Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Collecting: A New Edition of JANE EYRE

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about collecting books, and mentioned that I have a small collection of different editions of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. At the time my collection was only four copies and I'd just acquired the fourth, an inexpensive illustrated edition I found at a local used book store (second from the bottom in the picture below):

Well, a week and a half ago or so I read this post, about five British publishers designing and producing beautiful editions of classic books, and I discovered another lovely edition of Jane Eyre, published by White's Books.

It's really a pretty thing, cloth bound with lovely endpapers,
and printed on thick, nice-quality acid-free paper. The line from White's also includes Jane Austen's Emma and Pride and Prejudice, as well as a handful other titles. You can see the full list here. Their website will link to Waterstone's online store but you can buy them through many online booksellers.

While we're on the subject of hardcover special editions, and hardcovers generally, I encourage you to read and comment at this great post, which the great Ann Kingman tweeted about on Friday: it's right here, at the Northshire Bookstore's blog.

I love this copy of Jane Eyre and for $30 it's a great addition to my collection; I think any of these books would be wonderful to include in your home library or to give to the book lover in your life. I wish I knew more people who loved the classics because then I'd have an excuse to buy more of these beautiful books!