Fine and Finer Editions

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The Tragic Mary by Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper

Here is an interesting volume, one whose mediocre text has been almost totally forgotten but one that is so steeped in literary and artistic history that those who do remember … Continue reading

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Watership Down by Richard Adams – Paradine Press Special Edition

Another spectacular Paradine Press Special edition, this time Richard Adams’ beloved children’s story, Watership Down. Written in 1972, it was Adams’ first novel and it was an instant success. A … Continue reading

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I, Claudius by Robert Graves – The Paradine Press

Here is perhaps the definitive special edition of Robert Graves enduring historical fiction I, Claudius, published by the Paradine Press in 1977. First published in 1934 and written, so Graves … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith

We return to a classic with this new edition of Pride of Prejudice that is reminiscent of the ever popular Peacock Edition. This edition is part of a new Penguin … Continue reading

June 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Illustrated by Lynd Ward

Frankenstein is constantly being reimagined but invariably it is the classic depictions, those that stay close to Mary Shelley’s vision, that endure. To that end, let’s look at the 1934 … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Nun by Denis Diderot – Folio Society 1972

Another vintage Folio Society edition, this time Diderot’s controversial epistolic novel, The Nun. La Religieuse, or The Nun, has a curious origin, orginating from a practical joke played by Diderot … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Salome by Oscar Wilde – The Folio Society

The Folio Society are, arguably, at the peak of their powers. Releasing desirable titles in innovate bindings with tremendous new artwork (see the new Philip K. Dick here). However, their … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gulliver’s Travels – Illustrated by C. E. Brock 1894

There’s no question as to which is the best and most popular of the green cloth bindings: The Peacock edition of Pride and Prejudice. But here is an underrated gem … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Ingoldsby Legends – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

A return to those charming green cloth bindings and to the golden age of illustration with Dent’s edition of The Ingoldsby Legends, illustrated by Arthur Rackham. The Ingoldsby Legends is … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Roald Dahl Commemorative Edition

Published in 1991 to commemorate what would have been his 75th Birthday, here is the special limited edition set of the works of the great Roald Dahl. When I recall … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment
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