Hello and welcome to my mid-year 2020 list of upcoming ‘beautiful book’ releases that are on my radar – editions with something a little bit special, as well as a link to books that are offering pre-order swag and that sort of thing. All the special editions I’m linking below are available at the time of posting, but some may sell out quickly. (So if you arrived here after they sold out, consider subscribing so you don’t miss out next time!).
Many of the books I’ve listed here are covered in the video, but there are a few more in the list below (including a few recommended by you, dear readers!). Books are listed by release date, although these have been changing due to Covid so they are a bit more flexible than usual.
Special Editions 2020
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – House Editions – J. K. Rowling
Bloomsbury, June 11 2020
About: Special editions that celebrate the character of the different Hogwarts Houses.
Features: Sprayed edges in house colours and gold foiling on the covers. (UK editions)
► Buy Gryffindor Edition from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Slytherin Edition from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Ravenclaw Edition from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Hufflepuff Edition from Book Depository | Amazon
Court of Miracles – Kester Grant
HarperCollins, June 18 2020
About: A Les Miserables retelling of the adventures of a daring young thief Eponine in an alternative version of France in 1828, where the revolution has failed and Paris is ruled by ruthless criminal guilds and malignant royals.
Features: UK and US covers differ. There are several different UK special editions with different guild designs on the boards under the dust jacket: the Waterstones edition has the thieves guild sigil (and a limited run of navy sprayed edges); the Illumicrate edition has a rose gold tinted dust jacket, black sprayed page edges and the assassins guild sigil); and the Goldsboro edition has a slipcase instead of a dust jacket and the flesh & ink sigils on the front and back covers.
► Buy the thieves guild edition of Court of Miracles from Waterstones
Evil Thing (Disney Villains series) – Serena Valentino
Disney-Hyperion, July 7, 2020
About: Follows the rise and fall of the deranged and glamorous Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations.
Features: Like the rest of this fun series of Disney villain retellings, the hardback features a hidden cover under the dust jacket.
Written in Blood – Chris Carter [Waterstones Exclusive]
Simon & Schuster, July 23 2020
About: A psychological thriller about a pickpocket, a loudmouth and a bag with sinister, life-changing contents.
Features: Sprayed ‘blood-spattered’ page edges
► Buy sprayed edge edition of Written in Blood from Waterstones
Seasons Editions – Summer
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Wonderland Collection – Lewis Carroll
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Thomas Nelson, Jul 23 2020
About: A collection of fine editions featuring classics set in different seasons.
Features: Laser-cut jackets on a textured book with foil stamping, limited to 10,000 copies, each is individually numbered. The Summer series also comes with a bonus bookmark.
Chiltern Classics 2020 releases – various authors
Chiltern Publishing, August 20, 2020
About: Beautifully designed editions of classic novels in the Chiltern Classics series.
Features: Textured covers and gilt edges. (UK editions)
► Buy The Picture of Dorian Gray from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy The House of the Baskervilles from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Tess of the D’Urbervilles from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Moby Dick from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Madame Bovary from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy Dracula from Book Depository | Amazon
► Buy A Christmas Carol from Book Depository | Amazon
Classical Mythology A to Z – Annette Giesecke, illustrated by Jim Tierney
Black Dog & Leventhal, Oct 6 2020
About: A beautifully illustrated guide to 700 gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, nymphs, spirits, monsters and places.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Chris Riddell
Macmillan, Oct 15 2020
About: A full-colour gift edition, visually re-interpreted by Chris Riddell.
Features: Foiled jacket, head and tail bands, ribbon marker.
► Buy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Riddell) from Book Depository
Hollowpox (Morrigan Crow #3) – Jessica Townsend (Waterstones exclusive edition)
Hatchette, August 8 2020
About: Morrigan must master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her.
Features: Waterstones exclusive with gold sprayed page edges and signed by the author (note that covers are different for the US and UK editions in this series)
► Buy sprayed edge Hollowpox from Waterstones (UK)
Goosebumps Retro Fear Set (limited edition tin) – R.L. Stine
Scholastic, September 1, 2020
About: Five favorite nightmares with their original covers in a collectible retro tin. Includes Stay Out of the Basement, Werewolf of Fever Swamp, The Haunted School, Piano Lessons Can Be Murder, and Cuckoo Clock of Doom.
Features: Exclusive collectible tin containing 5 paperbacks
Penguin Clothbound Classics Editions
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Tales from Shakespeare – Charles Lamb
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Penguin, September 3 2020
About: The newest volumes in the continuing collection of special Puffin clothbound hardback editions of classic children’s books.
Features: Genuine clothbound covers (unlike the earlier Puffin Classics series, which were covered in embossed paper to give the appearance of cloth), with a generous amount of gold foil and ribbon bookmark. (Note, still a glued binding, but of sturdy construction.) [final covers are not yet released]
► Buy from Book Depository
The Tower of Nero (Trials of Apollo 5, limited edition) – Rick Riordan
Puffin/Disney-Hyperion, Oct 6 2020
About: The finale of the Trials of Apollo series.
Features: The LE is signed and numbered and features slightly different design.
