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 – support the shop if you can, but otherwise 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.
Series 2 (2020/2021)
Series 3 (2022/2023)
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 Kwaidan Collection 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, anticipated May 2022.
A collection of supernatural Japanese stories, nightmares and strange tales. Originally published in Hearn’s books Kwaidan and Shadowings.