Gift A Book For Christmas – 3 – The Beauty of Folio Society Books
These titles and many more beautiful Folio Society books for Christmas are currently available at Folio Society Books
‘Would you like a book for Christmas?’ one of P. G. Wodehouse’s plump, tilt-nosed, sporty heroines asks her boyfriend from the Drones Club, to which he replies: ‘No thanks, I’ve got a book.’
A life with one book is unthinkable, and while Folio Society books are not the only ones, nor should they be, they will, with luck, have a role to play in enriching the lives of book-lovers for years to come.
Folio Society books come in many different formats, whether it’s an early individual book with a dust jacket or one of the later ones in slipcases
Candide has ranked as one of the world’s great satires since its first publication in 1759. Click To View
The Folio Society has also published numerous superb Boxed Sets
Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490–1700 by Diarmaid MacCulloch Click To View
And some of the finest Author Collections
Anthony Trollope Collection 48 Volumes Series Bound Folio Society 1989-99 Click To View
With an exiting range of the finest Limited Editions
Alpine Climbing On Foot and With Ski Wedderburn Open Air ca1936 – A text book for the climber of some experience climbing in Britian who is contemplating an Alpine Holiday Click To View
A Little Book Of Language David Crystal Yale UP 2010 – From an infant’s first words to the peculiar dialect of text messaging the book reveals the story of language to be a captivating tale for all ages. Click To View
Scottish Songs Findlater Campbell Lomond Books 2003 – A collection of more than 80 traditional compositions arranged for voice and piano. Click To View
London Ward Lock Illustrated Guide 2008 – Originally published in the early 1950’s, all information is from a pre-1960’s edition. Click To View
Little Men Louisa M Alcott Collins Classics 1960 – The third book in the Little Women series. Click To View
The Outing Dylan Thomas Dent 1974 – First published 1955 in ‘A Prospect of the Sea.’ under the title ‘A Story’, this was the first separate edition. Click To View
Churchill The Man of the Century Neil Ferrier 1955 – A pictorial biography detailing his life and career. Click To View
E=mc2 Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation Bodanis 2000 – In this fascinating ‘biography’ David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. Click To View
A Dictionary of British History Secker & Warburg 1981 – The book covers the history of the British Isles and its overseas possessions from the Roman conquest until 1970. Click To View
Private Angelo by Eric Linklater Cape 1949 – Seriously funny and one of my favourite reads. Click To View
My Lively Lady Alec Rose Nautical Publishing 1968 – Alec Rose`s own story which includes two heroines, his boat `Lively Lady`, and Dorothy his wife. Click To View
Arms of the County Councils of Scotland David Patton Argyll 1977 – Full page colour plates of Council arms, with heraldic explanations. Click To View
Edward Lear’s Nonsense Omnibus Warne c1966 – With all the original pictures, verses and stories. Click To View
A Social History Of Nineteenth-Century France Price Holme Meier 1987 – This book argues that the social impact of the French Revolution has been greatly exaggerated, and that in 1815 France was still predominantly a rural and pre-industrial society. Click To View
Tropic of Capricorn Henry Miller Guild 1988 – A riotous and explosive mixture of joys and frustrations, Tropic of Capricorn chronicles Miller’s early life in New York, from his repressive Brooklyn childhood spent amongst ‘a galaxy of screwballs’ to frantic, hilarious years of dead-end jobs and innumerable erotic adventures. Click To View
A World Too Vast Columbus Alexander McKee 1990 – The Four Voyages of Columbus. Illustrated with colour photographs, contemporary woodcuts, engravings and maps. Click To View
A Speech On The Death Of King George The Fifth 1936 – Broadcast from London by the Prime Minister on Tuesday 21st 1936 Click To View
Villette Charlotte Bronte Everymans 1992 – Charlotte Bronte’s most autobiographical novel. Click To View
Napoleon His Wives and Women Christopher Hibbert HarperCollins 2002 – Entertaining biography of Napoleon Bonaparte – looking at his relationships with his wives, mistresses and women. Click To View
The Secret History Procopius Folio Society 1990 – The Secret History covers roughly the same years as the first seven books of the History of Justinian’s Wars and appears to have been written after they were published. Click To View
Monkeys In The Dark Blanche dAlpuget Aurora 1980 – Novel based in troubled Indonesia. Click To View
Sermons and Soda-Water John O’Hara Cresset 1961 – These sermons admirably fulfil their author’s intention, which is to record the way people talked and felt during the troubled interim from the end of one world war to the end of another. Click To View
Muddied Oafs The Last Days of Rugger Richard Beard Yellow Jersey 2003 – There is Rugby Union: the fast, compelling, TV-friendly combat sport in which sponsored gladiators are sold on their ability to crash into each other at top speed, and sometimes even to avoid each other and score. And then there’s Rugger! Click To View
Alexander Solzhenitsyn A Century In His Life Thomas Little Brown 1998 – This is as much a disturbing, haunting history of the twentieth century as it is a biography of a great novelist. Click To View
My Work at the Surete Jean Belin Harrap 1950 – From police constable to Commissioner, including much on his battles with the Gestapo in WW2 & with the fascist Cagoulards & Petainists. Click To View
Edmund Dulac Birthday Book Hodder and Stoughton 1981 – Ten page introduction to Edmund Dulac with a blank twelve month birthday book with four days to a page. Click To View
Atlas of Medieval Europe Routledge 1998 – The book’s maps covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the beginning of the Renaissance. Click To View
Arthurian Legends Coghlan Claremont Books 1996 – In this book Ronan Coghlan has examined all the different strands of the Arthurian myth, bringing together material from a wide range of sources such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Chrétien de Troyes, the Mabinogion and the English Gawain Cycles. Click To View
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Anita Loos Folio Society 1990 – The Intimate Diary of a Professional Lady is a comic novel written by Anita Loos. Click To View
