Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Folio Society

I don’t know about you but I miss pictures in books. It’s one of the downsides to growing up. So with the growing popularity of limited and clothbound editions, The Folio Society is onto a winner. For those not familiar with them, they’ve been around 1947 re-publishing classics with beautiful illustrations in quality materials. Prices start at around £25 for the regular editions going up into the hundreds for limited editions.

I’ve been sent a copy of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky) and illustrated by Peter Suart. Whilst I hadn’t heard of this book before, I fell in love with the vivid illustrations and the actual story sounds bizarre and dark. Always a good combination. I am already wanting to know what's going on with crossword man...

Whilst maybe not ideal for everyday reading, these books are something a bit special to give as a gift or to collect your favourite books in. I do need a replacement copy of The Day of the Triffids and I thought I’d take a little look only to find this:

Shame I can’t buy it separately, but they are lovely. *Drool* I also picked out a few of my favourite covers from the rest of the regular editions and I invite you to drool over pretty books over on their website. All the books featured can be bought direct from The Folio Society.

The small print: I have received a book in exchange for posting a link however opinions above are still my own. You know I only want you to see all the pretties.


  1. I am insanely jealous, Ellie! Master and Margarita is one of my all time favorites, and one of Russian Classics. I've read it countless times. It used to be prohibited from print because it critiqued people in power in communist Russia and it's generally considered as hexed as Macbeth for making it into a film or a theatre performance. That book looks adorable. WANT.

  2. If I was rich, I would own so many Folio Society books. They are just stunning!

  3. I love these. I also miss pictures. I think publishers should start including pictures as a way to bring people back to buying actual books. Folio editions like these, may be the future of publishing.

    Like Sam above, I'd buy them all if I had the money.

  4. I love the Folio Society. I'm in the middle of a series of posts about Jane Austen illustrated editions (half Folio and half Heritage/LEC), and I also posted about The Dark Is Rising series. There are worse things to spend money on, I always say!


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