New Faber Members Collectors’ Edition of Seamus Heaney available

w628_6064043_heaney10emailFaber & Faber has just announced the publication of their latest Faber Members Collectors’ Edition: Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems 1966–1987. This is the second Collectors’ Edition after The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro that I covered in an earlier post. This looks absolutely wonderful. The price is £50.

Faber — “Our latest Collectors’ Edition presents Seamus Heaney’s own selection from the first half of his extraordinary career. Sewn and bound by hand in Yorkshire, and with a first impression of only 400 copies, this edition is exclusive to Faber Members.

From the outset, Seamus Heaney’s writing was ‘mature and certain in its touch’, as Austin Clarke conferred in the Irish Times, throughout a run of epoch-making volumes in the 1960s and ’70s: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972) and North (1975). The bravura pieces of Field Work (1979) and Station Island (1984) that followed culminated in the Whitbread Prize for Poetry with The Haw Lantern (1987).

Since its original publication in 1990, New Selected Poems 1966-1987 has become a seminal edition, containing many of Seamus Heaney’s most cherished and studied poems, ‘Digging’, ‘Mid-Term Break’, ‘The Tollund Man’ and ‘Casualty’ among them. Together with its later, sibling volume, New Selected Poems 1988-2013, it opens the story on Seamus Heaney’s calling as a poet.”

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Faber & Faber launches Faber Members

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 21.09.51Faber & Faber has launched a wonderful collection of Collectors’ Editions available to Faber Members. Price for 12 books delivered every month is £500. That’s around £42 per book and Faber is offering free delivery to UK customers, £8 delivery to European customers. The inaugural first volume is Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant and can be bought separately for £50. No words yet on whether they are illustrated but what’s interesting is that one member from Twitter John Self has described these as: “Here’s lovely. Faber launches Faber Members, offering Folio Society-style beautiful editions of Faber books.

You can read more below.

Faber and Faber – As the top tier of Faber membership, Faber Collectors receive 12 Collectors’ Editions over the course of a year plus a host of other benefits. In addition, the first 50 Faber Collectors will each receive an unreleased special edition of T. S. Eliot’s The Ariel Poems.

Collectors’ Editions are printed in England on a small, sheet-fed, Heidelberg press. Each volume is sewn and bound by hand, using a quarter-bound case of real cloth, and finished with full colour printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker. Collectors’ Editions are selected and introduced by Faber’s editors.

Your first Collectors’ Edition will be Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant. Subsequent books will include Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems 1966-1987, P. D. James’ Cover Her Face, Simon Armitage’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and, to celebrate three decades since its first Faber publication, Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Full benefits include:

  • 12 Collectors’ Editions, one delivered each month for a year
  • 25% off almost all books at; and 25% off Faber Academy courses plus a free 1-day course (subject to availability)
  • Invitations to Members-only events

To find out more, call us on 020 7927 3868 or email

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Folio Society publishes A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln @foliosociety

Illustration © Folio Society 2015 from A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln

The Folio Society has released a press release announcing it’s newest edition of A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

The Folio Society – “The Folio Society publishes a new selection of Abraham Lincoln’s writings to mark the 150th anniversary of his assassination in April 1865. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Award finalist Professor Fred Kaplan has gathered together Lincoln’s most celebrated thoughts and words along with many less well-known examples of his oratorical and literary genius. Kaplan also introduces the volume and provides a thoughtful commentary for each chapter.”

To read more, see their Press Release and PDF.

Product information

  • Introduced by Fred Kaplan
  • Quarter-bound in metallic buckram with printed Modigliani paper sides.
  • Set in Dante.
  • 552 pages.
  • Frontispiece and 33 pages of colour and black & white plates.
  • 10˝ x 6¾˝.
  • UK £49.95 US $89.95 Can/Aus $99.95

Available now directly from The Folio Society. Members’ launch price: £44.95 (10% discount) available until 10 May 2015.

Copyright: All pictures are copyrighted by The Folio Society and are shown on Books and Typewriters for illustrative purposes only.

