We still have at least one book still available from the Franklin Library (see here), a few sets from Easton Press (see here), and currently I’ve been listing a bunch of books from the Folio Society. The Folios don’t have the gilt page edges, or leather bindings, or this and that, but they do each have a slipcase, and the illustrations all appear to be top notch. I mean, QUENTIN BLAKE ILLUSTRATED DON QUIXOTE! That is amazing. He also illustrated the Folio edition of Cyrano de Bergerac. Quentin Blake is of course known best for illustrating the bulk of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. If he’d only illustrate Dante, now…
Here’s what AbeBooks has to say about the Folio Society:
Standing like an island amid the sea of cheap mass produced paperbacks and formulaic new releases from the latest bright young things is the Folio Society. This organization is half publisher, half book club (as it has members) and was founded in 1947 on the principle that books should be beautiful to the eye as well as captivating to the mind.
The Folio Society’s formula for success is publishing books with exceptional typography, illustrations, paper and bindings. The Society sources new introductions from literary experts to accompany classic texts and uses skilled designers and master printers to produce memorable fine books. Fiction and non-fiction is published and you will be familiar with many of the titles and authors.
These books are often housed in beautiful slipcases. Sets and multi-volume editions are commonplace. The Folio Society takes a classic book and finds an expert to write a fresh introduction. It publishes books that are already winners – some of them like The Wind in the Willows and The Canterbury Tales have become iconic – but adds much more to the look and feel.
There are a lot of books on British History, ancient history, classic novels, collections of short fiction, and more modern novels (20th century, at least). The complete Sherlock Holmes short stories. A nice box set of Darwin. A box set of five of Charles Dickens’ best novels…
As of this writing, there are still a lot more yet to be listed.
I mean, look at these things!