Most Beautiful Books of 2022 – A Holiday Gift Guide

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Most Beautiful Books of 2022: A Holiday Gift Guide

Hello and welcome to my sixth annual holiday gift guide! This post is where I review the most beautifully designed books published during 2022, to help you find something special to gift to your family and friends, or identify new treasures to add to your own shelves. This year has had an amazing selection – I think because so many books were delayed during the pandemic years.

The best books of 2022 are listed below, loosely sorted by genre, and any book with a star () next to it is also visually reviewed in the video above. If I recommend a book in this list, you can rest assured it’s not just the physical beauty that counts – I do also read any book I recommend on this site, and I only include books where I think the contents are beautiful too  .

Bookshop links are included below if you are interested in buying any of the books for yourself. Some of the links are affiliate links (and thank you if you use them!) but please do support your local bookstore as a priority if you can. If you’re new here, and you’d like more regular recommendations, you might also like to check out my regularly updated lists of special editions, pre-order offers, and subscribe to my occasional newsletter.

And now, on to the books!

Children and the Young at Heart

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★ Stocking Filler Alice in Wonderland Editions

These two pocket-sized hardback editions were released in limited numbers to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Both feature foiled page edges and covers, and classic John Tenniel illustrations with blue  text (for Alice) or red text (for Looking-Glass).

➤ Find Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There at Amazon | Book Depository

☞ Also check out my collector’s guide to recommended Alice editions


★ Snow White and other Grimm’s Fairy Tales [Interactive Edition] by MinaLima

An illustrated collection of 23 of Grimm’s classic fairy tales with nine interactive features ranging from a pop-up forest and pull-tab mirror for Snow White and a wall of thorns encasing Sleeping Beauty to a three-dimensional ball gown for Cinderella and a pop-up tower for Rapunzel

Read more about the MinaLima Interactive Children’s Classics series.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


★ Snow White by Sarah Gibb

An exquisitely illustrated picture book based on the original story by the Brothers Grimm. 

➤ Find it at AmazonBook Depository | Abes



★ Mouse’s Wood: A Year in Nature by Alice Melvin

An exquisitely illustrated novelty picture book with die-cut flaps that follows the woodland ramblings of Mouse through the change in seasons.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



★ Aesop’s Fables by Alice Melvin

Each little fable is bound up with 2000 years of wisdom and truth. From these we know that a mouse is too weak to withstand the strength of a lion, yet too mighty to be bound by ropes.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



★ The Golden Age: Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Ovid, adapted by Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Ana Sender

From The Story of the Origin of the World to Midas, Pan, Europa, Apollo, Daphne, Narcissus, Echo, and Fama, the goddess of rumor and stories, we see the multifaceted world of Ovid’s Metamorphoses retold by award-winning Austrian author Heinz Janisch.

➤ Find it at Amazon | Book DepositoryAbes



★ The Biggest Bible Storybook by Kevin DeYoung, illustrated by Don Clark

Beginning in Genesis and ending with Revelation, DeYoung provides engaging retellings of various Bible stories, placing them all within an overarching storyline.

➤ Find it at Amazon | Book DepositoryAbes



★ How the Stars Came to Be (Deluxe Ed) by Poonam Mistry

A new folktale about the night sky. This special deluxe edition features a newly illustrated cover printed on a satin silk finish book cloth, with gold detailing and edges.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook Depository | Abes



The Midnight Panther by Poonam Mistry

Panther is not like the other cats. Leopard has beautiful spots, Tiger has impressive stripes and Lion has a magnificent mane. Panther is small, shy and dark. One night he decides to go and find out where in the jungle he really belongs. A beautifully illustrated fable about courage and finding your place in the world.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook Depository | Abes



★ The Journey (Big Panda and Little Dragon) by James Norbury

Continues the adventures of two unlikely traveling companions as they embark on a path that brings them farther from home, and closer to each other and themselves.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook Depository | Abes



The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Olia Muza

Illustrated edition with bonus chapter. Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


Puffin Clothbound edition:

UK hardback editions (glued) with pretty foiled cloth covers.

Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
Tales of the Greek Heroes – Roger Lancelyn Green

Learn more about the Puffin Clothbound series…

Find Charlotte’s Web at Amazon | Book Depository

Find Greek Heroes at Amazon | Book Depository


★ The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story by Charlie Macksey

Charlie Mackesy’s beloved The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse has been adapted into an animated short film, coming to AppleTV this Christmas. Charlie’s distinctive illustrations are brought to life in full color with hand-drawn traditional animation and accompanying hand-written script.

➤ Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ Disney Twisted Tales collector’s editions by Liz Braswell and Jen Calonita

These retellings of Disney classics are Australian hardbacks (glued), with exclusive new covers and matching sprayed page edges. 

➤ Find A Whole New World – a Little Mermaid retelling at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Mirror Mirror – a Snow White retelling at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Let It Go – a Frozen retelling at Amazon | Book Depository


Inside the Body by Joelle Jolivet

Cleverly designed, annotated flaps and die-cuts allow readers to explore the wonders hidden underneath our skin, with four large-scale figures that unfold to illustrate the muscles, nerves, circulatory system and skeleton in meticulous detail.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



★ A Natural History of Mermaids by Emily Hawkins and Jessica Roux

In the Folklore Field Guide series, Featuring a silver-foil-embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker and sprayed silver edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with beautiful illustrations and precise notes detailing the secret life of mermaids.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



★ The Fairy Atlas by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Asiain Lora Miren

A mix of fairy ‘facts’ and short retellings of some of the most magical fairy tales.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


★ Hocus Pocus by A Jantha, illustrated by Gris Grimly

An illustrated novelization that retells the story of the classic film alongside stunning original artwork from Gris Grimly.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


★ The Land of Stories: Wishing Spell (10th Anniversary Illustrated Edition) by Chris Colfer

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

Anniversary edition: Illustrated special edition.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


★ The School for Good and Evil (Collector’s Edition) by Soman Chainani

Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains.

Collector’s edition, with reversible dust jacket and decorative endpapers. (Mine did not have the advertised blue page edges.)

 Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes

 Signed collector’s edition at Waterstones


★ Asterix by by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

A lovely gift edition of the first five books: Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and the Golden Sickle, Asterix and the Goths, Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet.

➤ Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



A Children’s Literary Treasury by Anna James (ed)

In her second compilation for the British Library, children’s author and commentator Anna James delves deep into the collections to present stories for comfort, inspiration and adventure. Illustrated throughout with both classic beloved illustrations and new archive finds.

➤ Find it at Amazon | Book DepositoryAbes



The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Chris Dunn

This unabridged large-format version of this timeless tale of adventure and friendship is beautifully illustrated by Chris Dunn, with vivid watercolours. Originally released via Kickstarter.

➤ Find it at Amazon | Book DepositoryAbes



Culture of Clothes by Chaaya Prabhat

A riot of colours in this joyful celebration of costumes and colours from around the world.

➤ Find it at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



Faber Bedtime Stories illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

A collection of stories that are full of hope and courage, brimming with positivity.

➤ Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ And Everything Will Be Glad to See You: Poems by Women and Girls, edited by Ella Risbridger, illustrated by Anna Shepeta

A wide ranging and uplifting collection of poems by well-loved poets that is guaranteed to inspire, delight and empower, including Maya Angelou, Wendy Cope, Lucille Clifton and Christina Rossetti, to newer voices such as Amanda Gorman, Yrsa-Daley Ward and Amineh Abou Kerech.

➤ Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



Classics Series

★ Little Clothbound Classics – various authors

Four seasonal collections of 12 books each are being released.

These are small novella sized companions to the clothbound classics series.

☞ Read more about Little Clothbound Classics Editions here…

Links to all the books


★ New Chiltern Classics – various authors

8 new titles released in mid-2022

  • Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
  • Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Far From the Madding Crown by Thomas Hardy
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Romantic Poets by various authors

Chiltern Classics series: Pocket sized books with wonderfully textural covers, heavy weight paper, and gilded page edges. They are really quite adorable.

