Collector’s Library has been around for over a decade, but sadly it isn’t very widespread, so high time we give the series the attention it so highly deserves.
You will not find very new books in this particular series, it is devoted entirely to publishing practical pocket versions of well-known and often well-loved classics dating from the classical times to the twentieth century, both as single issues and box sets.
But it’s not just that, these aren’t just practical portable editions. No, these are pocket-sized hardcover editions in the style of books back in the day.
Every book has the same kind of thin (but in no way flimsy!) paper you would see in the olden days with gilt edges. The covers are linen-bound, with removeable flap cover with vintage prints. They have a page ribbon bookmark and if an edition was originally illustrated, the Collector’s Library edition will often contain those illustrations also, but that depends from book to book.
These are not just a perfect way to carry around your favourite classic, or to collect real books when you have a shortage of space, rather than buy e-book versions, but they are contemporary pieces of history, giving people the opportunity to own books made in the same style as decades ago.
They have a beautiful range and variety of books, going from children’s classics like Peter Pan, to books loved by adults from the pens of Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, Virginia Woolf and many others, with more being added all the time.
But it’s not just these authors that grace the ranks, they also publish plenty of scene favourites such as Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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