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Illustration © Folio Society 2015 from A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Illustration © Folio Society 2015 from A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Illustration © Folio Society 2015 from A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Illustration © Folio Society 2015. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry. Photograph by William Morris Smith, 1863–6. (Library of Congress)
Illustration © Folio Society 2015. Union army recruiting poster, September 1861. (Library of Congress Rare Book & Special Collections Division.
Illustration © Folio Society 2015. The Eagle’s Nest. The Union! It Must and Shall Be Preserved. Coloured lithograph published by E. B. and E. C. Kellog, 1861. (Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Divis, Washington, DC)
Illustration © Folio Society 2015. Mary Todd Lincoln. Daguerrotype by Nicholas H. Shepherd, 1846 or 1847. (Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, DC)
Illustration © Folio Society 2015. The Tallest Ruler on the Globe is Inaugurated at Washington… Caricature (detail) by William Newman, April 1865. MS Lincoln 1. (Houghton Library, Harvard University)


Folio Society publishes Dune, @foliosociety

Illustration © Folio Society 2015 from Dune by Frank Herbert

The Folio Society has released a press release announcing it’s newest collector’s edition of DUNE by Frank Herbert.

The Folio Society – “The Folio Society announces the publication of its much-anticipated edition of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction novel, Dune, illustrated by US artist Sam Weber. Through a series of acutely detailed illustrations, Weber perfectly captures the intricacies of Herbert’s vision. A limited edition poster of the striking cover image of Paul Atreides will accompany each book purchased from the initial print run.

To read more, see their Press Release and PDF. Product information

  • Illustrated by Sam Weber
  • Introduced by Michael Dirda
  • Afterword by Brian Herbert
  • Bound in metallic buckram, printed and blocked with a design by Sam Weber.
  • Set in Dante with Helvetica Neue and Black Tulip display.
  • Frontispiece and 11 colour illustrations including 3 double-page spreads plus a number of black & white chapter head illustrations.
  • Printed map endpapers by Martin Sanders.
  • Metallic printed slipcase.
  • 10″ x 6¾”.
  • 576 pages
  • £75. US $125.00 Can/Aus $150.00

Publication date 2 April 2015. You can’t order it online yet. They are anticipating a high demand, so are currently taking telephone pre-orders for this title: UK / EUR +44 (0)207 400 4200 | US +1 866 255 8280 (toll-free) | CAN +1 866 255 7314 (toll-free) or contact The Folio Society directly.

Copyright: All pictures are copyrighted by The Folio Society and are shown on Books and Typewriters for illustrative purposes only. Design by Sam Weber, via Folio Society.

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Slipcase © Folio Society 2015 from Dune by Frank Herbert
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Flat book © Folio Society 2015 from Dune by Frank Herbert
Open book with spine © Folio Society 2015 from Dune by Frank Herbert
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Faber & Faber published The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

AA BURIED GIANT_1060x644It seems like there has been an explosive buzz around the newest publication from Faber & Faber: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade after Never Let Me Go (2005), The Buried Giant is his seventh novel. He won the Booker Prize for The Remains of the Day (1989) and Never Let Me Go was shortlisted for the Booker. Both volumes are also available by the Folio Society.

I’ve been quite fascinated and overwhelmed by the sheer editions of The Buried Giant that Faber & Faber have been marketing. Nonetheless, the design of the book covers are wonderful and though beautiful, it makes bibliomania all that difficult and expensive. So without further ado, here they are:

The Standard UK Edition:


Buy this edition from the Book Depository.

The Standard US Edition:


Buy this edition from the Book Depository.

The Faber Members’ Edition:

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  • Made exclusively for Faber Members, with a first impression of 400 copies, our inaugural Collectors’ Edition is Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel.
  • Our Collectors’ edition of The Buried Giant has been printed on a small, sheet-fed, Heidelberg press, using premium cream woodfree paper.
  • Each volume is sewn and bound by hand, using a quarter-bound case of real cloth and printed panels front and back, with gold foiling and lamination.
  • The books are finished with full colour printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.
  • Price: £50.00

The Signed and Limited Edition

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  • Signed Limited (Only 200 copies) Slipcase Edition.
  • Hand Signed by Kazuo Ishiguro to the Limitation Page.
  • Individually wrapped and numbered
  • Contains two exclusive facsimile pages of manuscript, signed by the author
  • The front and spine of the cover are gold blocked
  • The front cover also has a 100mm die-cut hole to expose the full colour design on the 140 gsm Munken Premium Cream endpapers
  • The single colour text is printed on 80 gsm Munken Premium Cream and the book has decorative head and tail bands
  • The design on the front of the case is gold blocked
  • Format: Slipcase Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780571324132
  • Price: £200

So which one do you like?