☞ Read more about Chiltern Classics Editions here…

➤ Find Good Wives at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Peter Pan at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Silas Marner at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Madding Crowd at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Animal Farm at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Romeo and Juliet at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Age of Innocence at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find Romantic Poets at Amazon | Book Depository


The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso

Fitzgerald’s beloved account of the devastating costs of the American dream gets a fittingly gorgeous update in this oversized high-end art-book edition, elaborately decorated with more than 50 illustrations by the Balbusso Twins, housed in a shimmering die-cut sculpturally embossed slipcase,.

Read more about the Beehive Books Illuminated Editions here…

Find Great Gatsby at AmazonBook Depository


★ Persuasion – Jane Austen

The complete novel, featuring pockets throughout containing replicas of thirteen items from the story, re-created with exquisite calligraphy and painstaking attention to historical detail.

Take a look at Pride and Prejudice in the same style here… 

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


★ Little Women – Louisa May Alcott, illustrated by Marjolein Bastin

A beautiful, illustrated edition of the classic novel about Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, with removable inserts, including a self-made newspaper, a map, an invitation, and more. 

☞ Read more about the Marjolein Bastin illustrated classics series

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ Pride and Prejudice [Deluxe edition] by Jane Austen, illustrated by Bil Donovan

Illustrated by renowned fashion illustrator Bil Donovan with gorgeous original 4-color artwork as well as foil stamping, 4-color endpapers, and gilded page edges.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


Harper Muse Painted Classics (series 2) by various authors

These are embossed hardcovers featuring Laci Fowler’s distinctive hand-painted art, decorative interior pages featuring pull quotes distributed throughout; matching ribbon marker; and gold page sprayed edges.

❦ Read more about the Painted Editions series here…

Most recent titles in this series include Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë; Little Women – Louisa May Alcott; Persuasion – Jane Austen and The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie.
 

Find Jane Eyre at Amazon | Book Depository

Find Little Women at Amazon | Book Depository

Find Persuasion at Amazon | Book Depository

Find The Mysterious Affair At Styles at Amazon | Book Depository



The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Nov 15, 2022.

☞ Read more about the Penguin Deluxe Classics series.

Penguin Deluxe series: Paperbacks with French flaps, deckled edges, and beautifully illustrated covers – this one has cover art by Ruben Toledo, who also illustrated covers for the classic Penguin Couture Collection.

➤ Buy from Amazon | Book Depository


Myths & Legends

★ Macmillan Collection of Myths & Legends

A beautiful hardback treasury, containing over forty myths and legends from around the world, paired with blue line drawings and classical illustrations.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ The Great Book of Dragon Legends by Tea Orsi, illustrated by Anna Lang 

Includes 16 short stories about dragons from myths, legends, and folklore around the world. A companion to the Great Book of Forest Legends.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ Egyptian Myths by Jean Menzies, illustrated by Katie Ponder

20 classic Egyptian myths alongside fascinating historical information.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



The Magic of Mushrooms by Sandra Lawrence and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew

Featuring images of over 100 fascinating species, sourced from the archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Magic of Mushrooms explores these fascinating organisms that are the centre of countless superstitions, folkloric tales and magical beliefs, as well as appearing in recipes and medicines both traditional and modern. A lovely companion to last year’s The Witch’s Garden.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



Mythical Irish Places by Mark Joyce

An encyclopedia of Ireland’s most magical, mythical and wondrous locations, from Newgrange to the Hill of Tara.

➤ Find at AmazonBook Depository | Abes



Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts by C. C. J. Ellis

Gorgeous watercolour illustrations of creatures from Welsh mythology, alongside fascinating history and lore.

➤ Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ Spiritus Mundi by Elizabeth Sulis Kim

The term spiritus mundi describes the realm from which all creative and magical inspiration springs. This is a delightful illustrated anthology of creative writing revealing the connection between imagination and the divine.

