Gorgeous Classics


Reading “classic” books never goes out of style, and there are so many reasons customers come in looking for a new copy of an old favorite. Check out these gorgeous and affordable new editions:

Everyman’s Library has always issued lovely books. They are tidy and crisp, with a consistent and clean design.  We have several, including Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

Penguin Vitae has produced this buff and pink embossed edition of Edith Wharton’s A Custom of the Country. Its curlicues and gold accents are the perfect choice for protagonist Undine Spragg. 

I oohed and aahed when I first unboxed the Picador Modern Classic edition of Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf. This diminutive paperback would fit neatly into a pocket. It has trim margins and rounded corners, and lovely patterned cover. 

Penguin Vitae comes through again with this kelly green hardcover spattered with silver shards for Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It’s smashing. 

Pushkin Press has a lovely series of small paperbacks with beautifully designed covers. The Isaac Babel collection, Of Sunshine and Bedbugs and Katherine Mansfield’s Strange Bliss are two. 

Penguin also has a series of cloth bound books with attractive repeating designs. Recently I had a customer come in to select a few of these for her growing collection. While all are gorgeous and remind me of wallpapers, perhaps the one I like most is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which features the anatomical drawing of a heart in indigo ink on grey cloth.

And today (January 2023) a customer bought this bright red leather copy of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The leather cover is stamped with character names and quotes. It’s soft and pliable and feels great in the hand. 

With so much to choose from, why not select a beautiful contemporary book design for your next classic read?