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What is this site about?

The Beautiful Books site includes website essays and guides for collectors, book review blog posts and a video channel, focussing on finding and sharing the most beautiful books in the world with other bibliophiles.

Who am I?

Hi! I’m Daisy, I have rather a lot of books, and I run this site.  ツ 

Personally, I consider myself a ‘book lover’ rather than a collector, because a true collector keeps their books pristine and beautiful and invests with an eye for potential reselling; whereas although I do hoard my treasures like a dragon (and maybe display them on my shelves like the proud trophies of a deranged serial killer), I also read them, fondle them and evangelise their merits to anyone brave enough to enter my orbit.

I’ve lived and worked in many countries around the world, so my taste is eclectic and culturally diverse. I currently live in Australia (where book postage = nightmare), which means I look at many different editions from around the world before deciding which one is the best. My personal tastes have a bias towards illustrated fiction, fantasy, children’s/middle grade/YA literature, classics, and clever pop-ups/paper engineering. I have quite a few shelves of semi-fine press volumes from publishers like the Folio Society and Easton Press, as well as more affordable series like the Barnes & Noble leather-bound classics and Penguin Deluxe paperbacks, and many vintage books as well.

Why am I running this site?

I have been collecting books for several decades. I want to share my love and knowledge with you, dear reader, to encourage and support you in building your own beautiful libraries in any way I can.

How can you participate?

Well, first of all – warmest thanks to you for even bothering to read this page! It’s actually rather nice of you to want to know more about the person behind the page – most people don’t bother, so kudos to you for your intellectual curiosity and generosity of spirit

I’d love to know more about you too, so please feel free to

  • Comment on any of the posts or pages that interest you – I’ll read everything and reply if you have a question.
  • Contact me let to let me know what books you love, or if you don’t love them, why – I really am interested in your opinion even if it’s different to mine. Also let me know if there’s anything you’d like to learn more about – my library is vast, and I love talking about books, so the odds are good that I will be able to fulfil your request.
  • Follow the links to the books from my blog posts – some of them (primarily Book Depository, Amazon and Abes) are affiliate links which means I sometimes get a couple of cents if you buy through the links that I can put towards running the site, and it doesn’t cost you anything extra. (And many thanks to those of you who do this by the way – I do appreciate it!) However, I promise to always only put the best links, so if there’s a signed copy or a special edition available somewhere that I don’t get a commission, don’t worry, I’ll still send you there instead! Your happiness and the quality of your library is definitely more important to me than 2c from Amazon…
  • Subscribe to receive notifications when I post new stuff if you like reading what I write.
  • Watch the videos on my YouTube Channel, give me a thumbs up, chat in the comment section, and subscribe to the channel if you prefer audiovisual to reading.
  • Finally, if you are a generous soul with a spare dollar burning a hole in your virtual pocket, you can visit my Patreon page. It will get you all my love – plus also access to videos and posts that are only available to patrons, as well as personalised book buying recommendations and other special chats, just for you…

Where else can you find me?

I am most active here on this website and also on the YouTube channel I mentioned earlier. I also post updates on my Facebook page, and I occasionally post on Instagram and Twitter.


Russ · 27 July 2021 at 8:23 am

Thank you for you wonderful pages on Charles van Sandwyk books. I had a difficult time researching a book I bought called, How to See Fairies. That was until I found your site.

    Daisy · 28 July 2021 at 9:00 pm

    So glad you found your way here. Charles’ work is really magical – and addictive! Dx

Susan J Fitz · 5 April 2021 at 2:33 am

Thank you so much for your offer to help, Daisy! if I just had an old ad showing the shelf, I would know about what size to look for. I just moved into my new duplex and those books want to get out of those boxes! I’ll appreciate any help you can give! Hugs from Fortuna, Ca!

Susan Fitz · 27 March 2021 at 7:45 am

Just noticed my post says 7:40am, guess thats Australia time! Sorry to disturb you so early! Susie Fitz. sjfitz2@gmail.com

Susan Fitz · 27 March 2021 at 7:40 am

I love books too, so I feel sure you are a dear, warm hearted lady, maybe Agatha modeled Bunty after meeting you! Sometimes I wish so many characters would come to life, how wonderful that would be, and yet most characters are drawn from real people and I wonder if I’ve actually met any yet!
I’m on a mission to find the Bantam bookshelf that was offered after I received my final Agatha Christie Bantam book club edition. I kick myself daily for not buying it! (I can show you the bruise!). Can you help me or at least tell me the measurements or send me a pic of it, I will probably have to have one made. In appreciation, Susie Fitz

    Daisy · 3 April 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Hello! Apologies for taking so long to reply – there was an issue with comments on my site that is hopefully now fixed 🙂 Hopefully only the nice Christie characters come to life – there are a few murderers I’d be happy never to meet… I don’t have the details for the Bantam bookshelf, but there is a very helpful fellow who has one of the most complete collections I know of that I will ask for you, hopefully he will be able to help! I’ll update when I hear back!

      Daisy · 9 September 2021 at 10:35 am

      Hi Susan! Jonathan – our resident Bantam Christie expert – has managed to track down some information for you on the mysterious Bantam Bookshelf! He had some correspondence with a collector whose mother kept a stack of advertisements and correspondence she and her husband had received from Bantam, and amongst it was an advert for a set of book shelves. Though the advert was from Bantam, it also had Random House printed at the bottom. The thing about the book shelves is they were not specifically made for the Agatha Christie collection. Yes, the offer had the Agatha Christie silhouette (in blue) at the top, and the sales pitch was that the shelves would be ideal for displaying the Collection, but the shelves themselves had no gold silhouette or insignia or anything of the kind. They were just book shelves. The letter/offer wasn’t dated, but the most recent title his parent’s had was “Absent In The Spring”, so best guess is the offer was sent in the ’90’s. Many thanks to Jonathan for his clever sleuthing, and I hope this information helps you in your search ツ

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