Find at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



★ Lore of the Land: Folklore and wisdom of the wild earth by Claire Cock-Starkey, illustrated by Samantha Dolan

A richly illustrated compendium of folklore and wisdom from the land, skies and seas. A nice companion to Lore of the Wild.

➤ Find at AmazonBook DepositoryAbes



★ Gender Swapped Greek Myths by Karrie Fransman, illustrated by Jonathan Plackett

For thousands of years, Greek Myths have been told and retold. Switching the gender roles in these retellings makes clear that brutality and bravery was reserved for men, while women were wicked witches or helpless maidens. Buy it for the pretty illustrations!

➤ Find it at AmazonBook Depository | Abes



★ Nectar of the Gods by Liv Albert, illustrated by Thea Engst

Punny Greek myth–inspired cocktail concoctions based on Gods and Goddesses, accompanied with delightful illustrations and myth retellings.

➤ Find at Amazon | Book DepositoryAbes



Fiction

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

In 1960s California, Elizabeth Zott is an unconventional female scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with chemical elements sprayed on the page edges.

Find signed, sprayed edition at Waterstones

B&N exclusive: US hardback, with extra chapter, designed endpapers, blue sprayed page edges, and an ‘interview’ with Elizabeth Zott, the main character.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


★ Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Thief by Maurice Leblanc, illustrated by Vincent Mallie

An omnibus collection of the first 9 novellas about Arsene Lupin, a charming thief and master of disguises.

This illustrated edition features dozens of black-and-white and full-colour illustrations and plates including numerous two-page spreads.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ The Secret History – Donna Tartt

30th anniversary edition, with cloth spine. Under the influence of a charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at a New England college discover a way of thought and life a world away from their banal contemporaries. But their search for the transcendent leads them down a dangerous path, beyond human constructs of morality.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes


★ The Bell Jar: Illustrated Edition by Sylvia Plath, illustrated by Beya Rebaï

Plath’s classic semi-autobiographical novel brought to life with haunting b&w illustrations.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ Scattered Showers – Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Jim Tierney

Nine charming, witty love stories featuring princes, trolls, imaginary boys and the return of Simon Snow.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback signed by the author with rainbow sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


First printings of the trade editions of this book will also have special features, including duotone illustrations by Jim Tierney, patterned endpapers, a white ribbon bookmark and sky-blue stained page edges.

US Trade Edition: US hardback with pale blue sprayed page edges.

Find US at Amazon | Book Depository


UK Trade Edition: UK hardback with red sprayed page edges.

UK International Edition: UK hardback with clouds painted on the page edges.

Find UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


★ Looking for Alibrandi (30th Anniversary) by Melina Marchetta

Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls’ school. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for. This deluxe edition includes an exclusive introduction by the author and colour illustrated section that contains facsimiles of the original edited manuscript, photographs, reviews and articles.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes 



★ The Little Match Girl Strikes Back by Emma Carroll and Lauren Child

Bridie works hard to feed her family, selling matches on the streets of Victorian London. After an incident leaves her with only three matches left, the magical strike of each one sees her tumble into visions of a brighter future. Realizing she has the power to change her own fortune, Bridie leads the match factory workers out on strike, achieving the remarkable through their unity and courage. A feminist retelling of the classic tale.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback, signed by the authors with a red ribbon bookmark.

Find it at Waterstones

 



The Pothunters: 120th Anniversary Edition by P. G. Wodehouse

Suspicion abounds at St Austin’s School when two silver trophies, or ‘pots’, are stolen from the cricket pavilion. Jim Thomson, a talented sportsman who due to an unfortunate series of coincidences could be thought to be the burglar, resolves to clear his name. (I haven’t yet seen this one in person, the low price suggests gluebound and not particularly sturdy, just a fun edition of his first novel for Wodehouse fans). 

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Special editions] by Agatha Christie

Two more classic mysteries in the HarperCollins ‘special edition’ series binding. These UK (glued) hardbacks have spot foiling on the covers and decorative endpapers. The Mysterious Affair at Styles includes for the first time the original courtroom climax as an alternate ending.

