

    Mine Pride and Prejudice is cheaply made. No sprayed edges, wierd hybrid binding and glossy paper. Anything like my Frankenstein edition which I love.

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      Daisy · 17 January 2021 at 10:07 am

      So sorry to hear that – it’s very disappointing when they take away some of these special features for later printings. I’ve updated the article at the top with a note to make sure people know they need to look out for first printings.

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