Guards! Guards! (Discworld) – Terry Pratchett, illustrated by Paul Kidby
Gollancz, October 3, 2020
About: This is where the dragons went. They lie… not dead, not asleep, but… dormant.
Features: 10 full-colour illustrations and further pencil drawings. Slipcased edition is limited and signed by the illustrator. The deluxe edition is foil-embossed with metallic gold page edges, has a signed (by the artist) numbered tip-in sheet, and is presented in a dragon-skin solander box also containing an eclectic folio ephemera.
► Buy Guards! Guards! standard illustrated edition from Book Depository | Amazon (UK)
► Buy Guards! Guards! slipcased illustrated edition from Book Depository | Amazon (UK)
► Buy Guards! Guards! deluxe illustrated edition from Paul Kidby
Quidditch Through The Ages (Illustrated Edition) – J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Emily Gravett
Scholastic, October 6 2020
About: Everything you need to know about Quidditch, in a beautifully illustrated edition.
Features: Glorious illustrations, handmade memorabilia and two gatefold spreads. There is also a linen-bound deluxe slipcased edition with extras available too. Preorders direct from Bloomsbury can get a free tote in some countries as well.
► Buy Quidditch Through the Ages deluxe edition from Book Depository
The Lives of Saints – Leigh Bardugo, illustrated by Daniel J Zollinger
Orion (UK)/Imprint (US), October 7 2020
About: A beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond.
Features: A replica of the book used in the Netflix series, with full-color illustrations for each story.
Shadow & Bone (Collector’s Edition) – Leigh Bardugo
Orion (UK)/Imprint (US), October 7 2020
About: Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold-a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. First book in the Grisha Trilogy.
Features: New artwork, foiled cover, illustrated endpapers, sprayed edges. US edition is black and gold with a slipcase and ribbon pull. UK edition has no slipcase but blue sprayed page edges.
The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra – Adam Cesare, illustrated by Iris Compiet
Insight Editions, October 13, 2020
About: An in-depth exploration of the flora and fauna found in the world of Thra, created by Jim Henson for his 1982 puppet masterpiece (and recent Netflix series).
Aesop’s Fables – illustrated by Agnes Miller Parker
Bodleian Library, October 16, 2020
About: The beautiful woodcut engravings for this collection were commissioned in the 1930s for the fine press publisher Gregynog Press and this new edition is a wonderful opportunity to own a nicely illustrated copy without breaking the bank.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s / Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J. K. Rowling, illustrated by MinaLima
Scholastic, October 20, 2020
About: A new edition of Harry Potter designed and illustrated by the design studio best known for establishing the visual graphic style of the films.
Features: Full-color illustrations on every page, and eight interactive special papercraft features, including an elaborately folded Hogwarts letter, Diagon Alley shopping list, magical entrance to Diagon Alley, a die-cut fold-out Hogwarts Castle, a magical feast in the Great Hall, and more.
Harry Potter: A Pop-up Guide to Diagon Alley and Beyond – Matthew Reinhart, Kevin Wilson and Jody Revenson
Insight Editions, Oct 20, 2020
About: Intricate pop-up spreads render Diagon Alley establishments such as Ollivanders, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and the Leaky Cauldron, plus other locales like the Ministry of Magic and platform nine and three-quarters.
Features: The book opens into a displayable 3D diorama of all the pop-ups at once.
► Buy A Pop-Up Guide to Diagon Alley from Book Depository
Caraval (Collector’s Edition) – Stephanie Garber
FlatIron books, October 27 2020
About: A magical tale about the unbreakable bond between two sisters as they explore the elaborate performance that is Caraval.
Features: New art, a slipcase, and bonus content including a scene from Julian’s point of view, the original ending, and a peek into Stephanie Garber’s writing journals.
Northern Lights – Philip Pullman, illustrated by Chris Wormell
Scholastic, Nov 5, 2020
About: A full-colour illustrated gift quality edition to celebrate the 25th anniversary fo Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the US).
► Buy Northern Lights 25th anniversary edition from Book Depository
Inside 9: The Scripts (Collector’s Edition) – Steven Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
Hodder & Stoughton, Nov 11, 2020
About: A limited collector’s edition of Inside No. 9: The Scripts (series 1-3).
Features: Cloth-effect hardbacks, with the first book signed by the writers. Unique endpapers and new forewords.
► Buy Inside No 9: Collector’s Edition from Waterstones
The Betrayals (Waterstones exclusive) – Bridget Collins
HarperCollins, Nov 12, 2020
About: An ancient, exclusive institution is hidden away high up on the mountains and dedicated to the study of a strange, clandestine game. But times are changing, and centuries-old secrets and traditions are about to be defied.
Features: Standard editions have decorative gold cover design under the dust jacket. Waterstones exclusive signed by the author, burgundy sprayed page edges, extra scene.
► Buy The Betrayals sprayed pages edition from Waterstones
One by one (Waterstones exclusive) – Ruth Ware
Vintage, Nov 12, 2020
About: A group of tech entrepreneurs are cut off in their chalet just as an avalanche hits, and must race to find the killer in their midst.
Features: Waterstones exclusive edition is signed by the author, snowflake printed sprayed edges
► Buy One by One sprayed pages edition from Waterstones