Find Roger Ackroyd at Amazon | Book Depository

Find The Mysterious Affair at Styles at Amazon | Book Depository


Marple – Various Authors

A new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Mystery’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve bestselling and acclaimed authors. I found the interpretations of Jane to have differing levels of ‘believability’ but it was mostly a fun read.

➤ Find UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository
Find US edition (deckled edges) at Amazon | Book Depository


With A Mind To Kill (James Bond) by Anthony Horowitz

Thriller. 007 – accused of M’s murder – is smuggled across the Iron Curtain in a deadly game of subterfuge and double cross with the lethal SMERSH.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback, with 007 stencilled on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Fantasy & Science Fiction

★ Amber Spyglass [Illustrated Edition] by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Chris Wormell

A stunning full-colour illustrated gift hardback of the third book in Philip Pullman’s beloved His Dark Materials trilogy.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



★ The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

A special edition of the forerunner to The Lord of the Rings, illustrated throughout in colour by J.R.R. Tolkien himself and with the complete text printed in two colours.

Illustrated edition: Hardback, with stencilled green page edges, Tolkien’s own paintings and drawings for the first time, two colour printing, and a letter written by Tolkien in 1951 which provides a brilliant exposition of the earlier Ages.

Collector’s note: A companion to the matching Lord of the Rings edition released last year.

➤ Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Deluxe edition: Hardback in a slipcase, quarter-bound with blue leather, including Tolkien’s own paintings and drawings for the first time, two colour printing, and a letter written by Tolkien in 1951 which provides a brilliant exposition of the earlier Ages. Unique to this edition are two poster-size, fold-out maps revealing all the detail of Beleriand as the tales grew, an illustrated booklet featuring ‘A Brief Account of The Silmarillion and its Making’ by Christopher Tolkien, and a printed art card reproducing ‘Taniquetil’.

Collector’s note: A companion to the matching Lord of the Rings limited edition released last year.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


The Fall of Númenor by J. R. R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee

J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings on the Second Age of Middle-earth, collected for the first time in one volume.

Special edition: Deluxe slipcased special edition.

Find standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository

Find special edition at Amazon | Book Depository


★ The Rise of the Dragon by George R R Martin, Elio M García and Linda Antonsson

Oct 25, 2022.

Fantasy. Volume 1 of a lavish visual history of the Targaryen Dynasty.

US edition: Hardback edition by Ten Speed Press.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


UK edition: Hardback edition by HarperCollins.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

★ The Dragon Universe by Ablaze

An illustrated encyclopedia, which combines extraordinary texts on the history of dragons, with illustrators from around the world – from John Howe, designer of The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia, to Todd Lockwood, illustrator of Dungeons & Dragons, and Olivier Ledroit, creator of the Chronicles of the Black Moon and Adrian Smith, one of the authors of Warhammer, and more. A beautiful art book for the dragon-lover.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository | Abes



A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsay, illustrated by Jim Woodring

Lindsay’s gender-bending work of visionary sci-fi as brought to life through Woodring’s psychedelic illustrations.

Beehive Books Illuminated Edition: High-end art book with more than numerous illustrations housed in a shimmering die-cut sculpturally embossed slipcase, printed on uncoated acid-free paper, and published in an oversized 9×12″ trim format.

❦ Peek inside this volume and read more about the Beehive Books Illuminated Editions here…

Find it at AmazonBook Depository


The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle

The classic modern fairytale, with a new introduction by Patrick Rothfuss. The special limited edition has blue sprayed page edges, cover foiling, patterned endpapers and a ribbon bookmark. Limited to 2000 copies.

Find limited edition at Gollancz

Find standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber

Sep 13, 2022

Book 2 of the Once Upon a Broken Heart series.

UK first printings: UK hardbacks will have one of 4 different gold stamped hidden cover designs under the dust jacket.

Find standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


[Potential Waterstones exclusive]: UK hardback, signed by the author (TBC: previous volume in the series had sprayed edges added shortly before publication, and the publisher mentioned in a deleted post that one was anticipated, but it has not been formally announced, so keep an eye on this).

