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.
The Time Machine
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, illustrated by Alessandro Lecis and Alessandra PanzeriRockport’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, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, illustrated by David Plunkert
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.