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Beautiful Sets of Classic Books

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In print (contemporary editions)

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Signature Gilded Editions

Embossed covers and gilt page edges

A list of all the books in the pocket sized Signature Gilded Editions series by Union Square & Co. First released 2023.

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Jane Austen Collection

Harper Muse Die-cuts

Six Austen novels with delicate laser-cut paper dust jackets, complementing the Seasons Editions. First released 2023.

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Quarterbound Classics

Vintage Quarter Clothbound Editions

Bright cloth spines with contemporary illustrative covers and silk ribbon bookmarks. First released 2023.

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Arcturus Illustrated Classics

Classics with contemporary illustrations

A series of dust jacketed classics with specially commissioned illustrations. First released 2023.

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Little Clothbounds

Diverse novellas

Penguin's clothbound classic short stories with foiled covers. First released 2022.

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Painted Editions

Wraparound Cover Art

Harper Muse hardbacks with painted cover art and full page pull quotes. First released 2022.

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Deluxe Illustrated Classics

Union Square editions

Each of these volumes has a different design aesthetic, but all are uniformly gorgeous. First released 2021.

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Heller's Letters

Removable Letters

Authentic period style letters, expanding on missives mentioned in the original text. First released 2021.

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Marjolein Bastin

Removable Ephemera

Classics with delightful removable period ephemera including maps, sheet music, postcards and family trees. First released 2021.

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Arcturus Gilded Classics

Shiny covers and gilded page edges

A list of all the books in the Arcturus Gilded Classics series (published by Sirius in the US). Includes fiction and non-fiction. First published 2021.

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Wordsworth Exclusives

Pretty paperbacks

Cheap and cheerful paperbacks, with beautifully atmospheric gold-foiled cover illustrations. First published 2021.

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Penguin Vitae

"Penguins of one's life"

Diverse authors, foiled hardback covers and pretty endpapers. First released 2020.

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Beehive Illuminated

Contemporary artwork

Oversized slipcased editions matching great graphic artists with classic works from centuries past. First released 2019.

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Seasons Editions

Laser-cut limited editions

Seasonally thematic collections of classic fiction with laser-cut dust jackets and other features. First released 2019.

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Chiltern Classics

Small textured volumes

Beautiful pocket sized editions of the classics with decorative textured covers inspired by classic Victorian design. First released 2018.

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Canterbury / Bath Treasuries

Classic Treasuries

Bright clothbound classics called Canterbury in the US and Bath in the UK. First released 2017.

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Wordsworth Collector's Editions

Classic Treasuries

Affordable British hardbacks, including a special 'luxe' editions set as well. First released 2018.

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MinaLima's Classics

Interactive children's classics

A collector's guide and complete illustrated bibliography of the interactive children's classics by the renowned illustrators of the Harry Potter universe. First released 2015.

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Penguin Leatherbound

Brightly foiled classics

Shiny patterns by Coralie Bickford-Smith catch the light on these faux leather bound classic novels. First released 2015.

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Penguin Pocket Philosophy Set

Fine linen two-toned bindings

A collection of philosophical titles selected selected because they have “changed the history of thought”. First released 2014.

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Puffin in Bloom

Pretty illustrated covers by Anna Bond

A list of all the books in the series, including the the hardbacks, gift sets, mini-books, and more. First released 2014.

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Barnes & Noble Pocket Classics

Quick leatherbound shorts

Quick reads covering a range of poetry, history and philosophy titles. First released 2013.

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Penguin Ink

Tattoo Art

Paperback classics with wraparound cover art by prominent contemporary tattoo artists. First released 2010.

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Canterbury Leatherbound Classics

Affordable leatherbounds

Leather classics with decorative cover art. First released 2010.

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Penguin Clothbounds

Printed designs and linen bindings

Beautiful repeating patterns by Coralie Bickford-Smith feature on this classic Penguin series. First released 2008.

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Calla Facsimiles

Beautiful facsimiles with golden age illustrations

Surprisingly affordable facsimiles of deluxe classics from the golden age of illustration. First released 2008.

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Virago Designer Classics

Modern fiction by women writers

Complete illustrated list of the pretty Virago Modern Classics Designer Collection. First released 2008.

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White's Fine Editions

Clothbound Tradition

Beautiful wraparound cloth covers by different illustrators and elegant typography and design. First released 2008.

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Barnes & Noble Collectibles

Brightly decorative leatherbound classics

A complete list of all the books and all your questions answered. First markets as 'collectibles' in 2005.

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Penguin Deluxe Classics

Quality Penguin Paperbacks

World classics, with wraparound cover art on French flaps and deckled page edges. First released 1997.

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Penguin's Foiled Fitzgeralds

Elegant metallic covers & matching bookmarks

This pretty collection of F Scott Fitzgerald’s works was the first of Penguin’s foiled cover designs. First released 1992.

Vintage / Out-of-print

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Peter Owen's Cased Classics

Eye-catching International Classics

Gift editions of international classics, featuring artwork from contemporary British artists printed paper-over-board beneath elegant die-cut jackets. First released 2017.

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Macmillan Popular Classics

Watercolour Artwork

Watercolour cover designs put out by Pan Macmillan India. First released 2016.

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Rockport's Reimagined Classics

Contemporary illustrations

A library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. First released 2014.

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Mr Boddington's Classics

Classic Penguin novels

Vintage collection of classic authors with pretty covers. First released 2013.

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Sterling Signature Shakespeare

Stunning die-cut illustrations

Selected Shakespeare plays with stunning die-cut illustrations. First released 2012.

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B&N Signature Editions

Beautifully lettered covers

Barnes & Noble bonded leather hardcover classics (later replaced with flexibound covers). First released 2011.

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Margaret Atwood

70th Birthday Editions

Seven special edition hardbacks to celebrate the 70th birthday of Margaret Atwood in a limitation of 1500 copies. First released 2009.

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White's Fine Editions

Clothbound Tradition

Beautiful wraparound cloth covers by different illustrators and elegant typography and design. First released 2008.

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B&N Original Classics

Leatherbound Classics

The OG Barnes & Noble Collectible classics, in dark leather with gilded cover designs. First released 1992.

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FS Special Bindings

Folio Society's Rarest Titles

Five experimental limited leatherbound editions, with limitations between 25 to 75 copies only. First released 1960.

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Queen's Treasures

Dainty Vintage Collection

Small illustrated volumes featuring a variety of children's titles. First released 1908.

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Cranford Series

Vintage Green & Gold

Dark green cloth bindings with rich gilt designs on the covers and spines. First released 1875.

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