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Macmillan Gift Collections

Introduction & Series Review

old macmillan logo 2British publishing house Macmillan has a long publishing history (founded in 1843), and is traditionally considered to be one of the ‘Big Five’ English language publishers. This gives them an excellent back catalogue of classics texts and illustrations to draw from.

These beautiful gift editions are oversized volumes with die-cut covers, foiled and spot varnish details on thick coverboards, head and tail bands, sewn text block, foiled page edges and a ribbon marker. They are made to last! Due to the size, they are likely to be a bit cumbersome for small children to read, but they are perfect for a read-aloud at bedtime.

For the older reader (ahem, like me!), the books also include additional information about the history of the authors and artists involved in Macmillan’s original story collections, first published in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The Macmillan Gift Collection editions have foiled page edges, die-cut covers, ribbon markers, and spot varnish details on the boards, as seen here on the Complete Alice.

List of books

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The Macmillan Collection of Norse Myths

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Macmillan Children’s Books, Oct 2024, 9781035040650. Foreword by Michael Morpurgo.

A brilliant collection of stories based on the heroes and villains of Norse Mythology

“Delve into the world of gods, giants and monsters, as you sit atop Air Throne and survey the kingdom of Asgard. With magnificent colour and line-work illustrations from artists such as Charles Brock, Arthur Rackham and Helen Stratton, and a foreword from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, this special book is a timeless gift to treasure for fans of Norse Mythology, new and old.”

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The Macmillan Collection of Greek Myths

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Macmillan Children’s Books, Oct 2023 (Feb 2025 US), 9781035021901. Foreword by Joseph Coelho

The ultimate collection of Greek Myths and the perfect gift for mythology lovers of all ages

Orpheus and Eurydice, Persephone, Theseus and the Minotaur, The Golden Fleece, Perseus and Arachne . . . All the best-known Greek Myths are here, alongside extracts from The Iliad and The Odyssey. With classic illustrations from iconic artists such as Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane and Heath Robinson; and a foreword from award-winning author and Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho.”

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The Macmillan Collection of Myths and Legends

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Macmillan Children’s Books, Oct 2022 (Oct 24 US), 9781529082098. Foreword by Michael Morpurgo.

Over forty myths and legends from around the world

“Bringing together amazing stories from across the world, from Greek and Norse mythology, to famous British legends including The Sword in the Stone, alongside tales of spirits from Spain, fish Gods from China, an Australian Aboriginal frog that drank up all of the water in the world, and many more. Fully illustrated throughout, with beautiful colour and line-work images from iconic Golden Age illustrators, including Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane and Warwick Goble.

The Macmillan Fairy Tales Collection

Macmillan Gift CollectionsMacmillan Children’s Books, Oct 2021, 9781529041569.
Foreword by Michael Morpurgo.

Over fifty fairy tales from around the world

“This glorious collection contains much-loved favourites from Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, such as The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel, alongside lesser known fairy tales, such as the Chinese story of Bayberry, who rescues his sister, Little Red, from a devious dragon, tales of witches from Russia, tree ghosts from India, magical moon spirits from Japan and many more.”

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The Complete Jungle Book

kipling macmillan complete jungle bookMacmillan Children’s Books, Oct 2018, 9781509841851. Foreword by Katherine Rundell.

Classic illustrations by Stuart Tresilian in full colour

“This glorious collection contains much-loved favourites from Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, such as The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel, alongside lesser known fairy tales, such as the Chinese story of Bayberry, who rescues his sister, Little Red, from a devious dragon, tales of witches from Russia, tree ghosts from India, magical moon spirits from Japan and many more.”

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The Complete Alice by Lewis Carroll

complete alice coverMacmillan Children’s Books, Jul 2015, 9781447275992.
Foreword by Philip Pullman.

Original John Tenniel illustrations in full colour

“Macmillan was the original publisher of Alice in 1865 and is proud to remain true to the vision of its creators. This stunning anniversary treasury reproduces every word of Carroll’s masterpiece and its equally famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. The dreamlike illustrations, colour versions of Sir John Tenniel’s originals, were produced in 1911 by celebrated artist Harry Theaker, under the direction of Tenniel himself, and the series completed by contemporary watercolourist Diz Wallis.”

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☞ You might also like to check out the collector’s guide to Alice in Wonderland

1 Comment

JK · 21 June 2024 at 1:57 am

I love your site and very happy to seen these recent updates!
The description of The Complete Jungle Book seems very like that of The Fairy Tales Collection 😉

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