➤ Find signed edition at Waterstones


B&N exclusive: US hardback, signed by the author, includes a bonus chapter from Jacks’ POV, and has a unique cover and case stamp. A matching exclusive edition of the first book is also being released (see below). 

Note: this is also the same edition as the Indigo Exclusive.

Find it at Barnes & Noble
Signed editions also available while stocks last at Barnes & Noble

➤ Also find exclusive edition of the first book Once Upon a Broken Heart at Barnes & Noble


➤ Find standard US edition of Never After at Amazon | Book Depository


City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, where Clary Fray first discovered the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own.

Collector’s edition: UK hardback with new cover artwork and a special letter from Cassie. 

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


★ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [Collector’s Illustrated Edition] by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay and Neil Packer

The fifth book in the beloved, bestselling Harry Potter series, an oversize edition that is brilliantly and profusely illustrated.

Standard edition

Find UK edition (Bloomsbury) at Amazon | Book Depository

Find US edition (Scholastic) at Amazon | Book Depository


Deluxe edition: Oversized clothbound hardback in slipcase with high quality paper, two ribbon bookmarks, a special art print, and a bespoke packing carton.

 Find UK edition (Bloomsbury) at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Waterstones

 Find US edition (Scholastic) at Amazon | Book Depository

Morrighan by Mary E Pearson

A richly illustrated and romantic origin story of Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant universe, the world of Dance of Thieves, Vow of Thieves and the New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) (Collector’s Edition) by Marissa Meyer

A teenage cyborg must fight for Earth’s survival against villains from outer space.

Collectors edition: Slipcased US hardback with new cover design. 

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Sword of Destiny: Tales of the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski, translated by David French

The second book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series in terms of story chronology.

Illustrated edition: Illustrated special edition.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Deluxe edition of the modern classic that predicted the metaverse. Hiro lives in a Los Angeles where franchises line the freeway as far as the eye can see. The only relief from the sea of logos is within the autonomous city-states, where law-abiding citizens don’t dare leave their mansions. He spends most of his time goggled in to the Metaverse, where his avatar is legendary. Includes new material and decorative endpapers.

Find at Amazon | Book Depository


Fairy Tale by Stephen King

A spellbinding story of mysterious houses, parallel worlds and reluctant heroes as an ordinary high school kid discovers a portal to a universe populated by classic fairy tale archetypes.

UK exclusives: Regular 1st/1st has navy boards; Indie bookshop edition has aqua boards, WH Smith has purple boards, and all have a quote on the spine. There was also a signed, limited edition released in a slipcase.

Find it at your local Indie (make sure you get a first edition, first printing).


Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

Kellen – a boy who has the power to lift life-destroying curses off others – must find a way to remove the one that hangs over his own life.

Waterstone’s exclusive: UK hardback with blue sprayed edges and a short story about the fate and nature of the Dancing Star, one of the haunting and mysterious creatures from the Wilds.

Find it at Waterstones


Marvel Comics Library: Spider-Man Vol 1: 1962-1964

Oversized volume with the first 21 Spider-Man stories from 1962–1964, meticulously photographed from the most pristine copies of these rare comic books—a fine art celebration of the teen super hero in this inaugural volume of TASCHEN’s Marvel Comics Library series.

Taschen Limited Edition: Hardcover with ChromaLuxe aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine. Limited to 1000 copies. Pre-ordering from Taschen entitles you to preemptively secure the same edition number for all forthcoming Collector’s Edition titles in the Marvel Comics Library.

Find LE at Taschen

Standard (non-LE) also available at Taschen | Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository


Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars by K. W. Jeter

Science fiction omnibus, bound in decorative bonded leather. 

❦ Read more about the B&N Collectible Editions series here…

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars by K. W. Jeter

A trilogy of novels about Boba Fett: The Mandalorian Armor (1998), Slave Ship (2001), and Hard Merchandise (2002). 