Point Counter Point Aldous Huxley Folio Society 1958 – Huxley characterizes the symptoms of “the disease of modern man” in the manner of a composer — themes and characters are repeated, altered slightly, and played off one another in a tone that is at once critical and sympathetic. Click To View
Secret Societies David V Barrett Godsfield Press 2008 – The book explores the covert societies that have exerted power and influence over millions of people throughout history. Click To View
A Summer In Lochaber Catriona Fforde 2002 – The history of the first of the Jacobite Risings – not the 1715 rebellion but that of the summer of 1689. Click To View
Complete Illustrated Works Shakespeare Bath Press 1988 – The illustrations in this volume are taken from various classic editions of the plays and from paintings on Shakespearean themes. Click To View
The Venus of Konpara John Masters Michael Joseph 1960 – A moving and exciting tale of six people in search of an ancient Indian statue and the tumultuous effect the search has on their lives. Click To View
Cheri Colette Folio Society 1963 – Set in the ‘demi-monde’ of the Parisian courtesans before World War One, it tells the story of Lea an aging courtesan who has for a number of years been teaching Frederic Pelous (Cheri) a handsome, spoilt, sardonic young man about love. Click To View
The Toynbee Convector Ray Bradbury Grafton 1989 – An old woman learns what it truly means to believe in ghosts in ”On the Orient, North”; another woman discovers a mysterious ”Trapdoor” in a house she has occupied for years; and an old man attempts to change his own past in ”A Touch of Petulance” in this new collection of 23 stories by one of sf’s grand masters. Click To View
The Norse Atlantic Saga Gwyn Jones Oxford 1965 – Being the Norse Voyages of Discovery and Settlement to Iceland, Greenland, and America documented by Professor Gwyn Jones. Click To View
Aylmer Court Henly Arden Wells Gardner Darton 1894 – A novel set in the time of Cromwell. Click To View
Voyages to the Moon and the Sun Cyrano de Bergerac Folio Society 1991 – Originally published in 1657 and 1662, respectively, the novels combined science fiction and political satire. Click To View
Read about the life of Christopher Columbus an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer.
Take a look at our books detailing Captain Cook’s three epic voyages circumnavigating the globe, mapping thousands of miles of coastline, and ranging from the Bering Strait via tropical islands to Antarctic ice and delve into his last voyage.
Take a trip through time with Marco Polo the Italian merchant traveller from Venice whose travels were recorded in a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China.
All titles chosen to become Folio books are the finest in their genre and all are treated to extremely high production standards, but those selected for their Limited Editions Collections are, quite simply, exceptional. Great works of literature or history become great works of art.
For Limited Editions their production teams have leave to indulge their passion for exquisite materials and fine binding techniques which simply cannot be considered for longer book runs. Exceptional craftsmanship creates these highly collectable books – from and content perfectly married to produce a lasting legacy for generations to come.
During the 1930s, artist sculptor and typographer Eric Gill collaborated with the Golden Cockerel Press on a number of projects. The Folio Society has published in facsimile the three crowning works of this association: Troilus and Creseyde, The Canterbury Tales and The Four Gospels. They are among the most admired books of the 20th century, a sublime marriage of type and illustration.
My favourite Limited Editions include Spenser’s Faerie Queene; Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury; and Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
What is the value of a reputation that probably will not last above one or two generations? ‘Sir Walter Scott once asked Ballantyne.
Almost 200 years after Waverley was first published, a constant tide of new editions of his novels flows from the press; his plots give materials for operas and plays; he has been criticized, praised, condemned: but his romances endure amid the changes of taste, remaining the delight of mankind, while new schools and little masters of fiction come and go.
Whether you just want to sample the Waverley novels or even read them all then please have a look at the books I have on offer. You may even want to revisit some of the stunning poetry written by Scott, browse a number of options for Scott’s Poetical Works.
Gift Idea No. 2 – The Superb Heron Books Collections
Heron Books / Edito-Service were responsible throughout the 1960s, 70s and early 80s for publishing ‘Collectors Editions’ of famous authors (illustrated, with introductions, decorated leatherette covers, silk bookmark, rarely dated, with some leather Special Editions). The books were sold directly through newspaper advertisements on a monthly, something like a book club, basis. The books were sold on a Free Approval basis with never any commitment to buy either the volume sent or any further volumes. Heron Books were phenomenally successful in their time and claimed that they sold approaching 100 million volumes world wide.
As well as substantial Author Specific collections they also produced a variety of sets such as; The Literary Heritage Collection, a collection of 50 books by some of the world’s best authors; Masters of Espionage, a terrific collection of 20 top spy novels; Books That Changed Man’s Thinking, a 29 volume collection of some of the most significant and powerful books ever written; Poets Of The English Language, a 5 volume anthology spanning 600 years; Women Who Made History, a 20 volume collection of women of note; and Men of Destiny, no details for this collection as yet.
And lets not forget the superb 39 Volume Agatha Christie Thriller Collection.
Currently Selling – Several Complete Agatha Christie collections, Joseph Conrad, Hammond Innes, Alistair Maclean, Somerset Maugham etc.
Gift Suggestion – Why not put your own collection together? If you are interested in more than one book as a gift then please email me with your selections and I will confirm availability and give you a Special Price
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