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Sherlock Holmes & Emma: New White’s Books Fine Editions

Sherlock Holmes & Emma: New White’s Books Fine Editions

I’m thrilled to share that the White’s Books Fine Edition of Sherlock Holmes: His Greatest Cases is now available in the US. Wouldn’t it make a beautiful gift? My dad loves Sherlock Holmes…might have to put that away for Father’s Day. In a few months, you’ll also be able to purchase a White’s Books Fine Edition of Emma — doesn’t it have beautiful cover? Pre-order now by clicking here.

You can also still purchase six of White’s Books Fine Editions published last year:

Click on any of the above  links to buy, or click here to see my older post on the first six books.

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I’m a big fan of Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s cover designs (earlier this year I pointed out some of her great designs). Today I’m extra excited to show off these  cloth-bound classics that Coralie designed for for Penguin. I heard about them this morning via design*sponge, where you can also find an interview with Coralie. The series just became available in the US. Wouldn’t they make great gifts?

bovaryGreat ExpectationsSense and SensiblityThe Woman in whitePicture of Dorian GrayPride and Prejudice

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I found these great book covers designs by Coralie Bickford-Smith at the Book Cover Archive.

The Masque of the Red Death Summer in AlgiersThe Virgin of the Seven Daggers

The Masque of the Red Death, book cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith; Summer in Algiers, by Albert Camus, book cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith; The Virgin of the Seven Daggers, book cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith

I’ve been drooling over Faber’s gorgeous 80th anniversary poetry covers ever since spotting them on designsponge last week.  Illustrators and printmakers were commissioned for the covers of six new editions of twentieth-century poetry (by W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, John Betjemen, T.S. Eliot, and Ted Hughes) and the woodcut and linocut results on the covers and matching endpapers are just beautiful. I recently started dabbling in linocuts and found these to be fantastic inspiration. Visit FaceOut Books for a great description of project designer Miriam Rosenbloom’s process, including how themes, artists, and unifying elements were chosen. I’d think they’d make beautiful gifts. W.H. Auden Faber 80th Anniversary EditionPoetry of WH Auden, poems selected by John Fuller, cover by Paul CatherallSylvia Plath Faber 80th Anniversary EditionPoetry of Sylvia Plath, poems selected by Ted Hughes, cover by Peter LawrenceJohn Betjeman Faber 80th Anniversary EditionPoetry of John Betjeman, poems selected by Hugo Williams, cover by Joe McLarenT.S. Eliot Faber 80th Anniversary EditionPoetry of T.S. Eliot, poems selected by T.S. Eliot, cover by Clare CurtisW.B. Yeats Faber 80th Anniversary EditionW.B. Yeats, poems selected by Seamus Heaney, cover by Heaney Nick MorleyTed Hughes Faber 80th Anniversary EditionPoetry of Ted Hughes, poems selected by Simon Armitage, cover by Mark Hearld

san-francisco-guidebookThe San Francisco guidebook San Francisco Step by Step (published by Insight Guides) became available today at, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other major book retailers. Whether you’re a San Francisco visitor, newcomer, or someone who has called the Bay Area home for years, this San Francisco travel guidebook’s walking tours are a great way to explore San Francisco on foot. Of course, another reason I’m so excited about these San Francisco walking tours is because I wrote them! To learn more about the San Francisco Step by Step travel guidebook, click here.  Happy exploring!

For those of you that liked the Abelardo Morell shots from yesterday, I forgot to mention that you can get some for your coffee table via his A Book of Books, a collection of his book-related photographs.


Drooling over Morell’s images yesterday only made me hungry for more book photography. And look what I found:


This gem is On Reading,  a compilation of André Kertész’ photographs. I found it at the SFMOMA store (which never disappoints me). From the MOMA website: “André Kertész was one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium’s history. Taken between 1920 and 1970, these photographs capture people reading in many parts of the world. Kertész’s images celebrate the absorptive power and pleasure of this solitary activity and speak to readers everywhere.” I think it would make a perfect coffee table book for both literature lovers and photographers. Check out the gallery here with loads of amazing photographs.


I also found that there is a Kertész exhibit running until March 22, 2009 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan. Wish I could check that out!



Apartment Therapy introduced me yesterday to these beautiful books and I thought they looked so pretty I had to share. They are the Fine Editions series published by White’s Books, the new venture of former Penguin designer David Pearson. The books are classic works of literature and the presentation is really fantastic. Leading artists are commissioned to create wrap-around cover designs, which are then printed onto cloth using brass printing blocks. Other features: elegant typesetting, thick acid-free paper, printed end-pages, and a pretty red ribbon to mark your place.

Click on the links to buy:Jane Eyre (Fine Edition), Treasure Island (Fine Edition), Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol and Other Stories (Fine Edition)Sonnets and Poems (Fine Edition) (with illustrations by Petra Börner, Joe McLaren, Stanley Donwood, and David Pearson). Now also available are Wuthering Heights (Fine Edition)and Pride and Prejudice (Fine Edition).

Click here to read an interview with David Pearson about the project on the Creative Review blog.