Right now — and it very well may be the Downton Abbey effect — I’m in a Mitford mood. I started with Nancy’s The Pursuit of Love that I picked up at one of my favorite bookshops (where you can buy essentially new books for $3, gotta love Connecticut). Then at my aunt’s this past weekend, I discovered she had a copy of the next book in the story, Love in a Cold Climate, but it wasn’t just any old paperback, it was a lovely hard-bound, illustrated copy from Folio Society.
So that got me digging for more beautifully designed books, keepsakes really, adding fuel to my home library fire. Maybe this is the tack the publishing industry is missing as Kindles and Nooks take over… make books collectible with a touch of couture. As I read through Love in Cold Climate, I’m contemplating what hard-bound investments I would like to make in the coming years, but in the meantime, if you know anyone who’s having a baby, I think this Beatrix Potter set is darling — a terrific shower gift.
Ruben Toledo (who illustrated Nina Garcia’s fashion books and also illustrated Nordstrom ad campaigns in years past) redesigns P&P in a series for Penguin Classics.
Cloth-bound and colorful like candy (like all that alliteration?), designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
Art deco beauties designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
Taschen’s lovely Brothers Grimm. My aunt gave me beautifully bound classics from Everyman’s Library when I was a kid and I still treasure them (and yes, I did actually read them. How could you ever doubt me like that?).