Just received The Limited Editions Club’s: A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1966)

A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Received delivery of The Limited Editions Club’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, published in 1966. With an introduction by Isaac Isamaov and illustrated and signed by the great Edward A. Wilson.

Printed for members of The Limited Editions Club at the Press of A. Colish, Inc. of Mount Vernon, New York. Number 459 of a limited edition of 1500 copies. Signed on rear colophon page by Edward A. Wilson.

Bound in a lovely black silky cloth backed in red buckram; gilt-stamped titling on black spine block. Volume housed in black paper-covered slipcase with titling on end. LEC monthly letter, prospectus, and glassine wrap not present. Number 1 in LEC Series 35.

Price: $85 from Oak Knoll, US.

New Books for Christmas – Folio Society

The Folio Society are offering some new books for this Christmas with some offered at a discount of 20% (I believe only for members). The Christmas Catalogue contains a mix of newly published books, books published last year and a collection of the popular on-going titles. This is a great selection and they are wisely marketing these as “Beautiful books to give and receive at Christmas.” One of the selection of new books are the 5 volumes by Charles Dickens to celebrate his bicentenary next year that I covered in an earlier post. These are offered at a 20% discount:

New titles are:

  • In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (£29.95, 20% off £23.95);
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (£34.95, 20% off £27.95);
  • The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (£44.95, 16% off £37.95);
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (£24.95, 20% off £19.95);
  • Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (£84.95, 20% off £67.95).

One of my favourites are:

Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh (£29.95, 20% off £23.95)

Folk Tales of Britain: Legends (£120.00, 20% off £100.00)

I’m really happy to see Fermat’s Last Theorem being published. It’s one of the titles that Society sent out in a survey that they might publish requesting members for some feedback. I believe these surveys are an excellent idea and recommend the FS to continue sending these to its members. It’s also a great way of seeing what’s coming up. Fermat’s Last Theorem is definitely one of my favourite books. I remember reading it for pleasure in my university days and it changed my life. I began to see life differently since then and highly recommend this book to anyone, interested in Mathematics or not; it can be read by anyone without a foundation Mathematics. I haven’t had a chance to read his other book The Code Book, although it’s on my wish list.

A FREE gift of the “The Folio Society Calendar 2012” worth £8.95 is offered when you order.

The Folio Society—This year’s calendar is illustrated with a range of drawings from favourite Folio editions featuring animals. January shows a pastoral scene by Jonathan Gibbs from the Selected Poems of Robert Frost, July a drawing by Bob Venables of ‘Jesper who Herded the Hares’ from The Violet Fairy Book, and December a charming yuletide image by Charles van Sandwyck from The Wind in the Willows. This fine art calendar, with a line per day, measures 13½” × 5½”.

Some interesting things from the Folio Society [updated]

These are good times to be a member of The Folio Society. I am quite happy that the Production Director on the Limited Editions Programme, Mr Joe Whitlock Blundell has started a blog discussing future limited editions and their progress as well as some other interesting info on FS’ horizon.

If you follow the blog, you’ll read about many unannounced future Limited Editions (LE) due to be published—one of them recently announced and one of my favourite titles that was discussed at the blog was Gulliver’s Travels LE. One that I am really really really looking forward to is the new facsimile of South Polar Times LE due to be published next year 2012 coinciding with the centenary exhibition of Captain Scott’s Last Expedition at the National History Museum from 20 January – 2 September 2012. I’ll have to get time to be in London to see this exhibition. It’s published by the Society in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society, the British Library and the Scott Polar Research Institute to honour the centenary of the death of Captain Scott and his companion. It will be limited to 1000 copies, although this is unconfirmed. No word on price, yet. I especially like, the in-house magazine solander box of Captain Scott’s Antarctic expeditions.

