Monday, 22 December 2014

Classics Gift Guide: Part 1

Recently I've received some really lovely classic books for review, and they're so nice I thought I'd do a bit of a gift guide - any excuse to post pictures of beautiful books!

All of these books featured are distributed in the UK by GMC Distribution, though they're all US editions. You can find some of them in Waterstones stores and online!


Part 1 of my gift guide features classics with a fairytale twist - I can't wait to dive into these!

Fairy Tales from Around the World
by Andrew Lang
Fairy Tales from Around the World is a treasure trove of the world's best-loved fairy and folk tales. It features more than 100 fairy tales representing more than fifty nations, all selected from The Blue Fairy Book and eleven other collections compiled by Andrew Lang. The book also includes more than 100 illustrations by H.J. Ford that bring their magic and marvels vividly to life.

This is a Barnes and Noble leatherbound edition and has gilded gold page edges and an embossed cover. It's a really eye-catching book with numerous illustrations and absolutely loads of fairy tales. In fact, I think it's one of the nicest books I own!

Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
For more than 2,000 years, the fables of the Greek slave known as Aesop have entertained readers with their wise reflections on human nature and their insightful, often witty 'morals'. This beautiful edition features more than 300 selections passed down through the ages, drawn from the classic compilations of Roger L'Estrange, Jean La Fontaine, and Samuel Croxall and lavishly illustrated by the nineteenth-century artist Ernest Griset. Part fairy tale, part fantasy, part parable, each of these fables is a polished gem of storytelling. Readers young and old will delight in these timeless fables whose unforgettable characters hold up an enchanted mirror that allow us to see ourselves.

I've never read Aesop's Fables though obviously I know a good handful of them from school etc. This Fall River edition features brilliant illustrations by Ernest Griset and has lovely end papers. It would make a great gift edition!

Grimm's Fairy Tales
by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
From "Cinderella" to "Rumpelstiltskin," the stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm have enchanted children and adults for centuries. This attractive gift edition, with a charming foil-stamped cover, brings together more than 40 of their most-loved fairy tales, all accompanied by the magical illustrations of Arthur Rackham-perhaps the finest interpreter of their work.

Grimm's Fairy Tales is another book I've always wanted to read but have just never gotten round to. Again this is a Fall River edition just like Aesop's Fables, and is illustrated by Arthur Rackham. If that doesn't make you want to own it, I don't know what will!

A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens
Dickens's short novel is one of the most-loved works in the English language and the best-known celebration of the Yuletide season. This special pocket edition of A Christmas Carol features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, and decorative endpapers. It's the perfect gift for the Christmas season, and any other season.

This is a Barnes and Noble pocket edition of A Christmas Carol, probably one of the most famous stories and yet another I've never given a chance. It's got gold page edges again, really nice end papers and is a fantastic little size. I'm looking forward to reading my first ever Dickens!

Look out for Part 2 coming very soon!

1 comment:

Bookmark Dragon said...

I love this! I especially want that first fairy tale book. The cover is so fabulous.