wordsworth collectors editions full spread smol

Edit: I’ve updated this original 2018 post to include the 20192020 and 2021 releases in this series as well. There are currently 22 books in the series to collect.

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…

2018 releases

Little Women by Luisa May Alcott

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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❦ Also check out the Collector’s Guide to the most beautiful editions of The Secret Garden...


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.

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❦ Also check out the Collector’s Guide to Alice in Wonderland...


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

This edition is translated by Irene Testot-Ferry and includes the author’s illustrations.

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Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wordsworth Classics, 2018

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2019 releases

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Wordsworth Classics, 2019

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wordsworth Classics, 2019

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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Wordsworth Classics, 2019

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wordsworth Classics, 2019

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2020 releases

Emma by Jane Austen
Wordsworth Classics, 2020

➡ Find at Book Depository | Amazon UK

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Wordsworth Classics, 2020

➡ Find at Book Depository | Amazon UK

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Wordsworth Classics, 2020

➡ Find at Book Depository | Amazon UK

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Wordsworth Classics, 2020

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Persuasion by Jane Austen
Wordsworth Classics, 2020

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Wordsworth Classics, 2020

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2021 releases

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228311, Sep 2021

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228069, Sep 2021

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228052, Sep 2021

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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228083, Sep 2021

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A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228090, Sep 2021

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228076, Sep 2021

This omnibus edition includes The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear.

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Dubliners by James Joyce
Wordsworth Classics, 9781840228106, Sep 2021

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wordsworth christmas collection

Pretty Christmas stack of Wordsworth books Image from @UmutReads, instagram.


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2 Comments

Mitali · 18 August 2021 at 4:17 pm

Please compare macmeel majoline bastin edition and chiltern edition. Specially paper quality

    Daisy · 18 August 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Mitali! The Marjoline Bastin and Chiltern editions are quite different. The Bastin editions are larger (about twice the size of the Chiltern), illustrated with floral decorations, and contain pull-out paper pieces, like letters and menus from the book. The paper is matte and good quality (off-white, looks like recycled paper), and the covers are paper covered boards which will need to be looked after carefully to protect them. The Chiltern have really tactile embossed covers, and high quality glossy paper, and are really sturdy. They are small sized books that replicate the original size of the publications during Victorian times, but the quality of materials gives them a bit of weight. Both are well made, so you can feel comfortable whichever you choose!

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