Newly released last month is another delightful collection of hardcovers to add to my long list of publishers of classic children’s literature and other classic novels. These British Wordsworth Collector’s Editions are very affordable volumes (hence, glued bindings, so perhaps not a long-term investment). They come in attractive bright colours with matching coloured end papers, and feature embossed gold and coloured blocking to enhance their beautiful, bespoke cover illustrations.
The books are compact editions (trim page size is 178 x 129mm) which is nice for kids to hold, with an original retail release price of under £7. The images below show a bit of closeup of the boards (which are covered in textured card), a sample of the cute quotes and images on the back cover, the binding, and the decent text size.
Early books in the series (first released in 2018) were children’s classics, but later years have seen an expansion to more adult titles (still appropriate for a child audience), including the Brontës in 2019, numerous Jane Austen novels in 2020, and a set of Sherlock titles in 2021.
If you are looking for a cute and inexpensive set of hardback classics, this one will suit nicely. On the other hand, if you are interested in Wordworth’s even cheaper paperback collection (which is essentially the same content under a paperback binding), check out their Exclusive Collection here…
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Wordsworth Classics, 2018
This edition comes with an introduction and notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury.
❦ Also check out the Collector’s Guide to Alice in Wonderland...
Pretty Christmas stack of Wordsworth books Image from @UmutReads, instagram.