The Seasons Editions – Beautiful Die-cut Classics
This series published by Thomas Nelson includes a selection of classics released in groups of four between 2019 to 2021, with each book specially chosen to thematically reflect the season in which the main part of the story occurs.
2022 Update: Details about the new matching “Jane Austen Collection” which adds Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park in a similar series binding.
All books in the series feature a detailed laser-cut book jacket designed by Kate Armstrong, that comes protected with a removable plastic jacket (they are supposed to be discarded, but the design is so fine and fragile you are likely to want to keep it it protect from shelf wear and damage).
The books have textured boards in block colors under the jacket, with gold foil stamping on the front cover, spine and a seasonal quote from the book on back cover. The books are illustrated throughout with several decorative quotes in a block color that matches the spine.
The Winter editions have page edges sprayed to match the boards, while later editions feature a matching laser-cut bookmark. Winter and Summer jackets are white, Spring jackets are cream and Fall jackets are black. Small die cuts also feature on the spine of the dust jackets, so they look really beautiful on the shelf as well.
The endpapers are patterned, and match eight large colored pull-out quotes that decorate the interior. The bindings are smyth-sewn, with coordinating head and tail bands and a ribbon bookmark. (Winter editions featured sprayed page edges, later seasons included matching laser cut bookmark.) Interiors are printed in two colors on heavy weight (105gsm) white paper with drop caps and decorative borders. All books are first editions, and the entire print run is numbered and limited to 10,000 copies.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Pride and Prejudice from the publishers. I loved it enough I went out and bought the rest of the set myself.
Seasons Editions - Winter
Released November 2019
Seasons Editions - Summer
Released July 23, 2020
The Wonderland Collection – Lewis Carroll
An omnibus edition that includes Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and A Tangled Tale. Delicate laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping and ribbon marker. Issued with die-cut bookmark.
Seasons Editions - Spring
Released March 9, 2021
Seasons Editions - Fall
Released 31 August 2021
Shakespeare in Autumn – William Shakespeare
Selected plays (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night) and the complete sonnets. Delicate laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping and ribbon marker. Issued with die-cut bookmark.
Jane Austen Collection
Released 14 March 2023.
A series of collector’s editions based on the limited edition Seasons collection. Same laser cut dust jacket, but unnumbered and without the sprayed edges of Winter nor the bonus bookmarks of the other seasons. Redesigned internal pull-out quote pages.