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Star Wars Legends: Tales of Kenobi by John Jackson Miller and Alan Dean Foster

➤ Find it at Barnes & Noble

Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo & Dani Pendergast

Graphic novel. The origin story of the Darkling.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback, contains an exclusive letter from the author.

Find exclusive edition at Waterstones

Find standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Non-Fiction & Reference

★ The Magic of MinaLima [Interactive Edition] by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima

A full-color illustrated compendium chronicling the magical twenty-year journey of acclaimed art and design studio, MinaLima, the creative genius behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film series.

Interactive edition: Interactive elements include the Marauder’s Map, the Black Family Tapestry, and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.

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★ Around the World in 80 Birds by Mike Unwin, illustrated by Ryuto Miyake

Tells the stories of 80 birds around the world: from the Sociable Weaver Bird in Namibia which constructs huge, multi-nest ‘apartment blocks’ in the desert, to the Bar-headed Goose of China, one of the highest-flying migrants which crosses the Himalayas twice a year.

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★ The Modern Bestiary : A Curated Collection of Wondrous Creatures by Joanna Bagniewska, illustrated by Jennifer N. R. Smith

From the familiar to the improbable, the gross to the endearing, The Modern Bestiary is a compendium of curious creatures. It includes both animals that have made headlines and those you’ve probably never heard of, such as skin-eating caecilians, harp sponges, or zombie worms – also known as bone-eating snot flowers.

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Plant Magick (Library of Esoterica) by Taschen

Explores the historic roots of plants in myth, religion, and magickal practices. Through essays, interviews, and more than 400 images-from ancient Egyptian stonework to 18th-century botanical illustrations, Plant Magick chronicles the beautifully symbiotic relationship between plants and people.

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The Golden Mole by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Talya Baldwin

A lavishly illustrated compendium of the staggering lives of some of the world’s most endangered animals.

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The Book of Vanishing Species by Beatrice Forshall

From the dragonlike olm to the hawksbill turtle, Forshall records the existence of a host of remarkable creatures at risk of extinction through both illuminating text and stunning illustration.

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★ Creature by Shaun Tan

A beautiful collection of paintings, drawings, reflections and essays illuminating the author and narrative artist’s thoughts and advice for writers and artists, young and old.

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Art of Anthropologie by Anthropologie

Showcases how Anthropologie and its creative teams have been creating handcrafted displays, from grand seasonal decorations to small notes hidden in drawers, taking craft techniques to new heights.

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Phaenomena by Giles Sparrow

The expansive and intricate Atlas Coelestis, created by Johann Doppelmayr in 1742, set out to record everything known about astronomy at the time, covering constellations, planets, moons, comets, and more, all rendered in exquisite detail. Through stunning illustrations, historical notes, and scientific explanations, Phenomena contextualizes Doppelmayr’s atlas and creates a spectacular handbook to the heavens.

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Christmas

★ Paddington’s Christmas Post based on the character by Michael Bond, illustrated by R. W. Alley

An interactive picture book that follows Paddington as he does his best to help the Brown family get ready for a very special Christmas. Five envelopes inside open to reveal a removable  Advent calendar, Christmas cards, a bear-shaped Christmas tree decoration, and more

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★ Clarice Bean: Think Like an Elf by Lauren Child

Clarice Bean kindles the holiday spirit in a full-color illustrated novel: “Christmas cannot be Christmas without the Christmas spirit, so it is important to keep an eye on it and not let it float away.”

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The Very Merry Murder Club – Serena Patel & Robin Stevens (eds)

A joyous anthology of Christmassy crime stories for young readers (the hardback was released last year).

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback, with decorative sprayed page edges.

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A Ukranian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak and Nadiyka Gerbish

A beautifully illustrated introduction to Ukraine’s unique Christmas traditions.

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★ Postal Bakes: Over 50 cakes and sweet treats to post by Lucy Burton

Over 40 easy yet decadent recipes, all made to be sent through the post, and small enough to come through your letterbox if you’re not home.

