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The Beehive Books ‘Illuminated Editions’ series is an ongoing series of classic literary masterworks. Each volume is beautifully designed by Maëlle Doliveux, filled with stunning illustrations, and presented in a slipcase.

The books are oversized (9″x12″) cloth-bound hardcovers with sewn signatures. The slipcases are textured, being elaborately debossed and embossed, die-cut, and foil blocked. The interior is printed on “creamy, acid-free uncoated paper with a fine tooth”, and each edition includes a minimum of ten full page illustrations, along with numerous spots, illuminated letters, and design pieces. The books are produced in a somewhat limited edition of 2500. 

The books are first released via kickstarter, so you’ll need to subscribe to their campaigns if you want a copy of the books when they are released. The kickstarter campaigns include access to their signed and numbered editions (limitations of 250 per title) that include foil-stamped slipcases, sprayed page edges, silk ribbon bookmarks and specialty bookplates.

If you’re happy to wait, you can buy them directly from the Beehive Shop after the campaign has been fulfilled. Or if you’d like to save a few dollars, they are usually cheaper when they become available through retail stores (links below – check which option is cheapest for your destination).

The Illuminated Editions

Series 1 (2017/2018)

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
Beehive Books, 2018.

A collection of Wilde’s moving, sweet and magical fairy tales, with stories from both of his fairy tale books The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant

See an in-depth review and video of The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde here.

→ Where to buy The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde:
Amazon | Amazon AUBook Depository | Blackwells | Abes

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells, illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, introduced by Guillermo del Toro.
Beehive Books, 2017.

An early science fiction classic of human chimeras and deranged scientific curiosity.

→ Where to buy The Island of Doctor Moreau
AmazonAmazon AUBook Depository | Blackwells | Abes

The Willows and other stories by Algernon Blackwood, illustrated by Paul Pope
Beehive Books, 2018.

A chilling story of two friends rafting down the flooded Danube, slowly becoming deranged by a mysterious force at work on the branch-choked river. 

→ Where to buy The Willows and Other Stories:
Amazon |
Amazon AUBook Depository | Blackwells | Abes

Series 2 (2020/2021)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, illustrated by Brecht Evens
Beehive Books, 2020.

The boy who wouldn’t grow up brings Wendy and her brothers to Neverland, where he has a showdown with his nemesis, Captain Hook.

→ Where to buy Peter Pan:
Amazon
Amazon AUBook Depository | Blackwells | Abes | Beehive Books

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Constance Garnett, illustrated by Dave McKean
Beehive Books, August 2021.

The classic intense Russian psychological crime novel of guilt, morality and philosophy.

→ Where to preorder Crime and Punishment:
AmazonBook Depository | Blackwells | Beehive Books

The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, illustrated Rebekka Dunlap
Beehive Books, September 2021.

An inter-dimensional otherworldly queer romance written in 1666.

→ Where to preorder The Blazing World:
AmazonBook Depository | Blackwells | Beehive Books

Series 3 (2021/2022)

The Beehive Series 3 kickstarter closed in February 2021. 

For the first time, this kickstarter included high-end lettered editions of the new titles, only 26 copies of each, housed in a silkscreened cloth clamshell case with a foil-stamped print by the illustrator.

Note that if you’re not in the US, shipping is verrrrrry expensive – I’ll be adding alternative purchasing links when they become available for you, but it will be a while before they come up.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by the Balbusso Twins. Including an introduction by Nathan Robinson.
Beehive Books, December 2021.

The classic saga of love, wealth, corruption and decadence.

Kwaidan and Shadowings by Lafcadio Hearn, illustrated by Kent Williams. Including an introduction by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, a foreword by writer Kyoko Yoshida, and an essay by Bon Koizumi.
Beehive Books, December 2021.

A collection of supernatural Japanese stories, nightmares and strange tales.

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay, illustrated by Jim Woodring. Including an introduction by Alan Moore.
Beehive Books, December 2021.

An interesting amalgam of mysticism, science fiction, sexual politics, and outrageous fantasy from the 1920s.

2 Comments

Zan Rebolj · 13 July 2021 at 4:51 pm

Is this true, The Island of Doctor Moreau is not a complete book?

    Daisy · 13 July 2021 at 5:22 pm

    No, it is the complete story.

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