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 usually 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. If you’re happy to wait, they do later become available through retail stores.
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 (2021/2022)
The Beehive Series 3 kickstarter is active until Friday, Feb 26, 2021, and offers some good deals on their backlist as well if you’re interested in collecting these.
The kickstarter includes 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. They are also for the first time bringing out high-end limited 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 guys, but it will likely be a while before they come up.