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Literary Gift Ideas

★ Revenge of the Librarians by Tom Gauld

An absolutely hilarious collection of literary cartoons that will ring true with any reader, author (or librarian!). Even has a cute removable ‘library card’ stuck on the front flyleaf. 

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★ Rooms of Their Own: Where Great Writers Write by Alex Johnson, illustrated by James Oses

Essays and illustrations on the writing rooms of 50 of the best writers around the world – from attics and studies to billiard rooms and bathtubs.

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★ Librorum Ridiculorum: A Compendium of Bizarre Books by Brian Lake

A celebration of all the weird and wonderful books that can be found in antiquarian bookshops, from Scouts in Bondage to Frog Raising for Pleasure and Profit. (Note: available now in UK, preorder in US).

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★ Great Novels: The World’s Most Remarkable Fiction Explored and Explained by DK

Explores the finest novels from around the world and through time. Includes paintings, photographs, and artefacts help to tell the story of each novel and what inspired their authors; features superb images of first editions and manuscripts; includes quotations and extended extracts offer a flavour of each novel; and some “character maps” to show how characters relate to each other. 

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The Art of the Illustrated Book by Julius Bryant

A remarkable study of the illustrated book, tracing its development across centuries and presenting some of the most important and beautiful examples ever created.

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★ Lang’s Fairy Book Journals by Paperblanks

A variety of differently sized journals with beautiful Victorian illustrations from the first editions of Andrew Lang’s Green and Violet Fairy Books

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Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World by Irene Vallejo, translated by Charlotte Whittle

“Journeying along the battlefields of Alexander the Great, beneath the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, at Cleopatra’s palaces and the scene of Hypatia’s murder, award-winning author Irene Vallejo chronicles the excitement of literary culture in the ancient world, and the heroic efforts that ensured this impressive tradition would continue.” Lots of interesting anecdotes and insights from this Spanish writer – it covers everything from the birth of the alphabet to the Great Library of Alexandria. (Sadly, no illustrations, just an interesting read.)

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Novelist as a Vocation – Haruki Murakami

Murakami’s musings on the peculiar profession of the novelist, discussing his own creative process as well as the role of novelists in society in characteristically luminous prose.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback, with white stencilled design on black sprayed page edges.

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★ Phantomwise Tarot by Erin Morgenstern

When Erin Morgenstern was working on her international bestseller The Night Circus, she began a creative exercise to better understand the complexities of the tarot. This fantastical 78 card tarot deck is the result, with a black-and-white world that is a little bit circusy, a little bit Wonderland, and a little bit nocturnal phantasia of its own invention. It is a mix of myth and fairy tale, where each individual you meet may be an illusion, reflection, or distortion. 

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Mayhem in the Library Jigsaw Puzzle

This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle is also packed with 101 literary riddles to solve (using classic books that even casual readers will have heard of). 

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League of Lexicon by Two Brothers Games

A kickstarter success story (currently only available from Kickstarter or Waterstones) – this board game is perfect for all lovers of language, linguistics and lexicography.

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★ Botanica: The Herbalist’s Tarot by Kevin Jay Stanton

Explores the biological roots of the Arcana with 78 fully-painted symbolic cards, rooted in classical Tarot interpretations as well as the lore and mythology of the plant kingdom.

Includes foil stamped, gilt-edged cards, printed 3.25″ x 4.15″ on premium heavyweight card stock with a golden dandelion charm, an embroidered patch, four stickers, and six Tarot-sized postcards.

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Something Special

Visions of Beauty by Kinuko Craft

A magical oversized coffee-table art book with more than 300 drawings and paintings, printed in full color with pantone gold on 170g silk paper with edges adorned in gold leaf. 

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★ The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, translated by Ralphe Manheim, illustrated by Marie-Alice Harel

When ten-year-old Bastian is inexplicably drawn to a mysterious old book, he is transported through its pages to a world beyond his wildest imagination; an enchanted kingdom populated by dragons, unicorns, giants and sprites.

A simply stunning edition put out to celebrate Folio Society’s 75th anniversary – bound in blocked art silk, printed in two text colours throughout. One of my top books of the year!

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