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The content on this site is somewhat eclectic as it reflects my knowledge base and interests. The articles are based on my years of collecting, original research and generous contributions from fellow collectors – I try not to duplicate content that has already been done well elsewhere. For whatever reason, some of this research resonates more with passers-by than others, so here are some of the most popular pages on the site.

Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics

A complete list of all the books published in the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Collectible Classics series.

Bantam Agatha Christie

A collector’s guide to the complete Bantam’s vintage mystery collection of Agatha Christie’s works.

Folio Society Rainbow Fairy Books

A collector’s guide and video tour of the coveted Folio Society editions of Andrew Lang’s fairy tales.

MinaLima’s Interactive Classics

An introduction to MinaLima’s delightfully clever interactive editions of children’s classics.

Junior Deluxe Editions

A collector’s guide to this brightly coloured and cheerfully illustrated vintage children’s series.

Who doesn’t love a good “best of” list? Every December I make a list and video review of the most beautiful books I’ve seen published during the year, as well as a bit of a gift guide if you’re looking for a present for someone special. I also do preorder anticipations a couple of times a year along with other seasonal compilations for Hallowe’en and Christmas.

Not all books are easily categorised into a specific genre, so you will find several series appear under more than one heading. But hopefully these links will help you browse through your favorite style of literature.

Classics

Beautiful collections of classic novels, modern classic fiction, Shakespeare plays and poetry.

Children’s Literature

Delightful vintage collections and stunning contemporary designs that include classic children’s literature titles.

Contemporary Literature

Beautiful editions of more recent and contemporary literature.

Fairy Tales & Folklore

Books that are based on or retell fairy tales, folklore, myths and legends are a special focus of my collection.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Collector’s editions of speculative fiction titles, including classic fantasy and science fiction novels.

Mystery

I love solving puzzles, and Agatha Christie is the queen of crime and cozy mysteries with clever solutions.

Non-Fiction

Beautiful editions of biographies, histories and books on books.

Pop-ups and Paper Engineering

Surprising pop-ups, clever paper engineering and books with removable ephemera.

Poetry & Plays

Beautiful poetry collections and special editions of Shakespeare’s classic plays.

Charles van Sandwyk

Whimsical fairy artist and Folio Society darling with his own private press.

Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone

Twin illustrators best known for their vintage fairy tale collections.

Errol Le Cain

Famous for the gorgeous jewel tones in his stunning fairy tale books, as well as several animated films.

Edition Comparisons

Alice in Wonderland

A collector’s guide to the best and most beautiful editions of Alice. (You can video tour my huge collection.)

The Secret Garden

A comparison of some of my favourite editions of this classic.

Mary Poppins

A short illustrated bibliography of the best Mary Poppins books.

Publishers

The Folio Society

The Folio Society are renowned for their stunning design, beautiful covers and high quality bindings.

Penguin

Penguin produce excellent scholarly editions that are affordable, with many beautiful series to their name including the Puffin paperbacks, and even less well-known deluxe limited editions.

Introduction to Collecting

A Book Collector’s Glossary

Explanations of common terms and acronyms used by collectors.

Top Tips for Buying Books

5 helpful tips for new collectors – from how to save money to the difference between collecting and hoarding.

Finding fancy books

An introduction to my book-buying secrets.

Fun Stuff

Book Swag

How to get your hands on pre-order offers and book swag.

Sprayed Edges

A compendium of upcoming books with unique sprayed edge designs, and an archive of special older editions to enjoy.

Bookish Things

Book-related goodies, paraphernalia and ephemera to entertain a bibliophile.

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