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Silk-bound and Limited Editions
The following titles are available both in the silk-bound and the Limited Editions, following the same formats described on the catalogue pages.
Strawberries Fair! – The Cries of London, by Andrew Tuer
A best-seller for two centuries, this is an illustrated guide to the many varieties of street traders for which London was famous. Their distinctive cries and characters were an enduring inspiration for writers and artists for centuries—hence the lore, rhymes, and 27 woodcuts in this book. It was essential reading, educating children, and fascinating populace and tourists continuously from at least the 17th cent. See pictures here, of the silk-bound edition, price £12.50, and limited edition: pic1, pic2, price £95.
Struwwelpeter, by Dr H. Hoffmann
A classic collection of cautionary tales that has gripped, delighted and revolted generations of children for over 150 years. These rhyming tales are full of grotesque mishaps and gruesome fates, with graphic cartoon illustrations—exactly what children love. Amongst the first children’s books to take a comical tone instead of the previous heavily moral instruction, it spawned a whole progeny of imitators. See pictures here, of the silk-bound edition, price £12.50, and limited edition: pic1, pic2, price £95.
The Sonnets, by William Shakespeare
‘The greatest love poem in the language,’ this series of sonnets forms a life-long diary of Shakespeare’s feelings and loves. Some verses are passionate, others reflective; some joyful, others jealous—all presented in Shakespeare’s original language, in the beautifully harmonious layout of a Renaissance book. Illuminated capitals, ornamental bars, period illustrations and authentic typography combine to make a feast for both the eye and the heart. See pictures here, of the silk-bound edition, price £12.50, and limited edition: pic1, pic2, pic3, price £125.
The Gardener's Assistant, by Robert Thompson
In the Victorian era this was the gardening bible; everything one could wish to know about tasks for each month of the year in one weighty tome. Many surprisingly exotic fruits and vegetables, plans and people, tasks and very strange tools are amongst the 43 period engravings. See pictures here, of the silk-bound edition price £12.50. The limited edition isn't yet pictured, but has a green leather binding with very elaborate traditional Victorian gilt design, front and back - one of my best bindings so far. Price £125.
The following are the first titles in a new range of even tinier hardback books in 1/12th scale, standing 3/4 inch tall, bound in paper, designed and hand-watercoloured to resemble traditional half-binding, with hand-coloured frontispiece. Each of these is available in the normal Limited Edition range too, bound in leather and 34mm tall.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Witty and incisive writing sophisticatedly tells a moving, romantic story, of Elizabeth and her sisters, and Darcy the proud gentleman.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
The trials of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the miser Scrooge with the ghosts of Christmas. Very influential on the way we celebrate Christmas today.
No pictures available yet, but see Pride and Prejudice above for the design. A Christmas Carol is similar, but the half-bound edition is in pale red with green spine and corners. Price £11. Limited Edition is £75.
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