A prototype of The South Polar Times LE due to be published by the FS next year

The FS has also published The Journals of Captain R.F. Scott as Scott’s Last Expedition, one that has been on my wish list for a while, available for £42.95 here.

Scott’s Last Expedition available for £42.95.

This is a great step for the Society and the blog has seen some traffic and enthusiastic fan base with many comments, including from moi. You can check out the blog called: Joe’s Blog at The Folio Society.

[Update 1:] — 26th October 2011: Mr Joe Whitlock Blundell, has confirmed that the South Polar Times LE will be limited to 1000 copies. See message below:

Dear Faisel

We are looking forward to publishing SPT. It is confirmed that the run is limited to 1000 copies.

Dickens 2012

Next year, marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth–February 7th, 1812, and we’re joining in for the fun to celebrate ye olde Dickens’ 200th birthday. There is a website up marking the celebration: Dickens 2012, which explains that:

Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens which will take place to mark the bicentenary of his birth, which falls on 7 February 2012. A number of international institutions and organisations are partners of Dickens 2012 who work together to deliver a programme of events and activities to commemorate this very special anniversary

Numerous events are planned world-wide and can be seen under the “Events” page. Make sure to check out the Charles Dickens Museum. Oh and do remember to read his novels!

On another yet similar note, The Folio Society are also commemorating Dickens’ bicentenary of his birth and have recently published a selection of new editions of his works, based on the celebrated 1930s Nonesuch editions and featuring original illustrations by artists including Dickens’s long-term collaborator ‘Phiz’. Each volume includes an introduction specially commissioned from an esteemed writer, such as A. N. Wilson and Peter Ackroyd.

They also feature individual new binding designs all quarter-bound in buckram, with a quote from the novel blocked in gold on the front. These are large books at 10″ × 6½” (25,4 cm x 16,5 cm). The text is based on their earlier Folio Society Nonesuch editions (which are based on the famous 1930s Nonesuch Press editions), that were published some years earlier.

The Folio Society Pickwick Papers (2011), Introduced by A. N. Wilson. 928 pages – £36.95.

The Folio Society Great Expectations (2011), Introduced by D. J. Taylor. 496 pages – £29.95.

The Folio Society Christmas Books (2011), Introduced by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. 512 pages – £29.95.

The Folio Society David Copperfield (2011), Introduced by Kathryn Hughes. 976 pages – £36.95.

The Folio Society Bleak House (2011), Introduced by Peter Ackroyd. 976 pages – £36.95.

The Folio Society publishes Gulliver’s Travels LE

A new limited edition—Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

The Folio Society—Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts, purports to be the account of a voyage by a surgeon and captain, Lemuel Gulliver. In fact, this biting satire on contemporary society was the work of the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift (1667–1745). A friend of the poet Alexander Pope and a member of the Scriblerus Club, which lampooned bad literature and scholarship, Swift was acknowledged as the greatest satirist of his age. He was the scourge of corrupt politicians and has been an inspiration for other writers from Voltaire to the present day.

Presented in a solander box.

  • Limited to 1,000 copies.
  • Printed on Cordier Wove paper.
  • Hand-printed etching, signed and numbered by the artist, and tipped onto a special limitation spread.
  • 17 colour plates and borders, numerous tailpieces, endpaper and binding designs all by Peter Suart.
  • Titling calligraphy by Stephen Raw.
  • Text set in Founder’s Caslon.
  • Gilded top edge, ribbon marker.
  • Presented in a solander box.
  • 288 pages.
  • Size: 13″ × 9¾”.
  • Price: £445

Original etching, printed by hand, signed and numbered by the artist.

Limited to just 1,000 copies, this publication from The Folio Society joins a series of newly illustrated collector’s editions of classic works. Peter Suart has created an extraordinary sequence of colour images, as well as numerous tailpieces. Each colour plate is tipped by hand onto a page printed with a golden border. The details of the edition are printed letterpress on the verso of a special limitation spread, and a hand-printed etching, signed and numbered by the artist, is tipped on the recto page. Each book is quarter-bound in vellum with vellum tips, and the spine is hand-blocked in 22-carat gold. The binding design, also by the artist, is blocked in three colours and gold foil.

Endpaper detail.

For more information, check out The Folio Society.