William Morris, the greatest artist-craftsman of his age, was born 185 years ago today.
Love is Enough is Morris’s most ambitious and intricate poem. It tells the tale of Pharamond, a legendary Frankish king, whose recurring dream-visions of his true love prove so disturbing that he abandons his throne and embarks on a desperate, and possibly futile, quest to find her.
This stunning limited edition of Love is Enough is a meticulous facsimile of Morris's personalised copy held at @themorganlibrary, hand-illustrated on every page with vibrant floral watercolours by Beatrice Pagden and strikingly bound by the legendary Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson.
Only 750 copies have been made, and the majority have already sold. Don't miss this gorgeous limited edition: www.foliosociety.com/love-is-enough.html
Have you ever wondered how we block metallic lettering onto your lovely Folio book spines? We have the artwork design etched onto a metal block, like this one you can see for American Gods.
Made from brass, the book binder then applies a coloured or metallic foil (metallic gold in this case) - with the correct amount of pressure and heat, the artwork design is then stamped onto the book cover.
Each book case is stamped individually, with one foil applied at a time. Sometimes we stamp multiple colours; and sometimes these metal stamps are used to 'blind block', where no colour is blocked but the impression of the design or lettering is still left on the cover (for example, such as on our limited editions of The Call of Cthulhu or The Wanderer). Take a closer look at this edition of American Gods: www.foliosociety.com/american-gods.html
Today's #FolioFriday is this luxurious edition of Bede's History of the English Church and People. With only 18 copies remaining of this unrivalled account of the early days of Christianity, don't miss out!
View this edition: www.foliosociety.com/history-of-the-english-church-and-people.html
Poet and novelist Tobias Smollett was born on this day in 1721. Our edition of his final masterpiece, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, a hilarious road-trip through Georgian Britain, is illustrated by Derrick Harris and introduced by John Sutherland.
View this edition: www.foliosociety.com/the-expedition-of-humphry-clinker.html
Wilfred Owen was born 126 years ago today. The ultimate soldier-poet, who sadly died in battle just just one week before the Armistice, his verses have irrevocably shaped our understanding of the nightmarish horrors of the First World War.
Limited to only 1,250 hand-numbered copies, this edition is printed letterpress, includes nine stunning engravings by @neilbousfield and a specially commissioned introduction is by Owen Sheers.
Don't miss this limited edition: www.foliosociety.com/wilfred-owen-selected-poems.html
The horror film The Exorcist was first released in the UK on this day in 1974. Our collector's edition of William Peter Blatty’s gripping tale of a young girl thought possessed features brooding, photographic artwork by Jeremy Caniglia (@caniglia_art). View this edition: www.foliosociety.com/the-exorcist.html
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is back by popular demand in our Spring Collection.
Since its first publication in 1976, The Selfish Gene has been translated into 25 languages, and is considered one of the most important scientific works of the late 20th century. Dawkins’s story takes in a vast array of creatures from polar bears to black-headed gulls and vampire bats, and behaviour from cannibalism and deception to aggression and mating.
Updated to include Dawkins’s own 40th anniversary epilogue, this Folio edition is the first to add illustrations to the illustrious work: 51 incredible photographs from nature and laboratory that add weight to the text and further explain the ground-breaking concepts.
View this edition: www.foliosociety.com/the-selfish-gene.html
Author H. P. Lovecraft died 82 years ago today. A modern master of macabre, his iconic tales bridge the divide between horror and science fiction. Today's #foliofriday is our shimmering edition of The Call of Cthulhu & Other Stories, introduced by Alan Moore and illustrated by @mrdanhillier.
View this edition: www.foliosociety.com/the-call-of-cthulhu-other-weird-stories-core.html
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad is another new edition in our Spring Collection.
In a novel inspired by a failed London terror attack in 1894, Conrad lays bare the seedy heart of the city’s anarchist element, its human flotsam and jetsam relentlessly derided through his scathing and often comic descriptions.
The shady characters are captured in mesmerising portraits by award-winning illustrator @ben_jones_illustration, his work an electrifying hybrid of print-making and graphic drawing that is perfectly suited to Conrad’s Edwardian London. His lifelike portraits stare right through the viewer; the illusion of texture and the stark graphic shapes framing the eerily realistic expressions of the characters.
This cast of fanatics and grotesques is further scrutinised by award-winning novelist and essayist Will Self in a newly commissioned introduction which examines the disturbing parallels between Conrad’s setting and today’s world.
Take a look at this edition: www.foliosociety.com/the-secret-agent.html