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Pretty books

Postby DaveAgain » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:58 am

In the UK we have at least one publisher who sells 'presentation' books, nice hardbacks with illustrations: The Folio Society (for Jane Austen there seem to be several competing publishers :-) ).

I've come across one similar thing in french, Tibert Editions, but that seems to be a trial effort by the artists involved.

Do you know any publishers of pretty books?
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Re: Pretty books

Postby Deinonysus » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:40 am

I got a really nice omnibus edition of Jules Verne novels in French, pseudo-leather-bound and not too expensive, with illustrations. It's a subgroup of Bibliothèque des classiques called Éditions illustrées.

http://www.archipoche.com/collection/1- ... lassiques/

The ones with the black covers the Éditions illustrées. They have a mix of classic French novels and translations from English.

Barnes and Noble and Costco have some pretty but cheap omnibus books in English.
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Re: Pretty books

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:05 am

Best I can come up with is Éditions Garnier Frères. I have their hard-bound 2-vol edition of Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, published in 1962, and I would call it handsome. Unfortunately, per the reference, the publisher closed its doors in 1983.
Not to forget Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, but I assume you already know it. Usually not cheap, however.

Edited one time to add Bibliothèque de la Pléiade
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Re: Pretty books

Postby IronMike » Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:46 pm

Library of America has nice additions available. Not sure if they count as pretty, but the novels, stories, essays they encompass sure are pretty!
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Re: Pretty books

Postby lichtrausch » Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:08 pm

I've been impressed by Europa Editions. They publish simple trade paperbacks with French flaps that I find aesthetically appealing. I honestly prefer that over leather binding or other fanciness.
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Re: Pretty books

Postby IronMike » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:21 am

lichtrausch wrote:I've been impressed by Europa Editions. They publish simple trade paperbacks with French slaps that I find aesthetically appealing. I honestly prefer that over leather binding or other fanciness.

What are "slaps"?
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Re: Pretty books

Postby lichtrausch » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:55 am

IronMike wrote:What are "slaps"?

Oops. That should read "French flaps".
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Re: Pretty books

Postby IronMike » Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:46 pm

lichtrausch wrote:
IronMike wrote:What are "slaps"?

Oops. That should read "French flaps".

Ha! Thought it was a book term I didn't know!
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Re: Pretty books

Postby DaveAgain » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:03 pm

I've been looking at some Maurice Maeterlinck PDFs today, his German publisher seems to have been something special.

https://archive.org/details/dieintellig ... og/page/n9

https://archive.org/details/derschatzde ... et/page/n5

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Die ... _Buchkunst
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